An Introduction

Let’s make this a little less short, and a little more complex.

Hi. My name is Andy Crump. I started this blog back in 2009 to capture my thoughts and feelings on movies, and also to play-act the role of “film critic,” the vocation I sincerely wished I’d landed in back when it actually meant something*. If you’re so inclined, you can search through the archives for my oldest pieces to compare and contrast; I’ve thought of doing this myself, but I’d rather not make myself cringe**.

Over the decade and change since opening doors on A Constant Visual Feast, I’ve had a few epiphanies, lucky breaks, and major life events that have led me to where I am today: Marc Ciafardini, proprietor of GoSeeTalk and all-around awesome dude, invited me to write for him back in 2011, which didn’t pay but did get me on press lists; Marc put me in touch with folks at Screen Rant, where I covered entertainment news; I put myself in touch with folks at Paste Magazine in 2013, where I started writing about American Horror Story, horror movies, Her, and The Wolf of Wall Street right away; I learned the delicate art of pitching, and began reaching out to editors at outlets ranging from The Hollywood Reporter to Thrillist to Vulture to Polygon to The Week over the course of years; a friend of mine got me a freelancing gig with Northshore Magazine, my first print experience; I added beer and music to my repertoire of subjects; and most recently, and most importantly, my wife gave birth to our daughter, I quit my day job, and I began staying at home with her while picking up more freelance gigs. 

A Constant Visual Feast has, for the last half decade or so, served mostly as a portfolio of all my work, which is to say that it functions as a time capsule: You can trace the arc of where I’ve come from to where I’m currently standing, if you are so inclined, and you can also just catch my work as I post it here. I guess, if I’m being honest, I’m not exactly a “film critic,” though most of my work is about film, and more of a freelance culture writer, but the former rolls off the tongue much more easily than the latter, and besides that I think there are plenty of ways that the movies intersect with music, and beer, and even parenting, which is yet another thing I write about.

Anyways. Welcome. Please enjoy my work. 

*It still means something, because, I mean, I’m doing it. But it’s really hard to make a living as a critic, because as much as the Internet makes it “easier” to write about film online, it makes it very difficult to “make money” off of it.
**I dunno, maybe I wouldn’t cringe. Maybe I’d just see the roots of my success in amateur-level writing. 

27 thoughts on “An Introduction

  1. hi andrew, was redirected here by your interesting comments on inglourious basterds. havent read your reviews but i like the way you write. best, greg

    • Hi Greg! I appreciate the compliments– hope you get a chance to look over some of my writing here and if so, I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for dropping in to say hello!


  2. Hey, just to let you know that I nominated you for a Kreativ Blog Award, which is a viral/spam thing – kind of a pass-it-on kudos for your good work. Anyway, keep up the good work.

  3. Hey, just to let you know that I nominated you for a Kreativ Blog Award, which is a viral/spam thing – kind of a pass-it-on kudos for your good work. Anyway, keep up the good work.

  4. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  5. Great blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused .. Any suggestions? Cheers!

  6. Hi Andrew,

    This is Manikandan from Your blog was so nice. I am also a Movie buff. BTW I added your blog in my friends list..Will you add my movie blog in your friends list. So that we will get mutual link exchange which leads to good page rank.

    Take care n Cheers.

  7. Just logged on to check my WordPress site and this is at the top – your review of Drive had me clicking straight away!! Bloody love the film. This blog is so fantastic to have stumbled upon. Your passion is a really beautiful thing and I hope you realise quite how much people get out of reading it. Trust me, you’ve got a firm repeat visitor from the UK…..!!

  8. Hi, giving you the VBA award. I’m coming back for more movie reviews. I think it’s nice that someone without strong background in film can still write good reviews. Makes me a little bit jealous ‘coz I try to do it sometimes (without so much success, mind).

    • Thanks Joe! Second time I’ve been awarded the VBA, very much appreciated.

      Having a strong film background helps for someone reviewing movies, of course, but having a good writing background probably helps just as much if not more since you learn about film in the process of writing about it. That said, I do go out of my way to brush up on film literature when I can, so hopefully that has begun to spring up in my writing.

  9. Hey Andrew, to be honest i’m not entirely sure how i found my to your blog, through a succession of blogroll links i think! Anyway, thought i’d let you know i read a few of your reviews and really enjoyed them, nicely written and accessible. Keep it up!

  10. Hi Andrew! Fellow writer here myself, sometimes pertaining to films- sometimes not. Hopped over from your discussion of “Kill List” on IMDB, you seemed the only person in the thread to have considered much of the same things I had about “KL,” and it was well-written to boot. Always happy to meet a like-minded blogger or writer =)

    • Well, thanks very much Wendy! I’m happy you made your way over here– and I’m glad you liked my thoughts on Kill List! I’ll probably do an analysis of the film sometime soon (since it’s out in theaters now), so feel free to jump in then. Hope to hear from you more often!

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  13. Wow! Excellent work!

    Just thought I’d let you know that I’m now following your work and look forward to keeping up with the frenetic pace. My movie viewing is restricted to dvd’s these days, so I’m talking mostly about films that are already off the circuit.

    Andrew, I will be delighted if you could take time out to follow my blog. And do let me know if you’re looking for guests when you feel a need to spend more time in the cinema.

    …while we may not always meet & greet, you’ll know that time is always pressing, but its well worth the wait (and the visit)….

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