Today is a special day for me worth celebrating. It marks the 10th anniversary of the first article I ever published as the Deja Reviewer, and this is the 600th article I have published on this website. Back on June 16, 2011, I debuted an article entitled “Movie Matchups: Iron Man vs. RoboCop.” But that wasn’t the first movie matchup I had written. In fact, it was the second. However, you’d be hard-pressed to find the first because it can no longer be found via a simple Internet search.
You see, back in February 2010, the day after my first child was born, I was let go from my job along with half the company, and I was forced to try many creative ways to find a job fast. One thing I decided to do was to publish a bunch of articles online wherever I could to see if I could get some attention or notoriety.
A little website called Suite101 seemed like a good option, so I went ahead and published more than a dozen articles on there in just a few weeks. I wrote about all sorts of topics, including proper grammar, a foolproof method for getting rid of hiccups, and various film reviews. I can see now that those articles were my first baby steps into becoming the Deja Reviewer, especially the one entitled “Movie Match-up: Pixar’s Up vs. The Wizard of Oz.”
I credit it as the first Deja Reviewer article before I even came up with that name or the idea for this website. Unfortunately, when I went to look for it, I couldn’t find it at all. The Suite101 website is now devoted exclusively to mattresses, and they have deleted all of the old articles that used to be published on it.
Thankfully, I always save my work. So I was able to pinpoint exactly when I finished writing that article, and I searched for it using the Wayback Machine on the right date to find what I was looking for. You can click this link to confirm that I’m telling the truth about all of this: https://web.archive.org/web/20100425051428/http://hollywood-animated-films.suite101.com/article.cfm/movie-match-up-pixars-up-vs-the-wizard-of-oz
For your reading pleasure (and to ensure this important piece of literary history remains on the Internet), I will now repost my long-lost first Deja Reviewer article here. It’s not as polished as my work would later become, but that makes it all the more interesting to read and compare. Enjoy! Continue reading