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Written by: Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012 | 48 comments | Featured

When I created Duke & the Movies back in November of 2009 I could’ve never conceived that it would grow and prosper into what it is now: a renowned website where hundreds of people who love the movies frequent every day. Beyond what has been accomplished on this small space that I call my Internet home, my writing – and your enthusiastic and constant support – has turned a hobby into a profession.

After three years of dedication, constant contemplation of movies, and struggling to find just the right words to articulate my opinions, Duke & the Movies has opened many proverbial doors in the world of film criticism.

Obtaining jobs at numerous outlets (chief among them Anomalous Material and Fan the Fire Magazine) has propelled my career upward. In a rare, beautiful blend of your support and my writing, I’ve had some wonderful experiences and opportunities covering the medium that connects us all: the movies.

What I’m getting to, in an irrefutably long-winded way, is that Duke & the Movies will soon be closing up shop in the coming months. It’s hard for me to type that sentence and not get sentimental.

However, this is not the end, but merely the beginning. The beginning of something new, something greater than what could ever be accomplished on this site.

Coming in the new-year, the Movie Mezzanine will go up. I’m the founder, creator, and editor-in-chief of this proud publication. And with this new Internet home, I hope each and every one of you loyal readers will come along for the ride.

The significant difference between Duke & the Movies and Movie Mezzanine is that there will be a staff intact. We have writers based around the globe, from New York City to Australia to London to Austin to Los Angeles. My hope, however, is to make the Mezzanine (an all-encompassing site with a broader reach) every bit as personal and sincere as what I’ve done here.

Duke & the Movies will continue to churn out content for at least another month. Hopefully this post will serve as an explanation as to why things have been a little slow around here lately.

Without romanticizing the past three years too much, I can’t thank you readers enough for what you’ve done for me. Writing the conclusion to this chapter is every bit as difficult as starting a new one. We’ve had good times, frustrating times, argumentative times, and exciting times. I have no regrets of spending so much of my energy and life with the movies, with my readers, and with this site. As with any new endeavor, I’m terrified by the prospect of leaving this all behind. And yet, I’m elated by the multitude of possibilites for the future.

Life continues, and so does this journey. Duke & the Movies is the natural stepping stone to something unique and creative. So, just as this door closes, another opens.

I care for you all deeply, and look forward to seeing you at the opening of Movie Mezzanine in the coming weeks. Here’s our twitter account for everyone to stay up to date: @MovieMezzanine

From your friend …


~ Sam Fragoso


There are 48 comments for this post.

  1. sati on December 14, 2012 8:45 am

    Looking forward to your new project! I love your writing so I’ll be sure to visit.

  2. Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012 8:47 am

    Sati, that’s really kind of you. Glad you enjoy my writing so much.

  3. Joel Burman on December 14, 2012 8:59 am

    Really cool news Sam, I’m not super suprised since I’ve seen some twitter footprints leading up to it. Can’t wait for the launch and don’t forget to send me a plug when it has gone live!

  4. Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012 9:00 am

    I will indeed! I’d love to have Movie Mezzanine to be a vital part to the LAMB community. What do you think?

  5. le0pard13 on December 14, 2012 9:02 am

    Best to you Sam in this endeavor.

  6. Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012 9:03 am

    Thank you. And I appreciate the tweet.

  7. Bonjour Tristesse on December 14, 2012 9:05 am

    Sounds exciting Sam. Best of luck with the new site. I’ll of course stop by when I can.

  8. Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012 9:07 am

    Bonjour, thank you … we’d love to have you around.

  9. Max on December 14, 2012 9:15 am

    Good luck with your new venture, Sam. I’m sure I’ll be following you and seeing the exciting new content on Movie Mezzanine

  10. Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012 9:20 am

    Max! Thank you so much my friend.

  11. Morgan R. Lewis on December 14, 2012 9:27 am

    Congratulations, Sam, and good luck.

  12. Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012 9:30 am

    Morgan, thank you.

  13. Brian Schuck on December 14, 2012 10:21 am

    All the best to you Sam, and I’ll be sure to stop by the Mezzanine.

  14. Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012 10:24 am

    Thanks Brian! I’ll be sure to keep stopping by Films From Beyond.

  15. Eric on December 14, 2012 10:25 am

    This is great news, Sam. Bummer that Duke & the Movies is not going to be around, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the Movie Mezzanine brings.

  16. Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012 10:29 am

    I’m looking forward to it as well Eric. Looking forward to have you around.

  17. Colin Biggs on December 14, 2012 10:39 am

    Best of luck on your new venture. I have to admit, I’ll miss this place though.

  18. Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012 11:35 am

    You’re not alone Colin. This is killing me.

  19. Dan Heaton on December 14, 2012 1:38 pm

    Sam, good luck on the new site! I’ll definitely be following its progress and stay engaged in your work. It sounds very cool!

  20. Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012 1:45 pm

    Thank you Dan! You’ve always been a good friend.

  21. Steven Flores on December 14, 2012 1:51 pm

    Congrats on the new project and I hope you do well.

  22. Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012 2:00 pm

    Steven, I appreciate all of the time you’ve spent on this space. Constantly commenting and reading. Hopefully you come along for the ride.

  23. Sherrie on December 14, 2012 2:27 pm

    Sam… So proud of you and your accomplishments. I wish you the very best in your next chapter. Your eloquence is unsurpassed.

  24. Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012 4:26 pm

    Sherrie, thank you for the kind words, and for always being there.

  25. Anna on December 14, 2012 6:24 pm

    Best of luck to you, Sam.

  26. Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012 8:26 pm

    Thank you, Anna.

  27. Dad on December 14, 2012 9:24 pm

    Great job Sam – you know you will have my full support


  28. Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012 9:30 pm

    Thanks Dad.

  29. Will on December 14, 2012 10:13 pm

    Ah man, so many bloggers pulling the plug recently! I’m glad to hear that in your case it’s only to move on to bigger and hopefully better things! Congrats and I look forward to the new venture! I know you’ll do a great job, as always.

  30. Sam Fragoso on December 14, 2012 11:20 pm

    I know my friend. It’s strange that so many are closing now. However, I’m not going anywhere but to a new site.

  31. David on December 14, 2012 11:37 pm

    Good luck Sam, you’ll do great in your new endeavor!

  32. Sam Fragoso on December 15, 2012 1:10 am

    Thanks David! Hopefully Monique read this piece as well.

  33. Nick on December 15, 2012 6:52 am

    Onward and upward, Sam. No doubt Movie Mezzanine will be an excellent product.

  34. Sam Fragoso on December 15, 2012 6:55 am

    Thanks Nick! Appreciate your confidence in my abilities.

  35. Josh on December 15, 2012 9:32 am

    Best of luck Sam! Looking forward to checking out the Mezzanine.

  36. Sam Fragoso on December 15, 2012 9:40 am

    Thanks, Josh. Good to know you’re sticking around.

  37. NeverTooEarlyMP on December 15, 2012 11:39 am

    Congratulations Sam! Can’t wait to see the layout of the new site!

  38. Sam Fragoso on December 15, 2012 1:15 pm

    I can’t wait to see it either NTE.

  39. jan meyers on December 15, 2012 1:17 pm

    Way to go Sam! I am so looking forward to traveling this next adventure with you! I feel confident that this is just one more important step along the way to the top! (Spoken like a good grandma!!) Keep me posted on your progress. I too will miss Duke and the Movies! G’ma.

  40. Sam Fragoso on December 15, 2012 1:19 pm

    I appreciate your eternal support Grandma. Means the world to me.

  41. Squasher88 on December 15, 2012 1:32 pm

    Good luck Sam. I’m really gonna miss Duke and the Movies though. :(

    Make sure to keep your personal touch over at the Movie Mezzanine and I hope you remain active within the LAMB community.


  42. Sam Fragoso on December 15, 2012 1:33 pm

    I wil indeed. I could never leave the LAMB community behind.

  43. Joel Burman on December 15, 2012 2:16 pm

    I look forward to have the Mezzanine being a big part of the LAMB. I actually think that the merging/expanding of sites in this manner is a good development for the LAMB community.

    Considering how seasoned you are I’d like to replace Duke and the Movies in the LAMB table directly with Mezzanine when it goes live so you’ll still have your old LAMB number. When it comes to long time members re-booting/starting up new sites they aren’t eligible for best new LAMB at the LAMMYs.

  44. Sam Fragoso on December 15, 2012 3:42 pm

    Sounds good Joel. Looking forward to the future with the LAMB.

  45. Alex Thomas on December 15, 2012 8:41 pm

    Only discovered your site recently but I’ve really enjoyed the layout and of course your writing! Will be sure to follow Movie Mezzanine, hopefully another big step for you!

  46. Sam Fragoso on December 16, 2012 2:08 pm

    I appreciate new readers, Alex. Thank you for sticking around.

  47. Alex Withrow on December 18, 2012 2:24 pm

    Seems like a great step forward, my friend. Really cannot wait to scope out Movie Mezzanine. Congrats!

  48. Sam Fragoso on December 18, 2012 3:57 pm

    Thanks Alex!

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