I've always had a problem introducing myself to people. "Is it Erik with a 'C' or with a 'K?'" That's one. "Oh, so it's Erik Davis ... like the baseball player?" That's another. "Isn't Erik Davis a black name?" Weird, but yes, that's one I get on occasion. Usually, the person I'm speaking to will follow up the introductions with a "So, what do you do?" Prior to writing for Cinematical, I sat in a cubicle for five years and crunched numbers. While this might be a great life for some people, it wasn't me. It sucked the life out of my creativity -- my love to write, to make people laugh -- and things stayed that way until a good friend of mine, Kim Voynar (you might know her), told me about this movie blog that needed writers.
Seeing as I'd been writing my own raunchy blog for two years, coupled with the fact that I loved movies -- I felt it would be a great way to kill some brain cells, get to know new people and, at the same time, try to jump-start my imagination. Little did I know at the time, but two years later I'd be sitting here (minus the cubicle), writing this post to inform you that I am officially the new Editor-in-Chief of Cinematical.com. I'll pause here while you at home briefly throw something (of little to no value, I hope) against the wall. My first order of business will be to revive the From the Editor's Desk column, which was started by my good pal (and ex-Cinematical EIC) James "Obi-Wan" Rocchi. I'm not sure how often I will write them (a few times a week, maybe) or what I'll write (have I told you how incredibly humid it is in New York City right now?), but I promise that the column will once again become a regular fixture here at Cinematical.
Now I don't expect all of you to know who I am and/or love the fact that I'm replacing the great Ryan Stewart, but I do look forward to proving that Cinematical is (and will always be) one of the best online destinations for all things movie related. Everyone who writes for Cinematical loves talking about film. You love talking about film. Surely there must be a way for us to happily co-exist, and still be able to share a laugh over the fact that they greenlit a Bratz 2 before the "original" even hit theaters. All that being said, I'm blessed to be doing what I do at this point in my life. And I'm honored that you would take whatever time out of your busy (or not-so-busy) schedules to sit down and share your love for movies with us.
Feel free to tell us what you'd like to see more of in the future, either in the comments section or by emailing me at Erik AT Cinematical DOT COM. Oh, and it's a pleasure to meet you.