Signing Off | One of Us

Signing Off

35 Submitted by on Tue, 15 December 2015, 11:01

Know in advance that this somewhat self-indulgent signoff was intended to be a part of our Blue Christmas livecast, but in an entirely appropriate turn of events, I indulged too much in a different fashion and heroically…passed out early. Somehow, I feel like I am now going out with an embarrassing bang which effectively curbs the inherent egoism of the goodbye letter.

That is, sadly, what this is. After 2.5 years, I will be departing One Of Us after the first of the year.

I am extremely proud of the work Chris Cox and I have put in and the creative geek network that we have created. I am so grateful to all the content creators, listeners, and supporters we have garnered in that time period. I’ve worked for a lot of outlets, but actually building something from the ground up is an entirely different, supremely thrilling experience. It has been one of the most creatively fulfilling aspects of my career.

That career, that chapter of my life, is also largely closing. And yes, we’ve arrived back in the land of indulgence, so kindly permit me to share or discretely scroll to the bottom; the fairer fields of TL:DR as it were. Being a film critic, writing (and later podcasting) about my greatest passion (movies, duh) was a dreamed that snuck into my brain shortly after moving to Austin in 2008, but one that took a firmer foothold than any other aspiration I’d ever previously had. I am extremely fortunate in that, for three years, I actually got to live my dream, working as a freelance writer/podcaster full time. It was the hardest I’ve ever worked–writing until sunrise to meet deadlines–and the most I’ve ever loved a job.

But life, uh uh uh, found a way to alter that course for me. Major changes, both catastrophic and joyfully fortuitous, have caused a major shift in my priorities and my direction in life. Much as I love film, and much as I relish the chance to gather with friends to crack wise (in addition to cracking numerous brews) around a microphone, the sad truth is that the landscape of our business has become nigh impossible to traverse. I have watched some of the very best critics on the web pack up their laptops and depart for more conventional (read: far more stable) employment. I count myself among this group—the alternate employment group, not at all the “best critics” group—as I now have a full time job with a non-profit cancer-fighting organization; perhaps my penance for some of the more terminal ailments I may have jestingly wished upon the likes of Friedberg and Seltzer.

I very much enjoy my new job, and I am happier in my personal life than I ever knew was possible for me, but these commitments have limited the amount of time left over for writing and podcasting. Truly adhering to the mantra that one should never half-ass anything, I now leave this site in the more-than-capable hands of Mr. Chris Cox and our phenomenal OOU team. I know they will continue to entertain you and cater to your every fandom.

Though life changes far more than finances are the inspiration for my departure, let me offer this encouragement/call to action on behalf of those brave creatives still in the trenches.  If there is a website/podcast/YouTube channel/Etsy creator that you love, that gives you countless hours of enjoyment, please support those content producers. I know many of you already do this, and your patronage could not be more appreciated. Just know that you are endowed with great power here, as it is you who allows us (not just One Of Us, but all of us) to survive and do what we love, which hopefully then translates into content that you love.

A few notes of thanks before I head out the door (I know, I know, but I promise this will wrap up in a far more timely fashion than those Hobbit movies). I want to thank Neil Miller of FilmSchoolRejects, Peter Hall and Erik Davis of Movies.com, Korey Coleman and Martin Thomas of DoubleToasted.com, and our own Chris Cox for being the ones who opened the most doors for me and supported me as I took those first clumsy steps through them. I also want to thank Grant Davis and Jeff from Rageselect for their advice and support through the years. I want to thank the Alamo Drafthouse for being the nexus of the biggest decisions I’ve made in my life and for bringing me to the city that (in an admittedly roundabout way, but one nevertheless cherished) lead me to the place I didn’t know I always wanted to be.

And last, but never least, I want to thank the listeners who have been overwhelmingly supportive and kind to me. You will never know the extent to which your support, generosity, and words of encouragement have motivated me through some of the toughest moments of my life.

With that, I hand over my badge and my gun (not sure why I was issued either of those) and hit the red button.

I’ll see you all at that magical place where the screens are bright, the popcorn is hot, and the floors are upsettingly sticky.

Brian “Steak Plissken” Salisbury

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Brian is a four-year veteran of the interwebs, a member of The Austin Film Critics Association, and currently writes for Film School Rejects, Movie Pilot, Movies.com, and Fandango. An obsessive consumer of film, Brian loves everything from Buster Keaton to 80s post-apocalyptic sci-fi. He’s also a diehard Indianapolis Colts fan and collects VHS, laser discs, and classic game systems. An eighth-level geek overlord, Brian is one of the founders of OneOfUs.net, the brainchild of he and partner in crime Christopher Lawrence Cox. Brian cohosts both the Inside the Locker and Digital Noise podcasts.
  • shadeybaby

    Brian, you are one of the funniest and on-point podcasters I know, so I am sad as hell to hear this. But I understand totally, because I currently support my own film criticism with a part-time job at my grocery store. Luckily, I live with my parents and don’t pay much rent, but still, film criticism is not a field for financial stability, and that’s always a nice thing to have. You’re gonna be sorely missed, and I hope that you at least pop back from time to time. Best of luck, godspeed, and merry Christmas.

  • JoWoCo

    I wish you the best in whatever you do next Brian. I thank you for being an entertaining host and just a good man overall. You are an incredible human being with one of the hugest hearts I ever known. You’ve given me and many others here so much entertainment and even some slight wisdom here for years and I shall keep digging in the creative drenches myself.

    Brian, thank you and Merry Christmas!

  • chaosbulldog

    Firstly, I want to say thank you for everything you’ve done for the site in the past 2.5 years. Without you guys, I wouldn’t have expanded on my group of friends who love nerdy things, especially sporty nerdy people! I do wish you all the best in your future endeavors! To see you happy is always a good thing! Again from the bottom of my heart, thank you and have a great Christmas and New Years Evil!

  • Andrew Catron

    Brian, you are a number one champ, one of the best of the good guys. I can’t even count all the hours I’ve spent cracking up from you and the crew cracking wise. Thank you for all the time and laughter you’ve given to us. While I (and everyone else with a sense of humor and functional hearing) will miss you greatly, its good to know that you are happy and healthy, and that’s enough.

    We love you, Brian. We didn’t mean to, but you didn’t give us much of a choice. Happy trails to you, until we meet again.

  • Williamgunter

    Thank You Brian!!

  • Jack Gattanella

    Thanks for all the great listening sir

  • I’m definitely sorry to hear this news as you have been one of my favorite critics and podcasters for sure as well as an all around good guy, but I also couldn’t be happier to hear that the reason is that life beyond those things is going so great!

    Your voice will be missed around here but they’re definitely gonna keep going strong with all the great talented people you helped bring here!

  • Steve Found

    Whaaa’?! Awww nooooooooooo?! Well at least we’ll have all of your archived podcasts; I still listen to the ones you did on Spill. Wishing you all the best for Christmas and 2016, Lord Salisbury and also a huge fucking THANK YOU for all your inimitable and irreverent musings, jokes, (sometimes) awful puns and other such chicanery 😀

    P.S.
    You and Johnny Neale (Neil?) have the best palpable sexual chemistry together since Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd in “Moonlighting” <3

  • Sean

    Awww. We’ll miss you, Brian!!

  • Neil Kelly

    Wow, I didn’t expect to come home from work today to this news, please accept my hastily-written comment.
    Since the days of Spill and Remote Viewing I have always enjoyed the energy and entertainment you have brought to my weekly movie podcast listening. You always had a great line or perfectly timed pun to throw down, and on into the OneofUs days you’ve just gotten better and better. It should go without saying that as far as my hobby now of movie reviewing goes, you were one of the people that kept me wanting to improve and expand my knowledge.
    I’m delighted that you are working now for such a great cause, and even though you’ve had some rough spots in recent times, it definitely looks like you are on the right track. The world needs more people to help those most at need, and your position is one you can be very proud of.
    It will be sad to see you go, I’m going to miss hearing you tear bad movies to shreds, shoot the shit with the crew (especially with Johnny Neil, you were an awesome duo), and champion the movies that have spent many a year unloved and under-rated. But you’ve given many years of fun and joy to the listeners and your fellow reviewers, so at least you can bow out on a high note.
    I’ll wrap this up quickly before things get weepy and what-not, I wish you a very Happy Christmas Brian, all the very best for the New Year, and all the success in your new career and path in life. Don’t be a stranger to the podcasts, but at the same time, good luck!
    —Neil—

  • metalraygear

    You will be missed sir

  • Jose A. Rivera

    This was a surprise! Brian was one of the reasons I stayed with the site for so long. We have similar taste in movies and opinions. But sometimes priorities shift. I’m always grateful for all the work he put into this. Loved him on reviews, his episodes with Johnny Neil on Digital Noise were the best and although it’s not One of Us, his work with Cargil on Junkfood Cinema was a joy to listen to.

    Hope things keep going up for you, Brian and thanks for everything!

    • Chris Cox

      I hope I was the other reason you stayed with us for so long.

      • Jose A. Rivera

        Most definitely, Chris! I’ll still support the site as I love the work all of you guys do for us! You all make a website where people talk about what they enjoy feel like a home. So even with the loss of Brian, I know you guys are still gonna be up and running 🙂 Please keep up the amazing work!

  • Bryan Kersey

    Goodby Brian. I loved your contributions here. You will be missed. Thank you for all you’ve done, and good luck with life

  • Thomas Painter

    Good luck Brian in all your future endeavours. You’ve produced such wonderful content and helped cultivate a fantastic group of people on this site. You will be missed. So happy that you’ve found a path that you find so rewarding. Take care and thanks for everything.

  • Ryan Naughton

    While it’s sad to see you go, at least your new job is something honorable. But you had a great run. I just hope you’ll be on the inevitable Star Wars VII review.

  • Ty Comstock

    You
    and Chris have always been the people I identify with most. I’ve
    trusted your opinions on films for many years and am very sad that you
    will be leaving. That being said, I am so happy your life has taken a
    turn for the great and everything is looking up. Thank you for all of
    the puns and may your steak always stay saucy my friend.

  • Moviefucker

    Hey, what about that show you do with C, Robert Cargill? Can we still by any chance see you on that?

    • Santos

      I have a bad feeling that’s over with considering that both men have moved on into other things.

      • Brian_Salisbury

        In the words of Stallone, “NOTHING IS OVAH!!!”

        • Santos

          When did Stallone say that? I must see this movie!

  • (Spider) John Eckes

    Godspeed Mr. Steak, know you will always have a home here and in our hearts.

  • Whitewizard

    So sad to see you go Brian you were so dedicated and created a wonderful community. I am truly glad to hear you are doing so well in life. I think that is one of the defining objectives of a community like this; when people can harness their experiences and joy found here and go forth to find and bring happiness with others. Here is to hoping your life is filled with great moments and that we hear you from time to time when a puppy dies on film or James Bond resurfaces 🙂

  • El Pollo Guerrera

    First and foremost, best of luck to you in your new job, I hope that you find happiness and success. I’ve listened to you and Chris since the start of Remote Viewing and the start of OneOfUs and always found your opinion interesting and your delivery entertaining. I hope that in the future you may find time to stop by and lend your voice to the site again, sitting in with the Original Gentlemen or arguing stats Inside the Locker.

    Second… god damn it Brian you scared the hell out of me, I look on my FaceSpace page and see the OneOfUs logo with the words “Shutting Down” and jump to the conclusion that the site was closing! You tryin’ to give me a heart attack? I mean, you leaving is sad for us on this end of the Interwebz but the whole site going would be a kick in the jimmy!

    Anyways, thank you and best wishes.

  • William Robert Ryan

    well I’ll be sad to see you go dude, however i wish you all the happiness and joy this new job can offer you.

  • Preston

    Right on, man. Sounds like you’re doing what has to be done, and becoming better for it.
    The Force will be with you, always.

  • AlbinoAssassin

    You, sir, are the man. A critic and creator who could go from punishing the audience with puns to an eloquent summation of theme and subtext. Know that your voice was and still is one that people turn to. Know that your sense for the science of storytelling with be missed. Most importantly, know that you have brought joy to others. Thank you sir. Go help the world and maybe, just maybe, return in a few decades directed by JJ Abrams……..or John Carpenter. I’m not picky. Farwell.

  • cabo

    Thank you sir for the years of entertainment … you’re the best … around …

    ROC

  • gambolingman

    But Will Brian be on the FULL SPOILER review of Star Wars Episode 7?

  • Mr_Plainview

    Hey, Brian….May the Force be with you.

  • Tristan Milner

    Godspeed you Punmaster! May that passion of your life never leave you.

  • Charles Armstrong

    Back when I first heard you on an old LEOG episode, I will admit I had more than an unwelcoming attitude towards you. Not because you weren’t funny, in fact, that might have been exactly the opposite of why you initially rubbed me the wrong way. Here you were, much younger than most of the mainstays, and you were already coming out of the gate batting 1000. How can somebody that young be this sharp and knowledgeable! It was preposterous.

    Then, time went on. Eventually my personal gripes evaporated as I realized just how much I loved listening to Remote Viewing every month. then other week, then week. You were truly a force of comedy nature. Everything you’ve done since I first became aware of you has impressed me, and I am truly saddened to read of your departure.

    However, if you will really be happy in this new endeavor, then you have my support.

    Thanks for all the laughs, Brian. We’ll accept you with open arms if you ever decided to come back.

  • Brian_Salisbury

    Folks, I have to jump in and say that I am completely overwhelmed. The amount of support and kindness emanating from this comment section has bowled me over and I won’t pretend my eyes aren’t a bit misty as I read through them. Thank you all so much.

  • Kris Pistole

    Brian, I’m so happy that you’ve got a job you’re passionate about and you’ve never been happier. Man, I will miss your presence on this site tremendously. I’ll probably never listen to another review again without thinking “I wonder what Brian thought of this?” For me, you are the heart of this site. I hope you come back when John Carpenter makes his inevitable return to cinema to make a film where a murdered dog returns from the dead to kill every jerk who ever hurt an animal in a film. Live long. You’re the duke. You’re number 1.