Lost in the Movies (formerly The Dancing Image): September 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 9/9 - 9/21


Here are the last ten films I watched, with a screen-captured image and quick sentence on the subject. Visit my #WatchlistScreenCaps archive for more arresting images. Links below are to my post on the film in question.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Uncharted Territory: #iPodAlbumPlaylist, pt. V


I've just completed another playlist of twenty-five albums. As usual, they were shuffled so the order is arbitrary. Some are familiar favorites, others new discoveries for me - a majority being the latter this time (especially strong in the first half). My favorite discovery was probably the proto-ambient Sonic Seasonings. Covers, titles, and favorite tracks are featured below. You can also follow my listenings on Twitter, scan my last playlist or look at all previous round-ups on this blog.


Images from the Two-Day Viewing Marathon, 9/15 - 9/16


On Sunday, September 15, and Monday, September 16, I held a "viewing marathon" - not a movie marathon per se as it included episodes of TV series and miniseries and video essays as well as short films and features. Since  I usually don't include episodes or video essays in #WatchlistScreenCaps line-ups, those appear in a smaller size and are not on the master list (which can be found here). My previous mixed-medium viewing diary is here.

Friday, September 13, 2013

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 9/9 (short films edition II)


Here are the last ten films I watched, with a screen-captured image and quick sentence on the subject. Visit my #WatchlistScreenCaps archive for more arresting images, and the previous short films edition to see more mixed-media short films.

Monday, September 9, 2013

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 9/1 - 9/8 (a favorite from each decade)


Here are the last ten films I watched, with a screen-captured frame and quick sentence on the subject. Last week, I decided to dig into my collection for some classics I hadn't watched in a while; halfway through the week, I realized each so far had been from a different decade so I decided to continue the trend. As a result, I've included one movie from each decade between the 1910s and the 2000s. Visit my #WatchlistScreenCaps archive for more arresting images. Links below are to previous posts on the film in question.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

A Gallery of Movie Moments: Images from every film I've watched since February (344 #WatchlistScreenCaps)


Hundreds of images from my visual viewing diary

As anyone paying attention to this blog knows, the majority of my posts in 2013 have been #WatchlistScreenCaps round-ups. In these I track the past ten films I've seen via screen-captured frames from the film in question, accompanied by a little epitaph (occasionally a judgement, more often a description or observation), basic info on the title, and the date I watched it.

Some of you may have noticed that for several weeks I've been updating one big page containing every single one of these images - and now I'd like to formally announce its existence and invite you to explore. There you'll find cartoons and live-action, narrative and documentary, feature and short, color and black-and-white, theatrical releases and TV miniseries, even YouTube videos less than a minute long.

#WatchlistScreenCaps has been a fun way to keep a viewing diary and maintain interest (my own and my readers') in my blog at a time when I'm unable to take on more ambitious ventures like video essays or even simple movie reviews (though I hope to rectify that soon).

It can also be a good way to start conversation on a given film, so feel free to comment here on anything I've seen that you have too. Better yet, it can encourage you to check some of these out yourself (at least the worthwhile ones!); in a visual medium, a taste of what the film looks like can indeed be worth a thousand words as incentive. If you need words too (or video clips for that matter), you can click on the linked titles which lead to other pieces on these films from Lost in the Movies.

Here is the picture gallery for my #WatchlistScreenCaps. It will be updated every time I see another movie:


The round-ups will continue as well, of course, every time I've reached ten films. By the way, if any bloggers out there like this feature, I encourage you to imitate it on your own blogs as well (unless you've already been doing it on your own, that is - in which case, let me know!). I would love to follow your own visual viewing logs too.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Record of a Summer (with additional images)


This was definitely the summer of the screen-cap (and more will follow in a moment...). Since February, I've been keeping a visual diary of every movie I watched - including short films and online videos - and at times the pace has been rapid enough to drown out my other pieces. August was such a time: a succession of cartoon screen-cap round-ups swallowed up my homepage and hid the rest of my summer work.

So I'm using the end of the season to look back and offer highlights from the past few months - posts that weren't viewing, listening, or reading round-ups (I've also been posting album covers to reflect my iPod playlists and book covers to reflect a reading list).

I will continue the visual diary approach in coming months: I enjoy it, it's relatively easy to do, and seems to appeal to readers. However, I also hope to supplement these mostly silent images (adorned only with epigrams) with more essays, particularly focused on memorable movies I've seen in 2013 (I haven't reviewed a film since April). Not, that is, movies from 2013 - of which I've so far seen only one. But that's another story.

Meanwhile, here are my non-#WatchlistScreenCaps posts from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 2013:

Dozen images from two visually striking Grail films

Indian screenwriter's thoughts on tradition and innovcation

Reflections on race and political discourse after the Trayvon Martin case

Very short acknowledgement of my blog's anniversary

Very, very long reflection on my blog's history, with pictures of its former looks

Complete directory - in images - to every film featured in Mark Cousins' documentary

Six-month anniversary of my movie's premiere

My first amateur movie shoot took place on July 31, 1993, when I was nine

Carl Jung dreams of human history as a mysterious house

And finally, following the jump are some more images from the movies I saw this summer: