Lost in the Movies: Welcome to Lost in the Movies

Welcome to Lost in the Movies

(UPDATE: Confusingly, this introduction actually refers to another blog called "Lost in the Movies" - the URL you presently know as "Lost in the Movies" was, back then, "The Dancing Image".)

Introduction to Lost in the Movies

By way of quick introduction, my name is Joel Bocko (the site is maintained under my screenname, MovieMan0283, but here I'll sign my pieces with my own name). I've been "lost in the movies" since I was a little kid and have been tying to communicate the experience for almost as long. The purpose of Lost in the Movies will be to review contemporary films - in theaters and on DVD. For the past two years, as I've focused on the classics in viewing and writing, I've seen a lot of great movies, but fallen out of touch with what's going on at the moment, for better or worse. On my end, hopefully this site will rectify that; on your end, hopefully I can bring you a new perspective and stimulate interesting discussion on new releases.

Every Sunday, beginning tomorrow with a review of Avatar, I will be visiting a movie currently on "the big screen." For the next two weeks, I'll be writing rapidly on the bevy of late '09 releases which are currently winning and up for awards: in addition to Avatar, I'm anticipating reviews of Up in the AirA Single ManThe Hurt Locker, and Crazy Heart, among others. After early March I will hopefully be able to review movies the weekend they come out, with my take up by Sunday. Followed by - ideally - a new-to-DVD review (sometimes contemporary, sometimes classic) on Wednesdays.

I will continue to write for The Dancing Image - several series are in the works there and a fresh piece is prepared for Sunday morning - and The Sun's Not Yellow will remain the hub for all my online activity; I encourage you to keep that on your blogroll if you want to know what I'm up to here, there, or elsewhere. Finally, this week I will be introducing a series on Wonders in the Dark - a review of 21st century "classics" which I haven't seen. The first piece, on The Hurt Locker, will be posted on Lost in the Movies as well as Wonders next week. Meanwhile, I'll dive head-first into contemporary cinema over here, so stay tuned to this spot. If you want to support my efforts, you're welcome to follow the blog, leave comments, or just lurk. If you have pecuniary interests in mind, as Mr. Micawber would say, you are welcome to buy DVDs or other products through the Amazon by clicking on their advertisements here. It's my understanding that this will ultimately benefit the site, though I'm pretty new to this aspect of blogging.

Thanks again for your interest and support - and let me know if you've any tips or suggestions on how to improve Lost in the Movies. See you tomorrow.



My new blog, Lost in the Movies, is active. It will focus on contemporary cinema, particularly theatrical new releases, with a film reviewed every Sunday and hopefully a DVD on Wednesday. That's in the future; for now the pace will be much busier so stay tuned during the coming week. As always, The Sun's Not Yellow will serve as the hub for my work there, as well as on The Dancing Image and Wonders in the Dark - both of which are expecting new pieces in the next few days.

The first review at Lost in the Movies, on Avatar, will be up tomorrow.

Here's the introduction.


Just Another Film Buff said...

Another one? How do you ever manage? :)

All the best. I'll be there...

MovieMan0283 said...

Thanks, JAFB. We'll see...

If I had a better grasp of this web thing, I might consolidate all the blogs onto one site with different tabs or something. As it is, I don't want to see contemporary reviews overwhelmed by miscellaney, or an in-depth post at Dancing Image interrupted by a series of reviews, or a long-term series bogged down in various announcements. This way I can pace each blog accordingly - keeping things chugging along here, giving myself time to work on bigger things for Dancing Image (and then allow them to linger for longer at the top of the page), hopefully attract those interested in new releases with the new blog.

Different hats for the different personae, so to speak.

What's more, there's a fourth one on the horizon! But that probably will not come through till the fall...

Stephen said...

Good luck with the new blog, MovieMan.

I'm especially looking forward to your Avatar review.

MovieMan0283 said...

Thanks, it will be up in 5 1/2 hours. (Which probably means I should go to bed...)

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