Lost in the Movies: Lost in the Movies celebrates its 5th anniversary, starting now

Lost in the Movies celebrates its 5th anniversary, starting now

Tonight I kick off a four-month celebration of a half-decade of blogging, by introducing my new banner and announcing a feature which will launch in a few minutes. The idea is that I'd like to share my back pages with new readers and random stumblers; since launching Lost in the Movies in the summer of 2008 (as The Dancing Image), I've been disappointed or frustrated how many good posts get lost in the shuffle. Although it has improved over time, the blogging format tends to highlight whatever is most recent at the expense of burying the backlog.

While I hope to be introducing new content as well, in the months leading up to July 16 (this site's birthday) I will be linking each day to an oldie-but-goodie from the Lost in the Movies archive. I will be tweeting the link and also putting up a temporary post with the intro from the given piece. First I'll do so chronologically with 50 random pieces from 2008 to today, and then I'll follow with the 62 posts I consider my strongest (see the "Top Posts" tab if you want to jump the gun). On the five-year anniversary, I'll post a retrospective look at where I've been as a blogger. Self-indulgent, perhaps, but hopefully fun as well.

The bigger ambition is that this encourages others to take similar actions, and me to explore their older posts too. While it's always a good idea to be moving forward, we also don't want to abandon the past. As much as possible, I'd like to promote the idea of the blogosphere as unbound by chronology, so that one can stumble upon pieces from whenever; down with disposability, up with legacy! Or something like that.

I hope you enjoy exploring these backroads over the next 112 days. It begins tonight with a train pulling into a station...

Visit "THE TOP POSTS" to see the complete list of 62 posts revisited from May 15 to July 16.

And here's the rest of the Anniversary Archives, 50 representative posts revisited from March 26 to May 14:

The problem with comic books (and movies)  (August 6, 2008)
The Birth of a Nation (August 13, 2008)
Dark Knights for Different Eras: The Dark Knight & The Birth of a Nation (August 15, 2008)
"Twin Peaks" (the Pilot) (August 19, 2008)
Singin' in the Rain: Hooray for (Hating) Hollywood! (August 24, 2008)
Iraq in Fragments (November 2, 2008)
The Struggle, directed by D.W. Griffith (November 30, 2008)
A Charlie Brown Christmas & It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown! (January 12, 2009)
Obama's Inauguration, January 2009 (January 21, 2009)
Rankin-Bass' The Wind in the Willows (February 14, 2009)
Mumblecore & Funny Ha Ha (March 27, 2009)
Questioning To Kill a Mockingbird (April 21, 2009)
The Movie Bookshelf: 365(+) Days of Movie Books (July 10, 2009)
Apocalypse Now Redux (July 10, 2009)
Latin American masterpiece: Historias Extraordinarias (August 26, 2009)
A History of Film Criticism: interview with Gerald Peary, director of For the Love of Movies (November 16, 2009)
Antichrist (December 8, 2009)
 The Best of the Blogosphere (old school edition: 2009) (January 8, 2010)
Why I hate the word "indie" (February 11, 2010)
Avatar (February 21, 2010)
The Hurt Locker (March 2, 2010)
Notes on the Star Wars Saga (July 27, 2010)
The Killing & The Asphalt Jungle: "What's the difference?" (August 10, 2010)
100 Years and Counting: Remembering the Movies (September 10, 2010)
The Wind in the Willows: Exploring "The River Bank" (September 14, 2010)
Images from Dumbo: Pink Elephants on Parade! (September 30, 2010)
Images from The Mascot: The Devil's Ball (October 21, 2010)
Snow White & Sleeping Beauty (November 29, 2010)
 Hidden treasure of the Czechoslovakian New Wave: Miraculous Virgin (December 12, 2010)
Lady and the Tramp: A Dog's World (December 12, 2010)
Paris Belongs to Us (January 2, 2011)
Dishonorary Awards: Why Not to Watch the Oscars This Year (February 21, 2011)
Dreaming in Wartime: film clips from 1943 to 1946 (October 7, 2011)
Falling into the Future: film clips from 2006 to 2009 (November 1, 2011)
Dear Roger Rabbit & friends... (my open letter to Toontown) (November 20, 2011)
The Decalogue (November 22, 2011)
Bambi, book and movie (November 27, 2011)
The Godfather and The Godfather Part II (November 29, 2011)
Interview with a Filmmaker: Mitch Rouse, director of M.O. (December 5, 2011)
Avant-Garde: THE LEGENDS (December 16, 2011)
Schindler's List and Munich (December 24, 2011)
The Long Goodbye (May 26, 2012)
The muddled message of The Dark Knight Rises (July 23, 2012)
Muppets, Monsters, and Mashups in 80s Kids Culture (October 26, 2012)
Neon Genesis Evangelion (the first episode): review & discussion (November 2, 2012)
Lost in Translation (November 28, 2012)
Images from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Leap of Faith (December 21, 2012)
How I Made My Movie: Class of 2002 (January 16, 2013)
Live-blogging a Movie Marathon (February 18, 2013)


Shubhajit said...

Heartiest congratulations Joel for having completed 5 years of movie blogging. That reminds me, I too shall be reaching the same milestone later this mark. I also hope to reach the 1000-review mark sometime this year. On hindsight, I'm glad that I started my blog & started posting capsule reviews in it, as this has become something of a passion for me - like it has been for you. So yeah, cheers to that! :)

Joel Bocko said...

A passion and a crutch (in a good way) - through good times, and bad it's always there, though I've probably been less consistent in my posting than you have.

The official 5-year mark will be reached on July 16, and you can expect a commemoration on that occasion, a recap of my blogging journey with some surprises up my sleeve. Looking forward to your milestones as well.

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