Lost in the Movies: THE ARCHIVE: 2013


My short film Class of 2002 • Criterion-Hulu marathon#WatchlistScreenCaps round-ups begin: images from international classics, viral YouTube, Arthurian/Grail films, live-action shorts, documentaries, music videos, miniseries, Christmas media, and hundreds of cartoons The Story of Film • Lost in the Movies' 5th anniversaryfirst interview with Kevin B. Lee (on my first video essay) • #iPodAlbumPlaylist & #JoelsReading List round-ups begin90 Years of Cinema: my "alternate Oscars"

Chapter 16: Best Face Forward (November 2012 - January 2013)
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Part 1 of my short film was completed just before midnight on the west coast (retained for postery, but this is a rough version soon superseded by some additional footage/re-cutting)

Part 2 of my short film (rough version/original cut) follows the characters introduced in Part 1 after high school

Part 3 of my short film (rough version/original cut) draws out the narrator's connection to one of the stories he tells

My dramatic mock-documetnary uses still images and found footage accompanied by narration - this is the final revised version

Recounting the creation of the film from first concept to final edit

Remembering Obama's first inauguration on the occasion of his second

Offering a glimpse of my film through quotes as well as screenshots

The final round-up presenting all of my work on or around Class of 2002, my short film

Chapter 17: Talking to Twitter & Embracing the Image (February - July 2013)
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These pictures speak 747,000 words
Updating my picture gallery

Lost in the Movies Status Update
Deciding what to do now that my film is complete

Paper vs. Plastic
Visual tribute to two competing motifs in David Fincher's Facebook film

Why you should follow me on Twitter (#WatchlistScreenCaps)
Here is where Lost in the Movies really crossed over to Twitter

The Hangman Puzzle
Pictures from Nagisa Oshima's blistering, satirical, sensitive avant-garde polemic

Recommended Cinema: Hulu, Criterion & Beyond
Fresh capsules on A Nos Amours, Hobson's Choice, Mamma Roma, The River, Salesman, Summer with Monika, and Tokyo Twilight along with quotes from my older reviews on several other films

Tomorrow I will live-blog/tweet a Criterion marathon
Announcing my first live-blogging, as I prepare to watch a bunch of films I've never seen before, choosing from a Criterion/Hulu library

The Criterion-Hulu Marathon (live-blogging)
The Love GoddessesCourage for Every DayThe Junk ShopEmporte-MoiBeing Two Isn’t EasyThe Machine That Kills Bad PeopleEmotion

#WatchlistScreenCaps 2/12 - 2/24
A screenshot and a caption for every feature, short, music video, miniseries, and original YouTube content I will watch for a full year...it starts with this first round-up of ten

The Favorites - Death by Hanging (#94)
After a two-month break I resumed the Favorites series with Oshima's iconoclastic work - but this would be my last entry for two and a half years


#WatchlistScreenCaps 2/26 - 3/4
Another ten screenshots, including a couple Indian classics and a couple new releases

Lost in the Movies status update, March 2013
Shifting into a mostly visual approach for a while, with Twitter leading the way

Souvenirs from The Story of Film
A screenshot for each chapter of the documentry miniseries

#WatchlistScreenCaps 3/5 - 3/21
Another ten screenshots, from many emotionally intense films

Lost in the Movies celebrates its 5th anniversary, starting now
Building up to the fifth anniversary, I re-shared my favorite pieces for several months

#WatchlistScreenCaps (80s short films), 3/26 - 3/28
Another ten screenshots, focused on shorts and videos from 1982 to 1984


Swept up by my first Guru Dutt production, not knowing anything about him beforehand (this was my last film review for six months)

Boston, You're My Home
Memories of the New England city, written immediately after the marathon bombing

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 4/2 - 4/20
Another ten screenshots, including some more Indian classics

Visions of Filmmaking: 2 quotes from Truffaut & Godard
Two New Wave giants offer insight into their creative process

Movie Marathon (#WatchlistScreenCaps 4/22)
Screenshots of documentaries, cartoons, experimental films, and a few live-action narrative features watched in a single day

Press Play features my De Palma video w/ Kevin B. Lee interview
Kevin B. Lee interviewed me about my first video essay (from 2009) and my concerns/process with video work


#WatchlistScreenCaps, 4/23 - 4/30
Another ten screenshots, with several imaginative low-budget selections

Music to My Ears: #iPodAlbumPlaylist
Rounding up the albums I listened to over the previous two months

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 5/1 - 5/7
Another ten screenshots, including the first YouTube classic selections

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 5/7 - 5/8 (viral video edition)
Another ten screenshots, based mostly off some random "Greatest YouTube videos from its first five years" list (aside from the frog one, which is very much a personal favorite)

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 5/10 - 5/14
Another ten screenshots, with many 1990 short films

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 5/14 - 5/24
Another ten screenshots, almost exclusively tied to Arthurian legends

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 5/28 (viral video edition II)
Another ten screenshots based on that YouTube list, with animal and infant hijinks

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 5/28 (viral video edition III)
Another ten screenshots based on that YouTube list, with some Election 2008 flashbacks

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 5/28 - 5/29 (viral video edition IV)
Another ten screenshots, the last of the YouTube exclusives based on that list


Top 10 Movie Marathon (#WatchlistScreenCaps, 6/3)
Finished with dog memes and onto Carl Thodor Dreyer, as I screenshot my personal favorite films of all time

Literary Interlude: the last 20 books I read
For the third type of media round-up I introduced this spring, a documentation of books via covers and sample passages

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 5/29 - 6/17
Another ten screenshots, half from Disney

Perceval and Parsifal: a visual tribute
Eric Rohmer and Hans-Jurgen Syberberg adapt the Grail legends - here are pictures of each version

The Pebble and the String: an allegory for art
Tradition and revolt in tension (a Javed Akhtar quote from The Story of Film)

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 6/18 - 6/24
Another ten screenshots, including various adaptations of Dangerous Liaisons


What I feel needs to be said
I didn't usually blog about politics at this time but was horrified by the Trayvon Martin verdict and infuriated by the rhetoric surrounding the case (although in retrospect I didn't go far enough in some observations)

And the beat goes on...: #iPodAlbumPlaylist, pt. II
Albums I listened to in the early summer

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 7/5 - 7/16 (short films edition)
Another ten screenshots, featuring narrative and experimental shorts (both live-action and animated)

Lost in the Movies turns 5 today
Briefly marking my fifth anniversary, with a much bigger post to come

5 Years: The Complete History (more or less) of Lost in the Movies, 2008 - 2013
In an essay stuffed with links, I trace my content, expansion, and many changes in design over a half-decade

#WatchlistScreencaps, 7/17 - 7/24
Another ten screenshots, featuring many action-oriented car promo films directed by major auteurs

Odyssey of Images: a complete guide to The Story of Film
Massive tribute to the work of Mark Cousins, with a screenshot of every single film included in his fifteen-part documentary

Watch my short film, Class of 2002
Marking six months since I completed my movie

It Was 20 Years Ago Today: When A Star Moves
Remembering the creation of an undersung masterwork from a nine-year-old maverick with a Hi-8 camera and lots of toy dinosaurs

Chapter 18: The Watchlist Hits Toontown (August - October 2013)
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Strange Sounds: #iPodAlbumPlaylist, pt. III
More albums I listened to in mid-summer, emphasis on seventies and eighties (across quite a few different genres)

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 7/25 - 8/3 (early 00s short films edition)
Another ten screenshots - shorts I was watching for a year-by-year "alternate Oscars" poll

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 8/3 - 8/4 (animated shorts edition)
A collection of cartoons from various sources

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 8/6 (Bosko edition)
Another ten screenshots, exclusively of an early Warner Brothers character

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 8/7 (Looney Tunes edition)
Another ten screenshots from the Warner factory

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 8/7 - 8/9 (classic animated shorts edition)
Another ten screenshots, mixing different cartoon characters and studios

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 8/9 (Ub Iwerks Comicolor edition)
Another ten screenshots, highlighting later work from Mickey Mouse's co-creator

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 8/10 (Max Fleischer Cartoon Classics edition)
Another ten screenshots, brought to you by the Fleischer brothers

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 8/10 (Betty Boop edition)
Another ten screenshots, bringing the icon into the (sadly) post-Code era

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 8/10 (black-and-white Mickey Mouse edition)
Another ten screenshots: the mouse in glorious monochrome

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 8/11 (Mickey Mouse edition)
Another ten screenshots, drawing Mickey from two different collections

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 8/11 - 8/12 (Technicolor Mickey Mouse edition)
Another ten screenshots, with Disney in eye-popping color

100 Cartoons in 100 Images
Linking all the cartoon screenshot round-ups from the past few days

The Sunday visual diary: Viewing marathon, 8/18
Watching and screenshotting TV/webseries episodes, shorts, features, and video essays

(Mostly) Familiar Favorites: #iPodAlbumPlaylist, pt. IV
Albums I listened to in late summer 2013

Back and back and back...
Quotes from Carl Jung, accompanied by references to 2001 and The Giver

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 8/13 - 8/27 (first-time features edition)
Another ten screenshots - after many shorts, a return to feature films (all first viewings)

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 8/28 - 8/31
Another ten screenshots, including several experimental shorts


Record of a Summer (with additional images)
What I posted besides screenshots in a mostly visual summer

A Gallery of Movie Moments: Image from every film I've watched since February (344 #WatchlistScreenCaps)
Introducing a gallery page with all of the Watchlist screencaps in one place

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 9/1 - 9/8
Another ten screenshots, featuring a classic from each decade (including my first-ever rewatch of Fire Walk With Me)

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 9/9
Another ten screenshots - over half belong to Don Hertzfeldt

Images from the Two-Day Viewing Marathon, 9/15 - 9/16
Another eclectic grouping of screenshots from a variety of forms

Uncharted Territory: #iPodAlbumPlaylist, Pt. V
What I was listening to around September 2013

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 9/9 - 9/21
Another ten screenshots: eight recent shorts and two features all from within a decade of each other


Images from the Documentary Marathon, 10/1
Screenshots cover a nonfiction line-up

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 9/21 - 10/2
Another ten screenshots: iconic feature films of directors from Sergei Eisenstein to Quentin Tarantino

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 10/2 - 10/4 (live-action short films edition)
Another ten screenshots of short films, this time veering in the opposite direction from animation

Generations Linked by Video: The iHistory WW2 Project & Interview with Jeffrey Worthington
Brief Q&A about a project where students interview World War II veterans

A Saturday of Classic Cartoons: 90 images from my animation viewing marathon, 10/5
Saturday morning cartoons extend all day long as I finished a number of animation DVDs and collected screenshots

Chapter 19: Classics & Completionism (October 2013 - February 2014)
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The Eyes Have It
Visual tribute to an uncanny moment captured by Robert Bresson

Last of the List: #iPodAlbumPlaylist
Albums I listened to in the early fall

Introducing 90 Years of Cinema: my "alternate Oscars", 1923 - 2012
After almost two years of voting in weekly polls, I gathered all my "alternate Oscar" picks together

90 Years of Features: my "alternate Oscars", 1923- 2012
An illustrated list of my favorite feature year by year

90 Years of Shorts: my "alternate Oscars", 1923 - 2012
An illustrated list of my favorite short year by year

90 Years of Actors: my "alternate Oscars", 1923 - 2012
An illustrated list of my favorite actor year by year

90 Years of Actresses: my "alternate Oscars", 1923 - 2012
An illustrated list of my favorite actress year by year

90 Years of Directors: my "alternate Oscars", 1923 - 2012
An illustrated list of my favorite director year by year

90 Years of Cinema: my "alternate Oscars", 1923 - 2012
An illustrated list of my choices in every other category year by year

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 10/4 - 10/27
Another ten screenshots, all rarities brought to my attention by Wonders in the Dark

Western Countdown - Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
My first review in half a year, analyzing different cuts of the same movie (follow the Wonders link to read a comment from one of those editors)


The Final Shuffle: #iPodAlbumPlaylist, pt. VII
What I was listening to leading up to my thirtieth birthday

Filmmaker marathon, 11/9
Screenshots of the ones who are usually behind the camera

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 10/27 - 11/10
Another ten screenshots, with a dash of horror for Halloween

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 11/11 - 11/17 (music video edition)
Another ten screenshots, from a larger line-up of music videos


Fiction and Nonfiction - 10 Long-Form Films: #WatchlistScreenCaps, 11/17 - 12/7 (miniseries edition)
Another ten screenshots from miniseries old and new, dramatic and documentary

Frances Ha
Charmed by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach

4 thoughts in response to The Battle of Chile
Observations sparked by a documentary about the fall of a democratically-elected socialist to a U.S.-backed coup; I don't necessarily stand by all of the notes but some have proven even more true with time

Music video marathon, 12/16 - 12/18
Screenshots from the MTV archives (and further back than that)

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 12/7 - 12/21
Another ten screenshots, featuring several small town stories

#WatchlistScreenCaps, 12/22 - 12/24
Another ten screenshots, including several YouTube mash-ups and a Vine compilation

The Christmas Day Nostalgia Marathon (#WatchlistScreenCaps)
The Ghost of Christmas Past guides this line-up of screenshots

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