Lost in the Movies: THE ARCHIVE Chapter 11: Golden Age (September 2010 - January 2011)

THE ARCHIVE Chapter 11: Golden Age (September 2010 - January 2011)

If 2009 scattered my activity in many directions, 2010 brought it together in a way that highlighted both diversity and consistency. Starting in the fall, I followed a tight schedule: Sunday for European New Wave reviews, Monday for something random (usually essays), Tuesday for my Wind in the Willows series, Wednesday for "Best of the 21st Century?" discoveries, Thursday for visual tributes, and Friday for Remembering the Movies, a highly-structured glance back at particular weeks in movie history. I stuck to this routine for six weeks and found it to be a liberating form of discipline.

Subjects include several Disney animated classics, a couple Beatles films, a historical overview of the British kitchen sink movement, a playfully Facebook-formatted review of the Facebook movie, an analysis of three versions of the vampire story Let the Right One In, and an essay and visual tribute each for personal favorites Fists in the Pocket and Daisies.

The Wind in the Willows - Conclusions highlights this period, rounding up my Willows pieces, from a meditation on the comfort/restlessness of the River Bank to a class analysis of the book's reactionary social views to a biographical excavation of Kenneth Grahame's sense of "home."


100 Years and Counting: Remembering the Movies, September 10 - 16
Kicking off a series in which I discuss movies that came out in ten-year intervals on a given weekend

The Fall of the Dancing Image
Announcing a new schedule for autumn 2010, one of the most productive periods on my site

The Wind in the Willows - Introductions
Leaping into one of my most ambitious projects up to that time, an in-depth exploration of Kenneth Grahame's story illustrated by images from the film adaptations

Moolaadé (Best of the 21st Century?)
My "unseen acclaimed films" series becomes weekly with Ousmane Sembene's colorful, political masterpiece set in a Burkinese village

The Corruption of Michael Corleone
Visual tribute to Michael Corleone's arc from infancy to the consolidation of his power as "godfather"

Remembering the Movies: Sep. 17 - 23
What came out this week in history, featuring Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, and William Wyler, plus Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, and the Great Bambino

White Dog
Sam Fuller's film about a dog trained - and then untrained - to be racist

The Wind in the Willows - The River Bank
The mixture of comfort and adventure in this location captures the divided spirit of Wind in the Willows (culminating with the Piper at the Gates of Dawn)

The Son (Best of the 21st Century?)
Work as redemption - or escape

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
Pictures from The Company of Wolves, a striking mashup of fairy tale and monster movie

Remembering the Movies, Sep. 24 -30
What came out this week in movie history, featuring Sly, Uma, and Judy

Michael Collins: Taking Liberties with History
The question of historical fidelity in an Irish biopic (reprinting a 2004 essay)

The Wind in the Willows - The Wild Wood
The Black Lodge of The Wind in the Willows

Waltz with Bashir (Best of the 21st Century?)
Animation as conduit for the fog of war

Pink Elephants on Parade!
Freeze frames from the drunken Dumbo's hallucinations


Remembering the Movies, Oct. 1 - 7
What came out this week in movie history, featuring films by David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Raoul Walsh, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Imagine: John Lennon
Watching a John Lennon doc on what would have been his seventieth birthday

The Wind in the Willows - The Wide World
What exists beyond the boundaries of Kenneth Grahame's world may be as important to its definition as what exists within

My Winnipeg (Best of the 21st Century?)
Tall tales told by the glow of an arc light rather than a campfire

Shaking the Foundations
My first tribute (in this case visual) to one of the most frequently featured films on my site, Fists in the Pocket

Remembering the Movies, Oct. 8 - 14
What came out this week in movie history, featuring a Broadway-themed film and a film adapted from Broadway as well as a couple John Fords

The Sunday Matinee
Expanding my fall 2010 schedule to six days for a series that will end up covering four European New Waves

The Social Network
Discussing the Facebook film on Facebook (not as easy to assemble as it sounds, but a lot of fun)

The Wind in the Willows - Open Road
The Edwardian age and the cult of the automobile, as my Willows series reaches Mr. Toad's adventures

Gosford Park (Best of the 21st Century?)
Robert Altman's slyly subversive take on the British country home genre

Snapshots of a gorgeous trip into outer space, reconfigured two decades after the Apollo missions for the documentary For All Mankind

Remembering the Movies, Oct. 15 - 21
What came out this week in movie history, featuring Cecil B. De Mille, Charlie Chaplin, and Francois Truffaut, among others

The Sunday Matinee: Fists in the Pocket
Underrated slice of sixties cinema, to introduce an Italian New Wave triptych

The Director's Chair
Some of my favorite directors illustrated by a credit screencap from one of their films

The Wind in the Willows - Toad Hall
How does The Wind in the Willows deal with class (and how does this relate to the time it was written?), with reference to Jan Needle's revisionist The Wild Wood, which takes the weasel underclass' point of view

The Headless Woman (Best of the 21st Century?)
Sometimes disorientation can be clarifying

The Devil's Ball
Animated antecedent to Fantasia and The Nightmare Before Christmas, screencaps from a single sequence in The Mascot

Remembering the Movies, Oct. 22 - 28
What came out this week in movie history, featuring Buster Keaton, Luis Bunuel, and a rare Ingmar Bergman

The Sunday Matinee: Il Posto
A job begins with neither dread nor grandeur, but everyday curiosity

Fragments of Cinephilia
Random reflections from my IMDb message board days, gathered a few years later

The Wind in the Willows - Animal Kingdom
How Kenneth Grahame navigates the complicated anthropomorphism of his tale

Atanarjuat (Best of the 21st Century?)
An Inuit oral tradition given cinematic form

The Singer Not the Song
Faerie Tale Theatre episode "The Nightingale" directed by Ivan Passer and starring Mick Jagger, represented by a few dozen frames

Remembering the Movies, Oct. 29 - Nov. 4
What came out this week in movie history, featuring some Halloween themes

The Sunday Matinee: Before the Revolution
Communism, Catholicism, and especially Cinephilia: belief systems in tension (drawing the Italian part of my Sunday Matinee series to a close)


My #1 horror film: The Shining
In honor of the Wonders in the Dark countdown, I pick my own favorite

The Wind in the Willows - Dulce Domum
The final entry, exploring Kenneth Grahame's life and its intersections with The Wind in the Willows' theme of home

In Praise of Love (Best of the 21st Century?)
A Jean-Luc Godard film that didn't really click for me although I found the latter half frequently beautiful

Hell is Where the Heart is
Few have taken to color filmmaking after a long black and white career as readily, beautifully, and ferociously as Federico Fellini (as this visual tribute to Juliet of the Spirits attests!)

Remembering the Movies, Nov. 5 - 11
What came out this week in movie history, featuring an early start to the holiday season

The Sunday Matinee: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner
Kicking off the British "kitchen sink" part of my Sunday Matinee series

Psycho: Long Night at the Bates Motel
Written after seeing the Alfred Hitchcock classic on the big screen for the first time

The Wind in the Willows - Conclusions
Gathering all the Wind in the Willows entries in one spot - this series is one of my favorite things I've ever done

Let Them All In... Let the Right One In book/movie/remake
Comparing various adaptations of Let the Right One In: how do they deal with different aspects of the story, including point of view, society, and gender?

Little Green Men
Visual tribute to the spaceship sequence of alien abduction thriller Fire in the Sky

Remembering the Movies, Nov. 12 - 18
What came out this week in movie history, featuring a John Ford, a Yasujiro Ozu, and two animated Disney features

Silent Light (Best of the 21st Century?)
Visual tribute to a sunrise, the quiet opening of an acclaimed Mexican film
The Sunday Matinee: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Albert Finney in an "angry young man" film that feels both sturdier and more volatile than some of the others

Eight Arms to Hold You
Help! is far from the best Beatles film, but it's possibly the most gorgeous - this collection of screenshots revels in that realization

Remembering the Movies, Nov. 19 - 25
What came out this week in movie history, with a new, more stylish visual format

The Sunday Matinee: This Sporting Life and Billy Liar
My favorite from my Sunday Matinee series - an overview of early sixties British cinema with emphasis on two '63 films, both representing a rupture but each indicating a different direction

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
Pictures from Daisies' epic banquet/food fight just in time for Thanksgiving

Remembering the Movies, Nov. 26 - Dec. 2
What came out this week in movie history, featuring W.C. Fields, Douglas Fairbanks, and Fred Astaire among the icons on display

The Sunday Matinee: Loves of a Blonde
My favorite Milos Forman film kicks off the Czechoslovakian New Wave section of the Sunday Matinee series

Snow White and Sleeping Beauty
Two Disney classics, considered side by side as representatives of different eras in the studio's history


Remembering the Movies, Dec. 3 - 9
What came out this week in movie history, featuring an argument about Gimme Shelter between Pauline Kael and the Maysles brothers

The Sunday Matinee: Daisies
Vera Chytilova's bold yet ambiguous sixties classic

I Vant to Link Your Blog
Inviting movie bloggers to pick their favorite pieces from 2010

Remembering the Movies, Dec. 10-16
What came out this week in movie history, featuring extremes of both violence and pacifism

The Sunday Matinee: Miraculous Virgin
Underseen Slovakian masterpiece from the sixties

Lady and the Tramp: A Dog's World
A Disney film uniquely places itself in the recognizable world of the recent past

Remembering the Movies, Dec. 17 - 23
What came out this week in movie history, featuring grouchy old men redeemed from Scrooge to Forrester

The Sunday Matineee: Les Bonnes Femmes
Claude Chabrol sneaks up on you while other French New Wavers make more flamboyant debuts

My #1 animated film: Street of Crocodiles
Using the Wonders in the Dark animation countdown as an excuse to highlight a Quay brothers classic

Visual Tributes (What's in a Day?)
Teasing three upcoming screencap line-ups

Man vs. Machine
The ending of Steven Spielberg's Duel as a series of screenshots

Snow White Gets St. James Infirmary Blues
Betty Boop does her own twist on Snow White, and I pay visual tribute

Good Grief and Merry Christmas
On the eve of Christmas Eve, I offered one more visual tribute to a favorite cartoon special

Remembering the Movies, Dec. 24 - 30
What came out this week in movie history, featuring a couple international crime sagas and animated musicals

The Sunday Matinee: Cleo From 5 to 7
The French New Wave portion of my Sunday Matinee series continues with Agnes Varda's real-time classic

The Year of the Blog: The Dancing Image in 2010
Recalling a whirlwind 2010, with many links embedded

Remembering the Movies, Dec. 31 - Jan. 6
What came out this week in movie history, including some fascinating but relatively little-known titles from one of the most consistently quiet times of the yearly release schedule


The Sunday Matinee: Paris Belongs to Us
Jacques Rivette's serpentine debut closes my Sunday Matinee series, studying four European New Waves

(I covered this period on Episode 11 of my Patreon podcast)

Next: Running on "Remembering" (January - May 2011)
(in which I rely on one particular approach to carry me through a winter)

Previous: Heading Home (June - September 2010)

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