Lost in the Movies: THE ARCHIVE Chapter 15: Slow-Motion Restart (May - October 2012)

THE ARCHIVE Chapter 15: Slow-Motion Restart (May - October 2012)

When I came back after my second four-month pause in a year, I almost felt like I was starting from scratch. The blog itself had briefly vanished, and even after it returned I was working without a computer (or even a smart phone) for several months, composing pieces in a journal and transcribing them thanks to the generosity of libraries or roommates when I had the chance. Having relocated across the country, I was trying to build something new both on and offline - as the following chapter will reveal.

Subjects include adaptations of Raymond Chandler, gathering favorite paintings, the politics of the final Dark Knight movie, the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, and the casual postmodernism of eighties cartoons.

I could go back and forth on what I'd like to highlight from this period but I'll settle on Sixties Reunion: The Big Chill & Return of the Secaucus Seven, not just an in-depth exploration of the two strikingly similar films but a broader analysis of slippery concepts like "the sixties" and "baby boomers."


Lost and Found - and Back in Action
Returning four months later, after experiencing the random, jarring disappearance of my site for a few days

What are 100 of (Your) Favorite Movies?
Asking readers/commentators to make their own 100 favorites list

My journey with the religious epic, from the cropped/stretched double-VHS package to a digital screening at the Egyptian in Hollywood

The Long Goodbye
Mixed feelings about this Robert Altman/Leigh Brackett adaptation of Raymond Chandler with many brilliant aspects but a smug, misguided attitude toward its source


This is Not a Film & Venom and Eternity
Two "anti-films" - one shot on celluloid but viewed on YouTube, the other shot on a phone and viewed in a cinema

Thoughts on various films, including The Wild One, from my IMDb commenting days

How are these two iconic detectives, both played by Bogart, different from one another?


The muddled message of The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan's third Batman film was both anti-populist and too cowardly to own the implications of its anti-populism

Art...on the March! (a visual mixtape)
Ninety of my favorite artworks from the Middle Ages to the turn of the millennium


Silence is Golden: the two versions of The Gold Rush
What does a Chaplin classic lose by gaining narration?

Sixties Reunion: The Big Chill & Return of the Secaucus Seven
Two films, with tellingly different sensibilities, both about seven sixties veterans now in their thirties, gathered for a reunion at one friend's home in the country


Connecting the Movies
Jumping into a discussion about the 2012 Sight & Sound greatest films poll

Time Travel and Pretty Pictures (and a Fall Forecast)
Updating a picture gallery and a chronological directory

Fragments of Cinephilia, Pt. III
Old IMDb discussions on various topics, including a controversial scene in Sweet Movie

Who's Killing Cinema - and Who Cares?
My response to a David Denby essay about the state of cinema - the ensuing comments section was one of my longest, with an extensive back and forth between participants

Great minds think alike? (Dance of the Criterion Collection)
Looking at two video montages with different tempos

Movies I watched in 2012
Histoire(s) du CinemaThe Long Day ClosesMadchen in UniformMe and My GalMelancholiaNorth ShoreRoad to MoroccoSavagesShoahStory of FilmSuper 8TangledTanner '88Ways of SeeingThe Wind in the Willows

October (and beyond)
Plans for the fall: themed weeks in October, video essays and weekly series in November, a short film in December


With time, even those films immersed totally in the moment become pieces of history and we wonder what their characters would be doing now

Fast Times at Ridgemont High
What has and hasn't changed for teens - and teen movies - since 1982?

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
Comparing book to film adaptation in a review that closes a week focused on high school movies

Sullivan's Travels
Does Preston Sturges try to have his cake and eat it too by making an occasionally serious comedy about a foolish filmmaker who wants to address the world's problems in his work?

They Were Expendable, A Canterbury Tale, & Hail the Conquering Hero
Three films from three different perspectives on World War II: home front, battlefield, and somewhere in between

"Halliwell's Hundred" and Hellzapoppin'
Wrapping up a week of forties Hollywood with the live-action equivalent of an Animaniacs cartoon

The Amazing Grace and Amazing Grace
Two 2006 films about John Newton with the same title but differing sensibilities, styles, and points of view - one a British biopic, the other a Nigerian countermyth

Blood Diamond and Lord of War
Hollywood takes two approaches to cover exploitation of Africa

Le Havre and La Vie de Boheme
Concluding a week of films about Africa with earnest ironist Aki Kaurismaki's film about an old Frenchman concealing a refugee (plus a bonus look at his unusual adaptation of the foundational bohemian narrative)

The Secret of NIMH and The Last Unicorn
For whatever reason, 1982 was a big year for fantasy films as these two animated fantasies attest (alongside the next review)

The Dark Crystal
There's nothing quite like the texture of physical effects to bring a fantasy world to life

Precocious Pastiche: Recycled Culture in 80s Cartoons - and Beyond
A week devoted to imaginative children's entertainment from the eighties ends by examining how works like Muppet Babies or Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein remix classic texts

Gray's Anatomy and And Everything is Going Fine
Steven Soderbergh's film introduced me to Spalding Gray's work, and I was especially impressed by its use of pre-existing footage to tell the life story of the late playwright

Lucasfilm Lost
I found more to mourn in the end of George Lucas' ownership of Star Wars than to celebrate in Disney's promised expansion of the universe

(I covered this period on Episode 15, a public entry of my Patreon podcast)

Next: Best Face Forward (November 2012 - January 2013)
(in which I debut my first narrated video essays and create a film)

Previous: Long Goodbyes (November - December 2011)

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