Lost in the Movies: THE ARCHIVE Chapter 22: Genesis of a Video Detective (March - August 2015)

THE ARCHIVE Chapter 22: Genesis of a Video Detective (March - August 2015)

My new plan for Lost in the Movies essentially broke Journey Through Twin Peaks into its component parts: Twin Peaks as a central touchstone, television as a subject, and video essays as a favored approach. Once a month I offered either an update on the new Peaks' progress or gathered memories of the old Peaks, every week I reviewed another episode of True Detective (season one and, as it aired, season two) and/or Neon Genesis Evangelion, and as often as possible I submitted a new video essay to Fandor Keyframe, where I had been invited to contribute by Kevin B. Lee (whom I interviewed in the spring as part of my effort to dig deeper into this exciting new form). I also tried to slowly make my way through my own DVD collection but that never got very far, although I still get a few movie reviews in here and there.

Subjects include the Quay brothers' oneiric world, Maya Deren and quantum physics, the value of fandom, a wide-ranging discussion of a Woody Allen book, and Kevin B. Lee's "desktop documentary" analyzing the socio-economic implications of a Transformers production.

Learning to Look: Eye Contact in Satyajit Ray's The Big City is not only my highlight for this period, but one of my strongest video essays - and pound for pound, perhaps my best work of criticism, period.


Status update: Let's get lost in the movies (and shows)...
I took a long breather after Journey Through Twin Peaks, and then set my course for upcoming work

The Last Stage
My first written film review in six months: a Polish film about Nazi concentration camps, shot by and starring survivors

Shattering the Screen: a conversation with Andy Burns, author of Pop Classics: Wrapped in Plastic (Twin Peaks)
With a new Twin Peaks book hitting the shelves, I took the opportunity for another interview

Screenshots from the climactic sequence of True Detective, which I'd just finished watching (and was about to publish a viewing diary for)


My Adventures in Television: I begin a Wednesday tradition
Announcing the debut of my viewing diary format

Did David Lynch just quit Twin Peaks?!

Celebrating Twin Peaks' twenty-fifth anniversary in the immediate shadow of a potential crisis

Interviewing the master video essayist about his short film analyzing the global production of a Transformers sequel and the broader cultural and economic implications

The aesthetics of making, and watching, video essays - the discussion continues (with lots of examples)

The (then-)future concludes our discussion; will the video essay merge with the essay film or create something new? (with more examples)

Kicking off my first viewing diary, writing about each episode after seeing it for the first time

Randomly reviewing a Jacques Rivette film in a year that would end up very Rivette-heavy

The mystery begins with a body in a Louisiana field

A shot-by-shot breakdown of Asuka's meltdown in Neon Genesis Evangelion episode 22

True Detective episode 2: "Seeing Things"
Whispers of the Yellow King


Film as Film, and what is film? (a status update in the form of rambling personal musings)
A shift in my sensibility framed by V.F. Perkins' book and Twin Peaks

True Detective episode 3: "The Locked Room"
Martin Hart's personal life is cracking up as the detectives circle closer to a prime suspect

Manufacturing Dreams in Street of Crocodiles (video)
My first video essay for Fandor (and my first since Journey Through Twin Peaks), on the peculiar world of the Quay brothers

True Detective episode 4: "Who Goes There?"
A detour into a biker gang subplot and a one-shot wonder sequence mark perhaps the most episodic hour of the show

Welcome (Back) to Twin Peaks: some thoughts on David Lynch's departure...and return
Comments from the brief era when the future of a Lynch-directed Twin Peaks season 3 was in doubt

True Detective episode 5: "The Secret Fate of All Life"
In a surprise move, the series changes course and leaps ahead

The Mind Reader
Sham psychic tries to go straight (or does he?)

True Detective episode 6: "Haunted Houses"
Maybe my favorite episode, as the detectives' personal struggles come to the fore


Moments From the Movies: 32 Days of Movies "refreshes" starting today
Transferring my film clip series to Vimeo for higher quality and adding a couple more clips that were supposed to be in at the time

True Detective episode 7: "After You've Gone"
Is it all coming together now?

The Ballad of Willy Loman: a visual tribute to Death of a Salesman
Screenshots from a teleplay using its form in interesting ways

True Detective episode 8: "Form and Void"
Into the heart of Carcosa...

My first reactions to Twin Peaks
How I remember experiencing each big turning point in Twin Peaks back in 2008

True Detective: Conclusions (w/ final images)
Rounding up my first season reviews along with all the striking screenshots I couldn't find a place for until now

Fan Culture Wars (brief thoughts on 3 fandoms)
My growing interest in the phenomenon of fandom, observed through the lens of Twin Peaks, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and the Star Wars prequels

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Episode 1-7 Review, plus Historical Context (by Murderous Ink)
Offering a refresher on the first episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion with Bob Clark and Japanese writer Murderous Ink before resuming the episode guide

True Detective season 2 viewing diary begins this week
I finished True Detective season 1 just in time to move onto season 2 while it aired on HBO in the summer of 2015

True Detective season 2 episode 1 - "The Western Book of the Dead" (episode 2 appears tomorrow)
Reacting to the True Detective season 2 premiere with ambivalence

True Detective season 2 episode 2 - "Night Finds You"
What do a raven and a hitman have in common?


Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 8 - "Asuka Strikes!"
Asuka's arrival resumes my Evangelion coverage in the year the show takes place in (includes conversation with Bob Clark and Murderous Ink)

Mr. Thank You
The friendly bus driver and his passengers, happy, sad, and everything in between

Learning to Look: Eye Contact in Satyajit Ray's The Big City
One of my favorite video essays analyzes eye contact in a film about the birth of a saleswoman

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 9 - "Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!"
Using Dance Dance Revolution to slay the Angels (includes conversation with Bob Clark and Murderous Ink)

True Detective season 2, episode 3 - "Maybe Tomorrow"
Dreaming of a Conrad Twitty impersonator on True Detective

I, the Executioner
A serial killer's requiem for a massacre

True Detective season 2 episode 4 - "Down Will Come"
Again, a shootout slices a True Detective season in half

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 10 - "Magma Diver"
All you need is lava (includes conversation with Bob Clark and Murderous Ink)

Lost in the Movies turns 7
Hitting the lucky number anniversary on my site

Across the Threshold with Maya Deren (video)
How do the images of Maya Deren align with the world as seen by quantum physics?

True Detective season 2 episode 5 - "Other Lives"
As season 2 moves forward it also trips over itself

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 11 - "The Day Tokyo-3 Stood Still"
Attack of the giant spider Angel (includes conversation with Bob Clark and Murderous Ink)

True Detective season 2 episode 6 - "Church in Ruins"
Almost three-quarters of the way into the season, finally a really excellent episode

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 12 - "She said, 'Don't make others suffer for your personal hatred.'"
"What motivates you to fight against the Angels?" (includes conversation with Bob Clark and Murderous Ink)

Memories of Twin Peaks
How did different Twin Peaks fans respond to major moments in the series when viewing for the first time?


True Detective season 2 episode 7 - "Black Maps and Motel Rooms"
With a dramatic death and a dramatic coming together, the season approaches its conclusion

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 13 - ""Lilliputin Hitcher"
Ritsuko fights the Angel virus (includes conversation with Bob Clark)
Come, Sweet Death: a video tribute to The Phantom Carriage & Wild Strawberries
My video essay juxtaposes two films, decades apart, in which Victor Sjostrom faces Death in an old carriage

Talkin' WA ... a conversation on art, criticism & Woody Allen w/ Alex Sheremet, author of Woody Allen: Reel to Real
Discussing a new study of Allen's work

True Detective season 2 episode 8 - "Omega Station"
After a shaky season, True Detective heads into the woods - and the desert - for a truly Californian finale

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 4 - "Weaving a Story"
Evangelion puts its own spin on the clip-show cliche (includes conversation with Bob Clark)

(I covered this period on Episode 21 of my Patreon podcast)

Next: A World Without Uncertainty (August - December 2015)
(in which the Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule begins, anchored by Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Previous: Journeying into Twin Peaks (July 2014 - February 2015)

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