Lost in the Movies: THE ARCHIVE Chapter 23: A World Without Uncertainty (August - December 2015)

THE ARCHIVE Chapter 23: A World Without Uncertainty (August - December 2015)

This was a busy time, but also an orderly one. My regular Twin Peaks posts, weekly episode guides, and occasional Fandor essays were now supplemented by a renewed Favorites series, recurring podcast appearances, and a slate of biweekly YouTube video series (short narrated review, side-by-side comparison, abstractly illustrated poem, music-driven montage). I published at least three times a week, a routine anchored both literally and figuratively by Neon Genesis Evangelion as I dug into the most interesting episodes of that series and eventually devoted an entire week to The End of Evangelion (a focus that dovetailed perfectly with my video and Favorites commitments).

Subjects include that infamous "day in the future" of Back to the Future Part II, a podcast tribute to the Log Lady, the debut of my Tumblr companion blog, assessments of both seasons of True Detective, and ranking/reviewing every Twin Peaks episode.

Joining together my two primary interests at this time, my highlight of this period is the video essay Side by Side - Neon Genesis Evangelion & Twin Peaks, at once an analysis of storytelling shape, a collage of visual rhymes, and a cheerfully counterintuitive mash-up.


Lost in the Movies for 7 Days: a status update for the coming week...and year!
Launching a full week of activity to conclude some projects and renew or initiate others

Coming Attractions on my YouTube channel (video)
Schedule for fall/winter 2015-16...a new video (in one of five formats) every five weeks

True Detective: thoughts on seasons 1 & 2
Taking in two seasons of True Detective, dissecting the flaws and strengths of both

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 15 - "Those Women Longed For the Touch of Others' Lips, and Thus Invited Their Kisses"
A quiet episode feels like one of the series' most important, kicking off a really strong run straight through the finale (and film) (includes conversation with Bob Clark and Murderous Ink)

The Twin Peaks Unwrapped Interview (podcast discussing the first season & my video series)
Making my first of many appearances on this Twin Peaks podcast to cover the first eight episodes with a veteran viewer and a newbie

The Favorites - All the President's Men (#93)
Six days shy of a quarter-decade after it stopped, the Favorites series resumes with typewriter keys sounding the death knell of a presidency

7 Rooms: montage guide for an abandoned film
A video I created to help me envision the structure of an anthology film. Though I never pursued the project, I liked the juxtaposition of clips, images, and music so I ended up sharing it a year later

The 3 1/2 Minute Review of Neon Genesis Evangelion (video)
My first YouTube video essay since the end of Journey Through Twin Peaks offered a much quicker take on another TV show

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 16 - "Splitting of the Breast"
Where Evangelion goes off the rails - in the best sense possible (includes conversation with Bob Clark and Murderous Ink)

The Favorites - Emak-Bakia (#92)
An experimental short from the interwar years belongs to the distant past, the glimpsed future, and the eternal present

Tumbling down, tumbling down, tumbling down... (status update)
Joining Tumblr as another expansion after additional Blogger sites, YouTube, Twitter, and Vimeo


Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 17 - "Fourth CHILD"
Who will be the new Evangelion pilot? (includes conversation with Bob Clark)

The Favorites - Faust (#91)
F.W. Murnau brilliantly shifts tones between horror, adventure, romance, and farce in his devil-made-me-do-it Expressionist masterpiece

Labor day status update
Delaying a big video for at least a week

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 18 - "Ambivalence"
When a crisis hits, who controls the Eva? (includes conversation with Bob Clark and Murderous Ink)

The Favorites - Cria Cuervos (#90)
Ana Torrent provides one of the best child performances of all time in a film about the death of an oppressive father

Side by Side - Neon Genesis Evangelion & Twin Peaks (premiering later today)
"Neon Genesis Evangelion ... is a robot saga the same way Twin Peaks was a cop show." - Comic Buyers Guide (starting with that sentiment, I created one of my favorite videos for the site)

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 19 - ""Introjection"
Going berserker (includes conversation with Bob Clark and Murderous Ink)

The Favorites - Stop Making Sense (#89)
A concert film with a subtle narrative

Idylls of the King ("Cinepoem" video)
Pairing Tennyson's poem with a montage of manipulated film clips

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 20 - "Weaving a Story 2: oral stage"
Shinji deep-dives inside the Eva - and his own subconscious... (includes conversation with Bob Clark and Murderous Ink)

The Favorites - Place de la Republique ((#88)
Louis Malle turns the "man in the street" interview into a work of art

Six Years in America: Louis Malle's God's Country (video)
By coincidence, two Malle tributes back-to-back, this one a comparison of the 1978 and 1985 sections of his PBS farmland opus

Farewell to the Log Lady (including podcast for Obnoxious & Anonymous)
Paying tribute to Catherine Coulson on the day she passed away

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 21 - "He was aware that he was still a child."
One of my favorite episodes of Evangelion, full of flashbacks and revelations (includes conversation with Bob Clark and Murderous Ink)


The Favorites - Platform (#87)
The transformation of China in the eighties, conveyed through long takes and subtle but eventually dizzying transformations

Montage: Symphony of the Devils (video)
Richards/Taylor and Haxan/Hellraiser, a pair of devilish duos

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 22 - "Don't Be."
Asuka's apocalyptic mind-battle (includes conversation with Bob Clark and Murderous Ink)

The Favorites - Miraculous Virgin (#86)
Little-seen Slovakian slice of the sixties, rich with poetic ambiguity and a surrealist bent expressed through camerawork more than editing or script

Twin Peaks Out of Order
In which I rank and and review every episode of Twin Peaks' first run, from least-favorite to favorite (a fun away to rewatch the series)

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 23 - "Rei II"
And now Rei reaches her apocalyptic moment (includes conversation with Bob Clark and Murderous Ink)

The Favorites - Schindler's List (#85)
Steven Spielberg's ambitious and flawed, acclaimed and controversial approach mixes raw realism with Hollywood stylization and collective history with individual narrative

Back to the Future: Welcome to Hill Valley (video)
My side-by-side video essay compares all the different versions of Hill Valley in the Back to the Future trilogy, released on the actual date Marty arrived in the "future" (for one brief moment, on October 21, 2015, that meme was finally true)

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episode 24 - "The Beginning and the End, or 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door'"
Hello, Kaworu (includes conversation with Bob Clark and Murderous Ink)

The Favorites - Raging Bull (#84)
Largely sustained by fierce, focused intensity but the moments of grace and grandeur suggest a much wider world on the periphery of the protagonist's blinkered vision

The Creators of Laura Palmer (+ a status update)
How the character of Laura Palmer evolved from input both casual and impassioned

Neon Genesis Evangelion, Episodes 25 & 26 - "Do you love me?" & "Take care of yourself"
The Neon Genesis Evangelion finale can stand alongside the finales of Twin Peaks and The Prisoner as a bold departure from an already-bold show (includes conversation with Bob Clark and Murderous Ink)

The Favorites - Syndromes and a Century (#83)
The juxtaposition of city and country: how environment affects perception and re-directs narrative (among many other rich aspects of this film)


The End of Evangelion week on Lost in the Movies
Seven days straight devoted to The End of Evangelion, starting with this introduction

The 3 1/2 Minute Review of The End of Evangelion
A brief video essay reviewing the Evangelion film on its own

Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End of Evangelion, Part 1 of 3: My Review (discussion w/ Bob Clark begins tomorrow)
My extended review of the Evangelion film and its relationship to the series

Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End of Evangelion, Part 2 of 3: discussion w/ Bob Clark on the film's style & story (+ final comment from Murderous Ink)
Bob Clark and I begin our Evangelion conversation and Murderous Ink shares some media commentary from the late nineties

Neon Genesis Evangelion - The End of Evangelion, Part 3 of 3: discussion w/ Bob Clark on the film's characters
Bob Clark concludes his contribution to the Evangelion series as we examine the sprawling ensemble of the show and film, one by one

The Favorites - The End of Evangelion (#82)
Exploring End of Evangelion as a standalone feature, cinema rather than TV, for my Favorites series

Absolute Terror: images from the battle in The End of Evangelion
A visual tribute to Asuka's final stand closes my "End of Evangelion Week"

Talking Mulholland Drive with Twin Peaks Unwrapped
I was one of several guests for my second appearance on this podcast, each of us discussing David Lynch's film (and its relationship to Twin Peaks) in turn

Neon Genesis Evangelion - Evangelion 1.11
The first Evangelion rebuild film doesn't vary too much from the series

The Favorites - The Civil War (#81)
Ken Burns bridges the gap between history as journalistic/scholarly excavation and history as folk mythology

Side by Side: Rear Window and Dial M for Murder (video)
Converting my 2011 essay comparing and contrasting these two works into a 2015 video essay

Neon Genesis Evangelion - Evangelion 2.22
The second Evangelion rebuild film begins to depart from the series in significant ways

The Favorites - The Adventures of Robin Hood (#80)
A timeless swashbuckler, yet also very much of its time

Thoughts on Cooper, Windom, and Bob
A new reading of the Twin Peaks finale occurred to me in light of my favored Fire Walk With Me interpretation

Neon Genesis Evangelion - Evangelion 3.33
The third Evangelion rebuild film makes a radical shift into left field

The Favorites - The Wizard of Oz (#79)
One of my longer Favorites pieces, on a film that can be viewed through so many different prisms (including, yes, that one on the Pink Floyd album cover)

Cinepoem: Emily Dickinson's After Great Pain (video)
Emily Dickinson paired with Yasujiro Ozu (after a transitional introduction evoking a recent dream)


Neon Genesis Evangelion: the complete episode guide
After three years - mostly spent on a long break - my Neon Genesis Evangelion episode guide concludes with the full line-up in one place

The Favorites - Late Spring (#78)
In any given scene during Noriko's glacial transition from daughter to bride, we may notice writing on the wall, yet the moment on hand proceeds

Twin Peaks Unwrapped: discussing the Killer's Reveal
Joining the introcast's coverage of episode 14 to analyze the implications and find out how the first-time viewer reacted

(I covered this period on Episode 22 of my Patreon podcast)

Next: Paris, Portmeirion, and Other Planets (December 2015 - April 2016)
(in which Jacques Rivette, The Prisoner, Star Wars, and video essays recur during a busy schedule)

Previous: Genesis of a Video Detective (March - August 2015)

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