Lost in the Movies

Here is the work I'm most eager to share, divided into five categories: essays, videos, images, lists, and podcasts. This is a great place to start if you're curious about the variety of my topics and approaches. (I also recommend checking out My Conversations, which purposefully doesn't overlap with this list aside from a few exceptions.)

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Video


Exploration of the aesthetic and political implications of Ousmane Sembene's use of black and white in his first feature film



Cinepoem (full cycle)
Six nineteenth-century poems accompanied, illustrated, and counterposed by fragments from a variety of films



Class of 2002
My short film in which five classmates are remembered via photos, home movies, and narration



Quick trip through the entire color spectrum of Vera Chytilova's Czech New Wave romp



The Comedy Countdown - Modern Times
My video essay entry in a comedy countdown, juxtaposing the contending views of Graham Greene, Roland Barthes, and Otis Ferguson with memorable moments from the beloved Chaplin classic they are discussing



directed by Brian De Palma
A video tribute to the dark fusion of sex and violence in the director's cinema, accompanied by Kevin B. Lee's an interview with me



I am My Brother's Reaper: A Video Essay on Fists in the Pocket
My first narrated video essay, discussing a fantastic Italian favorite from the sixties



Journey Through Twin Peaks (+ the ongoing continuation in 2020)
My most ambitious project, an extensive video series analyzing the narrative of the Twin Peaks TV series & feature film




The Language of Birds
Offbeat tribute to an offbeat film - in my first audiovisual essay collaboration I exchanged "video letters" with Covadonga G. Lahera using clips from Jacques Rivette's Out 1



Learning to Look: Eye Contact in Satyajit Ray's The Big City
One of my most well-received videos, exploring the use of eye contact to advance character, theme, and story in the journey of a young woman from obedient housewife to independent saleswoman



Unusual experiment in which the soundtracks are swapped from two scenes: one from the Indian musical Pyaasa, one from the austere French film Au Hasard Balthazar



Visual comparison of Meshes of the Afternoon with Lynch's late films, in which dream blurs with waking life, characters split into doubles, and the laws of time and space are shattered



Dissection of how the great documentary covers sports, media, Los Angeles, class, abuse, police, and race, as well as a brief comparison with the TV miniseries of the same year



Montage without direct commentary, exploring the evolution of Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina through their seven features together



Side by Side: The Big Chill vs. Return of the Secaucus Seven
Two baby boomer reunion films, only a few years apart, present compellingly different portraits thanks to production context, directorial vision, and the characters' socioeconomic status



Two cult TV shows that couldn't seem more different, yet share a kindred spirit



A non-narrated video essay exploring the treatment of abuse, violence, and the presence of evil in Lynch's first six films and Twin Peaks


32 Days of Movies - "To Become Immortal, and Then, to Die.""Reality Cinema"
Chapters 19 & 31 in video clip series - one closes off the 60s epoch with a bang (including a lightning fast montage featuring 60 years of cinema in 40 seconds) and the other scans the 00s, with its mixture of documentary and impressionism




Essay


The Big Picture: The Movies and Me
A memoir, a confession, a manifesto, a declaration of principles...



Boomer Baseball: Field of Dreams & the 60sSixties Reunion: The Big Chill & Return of the Secaucus 7
Two essays on a generation and its cinematic mythology: Field of Dreams seen through a prism of 60s nostalgia, and The Big Chill & Return of the Secaucus 7 examined against the rise of "baby boomer" culture (eventually adapted into video form, this written essay is much more expansive in its scope - half is devoted to an overview of the era and generation)



Cities of the Imagination
A prose/image reflection on city dreams, using Carl Jung, the Chinese film The World, Michel Gondry's music videos, and my own memories



Citizen Kane
An analysis of how each narrator subtly shifts the tone and style, both cinematic and narrative, in Orson Welles' debut



A two-part examination of Lynch's entire body of work, including features, shorts, music videos, commercials, and TV shows; the first part covers each film individually with a full review of each feature and capsules on shorter works, while the second part examines the evolution of Lynch's themes, narratives, and styles over the course of his career



A review digging into the visceral experience of watching this iconic anime, followed by a two-part conversation analyzing the story, style, and characters



Flight of the Red Balloon
A review of the French film, exploring its relationship to the earlier Red Balloon and the French New Wave, which kicked off my 'Best of the 21st Century?' series



There are many prisms through which to view Fire Walk With Me; the first piece explores its place in a broader cinematic context and the other work of its creator, while the second traces its impact on the third season of the series after twenty-five years



The Great Movies
A tribute to one of my favorite movie books, an obscure, out-of-print coffee table tome discovered in childhood and relished ever since; includes many scanned images from the book itself



Hooray for (Hating) Hollywood: Sunset Boulevard
A review of Sunset Boulevard which concludes my series on early 50s films dishing the dirt on the film industry



A re-examination of the holiday classic in light of its psychological darkness, political implications, and historical resonance



Lawrence of Arabia
An essay on one of my favorite films, celebrating its expression of personal psychology through epic landscapes



Let Them All In... Let the Right One In Book/Movie/Remake
History of all the different versions of Let the Right One In, a film about a teenage girl vampire and her strange friendship with a lonely little boy



Lucasfilm Lost
Requiem for one of Hollywood's last private empires, flawed but personal, in the wake of its sale to Disney



Observations on a massacred masterpiece, and how the studio's cuts actually reflect the very theme of the movie: the descent from elegance into the mundane



Secret Histories Return to Twin Peaks: Mark Frost and the Spatiotemporal Expansion of Season 3
Exploring connections between Mark Frost's 2016 novel and the Showtime series he co-wrote: geographical sprawl, historical context, achronological storytelling, and the thematic importance of aging



The Social Network
Musings on The Social Network, presented in the form of a Facebook page



Spade & Marlowe, Private Eyes
Comparing and contrasting the two iconic detectives and their creators, on page and screen



Summer Hours (Best of the 21st Century?)
Review of the French film about a family letting go of their country home - maybe my strongest piece for the 'Best of the 21st Century?' series



The Sunday Matinee - Before the Revolution
Bertolucci's hard-to-find classic, about a romantic young man who struggles with his Marxist beliefs and sleeps with his aunt, gets the 'Sunday Matinee' treatment, as part of my series on 60s New Wave cinema



This Sporting Life, Billy Liar, and the British New Wave
Historical overview of British 'kitchen sink' films of the 1960s, focusing on two films which came out in 1963, representing a profound shift in the movement



Triumph of the Will
Reflections on Leni Riefenstahl's powerful and disturbing Nazi propaganda doc



Overview and analysis of three seasons of Twin Peaks in a single long essay



Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With MeDiscussing Fire Walk With Me: Twin Peaks is Dead, Long Live Laura Palmer! & Back Door to the Black Lodge
After watching this movie (the prequel to the TV series), I was impressed, upset, and uneasy with what I'd seen, and I wrote the first review; nearly six years later, I re-visited the film and its legacy in a 4-part conversation with Tony Dayoub



Twin Peaks: "Lonely Souls" "Beyond Life and Death"
Write-up on two climactic 'Twin Peaks' episodes (the revelation of the killer and the finale), entries in my series on the TV show



My most lucid reflection on Twin Peaks' climactic episode, in which the investigation is wrapped up in a compelling, dissatisfying manner



My reaction to the two-part finale of Twin Peaks' third season, written the night it aired



Waiting for the 25th Hour
Seven years after the movie came out (and at the exact time the main character would be getting out of prison) I revisit Spike Lee's 25th Hour, one of the few films to deal directly with 9/11, for 'Counting Down the Zeroes'



The Way We Weren't: Art Under Bush
Polemical response to Newsweek's shallow 'Art in the Bush Era' piece, reflecting on culture and politics of the 00s - this one came straight from the gut



Who's Killing the Movies - and Who Cares?
My enthusiastic response to David Denby's "crisis in the cinema" piece, not only affirming his despair but suggesting what the way forward will look like



Observations on Kenneth Grahame's classic book accompanied with images from film adaptations: 'Toad Hall' explores the setting in light of British social history; 'Dulce Domum' relates Grahame's personal biography to the book's theme of 'home'




Image


Civilisation in Pictures
Great works of Western art, in visual tribute to the wonderful British TV series



A visual tribute to the stars of Twin Peaks



The Corruption of Michael Corleone
The descent of a character into darkness and evil, told using only images from the Godfather films



Anticipation, revelation, wonder, doom, and escape in four of Steven Spielberg's creature features



The Fall and Redemption of Anakin Skywalker
An image-only representation of Darth Vader's trip to the dark side



Fists in the Pocket: Shaking the FoundationsLovely Paola
Two visual tributes to the Italian classic's vivid beauty (not least its leading lady)



Four Worlds in Pinocchio
An exploration of all the nooks and crannies of four proto-Disneylands in Walt Disney's second animated feature: the shop, the town, the sea, and of course Pleasure Island



In the Beginning...
Nine great 'opening' images from movies - meaning these are the very first visuals we see onscreen; this post also kicked off an active and lively 'picture gallery' meme, and the other entries are listed at the bottom



Explores the "Night and Day" number through Arlene Croce's prose & images from the film



Paper vs. Plastic
A visual tribute to old and new technologies in The Social Network



Top of the World
A visual tribute to Rocky's triumphant morning run



Two Things We Know About Pictures
Impressionistic tribute to Pierrot le fou, using Godard's famous quote and images captured from the film



A shot-by-shot breakdown of Asuka's meltdown in Neon Genesis Evangelion episode 22: "Don't Be."




List


Art...on the March! (a visual mixtape)
Ninety great works of art from 1305 to 1998



Astaire and Rogers
Video clips of every single Fred & Ginger dance number



Blog 10
In tribute to the blogosphere, a greatest-hits sampler of fellow blogger's work from 2010 (chosen by them), illustrated throughout with pictures and even the occasional video



A Century of WondersCinema in Pictures...Odyssey of Images
Three lavish visual lineups, featuring screen-caps from hundreds of classic film; each also serves as directory to a series: respectively, Allan Fish's decades countdowns, my own film clip collection, and Mark Cousins' documentary series The Story of Film



A dirty dozen
An imaginary lineup of double features, arranged thematically into six categories: 'Their Town,' 'Secret Societies,' 'She Did It Her Way,' 'Rising to the Top,' 'By Airplane or Submarine,' and 'Movement, Music, and Montage'



Organizing a decade worth of material into illustrated chronological chapters, describing each era in my site's history



Gone Fishin': A collection of commentary on Twin Peaks
Quotes from news and magazine articles, scholarly essays, blog posts, and other literature (as well as audiovisual media) on "Twin Peaks", stretching from 1989 to the present.



Island of Lost Pictures
A massive image dump, collecting all the striking screen-caps and stills I'd uploaded but never posted (previously), this also doubles as backward-moving, entirely visual alternate history of my early blog, its interests, and its approaches



Just because you are a character, doesn't mean you have character... Part 1 Part 2
Two posts, taken together comprising 100 favorite characters in film history, from Nosferatu to King Kong to Mrs. Robinson to E.T. to the Dude



90 Years of Cinema: my "alternate Oscars", 1923 - 2012100 of My Favorite Movies
Two explorations of my personal canon: a list of favorites complete with pictures and brief capsules & a massive illustrated lineup of year-by-year picks for film, actor, director, and other miscellaneous categories



Reading the Movies
My ten favorite movie books, with the stories behind each one, fifteen runners-up, and an invitation for other bloggers to participate (they did)



Remembering the Movies, Dec. 3 - 9
Probably the most interesting entry in my movie-history series, this covers a Siskel & Ebert conversation on Edward Scissorhands, two classic cartoons from Warners and Disney, my capsule on Flash Gordon, memories of films seen when I was 7 and 17, and extracts from a contentious debate between Pauline Kael and the Maysles Brothers on the truth of Gimme Shelter



The Restoration: Glimpses of the Past - and Future?
A smorgasbord of screen-caps, stills, and posters from unavailable films, in tribute to the 'Film Restoration' blogathon



Seven American Generations: iGen, millennials, X, boomers, silent, greatest, and lost
An illustrated guide to the living American generations (excluding those born after 2013) and the unique periods of the past century they experienced at different ages



Sheryl Lee: illustrated filmography
Most of the actress' film or TV appearances, accompanied by an image from each



They Once Were Coming Attractions... (memories of my movie past, 1988 - 1998)
Sheer nostalgia for my generation (born circa 1983), a lineup of movie posters from everything I saw in theaters between ages 4 - 15



Top 30 "Hidden" Characters of TWIN PEAKS
My favorite characters who only speak in one or two scenes of the old Twin Peaks - or who never speak at all



Two massive collections: a complete visual diary of everything I watched digitally between Feb. 12, 2013 and Feb. 12, 2014, with screen-captured images and captions, plus a collection of 500 extra pictures




Patreon Podcast


January 2020 LOST IN THE MOVIES #63 - The Longest One Yet w/ Bernie 2020 endorsement, Class violence in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Irishman, Joker, Parasite & Twin Peaks Cinema: What Did Jack Do?, Wiseguy, Twin Peaks directors' films (Halloweentown, Zelly & Me, Now and Then, The Escape Artist, The Wizard, Frances, Pay the Ghost, Heaven, After Dark My Sweet, Code Name: Emerald, Losing Isaiah & Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher... + Midsommar, Shin Godzilla, Ah Wilderness, My Brilliant Career, listener feedback, podcast recommendations, the 60s in the 80s, Twin Peaks Reflections: Bobby, Einar, the Log Lady, the Log Lady's and Jacques' cabins, The Ghostwood Deal/Part 1 & much, much, much, much more)
My most massive monthly podcast, by a long shot, encompasses the bloody climaxes of four recent releases, a feature film each by a dozen contributors to Twin Peaks, and a survey of the political landscape leading up to the 2020 presidential election among many other subjects - ten hours of material divided over five full-length chapters plus another five bonus mini-episodes






Patreon update #2: Mulholland Drive & Twin Peaks (+ Reactionary Boomers, Stranger Things & more)
Tracing connections between two of David Lynch's most celebrated works






Patreon update #29/#37: 10th Anniversary Episode - Top 30 David Lynch/Twin Peaks pieces & Top 12 Video Essays (plus: the future of Lost in the Movies, plans for new Journey Through Twin Peaks videos & more) ... Video slide show versions of the episode
To celebrate the anniversary of the site, a tribute to its history, a list of some of my works, and a preview of upcoming projects (includes illustrated video segments)



Patreon update #36: Twin Peaks season 3 rewatch - Parts 17 & 18
Wrapping up my Return rewatch by talking about the finale for nearly three hours


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