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PopGap #35: Following (1998)

PopGap #35: Following (1998)

PopGap #35: Potluck Film Fest, The Final Month

PopGap #35: Potluck Film Fest, The Final Month

PopGap #34: Potluck Film Fest, Month Ten, Completed

PopGap #34: Potluck Film Fest, Month Ten, Completed

PopGap #34: All is Lost (2013)

PopGap #34: All is Lost (2013)

PopGap #34: Lady for a Day (1933)

PopGap #34: Lady for a Day (1933)

PopGap #34: Dick Tracy (1990)

PopGap #34: Dick Tracy (1990)

PopGap #34: Mr. Nobody (2009)

PopGap #34: Mr. Nobody (2009)

PopGap #34: Sergeant York (1941)

PopGap #34: Sergeant York (1941)

PopGap #34: Girl Shy (1924)

PopGap #34: Girl Shy (1924)

PopGap #34: Westward the Women (1951)

PopGap #34: Westward the Women (1951)

PopGap #34: Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

PopGap #34: Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

PopGap #34: Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

PopGap #34: Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

PopGap #34: This is Not a Film (2011)

PopGap #34: This is Not a Film (2011)

PopGap #34: Bad Boys (1983)

PopGap #34: Bad Boys (1983)

PopGap #34: Alfie (1966)

PopGap #34: Alfie (1966)

PopGap #34: Potluck Film Fest, Month Ten

PopGap #34: Potluck Film Fest, Month Ten

Octoblur 2017: R.I.P.!

Octoblur 2017: R.I.P.!

Octoblur 2017: #45 - Maniac (1980)

Octoblur 2017: #45 - Maniac (1980)

Octoblur 2017: #44 - Maniac Cop (1988)

Octoblur 2017: #44 - Maniac Cop (1988)

Octoblur 2017: #43 - The Devils (1971)

Octoblur 2017: #43 - The Devils (1971)

Octoblur 2017: #42 - Gerald's Game (2017)

Octoblur 2017: #42 - Gerald's Game (2017)

Octoblur 2017: #41 - The Manitou (1978)

Octoblur 2017: #41 - The Manitou (1978)

Octoblur 2017: #40 - Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Octoblur 2017: #40 - Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Octoblur 2017: #39 - Christine (1983)

Octoblur 2017: #39 - Christine (1983)

What is a MEDIA LIFE CRISIS?

POPGAP: A PURSUIT.

As I stood on the precipice of my mid-life crisis, I, naturally, thought about movies. How do men in movies address that awful twinge which affects so many of us around this age? That yearning that, somehow, we are neglecting who we are, or that what we do is not what we want to do?

In the movies, they buy slick cars, they screw around on their wives, they stay out all night at the mercy of urban hellscapes, they indulge in (often) criminal adventures...

None of that sounded like fun. I like to stay home.

Naturally, I thought about movies. At the age of 14 I began compiling my own Leonard Maltin-style movie guide. At 18 I studied film in college. At 20 I was attending critics' screenings and film festivals for my college newspaper. At 27 I was reviewing two DVDs a week for a popular website. At 40 I was... I was watching a lot of crap, completely out-of-touch with my pursuit of art.

PopGap is a self-correction. It's a form of disciplining myself to continue seeking out THE GREAT MOVIES. Fill in the gaps. Stop the rot. Treat the best of pop culture like it matters, because it does, even when it stinks.

PopGap isn't only about movies, except when it is. Movies are what I know. For other people, it can be about music, books, art, TV, whatever slice of pop culture excites you, and making sure that it continues to excite you by exploring its high points, its dark corners, its weird diversions, as well as its most popular expressions.

MEDIALIFECRISIS on INSTAGRAM

PopGap Special Report: Our Favorite Movie Books

The Top 20 Movies of All-Time

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#2: The Godfather (1972)

#2: The Godfather (1972)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#3: West Side Story (1961)

#3: West Side Story (1961)

Dir: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
#4: Manhattan (1979)

#4: Manhattan (1979)

Dir: Woody Allen
#5: The Graduate (1967)

#5: The Graduate (1967)

Dir: Mike Nichols
#6: Tootsie (1982)

#6: Tootsie (1982)

Dir: Sydney Pollack
#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Dir: Irvin Kershner
#9: Star Wars (1977)

#9: Star Wars (1977)

Dir: George Lucas
#10: The Exorcist (1973)

#10: The Exorcist (1973)

Dir: William Friedkin
#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Dir: Peter Jackson
#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

Dir: Martin Scorsese
#13: Annie Hall (1977)

#13: Annie Hall (1977)

Dir: Woody Allen
#14: Vertigo (1958)

#14: Vertigo (1958)

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Dir: Steven Spielberg
#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Dir: Tobe Hooper
#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

Dir: Frank Capra
#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Dir: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
#20: Zodiac (2007)

#20: Zodiac (2007)

Dir: David Fincher