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Movie Challenge: A Living on the Edge Triple Feature

Movie Challenge: A Living on the Edge Triple Feature

Directors Binge: Ron Howard, Eat My Dust!

Directors Binge: Ron Howard, Eat My Dust!

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise (1974-2018)

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise (1974-2018)

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise: Death Wish (1974)

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise: Death Wish (1974)

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise: Death Wish 2 (1982)

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise: Death Wish 2 (1982)

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise: Death Wish 3 (1985)

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise: Death Wish 3 (1985)

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise: Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise: Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise: Death Wish 5: The Face of Death (1994)

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise: Death Wish 5: The Face of Death (1994)

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise: Death Wish (2018)

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise: Death Wish (2018)

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise: Bonus! Cellat (1975) and Death Sentence (2007)

Binge: The Death Wish Franchise: Bonus! Cellat (1975) and Death Sentence (2007)

Movie Challenge: Don't Look Back (2009)

Movie Challenge: Don't Look Back (2009)

Classics Revisited: Animal House (1978)

Classics Revisited: Animal House (1978)

Five-Star Movies: Vertigo (1958)

Five-Star Movies: Vertigo (1958)

2017 Screenflowers #01: Columbus (2017)

2017 Screenflowers #01: Columbus (2017)

2017 Screenflowers #02: On Body and Soul (2017)

2017 Screenflowers #02: On Body and Soul (2017)

2017 Screenflowers #03: Nocturama (2016)

2017 Screenflowers #03: Nocturama (2016)

2017 Screenflowers #04: Graduation (2016)

2017 Screenflowers #04: Graduation (2016)

2017 Screenflowers #05: Thelma (2017)

2017 Screenflowers #05: Thelma (2017)

2017 Screenflowers #06: The Lost City of Z (2016)

2017 Screenflowers #06: The Lost City of Z (2016)

2017 Screenflowers #07: Brad’s Status (2017)

2017 Screenflowers #07: Brad’s Status (2017)

2017 Screenflowers #08: The Lure (2015)

2017 Screenflowers #08: The Lure (2015)

2017 Screenflowers #09: A Ghost Story (2017)

2017 Screenflowers #09: A Ghost Story (2017)

2017 Screenflowers #10: Wonder Wheel (2017)

2017 Screenflowers #10: Wonder Wheel (2017)

2017 Screenflowers #11: Lucky (2017)

2017 Screenflowers #11: Lucky (2017)

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.

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Nature's respite from misery in #TheBalladOfNarayama by #ShoheiImamura...
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Mother's hands in #LosOlvidados by #LuisBunuel:
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Life is tough in these three movies from one of my movie challenges last month:⠀ ⠀ Mon Oncle Antoine (1971) by Claude Jutra⠀ Los Olvidados (1950) by Luis Buñuel⠀ The Ballad of Narayama (1983) by Shôhei Imamura⠀ ⠀ https://buff.ly/2vkxTC5
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I recently discovered the disturbing fact that Ron Howard is one of my "10 Most-Watched Movie Directors." I've now seen *18* of his movies. Time for a new project! https://buff.ly/2ygiTcn
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Binging the #DeathWish Franchise: https://buff.ly/2H12J5G #JeffGoldblum

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