Too much media.

Too little life.
PopGap Diary: Octoblur 2019

PopGap Diary: Octoblur 2019

2019/09: Ron Howard: Dust Eaten

2019/09: Ron Howard: Dust Eaten

PopGap Diary: March 2019

PopGap Diary: March 2019

Jamaa Fanaka's PENITENTIARY Trilogy (1979 - 1987)

Jamaa Fanaka's PENITENTIARY Trilogy (1979 - 1987)

Popgap Diary: 2018 in Review

Popgap Diary: 2018 in Review

2018/11: Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1968)

2018/11: Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1968)

2018/11: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

2018/11: Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

2018/11: Down by Law (1986)

2018/11: Down by Law (1986)

2018/11: A Time to Kill (1996)

2018/11: A Time to Kill (1996)

2018/11: Myra Breckinridge (1970)

2018/11: Myra Breckinridge (1970)

2018/11: Reprise (2006)

2018/11: Reprise (2006)

2018/11: Friday the 13th (2009)

2018/11: Friday the 13th (2009)

PopGap Diary: November 2018

PopGap Diary: November 2018

PopGap Diary: Octoblur  2018

PopGap Diary: Octoblur 2018

PopGap Diary: September 2018

PopGap Diary: September 2018

What is a MEDIA LIFE CRISIS?

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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That does it for #Octoblur2019. A record 65 horror(-ish) movies in 31 days (previous best: 48). 58 first-time watches. 11 decades & 10(-ish) countries covered. Average rating on @Flickchart 46%. Recap/summary coming in next couple of days. https://buff.ly/2o39TmG
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Movie 65 of #Octoblur2019 was #NightOfTheDemons2 (1994) from dir. #BrianTrenchardSmith. Modest improvement w/better cast but mostly generic 90s comic-toned fx horror. Goopy final act has moments, but rarely engaging. 29% @Flickchart & 2 Stars @Letterboxd. https://buff.ly/2o39TmG
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Movie 64 of #Octoblur2019 was #NightOfTheDemons (1988) from dir. #KevinTenney. #EvilDead clone gets off to amusing start (and ending) but suffers from abrasive acting. Memorable makeup; overall irritating. 25% @Flickchart & 1.5 Stars @Letterboxd. https://buff.ly/2o39TmG
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Movie 63 of #Octoblur2019 is #TheLighthouse (2019) from dir. #RobertEggers. Blistering performances from #WillemDafoe & #RobertPattinson in stark, off-beat psychodrama. Tide-like pacing lulls, surprises & mystifies. 77% @Flickchart & 3.5 Stars @Letterboxd. https://buff.ly/2o39TmG
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Movie 62 of #Octoblur2019 is #FadeToBlack (1980) from dir. #VernonZimmerman. Movie fanboy unravels. Goofy & inconsistent but dark & satisfying. #DennisChristopher keeps it on target but #LindaKerridge steals it. 59% @Flickchart & 3 Stars @Letterboxd. https://buff.ly/2o39TmG

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