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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Movie 35 of #Octoblur2019 is #TheRageCarrie 2 (1999) from dir. #KattShea. Honest attempt to do own thing while echoing original, but technically pedestrian afterschool special w/gory final 10 mins & good lead actress. 31% @Flickchart & 2 Stars @Letterboxd. https://buff.ly/2o39TmG
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Movie 34 of #Octoblur2019 is #Mortuary (1983) from dir. #HowardAvedis. Undistinguished grabbag of spooky elements is inane time-wasting until #BillPaxton goes full loon for finale. Taught 12yo me what embalming was. 29% @Flickchart & 2 Stars @Letterboxd. https://buff.ly/2o39TmG
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Re-watching middle of #HalloweenFranchise for #Octoblur2019. Last year covered bookends of #Halloween (1978) & (2019). Will be my 1st time w/most everything after part 3, following @Earwolf podcast #InMyersWeTrust https://buff.ly/2VSZ439
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Movie 33 of #Octoblur2019 is #HalloweenII (1981) from dir. #RickRosenthal. Dull sequel mistakes listlessness for tension. Too serious to be fun & not good enough to be serious. A waste of #JamieLeeCurtis. 13% @Flickchart & 1.5 Stars @Letterboxd. https://buff.ly/2o39TmG
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Yet another bonus loop from #Carrie (1976) / dir. #BrianDePalma. #NancyAllen keeping it moist. #Octoblur2019 https://buff.ly/2o39TmG
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Another bonus loop from #Carrie (1976) / dir. #BrianDePalma. I've passed 31 horror movies this month with 15 days still to go. #Octoblur2019 could be a record-breaker! 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