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Octoblur 2017 Movie Log

05 - Just Before Dawn (1981)

04 - Absentia (2011)

03 - Angst (1983)

02 - Detention (2011)

01 - The Body Snatcher (1945)

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Octoblur 2017: Annual Horror-ish Movie Nightmare-a-thon

Octoblur 2017: Annual Horror-ish Movie Nightmare-a-thon

PopGap #32: Potluck Film Fest, Month Nine Completed

PopGap #32: Potluck Film Fest, Month Nine Completed

PopGap #32: Behind the Candelabra (2013)

PopGap #32: Behind the Candelabra (2013)

PopGap #32: Underground (1995)

PopGap #32: Underground (1995)

PopGap #32: Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

PopGap #32: Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

PopGap #32: Fish Story (2009)

PopGap #32: Fish Story (2009)

PopGap #32: Road to Perdition (2002)

PopGap #32: Road to Perdition (2002)

PopGap #32: Mildred Pierce (1945)

PopGap #32: Mildred Pierce (1945)

PopGap #32: Marwencol (2010)

PopGap #32: Marwencol (2010)

PopGap #32: Odd Thomas (2013)

PopGap #32: Odd Thomas (2013)

PopGap #32: The Only Son (1936)

PopGap #32: The Only Son (1936)

PopGap #32: F for Fake (1973)

PopGap #32: F for Fake (1973)

PopGap #32: World's Greatest Dad (2009)

PopGap #32: World's Greatest Dad (2009)

PopGap #32: Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

PopGap #32: Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

PopGap #32: Potluck Film Fest, Month Nine

PopGap #32: Potluck Film Fest, Month Nine

PopGap #31: Potluck Film Fest, Month Eight Completed

PopGap #31: Potluck Film Fest, Month Eight Completed

PopGap #31: Empire of the Sun (1987)

PopGap #31: Empire of the Sun (1987)

PopGap #31: Whale Rider (2002)

PopGap #31: Whale Rider (2002)

PopGap #31: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945)

PopGap #31: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945)

PopGap #31: Flight (2012)

PopGap #31: Flight (2012)

PopGap #31: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

PopGap #31: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

PopGap #31: Early Summer (1951)

PopGap #31: Early Summer (1951)

PopGap #31: Pontypool (2008)

PopGap #31: Pontypool (2008)

PopGap #31: The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (2013)

PopGap #31: The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (2013)

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.

PopGap Special Report: Our Favorite Movie Books



Things we like...

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