Blogmap

Here is the recommended reading order of the articles on the blog as well as the movies that should be watched before reading each post, as they are referenced.  There are four ways you can read through this blog:

1. Watch all the movies cited under each article and then read the articles as listed below.
2. Watch all the cited movies in chronological order and then read all the articles.
3. Check out most cited movies and watch the most relevant ones before or as you read along.
4. Just be lazy and read all the articles and miss out a little on the references.

Movie reviews, books, roundtable and top 50 are a different deal and can be read separately at any point.


Art: It's Consumption and Creation

Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope
Into Great Silence
The Birth of a Nation
Fantastic Mr. Fox


Defining Extremes: The Modern Chasm of Film Appreciation

The Matrix
The Mirror
Collateral Damage
A Man Escaped
Casino
The Vertical Ray of the Sun
The Mexican
Rosetta


The Problem of the American Moviegoer

It's a Wonderful Life
Lawrence of Arabia
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge


The State of Mainstream Film Criticism

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Fade to Black
Schindler's List



Award Shows: The Great Promoters of Phillistinism

Breathless
Avatar
The Blind Side
The Reader
2001: A Space Odyssey
Romeo and Juliet
Oliver!
Funny Girl
Rachel, Rachel
The Lion in Winter
Detour
Twilight


The Geek Problem

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Castle in the Sky


Mission Statement

Up in the Air
The 400 Blows
Hiroshima Mon Amour
Citizen Kane
L'Atalante


The Movies on this Blog

Facing the Giants
The Bicycle Thief


Cultivated Interest: Its Demands and Necessity


The Necessity of "Experts"

Tokyo Story
The Rules of the Game
The Searchers
Man with a Movie Camera
The Passion of Joan of Arc
8 1/2
Battleship Potemkin


Cultivated Interest: Its Existence


The List Mentality


Is There Such a Thing as a Must-See Movie?

The Gold Rush
Casablanca
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs


The Criterion Challenge (any disciplined person can be a film buff/ connoisseur in two years)

Seven Samurai
Alexander Nevsky
Umberto D


The Criterion Consumerism

Tout va bien


A Start at Fixing the Film Industry as a Consumer


Three Main Themes of Human Experience

The Gospel According to St. Matthew
Diary of a Country Priest
She's Out of My League
Thelma and Louise


Is It a Film or a Movie?

Raiders of the Lost Ark


Why the Movie Theater is Better than Home Video

Army Dog


An Artist and His Audience


Should Every Movie have a Happy Ending?

The Robe


Fantastic Mr. Fox and the Ideal Children's Movie


Hugo and the Failure of 3-D Movies

Hugo


Popcorn Cinema and the Myth of the Guilty Pleasure

Dumb and Dumber
Singin' in the Rain
National Treasure


Overexposure and the Failure of Escapism

The Notebook
Skyline


Blockbusters Do Not Rest Our Brains


Hollywood Fails Romance

Rope
Black Hawk Down
On the Waterfront


Missing the Point of a Movie While Searching for It


Based on a True Story: Why I don't Care!

Rudy
Miracle
Rocky
Secretariat


Hollywood and Diversity

The Battle of Algiers


The Last Samurai and the Mighty Whitey

The Last Samurai


Able-bodied People Playing Disabled People is Not the Same as Blackface

The Jazz Singer


Never Forget. You're Reminded.

The Sorrow and the Pity
Holocaust
Life is Beautiful
The Pianist
A Secret
One Day You'll Understand
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Adam Resurrected
Defiance


The Merits of Bollywood Cinema

Pather Panchali
Swing Time
Mother India
Pyaasa
Sholay
Amar Akbar Anthony


Soviet Montage Theory

October
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Mother
Strike
Apocalypse Now


The Long Take Part I: The Tracking Shot

Touch of Evil
Russian Ark


The Long Take Part II: The Static Shot with Movement


The Long Take Part III: The Static Shot Without Movement


Frame Stories and Flashbacks: The Pros and Cons

Gandhi
Yankee Doodle Dandy


Who is the Most Important Creative Force in a Movie?


It Doesn't Matter If a Critic Couldn't Do Better


Ideas on Artistic Innocence in Film


The Integrated Artist


Long Take, Continuity Editing and Realism

Steamboat Bill, Jr.


Art Imitating Life: Contemplation and Cinema

Un Chien Andalou (view)


Narrative and Truth


Two Basic Falsehoods of Classical Narrative


Remakes References and Homages: The Slow Death of Creativity

King Kong (1933)
King Kong (1976)
King Kong (2005)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
3:10 to Yuma (1957)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)


Genre, Familiarity and Originality


Creating a Cinematic Universe

Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back


Star Wars and the Creation of a Universe


Groundbreaking Post on the Idea of Groundbreaking

Becky Sharp
Tron


A Defense of the Aesthetics of Silent Film

Metropolis
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Silent Movie


Cinema Over Literature: The Ultimate Medium


Christianity is Cinematic


Overview of Christ-types in Storytelling

Braveheart
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Superman Returns


5 Reasons to Kill Christian Music


The Trouble with "Christian Movies"

Left Behind (2014)


Five Approaches to Defining a Christian Movie


Does God Care about Aesthetics?


Why do American Christian Movie Audiences have Bad Taste?


Is a Christian Film Industry Actually Necessary?


Why Christians Should Care about Foreign-Language Movies


Does Christianity Really Need Celebrities?


Short Film: Origins of the Motion Picture


Why Film Class in High School Wouldn't Work


Convergence at Zero: The Pitfalls of Multimedia


Wednesday's Notes on Friday


Film is Still Better than Television

Maria Mercedes


Theory on the Apparatus of Television and the Destruction of Our Relational Faculties


Some Brief Thoughts on Studio Wrestling


"Prom": Possibly the Worst Sexist Commercial of the 2013 Super Bowl


The Rise of Persona in Music

Jailhouse Rock
Boyz n the Hood


Video Games are Art


Observations on Super Mario Maker


On Painting and Photography


Some Observations on Modern Art


Internet Pet Peeves


Notes on The Death and Life of Saint Faustina

Sister Act


Working on Set


Short Film: And the Darwin Award Goes To...


Short Film: Pondering the Existence of God


Short Film: Business Executive Council November 1, 2012


Short Film: The DriveCam Story- Brandon Nixon


Short Film: iContact

Snowmen


Short Film: Sexy Lederhosen

The Least of These


Short Film: First Date