(Z To A is an ongoing series: cumulative reviews of my DVD collection in reverse alphabetical order)
It has been nearly five years since I began the Z To A series for The Holy Shrine: reviews that address, question or analyze why I own certain films. It’s not only a way to practice writing every month, but to soul search for why I’m drawn to certain stories and images. I can’t say I’ve always succeeded, but during the course of writing these I’ve noted recurring themes and arcs.
Out of this realization I decided to challenge myself and come up with an editing project. Using a split screen scenario (something I’ve always loved, see: the treacle well), I would create a montage of moments from films I’ve begun reviewing- or still need to review- dating back to 2011.
The result is this:
WARNING: this video features graphic images of violence, sexuality and trauma.
This second video is in some ways the first, because it’s where I started. Inspired by Jacob T. Swinney‘s “First and Final Frames” edits, I did a complete catalog of the films I’ve reviewed in reverse alphabetical order, pairing the first and last shots together onscreen.