Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Videographic Essays (Ongoing Archive)

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Cairns, David. "PlayTime: Anatomy of a Gag." Criterion Collection (Posted on Vimeo: November 2014)

Cheney, Matthew. "Vigilante Man - Eastwood and Gran Torino." Vimeo (2012)

Hynes, Eric, et al. "New York, New York." Reverse Shot (June 15, 2011) ["Check out Reverse Shot's inaugural foray into video film criticism and the failure of video film criticism. We look at Taxi Driver, Hannah and Her Sisters, and their varying visions of New York."]

"Is Deleuze's Film Theory Useful?" Scriptcastle (June 25, 2012)

Kogonada. "Criterion Designs." Vimeo (December 4, 2014)

---. "The Eyes of Hitchcock." Vimeo (October 2014)

---. "Trick or Truth." Vimeo (November 2014)

Lee, Kevin B. "Better than BOYHOOD? Ten Best Films of 2014." Keyframe (December 13, 2014)

Morgan, Drew. "'Look. I Know You're Not Following What I'm Saying Anyway.': The Problem of the 'Video Essay' and Scorsese as Cinematic Essayist." [in]Transition (December 12, 2014)

Seitz, Matt Zoller. "All Things Shining, Pt. 1 -- The Films of Terrence Malick: Badlands." Moving Image Source (May 10, 2011)

---. "All Things Shining, Pt 2 - The films of Terrence Malick: Days of Heaven." Moving Image Source (May 11, 2011)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Resources for December 16, 2014

"Dear Chelsea Manning: birthday messages from Edward Snowden, Terry Gilliam and more." The Guardian (December 16, 2014) ["The jailed whistleblower turns 27 this week. Supporters including Joe Sacco, Vivienne Westwood, JM Coetzee, Michael Stipe and Slavoj Žižek sent her letters, poems and drawings. Luke Harding introduces their work"]


Eyes of Hitchcock from Criterion Collection on Vimeo.



Lee, Kevin B. "Better than BOYHOOD? Ten Best Films of 2014." Keyframe (December 13, 2014)

D'Angelo, Mike. "Barton Fink." A.V. Club (September 28, 2009)

Marsh, Calum. "Great Expectations: Reconsiderations 2014." Keyframe (December 15, 2014)

"Black Youth-Organized Millions March NYC Draws Tens of Thousands in Movement’s Biggest Protest Yet." Democracy Now (December 15, 2014)

Seitz, Matt Zoller. "All Things Shining, Pt 2 - The films of Terrence Malick: Days of Heaven." Moving Image Source (May 11, 2011)

Fisk, Robert. "On the CIA 'Torture Report': Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing." The Independent (December 14, 2014)

Klein, Naomi and Elizabeth Kolbert. "‘Can Climate Change Cure Capitalism?’: An Exchange." The New York Review of Books (December 2014)





MacArthur, John R. "Democrats Bow Down to Wall Street." Moyers and Co. (December 12, 2014)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Days of Heaven (USA: Terrence Malick: 1978)




Days of Heaven (USA: Terrence Malick: 1978: 90 mins)

Bellamy, Jason and Ed Howard. "Conversations: Terrence Malick, Part One. The House Next Door (May 28, 2011)

"Days of Heaven Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Seitz, Matt Zoller. "All Things Shining, Pt 2 - The films of Terrence Malick: Days of Heaven." Moving Image Source (May 11, 2011)


Terrence Malick: The Art of Voiceover from Kevin B. Lee on Vimeo.





Resources for December 15, 2014

"Why Are Our Sons Gunned Down?: Parents of Black Victims of Police Killings Lead D.C. March" Democracy Now (December 15, 2014)

Davidson, Amy. "The Torture Report: Inhumane Scenes From the C.I.A.’s Prisons." The New Yorker (December 9, 2014)

Powell, Michael. "Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders’ Fight for Wages and Respect." The New York Times (December 10, 2014)





"20 key findings about CIA interrogations." The Washington Post (December 9, 2014)

Hudson, David. "Berlinale 2014 Diary #5: Resnais’s LIFE OF RILEY. And a few more films in Competition." Keyframe (February 10, 2014)

Browmwich, David. "The Question of Edward Snowden." The New York Review of Books (December 4, 2012)





Beinart, Peter. "Torture Is Who We Are: A country, like a person, is what it does." The Atlantic (December 11, 2014)

Bernays, Edward L. "Manipulating Public Opinion." American Journal of Sociology 33.6 (May 1928): 958-971.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Resources for December 10, 2014




Brody, Reed. "'These Are Crimes': New Calls to Prosecute Bush Admin as Senate Report Reveals Brutal CIA Torture." Democracy Now (December 10, 2014)



Powers, John. "On Jules and Jim." Current (February 4, 2014)

D'Angelo, Mike. "Shock Corridor." A.V. Club (September 14, 2009)

Easterly, William. "The Tyranny of Experts." The London School of Economics and Political Science (December 8, 2014) ["The admirable fight against global poverty has a blind spot on democracy and human rights, which are both good in themselves and also the most well-proven and lasting path out of poverty. Experts in development have too often unintentionally provided a rationale for oppressive autocrats and unenlightened US foreign policy in poor countries."]

Seitz, Matt Zoller. "All Things Shining, Pt. 1 -- The Films of Terrence Malick: Badlands." Moving Image Source (May 10, 2011)

Senate Torture Report Human Rights Watch (ongoing Archive)

Axmaker, Sean. Torremolinos '73: Applying a coat of beige to fertility, pornography and filmmaking in Franco’s Spain." Keyframe (February 11, 2014)

"Universal Declaration of Human Rights." United Nations (No Date)


calumny \KAL-um-nee\

noun 1 : a misrepresentation intended to harm another's reputation; 2 : the act of uttering false charges or misrepresentations maliciously calculated to harm another's reputation

The notion that the mayor knew about the problem before the newspaper broke the story is nothing but calumny.

"Some say that showing respect for your opponent after heaping disrespect upon him … and having disrespect heaped upon you civilizes our politics. In truth, however, it degrades our politics. It says that anything goes—calumny and character assassination are all just part of the rough and tumble of campaigning.…" — Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune, November 7, 2014

Calumny made an appearance in these famous words from Shakespeare's Hamlet: "If thou dost marry, I'll give thee this plague for thy dowry: be thou chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery, go." The word had been in the English language for a while, though, before Hamlet uttered it. It first entered English in the 15th century and comes from the Middle French word calomnie of the same meaning. Calomnie, in turn, derives from the Latin word calumnia, (meaning "false accusation," "false claim," or "trickery"), which itself traces to the Latin verb calvi, meaning "to deceive."

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Resources for December 9, 2014

Erickson, Steve. "Extreme Measures: Koji Wakamatsu's two-pronged attacks on the Japanese left and right." Moving Image Source (May 6, 2011)

"[Infographic] The Torture Architects." ACLU (December 8, 2014)

Benton, Michael Dean. "The Many Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic." Politics and Culture #3 (2001)

Linebaugh, Peter and Mark Rediker. The Many Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2000.

Taibbi, Matt. "The Police in America Are Becoming Illegitimate." Rolling Stone (Posted on Reader Supported News: December 7, 2014)


Ethics and politics look at both how we should regard and accomodate each other and what kind of things make it possible to, for example, treat each other with respect and what kinds of things don't. That I might view you as "weird" or even "inhuman" (politics) may very much dictate how I then treat you (ethics). When we examine more closely how we think about the world, it turns out that ethics and politics are inseperable. (21) -- Veronique Pin-Fat "How Do We Begin to Think About the World?" (2014)



Trick or Truth from Criterion Collection on Vimeo.




Katsiaficas, George. The Subversion of Politics: European Autonomous Social Movements and the Decolonization of Everyday Life. Oakland, CA: A.K. Press, 2006.

Greenwald, Glenn. "Release of Six Detainees After Twelve Years Highlights the Historic Evil of Guantánamo." The Intercept (Republished on Reader Supported News: December 8, 2014)

McNair, James. "Kentucky Community and Technical College System Runs Budget Deficit for Third Straight Year." Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (November 23, 2014)