Thursday, February 11, 2016

Vertigo (USA: Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)

Vertigo (USA: Alfred Hitchcock, 1958: 128 mins)

Ashkin, Jeffrey, Gabe Haggard and Lady P. "Vertigo." Flixwise #2 (March 18, 2014)

Dirks, Tim. "Vertigo (1958)." Film Site (No Date)

Dyer, Jay. "Vertigo (1958) - Esoteric Analysis." Jay's Analysis (October 21, 2013)

Ebert, Roger. "Great Movie: Vertigo." Chicago Sun-Times (October 13, 1996)

Grant, Catherine. "Study of a Single Film: Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo." Film Studies for Free (November 22, 2010)

Groves, Tim. "Vertigo and the Maelstrom of Criticism." Screening the Past (November 2011)

Huntjens, Joyce. "Vertigo. A vertiginous gap in reality and a woman who doesn't exist." Image and Narrative (January 2003)

Lutgen, Lisa.  "Vertigo: A Revelation of Ideals and Truth."  (Posted on Vimeo: 2014)

Nedomansky, Vashi. "Evolution of the Dolly Zoom." (Posted on Vimeo: 2014)

Samadder, Rhik. "My Favorite Hitchcock: Vertigo." The Guardian (August 10, 2012)

Scorsese, Martin. "The Persisting Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema." The New York Review of Books (August 15, 2013)

Stone, Rob. "Before Sunrise and Sunset." Film Studies for Free (February 25, 2014)

Vertigo Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Out 1 (France: Jacques Rivette, 1971)

Out 1 (France: Jacques Rivette, 1971: 729 mins)

Anderson, Melissa. "Watch and Learn: Out 1." Artforum (November 2, 2015)

Bocko, Joel. "Lured in by Lynch and Rivette." Keyframe (December 8, 2015)

Dillard, Clayton. "Interview: Michael Lonsdale." Slant (November 3, 2015)

Ebiri, Bilge. "Inside Out 1: A Revisitation, Of Sorts." They Live By Night (November 4, 2015)

Ehrenstein, David. "All Power to the Imagination: Rivette’s OUT 1" Keyframe (November 20, 2015) ["Like all Rivette works, it’s obsessed with the interrelationship between theater and life, reality and fantasy. And it accomplishes this while evoking the malaise that came in the wake of May ‘68."]

Fujishima, Kenji. "Jacques Rivette's Newly Restored Masterpiece Out 1." The Playlist (November 3, 2015)

Lim, Dennis. "An Elusive All-Day Film and the Bug-Eyed Few Who Have Seen It." The New York Times (June 4, 2006)

López, Cristina Álvarez and Adrian Martin.  "Paratheatre: Plays Without Stages" Notebook (August 7, 2014)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Full Metal Jacket (UK/USA: Stanley Kubrick, 1987)

Full Metal Jacket (UK/USA: Stanley Kubrick, 1987: 116 mins)

Beyl, Cameron. "The Directors Series: Stanley Kubrick, Pts. 1-5." The Film Stage (February 11, 2015)

Brooke, John T. "Full Metal Jacket Video Essay." (Posted on Youtube: January 10, 2016)

Canby, Vincent. "Full Metal Jacket." The New York Times (June 26, 1987)

DeFreece, James. "Full Metal Jacket (1987)." Philosophical Films (ND)

Ebert, Roger. "Full Metal Jacket." Chicago Sun-Times (June 26, 1987)

Edelman, David Louis. "Full Metal Jacket: The Jungian Thing." (Personal Website: October 29, 2007)

Figueras, Mark Anthony. "Kubrick in Color." (Posted on Vimeo: January 2016)

Johan, Allan, et al. "My Take on the Supposedly Inner Meaning Behind Full Metal Jacket." (Group discussion in True Film on Reddit: 2015)

Krohn, Bill. "Full Metal Jacket."  Zone 6: Incorporations ed. Jonathan Crary and Sanford Kwinter. New York: Urzone inc, 1992: 428–435.

Laity, Adam. "The Role of Landscape, Nature and Environment in War Films." (Posted on Vimeo: 2012)

McDougall, Sean. "A Look Inside Full Metal Jacket." (Posted on Youtube: December 4, 2012)

Nugent, Jack. "The Art of (Anti-)War." (Posted on Youtube: July 21, 2015)

Phipps, Zane. "Questioning Reality in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket."  George Mason University (ND)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Punch Drunk Love (USA: Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)

Punch-Drunk Love (USA: Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002: 95 mins)

Anderson, Paul Thomas. "On His Filmmaking and Films." WTF #565 (January 5, 2015)

Bernstein, Arielle and Nelson Carvajal. "The Inherent Vice in Paul Thomas Anderson's Films: A Video Essay." Press Play (January 2, 2015)

Boyer, Lanny. "Paul Thomas Anderson: Four Basics." (Posted on Youtube: October 19, 2015)

Caraval, Nelson. "The Inherent Vice in Paul Thomas Anderson's Films." (Posted on Vimeo: 2015)

Dixon, Wheeler Winston. "Punch-Drunk Love." Senses of Cinema (February 2015)

Ebert, Roger. "Punch-Drunk Love." Chicago Sun-Times (October 18, 2002)

Foley, Darren. "Paul Thomas Anderson Trilogy." Must See Films (2013)

---. "Punch-Drunk Love Analysis." Must See Films (2012)

Kuersten, Erich. "Great Acid Movies #25: PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (2002)." Acidemic (September 26, 2009)

Lee, Kevin B. "The Career of Paul Thomas Anderson in Five Shots." (Posted on Vimeo: 2013)

Libbey, Chris. "A Structural Analysis of Punch-Drunk Love." Classic Movie Analyses (June 7, 2012)

"The Paul Thomas Anderson Retrospective Part 4: Punch-Drunk Love." Cineffect (September 11, 2012)

Ratzlaff, Jeremy. "Paul Thomas Anderson: A Chronological Timeline." (Posted on Vimeo: November 2015)

Redeeming the Milage of Punch-Drunk Love (Website)

Scam, J. "Punch-Drunk Love Analysis." Shit Sandwich (March 7, 2011)

Swinney, Jacob T. "A Video Essay on Paul Thomas Anderson's Provocative Use of the Long Shot." Press Play (January 30, 2015)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

ENG 282 Spring 2016: Responses

After your names: how many credits you have and name of last film response I read.  The list of links before your scores are student responses I recommend you check out.

Colin Smallwood: Polytechnique

Kimon Henderson: Rashomon

Kimon Henderson: Force Majeure

Tambu Chirwa: Polytechnique

Barbara Grossman: Polytechnique

Barbara Grossman: Force Majeure

Josh Lundborg: Polytechnique

Shea Kreft: Force Majeure

Colin Smallwood: Force Majeure


Kara Olsen (3 credits; Full Metal Jacket - extra credit 5; Tangerine)

Dennis Stephens (2 credits; Rashomon)

Colin Smallwood (2 Credits; Polytechnique)

Shea Kreft (1 Credit; Force Majeure)

Jeana Thacker (4 Credits; Full Metal Jacket)

Scott Curran (0 Credits)

Barbara Grossman (2 Credits; Polytechnique)

Tambu Chirwa (3 Credits: Rashomon - extra credit 1; Seven Samurai)

Kimon Henderson (2 Credits; Rashomon)

Theresa Oiler (2 Credits: Polytechnique)

Michael Benton

Monday, January 18, 2016

Clouds of Sils Maria (France/Switzerland/Germany: Olivier Assayas, 2014)

Clouds of Sils Maria (France/Switzerland/Germany: Olivier Assayas, 2014: 124 mins)

Clouds of Sils Maria Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

"Clouds of Sils Maria." The Film Stage #138 (April 20, 2015)

Hachard, Thomas. "Women Ascend With Uncertainty In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria'." NPR (April 9, 2015)

Holmes, Taylor. "A Complete Clouds of Sils Maria Walkthrough and Explanation." THiNC (April 10, 2015)

Keating, Shannon. "Highbrow No Homo: The Art of Queer Representation in Clouds of Sils Maria." Bitch Media (August 6, 2014)

Kohn, Eric. "Never Seen an Olivier Assayas Film? Start With 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' Starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche." IndieWire (April 6, 2015)

Lane, Anthony. "Way Up High: The Clouds of Sils Maria." The New Yorker
(April 20, 2015)

Lee, Kevin B. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Supporting Actress." Keyframe (January 28, 2016)

McGavin, Patrick Z. "The Moral Unknown: L'avventura as Influential Text on Clouds of Sils Maria and About Elly." Roger Ebert (April 9, 2015)

Paulus, Tom. "The Disappearance of Kristen Stewart (and Other Mysteries in Contemporary Art Cinema)." Photogenie (October 2014)

Smith, Justine. "Video: Women of 2015, Trading Places." Keyframe (December 19, 2015)

Sragow, Michael. "Deep Focus: Clouds of Sils Maria." Film Comment (April 5, 2015)

Stewart, Kristen. "Clouds of Sils Maria." The Treatment (April 15, 2015)

Tobias, Scott. "Clouds of Sils Maria." The Dissolve (April 7, 2015)

Actors Playing Actors Acting- Video Essay from Phil Whitehead on Vimeo.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Remembering David Bowie 1947 - 2016

Wow, this hit me very hard. I've always been mystified how we can be left devastated by the death of someone we have never met. When I heard David Bowie as a kid I suddenly felt like there was someone who understood how secretly weird and strange I felt. I remember secretly staying up late at night to catch him on a late night rock show (Midnight something or other) and was amazed by his daring challenges to serious social strictures of the era (this was the late 70s). In particular there was a scene of him walking down the street in a urban area while singing and people of all types coming up to him.... some embracing him, some kissing him, some talking to him and walking alongside. It was just something I had never seen a man do in my social environment at that time. His challenge to us was not overly aggressive like the masculinity of that era and his music reminded me that there were other ways of being a person in this world. Throughout my life when there were moments that felt unbearable I would play his songs and for awhile I felt as if I wasn't alone. Words just can't communicate what his music meant to me