Sunday, August 18, 2019

Dialogic Cinephilia - August 18, 2019

Beshara, Robert K. "Dear Boots, Thank You For Bothering Us!" Dark Matter (December 13, 2018)

Biaggi, Alexandra and Yuh-Line Niou. "Child Victims Act: Hundreds File Suits as New York Extends Statute of Limitations on Sex Abuse Cases." Democracy Now (August 15, 2019) ["Hundreds of child sex abuse victims filed lawsuits in New York on Wednesday under the Child Victims Act, a new state law that allows survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the state to bring their perpetrators to court who previously were barred due to statutes of limitations. Lawsuits were filed against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, a number of schools and hospitals and the estate of Jeffrey Epstein. The Child Victims Act was signed into law in February. It allows prosecutors to bring criminal charges against alleged abusers until the accuser turns 28. Accusers can file a civil lawsuit until they reach the age of 55. In addition, the “lookback window” will allow accusers of any age to bring charges against their alleged perpetrators — no matter how long ago the abuse occurred — for a period of one year starting Wednesday. We speak with two New York legislators that spearheaded the new law, state Senator Alessandra Biaggi and Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou. They are both survivors of childhood sexual abuse." Part two: "New York Lawmakers Behind Child Victims Act Say It Will 'Transform Trauma into Real Action.'"]

District 9 (USA/New Zealand: Neill Blomkamp, 2009) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Larke-Walsh, George S. and Stephanie Oliver. "‘This Thing of Ours’: A Woman’s Place in the Gangster Genre." Senses of Cinema #91 (July 2019)

Piper-Burket, Emma. "#Crucial21DbW: Happy As Lazzaro / Lazzaro Felice directed by Alice Rohrwacher." #DirectedByWomen (January 6, 2019)

Riccio, Alexander. "Labor's Identity Against the Enclosure of History." Laborwave (2019)

"The Scarlet E: Unmasking America's Eviction Crisis." On the Media (June 6, 2019) ["We have an eviction epidemic in this country. We’ve had one for a long time. And in this new four-part series from On the Media, host Brooke Gladstone will seek out the why and the wherefore — in search, ultimately, of a cure. Evictions are filed over 3.7 million times a year in America — or at a rate of one every seven seconds. The eviction epidemic has bedeviled more lives than the opioid crisis and still its causes — and consequences — remain largely ignored or misunderstood. With the help of Matt Desmond and the Eviction Lab, which has compiled the largest-ever database of eviction records, our series charts a course through a thicket of contradictions and assumptions to reveal the heart of the crisis."]

Saturday, August 17, 2019

For Those That Want to Think-About and Act-To Change The World for the Better (2019)

Michael D. Benton: For Those That Want to Think-About and Act-To Change The World for the Better (2019)

For years on both sides of the ocean, groups of hard-liners have tried to present to their people unrealistic and fearful images of various nations and cultures in order to turn their differences into disagreements, their disagreements into enmities and their enmities into fears. Instilling fear in the people is an important tool used to justify extremist and fanatic behavior by narrow-minded individuals. -- Asghar Farhadi (Oscar winner for best foreign picture A Separation in 2012; Oscar nominated for Best Foreign picture The Salesman in 2016; banned by the Trump administration from entering the United States to attend the 2016 Oscars.
What is needed is to hold oneself like a sliver to the heart of the world. -- Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks (Grove Press, 1967) 
If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time.
But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. -- Lilla Watson, Indigenous Australian/Murri artist, activist & academic (1985: she refers it more properly to originating from aboriginal activist groups in Queensland in the 1970s)
(These are focused on what we can do immediately and what we can cultivate in ourselves in order to realize a better society. The focus is on how we think and being critical about what we feed our brains. Of course, there are huge systemic issues that must be addressed -- wars, inequality, racism, misogyny, imperialism, the environment, etc -- I believe this is an initial step for preparing ourselves to think through these problems.)

For those that want to think about changing their community/society/world for the better. Develop this in yourself and cultivate it in others:

As citizens of a globalized world it is imperative that we begin to develop a broader awareness of the interconnected cultures and societies that influence and shape world events. Anyone remotely aware of the American social/cultural landscape must recognize that many of our citizens are unaware of the broader relations and connections of the world in which they live in. Many Americans tend to have a narrow understanding of world history, they are educated through ethnocentric American textbooks and informed through mediatized narratives filtered through the lenses of the dominant center, both of these effectively ignore the realities of the margins (culturally, economically and socially). Many concerned citizens struggle to carve out meaning in the contemporary data stream and suffer the neglect of a mainstream media that limits itself to predigested dualistic positions. In this simplified media environment, vast regions of the world (and in the USA) are presumed to be unable to speak for themselves and rarely, in the mainstream corporate media that serves as the news for a majority of American citizens, do we receive sustained and in-depth critical analysis of issues through the voices and experiences of multiple interested parties.

Recognize the power of questions and do not let others silence/stifle your curiosity. Remember all knowledge is incomplete and in development. Life is too vast for any one
person/group/theory/discipline/profession/religion/culture/nation to grasp and understand. Take responsibility for your education/understanding. Learning is not passive. Any teacher/mentor worth the title knows that they are at best facilitators for your learning. Good teachers lay out a map, point out the paths for potential discovery, detours and connections. Remember education (of any type - if it has a narrative, it is constructing a worldview) is never objective - pay attention to the way that knowledge is presented/represented to you.

Do not be afraid to be sensitive. Resist the defensive mechanism of building a shell that insulates you from the realities of the world and cultivate empathy for all beings. A major stumbling block is believing you have to be perfect - we are humans, it isn't going to happen. However, do not solely become focused on your flaws/insecurities as that can paralyze you. Be critical and honest with yourself. Work on what you can, be honest with others as much as possible. Be careful of taking too much on ... do not overload yourself unnecessarily. Figure out what is important to you and what you can actually do.

Resist the social pressures to fear that which is different. Seek out different ways of being and seeing. Develop an understanding/knowledge about your world based upon engaged interactions/experiences with different people/cultures/beings. You do not have to accept what others say or do, but you do need to be open to what they are saying in order to learn from them (good or bad). Be suspicious of those that fear interaction with different ways of seeing/being as some kind of social/moral contamination - it says more about the corruption/insecurities of their beliefs/identity/associations than it does about those they fear.

Develop your empathy for others and fight against social injustices. Investigate/research the broad historical context for why something is the way it is. Avoid accepting the simple explanation/histories (and stereotypes). Be suspicious of the single, simple story that only provides one perspective, voice or cause. Ask what is missing from the frame that someone provides to understand an issue/problem. Map out your own perspective/beliefs - where did they come from? Are they the product of your own explorations/experiences, or, were they learned at the knees of others? If your perspective/beliefs are genuine they can withstand examination & questioning - be as critical with yourself as you are with others. Think thoroughly through any proposal/resolution you wish to make. What are the implications and consequences of doing this or that? Remember many of the horrors of our world (historically and contemporary) are the actions of people believing that what they are doing is the right thing to do.

Resist sliding into solipsism. Get outside. Build coalitions. Know that there is power in collective struggle (this is why authoritarian power structures often try to brutally suppress it). Recognize that you can't do it all yourself. Be critical of those who pursue/profess the fantasy that they have done it all on their own (including communities and nations). Develop your voice and perspective (very important and necessary), but make sure you always engage with other voices/perspectives. Just as important as actively engaging/learning with/from those we admire, is actively discussing/learning with/from those we disagree with. Do not be afraid to admit you do not know about something, use it as an opportunity/inspiration to learn from another (or later on your own). Regularly think about and question your own perspective/beliefs - it is easy to slip into a feedback loop and hard for us to perceive what is outside our goldfish bowl.

When developing a critique/argument learn what you are discussing as well as, if not better, than the proponents of what you are critiquing. Use their direct statements in order to build your critique upon. Read/watch as much as you can from their side and if at all possible discuss directly with supporters/advocates of what you wish to critique. Think about what your intent is, if it is to convince people to understand and maybe even agree with your perspective then do not engage needlessly in rude/insulting dismissals/attacks.

Be suspicious of any attempt to state: “this is the way it is and the way it always will be" or "that could never happen." Do not make 'blanket generalizations' about groupings/classifications of people. Avoiding slipping into usage of stereotypes. Know your history (individual/family/community, society) and make the connections to other histories. Notice similarities and differences. Do not look down on another culture because they drive on the "wrong" side of the road - learn to recognize the social construction of reality (practices/rituals/laws/taboos/values etc...). Remember that nothing human in this world simply came out of a vacuum and nothing will last forever.

If you feel the call to lead, cultivate transparency and demand the same of anyone else that attempts to lead. Leadership is service to your community, be suspicious of those that use leadership positions for self-aggrandizing stroking of their own ego. If you are in a leadership position, do not seek to punish or marginalize those that ask critical questions. Use their engagement to sharpen your own awareness and as an opportunity to think about how you can serve your community better. Most importantly, do not allow yourself to become isolated from the community you serve. Admit your mistakes and never fear to change course. Only fanatics/dictators/bullies believe they are always right (or that they know everything) and everyone else is wrong.

Recognize that the world we experience is heavily mediated (and what we call "mainstream media" is controlled by 5/6 corporations). Be critical about the information and entertainments you absorb (and recognize that in our media they work hand in hand). Learn about propaganda/disinformation techniques so that you can defend your headspace (and not mindlessly propagate misinformation). Seek periods of silence and reflection in order to be open to the universe in yourself. Constant noise/chatter is destructive to critical thought/awareness. Remember that technology/entertainments can act like a diversionary drug distracting us from the actual details and doings of the world (even the intense pursuit of knowledge can isolate and distract if it becomes all consuming - think of the political junkie, isolated intellectuals, fundamentalist mystics or sports' obsessives).

Read a book - I repeat, read a book. Even if it is just one book a year carefully absorbed and reflected upon. You will learn immersively about that subject more than any surfing/sifting of endless internet texts/videos can provide. Use it as a training model for slowing down at times. Cook a meal and eat without distractions. Hang out quietly at a favorite outdoor place (I'm quite fond of babbling water sites). Enjoy the wordless company of a special person. Just be at times.

Take the time to reflect. I like writing out my thoughts, but that is not the preferred medium for everyone and should not be over-privileged as the only/best way. Artists, in their art, of all sorts (many are non-textual), think through and reflect upon their existence in this world and their observations. Draw, make music, sing (even badly), bodily art (in adornment and through meditative exercise), dance as if nobody's watching, the options for reflection and thoughtful presence are endless. Cultivate a conversational style, a great form of reflection, making sure that you take breaths, providing openings for others to engage, because dialogue can never be monologic (single voiced).

Be passionate and love fearlessly.  I'm a great admirer of Dr. Cornel West whose thinking/speaking style is always developed from a place of love for others, even when he is fiercely critiquing them.  Listen to the way he talks (and in doing so thinks) - it is powerful. Also cultivate your love for other living beings (and places - which, for an animist like me, are living beings). Resist our culture of cynicism and superficiality. Learn/practice radical love, that is not controlling or dominating (this is no way a critique of the pleasures of consensual sexual play, it is instead a rejection of the forms of controlling and dominating the essence of another to feed one's ego).

The historian Howard Zinn reminds us that mindless obedience is more dangerous than disobedience (anarchists, like me, also believe we should consciously cultivating thoughtful disobedience). He also rejects the notion that we can never truly be objective or free of bias ("you can't be neutral on a moving train"). Noam Chomsky's intellectual lifework has served as a lesson that the "myth of objectivity" always serves the interests of abusive power (and creates a monologic culture - the most dangerous form of culture). Speak truth to power, even when your voice shakes.  Resist dogma, especially your own. Check your privilege, if you don't think you have privilege, ask others.

Take care of your body. What you feed your mind and body matters. They are not separate, each depends of the health of the other. Exercise both ... but be comfortable with your own particular body/mind and do not let others (or your culture) try to squeeze you into a limiting, pre-determined, box.

If anyone is struggling. I can't promise you it will get better or all of your problems will be solved. However, I do know that the struggle is worth it and there is so much to learn/experience/share. Get outside, do things with other living beings (human or otherwise - I find animals & plants to be great friends), learn about your world (intellectually and experientially - learn-about/experience other people's/cultures/ways of being), do not shut yourself off or isolate yourself (including in the funhouse media mirrors). Keep your elasticity (think of the wonderful elasticity of your mind when you were a child) - be open to the wonders of the world. Reach out when you need someone! Be there for those that reach out to you.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

District 9 (USA/New Zealand: Neill Blomkamp, 2009)

That 24-hour warning, the papers to be signed? Absolute crap. This is apartheid, plain and simple. Can you hear that? Under the cries of digitally rendered aliens in a realistic setting? It’s the scream of Mississippi, the Mexican border, weekend ICE raids, and dozens of other dehumanization headlines of late. Go bigger, it’s the echoes of Jewish genocide, Japanese interment, slavery, and hundreds of other racial segregation stories ripped from history. It’s foreigners, families, and children being maligned to crappy ghettos, only to get the boot after much hand-wringing, repeated without any shred of a lesson learned. District 9 is a primal scream on de-location. -- Blake Gobel

District 9 (USA/New Zealand: Neill Blomkamp, 2009: 112 mins)

Gobel, Blake. "Aliens, Immigration, and What We’ve Yet to Learn From District 9." Consequence of Sound (August 15, 2019)

Gunkel, Henriette and Christiane König. "‘You are not welcome here’: post-apartheid negrophobia and real aliens in Blomkamp’s District 9." Dark Matters (February 7, 2010)

Gurevitch, Leon. "The Cinemas of Interactions: Cinematics and the ‘Game Effect’ in the Age of Digital Attractions." Senses of Cinema #57 (2010)

McEnteer, James. "Living in District 9 Truth-Out (June 12, 2010)

Toit, Andries Du. "Becoming the Alien: Apartheid, Racism and District 9." A Subtle Knife (September 4, 2009)

---. "The Alienation Effect: Further Thoughts on D9." A Subtle Knife (September 12, 2009)

Zborowski, James. "District 9 and Its World." Jump Cut #52 (Summer 2010)

Dialogic Cinephilia - August 15, 2019

Benton, Michael. "Around the World in 15 Films (6)." Dialogic Cinephilia (Future film course or film society schedule)

Code Unknown (France/Germany/Romania: Michael Haneke, 2000) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Ewing, Heidi and Rachel Grady. "One of Us." Film School Radio (October 15, 2017) ["In their new documentary ONE OF US, acclaimed observational filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (JESUS CAMP, DETROPIA) take a deep and moving look at the lives of three individuals who have chosen to leave the hugely insular world of Hasidic Judaism.The film follows Etty, a mother of seven, as she decides to leave a violent marriage and divorce her husband; Ari, a teenager on the verge of manhood who is struggling with addiction and the effects of childhood abuse; and Luzer, an actor who, despite having found success in the secular world, still wrestles with his decision eight years earlier to leave the Hasidic community. Produced over three years, ONE OF US offers unique and intimate access to the lives of all three as they deal not only with questions of their beliefs but also with the consequences of leaving the only community they have ever known. With their trademark sensitivity and keen interest in the nature of faith, Ewing and Grady chronicle these journeys towards personal freedom that comes at a very high cost. Co-directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady join us for a conversation on their emotionally wrenching look into a world of dogmatism, ostracism and community."]

Gillam, Carey and Gary Ruskin. "Documents Reveal Monsanto Surveilled Journalists, Activists & Even Musician Neil Young." Democracy Now (August 9, 2019)

High-Rise (UK/Belgium: Ben Wheatley, 2015) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Kelly, Kim. "The Politics of Criticism." Columbia Journalism Review (August 8, 2019) ["My life with heavy metal, Tucker Carlson, NPR, and strong opinions.]

Sainato, Michael. "'Coal is over': The miners rooting for the Green New Deal." The Guardian (August 12, 2019) ["Appalachia’s main industry is dying and some workers are looking to a new economic promise after Trump’s proves empty."]

High-Rise (UK/Belgium: Ben Wheatley, 2015)

High-Rise (UK/Belgium: Ben Wheatley, 2015: 119 mins)

Bailey, Thomas William Bey. "Foundations for a High-Rise: Or, cinematic on-ramps to the mind of J.G. Ballard." Keyframe (April 18, 2016)

Barnes, Henry. "High Rise director Ben Wheatley: Societal collapse is imminent." The Guardian (September 14, 2015)

Campbell, Christopher. "6 Filmmaking Tips From Ben Wheatley." Film School Rejects (April 19, 2017)

Kermode, Mark. "High Rise: Black Humor and Horror." The Guardian (March 20, 2016) ["Ben Wheatley’s clever adaptation of JG Ballard’s ‘unfilmable’ book offers a creepy, future-retro vision of a society riven by wealth."]

Kurchak, Sarah. "High Rise: Ben Wheatley's J.G. Ballard adaptation is original, daring, and audacious." Consequence of Sound (May 10, 2016)

Larabi, Omar. "High Rise: Facades Separating Us From the Soil." De Filmkrant (Posted on Vimeo: June 2016) ["Anyone familiar with the works of writer J.G. Ballard knows that he uses the luxury high-rise as a metaphor for society, with the filthy rich on top, looking down on those dwelling on the lowest floors. This video essay by Omar Larabi look at Ben Wheatley's High-Rise through this prism."]
"They Came From Within the High Rise." The Feminine Critique (September 20, 2016)

Wheatley, Ben. "High Rise Interview." There's No Place Like Home (March 17, 2016)

Winston, Anna. "High Rise is 'not a criticism of post-war architecture' says director Ben Wheatley." Dezeen (March 25, 2016)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Bluegrass Film Society: Fall 2019 Schedule

8/20: BPM (Beats Per Minute) (France: Robin Campillo, 2017: 143 mins)

8/27: Lost River (USA: Ryan Gosling, 2014: 95 mins)

9/10: Blood on the Mountain (USA: Mari-Lynn C. Evans and Jordan Freeman, 2016: 93 mins)

9/17: Hail Satan? (USA: Penny Lane, 2019: 95 mins)

9/24: Western (Germany/Bulgaria/Austria: Valeska Grisebach, 2017: 121 mins)

10/1: Beyond the Hills (Romania: Cristian Mungiu, 2012: 152 mins)

10/8: The Island and the Whales (UK/Denmark: Mike Day, 2016: 81 mins)

10/22: Thunder Road (USA: Jim Cummings, 2018: 92 mins)

10/29: Train to Busan (South Korea: Sang-Ho Yeon, 2016: 118 mins)

11/5: Under the Silver Lake (USA: David Robert Mitchell, 2018: 139 min)

11/12: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell, 2001: 95 mins)

11/19: Bisbee '17 (USA: Robert Greene, 2018: 112 mins)

11/26: We the Animals (USA: Jeremiah Zagar, 2018: 94 mins)



Code Unknown (France/Germany/Romania: Michael Haneke, 2000)

In that light, one could say that all your films are actually highly political. 
MICHAEL HANEKE:  That depends on how you define political - if your definition is rather broad, I'd say yes. But my films have never supported the interests of any political party, that has always bored me. Not only that, I think that's also a contradiction in terms. Whoever feels an obligation to truth can't commit themselves to a party line. A central theme in Code Inconnu is xenophobia. But that isn't a political issue, it's humanistic, a moral question, in my opinion. Xenophobia results from a mixture of stupidity and fear. The only way to counteract it is to try to enlighten people a little and, on the other hand, expose the people who want to profit from it. (Source)

Code Unknown (France/Germany/Romania: Michael Haneke, 2000: 118 mins)

Brunette, Peter. Michael Haneke. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois, 2010.

---. "On the Films of Michael Haneke." The Marketplace of Ideas (April 15, 2010)

Cozzalio, Dennis. "Code Unknown and Crash: Collisions, Connections and Catharsis." Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly (February 13, 2006)

Enelow, Shonni. "Code Unknown." Reverse Shot (July 1, 2019)

Frey, Mattias. "Great Directors: Michael Haneke." Senses of Cinema #57 (2010)

Grundman, Roy. A Companion to Michael Haneke. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2010.

James, Nick. "Code Unknown: Eurovisions." Current (November 12, 2015)

"Michael Haneke Studies: Videos, Podcasts and Article Links." Film Studies for Free (June 26, 2010)

Price, Brian and John David Rhodes, ed. On Michael Haneke. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University, 2010.

Scovell, Adam. "Politics of Sequence in Code Unknown (2000, Michael Haneke)." Celluloid Wickerman (August 21, 2017)

Tobias, Scott. "Code Unknown." AV Club (June 4, 2009)

Wheatley, Catherine. Michael Haneke's Cinema: The Ethic of the Image. NY: Bergahn Books, 2009. [BCTC Library PN 1998.3 H36 W44 2009]

Zielinski, Luisa. "Michael Haneke, The Art of Screenwriting No. 5." The Paris Review #211 (Winter 2014)

Monday, August 12, 2019

Dialogic Cinephilia - August 12, 2019

Barna, Daniel. "How Cam Flips Hollywood's View of Sex Workers." Playboy (November 20, 2018)

Benton, Michael Dean. "American Sniper." Letterboxd (January 28, 2015)

Eisen, Jessica. "Animals under the law: What options are there for animals to 'lawyer up'?" Ideas (March 22, 2019) ["Under the eyes of the law, animals that live in our homes or on a farm are 'property.' But there's a growing movement to grant some animals like chimpanzees, elephants and dolphins 'non-human persons' status. Harvard Law School doctoral candidate Jessica Eisen thinks the law could do even better than that."]

Grim, Ryan. "Denver's City Council, Led by Democratic Socialist, Stuns For-Profit Prison Operators by Nuking Contracts." The Intercept (August 8, 2019)

Jones, Kent. "Diane." Film at Lincoln Center Podcast #219 (April 2019)

Roark, David. "Terrence Malick and the Christian Story." Balder & Dash (March 10, 2016) ["Smith’s belief that human beings are primarily lovers rather than thinkers is, of course, nothing new; it is an understanding founded in Scripture, as well as the thought of early Christian theologian and philosopher St. Augustine of Hippo. Augustine, in perhaps his most famous work, City of God, argues that humans are innately lovers or worshippers, which means that it is not whether people worship; it is what people worship. As a direct consequence, there are liturgies—most affectively stories—all around us that prime the pump of the heart, shaping its affections and desires toward a vision of the good life. Appealing to our emotions and imaginations, liturgies use kinesthetics and aesthetics to teach and change the human condition around a particular story or vision. Out of this understanding, Smith ultimately calls for a response. He challenges Christians to reconsider anew the liturgy of the Church, taking back 2,000 years of tradition; moreover, he challenges Christians to create alternative, sacred liturgies in light of the numerous bad liturgies within popular culture. In one sense, Smith’s is a call to the arts—or, in Malick’s case, cinema."]

Vimercati, Giovanni. "State of Denial: Japanese Relocation." Reverse Shot (May 16, 2017)

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Slurring Bee #26

Also need 15 absurd/quirky warm up questions

1st Round: warm-up question followed by a word
2nd Round: 3 words in succession for each contestant
3rd Round: Round-robin until we have a winner (keep track of last three - the order they come in)
3 mispelled words and a contestant is out

Pronouncer Information 1. Read carefully the Judges, Recorders, Spellers and Audiences information that is included in the Scripps pronouncers’ guide. 2. Familiarize yourself with all words on the confidential word list. Pronunciation is important. A meeting with the judges to insure pronunciation of words and procedures will be scheduled prior to the Bee beginning. 3. Speak clearly for contestants, judges and audience alike. Grant all requests to repeat a word until the judges agree that the word has been made reasonably clear to the speller. You may request the speller to speak more clearly or louder. 4. “Pace” yourself. You need time to focus attention on the pronunciation of the new word and the judges need a few moments between each contestant to do their tasks.

Speller’s Information 1. Each speller needs to focus on the Pronouncer, to aid his or her hearing and understanding of the context of the word. A speller may ask for the word to be repeated, for its use in a sentence, for a definition, for the part of speech, and for the language of origin. 2. Each speller should pronounce the word before and after spelling it. If the speller fails to pronounce the word after spelling it, the judge may ask if they are finished. If they say yes, the judge will remind the speller to remember to repeat the word the next time. (No speller will be eliminated for failing to pronounce a word.) 3. When a speller is at the podium spelling, the next speller should be standing at a marked location ready to proceed to the podium.

543) apprise

544) centripetal

545) instantaneous

546) entirety

547) sustenance

548) auxiliary

549) penitentiary

550) incongruous

551) anthophilous

552) anthophagous

553) herbivorous

554) nemesis

555) dahlia

556) halcyon

557) ovate

558) accelerate

559) tortfeasor (Ralph Nader called Trump this)

560) veracity

561) coo

562) polemic

563) venal

564) discord

565) quagmire

566) indoctrination

567) muumuu

568) boysenberry

569) kava

570) proprietor

571) intercalate

572) piscatory

573) cahoots

574) hyphenate

575) evince

576) solidarity

577) mull

578) felicific

579) mizzle

580) dovekie

581) flyting

582) xenolith

583) igneous


Slurring Bee #17

Dialogic Cinephilia - August 11, 2019

Benton, Michael. Recommended Films of 2017 Letterboxd (Ongoing Archive)

Bursztynski, Maurice and Heather Drain. "The Kinks' Lola Versus Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One." Love That Album (May 23, 2019) ["Of course, being the gabblers that we are, many other Kinky related topics get discussed. Bans from touring in America, Ray Davies as documenter of British life, sarcasm vs heart-on-the-sleeve, musicianship, the music business, environmentalism, a sweet love song with a Kinks’ twist and the most singalong coda since hey Jude…it’s all there. We even find tenuous links to our beloved Tubes."]

"Busted: America's Poverty Myths." On the Media (5 part series: September 28 - October 28, 2016) ["On the Media’s series on poverty is grounded in the Talmudic notion that 'We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.' Brooke Gladstone traveled to Ohio to learn from people living the varied reality of poverty today, and to unpack the myths that shape our private presumptions as well as our policy decisions. In each episode, we feature the voices and complex stories of individuals, as well essential context from scholars, to lay open the tales we tell ourselves."]

Hollowell, Jenny. "The End of the End: An Evolution of Faith, in Five Films." Bright Wall/Dark Room #9 (March 29, 2016)

Flanagan, Ben. "The Plagiarists." Dirty Movies (February 9, 2019)

La jetée (1962) Chris Marker EXC from El Wrongo on Vimeo.

La Jetée (France: Chris Marker, 1962) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Turner, Kyle, et al. "50+ Queer Writers, 50+ Favorite Queer Films." Paste (June 26, 2019)

MB -- The disaffected young lovers that become outlaws on the road after an injustice and pursued by legitimate/illegitimate (and often murderous) authorities and receiving support from their community, seems to be getting a fresh spin for our times (Trump'merica). By the way, Kentucky seems to feature heavily in this film :) Saw this before Once Upon a Time in Hollywood:

MB -- I liked it, despite the fact that the couple next to me wanted to talk, continuously, throughout the film. It seemed to be a crowd pleaser. It kept the tone (and violence level) I would imagine the young adult book had? So it is definitely safe to bring youngsters (PG13 - unlike the poor children I saw traumatized at the opening night of Pan's Labyrinth). I would assume a love for the book would increase one's enjoyment of the film. The two young women on the other side of me (probably college age?) were clearly thrilled and frightened .

MB -- Start to finish a great interview and opportunity for Mr Sanders to discuss his position. They start with a critique of the reality show debates, the lobbying power of organizations/corporations (pharmaceutical industry), healthcare myths, the need to raise the minimum wage, crushing student debt, gun violence in America, etc....

I've been really perplexed the past decade in regards to why reactionary, so-called progressive/liberal democrats, try to do the work of republicans and knee-jerk dismiss any actual discussion/proposal of real changes in our system to help out Americans beyond the most wealthy (the "unelectable" claim is one example, but also the policing of debates/discussions). Take some time and take a listen.

A nod to Joe Rogan who has been providing a platform for actual, in-depth discussions from candidates running for the nomination.

La Jetée (France: Chris Marker, 1962)

La Jetée (France: Chris Marker, 1962: 28 mins)

Atanassov, Stefan. "Chris Marker’s La Jetee Analysis: Mortality and the Illusion of Time." Films Lie (April 11, 2014)

Carvajal, Nelson. "Reflexive Memories: The Images of the Cine-Essay." (Posted on Vimeo: 2014)

Henley, Michael. "La Jetée (1962)." Time-Traveling Film Critic (April 3, 2011)

Her Ghost. ["Her Ghost: An Homage to Chris Marker’s La Jetée is an on-going collaborative film-sound performance project between DJ and sound designer Kode9 (Steve Goodman, UK), MFO (visual artist Marcel Weber) (DE), researcher/lecturer/performer, Ms.Haptic (Jessica Edwards, UK) and Lucy Benson (AU), that significantly re-works, both aurally and visually, Marker’s science fiction film-photo-essay original (1962). 50 years from the premiere of Chris Marker’s science fiction anomaly, Her Ghost refracts the original script, so that it now sheds light onto the previously obscured figure of the woman. Drawing from the stills, narrative and soundscape of the original film, Her Ghost suggestively recasts, further complicates and asks difficult questions of its ‘parent’. It is performed live, but off-stage, amidst its audience. Each iteration of the project produces a fractionally different mutation of the film. Her Ghost was originally commissioned by Unsound Festival and first performed in Krakow, Poland in November 2011." -- also, Lucy Benson's page for Her Ghost]

Hinkson, Jake. "There's No Escape Out of Time: La Jetée." Tor (November 3, 2014)

Hollowell, Jenny. "The End of the End: An Evolution of Faith, in Five Films." Bright Wall/Dark Room #9 (March 29, 2016)

Keeney, Gavin. "Seance C.M." Senses of Cinema #64 (September 2012)

Kessler, Martin, et al. "La Jetee & The Films of Ken Russell." Flixwise (July 26, 2016)

Lee, Sander. "Platonic Themes in Chris Marker’s La Jetée." Senses of Cinema (March 2000)

Lupton, Catherine. "Chris Marker: Memory's Apostle." Current (February 7, 2012)

Perry, Ash. "Time, Memory and Time Travel in Chris Marker’s ‘La Jetée’." Space Zoetrope (June 25, 2007)

Romney, Jonathan. "La Jetée: Unchained Memory." Current (June 25, 2007)

Schefer, Jean-Louis. "On La Jetée." Chris Marker (Passages de l’image. Exhibition catalogue, Centres Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1990.)

Schantz, Ned. "Surprised by La Jetée." Senses of Cinema #76 (September 2015)

"Sight and Sound Poll 2012: La Jetée." Current (November 26, 2012)

La jetée (1962) Chris Marker EXC from El Wrongo on Vimeo.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Dialogic Cinephilia - August 10, 2019

As citizens of a globalized world it is imperative that we begin to develop a broader awareness of the interconnected cultures and societies that influence and shape world events. Anyone remotely aware of the American social/cultural landscape must recognize that many of our citizens are unaware of the broader relations and connections of the world in which they live in. Many Americans tend to have a narrow understanding of world history, educated through ethnocentric American textbooks and informed through mediatized narratives filtered through the lenses of the dominant center, both of these effectively ignore the realities of the margins (culturally, economically and socially). Many concerned citizens struggle to carve out meaning in the contemporary data stream and suffer the neglect of a mainstream media that limits itself to predigested dualistic positions. In this simplified media environment, vast regions of the world are presumed to be unable to speak for themselves and rarely, in the mainstream corporate media that serves as the news for a majority of American citizens, do we receive sustained and in-depth critical analysis of issues through the voices and experiences of multiple interested parties. 
-- Michael Benton

Benton, Michael. "20th Century World Cinema (1)." Dialogic Cinephilia (Future film course or film society schedule)

---.  "Around the World in 15 Films (5)." Dialogic Cinephilia (Future film course or film society schedule)

---. Recommended Films of 2019 Letterboxd (Ongoing Archive)

Davis, Angela, Nikki Giovanni and Sonia Sanchez. "'Toni Morrison Will Always Be with Us.'" Democracy Now (August 7, 2019) ["Toni Morrison, one of the nation’s most influential writers, died this week at the age of 88 from complications of pneumonia. In 1993, Morrison became the first African-American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. She also won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for her classic work “Beloved.” Much of Morrison’s writing focused on the Black female experience in America, and her writing style honored the rhythms of Black oral tradition. Her work was deeply concerned with race and history, especially the sin of transatlantic slavery and the potentially restorative power of community. In 2012, President Obama awarded Morrison the Presidential Medal of Freedom. We speak with three legendary writers and close friends of Toni Morrison: Angela Davis, author and activist; Nikki Giovanni, poet, activist and educator; and Sonia Sanchez, award-winning poet."]

Flanagan, Ben. "The Souvenir." Dirty Movies (February 12, 2019)

Heumann, Joseph K. and Robin L. Murray. "Mother! and the Cli-fi Conundrum." Jump Cut #58 (Spring 2018)

Sharrett, Christopher. "They Shall Not Grow Old - But All Shall Perish." Film International (February 10, 2019)