Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 19, 2021

Armstrong, Karen. "The Lost Art of Scripture." Radio West (December 31, 2020) ["Sacred text – with their often ambiguous wording and metaphorical meanings – are ready-made for differing interpretations from various groups. In her book, The Lost Art of Scripture, Karen looks into the history of these texts, showing how religious practitioners' relationships with them have changed, and how many of us have lost sight of what they were originally written for."]

Edwards, Lydia and Fred Wiseman. "Documenting Democracy: Fred Wiseman’s City Hall." Open Source (November 19, 2020) ["What Fred Wiseman found in Boston City Hall is not what he was looking for. The master of documentary film is famous for his almost innocent camera eye that unlocks visual drama in big institutions — the New York Public Library, the Paris Opera, or in his early days: Bridgewater State Mental Hospital in 1960s Massachusetts. So why not finally get inside the modern brick and concrete fortress of official life in his hometown, and see what’s going on in the faces, the meeting rooms, the tone of voice in local affairs. What he found was simpler than all that. It was the un-Trump in the un-Washington. An almost astonishing civility, good humor, what looks like good faith in the hundreds of negotiations every day that keep a community going, and growing."]

Lee, Jason. Nazism and Neo-Nazism in Film and Media. Amsterdam University Press, 2018. ["This timely book takes an original transnational approach to the theme of Nazism and neo-Nazism in film, media, and popular culture, with examples drawn from mainland Europe, the UK, North and Latin America, Asia, and beyond. This approach fits with the established dominance of global multimedia formats, and will be useful for students, scholars, and researchers in all forms of film and media. Along with the essential need to examine current trends in Nazism and neo-Nazism in contemporary media globally, what makes this book even more necessary is that it engages with debates that go to the very heart of our understanding of knowledge: history, memory, meaning, and truth."]

Thompson, A.C. "From Charlottesville to the Capitol: Trump Fueled Right-Wing Violence. It May Soon Get Even Worse." Democracy Now (January 15, 2021) ["As security is ramped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S., the FBI is warning of more potential violence in the lead-up to Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Federal authorities have arrested over 100 people who took part in last week’s deadly insurrection at the Capitol, and The Washington Post reports that dozens of people on a terrorist watch list — including many white supremacists — were in Washington on the day of the insurrection. “This was something that had been coming for a long time,” ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson, who covers right-wing extremism, says of the January 6 riot. “If you looked at the rhetoric online … it was all about revolution, it was all about death to tyrants, it was all about civil war.”"]


Think on this, for 19 years we have been repeatedly torturing and imprisoning hundreds of people without a trial or defense, on no more evidence than hearsay from people that were paid large sums for turning them in. 19 years later there are still 55 prisoners there. This is just the tip of iceberg of rendition centers we have operated around the world. This systemic imprisonment and torture is a horrific state act that is symbolic of the rot in our democracy. Every time you think why are they doing this when you reflect on bad things happening in our culture/nation, think to yourself, we have let Guantanamo Bay Detention Center remain functioning for the last 19 years.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021

 "MLK Day Special: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words." Democracy Now (January 18, 2021) ["Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People’s Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, which he delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” that he gave on April 3, 1968, the night before he was assassinated."]

"Martin Luther King, Jr. (Preacher/Activist/Philosopher)." Dialogic Cinephilia Archive (Ongoing Online Archive)

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

ENG 282: Spring 2021 Responses, Discussion Boards and Personal Tracks

 Discussion Board Tally:

Ananda Casals 1 (The Host) 

Bryant Carlson 1 (The Host)

Carly Healander 1 (The Host)

Chelsey Morgan-Ritchie 1 (The Host)

Emily Hoover 1 (The Host)

Graham Pickering 1 (The Host)

Hailey Meeker 1 (The Host)

Jamil Ford 1 (The Host)

Jannet Ojeda 1 (The Host)

Kelsey Mink 1 (The Host)

Micaela Missildine 1 (The Host)

Nicholas Hayden 1 (The Host)

Peyton Owens 1 (The Host)

Sarah Patrick 1 (The Host)

Slade Gish 1 (The Host)

Vladmir Gundorin 1 (The Host)

Exemplary Letterboxd Responses:

Bryant Carlson: American Psycho 

Chelsea Morgan-Ritchie: "In the Mood for Love: Better to Have Loved and Lost ..."

Letterboxd Responses:

Micaela Missildine

Caden Healander

Nathan Foster

Chelsea Morgan-Ritchie 1 (In the Mood for Love)

Graham Pickering 1 (American Beauty)


Bryant Carlson 1 (American Psycho)

Jannet Ojeda

Kelsey Mink

Sarah Patrick

Emily Hoover

David Pritchett XX

Hailey Meeker

Ananda Casals

Jamil Ford

Kylon Bibb

Tucker Lee Miller

Graham Pickering

Slade Gish

Bradley Sebastian

Isabelle Gray

Cameron Young

Vladimir Gundorin

Nicholas Hayden

Peyton Owens

Jayvin Jones

Personal Tracks:

Caden Healander: -Perspectives on WWII/Fantasy that reflects reality/Animation/Color (specifically Wes Anderson)/Soundtracks as a tool in film/LGBTQ+

Chelsea Morgan-Ritchie: Mind-Bending; Deep Emotional Narratives

1-31; 32-62; 

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 13, 2021

Knafo, Danielle. "The New Sexual Landscape and Contemporary Psychoanalysis (Confer Books, 2020)." New Books in Psychoanalysis (August 17, 2020) ["The sexual landscape has changed dramatically in the past few decades, with the meaning of gender and sexuality now being parsed within the realms of gender fluidity, nonheteronormative sexuality, BDSM, and polyamory. The sea change in sexual attitudes has also made room for the mainstreaming of internet pornography and the use of virtual reality for sexual pleasure – and the tech gurus have not even scratched the surface when it comes to mining the possibilities of alternative realities. In The New Sexual Landscape and Contemporary Psychoanalysis (Confer Books, 2020), Danielle Knafo and Rocco Lo Bosco survey modern sex culture and suggests ways psychoanalysis can update its theories and practice to meet the novel needs of today’s generations; at the same time, paying special attention to technology, which is augmenting and expanding sexual and gender possibilities. The authors consider how sexuality and bonding in this brave new world are best suited to meet our psychoanalytic needs."]

Sanyal, Mithu. "Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo (Verso, 2019)." New Books in Psychology (December 11, 2020) ["My guest today, author Mithu Sanyal, describes the topic of rape as a ‘cultural sore spot,’ one that requires yet eludes wide conversation. Her latest book, Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo (Verso, 2019), bravely starts this conversation. It covers the history of rape as well as of our divergent and misguided conceptions for it, and it addresses the topic’s intersection with matters of gender stereotypes and racism. We unpack these topics in our interview, along with the psychological phenomena undergirding conflicts over consent and body sovereignty. This episode will be of interest for anyone interested in the problems of sexual violence and gender bias. Mithu Sanyal is an award-winning broadcaster, academic, and author based in Dusseldorf. Her prior book, Vulva, has been translated into five languages."]

Snyder, Timothy. "'American Abyss': Fascism Historian Tim Snyder on Trump’s Coup Attempt, Impeachment & What’s Next." Democracy Now (January 13, 2021) ["As the House votes to impeach President Trump, the FBI warns there could be a repeat of the violent insurrection he encouraged on January 6, with Trump loyalists planning to hold armed protests nationwide ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration. We speak with Timothy Snyder, a historian of fascism, who says the riot at the U.S. Capitol was “completely and utterly predictable” given President Trump’s record of stoking extremism and undermining democratic institutions. “The American republic is hanging by a thread because the president of the United States has sought to use violence to stay in power and essentially to overthrow our constitutional system,” says Snyder."]

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 10, 2021

Lagalisse, Erica. "Occult Features of Anarchism: With attention to the conspiracy of kings and the conspiracy of the peoples." The London School of Economics and Political Science (March 20, 2019) ["Erica Lagalisse explores the relationship of 19th century anarchism with the clandestine fraternity, challenges leftist attachments to atheism, and intervenes in current debates concerning 'conspiracy theory.'"]

West, Stephen. "On Media: Manufacturing Consent, Pt. 1." Philosophize This (December 17, 2020) [On Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman's landmark book Media Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.]

---. "On Media Pt. 2: Marshall McLuhan." Philosophize This! #149 (January 5, 2021)

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 3, 2021

Carpenter, Max. "Whatever Gets You Through the Night: Night of the Kings." Reverse Shot (December 29, 2020)

Ivins, Laura. "Structures of Looking in Portrait of a Lady on Fire." A Place for Film (December 16, 2020) 

Oladipo, Gloria. "The Missed 'Magical Negro' Trope in The Queen’s Gambit." Bitch Media (November 25, 2020)

Solórzano, Fernanda. "Amores perros: Force of Impact." The Current (December 25, 2020) 

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - December 30, 2020

Englert, Angela. "Taking the Shine Off with Doctor Sleep." Cultural Gutter (December 10, 2020)

Gulick, Robert van. "Consciousness." The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (January 14, 2014) ["Perhaps no aspect of mind is more familiar or more puzzling than consciousness and our conscious experience of self and world. The problem of consciousness is arguably the central issue in current theorizing about the mind. Despite the lack of any agreed upon theory of consciousness, there is a widespread, if less than universal, consensus that an adequate account of mind requires a clear understanding of it and its place in nature. We need to understand both what consciousness is and how it relates to other, nonconscious, aspects of reality."]

Heath, Roderick. "On the Rocks (2020)." Film Freedonia (December 1, 2020)