Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sicario (USA: Denis Villeneuve, 2015)




Sicario (USA: Denis Villeneuve, 2015: 121 mins)


Appen, Joe Von and Erik McCkanahan. "A Thematic Pairing Of Inescapable Dread." Adjust Your Tracking #116 (September 23, 2015) ["... reviews of two dread-soaked, arthouse genre films opening slowly in theaters across the country. First is Austrian horror Goodnight Mommy then onto drug war thriller Sicario, each tension-filled and terrifying in their own way."]

Bradshaw, Peter. "Sicario: Emily Blunt cracks the cartel in a white-knuckle thriller." The Guardian (October 11, 2015)


Deakins, Roger. "Sicario." DP30 (November 14, 2015)


Foley, Darren. "Sicario: Film Analysis." Must See Films (Posted on Youtube: March 28, 2016)

Kermode, Mark. "Sicario: Emily Blunt’s star quality lifts Mexican drugs thriller." The Guardian

Lane, Anthony. "Dark Places: Sicario." The New Yorker (September 21, 2015)

Lee, Kevin B. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Cinematography." Keyframe (February 3, 2016)

Leo, Vince. "Sicario (2015) Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin." Qwipster (September 2015)

Orr, Christopher. "The Almost Greatness of Sicario." The Atlantic (September 25, 2015)

Robey, Tim. "Sicario Lacks a Higher Purpose." The Telegraph (October 8, 2015)

Scott, A.O. "Sicario Digs Into the Depths of Drug Cartel Violence." The New York Times (September 17, 2015)

Sicario Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Tallerico, Brian. "Sicario." Roger Ebert (September 15, 2015)






































Thursday, June 9, 2016

Eugenics & Other Ethical Issues for Biotech 101 Guest Lectures

(Eugenics and similar ethical science considerations)

Black, Edwin. "Hitler's Debt to America." The Guardian (February 5, 2004)

Cohen, Adam. "Buck v. Bell: Inside the SCOTUS Case That Led to Forced Sterilization of 70,000 & Inspired the Nazis." Democracy Now (March 17, 2016)

Denhoed, Andrea. "The Forgotten Lessons of the American Eugenics Movement." The New Yorker (April 27, 2016)

Fine, Cordelia. Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences. UK: Icon Books, 2012.

"Gene War: The attempt to bring racial biology into the mainstream."  Searchlight #277 (Special Issue on Genetics and Eugenics: July 1998)

Gibson, Rich. "The Fascist Origins of the SAT Test." (Rouge Forum Braodside: San Diego State University, April 2001)

Hagopian, Jesse. "'Occupy Education' Debates the Gates Foundation (and Wins)." Common Dreams (March 13, 2012)

Mehler, Barry. "Beyondism: Raymond B. Cattell and the New Eugenics."  Genetica  (1997).

---. "Eliminating the Inferior: American and Nazi SterilizationPrograms." Science for the People (Nov-Dec 1987): 14-18.

---. "Foundation for Fascism: the New Eugenics Movement in the United States." Patterns of Prejudice 23.4 (1989)

---. "In Genes We Trust: When Science Bows to Racism" Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (1994)

---. "Race and 'Reason' – Academic Ideas a Pillar of Racist Thought." Southern Poverty Law Center (Winter 1999).

---. "Sources in the Study of Eugenics #1: Inventory of the American Eugenics Society Papers." The Mendel Newsletter #14 (June 1977)

---. "Sources in the Study of Eugenics #2: The Bureau of Social Hygiene Papers." The Mendel Newsletter #16 (September 1978)

Regalado, Antonio. "Human-Animal Chimeras Are Gestating on U.S. Research Farms." MIT Technology Review (January 6, 2016)

---. "Meet the Moralist Policing Gene Drives, a Technology That Messes with Evolution." MIT Technology Review (June 7, 2016)

Riggs, Ransom. "The Frightening History of Eugenics in America." Mental Floss (February 2, 2011)

Singer, Steven. "Blinded by Pseudoscience: Standardized Testing is Modern Day Eugenics." Gadfly on the Wall Blog (March 15, 2016)

Stoskeph, Alan. "The Forgotten History of Eugenics." Rethinking Schools 13.3 (Spring 1999)



Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Hateful Eight (USA: Quentin Tarantino, 2015)




The Hateful Eight (USA: Quentin Tarantino, 2015: 168 mins)

Adams, Sam. "Fear of a Black Dingus: Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight." IndieWire (January 6, 2016)

Bogart, Laura. "Hipster Misogyny: The Betrayal of The Hateful Eight." Balder & Dash (January 18, 2016)

Brody, Richard. “The Hateful Eight: Quentin Tarantino’s Playfully Adolescent Filmmaking." The New Yorker (January 1, 2016)

Christley, Jaime N. "The Hateful Eight." Slant (December 15, 2015)

Cook, Adam. "How Quentin Tarantino Took Inspiration From The Great Silence." Little White Lies (Posted on Youtube: January 26, 2016)

Debruge, Peter. "The Hateful Eight." Variety (December 15, 2015)

Graham, Bill, et al. "The Hateful Eight." The Film Stage (January 4, 2016)

Grierson, Tim. "The Hateful Eight." Screen Daily (December 15, 2015)

The Hateful Eight Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Hemphill, Jim. "'Looking for False Performance Beats': Editor Fred Raskin on The Hateful Eight."  Filmmaker (December 28, 2015)

Lee, Hiram. "Racism and Revenge: Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight." World Socialist Web Site (January 7, 2016)

Lee, Kevin B. "The Tarantino Death Toll: What’s behind Quentin Tarantino’s obsession with killing?" Keyframe (December 16, 2015)

---. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Cinematography." Keyframe (February 3, 2016)

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

Orr, Christopher. "Tarantino Falls Into a Rut." The Atlantic (January 5, 2016)

Plante, Chris. "The Hateful Eight is a play, and a miserable one at that." The Verge (December 31, 2015)

Scott, A.O. "Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Blends Verbiage and Violence." The New York Times (December 24, 2015)

Shawhan, Jason. "Racists, liberals, Confederate apologists — Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight declares war upon you all." Nashville Scene (December 23, 2015)

Sims, David. "The Hateful Eight is a Gory Epic in Search of Meaning." The Atlantic (December 25, 2015)

Stevens, Dana. "The Hateful Eight: Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film is bold, gorgeous, verbally clever, and possibly evil." Slant (December 23, 2015)

Valentine, J.D., et al. "The Hateful Eight, Top 3 Scenes of 2015." InSession Film (January 5, 2016)


























Saturday, May 28, 2016

A reply to Justine Smith's post "Why Criticism: When Podcasts Reign and 5 Essentials" at Vague Visages

A reply to Justine Smith's post "Why Criticism: When Podcasts Reign and 5 Essentials" at Vague Visages (problems posting with Wordpress, so I will post it here for now)

Cinephiliacs is easily an essential podcast as it is documenting the careers/histories of today's film thinkers/critics and You Must Remember This is a great exploration of classic Hollywood's history.  My first listen to Yo, Adrian got stuck on an absurd rant about Woody Allen, but the details on their posts for their podcast convinced me that it is worth revisiting.  My first listen to Black Men Can't Jump in Hollywood was the Jungle Book episode and I was unimpressed, I'll try the Don Cheadle episode.  Mousterpiece Theater ... do we need a publicity machine for Disney films?

Of course we all have our likes/interests, but it would seem an essential list would have included the incredible work being done by Mike White and collaborators with The Projection Booth podcast.  

In the spirit of sharing, here are some regular podcasts I listen to on my daily walks:

Adjust Your Tracking; The Canon; Cinema Gadfly; The Cinematologists; Cinephilia Anonymous; Criterion Cast; Criterion Close-Up; The Eclipse Viewer; Film School; Filmspotting; Filmwax Radio; The Final Cut; Flix Wise; Hello Cinema; Illusion Travels by Streetcar; InSession Film; I Was There Too, Masters of Cinema Cast; The Next Picture Show; No Film School; On Film; Outside the Cinema; The Playlist; Pop Culture Case Study; Scriptnotes; The Treatment; Wrong Reel

Once again, I'm not complaining, I appreciate the efforts of these podcasts and want to make sure they get the attention they deserve.  I look forward to your future posts on this subject.

List of links for recommended podcasts

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Big Short (USA: Adam McKay, 2015)




The Big Short (USA: Adam McKay, 2015: 130 mins)

Bordwell, David. "Pick Your Protagonists." Observations on Film Art (January 9, 2016)

Bramesco, Charles. "The viewer is the only character that matters in The Big Short." A.V. Club (February 17, 2016)

Collins, Robbie. "The Big Short review: 'a comedy to make your blood boil.'" The Telegraph (January 21, 2016)

Inside Job (USA: Charles Ferguson, 2010: 105 mins) [Entire documentary available online: "'Inside Job' provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China."]

Kempenaar, Adam and Josh Larson. "The Big Short / Top 5 Discoveries of 2015 / Chi-Raq." Filmspotting #566 (December 11, 2015)

Lee, Kevin B. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Director." Keyframe (February 4, 2016)

---. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Picture." Keyframe (February 8, 2016)

---. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Supporting Actor." Keyframe (January 26, 2016)

Lewis, Michael. "Even Michael Lewis Was Surprised Hollywood Bet on The Big Short." Vanity Fair (January 2016)

Randolph, Charles and Adam McKay. "The Big Short: Screenplay." (May 11, 2015)

Rickey, Carrie. "‘The Big Short’ Film Review: A Morality Play Dressed Up as Modern Farce." TruthDig (December 10, 2015)























Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Spotlight (USA: Tom McCarthy, 2015)




Spotlight (USA: Tom McCarthy, 2015: 128 mins)

"All The President's Men / Spotlight (Pt. 1)." and "All The President's Men / Spotlight (Pt. 2)." The Next Picture Show #1/2 (11/10/2015 and 11/12/2015)

Blyth, Antonia. "Spotlight's Tom McCarthy: 'I Passed The First Time.'" Deadline (February 6, 2016)

Bordwell, David. "Pick Your Protagonists." Observations on Film Art (January 9, 2016)

Keaton, Michael, et al.  "Spotlight." Charlie Rose (November 1, 2015)

Latham, Brandon. "'It Takes a Village': How Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer Created Spotlight." Amlit (2016)

Lee, Kevin B. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Supporting Actor." Keyframe (January 26, 2016)

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

McFarland, K.M. "Spotlight Isn't a Thriller. But It Gets the Facts Right." Wired (November 18, 2015)

Metz, Walter. "'Individual, institution, ideology' – an essay on Spotlight." Gateway Journalism Review (February 24, 2016)

Pfeiffer, Sacha and Walter Robinson. "Spotlight on Spotlight." On the Media (February 24, 2016)

Sims, David. "Spotlight: A Sober Tale of Journalism Done Right." The Atlantic (November 6, 2015)

Spotlight  Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Yuan, Jada. "David Simon On the Drama of Journalism." Vulture (December 4, 2015)