Thursday, July 30, 2015

Resources for July 30, 2015

Bookchin, Murray, Billy Bragg and John Taylor Gatto. "Ecocidal, Homicidal, Mass-Instructed Me! (Ecology, Hierarchy, Education and Social Control)." Unwelcome Guests #319 (August 13, 2006)

Gatto, John Taylor, et al. "Why Do You Stay in Prison When the Door is Open? (The Market, the Gift, and the Destruction of Thought)." Unwelcome Guests #320 (August 20, 2006) ["Economics is usually spoken about as a subcategory of activity within the politics of society, but I would like to suggest that the economics of our society are the politics of our society - in that they create the type of political structures and institutions we have. Whereas it is usually said that we have a market economy, what we in fact have is a market society, a market government. Everything is shaped by that fact, even people's individual personalities and behavior, through the institutions of the society. The persistent social ills, poverty, war, violence, greed, waste, remain because they are intrinsic to the structure of markets, not aberrations within in it."]

Ramsey, Joseph. "Who Will Rule the Webbing of the World." Red Wedge (July 27, 2015)

Coval, Kevin, et al. "The Politics of Hip-Hop." We Are Many (July 2, 2015)

Gatto, John Taylor. The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation into the Prison of Modern Schooling. (Entire book available on Internet Archive as a PDF: 2003)

Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century (Metanoia Films: Scott Noble, 2010: 119 mins) ["Human Resources is a documentary about Social Control, examining the history, the philosophy and ultimately the pathology of elite power."]

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (USA/UK: Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman, 2011: 85 mins) ["For years, the Earth Liberation Front–autonomous individuals operating in separate anonymous cells without any central leadership–carried out spectacular direct-actions against businesses that destroy the environment. Some of the targets were logging corporations, SUV dealerships, ranger stations, a slaughterhouse and a multi-million dollar ski-lodge at Vail, Colorado that was expanding into national forest. As authorities were not able to crack the case and disbanded many years later, the FBI got lucky when they were led to a former activist who agreed to co-operate with them and become an informant. If A Tree Falls provokes hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way ‘terrorism’ is defined by following the story of the activists who were turned over to the FBI, and their fate."]

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Resources for July 28, 2015

Cardwell, Diane. "Capturing the Stillness in Surfer Portraits." Lens (July 20, 2015)

Curtis, Adam and John Taylor Gatto. "Ephors and Citizens (Engineering America's Faux Democracy - Part 2)." Unwelcome Guests #316 (July 23, 2006)

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.--Ray Bradbury

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Rahbar, Jean. "U.S. ambivalence about torture: an analysis of post-9/11 films." Jump Cut #56 (Winter 2014/2015)

Myles, Sarah. "HBO Will Adapt Rorschach And Awe – Examining The Architects Of CIA Torture." We Got This Covered (March 2015)

Harvey, Dennis. "I Wanna Be Adored?" Keyframe (March 7, 2014) ["Recalling the spectacular rise and fall of Stone Roses, Shane Meadows’ MADE OF STONE proffers not-giving-an-eff is intrinsic to what made the band monumental."]

Curtis, Adam and John Taylor Gatto. "The Policeman in Your Head (Engineering America's Faux Democracy - Part 3)." Unwelcome Guests #317 (July 30, 2006)

Tolson, Mike, Leah Binkovitz and St. John Barned-Smith. "Bland's image goes far beyond dash-cam video." Houston Chronicle (July 25, 2015) ["Personal videos, friends paint portrait of drive for racial unity"]

Curtis, Adam and John Taylor Gatto. "Gilded Cage (Engineering America's Faux Democracy - Part 4)." Unwelcome Guests #318 (August 6, 2006)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Resources for July 25, 2015

"Max Max Special 2: Beyond Thunderdome and Fury Road." Sordid Cinema #98 (May 24, 2015)

Tatarska, Anna. "Signs of the Times: The Tribe." Keyframe (July 22, 2015)

Benedict, Steven. "The King's Speech." (February 10, 2011)

Benedict, Steven. Groundhog Day." (February 3, 2011)

Tatarska, Anna. "The Making of Vulva 3.0." Keyframe (July 14, 2015) ["Ulrike Zimmerman: ‘People are afraid of female sexuality. Everyone. Even the women themselves.’"]

Curtis, Adam and John Taylor Gatto. "Slaphappiness Machines (Engineering America's Faux Democracy - Part 1)." Unwelcome Guests #315 (July 16, 2006)

The Century of the Self (United Kingdom: Adam Curtis, 2002: Four 60 minute episodes) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

The Century of the Self (United Kingdom: Adam Curtis, 2002)

The Century of the Self (United Kingdom: Adam Curtis, 2002: 240 mins)

Atkinson, Michael. "Archival Trouble: The fiction-free science fiction of Adam Curtis." Moving Image Source (February 16, 2012)

Ball, Norman. "The Power of Auteurs and the Last Man Standing: Adam Curtis' Documentary Nightmares." Bright Lights Film Journal #78 (November 2012)

Century of the Self (BBC Documentary: Adam Curtis, 2002: Four 60 minute episodes) ["To many in both business and government, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power is truly moved into the hands of the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? The Century of the Self tells the untold and controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society. How is the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interest? The Freud dynasty is at the heart of this compelling social history. Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis; Edward Bernays, who invented public relations; Anna Freud, Sigmund’s devoted daughter; and present-day PR guru and Sigmund’s great grandson, Matthew Freud. Sigmund Freud’s work into the bubbling and murky world of the subconscious changed the world. By introducing a technique to probe the unconscious mind, Freud provided useful tools for understanding the secret desires of the masses. Unwittingly, his work served as the precursor to a world full of political spin doctors, marketing moguls, and society’s belief that the pursuit of satisfaction and happiness is man’s ultimate goal."]

Curtis, Adam and John Taylor Gatto. "Slaphappiness Machines (Engineering America's Faux Democracy - Part 1)." Unwelcome Guests #315 (July 16, 2006)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Resources for July 22, 2015

Hofstadter, Douglas, et al. "Translation." Radiolab 13.1 (2015)

Hart, Veronica and Steven Morowitz. "The Opening of Misty Beethoven." The Projection Booth #111 (April 23, 2013) ["Radley Metzger's The Opening of Misty Beethoven, a re-telling of Pygmalion, was made at the height of porno chic. We're joined by Steven Morowitz of Distribpix, the company behind the new restoration of the film, and Veronica Hart, director of the musical version of Misty Beethoven."]

"Mad Max Special Part 1 Mad Max and The Road Warrior." Sordid Cinema #98 (May 19, 2015)

Rife, Katie. "Frozen cameras, naked extras, and other tales from the set of The Revenant." AV Club (July 22, 2015)

Brown, Heather. "Love and BDSM Meet in The Duke of Burgundy." Bitch Flicks (May 8, 2015)

Radney, Aaron. "How Avatar: The Last Airbender Demonstrates a More Inclusive Masculinity." Bitch Flicks (June 22, 2015)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Resources for July 21, 2015

Doctorow, Cory. "Middle schooler wins C-SPAN prize for doc about NSA spying." Boing Boing (March 6, 2014) ["Dave from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "Remember when Rep. Mike Rogers likened opponents of pernicious cybersecurity legislation to 14-year-olds? It turns out that middle-school-age students are also well-prepared to debate him on the NSA's programs as well. EFF congratulates students from two middle schools who took home top prizes in the C-SPAN StudentCam 2014 competition for young filmmakers with their documentaries on the debate over mass surveillance."]

Leigh, Jennifer Jason. "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle." Pinewood Dialogues (November 23, 1994) ["Jennifer Jason Leigh is remarkable for her chameleon-like ability to transform herself, physically and psychologically, for each of her roles. Her ability to inhabit her characters comes from an intensive process of preparation and research, and from a fearlessness that allows her to abandon her reflective personality and become another person onscreen. Leigh has consistently sought out risky, interesting roles, working for such directors as Robert Altman, David Cronenberg, and Alan Rudolph. She spoke at the Museum on the day she received rave reviews for her dazzling portrayal of Dorothy Parker in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle."]

Jones, Chuck. "Chuck Amuk." Pinewood Dialogues (December 17, 1994 and December 18, 1994) ["Working at Warner Bros. from 1938 through 1962, legendary animator Chuck Jones perfected the wisecracking Bugs Bunny, the short-tempered Daffy Duck, and the amorous Pepé Le Pew. The purest expression of his artistry is his Road Runner series, in which Wile E. Coyote endlessly pursues the elusive Road Runner. With its streamlined visual style, brilliantly geometric gags, and constant comic invention, the series is a masterpiece of American screen comedy. During the retrospective Chuck Amuck, Jones spoke at length about his life and art. In the tradition of his hero, Mark Twain, Jones was a witty, wry, thoroughly engaging speaker."]

Schubach, Alanna. "The Trouble With True Detective." Jacobin (July 18, 2015) ["rue Detective has plenty of issues, but misogyny isn’t one of them."]

"Branded to Kill," The Projection Booth #108 (April 2, 2013)

Friedman, Uri. "In Defense of Instagramming Conflict in Crimea." The Atlantic (March 7, 2013) ["Ukraine and Russia are facing off over a peninsula where, 160 years ago, war photography was born."]

Mayo, Mike and Edward G. Pettit. "Martin." The Projection Booth (April 9, 2013) ["George Romero's Martin is a remarkable vampire film made at the high point of Romero's career."]

Bailey, Jason. "Beloved ‘Godfather’ and ‘Simpsons’ Co-Star Alex Rocco Has Died." Flavorwire (July 20, 2015)

Ashley, Cameron. "Prime Cut." The Projection Booth #110 (April 16, 2013)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Resources for July 17, 2015

Gemes, Ken. "The Thoughts of Friedrich Nietzsche." Philosophy Now #15 (November 8, 2011)

Greenberg, Jon. "Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston." Citizenship and Social Justice (July 10, 2015)

"Who Owns the Media." Free Press (Ongoing Archive)

Baron, Richard, Neil Kellard and Tom Rubens. "Global Capiatalism - Good or Bad?" Philosophy Now #16 (November 15, 2011)

Madrigal, Alexis C. "The Sacrificial Landscape of True Detective." The Atlantic (March 7, 2014)

True Detective (HBO: Nic Pizzolatto, 2014 - ) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Khan, Azmat. "Ghost Students, Ghost Teachers, Ghost Schools." Buzz Feed (July 9, 2015) ["The United States trumpets education as one of its shining successes of the war in Afghanistan. But a BuzzFeed News investigation reveals U.S. claims were often outright lies, as the government peddled numbers it knew to be false and touted schools that have never seen a single student."]

Penn, Arthur. "American Outsiders: The Cinema of Arthur Penn." Pinewood Dialogues (November 11, 1994) ["Bonnie and Clyde, directed by Arthur Penn, was a watershed film that changed the course of American cinema with its playful, reflexive tone, its unflinching depiction of violence, and its sympathetic portrayal of charismatic outlaw heroes. ... the director discussed the critical controversy surrounding the film's release, and the remarkable collaboration that included Warren Beatty as producer and star, and screenwriter Robert Benton. Penn also discusses the art and craft of filmmaking with great insight and detail."]

True Detective (HBO: Nic Pizzolatto, 2014 - )

True Detective (HBO: Nic Pizzolatto, 2014 - )

Critchley, Simon, Brooke Gladstone and Eugene Thacker. "In the Dust of this Planet." Radiolab (September 8, 2014)

Madrigal, Alexis C. "The Sacrificial Landscape of True Detective." The Atlantic (March 7, 2014)

McFarland, Kevin. "True Detective ends its first season as it began: with two indelible performances." Boing Boing (March 10, 2014)

Schubach, Alanna. "The Trouble With True Detective." Jacobin (July 18, 2015) ["rue Detective has plenty of issues, but misogyny isn’t one of them."]

St. John, Allan. "How HBO's 'True Detective' Will Change The Way You Watch Television." Forbes (January 13, 2014)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Resources for July 16, 2015

Luban, David. "The APA Scandal." Just Security (July 13, 2015) [On the American Psychological Association's leadership's torture scandal]

Shaviro, Steven. "The New Cinematography." The Pinocchio Theory (March 4, 2014)

Bordwell, David. "Pulverizing plots: Into the woods with Sondheim, Shklovsky, and David O. Russell." Observations on Film Art (March 3, 2014)

Bowen, Chuck. "The Best of the Year's Cinema So Far." Keyframe (July 14, 2015)

Galibert-Laîné, Chloé. "The Human, the Machine and Spike Jonze." Keyframe (July 11, 2015) ["Tracking the evolution of technology and humankind in Spike Jonze films."]

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein (1950)

Schefer, Jean-Louis. "On La Jetee." Chris Marker (Originally published for the catalogue of a video exhibition “Passages de l’image” that toured Europe and the United States in 1991 and 1992. Also available as ch. 9 in Schefer, Jean-Louis, The Enigmatic Body, ed. and trans. Paul Smith, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995.)

Dallas, Paul. "Lost in Translation: Public Hearing." Filmmaker (March 7, 2014)