Saturday, January 25, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 25, 2020

Benton, Michael. "On the Dangers of Thinking." North of Center (January 22, 2020)

Bordwell, David. "When media become manageable: Streaming, film research, and the Celestial Multiplex." Observations on Film Art (January 22, 2020)

Eggert, Brian. "Uncut Gems." Deep Focus Review (Ongoing Archive)

Honey, Michael, et al. "The Real Martin Luther King." The Back Story (January 17, 2020) ["Had he lived, Martin Luther King, Jr. would have celebrated his 91st birthday this week. King is celebrated as an American hero and championed in children’s books and inspirational posters, but have Americans lost sight of the real MLK?"]

Levin, Yuval. "The Conservative Mind of Yuval Levin." The Ezra Klein Show (January 9, 2020) ["Something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently is the way we often conflate two very distinct things when we assign political labels. The first is ideology, which describes our vision of a just society. The second is something less discussed but equally important: temperament. It describes how we approach social problems, how fast we think society can change, and how we understand the constraints upon us. Yuval Levin is the director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, the editor-in-chief of the public policy journal National Affairs, and the author of the upcoming book A Time to Build. Levin is one of the most thoughtful articulators of both conservative temperament and ideology. And, perhaps for that reason, his is one of the most important criticisms of what the conservative movement has become today.There’s a lot in this conversation, in part because Levin’s book speaks to mine in interesting ways, but among the topics we discuss are: The conservative view of human nature Why the conservative temperament is increasingly diverging from the conservative movement What theories of American politics get wrong about the reality of American life The case Levin makes to socialists How economic debates are often moral debates in disguise Levin’s rebuttal to my book The crucial difference between “formative” and “performative” social institutions Why the most fundamental problems in American life are cultural, not economic Why Levin thinks the New York Times should not allow its journalists to be on Twitter Whether we can restore trust in our institutions without changing the incentives and systems that surround them There’s a lot Levin and I disagree on, but there are few people I learn as much from in disagreement as I learn from him."]

Monsoon Wedding (India/USA/Italy/Germany/France: Mira Nair, 2001) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

RIP Terry Jones

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Monsoon Wedding (India/USA/Italy/Germany/France: Mira Nair, 2001)

Monsoon Wedding (India/USA/Italy/Germany/France: Mira Nair, 2001: 114 mins)

Batra, Kanika and Rich Rice. "Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding and the Transcoded Audiologic of Postcolonial Convergence." Postcolonial Cinema Studies. ed. Sandra Ponzanesi & Marguerite Waller. NY: Routledge, 2012: 205-217. [Available in BCTC Library PN1995.9 P6 P68 2012]

Coles-Riley, Georgia. Monsoon Wedding." Far Flung Families in Film (October 2, 2012)

Ebert, Roger. "Monsoon Wedding."  Chicago Sun-Times (Chicago 8, 2002)

Edwards, Judson Michael. "Wedding Customs in Monsoon Wedding." The Pick #30 (2004)

Eggert, Brian. "Monsoon Wedding (2001)." Deep Focus Review (114 mins)

Iyer, Pico. "Monsoon Wedding: A Marigold Tapestry." Current (October 19, 2009)

Lanouette, Janine.  "The Story Women Have Been Trying to Tell For Years Now."  Filmmaker (November 15, 2017)

Macnab, Geoffrey. "The Weather Woman." The Guardian (September 13, 2001)

Nair, Mira. "Her Search for a Cinema of Truth." The Current (July 19, 2018)

Sharpe, Jenny. "Gender, Nation, and Globalization in Monsoon Wedding and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge." Meridians 6.1 (2005): 58-81.

Some Kind of Arrangement (Canada: Ali Kazimi, 1998: 45 mins)

Swafford, Andrew. "Monsoon Wedding (2001)." Cinematary (July 7, 2016)

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 21, 2020

Later when he becomes an important player, he will learn that people are not bribed to shut up about what they know. They are bribed not to find it out. And if you are as intelligent as Kim,it is hard not to find things out. Now, American boys are told they should think. But just wait until your thinking is basically different from the thinking of a boss or a teacher ... You will find out that you aren't supposed to think. -- William S. Burroughs, The Place of the Dead Roads (Picador, 1983: 16)

Benton, Michael. Horror (Genre) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Chenoweth, Erica. "How to Topple Dictators and Transform Society." The Ezra Klein Show (January 2, 2020) ["The 2010s witnessed a sharp uptick in nonviolent resistance movements all across the globe. Over the course of the last decade we’ve seen record numbers of popular protests, grassroots campaigns, and civic demonstrations advancing causes that range from toppling dictatorial regimes to ending factory farming to advancing a Green New Deal. So, I thought it would be fitting to kick off 2020 by bringing on Erica Chenoweth, a political scientist at Harvard specializing in nonviolent resistance. At the beginning of this decade Chenoweth co-authored Why Civil Resistance Works, a landmark study showing that nonviolent movements are twice as effective as violent ones. Since then, she has written dozens of papers on what factors make successful movements successful, why global protests are becoming more and more common, how social media has affected resistance movements and much more. But Chenoweth doesn’t only study nonviolent movements from an academic perspective; she also advises nonviolent movement leaders around the world (including former EK Show guests Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement and Wayne Hsiung of Direct Action Everywhere) to help them be as effective and strategic as possible in carrying out their goals. This on-the-ground experience combined with a big-picture, academic view of nonviolent resistance makes her perspective essential for understanding one of the most important phenomena of the last decade -- and, in all likelihood, the next one."]

Covering Climate Now (Covering Climate Now is a global journalism initiative committed to bringing more and better coverage to the defining story of our time.")

"Goodfellas: Martin Scorsese’s Anthropological Goodlife Through a Lens." Cinephilia and Beyond (ND)

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

Monday, January 20, 2020

Goodfellas (USA: Martin Scorsese, 1990)

Goodfellas (USA: Martin Scorsese, 1990: 146 mins)

Carvajal, Nelson and Max Winter. "Video Essay: Women in the Works of Martin Scorsese." Vimeo (2013)

Freedman, Carl. "Hobbes After Marx, Scorsese After Coppola: On GoodFellas." Film International (2011)

---. "The Supplement of Coppola: Primitive Accumulation and the Godfather Trilogy." Film International 9.1 (2011): 8-41

Gamman, Lorraine. "If Looks Could Kill: On Gangster Suits and Silhouettes." Moving Image Source (May 8, 2012)

"Goodfellas: Martin Scorsese’s Anthropological Goodlife Through a Lens." Cinephilia and Beyond (ND)

Koresky, Michael and Jeff Reichert. "Martin Scorsese: He Is Cinema." Reverse Shot (September 17, 2014)

"A Life in Pictures: Martin Scorsese." BAFTA (April 6, 2011)

Morton, Drew. "'Look. I Know You're Not Following What I'm Saying Anyway.': The Problem of the 'Video Essay' and Scorsese as Cinematic Essayist." [in]Transition (December 12, 2014)

Newland, Christina Marie. "Satirical Excess and Empty Vessels: Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy." Bright Lights Film Journal #80 (May 2013)

Sims, David. "Was Goodfellas the Last Truly Great Mobster Film?" The Atlantic (September 19, 2015)

Williams, Johnny. "Goodfellas." I Was There Too #8 (February 4, 2015)

Martin Scorsese - The Art of Silence from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Horror (Genre)


Aster, Ari. "Hereditary." Film Comment Podcast (June 14, 2018) ["For the release of horror sensation Hereditary, we invited the film’s director, Ari Aster, to come for a wide-ranging chat. The talk was moderated by FSLC Editorial Director Michael Koresky, who wrote of Hereditary in our May/June issue: “We are compelled by our family stories, but they are often constructed narratives, given to biases, subjectivities, fictions. If at times Hereditary feels more like an askew domestic melodrama than a horror movie, that’s not accidental.” Aster talks about his love of Ingmar Bergman, his fear of The Wiz, his next project, and the arduous road to staging a scene just so.

Barone, Matt. "TIFF: Sex Is a Scary Killer in This Early Contender for 2015's Best Horror Movie." Complex (September 9, 2014)

"Black Horror: The Revolutionary Act of Subverting the White Gaze." Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies (February 2018)
Blyth, Mike, et al. "Slashers, Pt. 1: An Introduction." The Evolution of Horror (September 8, 2017) ["This week Mike is joined by BFI Programmer Michael Blyth and film collective 'The Final Girls' to discuss the tropes, the peaks and the troughs of the slasher sub genre. What makes the slasher one of the most successful horror sub-genres? Why do we love watching endless Jason or Freddy sequels, when they all pretty much follow the same formula? And is there anything feminist about a sub-genre which celebrates and fetishises the dismemberment of pretty teenage girls?"]

Bradley, S.A. "A Good Year for Fear." Hellbent for Horror #64 (January 10, 2018)

---. "Fighting Phobias with Phantasms." Hellbent for Horror #68 (March 19, 2018)

---. "Killed by Death." Hellbent for Horror #33 (February 27, 2017)

---. "Mr. Bad Example: The Legend of Tobe Hooper." Hell Bent for Horror #52 (September 5, 2017)

---. "My Horror Manifesto." Hellbent for Horror #66 (February 9, 2018)

---. "The Old Gods of Springtime Horror." Hellbent for Horror (April 10, 2018) ["Things might look bright and warm during Springtime, but there's something sinister underneath the surface. The pastel colors of the flowers camouflage the blood and death in the soil that helped them grow. When the difference between life and death depended on a bountiful harvest, people made human sacrifices to appease the Old Gods of the earth. In this episode I talk about horror movies devoted to the Old Gods of Springtime, man's uneasy connection to the earth, and how groups of people can be scarier than the Old Gods themselves."]

Burgess, Tony, et al. "Pontypool." The Projection Booth #294 (October 25, 2016) ["In a rather different take on the typical zombie story,Bruce McDonald's Pontypool (2008) has the English language as the infectious agent which drives people mad. Written by Tony Burgess (and based on his novel, Pontypool Changes Everything), the film stars Stephen McHattie as Grant Mazzy, a shock jock from the big city now working in backwater Ontario with his audio engineer Laurel-Ann (Georgina Reilly) and producer Syndey Briar (Lisa Houle)."]

Calhoun, John. "Fear and Fantasy." American Cinematographer (January 2007)

Collins, David W. "Halloween: The Music." The Soundtrack Show (October 3, 2018) ["In just three days, director and film composer John Carpenter wrote a classic horror film score. Go behind the scenes and hear the story of how it all came together. We'll also analyze the music, and talk about why it still scares us decades later."]

Crucchiola, Jordan. "What Makes the New Horror Film It Follows So Good?" Wired (March 17, 2015)

Cwik, Gregory. "Cabin in the Woods: Slasher-Films, and Meta-Horror." Acidemic 8.1 (2012)

Dalton, Ben. "It Follows: Horror in a Straight Line." Intensities #8 (January 2016): 88-93.

D'Angelo, Mike. "Halloween gets its best scares from the creepiness of being followed." AV Club (October 31, 2014)

Deshane, Evelyn and R. Travis Morton. "The Words Change Everything: Haunting, Contagion and The Stranger in Tony Burgess’s Pontypool." London Journal of Canadian Studies 33.5 (2018): 58-76.

Digging Deeper. "It Follows: The American Nightmare." (Posted on Youtube: September 23, 2015)

Dowd, A.A. "Hereditary is the most traumatically terrifying horror movie in ages." A.V. Club (January 23, 2018)

Ebiri, Bilge. "Mothra, Jigoku, Godzilla: A Postwar Japanese Horror Primer." Vulture (October 29, 2018)

---. "Why David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive Is a Great Horror Film." Vulture (October 23, 2014)

Eggert, Brian. "Pontypool." Deep Focus Review (May 28, 2009)

---. "Suspiria." Deep Focus Review (October 26, 2018)

Eig, Jonathan. "A Beautiful Mind(fuck) -- Hollywood Structures of Identity." Jump Cut #46 (2003)

Ellinger, Kat and Samm Deighan. "Dirty Girls: The Films of John Hayes." Daughters of Darkness #29 (March 24, 2019) ["Kat and Samm return to explore the overlooked work of director John Hayes, in typically outrageous fashion. While many know Hayes’ horror efforts Dream No Evil(1971) and Grave of the Vampire (1972), his extensive work in exploitation, sexploitation, and pornographic film still remains widely unknown to all but a very few cult aficionados. This episode focuses on three different films from three different genres, Help Female Wanted (1968), Mama’s Dirty Girls (1974), and Baby Rosemary(1976), as Kat and Samm attempt to unravel the director’s career."]

Fales, Adam. "Horror in Revision: On the Contemporary Gothic." Los Angeles Review of Books (January 23, 2018)

Grey, Ian. "Cabin in the Woods, Horror in the Dumps." Grey Matters (April 20, 2012)

Hamilton, Anne. "The Others." Switchblade Sisters #5 (December 7, 2017) ["Things get spooky as April talks to director Anne Hamilton about the 2001 gothic horror film, The Others. They discuss Nicole Kidman's casting in the film, the director Alejandro Amenábar's rejection of Catholicism, and how films like these just don't exist anymore. Plus, Anne discusses what she would have done differently had she directed The Others, and what is was like working on her own gothic film, American Fable."]

Hancock, James and Martin Kessler. "Getting Assimilated by The Thing." Wrong Reel #271 (May 2017) ["... the history of The Thing including ‘Who Goes There?’ (1938), ‘The Thing from Another World’ (1951) and John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ (1982)."]

---. "The King of Horror." The Wrong Reel #135 (May 16, 2016)

Harrison, Sheri-Marie. "Us and Them." Commune (June 6, 2019) [On Jordan Peele's 2019 horror film Us.]

Heath, Roderick. "The Thing (1982)." Ferdy on Films (May 2014)

Heath, Jr., Glenn. "The Addiction." Not Coming to a Theater Near You (October 1, 2012)

Heller-Nicholas, Alexander. "Three Mothers Redux: Kathy Acker, Pina Bausch, Tilda Swinton and Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria." Senses of Cinema #88 (October 2018)

"‘Horror Implied, as Opposed to Explained… That’s Michael Mann’s Strength (Will)’—Manhunter." Cinephilia & Beyond (2018)

Horror Studies (Journal published by Intellect)

Hu, Jane and Philip Maciak. "The Shirley Jackson 5: The Haunting of Hill House (Eps. 1-5)." Los Angeles Review of Books (October 25, 2018)

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."]

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "Double Troubles, Pt. 1 - Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)." The Next Picture Show #170 (April 2, 2019) ["Jordan Peele’s new US extends a long history of horror stories that use doppelgängers to explore identity, one that includes as a cornerstone Philip Kaufman’s 1978 adaptation of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. This episode we delve into the film’s eerie version of San Francisco to talk about how its atmosphere of dread and late-‘70s malaise distinguishes it from other versions of this story, and amplifies the human drama within this classic alien-invasion narrative."]

---. "Double Troubles, Pt. 2 - Us." The Next Picture Show #171 (April 9, 2019) ["Our pairing of devious doppelgängers arrives at Jordan Peele’s new US, which brings into 2019 some of the same themes of paranoia and dread seen in one of its many predecessors, Philip Kaufman’s INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. After comparing our reactions to US’s “messy by design” narrative and the conversations that have sprung up around it, we bring these two films together to compare how they reflect their respective eras, how each works as horror, and the weird character relationships that underscore the human drama behind the allegory."]

"It Comes at Night / The Thing (Pt. 1)." The Next Picture Show #82 (June 27, 2017)

---. "It Comes at Night / The Thing (Pt. 2)." The Next Picture Show #83 (June 29, 2017)

Kusama, Karyn and April Wolfe. "Near Dark." Switchblade Sisters #2 (November 16, 2017) ["This week, April sits down with director Karyn Kusama (Girl Fight, Jennifer's Body, The Invitation) to discuss the Kathryn Bigelow vampire classic, Near Dark. The two marvel at Bigelow's mastery in crafting a vampire western, the amazing performance of Bill Paxton as the villainous Severen, and the elegant cinematography throughout the film. Plus, Karyn talks about her journey as a director from discovering Michelle Rodriguez for Girl Fight, to subverting genre expectations for Jennifer's Body."]

Lamb, Robert and Christian Sager. "Laughing During Horror Movies." Stuff to Blow Your Mind (October 3, 2017) ["Have you ever heard inappropriate laughter during a horror movie? For that matter, are you the guilty party? Join Robert and Christian as they explore our curious reactions to frightful cinema and how horror and comedy converge in the human mind."]

Lamb, Robert and Christian Sager. "The Science of It: Deadlights and Derry." Stuff to Blow Your Mind (October 5, 2017) ["If you’ve read Stephen King’s “It” or recoiled in fear from the 2017 film and the 1990 miniseries, then perhaps you’ve wondered what science can reveal about Pennywise the Dancing Clown and the horrors of Derry, Maine. Join Robert and Christian as they consider the monster science of the creature itself and various, real world explanations that grown-ups might turn to for a town gone bad."]

---. "Six Ghost Stories." Stuff to Blow Your Mind (October 10, 2017) ["Human superstition provides us with an overwhelming wealth of ghost stories, each an unreal creation that reveals something crucial about culture, history and psychology. In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Christian explore six ghost stories from around the world and discuss what they reveal about the (living) human experience."]

Lanzagorta, Marco. "Great Directors: John Carpenter." Senses of Cinema (March 2003)

LoBrutto, Vincent. "Defining Theme, Metaphor, and Character Through Color, Texture, and Environmental Design: Se7en." Becoming Film Literate: The Art and Craft of Motion Pictures. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2005: 280-285. [BCTC Library: PN1994 L595 2005]

Lodge, Guy. "The horror? How Suspiria leads the way for arthouse scares." The Guardian (October 24, 2018) ["In Luca Guadagnino’s lavish remake of the giallo classic, genre formula is upended for something far more audacious. It’s the latest ‘art-horror’ to confuse audiences."]

López, Issa. "Pan's Labyrinth." Switchblade Sisters #4 (November 30, 2017) ["This week is a fantastical episode of Switchblade Sisters where April sits down with director Issa Lopez to discuss the influential Guillermo Del Toro film, Pan's Labyrinth. Issa opens up about her lonesome adolescence, the death of her mother, and how these events influenced her work. She tells April about the emotional process of working with children on her most recent film, the fantasy-horror Tigers Are Not Afraid. And she also discusses the culture of witchcraft and magic in Mexico and how that pervades many Mexican artist's work."]

Loudermilk, A. "Last to Leave the Theater: Sissy Spectatorship of Stalker Movies and the 'Final Girls' Who Survive Them." Bright Lights Film Journal (October 31, 2012)

"Marxist Film Analysis: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." Revolutionary Left Radio (October 30, 2017)

Matarazzo, Heather and April Wolfe. "The Invitation." Switchblade Sisters #3 (November 23, 2017) ["This week, April sits down with actress, producer, and director Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Saved, The Princess Diaries). They talk about a movie directed by last week's guest Karyn Kusama, the 2015 film The Invitation. April and Heather discuss the effectiveness of the setting as well as the powerful performance of Tammy Blanchard. Heather also talks about what it's like navigating a corrupt Hollywood system as a woman, having her role recast two weeks before a production, and what interests her about violence committed by women in cinema."]

McGovern, Bridget. "Joss Whedon, John Hughes, and Torture Porn: What The Cabin in the Woods Says About the Current State of Pop Culture." Tor (April 23, 2012)

Michel, Brett and Stephen Slaughter Head. "Kaneto Shindô’s Kuroneko (1968)." Captive Eye #8 (April 2, 2012) ["Steve and Japanese film expert, Brett Michel, discuss Kaneto Shindô’s classic ghost story, KURONEKO (1968), the precursor to modern Japanese horror films like Ringu (1998) and Ju-on (2002)."]

McKee, Lucky. "Talks David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows." Talkhouse (January 29, 2016) ["The director of an indie horror classic shares his appreciation for a new classic – and explains why it made him want to punch a kitten in the balls."]

Newman, Kim, et al. "What is Horror." The Evolution of Horror (August 27, 2017) ["Host Mike Muncer and co-host Rob Watts discuss why they love horror, how they got into horror, some of their favourite horror movies, and Mike interviews horror maestro Kim Newman for a brief history and introduction to the genre."]

Newitz, Annalee. "Pan’s Labyrinth – Can Fantasies Rescue Us from Fascism?" Wired (February 7, 2007)

Owen, M.M. "Our Age of Horror." Aeon (September 19, 2018) ["In this febrile cultural moment filled with fear of the Other, horror has achieved the status of true art"]

Philip, Tom. "Cam is a New Kind of Horror Movie." GQ (November 23, 2018)

Prewitt, Zach. "The Best Horror Cinema of the 21st Cinema." (Posted on Vimeo: October 2016)

Raup, Jordan. "Annihilation." The Film Stage (February 21, 2018) ["More terrifying than any creature Hollywood could dream up is the unraveling of one’s mind—the steady loss of a consciousness as defined by the memories, motivations, and knowledge built up from decades of experience and reflection. With Annihilation, Alex Garland’s beautiful, frightening follow-up to Ex Machina, he portrays this paralyzing sensation with a sense of vivid imagination, and also delivers a cadre of horrifying creatures to boot."]

Renée, V. "This is What Supernatural Horror Film It Follows is Really About (Besides Scary Sex)." No Film School (February 27, 2016)

Shaviro, Steven. "After Hope: The Life and Death of a Porno Gang." Acidemic (2011)

Shultz, Christopher. "The Best Horror Novels of the Decade." LitReactor (December 6, 2019)

Smith, Paul Julian. "Scare Quotes." Film Quarterly 65.4 (Summer 2012)

Subissati, Andrea and Alexandra West. "Caved In: The Descent (2005)." The Faculty of Horror #47 (February 20, 2017)

---. "Come As You Are: Let the Right One In (2008)." Faculty of Horror #56 (December 20, 2017)

---. "Compendium of Fear: Creepshow (1982) and Trick R' Treat (2007)." Faculty of Horror #43 (October 20, 2016) ["The possibilities are endless when it comes to a good scare. The horror anthology is a rarity in the genre but when executed successfully they are beloved. Andrea and Alex do a deep dive into two infamous cult classics which deal in a variety of stories taking place around everyone’s favourite holiday."]

---. "In Plain Sight: The Thing." Faculty of Horror #59 (February 25, 2018) ["John Carpenter’s terrifying cult classic stands the test of time in many regards – from the practical effects, to the performances to the storytelling, there’s little about the film that doesn’t work. Andrea and Alex tackle the film and its stances on leadership, paranoia, the notion of discovery, and more over a bottle of Jim Beam."]

---. "Season of the Witch: Witches in Film Part 3, The Witch (2015) and The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)." The Faculty of Horror #60 (March 25, 2018) ["The past few years have seen the figure of the witch become a cultural touchstone for progressives and conservatives alike. From the resurgence of astrology, tarot, and natural healing methods to feminist rallying cry, the witch has never been more inclusive or divisive. Through analysis of two recent films, Andrea and Alex examine the witch’s new meaning in contemporary Western society, and why she remains a symbol of subversive feminism."]

---. "Stardust: Event Horizon (1997) and Sunshine (2007)." Faculty of Horror #61 (April 26, 2018) ["Andrea and Alex reach for the heavens and find the furthest reaches of hell with two films about space exploration and the darkness therein. Event Horizon and Sunshine explore the different reasons humankind would dare try to conquer space and the horrors that might await us there."]

---. "Strange and Unusual: Beetlejuice (1988)." Faculty of Horror #55 (November 27, 2017) ["Ghosts, possession, autonomous sculptures and that’s just scratching the surface of Tim Burton’s genre-bending cult classic, Beetlejuice. In this episode, Andrea and Alex manage to avoid saying his name three times while diving into the aesthetics, capitalist virtues and bureaucracy of the afterlife that surrounds everyone’s favourite bio-exorcist."]

Sultan, Niv M. "The Horror of Mandy's Many Orgasms." BLARB (October 30, 2018)

"Weird Fiction." Horror Pod Class #2 (January 31, 2018) [Michael Benton -- They were discussing this just before Alex Garland's film Annihilation came out and Jeff Vandermeer's source novel (and the new weird genre in general) is also brought in, but what is very interesting is the idea that the "new weird" genre is speaking to a 21st Century dis-ease with the impossibility of truly knowing reality (fake news & official lies instantaneously and repeatedly disseminated through ubiquitous screen technologies, radically transforming science/technology/theories that even leave those that devote their lives to a particular discipline overwhelmed, and a general distrust of the general population in their traditional experts/leaders). This is played out vividly in Vandermeer's trilogy and Garland's film as the main characters struggling to understand/survive the transmutating Area X/The Shimmer are scientists/soldiers.]

Wilkins, Budd. "Birthing Bad: Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist Through the Lens of 'Nordic Horror.'" Acidemic (2011)

Wilkinson, Alissa. "A Quiet Place is a terrific horror film — and a tender movie about parenting." VOX (April 4, 2018)

Zalewski, Daniel. "Show The Monster." The New Yorker (February 7, 2011)

Zinoman, Jason. "Gray Matter: The Critique of Pure Horror." The New York Times (July 16, 2011)

A History of Horror from Diego Carrera on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 19, 2020

In arguing against a position you should not rely on attacking the integrity, competence, personal morality or sanity of the holders of that position; nor should you argue against the weakest, most flawed version of the position that you can find. You should argue against the strongest version you can find. You should even try to help your opponents to formulate an even better version of their argument and then argue against it. This way, if you win the argument anyway, your victory will be all the more glorious. And if you end up being convinced by the argument that you were opposing; well that is good too. -- Rick Lewis "Into the Cauldron!" Philosophy Now #135 (January 2020)
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes … known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. Those truths are well established. They are read in every page which records the progression from a less arbitrary to a more arbitrary government, or the transition from a popular government to an aristocracy or a monarchy. — James Madison, Political Observations, 1795
We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.
-- Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume 4 (1971)

Amer, Karim, Emma Briant and Brittany Kaiser. "The Weaponization of Data: Cambridge Analytica, Information Warfare & the 2016 Election of Trump." Democracy Now (January 10, 2020) ["We continue our conversation with the directors of “The Great Hack,” Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, as well as former Cambridge Analytica employee Brittany Kaiser and propaganda researcher Emma Briant, about Cambridge Analytica’s parent company SCL Group’s history as a defense contractor. “We’re in a state of global information warfare now,” Briant says. “How do we know if our militaries develop technologies and the data that it has gathered on people, for instance, across the Middle East … how do we know when that is turning up in Yemen or when that is being utilized by an authoritarian regime against the human rights of its people or against us? How do we know that it’s not being manipulated by Russia, by Iran, by anybody who’s an enemy, by Saudi Arabia, for example, who SCL were also working with? We have no way of knowing, unless we open up this industry and hold these people properly accountable for what they’re doing.”"]

Benton, Michael. "The Work of Propaganda." North of Center (January 15, 2020)

Schönecker, Dieter. "Protecting Academic Freedom: Five Arguments for Freedom of Expression." Philosophy Now #135 (January 2020)

Excerpt from Tim Maugham's novel Infinite Detail (one of the best of the 21st Century)

If I tell you my dream, you might forget it; If I act on my dream, perhaps you will remember it; But if I involve you, it becomes your dream too." -- Tibetan Proverb

JINPA - TRAILER - TIFF 2019 from Tromsø Int. Film Festival on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 14, 2020

Bacevich, Andrew. "The U.S. Needs to Abandon 'Militarized Approach' to Middle East and Build Peace." Democracy Now (January 9, 2020) ["We continue our conversation with Andrew Bacevich, president and co-founder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He is a retired colonel, Vietnam War veteran and author of, most recently, of “The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory.” Bacevich says the crisis with Iran, sparked by President Trump’s assassination of top general Qassem Soleimani, is just the latest in a long series of ill-advised American actions in the Middle East. “The only conceivable way for us to begin to extricate ourselves from this terrible mess in the region … is to abandon this militarized approach and to take a more balanced position with regard to the rivalries in the region,” Bacevich says."]

Clarke, Cheryl, et al. "The Fire This Time." Public Seminar (April 3, 2019) ["Violence against African American people creates pain and outrage, but policy makers offer us few solutions. In this episode, we ask: how can the fight for racial justice be accelerated, even as racism remains as persistent today as it was before the modern Civil Rights movement? In the spirit of writer James Baldwin’s vehement call for black liberation, this Exiles on 12th Street episode, the second in our series, gives voice to local activists and artists fighting for change. Come think with us about civil rights with our guests: civil rights lawyer Douglas White, community organizer Cidra Sebastien, the Reverend Marcus McCullough, and poet Cheryl Clarke. The episode is presented by your host, historian Claire Potter, executive editor of Public Seminar."]

Fife, Carol and Dominique Walker. "Moms 4 Housing: Meet the Oakland Mothers Facing Eviction After Two Months Occupying Vacant House." Democracy Now (January 14, 2020) ["In Oakland, California, a group of mothers fighting homelessness is waging a battle against real estate speculators and demanding permanent solutions to the Bay Area housing crisis by occupying a vacant house with their children. The struggle began in November, when working mothers in West Oakland moved into 2928 Magnolia Street, a vacant house owned by real estate investment firm Wedgewood Properties. The firm tried to evict them, claiming they were illegally squatting on private property, but the mothers went to court and filed a “right to possession” claim, saying housing is a human right. Their name is Moms 4 Housing. The battle for the house came to a head last week when an Alameda County judge ruled in favor of Wedgewood Properties and ordered the mothers to vacate the house. But Moms 4 Housing has stayed to fight eviction. Monday night, hundreds of protesters gathered at the house after receiving a tip that the Sheriff’s Office was coming to evict the families — a show of support that led the sheriff to abandon the eviction attempt. We speak with Carroll Fife, director of the Oakland office for the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, and Dominique Walker, a member of Moms 4 Housing who has been living at the house with her family."]

I Am Not Your Negro (France/USA: Raoul Peck, 2016) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Morozov, Evgeny. "Tech-Master Disaster: Part One." Open Source (September 12, 2019) ["Techno-capitalism's moral and intellectual calamities. ... There’s trouble in the magic Kingdom of Advanced Computation, and the late Jeffrey Epstein leads us to it. This hour is one man’s critical overview of the kingdom and its landscape. Silicon is its valley, its production center out west. The Media Lab at MIT has been high ground of ideas on the east coast. WIRED is the magazine of the realm; TED talks are its showcase. It’s a kingdom of masterful men—names like Bezos, Zuckerberg, Gates, and Kurzweil. And it has its own code of intelligence, called AI, A for Artificial. It has its high priests like Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the Media Lab in 1985 and of WIRED magazine in 1993. Linkages are tight and loyalty is firm to some central ideas, above all that technology is good for everybody. If it can’t fix a problem, it can transform it—even ultimate challenges of life and death. This kingdom of computation has had it rogue financiers, like the late Jeffrey Epstein. And it has its dissenters, too. Our guest this hour is eminent among those critical insiders: the writer-historian Evgeny Morozov."]

American Hate Documentary from News21 on Vimeo.

HEALING FROM HATE: Battle for the Soul of a Nation (TRAILER) from Big Tent Productions on Vimeo.

ENG 282 Student Responses and Extra Credit

Recommended responses:

Ashleigh Adkins - Dogtooth: The Loneliness of Purity

Andrew Robinson: Dogtooth

Whitney Combs: Dogtooth

Michael Bondarenko: Dogtooth


Parker Stonebarger 2 (Color Out of Space - 2)

Whitney Combsu 1 (Dogtooth)

Abigail Howard

Michael Bondarenko 1 (Dogtooth)

Anna King

Narayan Upreti 3 (Dogtooth; Color Out of Space - 2)

Caleb Monahan

Chris McElligott

Andrew Robinson 1 (Dogtooth)

Aspen Fulkerson 1 (Dogtooth)

Hayley Pierce 1 (Dogtooth)

Ashleigh Adkins 1 (Dogtooth)

Markelius Hill

Kendyl Beckett 1 (Dogtooth)

Emilie Shuck

Morgan Deatley

Chase Becker

Alex Dubilier

Lindsay Corman

Michael Benton

Extra Credit:

Zoe Lucas 4

Abel Abera 1

Kendyl Beckett 1

Dogtooth (Greece: Giorgos Lanthimos, 2009)

Dogtooth (Greece: Giorgos Lanthimos, 2009: 94 mins)

Aaron. "Dogtooth." Letterboxd (October 16, 2014)

Benton, Michael. "Dogtooth." Letterboxd (Originally written September 21, 2011)

Concannon, Philip. "Review - Dogtooth (Kynodontas)." Phil On Film (May 22, 2010)

Jameson, A.D. "A Review of the Relatively New Movie Dogtooth (Kynodontas)." Big Other (July 16, 2010)

Kaufmann, Anthony. "It's Happening Here: Trump's America and Totalitarian Dystopias." Keyframe (November 17, 2016)

Lise. "Dogtooth." Letterboxd (Feb 14, 2011)

Singer, Leigh. "Dogtooth Gives Off a Serious Bite." Fandor (November 26, 2018)

Tafoya, Scout. "The Post-Punk Cinema Manifesto: Side A." and "The Post-Punk Cinema Manifesto: Side B." Vimeo (2017)

Williamson, Ben. "On Parenting, Media, Education and Phobias." DML Central (February 14, 2011)