Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Son of Saul (Hungary: László Nemes, 2015)




Son of Saul (Hungary: László Nemes, 2015: 107 mins)

Badt, Karin. "Cannes Grand Prix Winner Son of Saul: A Critical Review." The Huffington Post (June 10, 2015)

Balog, Katalin. "Son of Saul, Kierkegaard and the Holocaust." Opinionator (February 28, 2016)


Bradshaw, Peter. "Son of Saul review: An outstanding, excoriating look at evil in Auschwitz." The Guardian (May 15, 2015)


Durante, Jaymes. "Son of Saul." 4:3 (March 5, 2016)


Kagan-Kans, Dan. "Are All Holocaust Movies Doomed to Fail?" Mosaic (March 28, 2016)


---. "That Holocaust Feeling." Mosaic (March 7, 2016)

Kohn, Eric. "Cannes Analysis: Did Son of Saul Deserve the Palme D’Or?" IndieWire (May 24, 2015)


Labuza, Peter. "Shallow Depth: Son of Saul Shows Nothing and Says Nothing." The Los Angeles Review of Books (February 21, 2016)


Leaf, Jonathan. "The Easy Answers of Holocaust Movies." Mosaic (March 24, 2016)


Leibovitz, Liel.  "The Necessity of Son of Saul." Mosaic (March 21, 2016)


Lemire, Christy. "Son of Saul." Roger Ebert (December 18, 2015)


MacCabe, Colin. "Cannes Dispatch: Son of Saul." The Current (May 22, 2015)


Podhoretz, John. "Why I Don't Watch Holocaust Movies: The very act of converting the Shoah into a story on film is a violation of its meaning, its force, and its evil." Mosaic (March 16, 2016) 


Porton, Richard. "Son of Saul (László Nemes, Hungary)." Cinema Scope #63 (2015)


Robey, Tim. "Son of Saul Will Leave You Too Numb to Weep." The Telegraph (April 29, 2016)


Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "In Son of Saul, a Jew in Auschwitz readies his fellow prisoners for the gas chamber: László Nemes's acclaimed debut feature re-creates the awful plight of the Sonderkommandos." The Chicago Reader (January 28, 2016)


Son of Saul Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)


"Son of Saul, Eddie the Eagle - Extra Film." InSession Film (March 6, 2016) 


Sooriyakumaran, Michael. "The Man Who Loved Children: László Nemes’ Son of Saul." Offscreen 19.12 (December 2015)


"Watch an 80-Minute Talk with the Directors Behind 2016’s Best Foreign Language Film Nominees." The Film Stage (January 14, 2016)


With a Little Patience (Hungary: László Nemes, 2007: 14 mins)




























Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cameron Beyl: Video Essays (Ongoing Archive)

Beyl, Cameron. "The Coen Brothers [4.1]: Murder and Mayhem." The Directors Series (May 24, 2016)

---. "The Coen Brothers [4.2]: The Postmodern Pictures." The Directors Series (June 14, 2016)

---. "The Coen Brothers [4.3]: The Breakout Classics." The Directors Series (June 28, 2016)

---. "The Coen Brothers [4.4]: An Odyssey Into Style." The Directors Series (July 12, 2016)

---. "The Directors Series: David Fincher, Pts 1-4." (Archived on Open Culture: September 10, 2015)

---. "The Directors Series: Paul Thomas Anderson, Pt. 1" (Posted on Vimeo: January 2016)

---. "The Director Series: Paul Thomas Anderson, Pt. 2" (Posted on Vimeo: January 2016)

---. "The Director Series: Paul Thomas Anderson, Pt. 3" (Posted on Vimeo: January 2016)

---. "The Directors Series: Stanley Kubrick, Pts. 1-5." (Posted on VimeoFebruary 5, 2016)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Barbara (Germany: Christian Petzold, 2012)




Barbara (Germany: Christian Petzold, 2012: 105 mins)

Barbara Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Dargis, Manohla. "Pushed and Pulled, a Doctor Wants a Way Out: Barbara, Directed by Christian Petzold." The New York Times (December 20, 2012)

Dillard, Clayton. "Jaimey Fisher's Christian Petzold." (January 12, 2014)

Elsaesser, Thomas. "A Thought Experiment: Christian Petzold's Barbara." Compar(a)ison 1.2 (2010)

Fisher, Jaimey. "Great Directors: Christian Petzold." Senses of Cinema (July 2013)

Harvey, Dennis. "Christian Petzold’s Perilous Transitions: Barbara builds suspense with restraint." Keyframe (January 15, 2016)

King, Danny. "Barbara Director Christian Petzold on Finding Period-Piece Inspiration & Working with Nina Hoss for the Fifth Time." The Film Stage (December 22, 2012)

Lee, Kevin B. "Deceptive Surfaces: The brilliantly no-nonsense filmmaking of Christian Petzold." Keyframe (January 15, 2016)

O'Malley, Sheila. "Barbara." Roger Ebert (March 6, 2013)

Tatarska, Anna. "Romanticizing the Past Is Wrong: A German directing star asks what we do when the idea of ‘utopia’ is lost." Keyframe (January 15, 2016)

Zacharek, Stephanie. "Barbara: An Unbroken Spirit In The Eastern Bloc." NPR (December 20, 2012)




















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