Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Day He Arrives (South Korea: Hong Sang-soo, 2011)




The Day He Arrives (South Korea: Hong Sang-soo, 2011: 79 mins)

Brody, Richard. "Hong Sang-Soo Spring." The New Yorker (December 13, 2011)

Dargis, Manohla. "Wandering Seoul in Patterns of Coincidence." The New York Times (April 19, 2012)

The Day He Arrives Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

"The Day He Arrives (북촌 방향, Book-chon Bang-hyang) 2011." Modern Korean Cinema (April 12, 2012)

Ebert, Roger. "The Day He Arrives." The Chicago Sun-Times (July 4, 2012)

Goldsmith, Leo, et al. "Hong Sangsoo." Film Comment (June 14, 2016) ["Hong Sangsoo is a filmmaker who isn’t afraid to repeat himself. Fashioning narratives around lonesome or just pathetic male artists’ attempts at finding romantic connection, Hong’s films are characterized by their long takes and minute variations—a slightly off-center frame of two people talking, a digital zoom, a subtle readjustment of focus—that make us question what’s really going on in the scene."]

Heath, Roderick. "The Day He Arrives (Book chon bang hyang, 2011)." Ferdy on Film (2012)

Kohn, Eric. "The Day He Arrives and Oki’s Movie Are the Paragons of Hong Sang-Soo’s Filmmaking." IndieWire (April 16, 2012)

Lee, Kevin B. "Viewing Between the Lines in The Day He Arrives." Fandor (March 21, 2013)

Marshall, Colin. "The Films of Sangsoo Hong." The Quarterly Conversation (June 11, 2013)

Newman, Nick. "Hong Sang Soo." Auteur Museum #3 (October 5, 2015)

Quandt, James. "Deja-Vu." Cinema Guild (ND)

Raymond, Marc. "Great Directors: Hong Sang-Soo." Senses of Cinema #78 (March 2016)














Resources for October 17, 2017

Desai, Radhika. "Marx's Capital at 150: An Invitation to History." Red Pepper (September 30, 2017)






Keel, Eli. "Building by tearing: Unraveling the Confederate flag at the Speed Art Museum." LEO Weekly (October 16, 2017)

Lembcke, Jerry. "The Myth of the Spitting Antiwar Protester." The New York Times (October 13, 2017)

Rainer, Peter. "In Ex Libris, The story of libraries is really about infinitely complex people." The Christian Science Monitor (October 13, 2017)

Rohr, Richard. "The Activists Guide to Contemplation." Sojourners (May 23, 2016)

Schwarz, Gabrielle. "A Calling of the Ancestors; Jill Soloway's I Love Dick." Another Gaze (September 20, 2017)

Strickland, Ashley. "First-seen neutron star collision creates light, gravitational waves and gold." MSN (October 16, 2017)

White, Patricia. "Gender Matters at the Toronto International Film Festival." Los Angeles Review of Books (October 12, 2017)








Sunday, October 15, 2017

Resources for October 15, 2017

Bowman, Emma. "'SNL' Goes After 'Well-Dressed Skin Tag' Weinstein, Stages Pence Walkouts." The Two-Way (October 15, 2017)

Cargill, Robert C. and Brian Salisbury. "The Witches of Eastwick." Junk Food Cinema (June 6, 2017)

Hancock, James and Mike Vanderbilt. "One, Two, Freddy's Coming for You." Wrong Reel #329 (October 2017)

Hogan, Ron. "'Still No Master Plan': The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu’s 2023: A Trilogy." Los Angeles Review of Books (October 15, 2017)

"‘Masculine Arrogance Blows’: Jonathan Richman's Letter To Creem Magazine, 1973." Dangerous Minds (May 19, 2014)

Perkins, John. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. Berrett- Koehler, 2004.

Shelton, Taylor. "Locked Out: Foreclosure, Eviction and Housing Instability in Lexington, 2005 - 2016." Lexington Fair Housing Council (October 2017)

Walls, Laura Dassow. "The Life of Henry David Thoreau." Radio West (October 13, 2017) ["Henry David Thoreau famously went to Walden Pond to “live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.” But as the scholar Laura Dassow Walls shows in a new biography, there was much more to Thoreau’s life and work than his brief experiment at Spartan living in the woods. He was an inventor, a manual laborer, a gifted naturalist, a writer of great originality, and an uncompromising abolitionist. Walls joins us Monday to explore Thoreau’s profound, complex, and influential life."]





Santini, Antonio, et al. "Dina." Film School Radio (October 13, 2017)  ["DINA, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge.Getting married in a few weeks and there’s still so much to do. She has to move her boyfriend, Scott, from his parents’ house to her apartment, and settle him in to only the second home he’s ever had, all while juggling his schedule as an early morning Walmart door greeter.She has to get her dress, confirm arrangements with the venue, and make peace with her family, who remain nervous for their beloved DINA, after the death of her first husband and the string of troubled relationships that followed. Throughout it all, in the face of obstacles large and small, DINA, remains indomitable. She’s overcome tragedy and found the man she wants and is bent on building the life for herself that she believes she deserves. DINA captures the cadences and candid conversations of a relationship that reexamines the notion of love on-screen. DINA is unstoppable, a force of nature, and as the star of her own life story, she’s an unconventional movie protagonist the likes of which hasn’t been seen before.





Apple Pork Ragu

Apple Pork Ragu (adapted from Fast and Healthy magazine)

12 oz lean boneless pork, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 Medium onion halved and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider (I had a lot of cider left over and found it mixes well with cinnamon/honey for bourbon drinks)
2 Tbsp. tomato paste (I didn't have any on hand used spicy marinara)
2 apples, cored and chopped
1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 cup of reduced-sodium chicken broth (I used organic chicken bone broth)
1/4 cup sliced green olives
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley (one could substitute cilantro)
Cooked polenta (I used organic quinoa)
Parmesan cheese

1) In a 4 quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the oil and cook the pork until initial browning on both sides (a minute, stir, another minute). Add onion and garlic, cook another 5 minutes. Add apple cider. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the Dutch Oven. Stir in tomato paste. Cook and stir another minute.

2) Stir in apples, diced tomatoes and chicken broth. Bring to boil, reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Afterward remove from heat and stir in olives and parsley. Serve over polenta/quinoa and top with Parmesan.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Resources for October 14, 2017

Benshoff, Harry, ed. A Companion to the Horror Film. John Wiley and Sons, 2014.

Buckler, Dana. "Halloween (1978)." How Is This Movie? (October 9, 2017)

El Goro. "Over the Edge (1979) and Pump Up the Volume (1990)." Talk Without Rhythm #373 (June 11, 2017)

Entralgo, Rebekah. "Kentucky governor says he’ll never legalize marijuana because of the ‘overdoses.’" Think Progress (October 12, 2017)

Herron, Christopher. "The Underground Economy: Sean Baker Interview (The Florida Project)." The 7th Art (October 13, 2017)

Morrison, Irene. "Dystopian Surrealism for Our Times: Karin Tidbeck’s Amatka." Los Angeles Review of Books (October 14, 2017)

Nelson, Glenn. "Liz 'Snorkel' Thomas Wants You to Thru-Hike Your City." Outside (September 19, 2017) ["The former fastest woman to hike the AT is stitching together ambitious routes right in the middle of urban civilization."]

Thomas, Rob. "Columbus is a Beautifully Designed Film about Architecture and Connection." The Cap Times (October 13, 2017)



Here is the trailer for Sir! No Sir! - good for combatting the notion that if you protest the symbols/rituals of America in a call for justice, or more properly against injustice, that you are disrespecting the soldiers/veterans that have fought in our wars. This is propaganda as anyone that has looked into resistance movements knows that soldiers/veterans have always been a major force as they very clearly recognize what is at stake and what we are actually doing here & abroad

Of course one of the biggest mistakes we can make no matter what perspective you are coming from, in this case regarding soldiers/veterans (but any other large heterogeneous grouping of individuals), is to take such a large and varied group and treat them as having one mind/perspective and represent/target them in that way (and to use that as a weapon to forge consensus or fear in the 'public mind' - for another example explore 'Islamaphobia')

The question, though, that remains is why do we so rarely hear about, if ever, the stories that are told in this documentary. Why the insistence from Reagan onward that it was those damn student/hippie protesters and the liberal media that ended the war in Vietnam? Why the obvious exclusion of these courageous soldiers/veterans that effectively resisted and challenged the war (and this is ongoing, many organizations, two examples you can find on Facebook: Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans For Peace ) - do we only honor and respect some veterans? Who gets to make that decision - why?







Thursday, October 12, 2017

Resources for October 12, 2017

Bernstein, Joseph. "Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream." Buzzfeed (October 5, 2017) ["A cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals the truth about Steve Bannon’s alt-right 'killing machine.'"]

Carmon, Irin, Louis Godbold and Tomi-Ann Roberts. "NBC Reportedly Axed the Harvey Weinstein Story as Hollywood Made Rape Survivors the Butt of Jokes." Democracy Now (October 12, 2017)

Collison, David J. "Corporate Propaganda: Its Implications for Accounting and Accountability." (Department of Accountancy and Business Finance University of Dundee, Scotland, U.K.: ND)

Coull, Brent A., et al. "Quantifying underreporting of law-enforcement-related deaths in United States vital statistics and news-media-based data sources: A capture–recapture analysis." PLOS Medicine (October 10, 2017)

Flanagan, Caitlin. "The Dark Power of Fraternities." The Atlantic (March 2014)

---. "Death at a Penn State Fraternity." The Atlantic (November 2017)

Godbold, Louise. “My Encounter with Harvey Weinstein and What It Tells Us About Trauma.” Democracy Now (October 12, 2017)

Hurst, Josh. "Robert Plant's Carry Fire." Slant (October 12, 2017)

Jacobson, Louis. "Counting up how much the NRA spends on campaigns and lobbying." Politifact (October 11, 2017)

Moon, Tom. "Robert Plant's Carry Fire." First Listen (October 5, 2017) [You can listen to the album]

Nace, Ted. Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy. Berrett-Koehler, 2003.

Roberts, Tomi-Ann. "Tomi-Ann Roberts on Her Encounter with Harvey Weinstein & the Shame Women Feel After Assault." Democracy Now (October 12, 2017) ["As movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is fired by his own company and more women come forward accusing him harassment, sexual assault and rape, we speak with Tomi-Ann Roberts, professor of psychology at Colorado College, about her “petrifying” encounter with Harvey Weinstein in 1984, when she was an aspiring actress. Today, her academic research includes the psychological consequences of the sexual objectification of women and girls."]


















Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Resources for October 10, 2017

Cargill, Robert C. and Brian Salisbury. "Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser 2." Junk Food Cinema (October 5, 2017)

Haag, Pamela. "The Gunning of America." Radio West (October 6, 2017) ["Historian Pamela Haag says there’s a mythology around American gun culture. The conventional wisdom is that since the Revolutionary War we’ve had some primal bond with our firearms. But Haag argues that our guns were once just another tool of everyday life and that the gun industry convinced us we needed to be armed. In her book, she follows the rise of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and the marketing campaign she says created our gun culture."]

Hancock, James and Chuck R. Mystery. "I'm Batman." Wrong Reel #280 (June 8, 2017)

Rushkoff, Douglas. "They Say." (Excerpt from Coercion: Why We Listen to What 'They' Say.: 1999)






Weiwei, Ai. "Human Flow: World-Renowned Artist & Activist Ai Weiwei on His Epic New Documentary on Refugees." Democracy Now (October 9, 2017) ["The United Nations says there are now more refugees worldwide than at any time since World War II. The journey and struggle of these 65 million refugees is the subject of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei’s epic new documentary. It’s called “Human Flow.” For the documentary, Ai Weiwei traveled to 23 countries and dozens of refugee camps."]

---. "World-Renowned Artist Ai Weiwei on His Childhood in a Labor Camp, Art, Activism, Prison & Freedom." Democracy Now (October 9, 2017) ["Ai Weiwei has been called the most powerful artist in the world—and the most dangerous man in China. Born in 1957 in Beijing, he spent his childhood and youth in a hard labor camp in the Gobi Desert in remote northwest China. As a student at Beijing Film Academy, he first became involved in art and activism. He spent his twenties in New York City and then returned to China. In 2008, after a massive earthquake in Sichuan, China, Ai Weiwei launched a citizen investigation to collect the names of the more than 5,000 schoolchildren who died, partially as a result of the highly shoddy government construction of the schools. While his citizen investigation catapulted him to international fame, it also enraged Chinese government officials. In 2009, his popular blog was shut down. A few months later, police broke into his hotel room and attacked him, punching him in the face and causing cerebral hemorrhaging. In 2010, Ai Weiwei was placed under house arrest, after the Chinese government demolished his studio. Then, in 2011, he was arrested at the Beijing airport and held for 81 days, without any charges. Chinese authorities seized his passport and refused to return it until 2015. For more on the remarkable life of this world-renowned dissident and artist, we speak with Ai Weiwei."]











Monday, October 9, 2017

Resources for October 9, 2017

Bradley, S.A. and J. Blake Fichera. "Sympathetic Monsters." Hellbent for Horror #43 (June 6, 2017)
["Can you sympathize with a monster?  In some cases I think you can. It depends on the story and how well the story is told and acted. ... George Romero, Fritz Lang, Martin Scorsese, Joe Spinell, Michael Powell, and Patty Jenkins all presented monsters who were more than simply killers. While we don’t condone the actions of the characters in these films, these killers display complex psyches that are worth discussing.  We tackle some old and newer films to talk about, among other things, how people empathized with Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, and how Peeping Tom possibly destroyed Michael Powell’s career because the critics and audiences related to the main character... a little too much."]

Cargill, Robert C. and Brian Salisbury. "Predator." Junk Food Cinema (June 8, 2017)

Cassidy, Brendan and Vince Leo. "Blade Runner, American Made." InSession Film (October 6, 2017)

Chruchill, Ward. Acts of Rebellion. NY: Routledge, 2003.

D., Margo and Juliette Miranda. "Rosemary's Baby." Book vs. Movie (October 7, 2017)

D'Anna, Becky, James Hancock and Kevin Maher. "Albert Brooks and the Genius of an Open-Faced Sandwich." Wrong Reel #308 (August 2017)





Flores, Steven. "The Auteurs: Jason Reitman." Cinema Axis (February 26, 2014)

Galeano, Eduardo. Open Veins of America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. Monthly Review Press, 1997.

"History of Racial Injustice Calendar Highlights." Equal Justice Initiative (2017)

Landsberg, Alison. "What's So Bad About Being a Replicant?" On the Media (October 6, 2017)

Loewen, James. "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong." The New Press, 1995.

Zinn, Howard. Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology. Harper Perennial, 1990.

---. A People's History of the United States: 1492 - The Present. History is a Weapon (Hosting the entire book)





Sunday, October 8, 2017

Slurring Bee 6

Also need 15 absurd/quirky warm up questions

1st Round: warm-up question followed by a word
2nd Round: 3 words in succession for each contestant
3rd Round: Round-robin until we have a winner (keep track of last three - the order they come in)
3 mispelled words and a contestant is out

Pronouncer Information 1. Read carefully the Judges, Recorders, Spellers and Audiences information that is included in the Scripps pronouncers’ guide. 2. Familiarize yourself with all words on the confidential word list. Pronunciation is important. A meeting with the judges to insure pronunciation of words and procedures will be scheduled prior to the Bee beginning. 3. Speak clearly for contestants, judges and audience alike. Grant all requests to repeat a word until the judges agree that the word has been made reasonably clear to the speller. You may request the speller to speak more clearly or louder. 4. “Pace” yourself. You need time to focus attention on the pronunciation of the new word and the judges need a few moments between each contestant to do their tasks.



Speller’s Information 1. Each speller needs to focus on the Pronouncer, to aid his or her hearing and understanding of the context of the word. A speller may ask for the word to be repeated, for its use in a sentence, for a definition, for the part of speech, and for the language of origin. 2. Each speller should pronounce the word before and after spelling it. If the speller fails to pronounce the word after spelling it, the judge may ask if they are finished. If they say yes, the judge will remind the speller to remember to repeat the word the next time. (No speller will be eliminated for failing to pronounce a word.) 3. When a speller is at the podium spelling, the next speller should be standing at a marked location ready to proceed to the podium.


186) bibelot

187) precocious

188) carceral

189) marginalia

190) inoculate

191) allegory

192) amanuensis

193) glabrous

194) serendipitous

195) holus-bolus

196) existential