Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 3. 2020

Casta, Laetitia, Lily-Rose Depp, and Louis Garrel. "On A Faithful Man." Film at Lincoln Center Podcast (July 18, 2019)

Craven, Jasper. "Veterans of Domestic Wars." The Baffler #51 (April 2020) ["On the home front, vets battle for decent health care."]

Enzo and Eve. "Wakanda Deferred." Hammer & Camera #16 (July 12, 2019) ["Enzo and Eve of the Marxist "propaganda circle" Unity & Struggle to discuss their article, "Black on Both Sides: Grappling with BLM in Movies", and to review the past year of Black cinema. Among the films discussed are Black Panther, Blackkklansman, Sorry to Bother You, Blindspotting, and Us."]

Kumanyika, Chenjerai. "Getting Real About the Job of Police: A Letter to Barack Obama." The Intercept (June 3, 2020)

Moss, Candida. "Trump and the Christian Persecution Complex." On the Media (June 3, 2020) ["On Monday, President Trump stood outside St. John's Episcopal Church, which had caught fire the day prior in protests for racial justice. When he brandished a Bible before photographers, Trump knew exactly what message he was sending: Christianity is under siege and the president is the defender of the faith. Never mind the fact that peaceful protesters, clergy among them, were driven from the area minutes before with tear gas to make way for the photoshoot. The narrative of Christianity under attack is a familiar one. Just a few weeks ago, Trump declared that houses of worship should open amid the pandemic on the grounds of religious liberty — despite the public health risk. But it turns out, the myth of Christian persecution can be traced far further back than the Culture Wars. In fact, according to Candida Moss, Christian historians coined the idea that to be persecuted was to be righteous in the 4th Century and they exaggerated claims that Christians were persecuted in the first place. Moss is a professor of theology and religion at Birmingham University in the U.K., and author of The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom. Moss spoke to Bob just after Trump has announced his call for churches to open. In this week's Pod Extra she explains how Christian history has been revised for political means, from the early church to present day."]

Scott, James C. "Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States." New Books in Political Science (June 3, 2020) ["We are schooled to believe that states formed more or less synchronously with settlement and agriculture. In Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States (Yale University Press, 2017), James C. Scott asks us to question this belief. The evidence, he says, is simply not on the side of states. Stratified, taxing, walled towns did not inevitably appear in the wake of crop domestication and sedentary settlement. Only around 3100 BCE, some four millennia after the earliest farming and settling down, did they begin making their presence felt. What happened in these four millennia is the subject of this book: a deep history by “a card-carrying political scientist and an anthropologist and environmentalist by courtesy”, which aims to put the earliest states in their place. James Scott joins us ... to talk about state fragility and state persistence from Mesopotamia to Southeast Asia, the politics of cereal crops, domestication and reproduction, why it was once good to be a barbarian, the art of provocation, the views of critics, and, human and animal species relations and zoonoses in our epidemiological past and pandemic present."]

Sottek, T.C. "Caught on camera, police explode in rage and violence across the US." The Verge (May 31, 2020)

West, Stephen. "Richard Rorty." Philosophize This! 142 (May 1, 2020) ["Some people called Rorty a postmodernist…which would USUALLY place him in staunch opposition to anything that even SOUNDS like the word Enlightenment. Like EXCITEMENT! But let me tell ya…Rorty was a VERY exciting man. He REJECTED the title of postmodernist and most titles for that matter. He operated in a very unique realm for a thinker where like a TYPICAL post-structuralist he didn’t believe in any sort of grand narrative that could explain away the universe…but yet he was STILL…a die hard, card carrying fan…of the PROJECT of the Enlightenment overall. See in a world where there are so many 20th century thinkers hating on the Enlightenment…here is a guy some viewed as a post-structuralist, coming to its defense. Let me explain WHY he would DO something like this."]

---. "Socrates and the Sophists." Philosophize This! #3 (June 23, 2013) ["This week we talk about the prosperity of Athens and how it led to the rise and ideas of a group of philosopher teachers called the Sophists, we tied up some loose ends and helped put all that we've learned in the last two episodes into context with a graph of the Presocratics, and we ended by talking about a man named Socrates."]

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 2, 2020

Seller, Bakari. "'My Vanishing Country': Mass Protests Rise from 400 Years of Systemic Racism." Democracy Now (June 1, 2020) ["As mass unrest engulfs the U.S., we speak with attorney and political commentator Bakari Sellers, whose new memoir “My Vanishing Country” was just published. One of the central moments in the book is the Orangeburg massacre of 1968, when police opened fire on a crowd of students gathered on the campus of South Carolina State University to protest segregation at Orangeburg’s only bowling alley. When the shooting stopped, three Black students were dead, 28 students were wounded. The nine officers who opened fire that day were all acquitted. The only person convicted of wrongdoing was Bakari Sellers’s father, Cleveland Sellers, a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, known as SNCC. He was convicted of a riot charge and spent seven months behind bars. He was pardoned in 1993. We speak with Bakari Sellers about Orangeburg, 2020 and “400 years of systemic racism” in the U.S."]

Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta. "A Class Rebellion: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on How Racism & Racial Terrorism Fueled Nationwide Anger." Democracy Now (June 1, 2020) ["In the largest nationwide uprising since the 1960s, protesters shut down cities across the United States over the weekend following the police killing of George Floyd, an African American man in Minneapolis. “These are not just repeats of past events,” says scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. “These are the consequences of the failures of this government and the political establishment … to resolve these crises.”"]

West, Cornel. "'America’s Moment of Reckoning': Cornel West Says Nationwide Uprising Is Sign of 'Empire Imploding.'" Democracy Now (June 1, 2020) ["As thousands from coast to coast took to the streets this weekend to protest the state-sanctioned killing of Black people, and the nation faces its largest public health crisis in generations and the highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression, professor Cornel West calls the U.S. a “predatory capitalist civilization obsessed with money, money, money.” He also makes the connections between U.S. violence abroad and at home. “There is a connection between the seeds that you sow of violence externally and internally.”"]


Good PBS Newshour on the last 24 hrs of protests.

Protests in 141 cities during that time. That is a massive movement of American citizens across the nation demanding justice.

President Trump has failed this country. Don't fall for his disinformation campaign that this is the work of outside agitators or his desperate photo ops trying to get us to think he is a good christian. On that last point check out Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde's comments around the 20 minute mark about Trump's photo-op in front of her church in which we can see a powerful message of what is important at this time and what a conscientious Christian is like.

Once again, this is a good snapshot of this period of time.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - May 30, 2020

Anderson, Jake. "V for Vendetta: Ideas Cannot Bleed." Letterboxd (May 29, 2020) ["As he puts it, V says there is a serenity, a tranquility in ignorance and complacency. Why would anyone WANT to be informed as to how this world truly works? It’s horrifying, but it’s something we all have to face. Ignoring it, the privilege of being able to ignore it, precisely, cannot mask us, secure us, or fortify us. For the longest time, it has. But this year, at the dawn of this decade, it seems like fear is finally releasing its grip on us. We are being thrust into this because it’s inevitable, and it’s a damn shame it’s taken this long. We are the only ones who have our best interest at heart, so I guess that means we’re the ones who finally have to do something. We are legion. We are many. And we will not go quietly into that good night."]

Carr, Jeremy. "Rubble Romance: A Foreign Affair (Billy Wilder, 1948)." Senses of Cinema #94 (Spring 2020)

McGowan, Todd. "Is It Future or Is It Past?" Hammer & Camera #27 (February 23, 2020) ["Episode 27 sees the Hammer & Camera crew tackling the work of longtime loadstone David Lynch for the first time. Specifically, we're talking 2017's Twin Peaks: The Return, and we're joined by author, professor, and fellow Lynchian, Dr. Todd McGowan. We talk about what's special about Lynch and his approach to cinema, what's great about Twin Peaks, whether or not The Return is "cinema," and delve deep into the thematic elements of one of the most interesting series of television ever produced."]

The Directors Series- Paul Thomas Anderson [3.1] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series - Paul Thomas Anderson [3.2] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series - Paul Thomas Anderson [3.3] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series - Paul Thomas Anderson [3.4] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series- Paul Thomas Anderson [3.5] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

SHORT CUTS — Episode 1: Milkshakes, Monopoly & Murder from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series - Paul Thomas Anderson [3.7] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Weird Fiction (Ongoing Archive)

I classify (there are other viewpoints) "weird fiction" as not necessarily a genre in itself, instead it operates in the interstices of mainstream genres, creating through poetic prose, vivid imagery, hallucinatory experiences, existential angst, and shocking stories, a powerful effect upon the reader, provoking them to start to see the mundane world with a slant. If you look at the etymology of 'wyrd' it originates as the "power to control destiny" (no doubt in a magical sense) and morphs to the latter "weird" meaning of "unearthly" or strange. These stories stay with you, taking root deep inside your consciousness, reverberating like the ripples of a deep pond disturbed by a thrown rock and provoke you to rethink what you have always taken for granted. There is a commercial genre called "the new weird" (also older pulp magazine "weird" usually involving cosmic horror) and some of these books/authors would be slotted into my broad genre classification here (but many are not), but in the spirit of actual weirdness I include other books/films that operate under the aesthetic classification described above without being marketed as "new weird." In film studies there has also been a classification of Mind Fuck films which would be included here. All of these can provide both a cathartic release from the anxiety/terror of the really fucked-up weird situation we are living through and the twisted creatures that at our at the helm of planet earth. [Editorial note: my definition was written during the COVID-19 Pandemic and during the Trump administration in May 2020].


366 Weird Movies [A great lengthy description of the site.]

2001: A Space Odyssey (USA/UK: Stanley Kubrick, 1968) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Acidemic ["Psychedelic film criticism" by Eirch Kuersten]

A Clockwork Orange (UK/USA: Stanley Kubrick, 1971) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Adaptation (USA: Spike Jonze, 2002) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Alien (UK/USA: Ridley Scott, 1979) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

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.

Audition (Japan: Takashi Miike, 1999) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

The Babadook (Australia: Jennifer Kent, 2014) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Birdman (USA/Canada: Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2014) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

"Black Horror: The Revolutionary Act of Subverting the White Gaze." Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies (February 2018)

Blue Velvet (USA: David Lynch, 1986) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Booth, Max, III. "Fun in the Funhole: Exploring Kathe Koje's Cipher." LitReactor (February 19, 2018)

Bradley, S.A.  "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."]

Bulkin, Nadia, et al. "The Outer Dark Symposium 2019, Part 5: Ecstatic Weird Panel." The Outer Dark (October 10, 2019) ["In this podcast The Outer Dark presents the fifth installment of The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird 2019 including the panel ‘The Ecstatic Weird: The Weird as a Source of Transcendence and Awe’, moderated by Gordon B White and featuring Nadia Bulkin, Selena Chambers, Kurt Fawver, Orrin Grey, and Liv Rainey-Smith, as well as readings by Jeff Strand, Kurt Fawver, and Zin E Rocklyn. Also Gordon B White presents Reviews from The Weird including Spirits Unwrapped (Lethe Press), edited by Daniel Braum, and Luminous Body (Dim Shores), by Brooke Warra. The readings and panel were recorded live on Saturday March 23, 2019 at Silver Scream FX Lab in Atlanta, GA. Reviews from The Weird was recorded on Oct. 3, 2019."]

The Cabin in the Woods (USA: Drew Goddard, 2012) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Cemetary Man (Italy/France/Germany: Michele Soavi, 1994) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Dalpe, Victoria, et al. "State of the Weird 2019, A Roundtable Discussion." The Outer Dark (October 24, 2019)  ["Victoria Dalpe, Gwendolyn Kiste, John Langan and Teri.Zin (Zin E Rocklyn) join host/moderator Scott Nicolay for the most epic episode of The Outer Dark since The State of the Weird 2018. The roundtable conversation kicks off with reactions to pronouncements that the Weird Renaissance/boom is over at a time when so many talented writers from disenfranchised groups (women, PoC, LBGTQ+, disabled) are expanding and transforming Weird fiction with game-changing work. The authors discuss how more perspectives lift all writers and increase readership, the importance of having editors of color and other marginalized groups, changing the definition of agency especially in relation to mentally ill characters, the need to retool storytelling in ways that reflect diverse experiences and not just the same old archetypes, why Weird fiction is a fertile space for exploring different narrative and genre expectations, steps writers and readers can take to support new voices, recognition of Michael Kelly for the now retired award-winning Year’s Best Weird Fiction series (Undertow Publishing), Nightscape Press as an example of a risk-taking press, ‘Trojan Horsing’ diverse authors into anthologies along with the same big names, a Small Press Challenge for listeners, questions from the audience, and the future of Weird fiction."]

Dead Man (USA/Germany/Japan: Jim Jarmusch, 1995) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Dogtooth (Greece: Giorgos Lanthimos, 2009) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

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

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

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

Eraserhead (USA: David Lynch, 1977) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

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

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (USA: Terry Gilliam, 1998) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Fight Club (USA: David Fincher, 1999) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Funny Games (Austria: Michael Haneke, 1997) and (USA/France/UK/Austria/Germany/Italy: Michael Haneke, 2007) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Get Out (USA: Jordan Peele, 2017) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Gidney, Craig Laurance. "Weird Beauty: The Weird Fiction of Tanith Lee." Weird Fiction Review (September 19, 2017)

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."]

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

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)

The Holy Mountain (Mexico/USA: Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

I Heart Huckabees (USA/Germany: David O'Russell, 2004) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Innocence (Belgium/France/UK/Japan: Lucile Hadžihalilović, 2004) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

It Follows (USA: David Robert Mitchell, 2014) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

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)

Lady Vengeance (South Korea: Chan-Wook Park, 2005) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

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

LaValle, Victor and Benjamin Percy. "Creepy Stories (and More)." LitHub (October 31, 2019) ["How writing about politics relates to horror. LaValle explains how devices like monsters make it possible to write about how something feels, rather than merely what happened; Percy discusses doppelgängers, and asks whether politically, the call is coming from inside the house."]

Let the Right One In (Sweden: Tomas Alfredson, 2008) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

The Lobster (Greece/Ireland/Netherlands/UK/France: Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

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."]

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."]

Maude, Kit, Rob Prouse and Sam Pulham. "The Naked Woman by Armonía Somers." Sherds Podcast #27 (February 8, 2020) ["The Naked Woman by Armonía Somers was originally published in Spanish in 1950. The translation was made by Kit Maude and the book is published by The Feminist Press. On her thirtieth birthday, the main character, Rebeca Linke undergoes a violent physical and mental transformation. She leaves her home in only an overcoat and wanders through the local forests and fields. When she is spotted in broad daylight, divested of her clothes, the event sends tremors through the rural village, penetrating the hearts, bodies and minds of its inhabitants. Some view her as the return of Eve, some as a malignant curse. In either case, the village must confront this happening, and undergo its own transformation. Over the course of the episode, we discuss the author’s violent expression of feminine autonomy, consider it in the context of the gothic, and examine the response of a staid patriarchal society to the concept of feminine desire. The readings in this episode are by Gaja Hajdarowicz."]

McGowan, Todd. "Is It Future or Is It Past?" Hammer & Camera #27 (February 23, 2020) ["Episode 27 sees the Hammer & Camera crew tackling the work of longtime loadstone David Lynch for the first time. Specifically, we're talking 2017's Twin Peaks: The Return, and we're joined by author, professor, and fellow Lynchian, Dr. Todd McGowan. We talk about what's special about Lynch and his approach to cinema, what's great about Twin Peaks, whether or not The Return is "cinema," and delve deep into the thematic elements of one of the most interesting series of television ever produced."]

McMillan, Candice. "How Trump and #metoo Have Scared Us Into the New Decade." Chaz's Journal (March 10, 2020)

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)."]

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia, et al. "It Is a Tiger that Destroys Me: Latin American Literature as Weird Fiction Panel at NecronomiCon 2019." The Outer Dark #59 (November 7, 2019)

Mulholland Dr. (France/USA: David Lynch, 2001) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Naked Lunch (Canada/UK/Japan: David Cronenberg, 1991) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

The Neon Demon (France/USA/Denmark: Nicholas Refn Winding, 2016) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Night of the Living Dead (USA: George Romero, 1968) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Oldboy (South Korea: Chan-Wook Park, 2003) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Only Lovers Left Alive (UK/Germany/Greece: Jim Jarmusch, 2013) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

The Outer Dark [Scott Nicolay's podcast with a focus on weird fiction. Associated with This is Horror.]

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"]

Pan's Labyrinth (Spain/Mexico: Guillermo Del Toro, 2006) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Performance (UK: Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg, 1970) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Australia: Peter Weir, 1975) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Pontypool (Canada: Bruce McDonald, 2008) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Psycho (USA: Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)  Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

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."]

Repo Man (USA: Alex Cox, 1984)  Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

The Ring (USA/Japan: Gore Verbinski, 2002) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Ringu (Japan: Hideo Nakata, 1998) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Salo, or 120 Days of Sodom (Italy/France: Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Se7en (USA: David Fincher, 1995) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

The Seventh Seal (Sweden: Ingmar Bergman, 1957) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

The Shining (USA/UK: Stanley Kubrick, 1980) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

The Skin I Live In (Spain: Pedro Almodovar, 2011) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (USA: Tobe Hooper, 1974) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

The Thing (USA: John Carpenter, 1982) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Trouble Every Day (France/Germany/Japan: Claire Denis, 2001) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

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

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand/Germany/Spain/France/United Kingdom: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Czechoslovakia: Jaromil Jires, 1970) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Videodrome (Canada: David Cronenberg, 1983) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Waking Life (USA: Richard Linklater, 2001) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

"Weird Fiction." Horror Pod Class #2 (January 31, 2018) [Michael Benton -- What is very interesting to me is the idea that the "new weird" genre is speaking to a 21st Century dis-ease with the impossibility of truly knowing reality. Propaganda, disinformation & 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 from 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)

The Witch (Canada/USA: Robert Eggers, 2015) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)


A History of Horror from Diego Carrera on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - May 27, 2020

Baker, Michael. "As New Zealand Eliminates COVID, Epidemiologist Says 'We Look at Trump’s Behavior & We’re Horrified.'" Democracy Now (March 26, 2020) ["To learn how New Zealand has largely eliminated COVID-19, we continue our extended interview with Michael Baker, an epidemiologist who is a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Technical Advisory Group and advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes how the country’s response compares to the government actions in the United States and worldwide."]

Bugeja, Nicholas. "Romance, escapism and war in Ornamental Hairpin (Hiroshi Shimizu, 1941)." Senses of Cinema #94 (Spring 2020)

Deng, MaoHui. "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)." Senses of Cinema #94 (Spring 2020)

Kay, Jonathan and Toby Young. "On COVID Superspreaders." Quillette #88 (April 29, 2020)

Kendi, Ibram X. "From George Floyd to Chris Cooper: Ibram X. Kendi on 'Racist Terror' Facing Black People in America." Democracy Now (May 27, 2020) ["“I can’t breathe” — that’s what George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, repeatedly told a white Minneapolis police officer who pinned him to the ground Monday with a knee to his neck. Video of the police attack went viral. Now four officers have been fired. This comes as another video went viral of a white woman calling the cops on a Black man in New York City’s Central Park and falsely accusing him of “threatening her life” after he asked her to leash her dog. We discuss these developments and more with Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and National Book Award–winning author of “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” and “How to Be an Antiracist.”"]

McGrath, Kenta. "Pass it on: Mysterious Object at Noon (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2000)." Senses of Cinema #94 (Spring 2020)

White, Claire. "The kids are not alright: Imitation of Life (Douglas Sirk, 1959)." Senses of Cinema #94 (Spring 2020)

Yates, Michael D. "It's Still Slavery by Another Name." Monthly Review (May 1, 2020) ["All of these things would lead us to reject the hypothesis that white and black racism offset one another. What is more, we would get the same results even if we conducted more sophisticated tests of this hypothesis. For example, black wages are lower than those for whites if we factor out schooling, age, occupation, industry, experience, region, and whatever else we think influences wages. That is, if we look at two groups of workers equal in all respects (same schooling, experience, and so on), the black group will have a lower average wage than the white group. The same result would hold for whatever variable we considered—prison sentences, unemployment, life expectancies, and all the others mentioned above. We are left with an inescapable conclusion. Being black, in and of itself, is a grave economic and social disadvantage, while being white confers considerable advantage. That this is true today, 155 years after the end of the Civil War, after three constitutional amendments, the great civil rights movement, a large number of civil rights laws, and lord knows how many college courses and sensitivity training sessions is testament to the power and tenacity of racist social structures."]

The Directors Series - Christopher Nolan [5.4] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series- Stanley Kubrick [1.1] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand/Germany/Spain/France/United Kingdom: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand/Germany/Spain/France/United Kingdom: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010: 114 mins)

Brody, Richard. "Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives." The New Yorker (March 2, 2011)

Chua, Lawrence. "Apichatpong Weerasethakul." Bomb (January 1, 2011)

Connolly, Matt. "The Cinema Primeval." Reverse Shot (April 25, 2013)

Deng, MaoHui. "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)." Senses of Cinema #94 (Spring 2020)

Ebert, Roger. "Death Joins the Conversation." Chicago Sun-Times (April 14, 2011)

Kasman, Daniel. "Cinematic Transformation: A Talk with Apichatpong Weerasethakul." MUBI (September 10, 2010)

Phillips, Richard. "Thai Style Magic Realism." World Socialist Web Site (July 10, 2010)

Scott, A.O. "A Farewell to This Life, and All Its Ghosts." The New York Times (March 1, 2011)

Senn, Nathan. "Great Directors: Apichatpong Weerasethakul." Senses of Cinema #88 (October 2018)

Sukhdev, Sandhu. "'Slow cinema' fights back against Bourne's supremacy." The Guardian (March 9, 2012)

"Uncle Apichatpong Who Ruminates on the Past, Present and Future: Acclaimed auteur opens up after screening of his Palme d’Or winner." Asia Society (May 22, 2011: includes 14 minute video and 47 minute audio Q & A)

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - May 25, 2020

"When you make love you're using up energy; and afterwards you feel happy and don't give a damn for anything. They can't bear you to feel like that. They want you to be bursting with energy all the time. All this marching up and down and cheering and waving flags is simply sex gone sour. If you're happy inside yourself, why should you get excited about Big Brother and the Three-Year Plans and Two Minutes Hate and all the rest of their bloody rot?" - Julia, in George Orwell's novel 1984 (Signet Classic, 1950: 133)

Aster, Ari and Michael Koresky. "On Midsommar." The Film Comment Podcast (July 10, 2019) ["Filmmaker Ari Aster ... joined us last summer for a talk at Film at Lincoln Center to discuss his previous feature, the unforgettable Hereditary, and we were delighted to welcome him back for another Film Comment chat on Tuesday, July 10. In front of a packed house, Aster sat down with author and Film Comment mainstay Michael Koresky for a discussion about his Swedish countryside-set horror film, working with star Florence Pugh, and favorite movies such as 45 Years."]

Carr, Jeremy. "Bad Love: The Night Porter (Liliana Cavani, 1974)." Senses of Cinema #94 (Spring 2020)

Lepore, Jill. "These Truths." C-SPAN (September 24, 2018) ["New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore talked about her one-volume history of the United States."]

Weisman, Brad.  "Stalag 17 (Billy Wilder, 1953)." Senses of Cinema #94 (Spring 2020)