Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Resources for November 11, 2014

Daarstad, Eric. "Cinematographer of The Exiles." Film School (January 26, 2010)

Cravero, Valerie Cox. "The History of The Monuments Men." Dialogic Cinephilia (November 10, 2014)

Giroux, Henry A. "Capitalism Is a Tumor on the Body Politic: What's the Alternative? Beyond Mid-Election Babble." Truthout (November 6, 2014)

Argott, Dan. "The Art of the Steal." Film School (March 2, 2010)

Kempenaar, Adam and Josh Larsen. "Nightcrawler / Top 5 Nocturnal Movies." Filmspotting #513 (November 7, 2014)

Merriam-Webster's Word-of-the-Day

anodyne \AN-uh-dyne\

adjective 1 : serving to alleviate pain; 2 : not likely to offend or arouse tensions


The group's latest album is a fairly anodyne affair; it contains a number of lively tunes that are easy on the ears, but which play it far too safe to ever be anything more than passing amusements.

"British comics in the 1950s were pale imitations of American ones. Many were anodyne: the first two prosecutions under a 1955 law prohibiting 'harmful publications' for children were both in 1970." — The Economist, May 10, 2014

Anodyne came to English via Latin from Greek anōdynos ("without pain"), and it has been used as both an adjective and a noun ("something that relieves pain") since the 16th century. It has sometimes been used of things that dull or lull the senses and render painful experiences less so. Edmund Burke used it this way, for example, in 1790 when he referred to flattery as an "anodyne draft of oblivion" that renders one (in this particular case, the deposed King Louis XVI) forgetful of the flatterer's true feelings. In the 1930s, a newer second sense began appearing in our vocabulary. Now, in addition to describing things that dull pain, anodyne can also refer to that which doesn't cause discomfort in the first place.

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