Sunday, September 27, 2015

Resources for September 27, 2015

Ehrenstein, David. "Myth Thing: What Stonewall Wasn't About." Keyframe (September 23, 2015)

Film Society of Lincoln Center: Hubert Sauper’s masterful exploration of modern colonialism, with war-ravaged Sudan as a focus, offers devastating insights into the most premeditated, casually insidious ways of taking possession of Africa today. The scenarios of clueless Texan missionaries, shallow UN case workers, and Chinese oil-company CEOs living in gated communities while polluting the local drinking water are like a collage of postcards from hell. It takes a particularly gifted filmmaker to construct from these horrors something that can also engage one’s sense of beauty; with an air of science fiction aided by otherworldly scenes captured from the self-manufactured flying machine in which Sauper and his co-pilot arrive in Africa, the documentarian has created an indelible and righteously alarming second film in a planned trilogy that began with the Oscar-nominated Darwin’s Nightmare.

WE COME AS FRIENDS, Trailer. by Hubert Sauper from Adelante Films on Vimeo.

Rust, Paul. "Inglourious Basterds." I Was There Too (February 18, 2015)

La Jetée (France: Chris Marker, 1962: 28 mins) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Dietz, Eileen. "The Exorcist." I Was There Too (March 4, 2015) ["Things get spooky this week as Eileen Dietz, the face of the demon Pazuzu aka Captain Howdy joins Matt to chat about being in the most famous horror movie of all time, The Exorcist. Eileen tells us the differences between the roles of Pazuzu & Captain Howdy, channeling wild animals for her improvised audition, her process with all the prosthetics, particularly with the puking apparatus, and her book Exorcising My Demons."]

"Gary Snyder and Wendell Berry with Jack Shoemaker." Lannan (November 10, 1999) ["Wendell Berry is a poet, essayist, and novelist, who has been called the “prophet of rural America.” Mr. Berry, who pursues what he calls “an ethic and way of life based upon devotion to a place and devotion to a land,” lives and works on his farm in Port Royal, Kentucky. He has published more than 30 books, including The Wheel, Sabbaths, and Openings (poetry); The Wild Birds, Watch with Me, and Remembering (fiction); and Another Turn of the Crank, What Are People For?, and The Unsettling of America (nonfiction). Gary Snyder is the author of nine books of poetry, including Mountains and Rivers Without End, No Nature, and Left out in the Rain. His prose works include A Place in Space, The Practice of the Wild, and Earth House Hold. Mr. Snyder’s work reflects his study of Eastern literature and culture, his commitment to the environment, and his concepts of humanity’s place in the cosmos. Born in San Francisco, Mr. Snyder lived in Japan for fourteen years, studying Zen Buddhism. He lives in Northern California and teaches at the University of California at Davis."]

The most impressive recognition of George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) - FIPRESCI: The International Federation of Critics has awarded it the top prize for 2015 (check out the films that were candidates) Awards 2015

"Adrienne Rich with Carol Muske Dukes." Lannan (September 29, 1999) ["Adrienne Rich received the Yale Younger Poets Award in 1951 (from judge W. H. Auden), at the age of 21, and with strength and conviction has not stopped writing since in her distinct voice. Rich has said that her poetry seeks to create a dialectical relationship between “the personal, or lyric voice, and the so-called political—really, the voice of the individual speaking not just to herself, or to a beloved friend, but to and from a collective, a social realm.” Her National Book Critics’ Circle Award citation explains: “Rich has captured with subversive wit, compassion, precision, supple poetics, toughness and yes, opposition and resistance, what life has been like in the opening years of a new century.” She is the author of more than sixteen volumes of poetry, including, Diving into the Wreck, The Dream of a Common Language, The Fact of a Doorframe: Selected Poems 1950—2001, An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988—1991, Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems 1991—1995, Midnight Salvage, Fox, and The School Among the Ruins, as well as the prose book Of Woman Born. Rich’s newest book of poems is Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth (2007). Her new collection of essays, A Human Eye: Essays on Art in Society, was published in May 2009."]

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