Monday, November 30, 2015

Crimson Peak (USA: Guillermo del Toro, 2015)




Crimson Peak (USA: Guillermo del Toro, 2015: 119 mins)

Basciano, Oliver. "Crimson Peak: How Guillermo del Toro sketched its visual style." The Guardian (October 10, 2015)

del Toro, Guillermo. "The books, TV, films and music that brought me to Crimson Peak." The Guardian (October 10, 2015)

Hudson, David. "Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak: “Wears its heart on its sleeve, along with its soul and most of its intestines.”." Keyframe (October 14, 2015)

"Jessica Chastain Discusses Her Acting Process In Recent One-Hour Conversation." The Film Stage (March 24, 2015)

Newman, Kim. "Houses of horror: A rambling, teetering, crumbling brief history of gothic cinema." The Guardian (October 10, 2015)

Pahle, Rebecca. "A Strongly Worded Letter to Universal's Marketing Department on the Subject of Crimson Peak." Pajiba (October 19, 2015)

Patterson, John. "Guillermo del Toro: ‘I try to tell you a story with eye-protein, not eye-candy.’" The Guardian (October 10, 2015)

Sims, David. "Crimson Peak: A Gothic Romance to Die For." The Atlantic (October 16, 2015
























Resources for November 30, 2015

Thompson, Juan. "Nothing Funny About a Leading Presidential Candidate Spreading Racist Propaganda on Crime." The Intercept (November 24, 2015)

Stevens, Kyle. "Mike Nichols." Auteur Musuem #2 (September 1, 2015)

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

Clark, Ashley. "Alien abductions: 12 Years a Slave and the past as science fiction."  Sight and Sound (April 14, 2015)

Baker, Jennifer. "French Police Attack Cop21 Climate March." Revolution News (November 29, 2015)

"The Power of Solidarity (Racial Justice)." The Best of the Left (November 20, 2015) ["Today we look at the University of Missouri protests that ousted the university president and look back at the anniversary of the Tamir Rice police killing."]

"Minimum Wage Mythbusters." United States Department of Labor (No Date)






Klein, Naomi. "On Paris Summit: Leaders' Inaction on Climate Crisis is 'Violence' Against the Planet." Democracy Now (November 30, 2015)

Kiefer, Jonathan. "Pictures in Motion: Lily Baldwin." Keyframe (November 30, 2014)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Resources for November 28, 2015

Ekeland, Tor. "America Must End Its Paranoid War on Hackers." Wired (October 8, 2014)

Gabriella Coleman: Anthropology/Technology Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Anonymous (Global Decentralized Association of Activist Hackers) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Matthews, Joseph. "The Boy Who Shot a Nazi Official." Against the Grain (November 10, 2015) ["Seventy-seven years ago, the Nazis unleashed a pogrom, known as Kristallnacht, against Jews living in Germany. They claimed that it was a response to the assassination a few days earlier of a German consular official in Paris by a Jewish teenager. Writer Joseph Matthews explores the intriguing life and times of Herschel Grynszpan, the 17-year-old assassin. He also discusses the plight of refugees in Europe, then and now."]

Edlund, Richard, Matthew Leonetti, and Iain Stasukevich. "Poltergiest (1982)." American Cinematographer Podcasts #6 (No Date)

Ransby, Barbara. "Chicago Police Officer Charged With Murder After Video Shows Him Shooting Laquan McDonald 16 Times."
 Democracy Now (November 25, 2015) ["For the first time in three decades, a Chicago police officer faces charges of first-degree murder for an on-duty shooting. White police officer Jason Van Dyke was arrested on Tuesday and is being held without bail for the killing of African-American 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. It was more than a year ago, on October 20, 2014, when officer Van Dyke shot the teenager 16 times, including multiple times in the back. Police claimed McDonald lunged at the officer with a small knife. But newly released dashcam footage showed the teenager walking away from the police officers’ cars when another police car pulls up to the scene. The video, which has no sound, then appears to show Officer Jason Van Dyke jumping out of the car, pointing his gun at McDonald and opening fire. The teenager’s body spins as he is hit with the barrage of bullets and then falls to the pavement, where he continues to be struck by bullets. Officer Van Dyke remained on paid desk duty after the shooting until he was taken into custody on Tuesday. In addition to the fatal shooting last October, Officer Van Dyke had at least 18 civilian complaints against him, which included excessive use of force, illegal arrest and use of racial slurs. None of these complaints led to any disciplinary action. This week Chicago police announced they will also move to fire officer Dante Servin, who killed 22-year-old African-American woman Rekia Boyd in 2012. We discuss the developments in Chicago with Barbara Ransby, professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies and History at the University of Illinois, Chicago."]

Sigel, Newton Thomas and Jon Silberg. "Valkyrie." American Cinematographer Podcast #7 (No Date)

Sinclair, Upton. Oil!  libcom (1927 novel: "The loose source for the film There Will Be Blood, Oil! pits oil tycoon father against socialist sympathetic son in the 
midst of the Teapot Dome Scandal and unionising trouble on the fields."]


Roizman, Owen and Rodney Taylor. "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)."  American Cinematographer Podcast #8 (No Date)

"The Case Against Woodrow Wilson." The New York Times (November 24, 2015)

Uhlich, Keith. "Michael Mann." Auteur Museum #1 (August 2015)

Hamington, Maurice. "Jane Addams (1860-1935)." Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (No Date)

"New York City CUNY Faculty Arrested in Contract Protest." Building Bridges (November 17, 2015)


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gabriella Coleman: Anthropology/Technology

Biography/Archives/Websites:

Gabriella Coleman (Personal Website/Archive)

Wikipedia: Gabriella Coleman

Twitter: Gabriella Coleman @BiellaColeman

McGill University: Gabriella Coleman


Resources by/about:


Coleman, Gabriella. "The Anthropology of Hackers." The Atlantic (September 21, 2010)

---. "Beacons of freedom: The changing face of Anonymous." Index on Censorship (December 3, 2012)

---. "Code is Speech: Legal Tinkering, Expertise, and Protest Among Free and Open Source Software Developers." Cultural Anthropology 24.3 (2009: 420-454)

---. "Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking." Law and Disorder Radio (February 18, 2013)

---. Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking. Princeton University Press, 2013.

---. "The ethics of digital direct action: Denial-of-service attacks and similar tactics are becoming more widely used as protest tools." Al Jazeera (September 1, 2011)

---. "Everything you know about Anonymous is wrong: Whether viewed as heroes or villains, much of what is stated about Anonymous is exaggeration." Al Jazeera (May 8, 2012)

---. "Geeks are the New Guardians of Our Civil Liberties." MIT Technology Review (February 4, 2013)

---. "Hacker Culture: A Response to Bruce Sterling on WikiLeaks" (December 23, 2010)

---. "Hackers for Right, We Are One Down." Huffington Post (January 14, 2013)

---. "On the Ethics of Free Software." Suprisingly Free." (January 8, 2013)

---. "On the World of Hackers." PBS (July 22, 2011)

---. "What It's Like to Participate in Anonymous' Actions." The Atlantic (December 10, 2010)

Coleman, Gabriella and Alex Golub. "Hacker practice: Moral genres and the cultural articulation of liberalism." Anthropology Today (2008)

Coleman, Gabriella, Peter Fein and X. "Hacktivism’s Global Reach, From Targeting Scientology to Backing WikiLeaks and the Arab Spring." Democracy Now (August 16, 2011)

Ekeland, Tor. "America Must End Its Paranoid War on Hackers." Wired (October 8, 2014)

Frediana, Carola. "Revealing Anonymous: An Interview With Gabriella Coleman." TechPresident (November 11, 2014)

Greenwald, Glenn. "How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations." Intercept (February 24, 2014)

Taylor, Astra. "By Any Memes Necessary." Bookforum (December 2014) ["An inside look at the hacking group Anonymous reveals a boisterous culture of dissent and debate."]

We Are Legion: The Story of Hacktivists (USA/UK: Brian Knappenberger, 2012: 93 mins)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Resources for November 24, 2015

Marcum, James A. "Thomas S. Kuhn (1922—1996)." Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (no date)

Ganz, Marshall. "Here’s how history is shaping the #studentblackout movement." The Conversation (November 23, 2015)

Civil Rights Movement Veterans (Website/Archive)

Andrews, Mallory. "Holy Motors: 'I miss the cameras.'” cléo 1.1 (April 1, 2013)

Jensen, Lindsay. “'It’s Biology': Zero Dark Thirty and the Politics of the Body." cléo 1.1 (April 1, 2013) 

Reardon, Kiva. "Haywire's Body Talk." cléo 1.1 (April 1, 2013)

Cook, Adam. "Seven Gestures, 2015: On the year’s most memorable single acts and expressions." Keyframe (November 21, 2015)

Martin, Adrian. "Five Varieties of Love Romance, and more, in the films of 2015." Keyframe (November 23, 2015)

Cooper, Julia. "Radical Intimacies: Harmony Korine’s Gummo and Spring Breakers." cléo 1.1 (April 1, 2013)







Boyle, Frankie. "On the fallout from Paris: ‘This is the worst time for society to go on psychopathic autopilot’"  The Guardian (November 23, 2015)

Reardon, Kiva. "Housekeeping and Other Feudalisms: An Interview with Athina Rachel Tsangari."  cléo 1.2 (July 25, 2013)

LeGuin, Ursula. The Dispossessed. (1974 novel available on Anarchist Library)

Dawson-Edwards, Cherie. "Disrupting Democracy: Felony Disenfranchisement Laws and the 'Smart on Crime' Era."  Uprooting Criminology (November 23, 2015)

Gilbert, Andrew. "Empty Hearths: Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights." cléo 1.2 (July 25, 2013)

Benson, Eric. "The Curious Cases of Pleading Guilty While Innocent." Take Part (November 20, 2015)





Holloway, Jonathan. "AFAM 162 - African American History: From Emancipation to the Present." Open Yale Courses (Spring 2010) ["The purpose of this course is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present. Prominent themes include the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction; African Americans’ urbanization experiences; the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath; and the thought and leadership of Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X."]

Friday, November 20, 2015

Resources for November 23, 2015

Greenwald, Glenn. "NYT Editorial Slams “Disgraceful” CIA Exploitation of Paris Attacks, But Submissive Media Role is Key." The Intercept (November 18, 2015)





Greenwald, Glenn. "CNN Punished Its Own Journalist for Fulfilling a Core Duty of Journalism." The Intercept (November 20, 2015)

Whitehouse, David. "The Origins of the Police." We are Many (June 28, 2012)




The Unloved - John Carter from Scout Tafoya on Vimeo.





Mudede, Charles. "The Devils and Angels of African Cinema." Keyframe (November 5, 2015)

Appen, Joe Von and Erik McClanahan. "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."]

López, Cristina Álvarez and Adrian Martin.  "Paratheatre: Plays Without Stages" Notebook (August 7, 2014)

Bochenek, Annette. "The Criterion Blogathon: The Freshman (1925)." Hometowns to Hollywood (November 16, 2015)

Appen, Joe von and Erik McClanahan. "Immersive Immersion." Adjust Your Tracking #117 (November 10, 2015)

Appen, Joe von and Erik McClanahan. "Over the Borderline." Adjust Your Tracking #118 (November 13, 2015) [" Joe and Erik talk about James White, the latest indie feature from the borderline films collective. We’ve championed this group in the past, responsible for previous AYT favorites Martha Marcy May MarleneSimon Killer and Southcliffe. It’s another small film that deserves a larger audience than the one it will get. Look out for it. Lastly, a chat about Joe’s latest pick for our favorite segment, HOLD UP: Pump Up the Volume."]

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Resources for November 18, 2015

Federici, Sylvia and John Taylor Gatto. "Witch Hunters and True Believers (Ideology and Social Control)." Unwelcome Guests #327 (October 9, 2006) ["We hear in the first hour from Silvia Federici how the original witch hunts were based in struggles about power, profit and hierarchy as capitalism came into being. We'll follow that with another reading from chapter 5 of John Taylor Gatto's Underground History of American Education, and its development by what he calls true believers as a method of social engineering modeled on European systems designed to preserve class stratification."]








Katz, Alyssa. "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce." Against the Grain (November 16, 2015) ["Lobbying group, aggressive litigator, political power broker, and media campaigner: the US Chamber of Commerce is all that and more. Yet its tremendous influence does not get the attention it merits, promoting corporate interests on behalf of anonymous donor companies. Journalist Alyssa Katz reflects on the immense power of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- how it came to be what it is today, who it represents, and the human costs of its influence. Alyssa Katz, The Influence Machine: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life Spiegel & Grau, 2015."]





Citizenfour (USA/Germany/UK: Laura Poitras, 2014: 114 mins) ["In January 2013, film-maker Laura Poitras received an encrypted e-mail from a stranger who called himself Citizen Four. In it, he offered her inside information about illegal wiretapping practices of the NSA and other intelligence agencies. Poitras had already been working for several years on a film about mass surveillance programs in the United States, and so in June 2013, she went to Hong Kong with her camera for the first meeting with the stranger, who identified himself as Edward Snowden. She was met there by investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian intelligence reporter Ewen MacAskill. Several other meetings followed. Citizenfour is based on the recordings from these meetings. What follows is the largest confirmations of mass surveillance using official documents themselves, the world has never seen…"]

"The Facts on Immigration Today." Center for American Progress (October 23, 2014)

Progressives for Immigration Reform Sourcewatch (Archive: last modified on September 13, 2010) ["PFIR has been called 'the latest front group of the anti-immigrant John Tanton Network. Before assuming her present assignment, [PFIR Executive Director Leah] Durant was a staff attorney for the Tanton Network’s Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). In 2007 FAIR was listed alongside klan and neo-Nazi organizations as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.'"]

"Astroturf." Sourcewatch (Last modified May 26, 2012) ["Astroturf refers to apparently grassroots-based citizen groups or coalitions that are primarily conceived, created and/or funded by corporations, industry trade associations, political interests or public relations firms."]

Front Groups Sourcewatch (Ongoing Archive) ["A front group is an organization that purports to represent one agenda while in reality it serves some other interest whose sponsorship is hidden or rarely mentioned -- typically, a corporate or government sponsor. The tobacco industry is notorious for using front groups to create confusion about the health risks associated with smoking, but other industries use similar tactics as well. The pharmaceutical and healthcare industries use front groups disguised as "patients rights" advocates to market their products and to lobby against government policies that might affect their profits. Food companies, corporate polluters, politicians -- anyone who has a message that they are trying to sell to a skeptical audience is tempted to set up a front group to deliver messages that they know the public will reject if the identity of the sponsor is known."]





Night of the Living Dead Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Alderman, Julie. "Governors Who Don't Want To Accept Syrian Refugees Are Recycling Debunked Right-Wing Media Myths." Media Matters (November 17, 2015)

Anderson, Melissa. "Watch and Learn: Out 1." Artforum (November 2, 2015)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Night of the Living Dead (USA: George Romero, 1968)




Night of the Living Dead (USA: George Romero, 1968: 96 mins)

Azevedo, Rafael Alves. "Fighting Two Wars: George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead as a Critique of 1960s American Society." Sequart (April 15, 2015)

Anderson, Jeffrey. "Night of the Living Dead (Again): A Halloween appreciation." Keyframe (October 27, 2015)

Bowen, Chuck. Fear Country: Night of the Living Dead speaks to a society that can’t process Black Lives Matter." Keyframe (October 1, 2016)

Bradley, S.A. "My Ride's Here: Remembering George A. Romero." Hellbent for Horror #48 (July 27, 2017)

Daniel, James Rushing. "'Another One for the Fire': George A. Romero on Race." The Los Angeles Review of Books (July 25, 2017)

Dotson, Jennifer Whitney. "Considering Blackness in George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead: An Historical Exploration." (M.A. Thesis for The Department of English at Louisiana State University, August 2006)

Ebert, Roger. "Night of the Living Dead Chicago Sun-Times (January 5, 1969)

Eggert, Brian. "Night of the Living Dead (1968)," Deep Focus (October 27, 2008)

Harper, Stephen. "Night of the Living Dead: Reappraising an Undead Classic." Bright Lights Film Journal (November 1, 2015)

Kane, Joe. "How Casting a Black Actor Changed Night of the Living Dead." The Wrap (August 31, 2010)

Night of the Living Dead 40th Anniversary." Pop Matters (Archive of Articles: October 30, 2008)

Salvatore, Greg. "Night of the Living Dead: Horror Movie as Social Commentary." Dreams of Literary Grandeur (October 30, 2011)

Seitz, MattZoller. "Zombie 101." Moving Image Source (October 28, 2009)

Subissati, Andrea and Alexandra West. "Undead Walking: Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985)." Faculty of Horror #54 (October 31, 2017)

Wagenheim, Christopher Paul. "From Night to Dawn: The Cultural Criticism of George A. Romero." Scholar Commons (Master of Arts thesis, Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida: October 2010)




















Monday, November 16, 2015

Resources for November 16, 2015

Nicholls, Tracey. "Frantz Fanon (1925—1961)." Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (No Date) ["Frantz Fanon was one of a few extraordinary thinkers supporting the decolonization struggles occurring after World War II, and he remains among the most widely read and influential of these voices. His brief life was notable both for his whole-hearted engagement in the independence struggle the Algerian people waged against France and for his astute, passionate analyses of the human impulse towards freedom in the colonial context. ... Tracing the development of his writings helps explain how and why he has become an inspirational figure firing the moral imagination of people who continue to work for social justice for the marginalized and the oppressed. Fanon’s first work Peau Noire, Masques Blancs (Black Skin, White Masks) was his first effort to articulate a radical anti-racist humanism that adhered neither to assimilation to a white-supremacist mainstream nor to reactionary philosophies of black superiority. While the attention to oppression of colonized peoples that was to dominate his later works was present in this first book, its call for a new understanding of humanity was undertaken from the subject-position of a relatively privileged Martinican citizen of France, in search of his own place in the world as a black man from the French Caribbean, living in France. His later works, notably L’An Cinq, de la Révolution Algérienne (A Dying Colonialism) and the much more well-known Les Damnés de la Terre (The Wretched of the Earth), go beyond a preoccupation with Europe’s pretensions to being a universal standard of culture and civilization, in order to take on the struggles and take up the consciousness of the colonized “natives” as they rise up and reclaim simultaneously their lands and their human dignity. It is Fanon’s expansive conception of humanity and his decision to craft the moral core of decolonization theory as a commitment to the individual human dignity of each member of populations typically dismissed as “the masses” that stands as his enduring legacy."]

Berger, Dan. "The Struggle Within." Stand Up Fight Back (December 17, 2014) ["We talk with Dan Berger, author of two new books. The primary focus of this show is "The Struggle Within: Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Mass Movements in the United States", from PM Press. It is a look back at political prisoners and state repression from the last fifty years. ... his other book is "Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era", from UNC Press, he looks at the organizing by imprisoned black activists within and around prisons and the ways in which that struggle influenced and impacted generations of activists later."]





Gourevitch, Philip. "The Paris Attacks: Aftermath and Prelude." The New Yorker (November 14, 2015)

Greenwald, Glenn. "Exploiting Emotions About Paris to Blame Snowden, Distract from Actual Culprits Who Empowered ISIS." The Intercept (November 15, 2015)

Tillman, Mary. "A Mother's Search for Truth." Word for Word (June 13, 2008) ["In 2004, NFL football star-turned-Army Ranger Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan. While the Pentagon initially said Pat Tillman died heroically in an enemy ambush, the military later disclosed what it knew all along: Pat Tillman was shot and killed by his fellow soldiers. Today, his mother Mary says she still doesn't have the full story of how her son died. She's written a new book about her search for answers, Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman ..."]

The Living Dead (BBC: Adam Curtis, 1995: three 60 minute episodes) ["The Living Dead: Three Films About the Power of the Past is a series of films that investigate the way that history and memory (both national and individual) have been manipulated and distorted by politicians and others for various means of control."]





Prashad, Vijay. "We are in Pitiless Times." Open Democracy (November 15, 2015) ["After Paris, macho language about “pitiless war” defines the contours of leadership. Little else is on offer. It is red meat to our emotions."]

Gosztola, Kevin. "60 Minutes Pushes National Security Propaganda to Cast Snowden, Manning as Traitors." Shadowproof ((November 9< 2015)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Resources for November 15, 2015

Ayoub, Joey. "The Streets of Paris are as Familiar to me as the Streets of Beirut." Global Voices (November 14, 2015)

James, Nick. "Code Unknown: Eurovisions." Current (November 12, 2015)

Abunimah, Ali. "Steven Salaita settles lawsuit with Univ. of Illinois." Electroic Intifada (November 12, 2015)

Gharib, Ali. "Center for American Progress Hosts Netanyahu as Leaked Emails Show Group Censored Staff on Israel." Democracy Now (November 12, 2015) ["The Center for American Progress, a leading progressive group with close ties to both President Obama and Hillary Clinton, held an event this week hosting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington. That decision reportedly prompted a revolt from some staffers angered that a liberal group would give Netanyahu a platform. In his opening remarks at the event, Netanyahu told attendees he wanted to speak to "a progressive audience." Netanyahu’s appearance came just days after a new controversy over the group’s alleged censoring of writers critical of Israel. Newly leaked emails from 2011 and 2012 published by The Intercept show CAP made key editorial decisions—including editing articles, silencing writers and backing off criticism—at the behest of influential groups who backed Israeli government policies. We speak to Ali Gharib, a contributor to The Nation magazine and a former staffer at the Center for American Progress. Gharib says one of his articles for the Center was censored."]

Brown, Eric. "Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Last revised August 31, 2009)

Human Resources: Social Engineering in the 20th Century (Metanoia Films: Scott Noble, 2010: 119 mins) ["Human Resources is a documentary about Social Control, examining the history, the philosophy and ultimately the pathology of elite power."]

Hannah Arendt (Germany/Luxemborg/France: Margarethe von Trotta, 2012: 113 mins) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)


Young, Bradford. "The Philosophy of Cinematography." The Film Stage (November 5, 2015) [Cinematographer for the films Selma (2014); A Most Violent Year (2014); A Pawn Sacrifice; Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013); Vara a Blessing (2013); Middle of Nowhere (2012); Pariah (2011)]

Tafoya, Scout. "The 20 Greatest Films Directed by Women." Keyframe (November 13, 2015)

Ness, Immanuel. "New Forms of Worker Organization." Stand Up Fight Back (December 1, 2014) ["We speak with Immanuel Ness, editor of "New Forms of Worker Organization: The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class Struggle Unionism." We talk about broad working class movements and specific sites of organizing and conflict across the world. Manny's book is published by PM Press. ... We talk about the huge waves of organizing in China, about the strategies miners in South Africa used to organize massive waves of strikes, and how cleaners and fast food workers in the UK and the US came together for more."]


The Unloved - Alien³ from Scout Tafoya on Vimeo.


Friday, November 13, 2015

Italian Turkey Macaroni Soup

2 tablespoon Olive Oil
2 large carrots, diced
1/2 an onion, diced (I would usually use a whole onion, but I was being sensitive to others that are not fond of onions)
1/2 cup Woodbridge Chardonnay (reserve the rest of the bottle for drinks ;)
8 cups water
2 cups of free range/organic chicken stock
1 pound of free range/organic ground turkey (you could also use leftover oven roasted turkey or cubed turkey breasts)
1/2 cup os Basil Pesto (I used Kirkland's)
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 can Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (I used one this time, I think I would use two the next time)
1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped (I used more than that because I have a huge plant and like rosemary)
3 tablespoons thyme
2 cups of macaroni (optional, traditionally not a part of the recipe, but the person I was making for wanted it added. I just grabbed some elbow macaroni that was in the cupboard)
1/4 tablespoon salt & cracked pepper, to taste (I forgot this and it tasted fine)
Grated Parmesan cheese over the warm soup in individual bowls
Crusty bread or good whole grain crackers to accompany the soup

Preparation
Serves six to eight

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook the turkey until the very last glimmer of pink is left and take it out and set aside, leaving some drippings in the Dutch oven. Add 1 tablespoon of oil, the carrots and onion, sauté until vegetables are tender about 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat and add Chardonnay, stir to break up any browned bits from the bottom. Add water, chicken stock, and stir. Add turkey, basil pesto, tomatoes, beans, and herbs, stir to mix thoroughly. Add macaroni. Lower heat and cover, simmer for 30-45 minutes. Season soup with salt and pepper. Serve warm with parmesan cheese and a toasted baguette/crackers.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Resources for November 12, 2015

Psywar (Canada: Scott Noble, 2010: 99 mins) ["Psywar explores the history and evolution of propaganda along with the rise of ‘public relations’ with an emphasis on the relationship between war, propaganda and privilege… Contains interviews with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Peter Phillips, John Stauber, Christopher Simpson."]


WHITE RABBIT Trailer from Boxcar Pictures on Vimeo.







Starr, Terrell Jermaine. "There’s a good reason protesters at the University of Missouri didn’t want the media around." The Washington Post (November 11, 2015) ["Students wanted to create a safe space from not only the racism they encounter on campus, but the insensitivity they encounter in the news media."]





Killing Us Softly, 4 (USA: Sut Jhally and Jean Kilbourne, 2010: 45 mins) ["Author and activist Jean Kilbourne analyses the depiction of women in advertising and media by decoding a large array of print and television ads. What is revealed is a torrent of stereotypes; sexist and misogynistic images and messages; laying bare a world of frighteningly thin women in positions of subservience; collectively, the restrictive code of femininity that works to undermine girls and women in the real world. By examining these messages, Killing Us Softly asks us to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, violence against women, popular culture, and contemporary politics."]

Merchants of Cool (PBS: Barak Goodman and Douglas Rushkoff, 2001: 55 mins) ["They spend their days sifting through reams of market research data. They conduct endless surveys and focus groups. They comb the streets, the schools and the malls, hot on the trail of the “next big thing” that will snare the attention of their prey — a market segment worth an estimated $150 billion a year. They are the merchants of cool: creators and sellers of ‘popular culture’ who have made teenagers the hottest consumer demographic…"]

The Persuaders (PBS: Rachel Dretzin, Barak Goodman and Douglas Rushkoff, 2004: 90 mins) ["Each year, legions of ad people, copywriters, market researchers, pollsters, consultants, and even linguists (most of whom work for one of six giant companies) spend billions of dollars and millions of hours trying to determine how to persuade consumers what to buy, whom to trust, and what to think. Increasingly, these techniques are migrating to the high-stakes arena of politics, shaping policy and influencing how Americans choose their leaders. In The Persuaders, Douglas Rushkoff explores how the cultures of marketing and advertising have come to influence not only what Americans buy, but also how they view themselves and the world around them. The Persuaders draws on a range of experts and observers of the advertising/marketing world, to examine how, in the words of one on-camera commentator, “the principal of democracy yields to the practice of demography,” as highly customised messages are delivered to a smaller segment of the market…"]





Lopez, Ashley. "Kentucky’s Incarceration Rate Ranks 7th in the World." WFPL (November 12, 2015)



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Polytechnique (Canada: Denis Villeneuve, 2009)




Polytechnique (Canada: Denis Villeneuve, 2009: 77 mins)


Bailey, Patricia. "Reliving the tragedy: Director Denis Villeneuve discusses his film about the Montreal Massacre." CBC News (February 4, 2009)

Gonzalez, Ed. Polytechnique Slant (June 26, 2011)

Jacobs, Derek. "Denis Villeneuve Week – Day 2: “Polytechnique” (Canada, 2009)." Plot and Theme (September 29, 2015)

Kelley, Brendan. "Polytechnique: Open to Debate." Montreal Gazzette (January 30, 2009)

Kizirian, Shari. "The Rage in Our Machine." Keyframe (August 7, 2015) ["Denis Villeneuve’s POLYTECHNIQUE ponders the missing piece."]

Lee, Kevin B. "The Tragic Timing of Denis Villeneuve." Keyframe (August 9, 2015) ["How cinema is given meaning and feeling through the sculpting of time."]

Villeneuve, Denis. "It’s hardly hyperbole at this point to crown Denis Villeneuve as one of the most astonishing and consistently energizing talents to come out of this country." Toronto Film Critics Association (January 19, 2015)




















Resources for November 11, 2015

Fanning, Rory. "Why doesn't the US observe Armistice Day? We're more comfortable with war than peace." The Guardian (November 11, 2015) ["I get angry and frustrated with each Veterans Day because it’s less about celebrating veterans than easing the guilty conscience of warmongers."]



Keyframe: War Movies for People Who Don't Like War Movies from Fandor Keyframe on Vimeo.



"Top Hundred Films of the Decade [2000s]." The Film Stage (December 31, 2009)

"Jessica Chastain Discusses Her Acting Process In Recent One-Hour Conversation." The Film Stage (March 24, 2015)

The Virtual Revolution (BBC: Aleks Krotoski, 2010: four 60 mins episodes) ["20 years on from the invention of the World Wide Web, The Virtual Revolution explores how the Internet is reshaping almost every aspect of our lives. But what is really going on behind this reshaping? The founding father of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee, believed his invention would remain an open frontier that nobody could own, and that it would take power from the few and give it to the many. So how do these utopian claims stand today? Have the possibilities of the technology been constrained purposefully by corporations and distorted by government?"]

Crawford, Travis. "Release Me: A Blast." Keyframe (November 9, 2015) ["A BLAST feels like A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE as reinterpreted by early Nicolas Roeg."]





Seitz, Matt Zoller. "Sembene!." Roger Ebert (November 6, 2015)





Pilkington, Ed. "Thirty years in jail for a single hair: the FBI's 'mass disaster' of false conviction." The Guardian (April 21, 2015) ["A ‘dirty bomb’ of pseudo-science wrapped up nearly 268 cases – perhaps hundreds more. Now begins the ‘herculean effort to right the wrongs’"]

McLeod. "The Abels Raise Cain - An excerpt from Kembrew McLeod's PRANKSTERS." Boing Boing (April 2, 2014)

Shonekan, Stephanie and Danielle Walker. "Black Student Revolt Against Racism Ousts 2 Top Officials at University of Missouri." Democracy Now (November 10, 2015)

Weisenberg, Sam. "At Five Hours, Wim Wenders Until the End of the World is a Dream Odyssey." Village Voice (September 3, 2015)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Persian Pomegranate Braised Chicken

Modified from Julie Sahni's Savoring Spices and Herbs (1996)


1 Large Chicken

Salt and Pepper

1 cup of chopped walnuts

6 pitted dates

2 cups of pomegranate juice

1 tablespoon of Hungarian or smoked paprika

3 tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil

2 cups finely chopped onions

Juice of a lemon

optional -- 1 cup of pemgranate seeds


1) Remove major parts of skin. Cut the chicken into 4 or 6 parts. Sprinkle with pepper and salt. Set aside.

2) Walnuts/dates and 1/2 cup of pomegranate juice in food processor and puree. Transfer to bowl and add rest of pomegranate juice and paprika. Set aside.

3) Heat 1 tablespoon of oil on high heat in large nonstick pan or dutch oven. Add chicken and sear, turning frequently to get all sides, for 3-4 minutes. Remove and set aside. Add remaining oil and onions to the pan. Let onions sit without moving for 2 mins, then cook for another 8 mins, stirring frequently, till they are browned. Return chicken to the pan, add pomegranate mixture and bring to a light boil.

Cook covered on medium-low heat for 15 mins. Uncover and cook for another five mins, basting or turning the chicken. Taste the sauce (careful of heat) and adjust as desired. Arrange chicken on plates, sprinkle with lemon juice and pomegranate seeds (if using). Serve immediately.


I made a parsley rice to accompany the dish and paired it with an Apothic red blend

Resources for November 8, 2015

McAuliffe, Colm. "The death of cinema in Congo: How churches killed off cowboy films." The Guardian (November 6, 2015)





Dannin, Ellen. "Suffragettes No More - The Long Struggle for Women's Equality." Truth-Out (March 30, 2014)

"Forrest Pritchard, Jim Naureckas." Ralph Nader Hour (October 24, 2015) ["Ralph talks to Forrest Pritchard about how he saved his family farm, and we also critique the corporate media with Jim Naureckas of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting."]

"Working Class Cinema: Video Guide." libcom (October 23, 2013)

Koehler, Robert. "Salvo." Film Comment (May 16, 2013)








Lim, Dennis. "An Elusive All-Day Film and the Bug-Eyed Few Who Have Seen It." The New York Times (June 4, 2006)

Tracy, James. "Dispatches Against Displacement." Stand Up Fight Back (November 5, 2014) ["A housing activist in the Bay Area since before Google existed, Tracy excavates that history, exploring the battle for urban space—public housing residents fighting austerity, militant housing takeovers, the vagaries of federal and state housing policy, as well as showdowns against gentrification in the Mission District. From these experiences, Dispatches Against Displacement draws out a vision of what alternative urbanism might look like if our cities were developed by and for the people who bring them to life and keep them running."]

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Resources for November 5, 2015

Hersh, Seymour. "Seymour Hersh Details Explosive Story on Bin Laden Killing & Responds to White House, Media Backlash." Democracy Now (May 12, 2015) ["Four years after U.S. forces assassinated Osama bin Laden, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh has published an explosive piece claiming much of what the Obama administration said about the attack was wrong. Hersh claims at the time of the U.S. raid bin Laden had been held as a prisoner by Pakistani intelligence since 2006. Top Pakistani military leaders knew about the operation and provided key assistance. Contrary to U.S. claims that it located bin Laden by tracking his courier, a former Pakistani intelligence officer identified bin Laden’s whereabouts in return for the bulk of a $25 million U.S. bounty. Questions are also raised about whether bin Laden was actually buried at sea, as the U.S. claimed. Hersh says instead the Navy SEALs threw parts of bin Laden’s body into the Hindu Kush mountains from their helicopter. The White House claims the piece is 'riddled with inaccuracies.' Hersh joins us to lay out his findings and respond to criticism from government officials and media colleagues."]

Mortensen, Viggo. "'You Have to Speak Up': Viggo Mortensen Defends Quentin Tarantino's Criticism of Police Killings." Democracy Now (November 5, 2015) ["Award-winning film director Quentin Tarantino is refusing to back down from his criticism of police brutality, even as police unions have launched a campaign to boycott his films. Tarantino sparked controversy after he called fatal police shootings "murders" during the Rise Up October rally against police brutality in New York City on October 24. Tarantino’s comments have come under intense criticism, with several major police unions calling for a boycott of his films. "[Tarantino] clearly saw what anybody with eyes on their head could see," says Academy Award-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen. "What’s troubling is the tacit condoning of these abuses of power by certain police officers by their bosses, by people who should know better." Mortensen also looks back on his own brush with a right-wing political backlash, after he famously wore a T-shirt on the PBS show Charlie Rose that said "No more blood for oil.""]

Singer, Olivia. "Lessons We Can Learn From The Rocky Horror Picture Show." AnOther (October 30, 2015)

Cwik, Gregory. "Cabin in the Woods: Slasher-Films, and Meta-Horror." Acidemic 8.1 (2012)

Hodges, Andrew. "The Life of Alan Turing." Radio West (January 21, 2015) ["... we're talking about mathematician and computer pioneer Alan Turing. Our guest is biographer Andrew Hodges, whose book inspired the Academy Award-nominated film "The Imitation Game." Turing's code-breaking during World War II was a key to saving the Allies from the Nazis. But, he had a secret of his own, and was eventually arrested and persecuted for being gay. We'll talk to Hodges about Turing's extraordinary mind, his service and the life he couldn't live."]

Rich, Nathaniel. "The Passion of Pasolini." The New York Review of Books (September 27, 2007)

Dosa, Sara. "First Thoughts on The Last Season." Keyframe (November 3, 2015) [‘I have found that the process of non-fiction filmmaking is not unlike mushroom hunting.’]

"Salt of the Earth libcom (March 28, 2014) ["This drama film is one of the first pictures to advance the feminist social and political point of view. Its plot centres on a long and difficult strike, based on the 1951 strike against the Empire Zinc Company in Grant County, New Mexico. In the film, the company is identified as "Delaware Zinc," and the setting is "Zinctown, New Mexico." The film shows how the miners, the company, and the police react during the strike. In neorealist style, the producers and director used actual miners and their families as actors in the film."]

Iannone, Pasquale. "Five Ways to Know a Pasolini Film." BFI (November 3, 2015)





Jennings, Tom. "David Lynch, Contemporary Cinema and Social Class (2000)." libcom (March 7, 2008)

Monday, November 2, 2015

Resources for November 3, 2015










Klinger, Gabe. "What is Boyhood?" Cinema-Scope #58 (2014)

Jupiter Ascending (USA: Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 2015: 127 mins) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Elsaesser, Thomas. "The Persistence of Persona." Current (March 27, 2014)

Lindbergs, Kimberly. "The Nightmarish of Maya Deren." Movie Morlocks (March 27, 2014)





Fragoso, Sam. "God’s Not Dead Review: Perhaps, But Logic May Be." Film School Rejects (March 29, 2014)


A Tribute to the 80s from Ian Edgar on Vimeo.




Newman, Nick. "On the Anniversary of His Death, Watch Documentaries About and By Pier Paolo Pasolini." The Film Stage (November 2, 2015)

Lim, Dennis. "David Lynch's Elusive Language." The New Yorker (October 28, 2015)

Scott, Margaret. "The Indonesian Massacre: What Did the US Know?" The New York Review of Books (November 2, 2015)

McNeill, Lynne and Jesse Walker. "The Devil and Rock Music." Radio West (January 20, 2015) ["In the 60s, 70s, and 80s, there were a lot of rumors about the dangers of rock music. If you played The White Album backwards, was John Lennon really saying "turn me on dead man"? Did Led Zeppelin have hidden messages in Stairway to Heaven? Ministers preached and albums were burned to protect against communism, secret societies, and the occult. ... we're talking with folklorist Lynne McNeill and journalist Jesse Walker about the era of backmasking paranoia and asking what it reveals about our fears."]

Jupiter Ascending (USA: Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 2015)




Jupiter Ascending (USA: Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 2015: 127 mins)

Anders, Charlie Jane. "Jupiter Ascending's Spaceship Designs Are Even Cooler Than You Knew." io9 (February 6, 2015)

Asher-Perrin, Emily. "Jupiter Ascending is A Chilling Look at Our Possible Future, in More Ways Than One." Tor (July 5, 2016)

Benton, Michael Dean. "The Anti-50 Shades of Grey: The Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending." Letterboxd (February 7, 2015)

Rosen, Christopher. "Oh, No, I Really Liked Jupiter Ascending." Huffington Post (February 7, 2015)








Resources for November 2, 2015

"Memories of Mulholland." Current (October 19, 2015) ["Fourteen years ago today, David Lynch’s haunting masterpiece Mulholland Dr. opened in theaters across the United States. Take a look back at critics’ initial reactions to Lynch’s mystifying “love story in the city of dreams.”]

Allaire, Jeremy, et al. "The Meaning of Money." Open Source (March 24, 2015)

Rodley, Chris. "Lynch on Mulholland Dr." Current (October 30, 2015)

Swarns, Rachel L. "Biased Lending Evolves, and Blacks Face Trouble Getting Mortgages." The New York Times (October 31, 2015)

Gruber, Christiane and Muhammed S. Mehtar. "Picturing Muhammad." Radio West (January 19, 2015) ["... we're asking what Islam really says about images of the Prophet Muhammad. Of course, this is more than a theological exercise given the terrorist attack earlier ... on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Art historian Christiane Gruber says an outright ban is really a modern notion and joins us to discuss how Islamic law has been interpreted throughout time and by various communities. We'll then talk with Salt Lake Imam Muhammed S. Mehtar to understand what the ban means to the faithful."]

Theroux, Justin. "On the Magical Mysteries of David Lynch." The Current (October 29, 2015)

Hedges, Chris. "Sheldon Wolin and Inverted Totalitarianism." Truthdig (November 1, 2015)

Popova, Maria. "Intuition Pumps: Daniel Dennett on the Dignity and Art-Science of Making Mistakes." Brain Pickings (May 29, 2013)

Bennis, Phyllis. "The Endless War Grows: Obama Sends U.S. Forces to Syria, Reversing Pledge of No Boots on the Ground." Democracy Now (November 2, 2015) ["The White House has announced a team of special operations forces numbering less than 50 will be sent to Syria. This marks the first sustained U.S. troop presence in Syria since President Obama launched a bombing campaign against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in September 2014. It’s also a reversal of Obama’s repeated promise of no U.S. boots on the ground in Syria, a pledge he also violated in Iraq. One day after the announcement, the United Nations and International Committee of the Red Cross made what they called an "unprecedented joint warning" for states to end wars, respect international law and aid the 60 million refugees made homeless from recent conflicts. We are joined by Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies, author of several books, including "Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror.""]

Ebiri, Bilge. "Why David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive Is a Great Horror Film." (October 23, 2014)