Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Hateful Eight (USA: Quentin Tarantino, 2015)




The Hateful Eight (USA: Quentin Tarantino, 2015: 168 mins)

Adams, Sam. "Fear of a Black Dingus: Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight." IndieWire (January 6, 2016)

Amos, Steve, James Hancock, and Skye Wingfield. "25 Years of Quentin Tarantino." Wrong Reel #320 (September 2017)

Bogart, Laura. "Hipster Misogyny: The Betrayal of The Hateful Eight." Balder & Dash (January 18, 2016)

Brody, Richard. “The Hateful Eight: Quentin Tarantino’s Playfully Adolescent Filmmaking." The New Yorker (January 1, 2016)

Christley, Jaime N. "The Hateful Eight." Slant (December 15, 2015)

Cook, Adam. "How Quentin Tarantino Took Inspiration From The Great Silence." Little White Lies (Posted on Youtube: January 26, 2016)

Debruge, Peter. "The Hateful Eight." Variety (December 15, 2015)

Graham, Bill, et al. "The Hateful Eight." The Film Stage (January 4, 2016)

Grierson, Tim. "The Hateful Eight." Screen Daily (December 15, 2015)

The Hateful Eight Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Hemphill, Jim. "'Looking for False Performance Beats': Editor Fred Raskin on The Hateful Eight."  Filmmaker (December 28, 2015)

Lee, Hiram. "Racism and Revenge: Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight." World Socialist Web Site (January 7, 2016)

Lee, Kevin B. "The Tarantino Death Toll: What’s behind Quentin Tarantino’s obsession with killing?" Keyframe (December 16, 2015)

---. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Cinematography." Keyframe (February 3, 2016)

---. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Supporting Actress." Keyframe (January 28, 2016)

Orr, Christopher. "Tarantino Falls Into a Rut." The Atlantic (January 5, 2016)

Plante, Chris. "The Hateful Eight is a play, and a miserable one at that." The Verge (December 31, 2015)

Scott, A.O. "Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Blends Verbiage and Violence." The New York Times (December 24, 2015)

Shawhan, Jason. "Racists, liberals, Confederate apologists — Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight declares war upon you all." Nashville Scene (December 23, 2015)

Sims, David. "The Hateful Eight is a Gory Epic in Search of Meaning." The Atlantic (December 25, 2015)

Stevens, Dana. "The Hateful Eight: Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film is bold, gorgeous, verbally clever, and possibly evil." Slant (December 23, 2015)

Valentine, J.D., et al. "The Hateful Eight, Top 3 Scenes of 2015." InSession Film (January 5, 2016)


























Saturday, May 28, 2016

A reply to Justine Smith's post "Why Criticism: When Podcasts Reign and 5 Essentials" at Vague Visages

A reply to Justine Smith's post "Why Criticism: When Podcasts Reign and 5 Essentials" at Vague Visages (problems posting with Wordpress, so I will post it here for now)

Cinephiliacs is easily an essential podcast as it is documenting the careers/histories of today's film thinkers/critics and You Must Remember This is a great exploration of classic Hollywood's history.  My first listen to Yo, Adrian got stuck on an absurd rant about Woody Allen, but the details on their posts for their podcast convinced me that it is worth revisiting.  My first listen to Black Men Can't Jump in Hollywood was the Jungle Book episode and I was unimpressed, I'll try the Don Cheadle episode.  Mousterpiece Theater ... do we need a publicity machine for Disney films?

Of course we all have our likes/interests, but it would seem an essential list would have included the incredible work being done by Mike White and collaborators with The Projection Booth podcast.  

In the spirit of sharing, here are some regular podcasts I listen to on my daily walks:

Adjust Your Tracking; The Canon; Cinema Gadfly; The Cinematologists; Cinephilia Anonymous; Criterion Cast; Criterion Close-Up; The Eclipse Viewer; Film School; Filmspotting; Filmwax Radio; The Final Cut; Flix Wise; Hello Cinema; Illusion Travels by Streetcar; InSession Film; I Was There Too, Masters of Cinema Cast; The Next Picture Show; No Film School; On Film; Outside the Cinema; The Playlist; Pop Culture Case Study; Scriptnotes; The Treatment; Wrong Reel

Once again, I'm not complaining, I appreciate the efforts of these podcasts and want to make sure they get the attention they deserve.  I look forward to your future posts on this subject.

List of links for recommended podcasts

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Big Short (USA: Adam McKay, 2015)




The Big Short (USA: Adam McKay, 2015: 130 mins)

Bordwell, David. "Pick Your Protagonists." Observations on Film Art (January 9, 2016)

Bramesco, Charles. "The viewer is the only character that matters in The Big Short." A.V. Club (February 17, 2016)

Collins, Robbie. "The Big Short review: 'a comedy to make your blood boil.'" The Telegraph (January 21, 2016)

Inside Job (USA: Charles Ferguson, 2010: 105 mins) [Entire documentary available online: "'Inside Job' provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. It was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China."]

Kempenaar, Adam and Josh Larson. "The Big Short / Top 5 Discoveries of 2015 / Chi-Raq." Filmspotting #566 (December 11, 2015)

Lee, Kevin B. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Director." Keyframe (February 4, 2016)

---. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Picture." Keyframe (February 8, 2016)

---. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Supporting Actor." Keyframe (January 26, 2016)

Lewis, Michael. "Even Michael Lewis Was Surprised Hollywood Bet on The Big Short." Vanity Fair (January 2016)

Menne, Jeff. "Post Fergusson Hollywood." Jump Cut #57 (Fall 2016)

Pepe, Michael. "Eating, sleeping and watching movies in the shadow of what they do: Representing capitalism in post 2008 popular films." Jump Cut #57 (Fall 2016)

Randolph, Charles and Adam McKay. "The Big Short: Screenplay." (May 11, 2015)

Rickey, Carrie. "‘The Big Short’ Film Review: A Morality Play Dressed Up as Modern Farce." TruthDig (December 10, 2015)























Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Spotlight (USA: Tom McCarthy, 2015)




Spotlight (USA: Tom McCarthy, 2015: 128 mins)

"All The President's Men / Spotlight (Pt. 1)." and "All The President's Men / Spotlight (Pt. 2)." The Next Picture Show #1/2 (11/10/2015 and 11/12/2015)

Blyth, Antonia. "Spotlight's Tom McCarthy: 'I Passed The First Time.'" Deadline (February 6, 2016)

Bordwell, David. "Pick Your Protagonists." Observations on Film Art (January 9, 2016)

Hamilton, James T. "The Economics of Investigative Journalism." The Source (October 26, 2016)  ["In journalism, there are five W's: who, what, when, where and the most important - who is paying for this? How does the market transform muckraking information into a sustainable news product? What happens when editors and publishers don't see the economic value of the big scoop?"]

Keaton, Michael, et al.  "Spotlight." Charlie Rose (November 1, 2015)

Latham, Brandon. "'It Takes a Village': How Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer Created Spotlight." Amlit (2016)

Lee, Kevin B. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Supporting Actor." Keyframe (January 26, 2016)

---. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Supporting Actress." Keyframe (January 28, 2016)

McFarland, K.M. "Spotlight Isn't a Thriller. But It Gets the Facts Right." Wired (November 18, 2015)

Metz, Walter. "'Individual, institution, ideology' – an essay on Spotlight." Gateway Journalism Review (February 24, 2016)

Pfeiffer, Sacha and Walter Robinson. "Spotlight on Spotlight." On the Media (February 24, 2016)

Sims, David. "Spotlight: A Sober Tale of Journalism Done Right." The Atlantic (November 6, 2015)

Spotlight  Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Yuan, Jada. "David Simon On the Drama of Journalism." Vulture (December 4, 2015)





























Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Making a Murderer (Netflix: 10 episodes, 2015)




Making a Murderer (Netflix: 10 episodes, 2015: 60 mins each)

Border, Lisa. "Making a Murderer and 'Bad Families.'" The Rumpus (January 16, 2016)

Caldwell, Elizabeth. "Making a Murderer Sets a High Bar For True Crime Documentary." Pop Matters (January 5, 2016)

Davey, Monica. "Questioning the Evidence in the ‘Making a Murderer’ Case." The New York Times (January 29, 2016)

Fisher, Daniel Clarkson. "Making a True Crime Documentary, Part 1." (Posted on Vimeo: April 2016)

---. "Making a True Crime Documentary, Part II." (Posted on Vimeo: April 2016)

Moore, Lorrie. "Making a Murderer: The Shame of Wisconsin." The New York Review of Books (February 25, 2016)

Neyfakh, Leon. "What It Feels Like to Send an Innocent Person to Prison for 18 Years." Slate (January 5, 2016)

"Over 10 Years, Two Filmmakers Documented The 'Making' Of A Murderer." NPR (January 5, 2016)

Piwowarski, Allison. "How Many Wrongful Convictions Has Kathleen Zellner Overturned? Steven Avery's Lawyer Is Well-Prepared." Bustle (January 28, 2016)

Scheuerman, Heather. "Analyzing an Anomaly: Steven Avery and American Miscarriages of Justice." Uprooting Criminology (February 11, 2016)

Schultz, Kathryn. "Dead Certainty." The New Yorker (January 25, 2016)

Thompson, Christie. "Penny Beerntsen, the Rape Victim in Making A Murderer, Speaks Out." The Marshall Project (January 5, 2016)











Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Heading South (France: Laurent Cantet, 2005)




Heading South (France: Laurent Cantet, 2005: 108 mins)

Bradshaw, Peter. "Heading South."  The Guardian (July 6, 2006)

"Heading South." Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Holden, Stephen. "Laurent Cantet's Heading South Shows the Ache of Blinding Lust in a Sexual Paradise Lost." The New York Times (July 7, 2006)

Livingston, Jessica. "Global capital’s false choices in the films of Laurent Cantet." Jump Cut #53 (Summer 2012)

Mudede, Charles. "Charlotte Rampling and the Politics of Acting: Reflections on the Rampling Oscar controversy. Keyframe (Jabuary 27, 2016)

Papayanis, Marilyn Adler. "Sex on the Beach: The Yin Yang of Female Sex Tourism in Two Films." Bright Lights Film Journal #78 (November 2012)

Schager, Nick. "Heading South." Slant (June 12, 2006)

Thompson, N.P. "Sun and Sand and Stud Service: Laurent Cantet’s Heading South." Slant (June 20, 2006)

Zaller, Robert. "Laurent Cantet's Heading South." Broad Street Review (August 24, 2006)





Sunday, May 1, 2016

Tangerine (USA: Scott Baker, 2015)




Tangerine (USA: Scott Baker, 2015: 88 mins)

Dargis, Manohla. "Tangerine, a Madcap Buddy Picture About Transgender Prostitutes." The New York Times (July 9, 2015)

Frezza, L.J. "The Radical Beauty of Tangerine: High style on a low budget both defines this film and describes what it’s about." Keyframe (June 14, 2016)

Ginelle, Leila. "A Case Study in Transmisogyny: Film Reviews of Tangerine." PQ Portland (July 13, 2015)

Malin, Sean L. "In Conversation With: Sean Baker." Cinemalin (November 30, 2015)

Renee, V. "How Sean Baker's Tangerine Shines a Light on Hollywood's Diversity Problems." No Film School (February 27, 2016)

Seitz, Matt Zoller. "Tangerine."Roger Ebert (July 10, 2015)

Sneider, Jeff. "‘Tangerine’ Director on Why the Movie’s Transgender Stars Deserve Recognition." The Wrap (December 22, 2015)

Tangerine  Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Turner, Kyle. "Sean Baker on Bringing Comedy to Tangerine, Identity, the American Dream, and More." The Film Stage (November 12, 2015)

"Video Evidence: #OscarsSoWhite." Keyframe (February 12, 2016)

Wong, Carmen. "Breaking Down the Kaleidoscope: ​Tangerine [2015] - Video Essay." (Posted on Youtube: November 16, 2015)


















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