Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pink Flamingos (USA: John Waters, 1972)




Pink Flamingos (USA: John Waters, 1972: 93 mins)

Bradley, S.A. "Gag Reflex: The Cinema Crimes of John Waters." Hellbent for Horror #37 (April 7, 2017)

Cunningham, Daniel Mudie. "Great Directors: John Waters." Senses of Cinema (October 2003)

"Divine Trash (John Waters Special)." Naked Lunch #1 (December 7, 2008)

Ebert, Roger. "Pink Flamingos." Chicago Sun-Times (April 11, 1997)

Hunt, Drew. "John Waters' Five Best Films." Chicago Reader (May 10, 2015)

"John Waters." Close Up #5 (November 2014) ["On the occasion of our comprehensive John Waters retrospective in September, Eugene Hernandez sat down with the director at his New York apartment to talk about his career and influences. For this episode, we're happy to present that conversation as well as one between film critic J. Hoberman and the director after a screening of his 1974 film, 'Female Trouble.'"]

Kinsella, Eileen. "John Waters Says "Celebrity Is the Only Obscenity Left in the Art World."  Artnet News (January 6, 2015)

Morris, Gary. "Primal Gross-out: Pink Flamingos Restored." Bright Lights Film Journal (December 1, 1998)

Pinkerton, Nick. "Water's World." Art Forum (September 5, 2014)

Schway, Jeffrey and Mink Stole. "I Am Divine." The Production Booth #125 (July 30, 2013) ["Before Lady Gaga or Madonna, Divine broke the rules and pushed boundaries. Bursting onto the scene with John Waters's Pink Flamingos, Divine had a rich career with and without his fellow "Dreamlanders." Director Jeffrey Schwarz explores Divine's life in the new feature documentary, I Am Divine, a remarkable look at an icon. We also chat with Dreamland cast member Mink Stole about Divine and her new CD, Do Re Mink."]

Waters, John. "John Waters is On the Phone." Film Comment Podcast (April 28, 2017) ["On the occasion of Criterion Collection’s home video release of Multiple Maniacs and the publication of the filmmaker’s new book Make Trouble, Violet Lucca chats with John Waters—director, writer, artist, sometime actor (most recently of FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan), and Christmas card sender extraordinaire. Waters talks about the freedom of writing across multiple media, film critic Parker Tyler, his early days abusing zoom lenses and getting arrested for Mondo Trasho, and how his bad taste movement has been folded into the mainstream, from reality television to raunchy Hollywood comedies to the current occupant of the White House."]























Monday, March 28, 2016

Lolita (United Kingdom/USA: Stanley Kubrick, 1962)




Lolita (United Kingdom/USA: Stanley Kubrick, 1962: 152 mins)

Beyl, Cameron. "The Directors Series: Stanley Kubrick, Pts. 1-5." The Film Stage (February 11, 2015)

Dirks, Tim. "Lolita (1962)." The Film Site (ND)

Greenleaf, Monika. "Vladmir Nabokov and His Novel Lolita." Entitled Opinions (December 13, 2005)

Kuerstein, Erich. "All Tomorrow's Playground Narratives: Stanley Kubrick's Lolita." Bright Lights Film Journal #65 (August 2009)

---. "Quilty Makes This World: 12 Tricksters (CinemArchetype #1)." Acidemic (January 23, 2012)

Lolita  Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Mitchner, Stuart. "Revisiting Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita” at 50: “You Gasp as You Laugh.”" Town Topics (September 5, 2012)

Nelson, Thomas Allen. "Kubrick in Nabokovland." (Posted on The Kubrick Site: 2000)

Plevíková, Ivana. "Lolita: A Comparative Analysis of Vladimir Nabokov's Novel and Stanley Kubrick's Adaptation." (Bachelor's Diploma Thesis: Masaryk University Faculty of Arts Department of English and American Studies - English Language and Literature, 2014)

Stam, Robert. "Lolita and Reflexivity." (Posted on The Kubrick Site: 1992)

Uhlich, Keith. "Great Directors: Stanley Kubrick." Senses of Cinema (May 2002)

Winkelman, Natalia. "How Can We Ever Make a Film About Nymphets?" Another Gaze (December 14, 2017)


















Dialogic Cinephilia Theory: Film Studies Resources for ENG 281/282

(Resources for teaching/thinking/writing/creating with The New Cinephilia, "Changing Education Paradigms" and Keywords in Subversive Film/Media Aesthetics - hoping to develop a critical understanding of visual/media culture and to explore unique representations/narratives/critiques.)

Ethics and politics look at both how we should regard and accommodate each other and what kind of things make it possible to, for example, treat each other with respect and what kinds of things don't. That I might view you as "weird" or even "inhuman" (politics) may very much dictate how I then treat you (ethics). When we examine more closely how we think about the world, it turns out that ethics and politics are inseparable. (21) -- Veronique Pin-Fat "How Do We Begin to Think About the World." (2014)
Until the lion has his historian," the African proverb goes, "the hunter will always be a hero." (quoted in Fear of an Animal Planet, 2010) 
Čapek, Karel. "From the Point of View of a Cat." (Originally published 1935: reposted on Tumblr, June 11, 2016)
"How do images affect our hearts and minds? How do images influence our everyday lives, our techno-scientific practices, our connections and disconnections, our conscious and unconscious desires and fears? How do images show up in the clothes we wear, in the ways we walk, and the objects we want? How do images influence the foods we eat or don’t eat and the ideas and feelings we have about our selves and others? How do some images enter our flesh, captivate us, fascinate us, or arouse our senses? How is it that other images put us to sleep? How do images inform our habits and fantasies, pleasures and doubts, worries and joys, rituals and rebellions? How do images shape our personal, political, cultural, moral, and religious beliefs about nature and about justice? How do images influence what we imagine to be possible and what’s not? Visual images are today everywhere entangled within a complex and contradictory web of global electronic flows of information. Images are typically racialized, gendered, territorialized, eroticized, militarized, and class-driven. Some of the most powerful images are hooked-up to hi-tech machineries of war, surveillance, and the economic marketplace. Images also lie at the core of global corporate technologies of profit, control and advantage. How might such images be best understood? How might they be critically subverted, transformed, or remade?" -- Stephen Pfohl, "Images and Power" (2011) 
Cinderella is a horrific story about a rich girl whose evil stepmother forced her to live as though she were a member of the working class. - Existential Comics (posted on Facebook)
"How to Not Get Caught Plagiarizing." - Greg Laden 
Communication: Key Concept Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)
 Discourse: Key Concept Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)
Power: Key Concept Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive) 


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The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films  They Shoot Pictures Don't They (Ongoing Archive)

"The 30 Best LGBT Films of All Time." British Film Institute (March 24, 2016)

The 1000 Greatest Films They Shoot Pictures Don't They (Ongoing Archive)

Adam Curtis: Documentary/Filmmaker Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Alter, Adam. "The Rise of Addictive Technology." Radio West (April 17, 2017)  ["Marketing professor Adam Alter begins his new book by noting that Steve Jobs didn’t let his own children use an iPad, a product he invented, because he was worried they’d get addicted to it. That’s what Alter’s book is about: our increasing addiction to technology. These days, we aren’t just hooked on substances, like drugs and alcohol. We’re addicted to video games, social media, porn, email, and lots more. Alter joins us Monday to explore the business and psychology of irresistible technologies."]

Anatomy of a Scene The New York Times (Ongoing Archive)

"An Interview with Sophie Mayer." The Midnight Mollusc (September 29, 2016)

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Films (USA/UK/France: Martin Scorsese and Michael Henry Wilson, 1995: 14 episodes, 225 minutes)

Archives of Individual Films Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Archives of the Films, By Decade, That Do Not Have an Individual Post Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Arnheim, Rudolph. "Concepts Take Shape." Visual Thinking. University of California Press, 1969: 116-134.

The Art of Action: Martial Arts in the Movies (USA: Keith Clarke, 2002: 105 mins)

Art of the Title (Website) ["Art of the Title is the leading online publication on the creative process behind title sequence design, spanning the film, television, conference, and videogame industries. Featuring title design from countries around the world, we honor the creators and innovators who contribute to the field, discussing and displaying their work with a desire to explicate, facilitate, and instigate."]

"The Arts and Faith Top 25 Films About Mercy." Image (2016)

"The Arts and Faith Top 100 Films." Arts and Faith (2011)

Balog, Katalin. "Son of Saul, Kierkegaard and the Holocaust." Opinionator (February 28, 2016)

Balsom, Erika. "The Reality Based Community." e-flux #83 (2017)

Barker, Jennifer Lynde. The Aesthetics of Antifascist Film: Radical Projection. Routledge, 2013.

Barton-Fumo, Margaret, Molly Haskell and Violet Lucca. "Women in New Hollywood." Film Comment (February 7, 2017) ["Road-tripping crises of masculinity soundtracked by classic rock, Harvey Keitel making up for his sins in the streets—a laundry list of 1970s New Hollywood highlights can tend to lack a nuanced female presence. But the ’70s also gave us Wanda, Puzzle of a Downfall Child, Girlfriends, A Woman Under the Influence, and even Five Easy Pieces, all of which explore female identity in the era of second-wave feminism. This episode of the Film Comment podcast spirals outwards from From Reverence to Rape author Molly Haskell’s essay on Mike Mills’s 20th Century Women and accompanying interview with Annette Bening, in the January/February issue, taking a closer look at depictions of women in New Hollywood. Some of these were “neo-women’s films,” dealing with disillusioned housewives fleeing the domestic sphere; others took on female friendship without turning a blind eye to its messiness, a line that runs through Thelma and Louise, Frances Ha, and Broad City. In addition to Haskell, FC Deep Cuts columnist Margaret Barton-Fumo stops by to join the conversation, and as always, Digital Editor Violet Lucca moderates."]

Bastién, Anjelica Jade. "The Feminine Grotesque #1: A Unified Theory on Female Madness in Cinema and American Culture." Vague Visage (February 25, 2016) 

Bateman, Conor. "11 Ways to Make a Video Essay." Keyframe (May 22, 2016)

---. "The Video Essay as Art: Why Process Matters." Keyframe (May 29, 2016)

Bazin, Andre. What is Cinema? Vol. 1. trans. Hugh Gray. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967.

BCTC Library: Film Studies Guide (Multiple archives - see tabs: curated by Terry Bruckner)

Beach, R. "Critical Discourse Analysis." (Teaching Film, Television and Media course at University of Minnesota: ND)

Becker, Snowden. "Police Body Cameras and Evidentiary Videos." The Cinephiliacs #83 (August 14, 2016) ["While this show has often staked its interest in the kinds of audiovisual materials we come to praise as art, there are many different types of moving image materials out there. None feels more pertinent to our moment today than the discussions around the introduction of police body-worn cameras alongside the amateur videos that display evidence of police brutality toward members of the African American community. To address these topics is often to approach them from one of politics, but a surrounding series of questions deals with many of the same questions that cinema-minded people might find familiar: what can we learn from analyzing how they were made? What elements are manipulation are present? How will these videos be stored? What access should the public have? What is the emotional affect of viewing them?"]

Benjamin, Walter.  "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." Illuminations. New York: Schocken Books, 1969, pp. 217-251.



Benshoff, Harry, ed. A Companion to the Horror Film. John Wiley and Sons, 2014.

Benton, Michael Dean. "American Sniper." Letterboxd (January 28, 2015)

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

---. "'Be Me, for Awhile': Ideological Becoming and Future Objectivity in Let the Right One In."Dialogic Cinephilia (September 12, 2014)

---. "City of God, Schindler's List and Contextual Viewings." Dialogic (September 5, 2008)

---. "Decoding the Success of The Matrix: A Contextual Analysis of the Influences of Postmodern Theory and Underground Cultures." (English Department, Illinois State University: 2000). [Professor has copies]

---. "Exit Through the Gift Shop." North of Center (March 2, 2011)

---. "Exploring the Nature and Causes of Violence in Films." Uprooting Criminology (February 10, 2014)

---. "Gender and Sexuality at Carnegie Center." North of Center (January 29, 2010)

---. "Getting Off on John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus." North of Center (March 30, 2011)

---. "If a Tree Falls: Enforcing the Green Scare." North of Center (September 28, 2011)

---. "Introduction and Discussion of The Battle of Algiers." Dialogic Cinephilia (February 20, 2014)

---. "Quentin Tarantino, King of the Mooks - One Basterd’s Inglourious Response." North of Center(August 30, 2009)

---. Recommended Films From the 1930s to the Present Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

---. "Response to Jarhead." Bluegrass Film Society (November 6, 2005)

---. "Selma" Letterboxd (January 18, 2015)

---. "Steve McQueen’s Hunger (2008): A Powerful Exploration of Political Resistance and Retributive Justice." Uprooting Criminology (December 2, 2013)

Benton, Michael Dean, et al. "ENG 282 1st Week: Responses to An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012)." Dialogic Cinephilia (January 19, 2014)

Berg, Thomas van den. "(un)reliable (un)reliability – or, Perceptual Subversions of the Continuity Editing System." (Posted on Vimeo: 2013)

Berger, John. Ways of Seeing. NY: Penguin Books, 1990.

Beyonce. "Formation (Explicit)." (Single: 2016)

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

Bond, Cynthia. "Moved by a Motion Not Its Own: Some Notes on Dance in Film." Cultivate Your Queue (March 13, 2015)

Bond, Lewis. "Colour in Storytelling." (Posted on Youtube: July 29, 2015)

---. "Composition in Storytelling." (Posted on Youtube: January 22, 2016)

---. "Let's Discuss Horror." (Posted on Youtube: February 23, 2015)

Bordwell, David. "Art of the Martial Arts Film." Higher Learning (Posted on Youtube: January 7, 2014)

---. "Constructive Editing in Robert Bresson's Pickpocket." (Posted on Vimeo: 2013)

---. "Godard Comes in Many Shapes and Sizes." Observations on Film Art (December 14, 2007)

---. "Open secrets of classical storytelling: Narrative analysis 101." Observations on Film Art (January 11, 2016)

---. "Three Dimensions of Film Narrative." Observations on Film Art (Excerpted chapter 3 from Poetics of Cinema. NY: Routledge, 2007.)

---. "The Viewer’s Share: Models of Mind in Explaining Film." Observations on Film Art (May 2012)

Brenez, Nicole. "Political Cinema Today – The New Exigencies: For a Republic of Images."Screening the Past (September 2013)

Brody, Richard. "An Auteur is Not a Brand." The New Yorker (July 10, 2014)

---. "The Limits of American Cinephilia." The New Yorker (January 20, 2015)

---. New Yorker Essays (Ongoing  Archive)


"B. Ruby Rich (also with Club Des Femmes and Yance Ford)." The Cinematologists #49b (June 28, 2017) ["This episode of the podcast - produced in association with Club des Femmes and The Barbican - focuses on the recent retrospective and celebration of the American Film Critic, Scholar and Curator B. Ruby Rich (@brrich1) entitled Bring Ruby Rich. The centrepiece of the podcast is a wide ranging interview with Ruby herself covering, among many things, her initial entry into film criticism, her promotion of the cinema as a social space, the legacy of her concept of New Queer Cinema, and the possibility of a political cinema in the digital age. We also interview Sophie Mayer (@tr0ublemayer) and Selina Robertson (@Clubdesfemmes), from Club Des Femmes who organised the event. And there is an in-depth Q&A hosted by Ruby and featuring Yance Ford (@yford) who discusses his first feature, to be released on Netflix in September, entitled Strong Island."]

Bures, Frank, et al. "Dispatches From the Ruins: Why do we crave the awful futures of apocalyptic fiction?" Aeon (May 16, 2017) ["In the first two decades of the new millennium, stories of the post-apocalypse have permeated pop culture, from books such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (2006), Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl (2009) and Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven (2014) to films and TV programmes such as The Walking Dead (2010-), the Hunger Games series (2012-15) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). While post-apocalyptic fictions of previous eras largely served as cautionary tales – against nuclear brinksmanship in On the Beach(1959) or weaponised biology in The Stand (1978) – today’s versions of these tales depict less alterable, more oblique and diffuse visions of our doom. So why can’t we seem to get enough of humanity’s unavoidable collapse and its bleak aftermath? "]

Butler, Anthea. "How Prince Set Fire to My Catholic Girlhood." Religion Dispatches (April 25, 2016)

Cade, Octavia. "Women, Monstrosity and Horror: Gynaehorror by Erin Harrington." Strange Horizons (September 18, 2017)

Chan, Andrew, et al. "Musicals! The Podcast." Film Comment Podcast (May 16, 2017) ["There’s one alliterative movie musical that’s dominated the recent conversational limelight, but less frequently discussed is how it operates within the genre. In this spirit, Michael Koresky, Director of Editorial and Creative Strategy at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, uses La La Land as a starting point to delve into the form of the movie musical in his May/June Film Comment feature “Working It” As a second act, this week’s episode of the FC podcast expands the sample set of movie musicals—each panelist brings in a favorite classic musical, as well as a newer musical that pushes the form forward—to look at a wider variety of global cinemas, performance techniques, and ways of deploying music in the narrative."]

Chatman, Seymour. Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1978.

Cheney, Matthew. "What is Composition?" Press Play (September 2, 2014)

Cinephilia and Beyond (Website)

Cinephilia and Filmmaking (Website)

Citizenfour (Germany/USA: Laura Poitras, 2014: 114 mins) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)


Clothes on Film (website)

Cook, Adam. "Vincent Van Gogh In Cinema: A multilayered portrait emerges." Keyframe (May 22, 2016)

Cousins, Mark. "50 weeks to learn film: Not everything they teach at film school should be practical." Sight and Sound (April 23, 2015)

Creed, Barbara. "Psychoanalysis and Cinema." The Oxford Guide to Film Studies. ed. John Hill and Pamela Church Gibson. Oxford University Press, 1998:

Cribbs, John, Christopher Funderburg and James Hancock. "Val Lewton - Auteur Producer." Wrong Reel #255 (April 2017)

Cronk, Jordan. "The Evanescent Moment: A Conversation with Girish Shambu about The New Cinephilia." The Los Angeles Review of Books (January 14, 2016)

The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (USA/Japan/UK: Wendy Apple, 2004: 98 mins)

Dargis, Manohla and A.O. Scott. "28 Days, 28 Films for Black History Month." The New York Times (February 1, 2018)

---. "Film is Dead? Long Live Movies: How Digital is Changing the Nature of Movies." The New York Times (September 9, 2012)

D'Arpino, Adam, et al. "Strange Continuity: Why Our Brains Don't Explode at Film Cuts." Aeon (September 19, 2017)

Deren, Maya. An Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form and Film. Outkast, 1946.

Digging Deeper. "CGI: Embracing the Intangible." (Posted on Youtube: March 3, 2016)

---. "Serenity: Exploring the Genre Frontier." (Posted on Youtube: November 20, 2015)

Dirk, Tim. "Film Genres: Origins and Types." Film Site (Archives)

"Main Film Genres."  Film Site (Archives)

---. "Sex in the Movies: An Illustrated Cinematic History." Film Site (Archives)

Doanne, Mary Ann. The Emergence of Cinematic Time: Modernity, Contingency, The Archive. Harvard University Press, 2002.

Elsaesser, Thomas. Fassbinder's Germany: History Identity SubjectAmsterdam University Press, 1996.

ENG 281/282: Thinking About Films and Filmmaking  Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Enelow, Shonni, et al. "Acting for All Ages." Film Comment (March 7, 2017) ["Jean-Pierre Léaud’s familiar face graces the cover of the new March/April issue of Film Comment, waiting out his final days in Albert Serra’s new film The Death of Louis XIV. As Yonca Talu observes in her feature on the film, “The film relies heavily on Jean-Pierre Léaud’s vulnerable acting. Famous for his vibrant, unrestrained body language as the enfant terrible of the French New Wave, the legendary actor exists in a state of complete paralysis here, dependent on others to meet his basic needs.” In some ways, she continues, the film serves as a symbolic conclusion to the Antoine Doinel cycle—Jean-Pierre Léaud’s mere presence adds a layer of film-historical context to the film that might not otherwise be there. This week’s episode of the Film Comment podcast explores the nuances of legacy, persona, and presence when it comes to acting. As with Léaud, we watch actors with enduring careers mature onscreen, developing their crafts and playing off of already formed associations that viewers might have with their earlier work. The panel—Shonni Enelow, English professor at Fordham and author of Method Acting and Its Discontents; Nick Pinkerton, regular Film Comment contributor and member of the New York Film Critics Circle; Michael Koresky, Director of Editorial and Creative Strategy at the Film Society of Lincoln Center; and Violet Lucca, Film Comment Digital Producer—muses on the shifting modes of expression and physicality of performers like Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Gerard Depardieu, and Sissy Spacek."]

Eves, Dave, James Hancock and Jessica Ramos. "Giallo." The Wrong Reel #141 (May 2016)

Fawz, Ramsi. "Radical Politics and the American Superhero." Against the Grain (April 25, 2016)

"Film Analysis Guide 2.0" Yale Film Studies (2002)

Filmschool'd. "A$$, (.)(.), and Guns: Censorship in Cinema." (Posted on Youtube: September 10, 2014)

Foley, Darren. "The Art of Storytelling." (Posted on Youtube: May 29, 2016)

Garfunkle and Oates. "Loophole." (Posted on Youtube: June 25, 2013)

Gemmill, Allie. "Sofia Coppola and Female Coming of Age: These young women share an experience of inner life, and of parsing the culture that seeks to define them." Keyframe (May 24, 2016)

Gerima, Haile. "Ashes and Embers." The Treatment (March 28, 2016) ["Filmmaker Haile Gerima left Ethopia for the US where he studied acting and ultimately found a voice in film, becoming a leading member of the "LA Rebellion" film movement. With an African American perspective on social commentary at the forefront of his work, his 1982 film Ashes and Embers is now being re-released through Array, the LA-based film collective founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Today, Germina joins Elvis Mitchell in a discussion about cultural usurpation and historical discrimination in Hollywood."]

Grieveson, Lee. "Discipline and Punish: The Birth of Cinematology." Cinema Journal 49.1 (Fall 2009): 168-176.

Grusin, Richard. "Post-Cinematic Atavism." Sequence 1.3 (2014)

Hancock, James and Kyle Reardon. "Dissecting the Great Takashi Miike." Wrong Reel #237 (February 2017)

Harvey, Dennis. "A Guide to Underground Queer Cinema." Keyframe (June 11, 2016)

Hediger, Vinzenz. "What Do we Know When We Know Where Something Is? World Cinema and the Question of Spatial Ordering." Screening the Past #37 (October 2013)

Heldt, Guido. Music and Levels of Narration in Film. Intellect, 2013. ["This is the first book-length study of the narratology of film music, and an indispensable resource for anyone researching or studying film music or film narratology. It surveys the so far piecemeal discussion of narratological concepts in film music studies, and tries to (cautiously) systematize them, and to expand and refine them with reference to ideas from general narratology and film narratology (including contributions from German-language literature less widely known in Anglophone scholarship). The book goes beyond the current focus of film music studies on the distinction between diegetic and nondiegetic music (music understood to be or not to be part of the storyworld of a film), and takes into account different levels of narration: from the extrafictional to ‘focalizations’ of subjectivity, and music’s many and complex movements between them."]

Henderson, Kimon. "Fight Choreography Styles in World Cinema." (ENG 282 final project Spring 2016: posted on Youtube, April 28, 2016)

Hess, John. "The Fundamental Elements of Film Music." (Posted on Youtube: January 16, 2017)

Hobson, Janell. "Visualizing Music: Representing Black Culture, Community, And Politics." AAIHS (February 16, 2016)

hooks, bell. Black Looks: Race and Representation. South End Press, 1992.

Hudson, David. "Laura Poitras’s Risk: 'An embedded report that sacrifices impartiality for access.'” Keyframe (May 19, 2016)

Iannone, Pasquale. "Age of Innocence: Childhood on Film." Sight and Sound (July 14, 2015)

Ivins, Laura. "Maya Deren's Film Philosophy." A Place for Film (May 23, 2017)  ["Born April 29, 1917, this year would have been Maya Deren’s 100th birthday. In celebration of her contribution to experimental cinema, this video outlines some of the key principles informing Deren’s filmmaking. Deren wrote prolifically about her film practice, and the compilation of her writings – Essential Deren – has been one of my touchstones as a filmmaker since it was published in 2005. The essays in Essential Deren contain both practical advice about shooting and editing, as well as Deren’s philosophical perspective toward filmmaking. I focus on the latter in my video."]

Juel, Henrik. "Defining Documentary Film." P.O.V. #22 (December 2006)

Jameson, A.D. "What Mise-en-scène Is and Why It Matters." IndieWire (June 25, 2014)

Kaneria, Rishi. "Why Props Matter." (Posted on Vimeo: November 2015)

Keller, Sarah. "Teaching Meshes of the Afternoon." The Cine-Files #9 (2016)

Kiefer, Jonathan. "How Art Becomes Film: Directors just can’t seem to resist recreating great paintings in movie form." Keyframe (May 16, 2016)

Kooijman, Jaap. "Teaching American Psycho." The Cine-Files #9 (2016)

Koresky, Michael and Jeff Reichert. "This Means War! Introduction." Reverse Shot (June 23, 2003)

Kuersten, Erich. "CinemArchetype #1: The Trickster." Acidemic (January 23, 2012)

---. "CinemArchetype #2: The Anima." Acidemic (January 29, 2012)

---. "CinemArchetype #3: The Animus." Acidemic (February 1, 2012)

---. "CinemArchetype #4: The Hanged Man." Acidemic  (February 12, 2012)

---. "CinemArchetype #5: The Human Sacrifice." Acidemic (February 28, 2012)

---. "CinemArchetype #6: The Intimidating Nymph." Acidemic (March 2, 2012)

---. "CinemArchetype #7: The Shadow." Acidemic (March 8, 2012)

---. "Just Whoa Stories - Guy Maddin, Canadian Amnesiac: The Forbidden Room (2015)." Acidemic (March 10, 2016)

Lee, Kevin B. "Viewing Between the Lines in The Day He Arrives." Keyframe (March 21, 2013)

---. "What Makes a Video Essay Great?" Keyframe (Posted on Vimeo: 2015)

Lenoir, Tim and Henry Lowood. "Theater of War: The Military-Entertainment Complex." (Stanford University: ND): 1-42.

Lethem, Jonathan. "The Ecstasy of Influence." Harpers (February 2007)

Lindsay, Chez. "Joel Schumacher's Phantom of the Opera." (Posted on Youtube: April 8, 2016) [What does and doesn't work in a musical film - or any film...]

Livingston, Paisley and Carl Plantinga, ed. The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film. Routledge, 2009.

Longo, Regina. "A Conversation with Rosalind Galt and Karl Schoonover on Queer Cinema in the World." Film Quarterly 70.2 (Winter 2016)

Lucca, Violet, Will Menaker and Jeff Reichert. "Steve Bannon." Film Comment (February 28, 2017) ["As filmmaker and critic Jeff Reichert put it in his January/February 2017 Film Comment feature on Steve Bannon’s documentary work, “We could dismiss Bannon as the Rainer Werner Fassbinder of shoddily made straight-to-video white supremacist documentary. But his tactics have helped put Trump in the White House, so what can we learn about Bannon or America from watching them?” This episode of the Film Comment podcast tackles that very question. Reichert, along with Chapo Trap House podcast co-host Will Menaker and FC Digital Producer Violet Lucca, looks back on Bannon’s nine films released under the “Citizens United” banner. It goes without saying that there’s a lot to talk about regarding their unlikely aesthetic sensibility (sales presentation meets Leni Riefenstahl meets Michael Bay meets Vic Berger ECUs) and their characterizations of history and reality. The panel also digs into the past 15 years of political documentary on the right and the left (hello, Adam Curtis!), including the ways in which filmmakers package narratives, fact-check their material, and consider their audiences."]

Marlin, Matt. "Dear White People as Black Countercinema." (Posted on Vimeo: February 2016)

Martin, Adrian. "The Surrealist Roots of Video Essays: As Ado Kyrou long ago recognized, to watch a film is to perform an action upon it." Keyframe (May 17, 2016)

May, Kate Torgovnick. "How Color Helps a Movie Tell a Story." TED (April 5, 2017)

Media History Digital Library  ["The Media History Digital Library is a non-profit initiative, led by David Pierce and Eric Hoyt, dedicated to digitizing historic books and magazines about film, broadcasting, and recorded sound for broad public access."]
Meshes of the Afternoon (USA: Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid, 1943: 14 mins)

Mirzoeff, Nicholas, ed. The Visual Culture Reader. 2nd ed. Routledge, 2002.

Monihan, Maximon, Daisy Wright and Isaac Zablocki. "How Do You Make Movies About Invisible People?" No Film School (May 23, 2016) ["According to Isaac Zablocki, co-founder of the ReelAbiltiies Film Festival, people with disabilities are the largest minority in the United States, but are by far the least well represented both behind the camera and on-screen."]

Morton, Drew. "The American Dream in Film: As the man said, ‘America’s not a country. It’s just a business.’" Keyframe (May 30, 2016)

"Moving Images in the Classroom."  British Film Institute (2000)

Mulvey, Laura. "Passing Time." Death 24x a Second. Reaktion Books, 2006: 17-32.

Nancy, Jean-Luc. Listening. Fordham University Press, 2007.

Naremore, James. "Film Acting and the Arts of Imitation." Cyncos 27.2 (2011) ["Louise Brooks once said that in order to become a star, an actor needs to combine a natural-looking behavior with personal “eccentricity.” My presentation will explore some of the analytical problems raised by this phenomenon: What constitutes eccentricity and how is it balanced by naturalness in specific cases? What happens when a movie star acts in a film in which he or she impersonates the eccentricities of another star (Larry Parks as Al Jolson, Clint Eastwood as John Huston, Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan, Meryl Streep as Julia Child, etc.)? How can we distinguish between impersonation as caricature and impersonation as dramatic illusion? What is the difference, if any, between impersonation and stylistic influence?"]

Nowell-Smith, Geoffrey. The Oxford History of World Cinema. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Parvulescu, Constanton and Robert A. Rosenstone, ed. A Companion to the Historical Film. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Paulus, Tom. "A Lover's Discourse: Cinephilia, or, The Color of Cary Grant’s Socks." Photogénie #0 (ND)

Peter Watkins: Filmmaker and Media Critic Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Pfohl, Stephen Images and Power (SC532 Course Syllabus, Boston College, 2011)

Philips, Alastair and Julian Stringer. Japanese Cinema: Texts and Contexts. Routledge, 2007.

Piepenburg, Eric. "At This Film Institute, the Course Material Is Killer." The New York Times (February 11, 2018)

Poppe, Nicholas. Teaching La Historia OficialThe Cine-Files #9 (2016)

"Prosthetic Memory." Robo Culture Wiki (No Date)

Puschak, Evan. "Under the Skin: The Pain of Art House Films." (Posted on Youtube: July 14, 2014)

Raengo, Alessandra and Robert Stam, ed. A Companion to Literature and Film. Blackwell, 2004.

Ramirez-Berg, Charles. "Categorizing the Other: Stereotypes and Stereotyping." Latino Images in Film: Stereotypes, Subversion, Resistance. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002. pgs. 13-37.

Rappoport, Mark. "The Empty Screen." Talkhouse (Posted on Youtube: February 7, 2017) ["The screen is a neutral element in the film-going experience. Or is it? It projects dreams but is also the receptacle of our dreams. It’s the vehicle for delivering the image to an audience — but does it also watch the audience at the same time? Is it a complicitous membrane which audience members can penetrate and which interacts with the spectators, despite its seeming passivity? Maybe — to all of the above …"]

Ratcliff, Travis Lee. "The Legacy of Paranoid Thrillers." (Posted on Vimeo: June 2017) ["Paranoid thrillers are constant in cinema's history, but at any given moment they reflect our specific anxieties back to us and reveal how we feel about our institutions. Here, I explore how paranoid thrillers crystalized as a genre in American cinema and examine the possibility of a contemporary renaissance in conspiracy fiction."]

Renée, V. "Learn 15 Key Elements of Mise-en-Scène from This Handy Infographic." No Film School (September 18, 2016)

Rich, B. Ruby, et al. "Film & Media in a Time of Repression: Practices & Aesthetics of Resistance." Film Quarterly (February 24, 2017)

Rizov, Vadim. "Anti-Art Criticism, 'In the Age of Trump.'" Filmmaker (February 2, 2017)

Sarkeesian, Anita. "Damsel in Distress: Part 1 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games." Feminist Frequency (Posted on Youtube: March 7, 2013)

---. "Damsel in Distress: Part 2 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games." Feminist Frequency (Posted on Youtube: May 28, 2013)

---. "Damsel in Distress: Part 3 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games." Feminist Frequency (Posted on Youtube: August 1, 2013)

Schantz, Ned. "Teaching The Bridge." The Cine-Files #9 (2016)

Scorsese, Martin. "Standing Up For Cinema."  The Times Literary Supplement (May 31, 2017)

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. "Between Men." (PDF online: No Date)

Seitz, Matt Zoller. "Advice to Young Critics." Roger Ebert (April 29, 2014)

Shambu, Girish. "The New Cinephilia." The Los Angeles Review of Books (January 17, 2016)

Sharett, Christopher. "The Function of Film Criticism at Any Time." Film International (April 29, 2017)

Shohat, Ella and Robert Stam. "Stereotype, Realism and the Struggle Over Representation." Unthinking Eurocentrism. Routledge, 1994: 178 - 219.

Singer, Leah. "Age-Apocalypse Now: Digital De-aging Onscreen (The Art and Ethics of Digital De-Aging, Pt. 1)." Fandor (November 7, 2017)

---. "Age-Apocalypse Now: Digital De-aging Onscreen (The Art and Ethics of Digital De-Aging, Pt. 2)." Fandor (November 11, 2017)

Sobchack, Vivian. Carnal Thoughts: Embodiment and Moving Image Culture. University of California Press, 2004.

Sontag, Susan. "The Decay of Cinema." The New York Times (February 25, 1996)

---. "In Plato's Cave." On Photography. Delta, 1977: 3-24.

Soviet Movies in English (Website that offers free movies to watch online)

Stanley, Tarshia L. "Teaching The Birth of a Nation at Spelman College." The Cine-Files #9 (2016)

Stephens, Kyle. "Teaching Casablanca: Clay, Ink, Documentary, Set." The Cine-Files #9 (2016)

Strucci, Shannon. "On How to be a Cinephile." Press Play (February 28, 2015)

---. "So You Want to Be a Film Nerd: Episode 1." (Posted on Youtube: February 26, 2015)

---. "So You Want to Be a Film Nerd: Episode 2." (Posted on Youtube: April 1, 2015)

---. "So You Want to Be a Film Nerd: Episode 3." (Posted on Youtube: June 2, 2015)

---. "So You Want to Be a Film Nerd: Episode 4." (Posted on Youtube: September 18, 2015)

---. "So You Want to Be a Film Nerd: Episode 5." (Posted on Youtube: June 24, 2016)

Swinney, Jacob T. "The Dutch Angle." (Posted on Vimeo: September 2015)

Tafoya, Scout. "The Post-Punk Cinema Manifesto." Keyframe (September 10, 2015)

Tan, Ian. "Rethinking Historical Responsibility Through Art: The Role of Film in Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing (2012)." Bright Lights Film Journal (March 18, 2016)

Tasker, Yvonne, ed. Fifty Contemporary Filmmakers. Routledge, 2002.

Tatarska, Anna. "Olivier Assayas’ Past and Future: Here, the director talks about May ’68 and the making of his film SOMETHING IN THE AIR." Keyframe (May 17, 2016)

Taylor, Ella. "The Essential Labor Films." Keyframe (August 31, 2014)

Tohline, Max. "Editing as Punctuation in Film." (Posted on Vimeo: September 2015)

"Top 25 Divine Comedies." Arts and Faith (2014)

"Top 25 Films on Memory." Arts and Faith (2015)

"Top 25 Horror Films." Arts and Faith (2010)

"Top 25 Marriage Films." Arts and Faith (2013)

"Top 25 Road Films." Arts and Faith (2009)

Un Chien Andalou (France: Louis Bunuel, 1929: 16 mins)

Ventura, Patricia. "Teaching The Hangover." The Cine-Files #9 (2016)

Verdeure, David. "When Words Fail." Film Scalpel (Posted on Vimeo: May 2017)

Video Essays Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Vogel, Amos. Film as a Subversive Art. D.A.P./C.T. Editions, 2005 (originally published 1974).

Witness: Library of Free Resources for Video Activists, Trainers and Their Allies
  Williams, Linda. "Hard Core Art Film: The Contemporary Realm of the Senses." Quaderns Portatils #13 (2008)

Willis, Holly. "Stumbling Through Pixel Blizzards: Recent Books on Post-Cinema." The Los Angeles Review of Books (August 13, 2017)

Zeke. "Ultimate List of Film Sub Genres." New York Film Academy Student Resources (March 17, 2015)

Zhou, Tony. "David Fincher - And the Other Way is Wrong." (Posted on Vimeo: 2015) ["For sheer directorial craft, there are few people working today who can match David Fincher. And yet he describes his own process as “not what I do, but what I don’t do.” Join me today in answering the question: What does David Fincher not do?"]


---. "How Does an Editor Think and Feel." (Posted on Vimeo: May 12, 2016)

---. "In Praise of Chairs." (Posted on Vimeo: 2015)  ["One of the great things about detailed production design is that it pays off in unexpected ways. So today I explore the weird possibilities of that most common of objects: the chair."]

---. "Jackie Chan: How To Do Action Comedy." Every Frame a Painting (Posted on Vimeo: 2015)

Zizek, Slavoj. "Batman: The Dark Knight." (Posted on Youtube: March 5, 2014)

---. "The Pervert's Guide to Cinema: Blue Velvet." (Posted on Youtube: March 31, 2014)

---. "The Pervert's Guide to Cinema: Vertigo." (Posted on Youtube: August 17, 2014)

---. "The Pervert's Guide to Ideology: Full Metal Jacket." (Posted on Youtube: August 31, 2014)

---. "The Pervert's Guide to Ideology: What is Ideology?" (Posted on Youtube: August 17, 2015)

Yazdani, Masoud, ed. Why Does Film Matter?  Intellect, 2011.








SUPERCUT: Directors Love Mirrors from The Auteur Journal on Vimeo.



Thursday, March 24, 2016

Se7en (USA: David Fincher, 1995)




Se7en (USA: David Fincher, 1995: 127 mins)

Adam, Braden. "Se7en - An Analysis of Generational Gaps." (April 27, 2007)

Aradillas, Aaron and Matt Zoller Seitz. "Grand Openings, Pt 2 Analyzing David Fincher's credit sequences: Se7en."  Moving Image Source (September 27, 2010)

Beyl, Cameron. "The Directors Series: David Fincher, Pts 1-5." (Posted on Film Stage: September 22, 2015)

David Fincher They Shoot Pictures Don't They (Archive)

Ebert, Roger. "Se7en."  Chicago Sun-Times (July 18, 2011)

Eig, Jonathan. "A beautiful mind(fuck): Hollywood structures of identity." Jump Cut #46 (2003)

Hodges, Brendan. "Se7en Movie Review and Analysis." The Metaplex (September 25, 2014)

Knudsen, Tyler. "Why the Beginning of David Fincher's 'Se7en' Is the Perfect Opening Sequence." Press Play (April 2, 2015)

Lindsay, Sean. "Great Directors: David Fincher." Senses of Cinema (July 2003)

LoBrutto, Vincent. "Defining Theme, Metaphor, and Character Through Color, Texture, and Environmental Design: Se7en." Becoming Film Literate: The Art and Craft of Motion Pictures. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2005: 280-285. [BCTC Library: PN1994 L595 2005]

Murray, Terri. "Se7en." Philosophy Now #78 (2010)

Radatz, Ben. "Se7en (1995)." Art of the Title (July 10, 2012)

Se7en  Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Sevilla, Susanna. "Things Are Not What They Seem." (Posted on Vimeo: February 2015) ["A video essay on title sequences from Hitchcock and Fincher films. An exploration of motion graphic design from analog to digital."]

Swinney, Jacob T. "David Fincher's Extreme Close Ups." (Posted on Vimeo: January 2016)

Zhou, Tony. "David Fincher - And the Other Way is Wrong." (Posted on Vimeo: 2015)












David Fincher: A Film Title Retrospective from Art of the Title on Vimeo.












"things are not what they seem," A Video Essay by Susana Aho from MGFX UConnDMD on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Carlos (France/Germany: Olivier Assayas, 2010)




Carlos (France/Germany: Olivier Assayas, 2010: 330 mins)

Barnes, Henry and Xan Brooks. "Carlos: 'A Godfather-style saga with reach and swagger.'" The Guardian (October 22, 2010)

Benton, Michael. "Carlos." Letterboxd (March 24, 2016)

Bradshaw, Peter. "Carlos." The Guardian (October 21, 2010)

The Carlos Issue #31 (2010)

Carlos Soundtrack Mix

Dargis, Manohla. "Beyond Bullets and Berets, Life in Wartime." The New York Times (October 22, 2010)

Ebert, Roger. "Carlos." Chicago Sun-Times (December 1, 2010)

Gac, Franck Le. "Great Directors: Olivier Assayas." Senses of Cinema (May 2006)

Glass, Sean. "Olivier Assayas' Carlos." Brooklyn Rail (September 3, 2010)

Hudson, David. "NYFF 2010: Olivier Assayas's Carlos." The Notebook (September 27, 2010)

Kenny, Glenn. "An Interview with Olivier Assayas on Carlos and Carlos." Notebook (October 13, 2010)

Kornblum, William and Leonard Quart. "Carlos: The Terrorist as Poseur." Dissent (November 26, 2010)

MacCabe, Colin. "Carlos: Sudden Death." Current (September 26, 2011)

Marcus, Greil. "Carlos: What the Film Wanted." Current (September 26, 2011)

Rose, Steve. "Carlos director Olivier Assayas on the terrorist who became a pop culture icon." The Guardian (October 22, 2010)

Schager, Nick. "Carlos." Slant (September 19, 2010)

Thomas, Samuel. “Yours in Revolution: Retrofitting Carlos the Jackal."  Culture Unbound #5 (2013): 451–478.

 Yenter, Timothy. "Carlos: Mini-Series or Film?" Inessentials (October 15, 2010)

Yue, Genevieve. "The Curtain’s Undrawn: An Interview with Olivier Assayas on Carlos." Senses of Cinema #57 (2010)