Monday, August 29, 2016

The Artist (France/Belgium: Michel Hazanavicius, 2011)




The Artist (France/Belgium: Michel Hazanavicius, 2011: 100 mins)

Caldwell, Thomas. "The Artist (2011)." Cinema Autopsy (January 30, 2012)

Ebert, Roger. "The Artist." Chicago Sun-Times (December 21, 2011)

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

Mercer, Benjamin. "A Cinematic Cheat Sheet for The Artist." The Atlantic (January 19, 2012)

Pigeon, Ted. "Critical Distance: The Artist." The House Next Door (February 27, 2012)

Scott, A.O. "Sparkling, Swooning and Suffering Wordlessly: The Artist, by Michel Hazanavicius." The New York Times (November 24, 2011)

Sicinski, Michael. "A Moment of Silents: Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist." Cinema Scope (ND)

Sperb, Jason. "Specters of film: new nostalgia movies and Hollywood’s digital transition." Jump Cut #56 (Winter 2014/2015)

Wilder, Felix. "The Artist, The Most Emasculating Film of the Year." Omega Level (January 16, 2012)























Once Upon a Time in America (Italy/USA: Sergio Leone, 1984)




Once Upon a Time in America (Italy/USA: Sergio Leone, 1984: 229 mins)

Babiak, Peter. "Once Upon a Time in America: Sergio Leone and the Construction of Myth." Cineaction (March 2007): 65-69.

Ebert, Roger. "Once Upon a Time in America." Chicago Sun-Times (January 1, 1984)

Edwards, Dan. "Great Directors: Sergio Leone." Senses of Cinema (October 2002)

Godden, Richard. "Maximizing the Noodles : Class, Memory, and Capital in Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In America." Journal of American Studies 31.3 (1997): 361-384.

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."]

Kwiatkowski, Al and Brad Strauss. "Sergio Leone." Director's Club #125 (March 3, 2017) 

Leone, Sergio. "Interview (1987)." ASX (December 28, 2012)

Knowles, Dana. "Once Upon a Time in America (1984)." About Film (June 1999)

Martin, Adrian. "Euphoria and Liberating Laughter: The Cinema of Sergio Leone." Projectorhead (1997 / revised and updated July 2011)

---. "Gangsters Without Glory." Once Upon a Time in America. British Film Institute, 1998: excerpt of pages 37-43.

Oliver, James. "Once Upon a Time in America: Leone creates an opera." Film Club (June 27, 2013)

Once Upon a Time in America Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Reardon, Kyle. "The Operatic Ecstasy of Sergio Leone." Wrong Reel #118 (March 2016)














Tuesday, August 23, 2016

ENG 102 Resources: August 24, 2016

Fitzpatrick, Veronica. “'Every Movie is a Ghost Story': On Writing About Film." Ploughshares (July 14, 2016)

Badejo, Anita. "Modern Marvel." Buzz Feed (July 20, 2016) [On actress Tessa Thompson]


STAR TREK's Rules of War from Fandor Keyframe on Vimeo.


Sylla, Fanta, ed. "The Black Film Critic Syllabus." (Archive posted online: 2016)

Neal. Carthew. "Hunt for the Wilderpeople." Film School (June 27, 2016)

Kuersten, Erich. "The Primal Father (CinemArchetypes #8)." Acidemic (March 19, 2012)

Henighan, Craig and Brad North. "How the Outstanding Sound for Stranger Things is Made." A Sound Effect (August 17, 2016)

Clover, Carol J. "Her Body, Himself: Gender in the Slasher Film." Blue Sunshine (ND)

Wood, Robin. "The American Nightmare: Horror in the 1970s." Blue Sunshine (ND)

Creed, Barbara. "Horror and the Monstrous-Feminine: An Imaginary Abjection." Blue Sunshine (ND)

Williams, Linda. "When the Woman Looks." Blue Sunshine (ND)

Shaviro, Steven. "Bodies of Fear: The Films of David Cronenberg." Blue Sunshine (ND)

Carroll, Noel. "Why Horror?" Blue Sunshine (ND)

Freeland, Cynthia. "Horror and Art-Dread." The Horror Film. ed. Stephen Prince. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2004: 189-205.

Biswell, Andrew. "A Clockwork Orange." Radio West (August 19, 2016) ["Author Anthony Burgess said his novella A Clockwork Orange should have been forgotten, but because of Stanley Kubrick's film, it seemed destined to live on. It's the story of the barbaric passions of a British teen and the state's attempt to impose a mechanistic morality over his free-will."]

Monday, August 22, 2016

ENG 102 Resources: August 22, 2016

Lee, Kevin B. and Matt Zoller Steitz. "Arsenic and Apple Pie: Patriotism and Propaganda in Born on the Fourth of July [Oliver Stone, Part 1]." Moving Image Source (October 14, 2008)

---. "Unreliable Narratives: JFK and the Power of Counter-Myth. [Oliver Stone, Part 2]." Moving Image Source (October 15, 2008)

---. "Fear and Self-Loathing: Nixon and the Unmaking of a President [Oliver Stone, Part 3]." Moving Image Source (October 16, 2008)

---. "Empire of the Son: War and civilization in Alexander, and an epilogue on W [Oliver Stone, Part 4]." Moving Image Source (October 17, 2008)

Moody, Rick. "Frank Miller and the rise of cryptofascist Hollywood." The Guardian (November 24, 2011)

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Italy/Spain/West Germany: Sergio Leone, 1966: 161 mins) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Ferdinand, Marilyn. "The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)."  Ferdy on Films (August 21, 2016)

"Notorious: Hitchcock's Mature and Intricate Espionage Masterpiece." Cinephilia and Beyond (August 2016)

Landekic, Lola. "My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)." The Art of the Title (August 16, 2016)

Thompson, Kristin. "Frodo Lives! and So Do His Franchises." Observations on Film Art (July 31, 2016)

Dirks, Tim. "Memorable and Great 'Chick Flicks.'" Film Site (ND)








The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Italy/Spain/West Germany: Sergio Leone, 1966)




The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Italy/Spain/West Germany: Sergio Leone, 1966: 161 mins)

Ebert, Roger. "Great Movie: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly." Chicago Sun-Times (August 3, 2003)

Edwards, Dan. "Great Directors: Sergio Leone." Senses of Cinema (October 2002)

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Original Soundtrack)

Kwiatkowski, Al and Brad Strauss. "Sergio Leone." Director's Club #125 (March 3, 2017)

McGee, Patrick. From Shane to Kill Bill: Rethinking the Western. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007.[Professor has copy]

Morton, Drew. "Happiness is a Warm Gun." Pajiba (October 22, 2010)

Reardon, Kyle. "The Operatic Ecstasy of Sergio Leone." Wrong Reel #118 (March 2016)

Siu, Carmen. "C'era una volta la storia: Credit Sequences and Storytelling, Leone Style." Film International 5.1 (2007) [Professor has copy]

Stafford, Jeff and Lang Thompson. "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." TCM (November 5, 2016)






The Art of Editing in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Max Tohline on Vimeo.





























Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Chi-Raq (USA: Spike Lee, 2015)




Chi-Raq (USA: Spike Lee, 2015: 127 mins)

Brody, Richard. "Spike Lee’s Necessary, Overwhelming Chi-Raq.” The New Yorker (December 9, 2015)

Caravajal, Nelson. "Wake Up: Spike Lee’s Vital Chi-Raq.” (Posted on Vimeo: March 31, 2016)

Chang, Justin. "Chi-Raq." Variety (November 22, 2015)

Chi-Raq Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Child, Ben. "Spike Lee rebuffs Chicago-based rapper's criticism of Chi-Raq: Do the Right Thing director says Chance the Rapper’s father works for the city’s mayor, who has been criticised for Chicago’s high gun crime." The Guardian (December 11, 2015)

Collins, K. Austin. "Stakes Is High: On Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq.” The Los Angeles Review of Books (January 16, 2016)

Donnella, Leah. "Chi-Raq And A Hard Place: What Critics Are Saying About Spike Lee's New Movie." Code Switch (December 9, 2015)

Gibbs, Adrienne Samuels. "The Problem With ‘Chiraq’: It’s important not to let the popular slang become a self-fulfilling prophecy." Chicago (April 9, 2015)

Mudede, Charles. "Ijeoma Oluo Was Right. Spike Lee's Chi-Raq is Insultingly Bad. Why Are Other Critics Failing To Say So?" SLOG (December 7, 2015)

Obaro, Tomi. "Chi-Raq is a Wasted Opportunity." Chicago (December 4, 2015)

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






Fall 2016 Eng 102: 1st Section Examples

Digging Deeper "Vehicles of Masculinity." (Posted on Youtube: October 26, 2015) [Trailer and Archive]

Carvajal, Nelson. "Wake Up: Spike Lee’s Vital Chi-Raq.” (Posted on Vimeo: March 31, 2016) [Trailer]




Bolin, Garrett. "Queer Becomings: A Visual Essay on Todd Haynes’s Velvet Goldmine." (Posted on Vimeo: 2015) [Trailer and Archive]


Bond, Lewis. "Andrei Tarkovsky - Poetic Harmony." (Posted on Youtube: April 29, 2016)


Zizek, Slavoj. "Full Metal Jacket (excerpt from The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, 2012)." (Posted on Youtube: August 31, 2014) [Trailer and Archive]



Cheney, Matthew. "Vigilante Man - Eastwood and Gran Torino." Vimeo (2012)

De Fren, Allison. "The Human Machine in Ex Machina." Keyframe (March 16, 2016)


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


Bond, Lewis. Hayao Miyazaki: The Essence of Humanity. (Posted on Youtube: October 6, 2015)

Doyle, Sean and Violet Lucca. "The Soundtracks of The Man Who Fell to Earth." (Posted on Vimeo: September 22, 2015)


Ferguson, Kirby. "Everything is a Remix, Pt. 2." (Posted on Vimeo: 2012)


Digging Deeper "It Follows: The American Nightmare." (Posted on Youtube: September 23, 2015)




Digging Deeper. "Carol: The Love Story in a Look." (Posted on Youtube: April 7, 2016)


Digging Deeper. "Sicario: The Mirage of a Moral World." (Posted on Youtube: February 4, 2016)



Digging Deeper. "A Separation: A Man-Made Divide." (Posted on Youtube: May 5, 2016)


Monday, August 15, 2016

Bluegrass Film Society Fall 2016 Schedule

(Schedule is ongoing)

August 15: Trust (UK/USA: Hal Hartley, 1990: 107 mins)

August 22: Southland Tales (France/Germany/USA: Richard Kelly, 2006: 145 mins)

August 29: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Japan: Hayao Miyazaki, 1984: 117 mins)

September 1: Fruitvale Station (USA: Ryan Coogler, 2013: 85 mins)

September 8: Princess Mononoke (Japan: Hayao Miyazaki, 1997: 134 mins)

September 12: The Wonders (Italy/Switzerland/Germany: Alice Rohrwacher, 2014: 110 mins)

September 15: The Game (USA: David Fincher, 1997: 129 mins)

September 19: The Invitation (USA: Karyn Kusama, 2015: 100 mins)

September 22: The Ascent (Soviet Union: Larisa Shepitko, 1977: 111 mins)

September 26: Nénette et Boni (France: Claire Denis, 1996: 103 mins)

September 29: Vessel (International: Diana Whitten, 2015: 90 mins)

October 3: Embrace of the Serpent (Columbia/Venezuela/Argentina: Ciro Guerra, 2015: 125 mins)

October 10:  Birth of a Nation (USA: Nate Parker, 2016: 120 mins)

October 13: Spring (USA: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead, 2014: 109 mins)

October 17: Szamanka (Poland/France/Switzerland: Andrzej Zulawski, 1996: 110 mins)

October 19: American Honey (UK/USA: Andrea Arnold, 2016: 163 mins)

October 20: Certain Women (USA: Kelly Reichardt, 2016: 107 mins)

October 24: The Face of Another (Japan: Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1966: 124 mins)

October 27: High Rise (UK/Belgium: Ben Wheatley, 2015: 119 mins)

November 3: The Driver (USA: Walter Hill, 1978: 91 mins)

November 7: Farewell, My Lovely (USA: Dick Richards, 1975: 95 mins)

November 10: Drive (USA: Nicholas Winding Refn, 2011: 100 mins)

November 11: The Handmaiden (South Korea: Park Chan-wook, 2016: 144 mins)

November 14: Chimes at Midnight (Spain: Orson Welles, 1966: 116 mins)

November 18: Do Not Resist (USA: Craig Atkinson, 2016: 72 mins)

November 20: Ran (Japan/France: Akira Kurosawa, 1985: 202 mins)

November 21: The Academy of the Muses (Spain: José Luis Guerín, 2015: 92 mins

December 3: Black Girl (Senegal: Ousmane Sembene, 1966: 59 mins)

December 4: Adama (France: Simon Rouby, 2015: 82 mins)

December 5: The Lobster (Greece: Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015: 119 mins)

December 10: Fanny and Alexander (Sweden: Ingmar Bergman, 1983: 188 mins)

December 14: Toni Erdmann (Germany: Maren Ade, 2015: 162 mins)


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Trainspotting (UK: Danny Boyle, 1996)




Trainspotting (UK: Danny Boyle, 1996: 94 mins)

Bradshaw, Peter. "Trainspotting: Danny Boyle's Classic Holds Up Terrificably Well." The Guardian (January 12, 2017)

Ebert, Roger. "Trainspotting." Chicago Sun-Times (July 26, 1996)

Eggert, Brian. "Trainspotting (1996)." Deep Focus (September 19, 2011)

Gioia, Ted. "Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh." The New Canon (ND)

Mullan, John. "Low behaviour: John Mullan on the role of morality in Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting." The Guardian (June 7, 2008)

Northey, Robert. "Trainspotting: An Analysis of the Film." Ottawa Psychoanalytic Society (ND)














Brought to a Boyle from Fandor on Vimeo.









Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lewis Bond: Video Essays (Ongoing Archive)

Bond, Lewis. "Andrei Tarkovsky - Poetic Harmony." (Posted on Youtube: April 29, 2016)

---. "Apocalypse Now: Analysis, Part 1." (Posted on Youtube: April 5, 2015)

---. "Apocalypse Now: Analysis, Part 2." (Posted on Youtube: April 14, 2015)

---. "Birdman Movie Review." (Posted on Youtube: January 4, 2015)

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

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

---. "David Lynch: The Elusive Subconscious." (Posted on Youtube: September 3, 2016)

---. Hayao Miyazaki: The Essence of Humanity. (Posted on Youtube: October 6, 2015)

---. "Lars von Trier: Deconstructing Cinema." (Posted on Youtube: July 23, 2016)

---. "Gone Girl Movie Review." (Posted on Youtube: November 12, 2014)

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

---. "Whiplash Movie Review." (Posted on Youtube: January 18, 2015)

The Assassin (Taiwan/China/Hong Kong/France: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)




The Assassin (Taiwan/China/Hong Kong/France: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015: 107 mins)

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

The Assassin Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Brooks, Xan. "The Assassin Director: Why I Gave Plot the Chop." The Guardian (January 11, 2016)

Bradshaw, Peter. "The Assassin review - enigmatically refined martial arts tale baffles beautifully." The Guardian (May 20, 2015)

Ganjavie, Amir. "When Minimalism Meets the Martial Art Tradition: An Interview with Hou Hsiao-hsien." Senses of Cinema #75 (June 2015)

Goldberg, Max. "Hou’s Killer Instincts with THE ASSASSIN." Keyframe (October 15, 2015)

Guillen, Michael. "'A Different Space and Time': Hou Hsiao-Hsien on The Assassin (2015)." Bright Lights Film Journal (November 21, 2015)

Patterson, Cleaver. "The Languid Approach of Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin." Film International (January 30, 2016)

Scott, A.O. "The Assassin Finds Delight in a Deadly Vocation." The New York Times (October 15, 2015)

Udden, James. "The Assassin: Personal Reflections." Observations on Film Art (June 1, 2015)

Weston, Hillary. "​Hou Hsiao-hsien on the Films That Changed His Life." Current (October 20, 2015)









































Sunday, August 7, 2016

Carol (UK/USA: Todd Haynes, 2015)




Carol (UK/USA: Todd Haynes, 2015: 118 mins)

"The 30 Best LGBT Films of All Time." BFI (March 15, 2016)


Blanchett, Kate. "Carol." DP/30 (November 16, 2015)


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

Bra, Roberto. "Glances in Carol." (Posted on Vimeo: March 2016)

Brody, Richard. "Carol Up Close." The New Yorker (November 30, 2015)

Carol Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Carvajal, Nelson. "Todd Haynes' Isolated Women." Press Play (November 3, 2015)

Davis, Nick. "The Object of Desire: Todd Haynes discusses Carol and the satisfactions of telling women’s stories." Film Comment (November/December 2015)

Digging Deeper. "Carol: The Love Story in a Look." (Posted on Youtube: April 7, 2016)

Dolan, Jill. "Carol." The Feminist Spectator (December 25, 2015)

Graham, Bill, Jordan Raup and Brian Roan. "Carol." The Film Stage (January 8, 2016)

Gray, Duncan. "Private Lives: Carol and the Cinema of Todd Haynes." The Notebook (January 28, 2016)

Lane, Anthony. "Secret Lives: Carol and Legend." The New Yorker (November 23, 2015)

Lee, Kevin B. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Actress." Keyframe (January 20, 2016)

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

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

López, Cristina Álvarez. "Carol: Ravishment." Keyframe (February 9, 2016)


Maxwell, Lida. "Does Love Have a Politics?" Los Angeles Review of Books (February 24, 2016)



Nagy, Phyllis. "Carol: Screenplay." (September 2015)


---. "Carol Screenwriter talks Cate Blanchett, Todd Haynes, and Isabelle Huppert’s Pact with The Devil." Flixwise (February 14, 2017)  ["The funny and brilliant Phyllis Nagy is here to talk about adapting Carol’s screenplay from Patricia Highsmith’s original source material and the lengthy, and at times frustrating, process of getting the film into production. They chat about Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara’s rendering of the two lead characters, as well as the standout performance from supporting players, Sarah Paulson and Kyle Chandler. Plus, Phyllis offers a scoop on what happened to a few scenes from the book that didn’t make the final cut of the film. ... In addition to filling us in on details from behind-the-scenes of Carol, Phyllis is also here to discuss a pair of standout performances by the incomparable French actress, Isabelle Huppert. This year Huppert was, at long last, nominated for her first Academy Award. However, Huppert has been giving Oscar-worthy performances well before she ever worked with Verhoeven. If you are unfamiliar with her work up to this point, you might not know where to begin, as her filmography is quite extensive. Fortunately, Phyllis is here to offer up two of her favorite Huppert films as suggestions for your watch list: Claude Chabrol’s 1988 film: Story of Women, and Diane Kurys 1983 film: Entre Nous.  Both Story of Women and Entre Nous are period dramas which find Huppert playing malcontented married women, both of whom form deep attachments to their closest female friends. In Story of Women she plays Marie Latour, a woman who, despite her husband’s objections, traffics in abortions and other illegal various dealings in German occupied France. In Entre Nous, Huppert plays Lena Weber, a woman who falls into an expedient marriage in order to escape Nazi control, but after the war is over falls in the love with another woman."]

O'Malley, Sheila. "Carol." Roger Ebert (November 20, 2015)


Phillips, Eva. "Carol and the Ineffable Queerness of Being." Another Gaze (February 21, 2016)

Prose, Francine. "Love is the Plot." NYR Daily (December 11, 2015)


Ramon, Alex. "Todd Haynes' Carol Could Have Been Better." Pop Matters (May 17, 2016)


Rich, Frank. "Loving Carol." Vulture (November 18, 2015) 


Sims, David. "Why Carol Is Misunderstood." Atlantic (January 15, 2016)


Thomason, John. "Flung Out of Space: Carol, Genre, and Gender." Los Angeles Review of Books (January 2, 2016) 


Todd Haynes They Shoot Pictures Don't They (Ongoing Archive)

Turner, Kyle. "Todd Haynes Discusses Manifesting Love in Carol and the Performativity of His Films." The Film Stage (October 12, 2015)

Uhlich, Keith. "Great Directors: Todd Haynes." Senses of Cinema (July 2002)

Watercutter, Angela. "Inside the Cult of Carol, the Internet’s Most Unlikely Fandom." Wired (May 16, 2017)

Wilson, Natalie. "The Lesbian Gaze of Carol.' The Establishment (January 7, 2016)