Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - February 14, 2018

Happy VD to all you lovers ;) I was in my local Wal-Mart last night (always an adventure in despair) and I was moved by the frantic desperation of the mob  gathered in and sifting through (picture blackbirds hitting a corn field as winter is approaching) the last remnants of the scattered cheesy cards, surreal stuffed animals and high fructose confections. Seeking for that perfect, inexpensive, unoriginal gift that would communicate their deep and unending love to their partner/s (amusing scene -in desperation the protagonist unable to find a suitable Hallmark card looks up and sees the loved one/s also rummaging through the remnants of cards/gifts - recognition of the absurdity of the situation hits them and they laugh out loud, bodies intertwined, as they reject the consumerist siren wail and walk out of the corporate giant). So, for any slackers that still need a VD gift here are some ready made images that you talented folks can make into your own unique, particular, and disturbing tokens of affection.  PS: and for my fellow singles out there the last couple of cards are designed just for you!  27 Weird and Creepy Valentine's Day Cards


Barnard, Anne and Yazaan al Saadi. "'It’s Hard to Believe, But Syria’s War Is Getting Worse': World Powers Clash as Civilian Deaths Soar." Democracy Now (February 13, 2018) ["Tensions across northern Syria are escalating sharply amid a series of clashes between external and internal powers, including Israel, Iran, Turkey, Russia and the Syrian government. On Saturday, Israel shot down what it says was an Iranian drone that had entered Israel’s airspace after being launched in Syria. Israel then mounted an attack on an Iranian command center in Syria, from where the drone was launched. One of the Israeli F-16 military jets was then downed by a Syrian government anti-aircraft missile. Meanwhile, also in northern Syria on Saturday, a Turkish Army helicopter was shot down by U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish YPGfighters near the Syrian Kurdish city of Afrin, where Turkey has launched a bombing and ground offensive. All this comes as the United Nations is warning of soaring levels of civilian casualties in Syria. For more, we speak with Anne Barnard, The New York Times bureau chief in Beirut, Lebanon. Her recent articles are titled “Israel Strikes Iran in Syria and Loses a Jet” and “It’s Hard to Believe, But Syria’s War Is Getting Even Worse.” And we speak with Syrian-Canadian researcher Yazan al-Saadi."]

Barton Fink (USA: Joel and Ethan Coen, 1991) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Boric, Rada, Christine Schuler Deshryver and Agnes Pareyio. "V-Day: Global Movement to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls Marks 20th Anniversary." Democracy Now (February 14, 2018) ["As the White House is facing an escalating scandal over how it ignored the serious accusations of former Staff Secretary Rob Porter’s verbal and physical violence against his two ex-wives, we end today’s show looking at the worldwide movement called V-Day to stop violence against women and girls. Today marks the 20th anniversary of the V-Day movement, which was inspired by Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play “The Vagina Monologues.” We speak to three V-Day activists from around the world: Christine Schuler Deschryver of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rada Boric from Croatia and Agnes Pareyio from Kenya."]

"Chicano Park, Barrio Logan, San Diego: The Takeover of Chicano Park." History of Chicano Park (ND) [also "Murals Appear in Chicano Park" and "The Restoration of the Murals in Chicano Park"]

Hudis, Peter. "Frantz Fanon, The Philosopher of the Barricades." Against the Grain (October 9, 2017) ["Peter Hudis discusses the Martiniquan philosopher, psychiatrist, and revolutionary Frantz Fanon, best known for his books The Wretched of the Earth and Black Skin, White Masks."]

"Reading Marx's Capital with David Harvey." (A close reading of the text of Karl Marx’s Capital Volume I in 13 video lectures by Professor David Harvey: 2011)

Williams, Terry Tempest. "What Love Looks Like." Orion (2011)

The Making of Jurassic Park from me35mm on Vimeo.

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