Sunday, February 18, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - February 18, 2018

"Boogie Nights: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Priceless 155-Minute Film School." Cinephilia & Beyond (ND)

Bursztynski, Maurice, Dave Mclemore and Bernard Stickwell. "Heartworn Highways." See Hear #8 (August 25, 2014) ["This time around, we discuss the 1976 documentary about the Outlaw Country movement, Heartworn Highways directed by James Szalapski. There’s no narration or talking heads to describe a development in country music. Appropriately, it’s a series of scenes mainly featuring emerging singer songwriters of the time (Guy Clark, Townes van Zandt, Rodney Crowell) performing their songs, and discussing ordinary details of their lives – just like the construction of their songs. The film is a mood piece and despite being about ordinary details, the film itself is anything but. If you don’t feel moved watching TVZ singing “Waiting Around To Die”, check your pulse."]

Bursztynski, Maurice, et al. "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story." See Hear #7 (July 12, 2014) ["Wendi has picked the 2007 rock bio-pic parody “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” starring the great John C.Reilly for us to watch. Taking cues at first from films like “Walk The Line” and “Ray”, it takes aim at many of the clichés of other biography films and popular conceptions of many iconic musicians in general. Probably another film that this could be mildly compared to is Woody Allen’s “Zelig”. The titular Cox (tee hee…see what I did there?????) is something of a chameleon like Zelig, but in a musical sense."]

D. Margo, and Margo P. "Fight Club." Book vs Movie (November 17, 2017)

Fraga, Victor. "Transit." Dirty Movies (February 17, 2018) ["Just a little bit of history repeating? Audacious German film transposes Holoucast novel from 1942 onto modern Marseilles; the outcome is odd and yet bewitching - from the Berlinale."]

Leigh, Megan. "Subverting Social Norms with Adrian Tchaikovsky." Breaking the Glass Slipper (November 23, 2017) ["Most science fiction and fantasy focus on humans – or at least societal structures that are recognisable from within cultures on Earth. Given that genre fiction is meant to be one of unlimited imagination, why do we find it so difficult to imagine societies where hierarchies aren’t defined by gender, and more specifically, where the default gender in power is male?"]

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

Singh, Sejal. "Chart of the Day: Does Your State Allow Police to Have Sex With the People They Arrest." Feministing (February 10, 2018)

"Strange Bedfellows (Israel)." Best of the Left #1163 (February 6, 2018)

Theoharis, Jeanne. "A More Beautiful & Terrible History: The Whitewashing & Distortion of Rosa Parks and MLK’s Legacies." Democracy Now (February 6, 2018) ["On February 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, two months before his assassination. On Sunday, 50 years later, the words of his sermon were used to in a Dodge Ram truck advertisement at the Super Bowl. The ad sparked widespread criticism for the obvious distortion of Dr. King’s message. But other revisions to civil rights history are often more subtle. For more, we speak with the author of a new book showing how the legacy of the civil rights movement in the U.S. has been distorted and whitewashed for public consumption. Professor and historian Jeanne Theoharis’s new book is titled “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History.” She is also the author of the award-winning book The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks."]

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