Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - February 27, 2018

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

Bursztynski, Maurice, et al. "Cosmic Psychos, Blokes You Can Trust." See Hear #15 (March 25, 2015) ["Australian documentary from 2013 Cosmic Psychos - Blokes You Can Trust. The band started out in the early 1980s in the state of Victoria and (albeit not with the same lineup) are still around in 2015. Bands and artists such as Eddie Vedder, King Buzzo (The Melvins), Mudhoney, L7 and Butch Vig all line up not only to sing the Psychos' praises, but to tell their own personal stories from the road travelling with the band. They all convincingly state the case that the Seattle Grunge sound started in Melbourne with the Cosmic Psychos. Director Matt Weston has combined interviews about tales on the road and hedonism with fatherhood, weightlifting, dealing with divorce, tragedy, bondage.....and tractors. Yes, the band might seem to have the usual Spinal Tap type hijinks (don't fall asleep when your bandmate has a salmon in his suitcase), but this film does far more to show a tale of real people and the human influence the leave as well as the music influence."]

Bursztynski, Maurice, et al. "Grace of My Heart." See Hear #14 (February 18, 2015) ["Alison Anders directed film from 1997, Grace of My Heart starring Ileana Douglas, Eric Stoltz, Matt Dillon and the always awesome John Turturro. It covers about 12 years in the life of Edna Buxton who has a dream to be a singer and a songwriter in a period when you were one or the other but not both. The film follows her ambitions, disappointments, love life, and song writing ambitions against the backdrop of the Sixties. While the film is fictitious, its characters are based on real life people like Carole King, Brian Wilson, (the late) Lesley Gore, and Phil Spector. The songs specially written for the film come from Joni Mitchell, Redd Kross and most famously Burt Bacharach & Elvis Costello. The team had a great time discussing the fashions, the hairstyles, the songs, the philandering, whether Carole King married Brian Wilson in an alternate reality, and whether we actually enjoyed the film."]

Devens, Arik and Allen Pike. "Brazil." Cinema Gadfly (November 10, 2015)

Gessen, Masha. "Did a Russian Troll Farm’s Inflammatory Posts Really Sway the 2016 Election for Trump?" Democracy Now (December 23, 2018) ["The Justice Department recently indicted 13 Russians and three companies in connection with efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The indicted are accused of orchestrating an online propaganda effort to undermine the U.S. election system. The indictment claims the Russians spread negative information online about Hillary Clinton and supportive information about Donald Trump, as well as Bernie Sanders—but some are warning against overstating what Russia accomplished. For more, we speak with award-winning Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Her recent piece for The New Yorker is titled “The Fundamental Uncertainty of Mueller’s Russia."]

---. "Russiagate Has Become a Conspiracy Trap Obscuring How Trump Is Damaging Nation." Democracy Now (February 23, 2018) ["Russia-American journalist Masha Gessen talks about how President Trump has benefited from what she calls the “conspiracy trap” around Russia’s role in the 2016 election. She wrote last year, “Russiagate is helping him—both by distracting from real, documentable, and documented issues, and by promoting a xenophobic conspiracy theory in the cause of removing a xenophobic conspiracy theorist from office.”"]

Hathaway, Andrew and Courtney Small. "Better Luck Tomorrow." Changing Reels #1 (September 6, 2016)

Östlund, Ruben. "The Square." The Close-Up #153 (October 26, 2017)

Patrick Ng's 2011 short film Real Talk:
REAL TALK from Patrick Ng on Vimeo.

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