Friday, January 18, 2019

1980s Films (Teaching Archive)

Gloria (USA: John Cassavetes, 1980)

The Beyond (Italy: Lucio Fulci, 1981)

Blind Chance (Poland: Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1981: 114 mins)

Blade Runner (USA/Hong Kong: Ridley Scott, 1982)

Nostalgia (Italy/Soviet Union: Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983)

Videodrome (Canada: David Cronenberg, 1983)

The Brother From Another Planet (USA: John Sayles, 1984)

Voyage to Cythera (Greece/Italy/UK/West Germany: Theodoros Angelopoulos, 1984)

Brazil (UK: Terry Gilliam, 1985)

The Breakfast Club (USA: John Hughes, 1985)

The Color Purple (USA: Steven Spielberg, 1985)

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 18, 2019

Arreaza, Jorge. "A Coup in Progress? Venezuelan Foreign Minister Decries U.S. & Brazil-Backed Effort to Oust Maduro." Democracy Now (January 18, 2019) ["The United States and allied nations in Latin America are ratcheting up pressure on Venezuela in what appears to be a coordinated effort to remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from office. Maduro was sworn in last week to a second 6-year term following his victory in last May’s election, which was boycotted by the opposition. Days before Maduro was sworn in, opposition figure Juan Guaidó became head of the National Assembly, which soon voted to declare Maduro a “usurper” in an effort to remove him from office. The United States, Brazil and other nations have welcomed the effort. As the political crisis intensifies, Maduro has reached out to the United Nations to help establish a peace dialogue in Venezuela. We speak with Jorge Arreaza, Venezuelan foreign minister. He met with U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres this week."]

Corich-Klem, Paige and Ryan Devereaux. "Arizona Activists Face Jail Time for Providing Life-Saving Aid to Migrants Crossing Sonoran Desert." Democracy Now (January 15, 2019) ["As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history heads into its 25th day and President Trump continues to crack down on immigrants, we look at how the Trump administration is criminalizing humanitarian aid at the border. In Tucson, Arizona, activists with the humanitarian group No More Deaths go to trial today facing charges for a slew of federal crimes, all due to their efforts to leave water and food in the harsh Sonoran Desert to help refugees and migrants survive the deadly journey across the U.S. border. The charges were filed last year in January, just a week after No More Deaths published a report accusing U.S. Border Patrol agents of routinely vandalizing or confiscating water, food and other humanitarian aid, condemning refugees and migrants to die of exposure or dehydration. We speak with Paige Corich-Kleim, a humanitarian aid worker and volunteer with No More Deaths, and Ryan Devereaux, a staff reporter at The Intercept. His latest piece is titled “Arizona Judge in No More Deaths Case Had Secret Talks with Federal Prosecutors.”"]

Fortune, Beverly. "Berea farmer advocates for heirloom seeds to help mountain farming." Herald-Leader (September 28, 2017)

Gokey, Thomas and Astra Taylor. "Debt Collective." Team Human #1 (July 29, 2016) ["Joining team human are debt resisters Astra Taylor and Thomas Gokey. Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, activist, and musician. Her films include the documentaries Zizek! and the Examined Life.Taylor’s recent book The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age takes a hard look at the persisting and embedded inequalities in today’s digital media landscape. Thomas Gokey is a visual artist, adjunct professor at Syracuse University, and activist. Gokey’s piece entitled, Total Amount of Money Rendered in Exchange for a Masters of Fine Arts Degree to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Pulped into Four Sheets of Paper reimagined his own student debt as art. Both Thomas Gokey and Astra Taylor seized the momentum of Occupy Wall Street to help launch a direct action campaign of debt resistance. Working through the collective force of Strike Debt, Rolling Jubilee, and the Debt Collective, Gokey and Taylor are fighting back against the economic injustice of debt in America."]

Greenlee, Carol and Gilbert King. "The Groveland Four: Florida Pardons Men Falsely Accused in Jim Crow-Era Rape Case in 1949." Democracy Now (January 14, 2019) [MB - The unwarranted murders of the sheriff in this tale of injustice was unfortunately not an isolated or uncommon event (see Blackmon's history 'Slavery by Another Name', Alexander's book 'The New Jim Crow' or the documentary 13th on Netflix). "Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has granted posthumous pardons to four young African-American men accused of raping a white woman near Groveland, Florida, in 1949. Two men were brutally murdered as a result of the false accusations. The case is now seen as a racially charged miscarriage of justice emblematic of the Jim Crow South. The story of the “Groveland Four,” now 70 years old, has continued to haunt the state of Florida. We speak with Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America,” and Carol Greenlee, daughter of Charles Greenlee, one of the Groveland Four."]

Hunger (UK/Ireland: Steve McQueen, 2008) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Maxwell, Richard. "Greening the Media." Team Human #2 (January 2016) ["Playing for Team Human today is Professor Richard Maxwell. Richard Maxwell is a political economist of media. His research begins at the intersection of politics and economics to analyze the global media, their social and cultural impact, and the policies that regulate their reach and operations. Richard has published on a wide array of media topics. Recent work includes The Routledge Companion to Labor and Media (Editor) Media and the Ecological Crisis (co-editor) and Greening the Media with Toby Miller. In this episode of Team Human, Professor Maxwell provides an eye opening account of the environmental damage caused by media technology, the myth of a “Post Industrial” society, and what we must do create a world sustainable for people."]

Monday, January 14, 2019

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 14, 2019

Anderson, Elizabeth S. "Q and A with Elizabeth Anderson, author of Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It)." Princeton University Press (ND)

---. "What is the Point of Equality?" Ethics 109.2 (1999): 287 - 337. ["What has gone wrong here? I shall argue that these problems stem from a flawed understanding of the point of equality. Recent egalitarian writing has come to be dominated by the view that the fundamental aim of equality is to compensate people for undeserved bad luck-being born with poor native endowments, bad parents, and disagreeable personalities, suffering from accidents and illness, and so forth. I shall argue that in focusing on correcting a supposed cosmic injustice, recent egalitarian writing has lost sight of the distinctively political aims of egalitarianism. The proper negative aim of egalitarian justice is not to eliminate the impact of brute luck from human affairs, but to end oppression, which by definition is socially imposed. Its proper positive aim is not to ensure that everyone gets what they morally deserve, but to create a community in which people stand in relations of equality to others."]

Blackford, Linda. "‘A constant struggle.’ Survey finds many University of Kentucky students face hunger, food insecurity." Herald-Leader (January 11, 2019)

Davis, Angela. "Angela Davis Speaks Out on Palestine, BDS & More After Civil Rights Award Is Revoked." Democracy Now (January 11, 2019)  [MB - This should be of concern to all Americans. Our politicians at the state (26 states) and national (failed senate bill) level are trying to make it illegal (or to unduly penalize them) for American citizens, non-profits, journalists, businesses and contractors to speak out against Israel's treatment of Palestinians.]

Elias, Robert. "National Pastimes: Mindless Militarism in American Sports." No Citations Needed #59 (December 5, 2018) ["F-22 flyovers, 160-foot flags draped across the playing field, full color guards, camouflage uniforms, The Star-Spangled Banner, God Bless America, Support The Troops Nights, special perks for vets. What is the origin of the runaway military worship so ingrained in our sports? How did our professional baseball and football leagues become so infused to our military state and what can fans of these sports do to deconstruct and pushback against the forces of jingoism and military fetishizing?"]

Quinley, Caleb. "The artists promoting peace in Thailand's conflict-plagued south." Al Jazeera (January 8, 2019) ["Saiburi Looker is a group of artists aiming to rebuild communal ties and promote peace by using art as their main tool."]

Schwarz, Jon. "'Vice' Turns the Life of Dick Cheney Into Entertainment — and Stays True to His Terrible Evil." The Intercept (December 22, 2018)

Valentine, Ben. "A New Kind of Cinema Meditates on What It Means to Belong." Hyperallergic (January 8, 2019) ["Nguyen Trinh Thi’s “Fifth Cinema” imagines a new kind of film for people between bordered nations who defy neat dichotomies."]

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Slurring Bee 19

Also need 15 absurd/quirky warm up questions

Pronouncer Information 1. Read carefully the Judges, Recorders, Spellers and Audiences information that is included in the Scripps pronouncers’ guide. 2. Familiarize yourself with all words on the confidential word list. Pronunciation is important. A meeting with the judges to insure pronunciation of words and procedures will be scheduled prior to the Bee beginning. 3. Speak clearly for contestants, judges and audience alike. Grant all requests to repeat a word until the judges agree that the word has been made reasonably clear to the speller. You may request the speller to speak more clearly or louder. 4. “Pace” yourself. You need time to focus attention on the pronunciation of the new word and the judges need a few moments between each contestant to do their tasks.

Speller’s Information 1. Each speller needs to focus on the Pronouncer, to aid his or her hearing and understanding of the context of the word. A speller may ask for the word to be repeated, for its use in a sentence, for a definition, for the part of speech, and for the language of origin. 2. Each speller should pronounce the word before and after spelling it. If the speller fails to pronounce the word after spelling it, the judge may ask if they are finished. If they say yes, the judge will remind the speller to remember to repeat the word the next time. (No speller will be eliminated for failing to pronounce a word.) 3. When a speller is at the podium spelling, the next speller should be standing at a marked location ready to proceed to the podium.

452) pseudonym

453) titillation

454) beleaguered

455) fulcrum

456) decoupage

457) canorous

458) vitiate

459) vengeance

460) logorrhoea

461) mettle

462) courageous

463) audacious

464) syllogism

465) intransigence

466) epistemology


Slurring bee #2: 64

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 11, 2019

If we think the "crisis at the border" is the lack of a sure-to-be ineffective $5 billion wall and not the fact that we are currently caging and abusing (and losing track of) 14,000+ children (unnecessarily ripped from their parents) in for-profit prisons then I think as a nation, and as individual citizens, we need to ask ourselves, WTF do we care about... -- MB

Arkin, William. "On Homeland Security’s Creeping Fascism and Why the CIA & FBI Won’t Save Us from Trump." Democracy Now (January 9, 2019) [An extremely lucid and cogent critique of "the mainstream media for encouraging perpetual warfare and bolstering the national security state." Ask yourself, how many countries did we bomb the past year? How many countries are we currently fighting in militarily (directly and indirectly)? What is the role and function of the many arms of homeland security?  Should we, as citizens of a democracy, have at least a cursory knowledge (and interest/concern) about these things? Also: "Longtime Reporter Leaves NBC Saying Media Is “Trump Circus” That Encourages Perpetual War."]

"Developing A Media Education Language: From Persuasive Techniques to Analytical Tools." ACME (ND)

Elizabeth S. Anderson: Philosophy/Women's Studies Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Hochschild, Arlie. "Anger and Mourning on the American Right." Conversations with History (October 5, 2017) ["Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Arlie Hochschild for a discussion of her book "Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right." Hochschild discusses formative influences shaping her intellectual journey, describes her pioneering work on the sociology of emotions, and traces the evolution of her methodology. She then explains the decision to pursue her study of the American right in Louisiana beginning in 2011; how she undertook an empathetic engagement with citizens devastated by pollution but committed to the oil and gas industry; and how she developed a deep story to explain the emotions motivating her subjects to support right wing perspectives despite the devastation of the environment which they appreciated and loved. She also discusses their attraction to the Trump phenomena. She concludes with the lessons learned and their implications for mending the divide that is tearing the country apart."]

Kaba, Mariame. "There Are Thousands of Cyntoia Browns: Mariame Kaba on Criminalization of Sexual Violence Survivors." Democracy Now (January 10, 2019) ["Cyntoia Brown was granted full clemency by Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Monday after serving 15 years in prison. The decision follows months of intense public pressure and outrage over her case. Brown was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder for shooting her rapist as a teenager. She had been sexually trafficked and repeatedly abused and drugged. The shooting happened when Brown was just 16 years old, but she was tried as an adult. We speak with Mariame Kaba, organizer and educator who has worked on anti-domestic violence programs, anti-incarceration and racial justice programs since the late 1980s. Kaba is the co-founder of Survived and Punished, an organization that supports survivors of violence who have been criminalized for defending themselves. She’s also a board member of Critical Resistance."]

Melville, David. "A Ferocious Modesty: Benoît Jacquot’s The Wings of the Dove." Senses of Cinema #88 (October 2018)

Elizabeth S. Anderson: Philosophy/Women's Studies (Ongoing Archive)

Anderson, Elizabeth S. "Common Property: How Social Insurance Became Confused with Socialism." Boston Review (July 25, 2016)

---. "Q and A with Elizabeth Anderson, author of Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It)." Princeton University Press (ND)

---. "Slavery, Emancipation, and the Relationship of Freedom and Equality." Boston Review (August 5, 2013)

---. "What is the Point of Equality?" Ethics 109.2 (1999): 287 - 337. ["What has gone wrong here? I shall argue that these problems stem from a flawed understanding of the point of equality. Recent egalitarian writing has come to be dominated by the view that the fundamental aim of equality is to compensate people for undeserved bad luck-being born with poor native endowments, bad parents, and disagreeable personalities, suffering from accidents and illness, and so forth. I shall argue that in focusing on correcting a supposed cosmic injustice, recent egalitarian writing has lost sight of the distinctively political aims of egalitarianism. The proper negative aim of egalitarian justice is not to eliminate the impact of brute luck from human affairs, but to end oppression, which by definition is socially imposed. Its proper positive aim is not to ensure that everyone gets what they morally deserve, but to create a community in which people stand in relations of equality to others."]

Anderson, Elizabeth, Joshua Cohen and David Hollinger. "Slavery, Emancipation, and Equality." Boston Review (August 5, 2013)

Heller, Nathan. "The Philosopher Redefining Equality." The New Yorker (January 7, 2019)  ["Elizabeth Anderson thinks we’ve misunderstood the basis of a free and fair society."]

Norman, Wayne. "Elizabeth Anderson - Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It)." Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (August 2018)

Rothman, Joshua. "Are Bosses Dictators." The New Yorker (September 12, 2017)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 9, 2019

"The 100 Greatest Achievements in Cinematography in the 20th Century, According to American Society of Cinematographers." The Film Stage (January 9, 2019)

Abdurraqib, Hanif. "Blackklansman and the Art of Code Switching." Pacific Standard (August 20, 2018) ["Beyond tics in dialect, code-switching often requires a shift in ideology."]

Bitel, Anton. "Anticipating Asian Cinema in 2019." Scene 360* (January 7, 2019)

Cummings, Janae and Jon Vickers. "Boots Riley Interview." Profiles (December 23, 2018)  ["Mobilizer, instigator, and artist Boots Riley is a prolific poet, singer, songwriter, producer, humorist, and screenwriter. He is a director of films, music videos, and television. He is also a community organizer and public speaker who weaves his social activism and engagement into all of his creative work. Never afraid to speak his mind, or even to challenge his heroes, Boots Riley found politics and activism at the age of fourteen. He is heavily involved in the Occupy Oakland movement, and is one of the leaders of the activist group, The Young Comrades. His directorial debut, Sorry to Bother You, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2018, and opened in theaters nationwide in July. Boots Riley has also been recording hip-hop and funk music for over 25 years as the songwriter and lead singer of the bands The Coup, and Street Sweeper Social Club. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed collection of his writings and lyrics, called Tell Homeland Security-We Are the Bomb."]

Gerwig, Greta and Luca Guadagnino. "Oscar Contenders at NYFF." The Close-Up (January 25, 2018) ["...we’re looking back to the New York premieres of two films in the running: Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name. Both films premiered here in the 55th New York Film Festival last October, and the directors answered questions from critics and members of the press before their public screenings. Greta Gerwig joined NYFF Director Kent Jones, and Luca Guadagnino joined the Film Society’s Director of Programming Dennis Lim."]

Heller, Nathan. "The Philosopher Redefining Equality." The New Yorker (January 7, 2019)  ["Elizabeth Anderson thinks we’ve misunderstood the basis of a free and fair society."]

Iordanova, Dina. "Letter Never Sent: Refining Fire." The Current (March 21, 2012)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 8, 2019

Brody, Richard. "Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria Is the Cinematic Equivalent of a Designer Che T-Shirt." The New Yorker (October 30, 2018)

Fear, David. "Which Witch Is Which: In Praise of the Original Suspiria." Rolling Stone (October 30, 2018) ["As Luca Guadagnino’s remake goes into wide release, a look back at Dario Argento’s 1977 surreal Technicolor nightmare."]

Gee, Felicity. "Claire Denis." The Cinematologist #61 (April 19, 2018) ["The episode covers a range of topics including aesthetics and feminism, the canonisation of Beau Travail, as well as the new film and how it fits into her body of work. Music in the episode comes from some of the collaborations Denis has undertaken with the band Tindersticks."]

Lanthimos, Yorgos. "Watch Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz Spar in The Favourite." The New York Times (November 28, 2018)

Magalhães, Letícia. "#Crucial21DbW: The Second Mother / Que horas ela volta? directed by Anna Muylaert." Directed by Women (January 1, 2019)

Ng, Alan. "All is True." Film Threat (January 6, 2019)

"Philippe Garrel Talks Filmmaking at NYFF." The Close-Up (January 4, 2018)

Prendeville, David. "#Crucial21DbW: In My Skin/Dans Ma Peau directed by Marina de Van." Directed by Women (January 2, 2019)

Solomon, Stefan. "The Imitation Game: Jean Eustache’s My Little Loves." Senses of Cinema #88 (October 2018)

"Winners 2018." British Independent Film Awards (December 3, 2018)

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 6, 2019

"A Counterbalance to Canonization (The Political Life of George H.W. Bush)." Best of the Left #1235 (December 14, 2018) ["Today we take a look critically at the life and times of George H.W. Bush."]

Bombach, Alexandria. "On Her Shoulders: Stunning Film Follows Nobel Peace Winner Nadia Murad’s Fight to End Sexual Violence." Democracy Now (January 3, 2019) ["We look at the remarkable story of Nadia Murad, the Yazidi human rights activist from Iraq who was recently awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Murad was kidnapped by the Islamic State in 2014 and repeatedly raped as she was held in captivity. After managing to escape, Murad fled Iraq and has dedicated her life to drawing international attention to the plight of the Yazidi people. The documentary “On Her Shoulders” follows Murad as she shares her story with the world. The documentary has been shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and recently received the Columbia Journalism duPont Award. We speak with the film’s award-winning director Alexandria Bombach."]

Cohen, Julie and Betsy West. "RBG: As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Recovers from Surgery, a Remarkable Film Charts Her Trajectory." Democracy Now (December 27, 2018) ["Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been discharged from the hospital following surgery that removed two malignant growths in her left lung. Doctors called the surgery a success and said there’s no sign that Ginsburg’s cancer has spread. The health of the liberal 85-year-old justice—the oldest sitting justice on the Supreme Court bench—has come under increased scrutiny in recent years. In November, she was hospitalized after a fall that resulted in three fractured ribs. She previously fractured two ribs in 2012 and has twice survived cancer—pancreatic cancer in 2009 and colon cancer in 1999. Despite her illnesses, in her 25 years on the court Ginsburg has never missed a day of oral argument. We turn now to a remarkable award-winning documentary released earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. The film has been shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. It’s called ”RBG.”"]

Grossman, Julie. "In a Lonely Place." The Cinematologists #59 (March 12, 2018) ["The career of Nicolas Ray boasts many films that are part of the cinematic canon, but it was his 1950 Film Noir In a Lonely Place that cemented his directorial sensibility and his appreciation of the fragile human condition. Starring an ageing Humphrey Bogart, in one of his most complex roles, and Gloria Grahame, who perhaps even surpasses Bogey in a performance that has the wit of Bacall, the emotion of Bergman and the sexiness of Hayworth. Screened in front of a full house in Hastings' Electric Palace In a Lonely Place provokes many interesting questions around sexual politics, representation, the dark side of Hollywood and how we understand cinema through the problematic structure of genre. For this episode, Dario interviews Professor Julie Grossman, director of Film Studies at Le Moyne College, upstate New York. Prof Grossman's book Rethinking the Femme Fatale contests the critical discourses that simplistically posit the female icon of Noir as an object of male fantasy and anxiety."]

Lodge, Guy. "The horror? How Suspiria leads the way for arthouse scares." The Guardian (October 24, 2018) ["In Luca Guadagnino’s lavish remake of the giallo classic, genre formula is upended for something far more audacious. It’s the latest ‘art-horror’ to confuse audiences."]

Miéville, China. "A Strategy for Ruination." Boston Review (January 8, 2018) ["Writing about China Miéville in the Guardian, fantasy luminary Ursula K. Le Guin opined, “You can’t talk about Miéville without using the word ‘brilliant.’” Miéville is a rare sort of polyglot, an acclaimed novelist—he has won nearly every award for fantasy and science fiction that there is, often multiple times—who is equally comfortable in the worlds of politics and academia. Combining his skills as a storyteller and Marxist theorist, his most recent book, October, regales readers with the key events of the Russian Revolution. In this interview, Miéville discusses the intersections between his creative oeuvre and the political projects of utopia and dystopia."]

O'Leary, Barbara Ann. "Crucial 21st Century Cinema #DirectedbyWomen." #DirectedbyWomen (December 4, 2018)

Purnell, Derecka. "Radical Political Action." Boston Review (March 7, 2016) ["In the Black Study, Black Struggle forum, Robin D. G. Kelley advocates for a rebirth of grassroots political education. A forum contributor, Derecka Purnell, informed us that some groups of student-activists are already doing exactly that. At Harvard Law School, a group called Reclaim Harvard Law has occupied one of the school's lounges and is holding weekly political education sessions there. Purnell shared with us her list of the texts that have been circulating in the group. It reveals an investment in liberation from not only racial oppression, but from all forms of oppression, including sexual and financial. This is informed by a commitment to "intersectionality," Kimberlé Crenshaw's insight that various forms of oppression are entangled and amplify one another, and thus must be fought in concert. We present this list, in the form it was presented to us, as the current pulse of the movement and a testament to its members' brilliance."]

"Understanding the Yellow Vests Protests." Best of the Left #1237 (December 21, 2018) ["Today we take a look at the Yellow Vests protest in France to understand what they are, how they started and what implications they have for the struggle between neoliberal, fascist and progressive politics worldwide."]