Friday, February 26, 2016



Girlhood (France: Céline Sciamma, 2014)




Girlhood (France: Céline Sciamma, 2014: 113 mins)

Brown, William. "Girlhood is remarkable – a film brimming with messages of empowerment." The Conversation (May 7, 2015)

Galibert-Laîné, Chloé. "Why Framing Matters in Movies." Keyframe (January 1, 2016)

Girlhood Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Harris, Sue. "Film of the Week: Girlhood." Sight and Sound (December 14, 2015)

Hudson, David. "Cannes 2014 | Céline Sciamma’s GIRLHOOD." Keyframe (May 15, 2014)

Kohn, Eric. "Céline Sciamma's Girlhood Is One of the Best Coming of Age Movies In Years." Indiewire (May 15, 2014)

Landry, Jenna. "Girlhood." Feminist Film Studies (April 22, 2015)

Mayer, Sophie. "'She's getting back in the frame': Interview with Céline Sciamma." The F Word (May 5, 2015)

Romney, Jonathan. "The stars of Girlhood: ‘Our poster is all over Paris, with four black faces on it…’" The Guardian (March 4, 2014)

Rossi, Jordan. "The Interview: Céline Sciamma - Girlhood." Hunger TV (May 8, 2015)

Scott, A.O. "Exploring the Limits in a Man’s World: In Girlhood, a French Adolescent Comes Out of Her Shell." The New York Times (January 3, 2015)

Wilson, Emma. "Scenes of Hurt and Rapture: Céline Sciamma's Girlhood." Film Quarterly 70.3 (Spring 2017): 10-22.

















Monday, February 15, 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (USA: J.J. Abrams, 2015)




Star Wars: The Force Awakens (USA: J.J. Abrams, 2015: 135 mins)

Boyson, Oscar. "What Makes Star Wars Star Wars." (Posted on Vimeo: December 2015)

Connor, J.D. "Making Things Right: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.” The Los Angeles Review of Books (January 7, 2016)

Hassler-Forest, Dan. "Politicizing Star Wars: Anti-Fascism vs. Nostalgia in Rogue One." The Los Angeles Review of Books (December 26, 2016)

Jagernauth, Kevin. "Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Joins $1 Billion Club In Record Time, 'Daddy's Home' Arrives Strong In Second." The Playlist (December 27, 2015)

---. "Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Smashes Opening Weekend Record, Soars Past $500 Million Worldwide." The Playlist (December 20, 2015)

Jameson, A.D. "The Force Awakens Ain't Star Wars." The Talking Book (January 6, 2016)

Kempenaar, Adam and Josh Larsen. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Filmspotting (December 16, 2015)

Kermode, Mark. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens review – consider me conquered." The Guardian (December 20, 2015)

Nero, Dominick. "The Funny Thing About Star Wars: Is That It Actually is Funny." Keyframe (December 12, 2016)

O'Falt, Chris. "How the New 'Star Wars' Movie is Bringing Celluloid Back to Cinema." Indiewire (December 14, 2015)

O'Hehir, Andrew. "Dear “Star Wars” fans: I’m super sorry I ruined the whole thing for everybody." Salon (December 17, 2015)

Orr, Christopher. "The Force Awakens and a Critical Turnaround." The Atlantic (December 31, 2015)

Robinson, Tasha. "With Star Wars' Rey, we've reached Peak Strong Female Character: And there's nothing wrong with that." The Verge (December 19, 2015)

Schnelbach, Leah. "Women are the Champions of the Rebellion Now." TOR (December 5, 2017)

Seitz, Matt Zoller. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Roger Ebert (December 18, 2015)














Thursday, February 11, 2016

Vertigo (USA: Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)




Vertigo (USA: Alfred Hitchcock, 1958: 128 mins)

Ashkin, Jeffrey, Gabe Haggard and Lady P. "Vertigo." Flixwise #2 (March 18, 2014)

Auiler, Dan, et al. "Vertigo." The Projection Booth #286 (August 30, 2016) ["Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is a tale of obsession which has sparked an obsession in many of its viewers.Jimmy Stewart stars as John "Scottie" Ferguson, a disgraced detective who's hired by an old friend to follow his wife, Madeline (Kim Novak), who seems to have become possessed by a spirit from San Francisco's past. Professors Tania Modleski and Susan White (no relation) join Mike to discuss the film which was ranked as the best film in the world in a 2012 Sight & Sound poll. Authors Patrick McGilligan (Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light) and Dan Auiler (Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic)."]

Balsom, Erika. "In Search of the Female Gaze." Cinema Scope #83 (Summer 2020) [" Why not give up on searching for the female gaze and persist instead in the call for another gaze, to borrow the name of the London-based feminist film journal? And yet another and another? It would leave open an intersectional space of invention and difference; it would remain sensitive to historical specificity; and it would welcome a plurality unconstrained by a binary opposition to maleness—something hardly possible in a rule-based approach that designates particular qualities as inherently feminine and others not."]

Bateman, Conor. "The Secret Video Essays of Jenni Olson." Keyframe (Posted on Vimeo: April 2016)

Cleaver, Sarah Kathryn and Mary Wild. "Fashion Films Episode 6: Shopping for Meaning." Projections (April 19, 2019) ["This week Mary and Sarah delve further into fashion and fetish with two films about shopping and its connection to control; Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) and Pretty Woman (1990) directed by Gary Marshall."]

Dirks, Tim. "Vertigo (1958)." Film Site (No Date)

Dyer, Jay. "Vertigo (1958) - Esoteric Analysis." Jay's Analysis (October 21, 2013)

Ebert, Roger. "Great Movie: Vertigo." Chicago Sun-Times (October 13, 1996)

Grant, Catherine. "Study of a Single Film: Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo." Film Studies for Free (November 22, 2010)

Groves, Tim. "Vertigo and the Maelstrom of Criticism." Screening the Past (November 2011)

Huntjens, Joyce. "Vertigo. A vertiginous gap in reality and a woman who doesn't exist." Image and Narrative (January 2003)

Isaacs, Bruce. "The Art of Pure Cinema: Hitchcock and His Imitators." New Books in Film (September 28, 2020) ["The Art of Pure Cinema: Hitchcock and His Imitators (Oxford University Press) is the first book-length study to examine the historical foundations and stylistic mechanics of pure cinema. Author Bruce Isaacs, Associate Professor of Film Studies and Director of the Film Studies Program at the University of Sydney, explores the potential of a philosophical and artistic approach most explicitly demonstrated by Hitchcock in his later films, beginning with Hitchcock’s contact with the European avant-garde film movement in the mid-1920s. Tracing the evolution of a philosophy of pure cinema across Hitchcock’s most experimental works – Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, and Frenzy – Isaacs rereads these works in a new and vital context. In addition to this historical account, the book presents the first examination of pure cinema as an integrated stylistics of mise en scène, montage, and sound design. The films of so-called Hitchcockian imitators like Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and Brian De Palma are also examined in light of a provocative claim: that the art of pure cinema is only fully realized after Hitchcock."]

Kuersten, Erich. "CinemArchetype #2: The Anima." Acidemic (January 29, 2012)

---. "CinemArchetype #4: The Hanged Man." Acidemic  (February 12, 2012)

Lutgen, Lisa.  "Vertigo: A Revelation of Ideals and Truth."  (Posted on Vimeo: 2014)

Nedomansky, Vashi. "Evolution of the Dolly Zoom." (Posted on Vimeo: 2014)

Samadder, Rhik. "My Favorite Hitchcock: Vertigo." The Guardian (August 10, 2012)

Scorsese, Martin. "The Persisting Vision: Reading the Language of Cinema." The New York Review of Books (August 15, 2013)

Stone, Rob. "Before Sunrise and Sunset." Film Studies for Free (February 25, 2014)

Vertigo Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)





























"things are not what they seem," A Video Essay by Susana Aho from MGFX UConnDMD on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Out 1 (France: Jacques Rivette, 1971)




Out 1 (France: Jacques Rivette, 1971: 729 mins)

Anderson, Melissa. "Watch and Learn: Out 1." Artforum (November 2, 2015)

Bale, Miriam, et al. "Let Us Now Praise Jacques Rivette." The Cinephiliacs (February 14, 2016)


Bocko, Joel. "Lured in by Lynch and Rivette." Keyframe (December 8, 2015)

Dillard, Clayton. "Interview: Michael Lonsdale." Slant (November 3, 2015)

Ebiri, Bilge. "Inside Out 1: A Revisitation, Of Sorts." They Live By Night (November 4, 2015)

Ehrenstein, David. "All Power to the Imagination: Rivette’s OUT 1" Keyframe (November 20, 2015) ["Like all Rivette works, it’s obsessed with the interrelationship between theater and life, reality and fantasy. And it accomplishes this while evoking the malaise that came in the wake of May ‘68."]

Fujishima, Kenji. "Jacques Rivette's Newly Restored Masterpiece Out 1." The Playlist (November 3, 2015)

Lim, Dennis. "An Elusive All-Day Film and the Bug-Eyed Few Who Have Seen It." The New York Times (June 4, 2006)

López, Cristina Álvarez and Adrian Martin.  "Paratheatre: Plays Without Stages" Notebook (August 7, 2014)