Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Resources for October 31, 2017

"Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972)." Philosophical Films (ND)

Bailey, John. "Kim Stringfellow: Greetings from the Salton Sea." John's Bailiwick (October 30, 2017)

Barton, Ryland. "Gov. Matt Bevin’s Pension Proposal Is Out. Here’s How It Will Affect Kentuckians." WFPL (October 29, 2017)

"B. Ruby Rich (also with Club Des Femmes and Yance Ford)." The Cinematologists #49b (June 28, 2017) ["This episode of the podcast - produced in association with Club des Femmes and The Barbican - focuses on the recent retrospective and celebration of the American Film Critic, Scholar and Curator B. Ruby Rich (@brrich1) entitled Bring Ruby Rich. The centrepiece of the podcast is a wide ranging interview with Ruby herself covering, among many things, her initial entry into film criticism, her promotion of the cinema as a social space, the legacy of her concept of New Queer Cinema, and the possibility of a political cinema in the digital age. We also interview Sophie Mayer (@tr0ublemayer) and Selina Robertson (@Clubdesfemmes), from Club Des Femmes who organised the event. And there is an in-depth Q&A hosted by Ruby and featuring Yance Ford (@yford) who discusses his first feature, to be released on Netflix in September, entitled Strong Island."]

Bird, Daniel, et al. "On the Silver Globe (1988)." The Projection Booth #329 (June 27, 2017)["Initially begun in 1977 and not released until (1988, Andrzej Zulawski, On the Silver Globe, is based on a series called The Lunar Trilogy by Zulawski's great uncle Jerzy. Joe Yanick and Heather Drain join Mike in an attempt to unravel the Polish sci-fi epic."]

Bichlbaum, Andy.  "Behind the Hijinks of The Yes Men." Waging Nonviolence (June 4, 2015)

Brown, Aileen, Will Parish and Alice Speri. "Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Use at Standing Rock to 'Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies.'" The Intercept (May 27, 2017)

D'Anna, Becky, James Hancock and Adam Rackoff. "30 Years of Star Trek: The Next Generation." Wrong Reel #287 (June 2017)

Donnie Darko (USA: Richard Kelly, 2001) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Flores, Steven. "The Auteurs: Francois Ozon." Cinema Axis (May 20, 2014)

Hichens, Christopher. "Once Upon a Time in Germany." Vanity Fair (August 2009) ["Movies have often romanticized Communist revolutionaries—think Benicio Del Toro as Che. But a new action thriller, The Baader Meinhof Complex, counterpunches, exposing the violent psychosis that gripped the young militants of the Red Army Faction in 1970s West Germany."]

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "It Comes at Night / The Thing (Pt. 1)." The Next Picture Show #82 (June 27, 2017)

---. "It Comes at Night / The Thing (Pt. 2)." The Next Picture Show #83 (June 29, 2017)

Lieber, Ron. "A Student Loan Nightmare: The Teacher in the Wrong Payment Plan." The New York Times (October 27, 2017)

---. "Panicked Borrowers, and the Education Department’s Unsettling Silence." The New York Times (April 7, 2017)

MacGillis, Alec. "The Ordeal of Appalachia: A new account challenges our notion of how the people of Appalachia 'acquired civilization and then lost it.'" ProPublica (October 30, 2017)

Mann, Doug. "Enid as Situationist: Commodity Fetishism, Alienation and Authenticity in Ghost World." (ND: Posted on his academic page for Western University - Canada)

---. "Hunting Elk in the Ruins: Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club as Neo-Situationist Satire of Consumer Capitalism." (ND: Posted on his academic page for Western University - Canada)

Muldowney, Decca. "Info Wars: Inside the Left’s Online Efforts to Out White Supremacists." Pro Publica (October 30, 2017)

Strether, Lambert. "In Praise of Libraries." Naked Capitalism (October 29, 2017)

Subissati, Andrea and Alexandra West. "Mark of the Beast: American Werewolf in London (1981) and Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)." Faculty of Horror (June 26, 2017)

---. "Undead Walking: Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985)." Faculty of Horror #54 (October 31, 2017)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Resources for October 30, 2017

Buckler, Dana. "True Lies (1994)." How Is This Movie? (June 26, 2017)

D., Margo and Margo P. "The Witches of Eastwick." Book vs Movie (October 29, 2017)

Farley, Lin. "Sexual Harassment, Revisited." On the Media (October 27, 2017)  ["Since the news of disgraced Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and assault of over 50 women, similar accusations have been lodged against men in Hollywood, journalism, the food industry, business and politics. The growing list suggests that we have begun a new era, where what was often dismissed as a regrettable occupational hazard, is finally being acknowledged as a crime. Lin Farley, author of Sexual Shakedown; the Sexual Harassment of Women on the Job, has been fighting for this moment since the mid-1970s, when she first coined the term “sexual harassment.” She and Brooke discuss how this language helped catalyze a change in attitudes around sexual misconduct, and how far we still have to go."]

Fishko, Sara. "Covering the JFK Assassination." On the Media (October 27, 2017)  ["The day that President John F. Kennedy died, TV was still relatively young. Live, on-site reporting was extremely cumbersome, costly and rare. But that day, the medium, and America’s relationship to it, changed forever. In this piece, originally aired in 2001, WNYC’s Sara Fishko, host of the Fishko Files, spoke with the TV anchors who covered the assassination, the president’s funeral and the attack on Lee Harvey Oswald in real time."]

Mann, Doug. "Buddhists, Existentialists and Situationists: Waking up in Waking Life." (ND: Published on his Western University - Canada webpage)

Publius, Gaius. "Defining Neoliberalism." Naked Capitalism (October 28, 2017)

Quinones, Sam. "Cultural History of the Opiate Epidemic." Radio West (October 27, 2017) ["The journalist Sam Quinones has called opiate addiction “the closest thing to enslavement that we have in America today.” It’s a scourge fueled by pharmaceutical companies and drug cartels, and it takes advantage of some heavy cultural baggage on either side of the border. Poor people in Mexico are looking for a leg up, while disaffected people in the world’s richest country just want to check out. Quinones joins us to discuss the culture of the opiate epidemic."]

Rosenbaum, Ron. "What the JFK Conspiracy Theories Say About Us." On the Media (October 27, 2017) ["Thousands of previously classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy were released this week, while President Trump ordered a review of a few hundred files that were withheld for national security concerns. The document release has been anticipated by conspiracy theorists who still question whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in November 1963, and why. Brooke speaks with journalist Ron Rosenbaum about his long-time interest in the case and how 50 years of searching for answers has changed the "landscape of the American mind.""]

Taibbi, Matt. "I Can't Breathe." On the Media (October 27, 2017) ["On July 17, 2014 Eric Garner died at the hands of a police officer on a Staten Island sidewalk, launching a frenzy of media coverage and questions over police brutality, the criminal justice system and America's ongoing struggle with race. Years later, the media attention is gone and the questions remain. In his new book, I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street, journalist Matt Taibbi explores the life and death of Eric Garner and examines what his story can teach us about the realities of policing, race and justice in America."]

Never let go of this fiery sadness called desire. (Patti Smith, Radio Ethiopia, 1976)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Resources for October 28, 2017

Burmilla, Ed. "When the Serfs Rebelled." Jacobin (October 28, 2017) ["In 1839, a small pocket of feudalism still existed in New York State. Then tenant farmers got organized."]

Chretien, Todd. "A Novel Retelling of the October Revolution: Interview with China Miéville." International Socialist Review #107 (Winter 2017-2018).

Goro, El. "Stand by Me (1986) and Sandlot (1993)." Talk Without Rhythm #375 (June 25, 2017)

Graham, Darwin Dond, A.C. Thompson and Ali Winston. "Racist, Violent, Unpunished: A White Hate Group’s Campaign of Menace." ProPublica (October 19, 2017)

Hart, Carl. "People Are Dying in Opioid Crisis Because of Politicians’ Ignorance." Democracy Now (October 27, 2017) ["President Trump announced Thursday that he is directing the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency—walking back his plans, announced in August, to declare it a more serious “national emergency.” The shift means the federal government will not, as of now, direct any new federal funds to address the opioid crisis, which killed 64,000 Americans last year. We speak with Columbia University psychology and psychiatry professor Carl Hart, who argues people are dying because of ignorance, not because of opioids."]

Heath, Roderick. "Godzilla (2014)." Ferdy on Films (May 2014)

King, Jr., Martin Luther. "Beyond Vietnam: Speech at Riverside Church Meeting, New York, NY (April 4, 1967)."  (excerpted from Clayborne Carson et al., eds., Eyes on the Prize: A Reader and Guide (New York: Penguin, 1987), 201-04."]

---. "The Southern Christian Leadership Conference Presidential Address." (August 16, 1967) ["This is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last presidential address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1967). For those who have tried to convert Dr. King into a harmless symbol while ignoring his message,this is a most uncomfortable speech indeed, which is why you never hear too much about it. It remains relevant today."]

McNeil, Jeremiah. "Teruo Ishii - Blind Woman’s Curse." My Cinematic Mind (ND)

Qureshi, Bilal. "In the Square, a Scandinavian Satire of a Modern Art Museum." All Things Considered (October 26, 2017)

Turse, Nick. "From Niger to Somalia, U.S. Military Expansion in Africa Helps Terror Groups Recruit." Democracy Now (October 27, 2017) ["As U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley travels in Africa and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a classified briefing Thursday with Pentagon officials on the deadly ambush in Niger, where five Nigerien soldiers were killed along with four U.S. soldiers, we speak with reporter Nick Turse, who says U.S. military activity in Africa is a recruiting tool for terror groups."]

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Resources for October 26, 2017

Ashenmiller, Josh. "White Privilege? It’s in the Fine Print (Django Unchained, American Hustle, 99 Homes)." Bright Lights Film Journal (September 22, 2017)

Berrett, Trevor, David Blakeslee and Scott Nye. "Jack Clayton's The Innocents." Criterion Cast #187 (October 25, 2017) ["This genuinely frightening, exquisitely made supernatural gothic stars Deborah Kerr as an emotionally fragile governess who comes to suspect that there is something very, very wrong with her precocious new charges. A psychosexually intensified adaptation of Henry James’s classic The Turn of the Screw, cowritten by Truman Capote and directed by Jack Clayton, The Innocents is a triumph of narrative economy and technical expressiveness, from its chilling sound design to the stygian depths of its widescreen cinematography by Freddie Francis."]

Chipman, Melissa. "When Religious Freedom Imposes." LEO Weekly (October 25, 2017)

Hancock, James, Mikhail Karadimov and Brittany Starna. "Sofia Coppola & The Beguiled." Wrong Reel #285 (June 24, 2017)

Johnson, Adam. "Reposting Amazon Press Releases at Bezos-Owned Washington Post." FAIR (October 25, 2017)

Kroll, Andy. "FCC Enables Faster Media Consolidation as Pro-Trump Sinclair Group Seizes Even More Local Stations." Democracy Now (October 26, 2017) ["A major decision by the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday eliminated a decades-old rule that ensures community residents can have a say in their local broadcast TV station. This comes as the FCCannounced plans Wednesday to abolish long-standing media ownership rules. Opponents say these changes will accelerate media consolidation, allowing massive corporate media companies, such as the right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group, to buy up and control even more local stations."]

Sabo, Lee Western. "Cosmic Melodrama: Darren Aronofsky's Mother!" Bright Lights Film Journal (September 26, 2017)

Scott-Mitchell, Katie. "Lonely, but Not Alone: Death as a Collective Experience in David Lowery’s A Ghost Story." Bright Lights Film Journal (September 18, 2017)

Vitkovskaya, Julie. "What are ‘black sites?’ 6 key things to know about the CIA’s secret prisons overseas." The Washington Post (January 25, 2017)

Werner, Angela. "In 'Wet Kiss' for Wall Street, Congress Overturns Rules Allowing People to Sue Banks for Misconduct." Democracy Now (October 26, 2017) ["After nine months of struggling to deliver on their legislative priorities, Senate Republicans found unity Tuesday when they overturned a rule that makes it easier for Americans to sue banks and credit card companies. The rule was developed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and would have allowed people to file class action lawsuits that could have cost the banks billions of dollars."]

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Resources for October 25, 2017

Blakeslee, David, et al. "Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up." Criterion Cast (June 23, 2017) ["In 1966, Michelangelo Antonioni transplanted his existentialist ennui to the streets of swinging London for this international sensation, the Italian filmmaker’s first English-language feature. A countercultural masterpiece about the act of seeing and the art of image making, Blow-Up takes the form of a psychological mystery, starring David Hemmings as a fashion photographer who unknowingly captures a death on film after following two lovers in a park. Antonioni’s meticulous aesthetic control and intoxicating color palette breathe life into every frame, and the jazzy sounds of Herbie Hancock, a beautifully evasive performance by Vanessa Redgrave, and a cameo by the Yardbirds make the film a transporting time capsule from a bygone era. Blow-Up is a seductive immersion into creative passion, and a brilliant film by one of cinema’s greatest artists."]

Brayton, Tim. "Behind the Mask: The Skin I Live In." Cinematheque (October 25, 2017)

Coppola, Sofia. "On Filmmaking and The Beguiled." The Close-Up (June 22, 2017)

Cribbs, John, et al. "The History of the Planet of the Apes." Wrong Reel #284 (June 22, 2017)

Dufour, Jules. "The Worldwide Network of U.S. Military Bases: The Global Deployment of US Military Personnel." Global Research (March 7, 2016)

Johnson, Chalmers. "Militarism and the American Empire." Conversations with History (2005)

---. "On Our Managed Democracy." Truthdig (May 16, 2008)

Lack, Jonathan R. "Absolute Contingencies: The Double Life of Veronique, Under the Skin, Proteus, and the Wonder of Internalizing Art." Fade to Lack (May 7, 2014)

Lovelace, Grace. "Wonderstruck II: Todd Haynes’ Places of Discovery and Wonder." Bright Lights Film Journal (October 24, 2017)

Mayer, Sophie. "The new Wuthering Heights does not ignore racism; it tackles it full on." The Guardian (December 8, 2014)

Pilkington, Ed. "Rightwing alliance plots assault to 'defund and defang' America's unions." The Guardian (August 2017)

Battle Royale (Japan: Kinji Fukasaku, 2000)

Battle Royale (Japan: Kinji Fukasaku, 2000: 114 mins)

"Battle Royale." Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Bowen, Chuck. "Battle Royale." Slant (May 20, 2012)

Egan, Mike. "An Analysis of Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale." The Jet Fuel Review Blog (March 12, 2015)

Erickson, Steve. "How Battle Royale Became a Cult Hit and Capitalized on the Hunger Games."

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "Battle Royale / Hunger Games Series (Pt. 1)." The Next Picture Show #3 (November 24, 2015) ["With the final installment of the blockbuster YA series THE HUNGER GAMES hitting theaters, we look back to the material many accused HUNGER GAMES author Suzanne Collins of ripping off: 2000's BATTLE ROYALE, a hyper-violent Japanese film adaptation of a hyper-violent manga about kids killing kids in a government-mandated slaughter. In this episode, we get into the many similarities – and many more differences – between the two, as well as BATTLE ROYALE's reputation and place in the larger scope...]

---. "Battle Royale / Hunger Game Series (Pt. 2)." The Next Picture Show (November 24, 2015)

Lack, Jonathan R. "Hana-bi, Battle Royale, and a Theory of Transgressive Transcendence." Fade to Lack (July 30, 2014)

---. "The Hunger Games Versus Battle Royale – A Critical Analysis of Two Similar Works: Act One – Comparing the Original Books." Fade to Lack (March 20, 2012)

---. "The Hunger Games Versus Battle Royale – A Critical Analysis of Two Similar Works: Act Two – Why Hunger Games is the Dumb American Version of Battle Royale." Fade to Lack (March 21, 2012)

---. "The Hunger Games Versus Battle Royale – A Critical Analysis of Two Similar Works: Act Three – My ultimate conclusions on this whole sordid affair...." Fade to Lack (March 22, 2012)

Rothman, Joshua. "The Real Hunger Games: Battle Royale." Culture Desk (August 3, 2012)

Scott, A.O. "A Field Trip to End All Field Trips, Literally, for These Ninth Graders." The New York Times (May 24, 2012)

Battle Royale (A video essay from Roger Ebert's Far Flung Correspondents) from Michael Mirasol on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Resources for October 24, 2017

The Act of Killing (Denmark/Norway/UK/Sweden/Finland: Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Bruggers, James. "2,000 Miles of Kentucky's Beautiful Pine Mountain Saved." Herald-Leader (October 20, 2017)

Cassidy, Brendan and J.D. Duran. "Gerald's Game; The Little Hours." InSession Film (October 22, 2017)

Cheves, John. "Kentucky lawmaker wants to protect motorists who run into street protesters." Herald-Leader (October 22, 2017) 

Fields, Robin and Joe Sexton. "How Many American Women Die From Causes Related to Pregnancy or Childbirth? No One Knows." Pro Publica (October 23, 2017)

Fowler, Darren. "To Erotically Know: The Ethics and Pedagogy of Moonlight." Liquid Blackness #7 (October 2017)

Hewitt, Jan. "Midwestern Neon Blues."  The F Word (October 19, 2017) ["US midwesterner and noise merchant EMA, returns with Exile In The Outer Ring, an album of haunting anthems for the Trump era."]

Karaduman, Arzu. "'Hush-hush, I Will Know When I Know': PostBlack Sound Aesthetics in Moonlight." Liquid Blackness #7 (October 2017)

Mayer, Sophie. "The Punk Singer: How To Be a Rebel Girl." The F Word (May 13, 2014)

Naureckas, Jim. "No, US Didn't 'Stand By' Indonesian Genocide - It Actively Participated." Monthly Review (October 20, 2017)

Spence, Steve. "Hip-Hop Aesthetics and La Haine." Liquid Blackness #7 (October 2017)

Yogerst, Chris. "The Real and the Imagined in Douglas Rushkoff's Aleister and Adolph." Los Angeles Review of Books (October 21, 2017)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Resources for October 23, 2017

Al-Hamza, Abdel Aziz, Mohammed Al-Musali and Matthew Heineman. "Raqqa Liberated." On the Media (October 18, 2017) ["News came this week that the US backed Syrian Democratic Forces had finally liberated the city of Raqqa from the grip of ISIS. For the past three years the people trapped inside the oppressive ISIS regime suffered daily. Yet, reports of torture and assassination in the terrorized city did not come from traditional outlets. Rather, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a band of citizen journalists led by Abdel Aziz al-Hamza, risked their lives to report the egregious conditions in a place that was notoriously difficult to enter or escape. Matthew Heineman followed this group in his new documentary, City of Ghosts. Bob speaks with Heineman and al-Hamza about their experiences in Raqqa and how these journalists found inspiration to continue their work. Also, Iraq’s nine-month operation to push ISIS out of Mosul yielded bittersweet news this summer: the liberation of a starved and terrorized city. Over the previous three years, ISIS sought to completely isolate the people of Mosul by shutting off access to the internet and outside media. Radio Al-Ghad, a community radio station, defied the media blackout and risked death to give a voice to the civilian population. Brooke speaks to Al-Ghad’s founder Mohammed Al-Musali about how his heroic team managed to shine a light into Mosul, win over ISIS supporters, and save countless lives."]

Hasler, Jeff. "Jane." Following Films (October 20, 2017) ["JANE is the story of how Jane Goodall became Jane Goodall – using footage shot by future husband Hugo van Lawick of her first experiences in Gombe, Tanzinia in the 1960’s. Previously thought to be lost forever, the footage was only recently discovered in a storage unit, and has been now masterfully intercut with interviews of present-day Jane Goodall to provide an in-depth portrait of her life. Directed by Bret Morgen (THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE, MONTAGUE OF HECK) the documentary also features an enchanting original score by Philip Glass."]

Raengo, Alessandra. "Holding Blackness: Aesthetics of Suspensions." Liquid Blackness #7 (October 2017)

Selma (UK/USA: Ava DuVernay, 2014) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Resources for October 20, 2017

Armstrong, Scott, Randy Goodman and Jeremy Scahill. "'The Most Important Journalist You’ve Never Heard Of': Remembering William Worthy (1921-2014)." Democracy Now (May 19, 2014)
["We spend the hour remembering the pioneering journalist William Worthy, who died earlier this month at the age of 92. During the height of the Cold War, Worthy defied the U.S. government by reporting from the Soviet Union, Cuba, China, Iran, North Vietnam and Algeria. He also worked closely with many African-American leaders, including A. Philip Randolph and Malcolm X. In the late 1950s, the State Department refused to renew his passport after he returned from a reporting trip into China. Despite not having a passport, Worthy traveled to Cuba in 1961 — two years after the Cuban revolution — and interviewed Fidel Castro. He was arrested upon returning to the United States — not for traveling to Cuba but for entering the United States illegally — an American citizen without a passport. The ordeal became the subject of Phil Ochs’ song, “The Ballad of William Worthy.” In 1981, Worthy traveled to Iran, two years after the revolution ousted the U.S.-backed Shah, resulting in a series of blockbuster exposés about U.S. actions in Iran. “For this generation of younger journalists who are coming of age in the era of the Edward Snowden documents, WikiLeaks, of the government surveillance on the metadata of journalists and many millions of people in this country and around the world, I would say that William Worthy is the single most important journalist that they’ve never heard of,” said investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, who considered Worthy a mentor. “If Bill Worthy was a white journalist, and not been an African-American journalist, he would be much better known than he is right now.” We air excerpts of our 1998 interview with Worthy and speak to Scahill, former Washington Post reporter Scott Armstrong, and Randy Goodman, a photojournalist who worked and traveled with Worthy throughout the 1980s."]

Belzile, Becky. "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Emotional Connection." Pop Culture Case Study (June 22, 2017) ["We talk about female directors, horror movies, vampires, male and female gaze..."]

Brenner, Rebecca. "How American Racism Shaped Nazism." Black Perspectives (October 5, 2017)

Cargill, Robert C. and Brian Salisbury. "Spaceballs." Junkfood Cinema (June 22, 2017)

Davis-Cohen, Simon. "Fossil Fuel Misinformation Helps Quash Community Effort to Ban Fracking in Youngstown, Ohio." Desmog (October 18, 2017) [Lambert Strether at Naked Capitalism comments: "In Ohio, initiatives can now be removed from the ballot, either by local boards of elections or the Secretary of State, even if they gather the required number of signatures. Fighting resource-extraction projects like fracking out in the colonies through the permitting and regulatory process is already difficult, and democracy-stifling laws like this just make matters worse (although easier for the comprador class in local power structures). This is exceptionally nasty, and the fossil fuel industry used their new tool to good advantage."]

Ellsberg, Daniel. "Edward Snowden: saving us from the United Stasi of America." The Guardian (June 10, 2013) [When lamenting the rise and reign of Trump try not to operate in an ahistorical vacuum that pretends that Trump came from nowhere and is an anomaly in the American government/system. I was reminded of this as I read Daniel Ellsberg's (leaker of the Pentagon Papers) 2013 editorial on/about Edward Snowden (leaker of materials detailing the NSA's spying on citizens at home and abroad).]

Kiang, Jessica. "Xavier Dolan’s F’d-Up, Profane And Amazingly Alive Mommy." IndieWire (March 21, 2014)

Koski, Genvieve, et al. "Blade Runner 2049 (2017) / Blade Runner (1982), Part 1." The Next Picture Show #98 (October 17, 2017)

---. "Blade Runner 2049 (2017) / Blade Runner (1982), Part 2." The Next Picture Show #99 (October 19, 2017)

Rodriguez, Rocky. "Can Theatre Change Your Mind?" Open Democracy (October 17, 2017) [A powerful piece on the possibilities of theater, and all of the arts, to help us recognize our confirmation biases and to transform our lives - highly recommended, please share with performance creatives and the supporters of their efforts.  What would it be like if we were able to work to truly make performances/art like this?:  "The highest form of art is the creation of community—worker-to-worker, person-to-person, friend to friend. Real learning—the only kind that counters bias—happens only when people are open with each-other in a trusted environment, where they can develop authentic relationships."]

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Resources for October 18, 2017

Anthony, Theo, JR and Agnes Varda. "Boundaries of Reality: New Non-Fiction." The Cinephiliacs

Burke, Tarana, Soraya Chemaly and Alicia Garza. "Meet Tarana Burke, Activist Who Started 'Me Too' Campaign to Ignite Conversation on Sexual Assault." Democracy Now (October 17, 2017) ["Amid the ongoing fallout from sexual assault and harassment allegations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, a former contestant on “Celebrity Apprentice” has subpoenaed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for all documents relating to her and any other women who have accused the U.S. president of unwanted sexual contact. We look at how this has reignited a conversation about sexual assault with women using the #MeToo hashtag, and speak with activist Tarana Burke, who started the campaign about a decade ago. “'Me Too' is so powerful, because somebody had said it to me, and it changed the trajectory of my healing process,” Burke says. We also speak with Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and Soraya Chemaly, a journalist who covers the intersection of gender and politics."]

Dargis, Manohla. "Professor Marston: With Kinks! Pleasures! Female Power!" The New York Times (October 12, 2017)

Digital SNCC Gateway [Archive of resources: "The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was the only national civil rights organization led by young people. Organized in 1960 and mentored by the legendary black organizer, Ella Baker, SNCC activists became full-time organizers, working with community leaders to build local grassroots organizations in the Deep South."]

Eads, Morgan and Karla Ward. "In a surprise move, Lexington begins removal of controversial Confederate statues." Herald-Leader (October 17, 2017)

Hancock, James and Tony Stella. "The Cinema of Masaki Kobayashi." Wrong Reel #283 (June 22, 2017)

Harcourt, Felix. "The Black Press and Ku Klux Klan." Black Perspectives (October 18, 2017)

Hawks, Julie. "Why the Vote Wasn't Enough for Selma: A New Book on Economic Justice." Black Perspectives (October 17, 2017)

Lawrence-Sanders, Ashleigh. "Beyond Monuments: African-Americans Contesting Civil War Memory." Black Perspectives (October 16, 2017)

Parry, Tyler. "Black Radicalism and the 'Tuition-Free' University." Black Perspectives (October 12, 2017)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Day He Arrives (South Korea: Hong Sang-soo, 2011)

The Day He Arrives (South Korea: Hong Sang-soo, 2011: 79 mins)

Brody, Richard. "Hong Sang-Soo Spring." The New Yorker (December 13, 2011)

Dargis, Manohla. "Wandering Seoul in Patterns of Coincidence." The New York Times (April 19, 2012)

The Day He Arrives Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

"The Day He Arrives (북촌 방향, Book-chon Bang-hyang) 2011." Modern Korean Cinema (April 12, 2012)

Ebert, Roger. "The Day He Arrives." The Chicago Sun-Times (July 4, 2012)

Goldsmith, Leo, et al. "Hong Sangsoo." Film Comment (June 14, 2016) ["Hong Sangsoo is a filmmaker who isn’t afraid to repeat himself. Fashioning narratives around lonesome or just pathetic male artists’ attempts at finding romantic connection, Hong’s films are characterized by their long takes and minute variations—a slightly off-center frame of two people talking, a digital zoom, a subtle readjustment of focus—that make us question what’s really going on in the scene."]

Heath, Roderick. "The Day He Arrives (Book chon bang hyang, 2011)." Ferdy on Film (2012)

Hughes, Darren. "'There are Miracles': A Conversation with Hong Sang-Soo." Notebook (November 15, 2017)

Kohn, Eric. "The Day He Arrives and Oki’s Movie Are the Paragons of Hong Sang-Soo’s Filmmaking." IndieWire (April 16, 2012)

Lee, Kevin B. "Viewing Between the Lines in The Day He Arrives." Fandor (March 21, 2013)

Marshall, Colin. "The Films of Sangsoo Hong." The Quarterly Conversation (June 11, 2013)

Newman, Nick. "Hong Sang Soo." Auteur Museum #3 (October 5, 2015)

Quandt, James. "Deja-Vu." Cinema Guild (ND)

Raymond, Marc. "Great Directors: Hong Sang-Soo." Senses of Cinema #78 (March 2016)

Resources for October 17, 2017

Desai, Radhika. "Marx's Capital at 150: An Invitation to History." Red Pepper (September 30, 2017)

Keel, Eli. "Building by tearing: Unraveling the Confederate flag at the Speed Art Museum." LEO Weekly (October 16, 2017)

Lembcke, Jerry. "The Myth of the Spitting Antiwar Protester." The New York Times (October 13, 2017)

Rainer, Peter. "In Ex Libris, The story of libraries is really about infinitely complex people." The Christian Science Monitor (October 13, 2017)

Rohr, Richard. "The Activists Guide to Contemplation." Sojourners (May 23, 2016)

Schwarz, Gabrielle. "A Calling of the Ancestors; Jill Soloway's I Love Dick." Another Gaze (September 20, 2017)

Strickland, Ashley. "First-seen neutron star collision creates light, gravitational waves and gold." MSN (October 16, 2017)

White, Patricia. "Gender Matters at the Toronto International Film Festival." Los Angeles Review of Books (October 12, 2017)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Resources for October 15, 2017

Bowman, Emma. "'SNL' Goes After 'Well-Dressed Skin Tag' Weinstein, Stages Pence Walkouts." The Two-Way (October 15, 2017)

Cargill, Robert C. and Brian Salisbury. "The Witches of Eastwick." Junk Food Cinema (June 6, 2017)

Hancock, James and Mike Vanderbilt. "One, Two, Freddy's Coming for You." Wrong Reel #329 (October 2017)

Hogan, Ron. "'Still No Master Plan': The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu’s 2023: A Trilogy." Los Angeles Review of Books (October 15, 2017)

"‘Masculine Arrogance Blows’: Jonathan Richman's Letter To Creem Magazine, 1973." Dangerous Minds (May 19, 2014)

Perkins, John. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. Berrett- Koehler, 2004.

Shelton, Taylor. "Locked Out: Foreclosure, Eviction and Housing Instability in Lexington, 2005 - 2016." Lexington Fair Housing Council (October 2017)

Walls, Laura Dassow. "The Life of Henry David Thoreau." Radio West (October 13, 2017) ["Henry David Thoreau famously went to Walden Pond to “live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.” But as the scholar Laura Dassow Walls shows in a new biography, there was much more to Thoreau’s life and work than his brief experiment at Spartan living in the woods. He was an inventor, a manual laborer, a gifted naturalist, a writer of great originality, and an uncompromising abolitionist. Walls joins us Monday to explore Thoreau’s profound, complex, and influential life."]

Santini, Antonio, et al. "Dina." Film School Radio (October 13, 2017)  ["DINA, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge.Getting married in a few weeks and there’s still so much to do. She has to move her boyfriend, Scott, from his parents’ house to her apartment, and settle him in to only the second home he’s ever had, all while juggling his schedule as an early morning Walmart door greeter.She has to get her dress, confirm arrangements with the venue, and make peace with her family, who remain nervous for their beloved DINA, after the death of her first husband and the string of troubled relationships that followed. Throughout it all, in the face of obstacles large and small, DINA, remains indomitable. She’s overcome tragedy and found the man she wants and is bent on building the life for herself that she believes she deserves. DINA captures the cadences and candid conversations of a relationship that reexamines the notion of love on-screen. DINA is unstoppable, a force of nature, and as the star of her own life story, she’s an unconventional movie protagonist the likes of which hasn’t been seen before.

Apple Pork Ragu

Apple Pork Ragu (adapted from Fast and Healthy magazine)

12 oz lean boneless pork, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 Medium onion halved and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider (I had a lot of cider left over and found it mixes well with cinnamon/honey for bourbon drinks)
2 Tbsp. tomato paste (I didn't have any on hand used spicy marinara)
2 apples, cored and chopped
1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 cup of reduced-sodium chicken broth (I used organic chicken bone broth)
1/4 cup sliced green olives
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley (one could substitute cilantro)
Cooked polenta (I used organic quinoa)
Parmesan cheese

1) In a 4 quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the oil and cook the pork until initial browning on both sides (a minute, stir, another minute). Add onion and garlic, cook another 5 minutes. Add apple cider. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the Dutch Oven. Stir in tomato paste. Cook and stir another minute.

2) Stir in apples, diced tomatoes and chicken broth. Bring to boil, reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Afterward remove from heat and stir in olives and parsley. Serve over polenta/quinoa and top with Parmesan.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Resources for October 14, 2017

Benshoff, Harry, ed. A Companion to the Horror Film. John Wiley and Sons, 2014.

Buckler, Dana. "Halloween (1978)." How Is This Movie? (October 9, 2017)

El Goro. "Over the Edge (1979) and Pump Up the Volume (1990)." Talk Without Rhythm #373 (June 11, 2017)

Entralgo, Rebekah. "Kentucky governor says he’ll never legalize marijuana because of the ‘overdoses.’" Think Progress (October 12, 2017)

Herron, Christopher. "The Underground Economy: Sean Baker Interview (The Florida Project)." The 7th Art (October 13, 2017)

Morrison, Irene. "Dystopian Surrealism for Our Times: Karin Tidbeck’s Amatka." Los Angeles Review of Books (October 14, 2017)

Nelson, Glenn. "Liz 'Snorkel' Thomas Wants You to Thru-Hike Your City." Outside (September 19, 2017) ["The former fastest woman to hike the AT is stitching together ambitious routes right in the middle of urban civilization."]

Thomas, Rob. "Columbus is a Beautifully Designed Film about Architecture and Connection." The Cap Times (October 13, 2017)

Here is the trailer for Sir! No Sir! - good for combatting the notion that if you protest the symbols/rituals of America in a call for justice, or more properly against injustice, that you are disrespecting the soldiers/veterans that have fought in our wars. This is propaganda as anyone that has looked into resistance movements knows that soldiers/veterans have always been a major force as they very clearly recognize what is at stake and what we are actually doing here & abroad

Of course one of the biggest mistakes we can make no matter what perspective you are coming from, in this case regarding soldiers/veterans (but any other large heterogeneous grouping of individuals), is to take such a large and varied group and treat them as having one mind/perspective and represent/target them in that way (and to use that as a weapon to forge consensus or fear in the 'public mind' - for another example explore 'Islamaphobia')

The question, though, that remains is why do we so rarely hear about, if ever, the stories that are told in this documentary. Why the insistence from Reagan onward that it was those damn student/hippie protesters and the liberal media that ended the war in Vietnam? Why the obvious exclusion of these courageous soldiers/veterans that effectively resisted and challenged the war (and this is ongoing, many organizations, two examples you can find on Facebook: Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans For Peace ) - do we only honor and respect some veterans? Who gets to make that decision - why?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Resources for October 12, 2017

Bernstein, Joseph. "Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream." Buzzfeed (October 5, 2017) ["A cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals the truth about Steve Bannon’s alt-right 'killing machine.'"]

Carmon, Irin, Louis Godbold and Tomi-Ann Roberts. "NBC Reportedly Axed the Harvey Weinstein Story as Hollywood Made Rape Survivors the Butt of Jokes." Democracy Now (October 12, 2017)

Collison, David J. "Corporate Propaganda: Its Implications for Accounting and Accountability." (Department of Accountancy and Business Finance University of Dundee, Scotland, U.K.: ND)

Coull, Brent A., et al. "Quantifying underreporting of law-enforcement-related deaths in United States vital statistics and news-media-based data sources: A capture–recapture analysis." PLOS Medicine (October 10, 2017)

Flanagan, Caitlin. "The Dark Power of Fraternities." The Atlantic (March 2014)

---. "Death at a Penn State Fraternity." The Atlantic (November 2017)

Godbold, Louise. “My Encounter with Harvey Weinstein and What It Tells Us About Trauma.” Democracy Now (October 12, 2017)

Hurst, Josh. "Robert Plant's Carry Fire." Slant (October 12, 2017)

Jacobson, Louis. "Counting up how much the NRA spends on campaigns and lobbying." Politifact (October 11, 2017)

Moon, Tom. "Robert Plant's Carry Fire." First Listen (October 5, 2017) [You can listen to the album]

Nace, Ted. Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy. Berrett-Koehler, 2003.

Roberts, Tomi-Ann. "Tomi-Ann Roberts on Her Encounter with Harvey Weinstein & the Shame Women Feel After Assault." Democracy Now (October 12, 2017) ["As movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is fired by his own company and more women come forward accusing him harassment, sexual assault and rape, we speak with Tomi-Ann Roberts, professor of psychology at Colorado College, about her “petrifying” encounter with Harvey Weinstein in 1984, when she was an aspiring actress. Today, her academic research includes the psychological consequences of the sexual objectification of women and girls."]

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Resources for October 10, 2017

Cargill, Robert C. and Brian Salisbury. "Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser 2." Junk Food Cinema (October 5, 2017)

Haag, Pamela. "The Gunning of America." Radio West (October 6, 2017) ["Historian Pamela Haag says there’s a mythology around American gun culture. The conventional wisdom is that since the Revolutionary War we’ve had some primal bond with our firearms. But Haag argues that our guns were once just another tool of everyday life and that the gun industry convinced us we needed to be armed. In her book, she follows the rise of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and the marketing campaign she says created our gun culture."]

Hancock, James and Chuck R. Mystery. "I'm Batman." Wrong Reel #280 (June 8, 2017)

Rushkoff, Douglas. "They Say." (Excerpt from Coercion: Why We Listen to What 'They' Say.: 1999)

Weiwei, Ai. "Human Flow: World-Renowned Artist & Activist Ai Weiwei on His Epic New Documentary on Refugees." Democracy Now (October 9, 2017) ["The United Nations says there are now more refugees worldwide than at any time since World War II. The journey and struggle of these 65 million refugees is the subject of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei’s epic new documentary. It’s called “Human Flow.” For the documentary, Ai Weiwei traveled to 23 countries and dozens of refugee camps."]

---. "World-Renowned Artist Ai Weiwei on His Childhood in a Labor Camp, Art, Activism, Prison & Freedom." Democracy Now (October 9, 2017) ["Ai Weiwei has been called the most powerful artist in the world—and the most dangerous man in China. Born in 1957 in Beijing, he spent his childhood and youth in a hard labor camp in the Gobi Desert in remote northwest China. As a student at Beijing Film Academy, he first became involved in art and activism. He spent his twenties in New York City and then returned to China. In 2008, after a massive earthquake in Sichuan, China, Ai Weiwei launched a citizen investigation to collect the names of the more than 5,000 schoolchildren who died, partially as a result of the highly shoddy government construction of the schools. While his citizen investigation catapulted him to international fame, it also enraged Chinese government officials. In 2009, his popular blog was shut down. A few months later, police broke into his hotel room and attacked him, punching him in the face and causing cerebral hemorrhaging. In 2010, Ai Weiwei was placed under house arrest, after the Chinese government demolished his studio. Then, in 2011, he was arrested at the Beijing airport and held for 81 days, without any charges. Chinese authorities seized his passport and refused to return it until 2015. For more on the remarkable life of this world-renowned dissident and artist, we speak with Ai Weiwei."]

Monday, October 9, 2017

Resources for October 9, 2017

Bradley, S.A. and J. Blake Fichera. "Sympathetic Monsters." Hellbent for Horror #43 (June 6, 2017)
["Can you sympathize with a monster?  In some cases I think you can. It depends on the story and how well the story is told and acted. ... George Romero, Fritz Lang, Martin Scorsese, Joe Spinell, Michael Powell, and Patty Jenkins all presented monsters who were more than simply killers. While we don’t condone the actions of the characters in these films, these killers display complex psyches that are worth discussing.  We tackle some old and newer films to talk about, among other things, how people empathized with Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, and how Peeping Tom possibly destroyed Michael Powell’s career because the critics and audiences related to the main character... a little too much."]

Cargill, Robert C. and Brian Salisbury. "Predator." Junk Food Cinema (June 8, 2017)

Cassidy, Brendan and Vince Leo. "Blade Runner, American Made." InSession Film (October 6, 2017)

Chruchill, Ward. Acts of Rebellion. NY: Routledge, 2003.

D., Margo and Juliette Miranda. "Rosemary's Baby." Book vs. Movie (October 7, 2017)

D'Anna, Becky, James Hancock and Kevin Maher. "Albert Brooks and the Genius of an Open-Faced Sandwich." Wrong Reel #308 (August 2017)

Flores, Steven. "The Auteurs: Jason Reitman." Cinema Axis (February 26, 2014)

Galeano, Eduardo. Open Veins of America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. Monthly Review Press, 1997.

"History of Racial Injustice Calendar Highlights." Equal Justice Initiative (2017)

Landsberg, Alison. "What's So Bad About Being a Replicant?" On the Media (October 6, 2017)

Loewen, James. "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong." The New Press, 1995.

Zinn, Howard. Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology. Harper Perennial, 1990.

---. A People's History of the United States: 1492 - The Present. History is a Weapon (Hosting the entire book)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Slurring Bee 6

Also need 15 absurd/quirky warm up questions

1st Round: warm-up question followed by a word
2nd Round: 3 words in succession for each contestant
3rd Round: Round-robin until we have a winner (keep track of last three - the order they come in)
3 mispelled words and a contestant is out

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.

186) bibelot

187) precocious

188) carceral

189) marginalia

190) inoculate

191) allegory

192) amanuensis

193) glabrous

194) serendipitous

195) holus-bolus

196) existential

Friday, October 6, 2017

Resources for October 6, 2017

Aronofsky, Darren. "Mother." Film Comment Podcast (October 2, 2017) ["A longtime practitioner of his own cinematic strain of emotional extremity, from Pi on through Black Swan and beyond, Darren Aronofsky sat for an interview to discuss his new film mother! with FC Editor-in-Chief Nicolas Rapold. Instead of allegorical exegesis, the conversation covers the film’s technical craft and its subjective viewpoint, as well as what Aronofsky learned from his college professor… Miklós Jancsó."]

Barker, Thomas, et al. "John Dies at the End (2012)." The Projection Booth #326 (June 6, 2017) ["Based on a book by David Wong, Don Coscarelli's John Dies at the End (2012) stars Chase Williamsonas a character named David Wong while Rob Mayesplays the titular John. The film chronicles the otherworldly adventures of Dave and John as they ingest a new drug, Soy Sauce, and travel to other dimensions."]

Clements, Jonathan, et al. "Akira." The Projection Booth #333 (July 25, 2017) ["Based on his manga of the same name and released two years before the end of the comic series Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira (1988) tells the tale of Kaneda -- a teenage punk in a motorcycle gang -- and Kei -- a member of an underground resistance -- and their adventures in NeoTokyo. They enter into a world of psychics including the titular Akira, the little boy with incredible powers that lead to the devastating explosion that opens the film."]

D., Margo and Margo P. "Goodfellas." Book vs. Movie (June 2, 2017) 

Deighan, Sam, et al. "Mad Love (1935)." The Projection Booth #343 (October 3, 2017) ["Karl Freund's final film as a director and Peter Lorre's first film in America, Mad Love (1935). Based upon Maurice Renard 's The Hands of Orlac, the film shifts focus from the titular Orlac to Dr. Gogol, a cunning physician who specializes in some questionable procedures. He’s fascinated by the actress Yvonne Orlac (Frances Drake) and, rebuffed in his advances, manages to enter her life after he backhandedly helps her husband, concert pianist Stephen Orlac (Colin Clive), by giving him a new pair of hands after his have been crushed in an accident. But what kind of gift are the hands of a murderer on a master musician?"]

Frillman, Karen, Charlie Herman and Kai Wright. "Nixon's Enemies." United States of Anxiety #9 (June 23, 2017) ["... President Richard M. Nixon, a man obsessed with winning. Whether it was an election or becoming a great leader, he would go to great lengths to ensure his success. But Nixon felt he was surrounded by enemies, so to make sure he triumphed, he had his staff create an “Enemies List:” a document with hundreds of people he thought could do him harm. It was part of the White House "Political Enemies Project," and included people ranging from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars to members of the media to business and labor leaders. 'It just so unpresidential for presidents to have enemies,' said John Dean, Nixon’s White House Counsel who disclosed the existence of the list when he testified before the Senate Watergate committee. “I mean, theoretically, the President is the President of the United States, not the President of the Republican or Democratic Party, or the President of the people who voted for him. We don't like to think of our leaders as being that narrow-minded that they think everybody is their enemy who isn't their friend.” Beyond it’s existence, the list was also remarkable because Nixon and his aides considered using it to try and find ways to use the power of the federal government to go after their enemies. How? One way was through the IRS."]

Hancock, James, Mikhail Karadimov and Leanne Kubicz. "The Leftovers: Season 3 Recap and Review." Wrong Reel #278 (June 5, 2017)

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "Mother! / The Exterminating Angel (Part 1)." The Next Picture Show #96 (October 3, 2017)

---. "Mother! / The Exterminating Angel (Part 2)." The Next Picture Show #97 (October 5, 2017)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Resources for October 5, 2017

Belzile, Becky and David Hart. "Monster and Criminal Rehabilitation." Pop Culture Case Study #239 (June 1, 2017) ["In celebration of the release of WONDER WOMAN, we take a look back at Patty Jenkins only (!) big screen effort in MONSTER! We talk about prostitution, the amazing career of Charlize Theron, how awful her girlfriend is, and how bad Bruce Dern needs a... "]

Buckler, Dana. "Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)." How Is This Movie? (October 3, 2017)

Chomsky, Noam. Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of PropagandaNY: Seven Stories Press, 1997.

Crocker, Brittany. "Protesters heckle white supremacists gathering near Crossville." Knoxville News-Sentinel (September 30, 2017)

Duvall, Jamey, et al. "One-Eyed Jacks (1961)." The Projection Booth #325 (June 1, 2017) ["Based on Charles Neider's book The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones, One-Eyed Jacks (1961) tells the tale of Rio AKA The Kid, played by Marlon Brando, and Dad Longsworth, played by Karl Malden. The two are outlaws who take very different paths, the Kid being a "noble" criminal while Dad eventually becomes a servant of the law. We watch them spar in the coastal Californian city of Monterrey where the tumultuous water serves as a metaphor for the raging emotions inside each man. The film was originally supposed to have been a powerhouse production with Sam Peckinpah writing the adaptation, Stanley Kubrick directing, and Brando as the star. But things don't always work out the way they're supposed to. Instead, this became the first and only film that Brando directed."]

Hancock, James and Mikhail Karadimov. "Exploring the Dark Side with Henri-Georges Clouzot." The Wrong Reel #274 (June 1, 2017)

Haskell, Molly, Michael Koresky and Violet Lucca. "Steven Spielberg." Film Comment Podcast (October 3, 2017) ["Looking ahead to the New York Film Festival premiere of Susan Lacy’s documentary Spielberg, this week’s Film Comment podcast considers the household-name auteur: the architect of the modern blockbuster, and a surviving (and thriving) master of the Classical Hollywood vernacular. Molly Haskell is on hand to impart wisdom from her most recent book Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films, which came out in the spring, as well as firsthand recollections of writing about Spielberg in the age of second-wave feminism. She joins Film Society of Lincoln Center Editorial Director Michael Koresky, who edited the Reverse Shot book Steven Spielberg: Nostalgia and the Light, published with Museum of the Moving Image this summer, and FC Digital Producer Violet Lucca for a discussion spanning Spielberg’s big marquee titles and his less appreciated works."]

"Insult to Injury." On the Media (September 29, 2017) ["Examining media coverage of Puerto Rico post-Maria; the radical history of the national anthem; Catalonia votes on independence; and interpreting the FBI's violent crime statistics."]

Lewis, David. "We Snuck into Seattle's Super Secret White Nationalist Convention." The Stranger (October 4, 2017)

Rockhill, Gabriel. "Is 'Democracy' a Distraction?" Against the Grain (October 3, 2017) ["Gabriel Rockhill discusses some of the key conjunctures in the history of democracy; he also asserts that a focus on democracy may actually distract us from the task of building a just society."]

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Big Lebowski (USA: Joel and Ethan Coen, 1998)

The Big Lebowski (USA: Joel and Ethan Coen, 1998: 117 mins)

Ager, Rob. "Greatest Screen Heroes: The Dude in The Big Lebowski." (Posted on Youtube: September 7, 2014)

Beyl, Cameron. "The Coen Brothers." The Directors Series (7 Video Essays: 2017)

"The Big Lebowski." Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Brandt, Jimmy. "Does the Dude Abide by the Tao?: A comparative study of Dudeism and the Tao Te Ching." The Dudespaper (August 3, 2016)

Collins, K. Austin, et al. "Ballad of the Coen Brothers." The Film Comment Podcast (September 26, 2018) ["“In their films—especially Barton Fink, The Man Who Wasn’t There, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man, and Inside Llewyn Davis—there’s always the sense that the deck is stacked against us and that we’re the authors of our own misery, a doubly discomfiting, Camusian view that perfectly matches their aesthetic approach, an overwhelming omniscience that results in a kind of bravura melancholy,” Michael Koresky writes in his feature about Joel and Ethan Coen’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs in our September/October issue. This week, Koresky, FSLC Editorial and Creative Director, moderates a special Film Comment Podcast featuring three more Coeniacs in conversation about the brothers’ dazzling 30-year-plus body of work, from greatest hits to lesser-known ballads: K. Austin Collins, film critic at Vanity Fair; Aliza Ma, head of programming at Metrograph; and Adam Nayman, Toronto-based critic and author of the new book The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together (Abrams)."]

Coughlin, Paul. "Great Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen." Senses of Cinema (May 2003)

Ebert, Roger. "Great Movie: The Big Lebowski." The Chicago Sun-Times (March 10, 2010)

Jacobs, Tom. "Scholars and The Big Lebowski: Deconstructing the Dude." Pacific Standard (July 11, 2011)

Kerr, James. "Psychological Analysis of the Dude." The Dudespaper (August 16, 2009)

Laverty, Lord Christopher. "Dual Analysis: The Big Lebowski." Clothes on Film (June 1, 2010)

Mac, Mark. "That's Fucking Interesting, Man." The Dudespaper (February 16, 2013)

Orr, Christopher. "30 Years of Coens: The Big Lebowski." The Atlantic (September 16, 2014)

Swash, Rosie. "My Favorite Film: The Big Lebowski." The Guardian (November 2, 2011)

Tyree, J.M. and Ben Walters. "The Big Lebowski." The Library of Congress (ND)