Thursday, March 8, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - March 8, 2018

As a child I was imprinted upon by the grace and power of two beautiful, strong, independent women - my Mom Yvonne and my grandmother Grace. In celebration of these two important women in my life I want to wish all the women in my life and throughout the world a Happy International Women's Day.

Bachner, Michael. "In new film, Jewish director challenges Israeli version of 1976 Entebbe rescue." The Times of Israel (February 20, 2018)

Benton, Michael, et al. "Desperate Man Blues and Vinyl." See Hear (February 20, 2018) ["There are two sides to every story. We at See Hear HQ decide to look at both sides of the contentious question as to whether record collectors (and by extension, collectors of any physical item) are archivists or hoarders. Tim, Bernard and Maurice are joined by Professor Michael Benton from Bluegrass Community College in Lexington, Kentucky for episode 49 of See Hear to talk about two films that explore record collection from two very different angles. Australian film maker Edward Gillan’s documentary from 2003, “Desperate Man Blues” is a snapshot of the record collecting activities of Joe Bussard from Maryland. Bussard has been collecting old country, blues and jazz 78s from the 1920s through to the 1950s. At the time of filming, he had anything from 15000 to 20000 records. His knowledge of what we currently call Americana is unsurpassed. He has a genuine joy in listening to and sharing the music he has spent a lifetime collecting. On the other side of the coin, Toronto documentarian Alan Zweig’s first feature length film, Vinyl puts himself and many other record collectors under the spotlight to ask what prompts them to “accumulate” records. Zweig’s contention is that the music takes a backseat to the gathering of records – all for the sake of the hunt. He tells many of his interview subjects that they (including himself) cannot form meaningful relationships with others, and so record collecting manifests itself as a substitute for human interaction. Far from flattering. Is this film just cheap therapy for Zweig or is he just playing devil’s advocate to get discussion going? The crew discuss the different approach taken to the subject matter between the films, as well as how close to home these films (Vinyl in particular) may have hit. You may collect DVDs, model aeroplanes, matchboxes…….the ideals of historical preservation vs accumulation for its own sake still hold. Should we judge?"]

"Children of Men: Alfonso Cuarón’s Bleak but Genius Vision of the Past, Present and the Future." Cinephilia & Beyond (ND)

Gettys, Travis. "Colorado Voters May Have the Chance to Legalize Psychedelic Mushrooms." Raw Story (March 8, 2018)

Hudson, David. "Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time." The Current (March 7, 2018)

McGill, Hannah. "Girl friends on film: the rare case of lifelike female friendships on the big screen." Sight & Sound (March 5, 2018)

McKibben, Sophie and Anjali Tsui. "Child Marriage in America." The Frontline Dispatch #1 (September 14, 2017) ["In the summer after 9th grade, 14-year-old Heather discovered she was pregnant. Her boyfriend Aaron was 24. At the time, marriage seemed like it could be a solution to their problems — and maybe a way to keep Aaron out of jail. ... reporter Anjali Tsui, an Abrams Journalism Fellow through the Frontline/Columbia Journalism School fellowship program, and producer Sophie McKibben go inside a battle playing out over child marriage in America."]

Bande annonce de la nuit Russ Meyer from La Cinémathèque française on Vimeo.

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