Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - May 17, 2018

Bursztynski, Maurice, Kerry Fristoe and Tim Merrill. "The Devil and Daniel Johnston." See Hear #51 (April 23, 2018) ["Daniel Johnston’s story has so many facets to it. Prolific songwriter, artist, musician, DIY promoter of his work…..sufferer of bipolar disorder and manic depression, obsession with an unobtainable muse, deep religious convictions who feared Satan was after him. On top of that, he faced the pressure of someone in the spotlight after celebrity endorsement – a frightening prospect for anyone, never mind a fragile character like Daniel. The film somehow manages to provide a well-rounded picture in under two hours about who Johnston is. It doesn’t paint him as a saint, nor is it emotionally manipulative. He could be honest and endearing, but he was capable of selfish and frightening acts as well. Jeff Feurzeig gives us an objective account like a true investigative journalist would about a man devoted to his art who struggled with his mental health – a well rounded account of both aspects and more is provided in this film."]

Cromwell, David and David Edwards. "‘A Suffocating Groupthink’: Sampling The Corporate Media On Israel, Iran, Syria And Russia." Media Lens (May 16, 2018)

Durham, Chris. "The Road to Guantanamo (2006): A Commentary." Film and History (ND)

Hassler-Roberts, Dan. "The 300 Controversy: A Case Study in the Politics of Adaptation." Film and History (ND)

Hochscherf, Tobias and Christoph Laucht. "Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)." Film and History (ND)

Klay, Phil. "The Lesson of Eric Greitens, and the Navy SEALs Who Tried to Warn Us." The New Yorker (May 17, 2018)  ["The charges facing the embattled governor of Missouri have stunned voters, but in the tight-knit Naval Special Warfare community, Greitens has been a divisive figure for years."]

Lukas, Blake. "Douglas Sirk at Universal-International, Part 1: The Studio." Notebook (April 2, 2018) ["How the merger of Universal with International studios in 1946 set the stage for Douglas Sirk, two decades into his career, to flourish."]

---. "Douglas Sirk at Universal-International, Part 2: The Films." Notebook (April 9, 2018) ["How a great director engaged with the aesthetics, talents and desires of a Hollywood studio to produce his best work."]

Norelli, Clare Nina. "Scores on Screen: The Soundscapes of Orlando."  Notebook (April 25, 2018) ["Working with David Motion, writer/director Sally Potter composed the music for the story of the time traveling, androgynous nobleman."]

Ringwald, Molly. "What About The Breakfast Club?" The New Yorker (April 6, 2018) ["Revisiting the movies of my youth in the age of #MeToo."]

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