Saturday, June 30, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 30, 2018

Accomando, Beth. "Remembering Drive-Ins." Cinema Junkie 101 (December 2, 2016)

Allen, Danielle, et al. "What is Education For?" Boston Review (May 9, 2016)

Johnson, Walter, et al. "To Remake the World: Slavery, Racial Capitalism, and Justice." Boston Review (February 20, 2018)

Kelley, Robin D.G. "What Did Cedric Robinson Mean by Racial Capitalism?" Boston Review (January 12, 2017)

Manne, Kate, et al. "The Logic of Misogyny." Boston Review (July 11, 2016)\

Nakhnikian, Elise. "Interview: Toni Collette on Getting Maniacal for Hereditary." Slant (June 7, 2018)

Thompson, Brian. "Hal." Film Threat (June 6, 2018)

"Teaching the Hard History of Slavery." Southern Poverty Law Center (2018)

Wong, Felicia. "California Today, America Tomorrow." Boston Review (May 30, 2018) ["Political lessons from the state of resistance."]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 26, 2018

Beauchamp, Scott. "War Games: The Cozy Relationship Between Perpetual War and Total Entertainment." The Baffler #39 (May 2018)

Bishop, Bryan. "Phantom Thread’s Oscar-winning costume designer on how to tell stories with couture." The Verge (March 4, 2018)

Friedland, Adam, et al. "Respect." Chapo Trap House #222 (June 24, 2018) [A discussion of the mind-blowing awfulness of the film Gotti and why it is a film for Trump'merica.]

"Global Peace Index 2018 Snapshot." Institute for Economics & Peace (2018) 

Ross, Alex. "The Frankfurt School Knew Trump Was Coming." The New Yorker (December 5, 2016)

Smith, Julia. "What is Mise-en-Scène?: Part One - Setting and Costume." Film Inquiry (May 4, 2016)

---. "What is Mise-en-Scene?: Part Two - Cinematography." Film Inquiry (May 6, 2016)

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Songs for My Deer-Wolf (Part 2)

1) Of Montreal
It's Different for Girls

2) Van Halen
Intruder/(Oh) Pretty Woman

3) The Beatles
I Want You (She's So Heavy)

4) Sonic Youth
Bull in the Heather
Dirty Boots

5) Blitzen Trapper
Sleepytime in the Western World

6) Midnight Oil
Beds are Burning

7) Death
Let the World Turn
Politicians in My Eye

8) The Dead Milkmen/Ramones
Punk Rock Girl
Sheena is a Punk Rocker

9) Belly
Feed the Tree

10) Bonnie Raitt/Lowell George/John Hammond/Freebo & Bonnie Raitt/Aaron Neville/Greg Allman
Can't Find My Way Home

11) Mother Love Bone/Chris Cornell
Man of Golden Words

12) Zap Mama & Michael Franti/Michael Franti & Spearhead
Poetry Man
Life is Better With You

13) Rising Appalachia

14) XTC
Dear God

15) Sturgill Simpson
All Around You
Call to Arms

16) Chris Stapleton
Midnight Train to Memphis
Outlaw State of Mind

17) Mamas and Papas
California Dreaming
Dedicate to the One I Love

18) Joan Jett
Crimson and Clover
Do You Wanna Touch Me (There)

19) Divinyls
I Touch Myself

20) Coleman Hawkins
Body and Soul

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 23, 2018

Durkin, Sean. "Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)." Captive Eye #6 (February 4, 2012)

Lovelock, James. "How to Think About Science (Part 6)." Ideas (February 13, 2015) ["Forty-years ago British scientist James Lovelock put forward the first elements of what he would come to call the Gaia theory. Named for the ancient Greek goddess of the earth, it held that the earth as a whole functions as a self-regulating system. At first many biologists scoffed. Today, Lovelock's ideas are more widely accepted, even in circles where he was initially scorned. But even as he has been winning scientific honours, James Lovelock has been growing more pessimistic about the prospects for contemporary civilization. In this episode David Cayley presents a profile of James Lovelock. It tells the story of a career in science that began a long time ago."]

Maher, Michael. "How Roger Deakins Shot and Lit Blade Runner 2049." The Beat (October 16, 2017)

Smalley, Gregory J. "Keyhole (2011)." 366 Weird Movies #147 (July 3, 2013)

The Secret Poppo Trailer from Zach Harris on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 20, 2018

Bell, Derrick. "Looking Up From the Bottom of the Well." The UO Channel (February 15, 2018) ["His lecture discusses modern day constitutional dilemmas arising from the clash between fundamentally important free speech principles and the potential harms of speech."]

Bryan Stevenson: Lawyer/Equal Justice Initiative/The National Memorial for Peace and Justice Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

D., Margo and Margo P. "The Exorcist." Book vs Movie (December 8, 2017)
["... 1971 novel The Exorcist written by the very interesting William Peter Blatty. Based on a true-ish story about a boy possessed by a demon in the 1950s Blatty changed some of the key details to create this fiction classic. Director William Friedkin in 1973 just came off an incredible spate of box office successes including 1971’s The French Connection giving him an Academy Award for Best Director. The Exorcist became the biggest financial success of his career but turned out to be something of a curse as well."]

"Joy Harjo." UO Channel #698 (February 15, 2018) ["Joy Harjo, an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, is a poet, musician, and author. She is the Professor and Chair of Excellence at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Harjo discusses and reads her poetry. Her eight books of poetry include the recent Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human-New and Selected Poems: 1975–2001, and The Woman Who Fell From the Sky. Her memoir Crazy Brave, was published in 2012."]

Klein, Naomi, et al. "Hurricane Maria laid bare the colonialism and capitalism in Puerto Rico ​." Best of the Left #1190 (June 15, 2018) ["Today we take a look at the high toll Puerto Rico is paying, in both money and lives, for the triple disasters of colonialism, Hurricane Maria and disaster capitalism."]

Leopold, Aldo. "Thinking Like a Mountain." (Originally published in Sand County Almanac in 1949: posted on Eco-Action)

Monday, June 18, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 18, 2018

Beck, Ulrich and Bruno Latour. "How To Think About Science (Part 5)." Ideas (February 11, 2015) ["Few people ever apply a name that sticks to an entire social order, but sociologist Ulrich Beck is one of them. In 1986 in Germany he published Risk Society, and the name has become a touchstone in contemporary sociology. Among the attributes of Risk Society is the one he just mentioned: science has become so powerful that it can neither predict nor control its effects. It generates risks too vast to calculate. In the era of nuclear fission, genetic engineering and a changing climate, society itself has become a scientific laboratory. In this episode, Ulrich Beck talks about the place of science in a risk society. Later in the hour you'll hear from another equally influential European thinker, Bruno Latour, the author of We Have Never Been Modern. He will argue that our very future depends on overcoming a false dichotomy between nature and culture."]

Cook, Jonathan. "How the Corporate Media Enslave Us to a World of Illusions." Counterpunch (June 15, 2018)

Feldman, David. "The Meanings of Antisemitism." Backdoor Broadcasting Company (February 13, 2017) ["Antisemitism has figured in British political debates in the last year as never before. In this lecture, David Feldman examines the changing meanings of antisemitism since the term was first coined. He reveals a new history of the Jews’ struggle for equality from the late-nineteenth century and explains why the politics of antisemitism today generate so much controversy. David Feldman is Director of the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism and also a Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London. He is currently writing an intellectual and political history of the concept of antisemitism in Britain from its introduction in the 1880s to the present."]

Gladwell, Malcolm. "Carlos Doesn't Remember." Revisionist History 1.4 (ND) ["Carlos is a brilliant student from South Los Angeles. He attends an exclusive private school on an academic scholarship. He is the kind of person the American meritocracy is supposed to reward. But in the hidden details of his life lies a cautionary tale about how hard it is to rise from the bottom to the top—and why the American school system, despite its best efforts, continues to leave an extraordinary amount of talent on the table."]

Landrieu, Mitch, et al. "Confronting the Legacy of the Confederacy." Best of the Left #1186 (May 29, 2018) ["Today we take a look at the legacy of the Confederacy, the monuments and white supremacy it left behind and the racial terror institutionalized in America based on upholding its values."]

Paths of Glory (USA: Stanley Kubrick, 1957) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Scott, Debra Leigh. "Here's How Higher Education Was Destroyed in 5 Basic Steps." Alternet (June 2, 2018)

Simon, David. "Under the Influence: Paths of Glory." (Posted on Vimeo: May 2018) ["In this episode of Under the Influence, the creator of THE WIRE and THE DEUCE talks about Stanley Kubrick’s war masterpiece and how its narrative and political complexity has inspired his own work."]

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Paths of Glory (USA: Stanley Kubrick, 1957)

Paths of Glory (USA: Stanley Kubrick, 1957: 88 mins)

Beyl, Cameron. "The Directors Series: Stanley Kubrick, Pts. 1-5." The Film Stage (February 11, 2015)

Dirks, Tim. "Paths of Glory (1957)." FilmSite (No Date)

Ebert, Roger. "Great Movie: Paths of Glory." Roger Ebert (February 25, 2005)

Ehrenstein, David. "Paths of Glory." The Current (June 25, 1989)

Fenwick, James, I.Q. Hunter and Elisa Pezzota. "Stanley Kubrick: A Retrospective. Introduction." Cinergie (December 4, 2017)

Koski, Genevieve, et al. "Wonder Woman / Paths of Glory, Pt. 1." The Next Picture Show #80 (June 13, 2017) ["Patty Jenkins’ new WONDER WOMAN takes World War I as its setting, opening up a host of comparisons to a much earlier, much different cinematic vision that looks to the Great War to uncover the best and worst of humanity: Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 anti-war drama PATHS OF GLORY. In this half of the discussion, we focus on PATHS OF GLORY, marveling at its efficiency and technical achievement — and at how both contribute to the film’s delicate but scathing unilateral indictment of the military system. "]

---. "Wonder Woman / Paths of Glory, Pt. 2." The Next Picture Show #81 (June 15, 2017) ["We return to the battlefields of WWI to talk over Patty Jenkins’ new WONDER WOMAN, both on its own and as it relates to Stanley Kubrick’s PATHS OF GLORY. After discussing what worked and didn’t work in WONDER WOMAN, we bring in the Kubrick film to discuss how these two stories approach themes of leadership and the military, as well as their views of the Great War specifically and all war in general."]

Naremore, James. "Paths of Glory: “We Have Met the Enemy . . .” The Current (October 25, 2010)

Pulver, Andrew. "Stanley Kubrick: film's obsessive genius rendered more human." The Guardian (April 26, 2019)

Simon, David. "Under the Influence: Paths of Glory." (Posted on Vimeo: May 2018) ["In this episode of Under the Influence, the creator of THE WIRE and THE DEUCE talks about Stanley Kubrick’s war masterpiece and how its narrative and political complexity has inspired his own work."]

Uhlich, Keith. "Great Directors: Stanley Kubrick." Senses of Cinema (May 2002)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 15, 2018

Conis, Elena. "A Social History of Vaccination." Against the Grain (October 23, 2017) ["It’s stating the obvious to observe that vaccination in the United States is a highly charged subject. But the heat of the controversies, as historian Elena Conis argues, obscures how vaccination — which has saved many lives when used against deadly illnesses — became so widespread, including for milder diseases. Conis discusses the cultural, political, and social forces that have shaped mass vaccination."]

Gladwell, Malcolm. "The Lady Vanishes." Revisionist History 1.1 (ND) ["In the late 19th, a painting by a virtually unknown artist took England by storm: The Roll Call but after that brilliant first effort, the artist all but disappeared. Why?
The Lady Vanishes explores the world of art and politics to examines the strange phenomenon of the “token”—the outsider whose success serves not to alleviate discrimination but perpetuate it. If a country elects a female president, does that mean the door is now open for all women to follow? Or does that simply give the status quo the justification to close the door again?"]

---. "Saigon, 1965." Revisionist History 1.2 (ND) ["In the early 1960s, the Pentagon set up a top-secret research project in an old villa in downtown Saigon. The task? To interview captured North Vietnamese soldiers and guerrillas in order to measure their morale: Was the relentless U.S. bombing pushing them to the brink of capitulation? Saigon, 1965 is the story of three people who got caught up in that effort: a young Vietnamese woman, a refugee from Nazi Germany, and a brilliant Russian émigré. All saw the same things. All reached different conclusions. The Pentagon effort, run by the Rand Corporation, was one of the most ambitious studies of enemy combatants ever conducted—and no one could agree on what it meant."]

Hacking, Ian and Andrew Pickering. "How To Think About Science (Part 4)." Ideas (February 11, 2015) ["Philosophers of science tended, until quite recently, to treat science as a mainly theoretical activity. Experiment - science's actual, often messy encounter with the world - was viewed as something secondary, a mere hand-servant to theory. Popular understanding followed suit. Theories were what counted: one spoke of the theory of evolution, the theory of relativity, the Copernican theory and so on. It was as thinkers and seers that the great scientists were lionized and glorified. But this attitude has recently begun to change. A new generation of historians and philosophers have made the practical, inventive side of science their focus. They've pointed out that science doesn't just think about the world, it makes the world and then remakes it. Science, for them, really is what the thinkers of the 17th century first called it: experimental philosophy. In this episode we hear from two of the scholars who've been influential in advancing this changed view: first Ian Hacking, widely regarded as Canada's pre-eminent philosopher of science, and later in the hour Andrew Pickering, author of The Mangle of Practice. "]

Miron, Jeffrey and Annie Rouse. "Harry Anslinger - America's First Drug Czar." Anslinger: The Untold Cannabis Conspiracy 1.1 (February 5, 2018) ["On the first episode 1 of Anslinger: The untold cannabis conspiracy, we discuss narcotic policies and the life of Harry Anslinger, America’s first Drug Czar, prior to his appointment as Chief and First Commissioner to the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. We also interview Harvard economist, Dr. Jeffrey Miron, about the global outlook on drugs, diseases and the economy during the early 1900s."]

"Songs for My Dear-Wolf." Dialogic Cinephilia (June 14, 2018)

The Universal Clock: The Resistance of Peter Watkins (Canada: Geoff Bowie, 2001: 76 mins) ["This feature documentary is a portrait of Peter Watkins, an Oscar®-winning British filmmaker who, for the past 4 decades, has proved that films can be made without compromise. With the proliferation of TV channels, documentaries are enjoying an unprecedented boom fuelled by audiences seeking an alternative to infotainment. But now documentary filmmaking, too, finds itself constrained by the imperatives of television. However, there is a rebel resisting this uniformity of the spirit. Pre-eminent among today's documentary filmmakers concerned about this mind-numbing standardization, Peter Watkins has never strayed from either his principles or the cause."]

Watkins, Peter. "Notes on the Media Crisis." MACBA (2010) ["Peter Watkins (Norbiton, United Kingdom, 1935) gained critical recognition in the sixties as a result of the scandal arising from the BBC’s boycott against his film The War Game. Nevertheless, although he continued to produce a series of essential, radical works that did not fit within conventional film or adhere to the timing standards of mainstream cinema, his films where no longer mentioned or taken into account as key works in debates on political commitment and the cinematic image. Peter Watkins’s last work, La commune (1999) represents, among many other things, a curious rereading of the relationship between film and the discourses of history, by means of the rupture of the illusion of representation through the blurring of the boundary that usually separates actors from the characters they play. In Spring 2010, the MACBA presented a retrospective on Peter Watkins, which reviews his contribution to contemporary film and, in particular, his status as a pioneer of docudrama and false documentary."]

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Songs for My Deer-Wolf

1) Arcade Fire:
Rebellion (Lies)
The Suburbs

2) Morcheeba
The Sea
Undress Me Now

3) The Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger
Schroedinger's Cat

4) Roxy Music
Out of the Blue

5) Tame Impala
The Moment

6) Janelle Monae featuring Prince
Givin 'Em What They Love

7) Flobots
Anne Braden
We Are Winning & Rise

8) Mogwai
Hunted By a Freak

9) Yes
Starship Trooper

10) Axiom Funk
Hideous Mutant Freakz (George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and Buckethead)
Sacred to the Pain (Eddie Hazel and Umar Bin Hassan)

11) Madness
Our House
One Step Beyond

12) Portishead
Glory Box

13) B-52s
Dance This Mess Around
Planet Claire

14) Cake
The Distance
I Will Survive

15) The Breeders
Divine Hammer

16) Red Hot Chilli Pepper
Under the Bridge
Road Trippin

17) Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Soundtrack)
The Origin of Love

18) Patti Smith
Because the Night

19) Bikini Girl/Le Tigre
Rebel Girl

20) Smashing Pumpkins
Tonight, Tonight

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 12, 2018

Almendrala, Anna. "Crisis Pregnancy Centers Have Another Mission: Public School Sex Ed." Huffington Post (June 10, 2018) ["But they may have met their match in these Gen X parents, who are fighting back."]

"Anthony Bourdain from 2011." WTF (June 8, 2018) ["From Episode 233, this is Marc's conversation with Anthony Bourdain, conducted in 2011. Anthony died on June 8, 2018, at age 61."]

Ferguson, Micheale L. "On the Job: Debating Sex Work." Boston Review (May 14, 2014) ["Does sexual liberation entail a laissez faire attitude toward sex, or can it involve the freedom to critically, consciously, and intentionally explore pleasure and desire?... Sexual liberation is best understood as the freedom to be curious about sex and about the broader economic and social context in which desire and sexuality are produced. It is the freedom to engage in pleasure as something to be indulged not mindlessly, but mindfully: observing our individual relationships to our bodies, to what turns us on or off, to what troubles us, and to how this may change over the course of our lives—observing all of this with curiosity."]

Fitzgerald, Colin. "serpentwithfeet's 'soil' Is a Visionary Statement of Arrival, a Potent and Singular Masterpiece." Pop Matters (June 8, 2018)

Gores, Jared, et al.  "Meyerowitz Stories of a Sacred Florida Project." Reel Fanatics #528 (November 11, 2017) ["This episode is an arthouse roundup in which Jared and Joe review The Florida Project, The Meyerowitz Stories, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. The guys discuss the Netflix distribution model, and Michael expresses concern about the future of the movie theater experience."]

Gupta, Arun. "Anthony Bourdain (1956 - 2018)." Jacobin (June 11, 2018) ["Anthony Bourdain’s genius was not in the kitchen. His genius was in knowing which side he was on."]

Parramore, Lynn. "The average American worker takes less vacation time than a medieval peasant." Business Insider (November 7, 2016)

Siegel, Jacob. "Send Anarchists, Guns and Money." The Baffler #39 (May 2018)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Slurring Bee 13

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.

376) beaucoup

377) oleaginous  [The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America’s most repulsive public figure.
— George Will, The Washington Post, 9 May 2018]

378) obsequious

379) perfunctory

380) palindrome

381) raillery

382) petard

383) garrulous

384) eventuate

385) hygienic

386) visceral

387) titillate

388) puerile

389) assuage

390) opprobrium

391) arrogate

392) sacrosanct

393) ingenue

394) abhorrent

395) menagerie

396) autonomy

397) fustigate

398) shenanigan

Spelling Bee 7 - #210

Friday, June 8, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 8, 2018

Amelie (France/Germany: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Beydoun, Khaled A. "What is Islamophobia?" American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear. University of California Press, 2018: 1-22.

Fang, Lee, Glenn Greenwald and Leighton Akio Woodhouse. "Animal Rights Activists Face Multiple Felony Charges, Brought by Prosecutors With Ties to Smithfield Foods." The Intercept (June 7, 2018)

The Frankfurt School (Critical Theory) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Hancock, James and Andy Webb. "Getting Re-Animated for the Films of Stuart Gordon." Wrong Reel #343 (December 2017)

Hannah Arendt (Germany/Luxemborg/France: Margarethe von Trotta, 2012) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Lock, Margaret. "How To Think About Science (Part 3)." Ideas (February 11, 2015) ["In 1993 medical anthropologist Margaret Lock published Encounters with Aging: Mythologies of Menopause in Japan and North America. The book explores dramatic differences in the way women experience menopause in each place. Such variation is usually taken as purely cultural, but, in her book, Margaret Lock makes a surprising suggestion. She proposes that there are biological differences between Japanese and North American women. Culture doesn't just interpret biology, she says, it also shapes it. Margaret Lock is a professor in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill. In this episode you'll hear her current reflections on what she calls "local biologies" later in the hour. David Cayley begins his conversation with a discussion of another pathbreaking book of hers called Twice Dead: Organ Transplants and the Reinvention of Death."]

Pan's Labyrinth (Spain/Mexico: Guillermo Del Toro, 2006) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Frankfurt School: Cultural & Social Theory/Philosophy (Ongoing Archive)

"The Frankfurt School, known more appropriately as Critical Theory, is a philosophical and sociological movement spread across many universities around the world." - source
In the house of the hangman you should not speak of the rope; otherwise you will open yourself to the suspicion that you are a rancorous person. - Theodor Adorno (quoted in Jeffries, Stuart. Grand Hotel Abyss:The Lives of the Frankfurt School. Verso, 2017: 271.)
Adorno, Theodor. "Excerpt" from The Authoritarian Personality. Wiley, 1964: 254; 753.

Blunden, Andy. "The Frankfurt School and 'Critical Theory.'" Marxist Internet Archive (ND: links to biographies and works)

Corradetti, Claudio. "The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory." Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (ND)

"Frankfurt School." Wikipedia (ND)

Fromm, Erich. "The Authoritarian Personality." (1957: Translated by Florian Nange)

Jeffries, Stuart. "Why a forgotten 1930s critique of capitalism is back in fashion." The Guardian (September 9, 2016)

Kellner, Douglas. "The Frankfurt School." (Posted on his UCLA faculty page: ND)

Ross, Alex. "The Frankfurt School Knew Trump Was Coming." The New Yorker (December 5, 2016)

West, Stephen. "The Frankfurt School - Introduction." Philosophize This #108 (August 17, 2017) ["The Frankfurt School, also known as the Institute of Social Research (Institut für Sozialforschung), is a social and political philosophical movement of thought located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It is the original source of what is known as Critical Theory. The Institute was founded, thanks to a donation by Felix Weil in 1923, with the aim of developing Marxist studies in Germany. The Institute eventually generated a specific school of thought after 1933 when the Nazis forced it to close and move to the United States, where it found hospitality at Columbia University, New York."]

---. "The Frankfurt School (Part 2) - The Enlightenment." Philosophize This #109 (August 26, 2017)

---. "The Frankfurt School (Part 3) - The Culture Industry." Philosophize This #110 (September 7, 2017)

---. "The Frankfurt School (Part 4) - Eros." Philosophize This #111 (October 20, 2017)

---. "The Frankfurt School (Part 5) - Civilization." Philosophize This #112 (November 6, 2017)

---. "The Frankfurt School (Part 6) - Art As a Tool for Liberation." Philosophize This (December 2, 2017)

---. "The Frankfurt School (Part 7): The Great Refusal." Philosophize This (December 23, 2017)

---. "The Frankfurt School: Erich Fromm on Love." Philosophize This! #150 (January 30, 2021) [A discussion of Erich Fromm and his book The Art of Loving.]

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Hannah Arendt (Germany/Luxemborg/France: Margarethe von Trotta, 2012)

[This serves dual purpose as resources for the film and an archive on Hannah Arendt as a thinker ... what the film is about.]

Hannah Arendt (Germany/Luxemborg/France: Margarethe von Trotta, 2012: 113 mins)

Andac, Ben. "Great Directors: Margarethe von Trotta." Senses of Cinema (December 2002)

"Arendt." Mondoweis (Ongoing archive of articles/debates/opinions about Hannah Arendt and her writings)

Arendt, Hannah. "Archive of Writings." New York Review of Books (Ongoing)

---. "Eichmann in Jerusalem." The New Yorker (February 8, 1963)

---.The Origins of Totalitarianism. Meridian Books, 1962.

Atwood, Margaret, Roger Berkowitz and Sally Parry. "From Hannah Arendt to The Handmaid's Tale." The Sunday Edition (May 7, 2017)

"Banality of Evil - Hannah Arendt on Film." DW (December 21, 2012)

Berkowitz, Roger. "Lonely Thinking: Hannah Arendt on Film." The Paris Review (May 30, 2013)

---. "Misreading ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem’." Opinionator (July 7, 2013)

Berkowitz, Roger, et al. "The Human Factor - Hannah Arendt." Ideas (June 26, 2016) ["Hannah Arendt's best-known work, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil was based on her reporting for The New Yorker magazine about the trial of Adolph Eichmann. The book made her both famous and infamous. Eichmann had been one of the principal architects of the Nazi holocaust against the Jews, in which six million people died. Captured in Argentina after the war and brought to Israel, the spectacle of Eichmann on trial riveted the world."]

Brody, Richard. Hannah Arendt and the Glorification of Thinking." The New Yorker (May 20, 2013)

Butler, Judith. "Hannah Arendt's challenge to Adolf Eichmann: In her treatise on the banality of evil, Arendt demanded a rethink of established ideas about moral responsibility." The Guardian (August 29, 2011)

Carter, Erica. "Margarethe von Trotta: 'Becoming a director was always the real goal.'" Sight & Sound (November 23, 2018)

Dean, Michelle. "The Formidable Friendship of Mary McCarthy and Hannah Arendt." The New Yorker (June 2013)

d'Entreves, Maurizio Passerin. "Hannah Arendt." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Last revised August 14, 2014)

Ellis, Marc H. "Exile and the Prophetic: Arendt vs. Wiesel at the crossroads of Jewish empire consciousness." Mondoweiss (June 12, 2013)

---. "Hannah Arendt is a love letter, eulogy and elegy to the prophetic voice." Mondoweiss (June 10, 2013)

Garrett, Daniel. "Innocent Laughter, Intellectual Legacy: Margarethe von Trotta’s film Hannah Arendt." Offscreen 20.8 (September 2016)

Hill, Samantha Rose. "Crises in Academia Today." Medium (September 21, 2018)

Hoberman, J. "Hannah Arendt: Guilty Pleasure." Tablet (May 24, 2013)

Jones, Kathleen B. "The Idea of a Common World: Ada Ushpiz’s Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt." The Los Angeles Review of Books (April 29, 2016)

The Living Dead (BBC: Adam Curtis, 1995: Three 60 minute episodes) [Michael Benton: While watching Adam Curtis' BBC documentary 'The Living Dead' (the first episode "On the Desperate Edge of Now") I was struck by its revelations in regard to Arendt's writings about Eichmann. This episode is partially about the 1945/1946 Nuremberg Trials of the NAZI leaders captured at the end of the war. It examines how these trials were used to obfuscate the realities of the NAZI rise to power and their motivations for war (and in turn the Allies motivations/actions). In particular when Hermann Göring testified about the NAZI rise to power and drive to war. It made the victorious forces nervous - the realities of how you motivate and control the masses cut too deep into their (the victors) own machinations. In response, they turned this show trial into a tale of the evil NAZI monsters, going so far as to silence/suppress the testimony of the accused. In this way they rewrote the war, making it into a fairy tale of the righteous victors and vanquished evil monsters (keep in mind this was a war of imperial powers struggling to control the world). Equally important it examines the cost of this move to repress the difficult realities for a more easily controled fantasy narrative. The repression within German society would erupt in the 1960s into a full scale cultural/social war as a new generation wanted to know why, how and whom. Hannah Arendt would have known well the events of the Nuremberg Trial and remember how this demonization process worked out. Keep in mind, the trial was not intended to mislead those that experienced the war, instead it was used to rewrite the war for future generations. Arendt knew that painting a picture of monstrous evil blots out the realities of human action - individual and collective. She knew it would do little to bring understanding ... something she valued intensely.

Marshall, Colin. "Hannah Arendt’s Original Articles on 'the Banality of Evil' in the New Yorker Archive." Open Culture (January 16, 2013)

"Martin Heidegger." Wikipedia (No Date)

"Mary McCarthy." Wikipedia (No Date)

Lilla, Mark. "Arendt & Eichmann: The New Truth." New York Review of Books (November 21, 2013)

Mendelson, Edward. "The Secret Auden." The New York Review of Books (March 20, 2014)

"Peace and Conflict Studies, Part 3: Researching Theories Regarding Military Prison Camps." Dialogic (February 8, 2010)

Presner, Todd. German 59: Holocaust in Film and Literature (2010 UCLA course posted on Youtube: February 10, 2010)

Rich, Jamie S. "Hannah Arendt - Criterion Channel." Criterion Confessions (December 23, 2020)

Rieff, David. "Hannah and Her Admirerers: Margarethe von Trotta’s biopic of Hannah Arendt is a film about ideas that remains intellectually detached from them." The Nation (December 9, 2013)

Rubenstein, Richard L. The Cunning of History: The Holocaust and the American Future. NY: Harper Colophon, 1978. [excerpts from pages 15-33]

Said, Hammad. "Relevance of Hannah Arendt’s 'A Report On The Banality Of Evil' To Gaza." Counterpunch (July 28, 2014)

Scott, A.O. "How It Looks to Think: Watch Her." The New York Times (May 28, 2013)

Sissenich, Beate. "Hannah Arendt Biopic Offers Rare Onscreen View of Political Philosophy: Movie Paints Vivid Picture of German-Jewish Émigrés." The Forward (May 26, 2013)

Song, C.S. "Hannah Arendt's Life and Ideas." Against the Grain (May 15, 2017)

Stonebridge, Lyndsey. "Thinking and Friendship in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt for Now." On Being (May 18, 2017) ["Along with George Orwell, the 20th-century political theorist Hannah Arendt is a new bestseller. She famously coined the phrase “the banality of evil” and wrote towering works like The Origins of Totalitarianism. She was concerned with the human essence of events that we analyze as historical and political. Totalitarianism she described as “organized loneliness,” and loneliness as the “common ground for terror.” The historian, she said, always knows how vulnerable facts are. And thinking is not something for elites; it is the human power to keep possibility alive."]

Sukowa, Barbara and Margarethe von Trotta. "Hannah Arendt Revisits Fiery Debate over German-Jewish Theorist’s Coverage of Eichmann Trial." Democracy Now (November 26, 2013)

Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (USA: Errol Morris, 1999)

Amelie (France/Germany: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001: 121 mins)

Amelie (France/Germany: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001: 121 mins)

Aytemiz, Pelin. "Looking Through 'Her' Eyes: Productive Look in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain." (Posted on May 24, 2004)

Bonnaud, Frédéric. "The Amelie Effect." Film Comment (November/December 2001)

Choa, Deirdre. "A Little Analysis..." Yes, Your Honour (2013)

Ebert, Roger. "Amelie." Chicago Sun-Times (November 9, 2001)

Gaggi, Silvio. "Navigating Chaos." New Punk Cinema. Edinburgh University Press, 2006: 113-125. [In BCTC Library]

McGrail, Lauren. "5 Essential Elements of Successful Mise en Scène in Film." Lights Film School (2018)

Ortiz, Gaye. "Women as Spectacle: Theological Perspectives on Women and Film." Theology and Film: Challenging the Sacred/Secular Divide. ed. Christopher Deacy and Gaye Williams Ortiz. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2008: 85-113. [Professor has copy]

Steinberg, Stefan. "The Thoroughly Conformist World of Amelie." World Socialist Web Site (August 28, 2001)

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 5, 2018

Benton, Michael. Recommended Films of 2011 Letterboxd (Ongoing Archive)

"Chelsea Manning Talks with Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot)." Talkhouse (April 26, 2018) ["The program includes a talk by Manning on resisting “the data-driven society and the police state”; a conversation between her and Tolokonnikova on their experiences in resistance, incarceration and prison reform; and a talk by Tolokonnikova on bringing “punk feminism” to Russia and the problems with Putin. The two also share their views on how neighborhood communities have better answers than think tanks, the ways empathy can help make real change, and — powerfully — how political action can be more than voting."]

Elrod, Andrew. "Elon Musk's Fall From Grace." Boston Review (April 17, 2018)

Hartman, Andrew. "The Culture Wars are Dead: Long Live the Culture Wars!" The Baffler #39 (May 2018)

Hypernormalisation (BBC: Adam Curtis, 2016: 166 mins)  ["HyperNormalisation wades through the culmination of forces that have driven this culture into mass uncertainty, confusion, spectacle and simulation. Where events keep happening that seem crazy, inexplicable and out of control—from Donald Trump to Brexit, to the War in Syria, mass immigration, extreme disparity in wealth, and increasing bomb attacks in the West—this film shows a basis to not only why these chaotic events are happening, but also why we, as well as those in power, may not understand them. We have retreated into a simplified, and often completely fake version of the world. And because it is reflected all around us, ubiquitous, we accept it as normal. This epic narrative of how we got here spans over 40 years, with an extraordinary cast of characters—the Assad dynasty, Donald Trump, Henry Kissinger, Patti Smith, early performance artists in New York, President Putin, Japanese gangsters, suicide bombers, Colonel Gaddafi and the Internet. HyperNormalisation weaves these historical narratives back together to show how today’s fake and hollow world was created and is sustained. This shows that a new kind of resistance must be imagined and actioned, as well as an unprecedented reawakening in a time where it matters like never before."]

Khan, Mansoor. "The Face Behind the Case: Janus v. AFSCME, Dark Money, and the Future of Labor." Los Angeles Review of Books (June 3, 2018)

McGrail, Lauren. "5 Essential Elements of Successful Mise en Scène in Film." Lights Film School (2018)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Dialogic Cinephilia - June 3, 2018

Farrow, Moses. "A Son Speaks Out." (May 23, 2018)

Goodfellow, Melanie. "Gaza cameraman who worked with Ai Weiwei shot dead by Israeli military." Screen Daily (April 7, 2018)

Keating, Joshua. "It Makes Complete Sense That Black Panther Will Break Saudi Arabia’s 35-Year Cinema Ban." Slate (April 5, 2018)

Kusama, Karyn and April Wolfe. "Near Dark." Switchblade Sisters #2 (November 16, 2017) ["This week, April sits down with director Karyn Kusama (Girl Fight, Jennifer's Body, The Invitation) to discuss the Kathryn Bigelow vampire classic, Near Dark. The two marvel at Bigelow's mastery in crafting a vampire western, the amazing performance of Bill Paxton as the villainous Severen, and the elegant cinematography throughout the film. Plus, Karyn talks about her journey as a director from discovering Michelle Rodriguez for Girl Fight, to subverting genre expectations for Jennifer's Body."]

Matarazzo, Heather and April Wolfe. "The Invitation." Switchblade Sisters #3 (November 23, 2017) ["This week, April sits down with actress, producer, and director Heather Matarazzo (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Saved, The Princess Diaries). They talk about a movie directed by last week's guest Karyn Kusama, the 2015 film The Invitation. April and Heather discuss the effectiveness of the setting as well as the powerful performance of Tammy Blanchard. Heather also talks about what it's like navigating a corrupt Hollywood system as a woman, having her role recast two weeks before a production, and what interests her about violence committed by women in cinema."]

Phillips, Michael. "First Reformed filmmaker Paul Schrader on hope, despair and 'this odd moment we're in now.'" Chicago Tribune (May 22, 2018)

Standard Operating Procedure (USA: Earl Morris, 2008: 116 mins) ["In 2004, during the invasion of Iraq, the public learned of systemic sexual abuse, torture, rape and even murder going on inside Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Photographs taken by the soldiers themselves were at the centre of the scandal, and seared public consciousness. Standard Operating Procedure sets out to examine the context of these photographs. Why were they taken? What was happening outside the frame? And as the film provides direct accounts of the soldiers who took the photographs and who were in the photographs, we ask: Who are these people? What were they thinking? The Abu Ghraib photographs serve as both an expose and a coverup. An expose, because the photographs offer us a glimpse of the horror of Abu Ghraib; and a coverup because they convinced journalists and readers they had seen everything, that there was no need to look further…"]

Thompson, Steven. "Neko Case's Hell-On Conjures A Constellation Of Emotions." First Listen (May 24, 2018)