Monday, December 16, 2019

Dialogic Cinephilia - December 16, 2019

MB upon waking up from a fever dream state: In order to better understand present struggles, I visit with the ghosts of various pasts and learning from them I envision possible futures. These visions of pasts and futures intertwine around my present self like two great dragons whispering in my ears.

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.
-- Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin Vol. 4 (1971)

Barber, William, II, et al. "Amazing Aretha." Open Source (May 2, 2019) ["Aretha Franklin made you believe you were hearing both heaven and earth. Her voice was not of this world: it was “a gift of God,” people have said. She was the reason women want to sing, said Mary J. Blige, who covered Aretha hits. James Baldwin said the way Aretha sings is “the way I want to write.” Our guest Ed Pavlić calls her voice a Hubble telescope, taking us back to the origin of time and truth."]

"Mitch Part 1: 'Win This Thing.'" Embedded 7.1 (May 30, 2019) ["Mitch McConnell has been described as "opaque," "drab," and even "dull." He is one of the least popular - and most polarizing - politicians in the country. So how did he win eight consecutive elections? And what does it tell us about how he operates?"]

"Mitch Part 2: 'Money Money Money.'" Embedded 7.2 (June 6, 2019) ["A lot of us don't pay much attention to money in politics. But Mitch McConnell does. And unlike most politicians, he speaks bluntly in favor of more political spending, not less. That stance led to a long battle with one Senator, who fought McConnell harder than just about anyone else."]

"Mitch Part 3: Darth Vader Has Arrived." Embedded 7.3 (June 13, 2019) ["Mitch McConnell continues his rivalry with John McCain, and dramatically changes the role of money in American politics."]

"Mitch Part 4: Not a Happy Choice." Embedded 7.4 (June 20, 2019) ["Mitch McConnell says he never expected Donald Trump to become president. During the campaign, he was openly critical of Trump's rhetoric. So how are these two very different men working together now? And how are they changing the country?"]

"Mitch Part 5: 9 and 0." Embedded 7.5 (June 27, 2019) ["Mitch McConnell knows that he is not popular. But, he says, the only judgment that really matters is on election day. And of the people who have challenged him, he says, "so far, there have been nine losers.""]

Moore, Sam. "Is Hans Gruber the ultimate cinematic embodiment of capitalism?" Little White Lies (December 14, 2019) ["Alan Rickman’s iconic baddie is a faux-revolutionary motivated purely by financial gain."]

Sutherland, Rory. "Alchemy." EconTalk (November 11, 2019) ["Author and Advertising Executive Rory Sutherland of Ogilvy talks about his book Alchemy with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Sutherland makes the case for the magic (yes, magic!) of advertising and branding in helping markets work well. This is a wide-ranging conversation on consumer choice, public policy, travel, real estate, and corporate decision-making using insights from behavioral economics and decades of experience in the world of advertising."]

Woodward, Adam. "The Irishman." Little White Lies (November 3, 2019) ["A de-aged Robert De Niro takes centre stage in Martin Scorsese’s muscular, melancholy mob drama."]

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