Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Elizabeth S. Anderson: Philosophy/Women's Studies (Ongoing Archive)

 Anderson, Elizabeth S. "Common Property: How Social Insurance Became Confused with Socialism." Boston Review (July 25, 2016)

---. "Fair Opportunity in Education: A Democratic Equality Perspective." Ethics 117 (July 2007): 595 - 622.

---. "Is Women's Labor a Commodity? Philosophy and Public Affairs 19.1 (Winter 1990): 71-92.

---. "Liberty, Equality, and Private Government." The Tanner Lectures in Human Values (Transcript of a lectured delivered at Princeton University: March 4-5, 2015)

---. Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and We Don't Talk About It). Princeton University Press, 2017.

---. "Reply to My Critics." Symposia on Gender, Race, and Philosophy 9.2 (Fall 2013)

---. "Slavery, Emancipation, and the Relationship of Freedom and Equality." Boston Review (August 5, 2013)

---. "What If The Way We Think About Freedom And Equality Is All Wrong?" On Point (January 24, 2019)

---. "What is the Point of Equality?" Ethics 109.2 (1999): 287 - 337. ["What has gone wrong here? I shall argue that these problems stem from a flawed understanding of the point of equality. Recent egalitarian writing has come to be dominated by the view that the fundamental aim of equality is to compensate people for undeserved bad luck-being born with poor native endowments, bad parents, and disagreeable personalities, suffering from accidents and illness, and so forth. I shall argue that in focusing on correcting a supposed cosmic injustice, recent egalitarian writing has lost sight of the distinctively political aims of egalitarianism. The proper negative aim of egalitarian justice is not to eliminate the impact of brute luck from human affairs, but to end oppression, which by definition is socially imposed. Its proper positive aim is not to ensure that everyone gets what they morally deserve, but to create a community in which people stand in relations of equality to others."]

Anderson, Elizabeth, Joshua Cohen and David Hollinger. "Slavery, Emancipation, and Equality." Boston Review (August 5, 2013)

Heller, Nathan. "The Philosopher Redefining Equality." The New Yorker (January 7, 2019)  ["Elizabeth Anderson thinks we’ve misunderstood the basis of a free and fair society."]

Norman, Wayne. "Elizabeth Anderson - Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It)." Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (August 2018)

Rothman, Joshua. "Are Bosses Dictators." The New Yorker (September 12, 2017)

Dialogic Cinephilia - September 30, 2020

Boyer, Lanny. "Paul Thomas Anderson: Four Basics." (Posted on Youtube: October 19, 2015)

Ford, Phil and J.F. Martel. "On Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut." Weird Studies #30 (October 14, 2018) ["No dream is ever just a dream. Or so Tom Cruises tells Nicole Kidman at the end of Eyes Wide Shut. In this episode, Phil and JF expound some of the key themes of Kubrick's film, a masterpiece of cinematic chamber music that demonstrates, with painstaking attention to detail, Zen Master Dōgen's utterance that when one side of the world is illuminated, the other side is dark. Treading a winding path between wakefulness and dream, love and sex, life and art, your paranoid hosts make boldly for that secret spot where the rainbow ends, and the masks come off."]

Gissy, Sharon. "Bug (2006)." Voice & Visions (2020)

O'Brien, Geoffrey. "Law and disorder in Edward Dmytryk’s Warlock." Library of America (September 22, 2020)

"Orson Welles, Part One." Director's Club #137 (October 22, 2017) ["In this episode the Director's Club tries to grasp the enormity of the works of Orson Welles. It's an extended look at the creative audacity that led to so much artistic triumph and career tragedy, and to make sense of it we include a look at his pre-film life and the many cinema endeavors that sadly never made it to the film screen. In part 1 we look at his start working for the movie studios, from his epic "Citizen Kane" through his take on Shakespeare's "Macbeth"."]

"Orson Welles, Part Two." Director's Club #138 (November 7, 2017) ["The Director's Club finish our epic look at epic auteur Orson Welles, who managed to continue creating some amazing film moments despite becoming mostly exiled from the Hollywood studio system. In Part II we look from his takes on Shakespeare with "Othello" and "Chimes At Midnight", through his acidic noir "Touch of Evil", to his 'deconstructumentary' film "F for Fake", and along the way talk about his many unfinished films (one of which may see the light of day yet). His work proved so inspiring we not only looked to compare them to the efforts of Jacques Tati and Alfred Hitchcock, but had to invent words to describe some characters and even hairstyles in his movies! Hope we were able to bring across the brazenly enthusiastic creativity to be found in Orson Welles' films!"]

"Sofia Coppola." Director's Club (August 20, 2017) ["In this episode, the Director's Club looks at the films of Sofia Coppola (a.k.a., "The Good One"), whose movies had a dreamlike feeling of melancholy isolation, level of visual composition, and focus on young womanhood that was evident from the start of her career. We're joined in our journey through her film work (that takes us from L.A. to Tokyo to Versailles to the Civil War South) by Rebecca Martin, an ultra-promoter of film appreciation in the Chicago area and host of Now Playing Network's "Fresh Perspective.""]

CINEMA in CINEMA from Brutzelpretzel on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Magnolia (USA: Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999)

Magnolia (USA: Paul Thomas Anderson, 1999: 188 mins) 

Anderson, Paul Thomas. "On His Filmmaking and Films." WTF #565 (January 5, 2015)

Bernstein, Arielle and Nelson Carvajal. "The Inherent Vice in Paul Thomas Anderson's Films: A Video Essay." Press Play (January 2, 2015)

Boyer, Lanny. "Paul Thomas Anderson: Four Basics." (Posted on Youtube: October 19, 2015)

Cassidy, Brendan and J.D. Duran. "Magnolia / Punch Drunk Love." InSession Film (January 2018)

Foster, Gwendolyn Audrey. "Magnolia: A Savage Attack on Masculinity and Whiteness." Senses of Cinema (February 2015)

Goss, Brian Michael. "“Things Like This Don’t Just Happen”: Ideology and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Hard EightBoogie Nights, and Magnolia." Journal of Communication Inquiry 26:2 (April 2002): 171-192

Holt, Ryan. "#16: Magnolia." Arts and Faith Top 100 Films (2011)

Jack's Movie Reviews. "Paul Thomas Anderson - Finding a Purpose In Life." (Posted on Youtube: March 11, 2017)

Lee, Kevin B. "The Career of Paul Thomas Anderson in Five Shots." (Posted on Vimeo: 2013)

Ratzlaff, Jeremy. "Paul Thomas Anderson: A Chronological Timeline." (Posted on Vimeo: November 2015)

The Directors Series- Paul Thomas Anderson [3.1] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series - Paul Thomas Anderson [3.2] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series - Paul Thomas Anderson [3.3] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series - Paul Thomas Anderson [3.4] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series- Paul Thomas Anderson [3.5] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

SHORT CUTS — Episode 1: Milkshakes, Monopoly & Murder from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

The Directors Series - Paul Thomas Anderson [3.7] from Cameron Beyl on Vimeo.

Video Essays & Film Studies Resources

Normally when teaching this class in person I would wax poetic on the philosophical nature of cinema and the way it can open up greater understandings of the multiplicities of ways humans perceive (seeing) reality (the world) & the multitudinous possibilities for humans to express and live their identities (being in the world).  This is why I appreciate and love cinema (cinephilia - I am a cinephile).

So, I don't want to bury you in just written texts, lets also delve into cinema as cinema, through cinematic criticism that works like film/movies. In that spirit I am putting together an ongoing archive of 'video essays' on film/filmmaking/film viewing/film criticism. I am also including some key documentaries available online free-of-charge and key publications/podcasts.

I want you to watch films that you will enjoy and it is also my hope that you will also choose films that will challenge you. What we are doing is exercising our mind, but just as importantly we are exercising our imaginations, and with anything at first it can be awkward, or even painful, but as we engage in the art/practice we become more accomplished and our world expands and we find great joy in doing it.

This is an ongoing conversation about cinema and we will become a part of that discussion.

THE 25 BEST FILMS OF 2020: A Video Countdown from david ehrlich on Vimeo.


Acidemic [The film criticism blog of Erich Kuersten. Has a focus on the wild & surreal. Essential: The CinemArchetypes links on the right hand side.]

Acolytes of Horror. "Annihilation: Surrendering to Creation." (Posted on Youtube: November 21, 2020)

Adam Nayman (Toronto-based, writes for The Ringer and Cinema, and teaches Cinema Studies at University of Toronto and Ryerson University)

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists ["The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Inc. (AWFJ), was founded in 2006 by Jennifer Merin, Maitland McDonagh, Joanna Langfield and Jenny Halper. We were incorporated as a not-for-profit charitable organization in New York State in October, 2006. Our members are highly qualified professional female movie critics, reporters and feature writers working in print, broadcast and online media. Members are required to meet AWFJ membership criteria. Our purpose is to amplify the voices of women critics, provide a platform for the expression of women’s perspectives on film and support work by and about women – both in front of and behind the cameras – through intra-group promotional activities, outreach programs and by presenting the annual EDA Awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments (the best and worst) by and about women in the movies."]

American Cinematographer [American Society of Cinematographers and American Cinematographer website.]

American Nightmare (USA: Adam Simon, 2000: 71 mins) [Amy Lynn on Amazon: "This is a documentary about horror films and their impact on the world between 1968-1979. We get to hear the points of views of the directors of some of the most frightening classic horror films ever made. ... Tobe Hooper, John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, John Landis, Wes Craven, George Romero and more. We get an in depth look at the politics and upheaval of the 60's and 70's and how they influenced ... the horror genre..."]

Angelica Jade Bastién. [Chicago based critic, self described on her twitter profile: "critic,
@vulture. madwoman. southern broad. one hell of a dame. she/her."]

Another Gaze [Feminist film journal founded in 2016]

"Archives of Resources for Individual Films."  Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Artforum: Film [Film criticism from the art publication]

A.S. Hamrah [Brooklyn film critic and writer for The Baffler]

BBC News. "George Orwell's 1984: Why It Still Matters." (Posted on Youtube: June 10, 2019)

Benedict, Steven. "Analysis of Blade Runner." (Posted on Vimeo: 2012)

---. "Analysis of Inception." (Posted on Vimeo: 2012)

---. "Coen Country." (Posted on Vimeo: February 5, 2015)

---. "The Techniques and Themes of Steven Spielberg." Vimeo (August 8, 2012)

Bernstein, Arielle and Nelson Carvajal. "The Inherent Vice in Paul Thomas Anderson's Films: A Video Essay." Press Play (January 2, 2015)

Beyl, Cameron. "Christopher Nolan [5.1] – The Non-Linear Neo-Noirs." The Director Series (February 13, 2017)

---. "Christopher Nolan: The Dark Knight." (Posted on Youtube: April 28, 2020)

---. "Christopher Nolan: The Dark Knight Rises and the Apocalyptic Epics." (Posted on Youtube: November 28, 2017)

---. "The Coen Brothers [4.1]: Murder and Mayhem." The Directors Series (May 24, 2016)

---. "The Coen Brothers [4.2]: The Postmodern Pictures." The Directors Series (June 14, 2016)

---. "The Coen Brothers [4.3]: The Breakout Classics." The Directors Series (June 28, 2016)

---. "The Coen Brothers [4.4]: An Odyssey Into Style." The Directors Series (July 12, 2016)

---. "The Directors Series: David Fincher, Pts 1-4." (Archived on Open Culture: September 10, 2015)

---. "Paul Thomas Anderson Pt. 5: The Surf Noirs." (Posted on Vimeo: 2016)

---. "Paul Thomas Anderson, Pt. 6: Altered States." (Posted on Vimeo: 2019)

---. "Paul Thomas Anderson Pt. 7: Passion and Poison." (Posted on Vimeo: 2019)

---. "The Directors Series: Stanley Kubrick, Pts. 1-5." (Posted on Vimeo: February 5, 2016)

Beyond the Screenplay [Podcast: “Lessons from the Screenplay” creator Michael Tucker and the LFTS team do deeper dives into the storytelling of individual movies and chat with the creatives behind those films."]

Bird, Katie. "Feeling and Thought as They Take Form: Early Steadicam, Labor, and Technology (1974-1985)." Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies 7.1 (2020)

Bluegrass Film Society (Facebook Group - you are welcome to join)

Bolin, Garrett. "Queer Becomings: A Visual Essay on Todd Haynes’s Velvet Goldmine." (Posted on Vimeo: 2015)

Booy, Miles. Interpreting Star Wars: Reading a Modern Film Franchise. Bloomsbury Academic, 2021 (excerpt, pages 1 -25)

Bordwell, David. "Constructive Editing in Robert Bresson's Pickpocket." (Posted on Vimeo: 2013)

---. "How Motion Pictures Became the Movies 1908-1920." (Posted on Vimeo: 2013)

Bouvé, Andrew. "The Many Voices of Meryl Streep."  Slate (February 28, 2014)

Boyer, Lanny. "Paul Thomas Anderson: Four Basics." (Posted on Youtube: October 19, 2015)

Boyson, Oscar. "What Makes Star Wars Star Wars." (Posted on Vimeo: December 2015)

Bright Lights Film Journal [East Coast auteurist critics.]

Bright Wall/Dark Room ["Bright Wall/Dark Room offers a different lens on film & television: no hot takes, no clickbait, no “content,” no ads. We’re an online magazine devoted to exploring the relationship between movies and the business of being alive."]

Broeren, Joost and Sander Spies. "Cutting the Edge: Freedom in Framing." Filmkrant (Posted on Vimeo: 2016)

Brooke, John T. "Full Metal Jacket Video Essay." (Posted on Youtube: January 10, 2016)

Brubaker, Philip. "The Childhood Whimsy of Wes Anderson." (Posted on Vimeo: 2018)

Brutzelpretzel. "Cinema in Cinema." (Posted on Vimeo: July 2014)

Cairns, David. "PlayTime: Anatomy of a Gag." Criterion Collection (Posted on Vimeo: November 2014)


Caméra Stylo [University of Toronto: "Our goal is to curate a selection of exemplary undergraduate student work that contributes to the study of cinema and visual media, and encourage a variety of academic submissions in the form of either visual or text-based argument."]

Carvajal, Nelson. "The Inherent Vice in Paul Thomas Anderson's Films." (Posted on Vimeo: 2015)

---. "Todd Haynes' Isolated Women." (Posted on Vimeo: 2015)

---. "Wake Up: Spike Lee’s Vital Chi-Raq.” (Posted on Vimeo: March 31, 2016)

Catley, Anna. "Wes Anderson & Yasujiro Ozu: A Visual Essay." (Posted on Youtube: March 30, 2015)

Changing Reels ["Changing Reels is a bi-weekly podcast that celebrates diversity and representation in cinema. In each episode, host Courtney Small and a guest take a deep dive into a film and discuss its cultural significance."]

Cheney, Matthew. "Dead Men and Ghosts, Limited." (Posted on Vimeo: 2014)

---. "Total Cinema: Snowpiercer." (Posted on Vimeo: 2014)

Cinebeats [Kimberly Lindberg's film criticism website.]

Cine-Cast [Chicago podcast hosted by Ben Sachs, et al]

Cinefix. "Alien Chestburster: Art of the Scene." (Posted on Youtube: January 21, 2015)

The Cinema Cartography. "The Aesthetic of Evil." (Posted on Youtube: January 4, 2021)

---. "Andrei Tarkovsky - Poetic Harmony." (Posted on Youtube: April 29, 2016)

---. "The Andrei Tarkovsky Retrospective." (Posted on Youtube: April 3, 2020)

---. "Apocalypse Now: Analysis, Part 1." (Posted on Youtube: April 5, 2015)

---. "Apocalypse Now: Analysis, Part 2." (Posted on Youtube: April 14, 2015)

---. "Breaking the Rules: The French New Wave." (Posted on Youtube: May 28, 2015)

---. "The Cinematography That Changed the World." (Posted on Youtube: July 31, 2020)

---. "Come and See - Sight and Sound." (Posted on Youtube: March 19, 2017)

---. "Colour in Storytelling." (Posted on Youtube: July 29, 2015)

---. "Composition in Storytelling." (Posted on Youtube: January 22, 2016)

---. "David Lynch: The Elusive Subconscious." (Posted on Youtube: September 3, 2016)

---. "The David Lynch Retrospective." (Posted on Youtube: September 12, 2020)

---. "The Greatest Directors You Don't Know." (Posted on Youtube: October 31, 2020)

---. "Groundbreaking Films That Defied Cinema Convention." (Posted on Youtube: December 29, 2020)

---. "How to Craft Morality Through Mystery." (Posted on Youtube: June 15, 2017)

---. "Lars von Trier: Deconstructing Cinema." (Posted on Youtube: July 23, 2016)

---. "Michael Haneke: Cinematic Truths and Realities Lies." (Posted on Youtube: January 9, 2018)

---. "The Tragic Side of Cinema." (Posted on Youtube: January 21, 2021)

---. "The Ugly Side of Beauty." (Posted on Youtube: Navember 26, 2020)

Cinematalk [A University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communication Arts Podcast.]

Cinematary [Film discussion podcast and website originating out of Knoxville, TN.]

The Cinematologists ["'Consistently one of the finest cinema podcasts available' - Sight & Sound.
Hosted by Dr Dario Llinares & Dr Neil Fox."]

Cinema Year Zero (Independent publication based in London)

Cinephilia and Beyond [Croatian-based independent website dedicated to the world of film. One of the great in-depth film resources online.]

Cineuropa ["Cineuropa is the first European portal dedicated to cinema and audiovisual in 4 languages. With daily news, interviews, data bases, in-depth investigations into the audiovisual industry, Cineuropa aims at promoting the European film industry throughout the world."]

Clothes on Film [Christopher Laverty's website devoted to the art of costume design in film and television.]

Coley, Houston. "How Time Passes in Film: Narrative Flow, Part 1." (Posted on Youtube: March 30, 2017)

---. "The Meaning of Mirrors in Cinema." (Posted on Youtube: April 7, 2017)

ContraPoints. "J.K. Rowling." (Posted on Youtube: January 26, 2021)

Cook, Adam. "How Quentin Tarantino Took Inspiration From The Great Silence." Little White Lies (Posted on Youtube: January 26, 2016)

Criterion Confessions ["A survey of the Criterion Collection on DVD by Jamie S. Rich."]

Criterion Reflections [Podcast: David Blakeslee and guests view and discuss Criterion releases.]

Critics at Large ["Critics at Large publishes daily thought-provoking, independent criticism on all aspects of popular culture by an international group of writers. ... In an era when arts journalism is increasingly driven by careerism and conformity, we appeal to voyeurs of the arts rather than mere consumers."]

The Dana Buckler Show [Podcast that examines various cinematic themes and genres.]

Dani Bethea ["EIC: We Are Horror Magazine. Writer: An Injustice, Gayly Dreadful, Ghouls Magazine, Rely on Horror, SUPERJUMP, and Upper Cut!"]

Daughters of Darkness [Podcast: Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger explore horror and cult films.]

David Ehrlich [Base in Brooklyn, NY, David is IndieWire's Senior Film Critic.]

David Hudson [Hudson's Daily report is one of the essential sources for keeping informed about the world of film and filmmaking.]

Dead End Follies [Montreal, Canada: "Culture for obsessive geeks and heavy metal freaks."]

Deep Focus Review [Minnesotan Brian Eggerts' review website.] 

De Fren, Allison. "Fembot in a Red Dress." (Posted on Vimeo: 2016) ["This video essay examines the cultural trope of the “lady in red” as it evolved from the genre of film noir to science fiction and from the human to the artificial female in a variety of film and television texts."]

---. "Ex Machina: Questioning the Human Machine." (Posted on Vimeo: 2017)

Digging Deeper. "A Separation: A Man-Made Divide." (Posted on Youtube: May 5, 2016)

---. "Carol: The Love Story in a Look." (Posted on Youtube: April 7, 2016)

Director's Club [Podcast: "Director's Club is a movie podcast with many bonus episodes, that centers around the work of one movie director per show."]

The Directors Cut [Director's Guild of America (DGA): "The Director's Cut will bring you the behind-the-scenes stories of today's most talked about films. Each episode features a different director interviewed by one of their peers, leading to revealing conversations about the grueling, but rewarding process of bringing their films to life."]

The Directors Series ["THE DIRECTORS SERIES is a podcast dedicated to appreciating and deconstructing the work of contemporary and classic film directors. In the show, we breakdown the careers of film directors like Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, The Coen Brothers, and Paul Thomas Anderson just to name a few. From their early works and short films to their blockbuster achievements and Oscar glory. The goal of the show to give the listener an insight into the film director's process and educate the next generation of filmmakers coming up. Hosted by Cameron Beyl."]

Dirty Movies ["Our mission is to create a platform to exhibit, to discuss and to promote courageous, audacious and innovative cinema made in all corners of the planet as broadly as possible, helping movies to inspire and bring about individual and social change to cinema professionals, cinema lovers and their respective communities. ... A ‘dirty movie’ is no ordinary movie: it challenges and breaks conventions. At DMovies, we believe that cinema stings, jars and provokes the viewer. Some films are gut-wrenching, leaving the audiences speechless and breathless. They experience pain and gratification at once. These films can also incur wrath, twist the viewer’s mind and even change the way they perceive and engage with the world. In short, some movies make people think. We call them dirty movies. These films challenge the perception that cinema is a mere entertainment tool. They make audiences face their own fears and demons, and the outcome isn’t always rosy. It often leaves audiences shaky and scarred, with a rancid taste in the mouth and a rank and offensive odour everywhere. It’s like a spiritual cleansing, an exorcism of the senses. You become a dirty person."]

"ENG 281/282 Thinking About Films and Filmmaking." Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

The Evolution of Horror ["The Evolution of Horror is a movie discussion podcast that covers scary movies old and new, from Universal Monsters to Exploitation, from Hitchcock to Ti West. Mike the host will be joined by different guest hosts each week, and will be covering anything and everything horror related, be looking at the way horror films have changed and evolved over the last hundred years."]

Faculty of Horror ["Tackling all things horror with a slash of analysis and research, horror journalists and occasional academics Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West are your hosts for brain-plumping discussions on all things that go bump in the night. Produced independently in Toronto, Ontario The Faculty of Horror is your best source for classic and contemporary horror film discussions that will haunt the libraries of your mind!"]

Feliciano, Moisés. "Yorgos Lanthimos and Realism." (Posted on Youtube: June 17, 2019)

Film New Books Network [Podcast with authors discussing their new books on film and film culture]

Film Analysis 2.0 ["The Film Analysis Guide was developed to meet the needs of faculty and students at Yale University who are interested in becoming familiar with the vocabulary of film studies and the techniques of cinema. The user can either read the complete document or search out a particular topic of interest. — Related links within the Guide are provided as appropriate, as are links to film clips illustrating the topic or term in question."]

Film at Lincoln Center Podcast ["Film at Lincoln Center Podcast is our free weekly podcast that features in-depth conversations with filmmakers, actors, critics, and more. "]

Film Comment [New York City: "Founded in 1962, Film Comment has been the home of independent film journalism for over 50 years, publishing in-depth interviews, critical analysis, and feature coverage of mainstream, art-house, and avant-garde filmmaking from around the world. Today a bimonthly print magazine and a website published by Film at Lincoln Center, Film Comment is a nonprofit publication that relies on the support of readers. Its activities supporting film culture also include The Film Comment Podcast and regular events and talks at Film at Lincoln Center and beyond."]

The Film Comment Podcast ["The Film Comment Podcast is a weekly space for critical conversation about film, with a look at topical issues, new releases, and the big picture."]

Film Criticism [Michigan/Allegheny College in Meadville, PA: "Film Criticism is a peer-reviewed, online publication whose aim is to bring together scholarship in the field of cinema and media studies in order to present the finest work in this area, foregrounding textual criticism as a primary value. Our readership is academic, although we strive to publish material that is both accessible to undergraduates and engaging to established scholars. With over 40 years of continuous publication, Film Criticism is the third oldest academic film journal in the United States. We have published work by such international scholars as Dudley Andrew, David Bordwell, David Cook, Andrew Horton, Ann Kaplan, Marcia Landy, Peter Lehman, Janet Staiger, and Robin Wood. Equally important, FC continues to present work from emerging generations of film and media scholars representing multiple critical, cultural and theoretical perspectives. Film Criticism is an open access academic journal that allows readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, and link to the full texts of articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose except where otherwise noted."]

Film Freedonia [Roderick Heath - "I am a writer and live in New South Wales, Australia. My desire in film criticism has always been to celebrate the cinema in its diversity, to explore the pleasures and mystique of good movies, and to tackle the cultural resonance of film as both an art form and a vehicle of entertainment. I love to look for signs of creativity and commitment in even the most demeaned genres, and also dig as deeply as I can into the meaning and method behind cinema’s most important works."]

Filmmaker [A respected print and online magazine.]

Film Matters [I'm an editor for this journal. Talk to me if you are interested in working to get published. "Film Matters is an exciting film magazine, celebrating the work of undergraduate film scholars. It is published three times a year, by students and for students, and each issue contains feature articles, as well as a healthy reviews section. In addition, with an undergraduate audience in mind, Film Matters will include occasional service-oriented pieces, such as profiles of film studies departments, articles that engage the undergraduate film studies community and prepare students for graduate study in this field, and resources and opportunities that undergraduate scholars can pursue."]

Film of the Week [Catherine Bray and Guy Lodge: "Films we cover may be on general release in cinemas (although not so much at the moment). They might be newly available via streamers like Amazon Prime, BFI Player, Mubi and Netflix. They might be coming up on TV and/or available via traditional broadcasters like the BBC, Channel 4 or ITV and their online platforms, or non-traditional broadcasters like YouTube. We would love to cover more Blu-Ray releases. In short, we’re platform-neutral right now. Post-pandemic, we might focus a little more on cinema releases, but we’re aware that a lot of really great cinema reaches people via smaller screens and want to reflect that. We’re also genre-neutral. Films selected will be some or all of the following: films we thought were noteworthy, enjoyable, worth watching, talking points, entertaining, significant, films we’d recommend you see. They don’t have to be perfect, they don’t have to be masterpieces, and not only can they be from any genre, but we’ll actively be trying to represent a range of genres, since good cinema is always varied. We will be avoiding hate-watching and panning films. There’s a very valid place for negative critique in film journalism, especially for sites which comprehensively review everything, but with this site, we’re trying to highlight what we personally found worthwhile. Not every film will be a new release. We will tend to focus on new releases, but restorations or special screenings of older films we love are absolutely eligible."]

Filmosophy ["Our names are Jack and Paulina. We live in Scotland. We met through a love of the movies, and decided that we needed to share that with other people, and encourage more people to love movies too. Filmosophy is designed to do just that. To cultivate a love of cinema and engage with everyone we can, we knew we needed a platform other than our own Facebook profiles to do so. We knew we needed a dedicated site that could organically grow, change, and evolve with time. Filmosophy, therefore, is part blog, part academic resource, part fansite, part review hub, part community project, and all passion. Our writing about cinema is a reflection of this; each and every piece we post is for others to enjoy and hopefully to engage with. Discussion and differences of opinion are essential to life, and to appreciation of art. As such, our readers are the heart of this project, and always will be. ...  On our site, for instance, you can find reviews of movies new and old, long-read articles that explore ideas and theories behind the films we watch, video essays about cinema, documentaries that we have made and produced, and up-to-date news about all things film."]

Film Quarterly ["Combining the best of scholarship and journalism since 1959, Film Quarterly publishes in-depth articles, reviews, and interviews on all aspects of cinema, media, and society—from film classics to emergent technologies. Film Quarterly is committed to advancing timely and intersectional approaches to the criticism and analysis of visual culture through exploring new perspectives on issues of diversity, race, gender, sexuality, and transnationalism."]

Film School Radio [Mike Kaspar's Southern California podcast: "Since 2006 showcasing the best in documentary, foreign and independent film. Listen to more than 1,500 interviews."]

Filmsite ["Tim Dirks created the popular website, aka Greatest Films, in mid-1996, and soon, it will celebrate its landmark 25th anniversary in 2021. He has been writing about and reviewing films on the site ever since. Tim originated Filmsite and has remained its sole contributor, manager, and editor - he adds significant content to the site spanning all the years of cinematic history, often writes blogs and other film-related articles, and has engaged in a number of on-camera interviews about film. ... The site includes rich reference material including Academy Awards history, film genres, film terms, film history by decade, trivia, and lots of lists of 'best' films, stars, scenes, quotes, resources, posters, etc."]

Final Girls [Podcast for the collective: "The Final Girls are a UK based film collective exploring the intersections of horror film and feminism through curated screenings, programmes, zines and a podcast."]

Fipresci [The international federation of film critics.]

Foreign Films Essay. "La Haine: - The reflexion of a fallen society." (Posted on Youtube: November 21, 2019)

---. "Yojimbo: The Villainy of Heroism." (Posted on Youtube: June 12, 2020)

Frames of Empathy. "Magnolia: Reconciling with the Past." (Posted on Youtube: June 2, 2019)

Framing Media (formerly The Cinephiliacs) [Peter Labuza's podcast "Framing Media highlights new and innovative research in the field of moving image and sound studies. The name comes from Martin Scorsese's famous phrase, "Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out." We take this not just to be an issue of aesthetics, but technology, ideology, race, gender, and culture. Episodes focus on how media images—whether film, television, radio, new media, or beyond—are framed: the design and craft of what audiences see, the hidden stories of the labor and talent obscured outside it, and the histories of how frames are made, distributed, and exhibited."]

Gardener, Caden Mark, et al. "Trans Cinema Roundtable." The Film Comment Podcast (April 20, 2021) ["“A film that centers on a transgender person or storyline enters the culture like any other movie. The difference lies in the discourse around it.” So writes Caden Mark Gardner in a recent essay in the Criterion Collection’s online publication, the Current. “Trans people in movies are written and talked about as if they were abstract concepts, anomalies. For years, it’s been clear that very little attention is being paid (by filmmakers, critics, or marketers) to the ways in which a trans audience might see and react to these attempts at putting their lives in front of the camera, and the cisgender majority continues to control the conversation.” On this week’s episode, Film Comment editors Devika Girish and Clinton Krute brought together a roundtable of writers and artists who are reframing this conversation: critics Caden and Willow Maclay, and filmmakers Isabel Sandoval and Jessica Dunn Rovinelli. We asked the panel to respond to a number of excellent questions submitted by the Film Comment community, including: How does one define trans cinema? Are visibility and representation important, or should questions of labor be foregrounded? And which classic movies do our panelists consider to be “covertly” trans? The rich and wide-ranging conversation touched upon a number of movies—see below for links!"]

Guadagnano, Anthony. Claire Denis: Transgression of Borders (Posted on Youtube: April 18, 2015)

"Handout: How to Read a Film." (University of Pennsylvania: ND)

Hellbent for Horror ["S.A. Bradley is the host of the popular podcast Hellbent For Horror, exploring all things horror across books, film, comics, and music. Bradley has loved being scared by over 1,600 horror films."]

High on Films ["Cinema is the flickering light of entertainment that pierce through gloomy banality of life, an ounce of hope that pacifies the pain, a dropper full of dream that transcends deadening dimension of reality. Cinema has the power to make you high, but in the most positive and powerful way. In a way, where you get high but enlightened. ... HOF will not just review popular great films, but we will be also showcasing lesser known/almost unknown titles from across the globe from time to time. Our Lists will be elaborate, so if we list something as a good film, take it as a recommendation. High on Films is basically about film writing, so if there is anything in the world of movies worth writing about, we will definitely write it. High on Films is going to make sure that your cinematic ecstasy does not leave your system ever. Watch Movies. Get High. Tell us about it."]

Homos on Haunted Hill ["Join queer horror hosts Kevin and Chris for weekly film discussions celebrating outcasts and underdogs."]

Horror Pod Class ["Come meet Mike and Tyler, two high school teachers who absolutely love to talk and write about the horror genre! We also own and write for a website named Signal Horizon, where you can get the latest news, reviews, and analysis of works from the horror and dark science fiction genres!"]

Implicitly Pretentious. "The Big Ideas of Kubo and the Two Strings." (Posted on Youtube: November 6, 2019)

---. "El Camino and Memory as a Savior." (Posted on Youtube: October 22, 2019)

---. "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Bending Reality with Nostalgia."  (Posted on Youtube: January 25, 2020)

IndieWire ["Since launching on July 15, 1996, IndieWire has grown into the leading news, information and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers, the industry and moviegoers alike. Originally conceived as an online forum and newsletter for filmmakers and festivals, IndieWire has grown over the last two decades into a preeminent source for film and television news, reviews, interviews, global festival coverage and more. Our mission has always been to create a platform to deliver news, information and other resources to creators and movie lovers, while facilitating a greater appreciation of independent filmmaking to the masses."]

InSession Film ["We are movie cinephiles and this website is dedicated to our love of art and film. Regardless of type or genre, art house or mainstream, whatever it may be, we love discussing and analyzing everything that is movies and film. You can hear us discuss a variety of topics on the InSession Film Podcast, whether it be reviews, lists or other film-related discussions. We also feature written reviews and other content throughout the site as well that we hope you enjoy as well."]

Ion Cinema ["IONCINEMA.COM aims at providing a critical, analytic approach to film journalism, and we are dedicated to providing a site that is rich in information, sharp in its dissection of the works discussed on the site and we hope to give “electrical charges” to the films and filmmakers that we feel you should include in your appreciation of the 7th art."]

Ivins, Laura. "Structures of Looking in Portrait of a Lady on Fire." A Place for Film (December 16, 2020) 

Japan on Film [Perry Constantine's podcast does a deep dive into Japanese films.] 

Johnson, Jenna. "Dogtooth: A Lacanian Analysis." (Posted on Youtube: December 20, 2019)

Journal of Religion & Film ["The Journal of Religion & Film is a peer reviewed journal which is committed to the study of connections between the medium of film and the phenomena of religion, however those are defined. We encourage multiple approaches to the study of religion and film, including (but not limited to) the analysis of how religious traditions are portrayed in films; exploration of the religious concepts that may be found or utilized in the interpretation of films; study of how the religious ideals and background of the filmmakers may have influenced them; and analysis of how films themselves may operate “religiously” for viewers. We seek to create better understandings of both religion and film through the study of their mutual encounter and interactions."]

Kogonada. "Nothing at Stake: Roma." (Posted on Vimeo: 2020)

Larsen on Film ["Josh is the co-host of the radio show and podcast Filmspotting, author of Movies Are Prayers, and editor/producer for Think Christian, a website and podcast exploring faith and pop culture. He’s been writing and speaking about movies professionally since 1994."]

Lee, Kevin B. "Kevin B. Lee’s New Video Essay Explores Mourning with Minari." Hyperallergic (April 14, 2021) ["In a Hyperallergic exclusive, Lee muses on the aftermath of the Atlanta spa shootings and how the media imagines Asian Americans."]

---. "Explosive Paradox: On Platoon." The Cine-Files #15 (Fall 2020) ["The most mentioned video essay in the Best Video Essays of 2020 Survey conducted by Sight & Sound Magazine" - it is a reflection of his experiences watching Oliver Stone's 1986 movie Platoon in the theater with his family."]

Lessons From the Screenplay. "American Beauty: The Art of the Character (Part 1)." (Posted on Youtube: July 26, 2016)

---. "Annihilation: The Act of Creation." (Posted on Youtube: December 30, 2018)

---. "Gone Girl: Don't Underestimate the Screenwriter." (Posted on Youtube: June 8, 2016)

---. "Everyday Virtue: Paterson and David Foster Wallace." (Posted on Youtube: May 26, 2017)

---. "Fight Club: How (Not) to Become a Space Monkey." (Posted on Youtube: November 16, 2019) ["Video essay on Fight Club; examining how charismatic leaders like Tyler Durden turn men into Space Monkeys." Ernest Becker book The Denial of Death is used to formulate the critique/interpretation.]

---. "Get Out: White Fragility as a Movie Trope." (Posted on Youtube: May 19, 2017)

---. "In Search of Absolute Beauty." (Posted on Youtube: March 26, 2021)

---. "Lies of Heroism - Redefining the Anti-War Film." (Posted on Youtube: August 31, 2020)

---. "The Lover Within: How Moonlight Relates to ALL Men." (Posted on Youtube: April 9, 2017)

---. "Okja: Understanding the (Im)Morality of Animal Consumption." (Posted on Youtube: August 4, 2017)

---. "The Philosophy of Sense8: Emotion and Connection." (Posted on Youtube: July 7, 2017)

---. "The Tree of Life: Crafting an Existential Masterpiece." (Posted on Youtube: May 7, 2017)

---. "What Makes a Great King? Exploring the Archetype of the King in Movies and Television." (Posted on Youtube: August 18, 2017) [MB: I think this has a great message about the leader role/archetype (not comfortable with the king thing, but I recognize it is an archetype) and only wish that is wasn't limited to just a discussion of masculine archetypes. Easily beats the ocean of facile business leadership books. From the author: "... Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette’s archetypes" in their book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine  "are a very interesting way to analyze media and provide personal insights, similarly to Joseph Campbell’s related concept of the Hero’s Journey."]

López, Cristina Álvarez and Adrian Martin. "Journey to the Centre": On Journey to the Center of the Earth." The Cine-Files #15 (Fall 2020)

The Magic Lantern ["Welcome to The Magic Lantern film podcast! We are your hosts, Ericca Long and Cole Roulain, and our show is devoted to sharing our enduring cinematic memories. Join us for an ongoing, informal discussion of the classic and contemporary films we love and what we love about them. If you've been looking for a podcast to explore old and new favorites with fellow film lovers, you've come to the right place."]

MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture ["MAI provides a free open-access publication forum for feminist scholars, writers, artists and activists who address visual culture at large. Our authors operate under the assumption that female experiences are never uniform. Just like in everyday life, in art and media multiple other markers of social difference always influence expressions of female, agency, perspective and identity."]

Matt Zoller Seitz [Archive of the film critics work on the Roger Ebert website.]

McGoff, Jessica. "My Mulholland: On Mulholland Drive." The Cine-Files #15 (Fall 2020) ["The second-most mentioned video essay in the Best Video Essays of 2020 Survey conducted by Sight & Sound Magazine" - it is a reflection on the impact David Lynch's 2001 movie Mulholland Drive had on the author at 13 and now.] 

Mediático [ School of Media, Arts and Humanities at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England: "Mediático is a collectively authored media and film studies blog, which showcases a diverse array of research, news, views and perspectives on Latin(o/a/x) American, Spanish and Portuguese media cultures. The site offers timely reactions to new media works and current developments as well as analysis of past works, while also reflecting on larger issues in television, film, radio, music, the Internet, print and any other media, always with a Latin American or Latino/a focus. Mediático’s open access ethos allows us to publish and curate original internationally produced research and make it available for free to a global audience with an immediacy rarely afforded by more traditional academic publishing avenues."]

Metrograph Journal [NYC, NY: Journal for "Metrograph is the ultimate place for movie enthusiasts to experience prestigious film and content. Metrograph represents a special, curated world of cinema, harkening back to the great New York movie theaters of the 1920s and the Commissaries of Hollywood Studio back lots, a world inhabited by movie professionals screening their work, taking meetings, watching films, and collaborating together."]

Michael Koresky [The film critic's archive of his column "Queer & Now & Then" and other writings at Filmmaker.]

Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism ["Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism is a refereed open access publication whose aim is to create a forum for the range of analysis, debate and discussion that only a journal devoted to a detailed film criticism can adequately provide. We are committed to publishing rigorous but accessible critical writing, at a variety of lengths, that is responsive to the detailed texture and artistry of film and television, old and new. We also welcome articles that illuminate concepts, analytical methods and questions in film aesthetics that are of significance to film criticism. The journal is published annually. Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism is a joint venture between the Universities of Warwick, Reading, and Oxford."]

The Next Picture Show ["A biweekly roundtable by the former editorial team of The Dissolve examining how classic films inspire and inform modern movies. Episodes take a deep dive into a classic film and its legacy in the first half, then compare and contrast that film with a modern successor in the second. Hosted and produced by Genevieve Koski, Keith Phipps, Tasha Robinson and Scott Tobias. Part of the Filmspotting family of podcasts."]

Notebook [Hosted by the streaming site MUBI: "Notebook is a daily, international film publication. Our mission is to guide film lovers searching, lost or adrift in an overwhelming sea of content. We offer text, images, sounds and video as critical maps."]

Observations on Film Art [Website for the work of film critics David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson]

Offscreen ["Offscreen has been online since 1997, along with its French language sister journal Hors Champ. Based in Montréal, Offscreen is a wide-ranging film journal that covers film festivals, retrospectives, film forums, and both popular and more academic events. Part of our mandate is to cover the Montreal film scene, but within an international context. The scope of its content, and the type of material featured and promoted in Offscreen can be summarized as follows: 1) personal and independent film above big budget, formulaic film; 2) the under-represented (young, up and coming filmmakers); 3) films with creative design and broad social commitment; 4) local and Canadian films/filmmakers; 5) Asian and alternative cinemas (horror, exploitation, esoteric, experimental, documentary, etc.). Unlike most online journals that offer the brief review format, Offscreen features extensive interviews, in-depth festival coverage, and lengthy, well-researched essays. The latter is in line with the guiding editorial policy at Offscreen, which is to allow for the flexibility to feature rigorous, well-researched texts alongside material that does not fit into traditional scholarly formats (director interviews, film festival reports, DVD reviews, etc.). In short, our goal is to produce intelligent, thoughtful, and combative film criticism, analysis, discussion, and theory. We are driven to this end because we feel strongly that, within today’s image saturated info-entertainment landscape, cinema needs to be rigorously discussed in order to continue being an important voice of cultural and artistic expression well into the 21st century."]

One Hundred Years of Cinema. "1935: Triumph of the Will - The Power of Propaganda." (Posted on Youtube: January 21, 2018) ["Triumph of the Will is regarded as one of the most powerful propaganda pieces ever made, but how did the film advance the racist and anti-Semitic ideology of the Nazi party? What is the history of cinema as a tool of propaganda? Triumph of the Will is one of the most famous propaganda movies ever made. The films is a semi-documentary take on sixth annual National Socialist conference in Nuremberg in 1934, by director Leni Riefenstahl. It covers 4 days worth of speeches, parades and city wide celebration. It’s edited together out of hundreds of hours of footage, and it unveils the core message of the conference without commentary or inter title. Although it’s often praised as revolutionising the art of film propaganda, it actually adds very few techniques of its own, instead drawing on the decades of development in propaganda that came before. So lets take a look at the history of the propaganda film and how theses techniques were used by Riefenstahl to advance the Nazi Ideology."]

Open Culture [This site has regular posts on films and film culture. "Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it."]

Performing Arts New Books Network (Ongoing Archive of interviews with authors on this subject)

Philosophy in Film ["Philosophy seeks to address some of the most pressing questions in the fields of metaphysics, ethics, logic, mathematics, and aesthetics, among others. It is a subject of study that is both far-reaching and vitally important for our society. We turn to philosophy to contemplate our existence, purpose, and methods and practices for conducting our daily lives. Philosophy is also particularly applicable to film, as film can operate as a reflection or reproduction of humanity, or a visual story crafted with the intention of addressing philosophical questions. Philosophical theory and film theory are also intrinsically linked, as they both assess their respective subjects at the most fundamental levels. Philosophy in Film was created to merge these two subjects, and apply philosophical theories and methodology to the study and interpretation of individual films, directors, genres, film viewership, and the history of film production."]

Photogénie [Brussels, Belgium: "Photogénie combines a sense of wonderment with keen analyses. The connecting principle is the intense perception of cinema. The articles on this website – on films old and new, cinema past and present – don’t try and force this perception to fit preconceived frameworks, but endeavor to make the reader/viewer receptive to what films can make us see, in an attempt to put the allure of cinema into words."]

The Projection Booth [Mike White's podcast is consistently one of the best film podcasts and at 500+ episodes filled with long form, in-depth analysis of a impressively wide range of films, featuring guest critics and the actual filmmakers, this is a must listen for any cinephile.]

Projections ["Welcome to the Projections podcast - a dialogue about film and psychoanalysis, hosted by Sarah Kathryn Cleaver and Mary Wild. We focus on cinematic representations of the psyche - the inner life state that is difficult to express relying on language alone, but uniquely captured on film. The disciplines of psychoanalysis and cinema have long been explored side by side, and were formally established in the same year: 1895, when the Lumière brothers held their first film screening in a Paris Hotel, whilst Sigmund Freud and Joseph Breuer published ‘Studies in Hysteria’ in Vienna. Our favourite auteurs are Haneke, von Trier, Campion, Lynch, Kubrick, Arnold, Preminger, Cavani, Coppola and Polanski. We're obsessed with a variety of genres such as melodrama, documentary, horror, noir, biopics, cult and science fiction. We want to analyse movies relating to identity, philosophy, gender, surrealism, fashion, power, dreams, desire and sexuality. Film is a means to unlock the mysteries of the human mind... subscribe and follow our cinematic adventures into the unconscious..."] 

"Recommended Films from 1930 - Present." Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archives)

Reverse Shot ["Reverse Shot is a publication of the Museum of the Moving Image. The magazine was first formed in 2003 and was run independently by editors Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert until September 2014, when they partnered with the Museum."]

Roger Ebert [Website run by Roger's widow Chaz and a collection of movie critics.]

Ross, Alex. "How a Wagner Opera Defined the Sound of Hollywood Blockbusters." The New Yorker (Posted on Youtube: September 15, 2020)

Scout Tafoya [Astoria, Queens, NY based film critic's video essay website.]

Screened. "What is an Allegorical Movie?" (Posted on Youtube: April 9, 2021) ["In our second Film Club theme we wanted to dive into the niche world of cinematic allegories. This literary device is a great tool to explore serval concepts in a more approachable manner. We will show how they are made and why by analyzing the following movies: Snowpiercer (2013) by Bong Joon-ho, The Lobster (2015) by Yorgos Lanthimos, and The Seventh Seal (1957) by Ingmar Bergman."]

See Hear [The hosts are in Australia, UK and Hong Kong: "See Hear is a monthly podcast dedicated to the discussion of musically themed films - narratives or documentaries."]

Seitz, Matt Zoller. "The Wes Anderson Collection, Parts 1 - 7." Roger Ebert (October 14 - 25, 2013)

---. "The Wes Anderson Collection Ch. 8: The Grand Budapest Hotel." (Posted on Vimeo: 2015)

Seventh Row [Canadian podcast: "Visit Seventh Row to revel in the afterglow of outstanding, under-the-radar cinema. Through in-depth interviews and well-researched essays, we demystify the myriad technical choices behind films we love. Every three months, we release an ebook bringing together thoughtful criticism about a film, filmmaker or topic. There are no prerequisites to loving movies. We write for curious newcomers and experienced cinephiles, alike."]

"Short Films and Videos." Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

StudioBinder. "Production Design — Filmmaking Techniques for Directors: Ep2." (Posted on Youtube: June 5, 2018)

Subtext and Symbolism. "Dead Man Analysis: Why is William Blake in Purgatory?"  (posted on Youtube: April 21, 2016)

Supporting Characters [Podcast that features long conversations with those involved in the critical culture surrounding film culture.]

The Take. "The Incredibles Symbolism: The Power of Family." (Posted on Youtube: December 14, 2016)

The Video Essay [Will DiGravio's "monthly (sometimes twice a month) show dedicated to discussion of the theory and practice of videographic criticism. Most episodes features a one-on-one interview with leading practitioners of the form, including critics, scholars, and filmmakers."]

Viewfinder. "The Importance of Hands in Film." (Posted on Youtube: January 24, 2017)

"Weird Studies & Monster Theory." Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Archive)

Whitelaw, Joshua. "Everything is Permitted: A Study of Nicolas Roeg." (Posted on Vimeo: 2013)

You Have Been Watching Films. "Dogtooth - Satire Without Spoon-Feeding." (Posted on Youtube: June 14, 2019)

Zoom Out [Montreal, Canada based Francophone online magazine: "Zoom Out is a film platform conceived as an extension of its sister sites Hors champ and Offscreen, which will nurture the confluence of artistic and critical practice in the shape of new forms of film criticism (audio-visual essays, podcasts, sound projects, cine-concerts, interviews, etc.). Alongside these new forms of film criticism which continue to be shaped by evolving digital technology and image & sound manipulation software, Zoom Out aims to explore and promote the vast potential for research creation in the Montreal/Quebec/Canada sector by showcasing forms of film expression which have the most to gain from the continuing democratization of filmmaking, distribution and exhibition (short films, experimental cinema, essay film, documentary, video essays, cine-concerts)."]

Monday, September 28, 2020

Dialogic Cinephilia - September 28, 2020

Cronk, Jordan. "House of the Spirits." Film Comment (January/February 2020) ["Pedro Costa returns with the masterful Vitalina Varela—a story of mourning and rebirth, a return to old haunts, and quite possibly the most beautiful film of 2020"]

Figlerowicz, Marta. "Jack's Smart Home." Senses of Cinema #95 (July 2020)

Kumar, Arun. "The Eternal Breasts [1955] – A Portrayal of Female Desires and Creativity That is Daring for Its Time." High on Films (September 28, 2020)

Neumann, Ann. "Family Care for All." The Baffler #51 (April 2020) ["Supporting the work that makes all other work possible"]

Ulivieri, Filippo."King vs Kubrick: The Origins of Evil." Senses of Cinema #95 (July 2020)

Rana, Aziz. "Two Faces of American Freedom." The Dig (July 26, 2019) ["The Two Faces of American Freedom boldly reinterprets the American political tradition from the colonial period to modern times, placing issues of race relations, immigration, and presidentialism in the context of shifting notions of empire and citizenship. Today, while the U.S. enjoys tremendous military and economic power, citizens are increasingly insulated from everyday decision-making. This was not always the case. America, Aziz Rana argues, began as a settler society grounded in an ideal of freedom as the exercise of continuous self-rule—one that joined direct political participation with economic independence. However, this vision of freedom was politically bound to the subordination of marginalized groups, especially slaves, Native Americans, and women. These practices of liberty and exclusion were not separate currents, but rather two sides of the same coin. However, at crucial moments, social movements sought to imagine freedom without either subordination or empire. By the mid-twentieth century, these efforts failed, resulting in the rise of hierarchical state and corporate institutions. This new framework presented national and economic security as society’s guiding commitments and nurtured a continual extension of America’s global reach. Rana envisions a democratic society that revives settler ideals, but combines them with meaningful inclusion for those currently at the margins of American life."]

Taylor, Astra. "On Socialism, Democracy and Liberalism." The Dig (July 5, 2019) ["For much of the 20th century, Cold War politics defined socialism as the antithesis of democracy. Today, an insurgent democratic socialist movement is transforming US politics. It is socialism that is at the forefront of a fight for a radical deepening of democracy, one in which ordinary people exercise control over our political, economic and social lives—and one in which the people is expansively defined to include those excluded by racist immigration law and mass incarceration. Dan discusses this, and more, with filmmaker and writer Astra Taylor."]

"Winner of the prestigious Silver Bear for 'Best Documentary' at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, Palestinian filmmaker Raed Andoni’s powerful feature is a hybrid of documentary, fiction and experimental film, interspersed with lyrical and beautifully rendered animated sequences. Gathering together a group of survivors from the infamous Al-Moscobiya prison, Israel’s main interrogation centre, Andoni asks them to recreate the physical space of the jail – a place he was also detained as a teenager. As they build, together they confront their experiences of incarceration and torture. A boldly personal and uncompromisingly political work, Ghost Hunting explores the ethics and meaning of re-enactment, questioning the complicity of both filmmaker and viewer in this provocative and cathartic experiment." - SOURCE

Friday, September 25, 2020

ENG 281: Fall 2020 (Week 2: 1964 - 1966)

New Wave Cinema


A Hard Day's Night (UK: Richard Lester, 1964) ["Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play cheeky comic versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time."]

 Band of Outsiders (France: Jean-Luc Godard, 1967) [Criterion: "Four years after Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard reimagined the gangster film even more radically with Band of Outsiders (Bande à part). In it, two restless young men (Sami Frey and Claude Brasseur) enlist the object of both of their fancies (Anna Karina) to help them commit a robbery—in her own home. This audacious and wildly entertaining French New Wave gem is at once sentimental and insouciant, effervescently romantic and melancholy, and it features some of Godard’s most memorable set pieces, including the headlong race through the Louvre and the unshakably cool Madison dance sequence."]

Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (UK/USA: Stanley Kubrick, 1964) [Criterion: "Stanley Kubrick’s painfully funny take on Cold War anxiety is one of the fiercest satires of human folly ever to come out of Hollywood. The matchless shape-shifter Peter Sellers plays three wildly different roles: Royal Air Force Captain Lionel Mandrake, timidly trying to stop a nuclear attack on the USSR ordered by an unbalanced general (Sterling Hayden); the ineffectual and perpetually dumbfounded U.S. President Merkin Muffley, who must deliver the very bad news to the Soviet premier; and the titular Strangelove himself, a wheelchair-bound presidential adviser with a Nazi past. Finding improbable hilarity in nearly every unimaginable scenario, Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a subversive masterpiece that officially announced Kubrick as an unparalleled stylist and pitch-black ironist."]

A Fistful of Dollars  (Italy: Sergio Leone, 1964) [Rotten Tomatoes: "With Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo as his template, Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars helped define a new era for the Western and usher in its most iconic star, Clint Eastwood. ... The Man With No Name (Clint Eastwood) enters the Mexican village of San Miguel in the midst of a power struggle among the three Rojo brothers (Antonio Prieto, Benny Reeves, Sieghardt Rupp) and sheriff John Baxter (Wolfgang Lukschy). When a regiment of Mexican soldiers bearing gold intended to pay for new weapons is waylaid by the Rojo brothers, the stranger inserts himself into the middle of the long-simmering battle, selling false information to both sides for his own benefit."]

Gate of Flesh (Japan: Siejun Suzuki, 1964) ["Criterion: In the shady black markets and bombed-out hovels of post–World War II Tokyo, a tough band of prostitutes eke out a dog-eat-dog existence, maintaining tenuous friendships and a semblance of order in a world of chaos. But when a renegade ex-soldier stumbles into their midst, lusts and loyalties clash, with tragic results. With Gate of Flesh, visionary director Seijun Suzuki delivers a whirlwind of social critique and pulp drama, shot through with brilliant colors and raw emotions." Streaming for free on Youtube]

The Gospel According to Matthew (Italy: Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964) [MB: An atheist, homosexual, marxist is widely celebrated for making one of the best films about the life of Jesus. Rotten Tomatoes: "The Gospel According to St. Matthew forgoes the pageantry of biblical epics in favor of a naturalistic retelling of the Christ story, achieving a respectful if not reverent interpretation with political verve. Pier Paolo Pasolini's Biblical drama follows the life of Jesus Christ (Enrique Irazoqui) as depicted in the Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament. Much of the dialogue in the Italian film hews closely to the text, which focuses on the teachings of Jesus, including his parables, and on their revolutionary nature. As Jesus travels along the coast of the Sea of Galilee, he gradually gathers more followers, leading him into direct conflict with the authorities." Streaming for free on Youtube]


Chimes at Midnight (Spain: Orson Welles, 1965) ["The crowning achievement of Orson Welles’s extraordinary cinematic career, Chimes at Midnight was the culmination of the filmmaker’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff. Usually a comic supporting figure, Falstaff—the loyal, often soused friend of King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal—here becomes the focus: a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero played by Welles with looming, lumbering grace. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays as well as Richard II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Welles created a gritty and unorthodox Shakespeare film as a lament, he said, “for the death of Merrie England.” Poetic, philosophical, and visceral—with a kinetic centerpiece battle sequence that rivals anything in the director’s body of work—Chimes at Midnight is as monumental as the figure at its heart."]

Kwaidan (Japanese: Masaki Kobayashi, 1965) [MB: Revered for its sets, sound and cinematography. It has deep roots in Japanese folklore and theater. Criterion: "After more than a decade of sober political dramas and socially minded period pieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn’s collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted."]

Red Beard (Japan: Akira Kurosawa, 1965) [Criterion: "A testament to the goodness of humankind, Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard (Akahige) chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director. Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa, gives a powerhouse performance as the dignified yet empathic director who guides his pupil to maturity, teaching the embittered intern to appreciate the lives of his destitute patients. Perfectly capturing the look and feel of 19th-century Japan, Kurosawa weaves a fascinating tapestry of time, place, and emotion."]

Andrei Rublev (Soviet Union: Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966) ["Tracing the life of a renowned icon painter, the second feature by Andrei Tarkovsky vividly conjures the murky world of medieval Russia. This dreamlike and remarkably tactile film follows Andrei Rublev as he passes through a series of poetically linked scenes—snow falls inside an unfinished church, naked pagans stream through a thicket during a torchlit ritual, a boy oversees the clearing away of muddy earth for the forging of a gigantic bell—gradually emerging as a man struggling mightily to preserve his creative and religious integrity. ... Andrei Rublev is one of Tarkovsky’s most revered films, an arresting meditation on art, faith, and endurance."]

The Battle of Algiers (Algeria/Italy: Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966) [Criterion: "One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés, and French soldiers resort to torture to break the will of the insurgents. Shot on the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film is a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them. Pontecorvo’s tour de force has astonishing relevance today."]

Blow-Up (UK: Michelangeloni Antonioni, 1966) [Criterion: "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." MB: Direct inspiration for Brian De Palma's 1981 film Blow Out]

Closely Watched Trains (Czechoslovakia: Jiří Menzel, 1966)  [Criterion: "At a village railway station in occupied Czechoslovakia, a bumbling dispatcher’s apprentice longs to liberate himself from his virginity. Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds him, this young man embarks on a journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery, encountering a universe of frustration, eroticism, and adventure within his sleepy backwater depot. Wry and tender, Academy Award™-winning Closely Watched Trains is a masterpiece of human observation and one of the best-loved films of the Czech New Wave."]

Daisies [Czechoslovakia: Věra Chytilová, 1966) [Criterion: "Maybe the New Wave’s most anarchic entry, Věra Chytilová’s absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. Believing the world to be “spoiled,” they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing—food, clothes, men, war—is taken seriously. Daisies is an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema." MB: This film is visually stunning, I once paired it in a film class with Lester's A Hard Day's Night (1964) ]

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Italy: Sergio Leone, 1966) [Rotten Tomatoes: "Arguably the greatest of the spaghetti westerns, this epic features a compelling story, memorable performances, breathtaking landscapes, and a haunting score. ... Letterboxd: "While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold."]

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (USA: Mike Nichols, 1966) [Rotten Tomatoes: "Led by a volcanic performance from Elizabeth Taylor, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a scathing adaptation of the Edward Albee play that serves as a brilliant calling card for debuting director Mike Nichols. ... History professor George (Richard Burton) and his boozy wife, Martha (Elizabeth Taylor), return late one Saturday night from a cocktail party at the home of the college president, Martha's father. Martha announces that she invited another couple, newly appointed instructor Nick (George Segal) and his timid wife, Honey (Sandy Dennis), over for a nightcap. When the younger couple arrive, the night erupts into a no-holds-barred torrent of marital angst and verbal tirades."]