Friday, January 29, 2021

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 29, 2021

Gardner, Caden Mark. "Bridging the Gaps in Trans History: A Conversation with K. J. Rawson." Current (January 27, 2021) ["Since launching in 2016, the Digital Transgender Archive has functioned as an international collaboration among more than sixty colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, public libraries, and private collections. Gathering a wide range of trans-related materials, including photos, magazines, newspaper clippings, and newsletters, the website opens up new possibilities for those who research trans history and those who seek to educate on the topic. The wealth of archival materials it contains shows the root of evolving identities, language, and perceptions tied to current concepts of being transgender. The DTA shows trans history and culture as it was, the small but vibrant pockets of brave people who defied social norms. Often these narratives have been intentionally hidden from mainstream society or ignored by the public at large, but access to this archive opens a door to seeing how communities and individuals reacted to the world around them."]

Hayes, Tyler. "The Imaginary Corpse (Angry Robot, 2019)." New Books in Science Fiction (April 16, 2020) ["Tyler Hayes's The Imaginary Corpse (Angry Robot, 2019) offers an escape from the unending stress of the Covid-19 pandemic with three simple words: plush yellow triceratops. Nothing could be farther from our collective coronavirus nightmare than the Stillreal, where Hayes’ protagonist, Tippy (the aforementioned triceratops), runs the Stuffed Animal Detective Agency. Which is not to say that the book doesn’t have its own nightmares or traumas; they’re just softened by the fact that all the characters are imaginary friends created by people (“actual people, out there in the real world,” as Tippy explains) who are forced to abandon them after suffering a horrible trauma (domestic violence, child molestation, and fatal car accidents, to name a few). So even though Tippy is a cheery sunflower yellow, his nature is informed by a violent incident that led his creator, eight-year-old Sandra, to surrender him to the liminal world of the Stillreal. There, he solves crimes that happen to other imaginary friends, like his roommate (a disembodied hand), or the hotelier (a towering eagle in a stars-and-stripes apron) whose inn serves as a rest stop for new arrivals. The Imaginary Corpse is a mashup of fairytale, comic book, noir and science fiction, making it thoroughly unclassifiable. “I set out from the beginning knowing this was a book for adults,” Hayes says. And yet it’s a noir with fuzzy edges. “The choice to make the book kind was one of my biggest driving goals… This is a kinder world than a lot of fictional worlds, than often our world is. I stuck hard on that, on the idea of community, the idea of compassion, the idea of empathizing and accepting people where they are.”"]

Martin, Adrian. "That Obscure Object of Desire: Desire, Denuded." Current (January 7, 2021)























Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Dogtooth (Greece: Yorgos Lanthimos, 2009)





Dogtooth (Greece: Yorgos Lanthimos, 2009: 94 mins)

Aaron. "Dogtooth." Letterboxd (October 16, 2014)

BBC News. "George Orwell's 1984: Why It Still Matters." (Posted on Youtube: June 10, 2019) [Discusses language and interpellation - relates to Dogtooth's themes.]

Benton, Michael. "Dogtooth." Letterboxd (Originally written September 21, 2011)

Concannon, Philip. "Review - Dogtooth (Kynodontas)." Phil On Film (May 22, 2010)

Dick, Philip K. "If You Can Control the Meaning of Words, You Can Control the People Who Use the Words." (Excerpted from "How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later": 1978)

Jameson, A.D. "A Review of the Relatively New Movie Dogtooth (Kynodontas)." Big Other (July 16, 2010)

Kaufmann, Anthony. "It's Happening Here: Trump's America and Totalitarian Dystopias." Keyframe (November 17, 2016)

Lise. "Dogtooth." Letterboxd (Feb 14, 2011)

Singer, Leigh. "Dogtooth Gives Off a Serious Bite." Fandor (November 26, 2018)

Tafoya, Scout. "The Post-Punk Cinema Manifesto: Side A." and "The Post-Punk Cinema Manifesto: Side B." Vimeo (2017)

Williamson, Ben. "On Parenting, Media, Education and Phobias." DML Central (February 14, 2011)






















Monday, January 25, 2021

The Virgin Suicides (USA: Sofia Coppola, 1999)





The Virgin Suicides (USA: Sofia Coppola, 1999: 97 mins)

Abbott, Megan. "The Virgin Suicides: 'They Hadn’t Heard Us Calling.'" Current (April 18, 2018)

Cleaver, Sarah Kathryn and Mary Wild. "Depression (The Virgin Suicides & I, Daniel Blake)." Projections (August 27, 2018) 

Cline, Emma. "The Virgin Suicides Still Holds the Mysteries of Adolescence." The New Yorker (October 2, 2018)

Hancock, James, Mikhail Karadimov and Brittany Starna. "Sofia Coppola & The Beguiled." Wrong Reel #285 (June 24, 2017)

Koski, Genevieve. "The Virgin Suicides is a window into Sofia Coppola’s fixations." The Dissolve (June 23, 2015)

Lennon, Elaine. "Sofia Coppola: A Cinema of Girlhood." Offscreen 21.6 (June 2017)

Phipps, Keith and Tasha Robinson. "Forum: The Virgin Suicides." The Dissolve (June 25, 2015)

Smith, Michael Glover. "He Said/She Said Director Profile: Sofia Coppola." White City Cinema (July 8, 2013)

"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.""]

Spencer, Michelle. "Three Visual Patterns in Sofia Coppola's Films." A Place for Film (June 1, 2017)





Loneliness of Sofia Coppola from movement_of_time on Vimeo.







Sunday, January 24, 2021

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 24, 2021

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) ["The video essay “Feeling and Thought as They Take Form: Early Steadicam, Labor, and Technology (1974-1985)” explores the first decade of stabilizer technologies and techniques. In surveying the industrial histories of two competing devices, the Steadicam and the obsolete Panaglide, I demonstrate how now codified norms of craft labor practice around stabilizer’s aesthetic and generic forms emerged amongst a diverse range of media and eclectic techniques. I investigate well-cited films in early stabilizer shots such as The Shining, Days of Heaven, and Halloween while emphasizing the ubiquity of the tools across different genres (from roller disco to horror), modes of production (Hollywood, international art house, independent, amateur), television, and non-narrative filmmaking (commercial, industrial, and training videos). The choice of materials serves to expand and disrupt our notion of technological emergence and stylistic origin narratives through showcasing works directed by auteurs alongside amateurs and operated by beginners and advanced practitioners. I foreground the discourse, labor, and names of stabilizer camera operators to offer an alternative explanation for how critical analysis and specatorial description allows viewers to experience embodied stabilizer aesthetics."]

Lee, Kevin B. "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."]

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.]

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





















Thursday, January 21, 2021

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 22, 2021


Botton, Alain De. "The True Hard Work of Love and Relationships." On Being (February 9, 2017) [This is a wise discussion about personal relationships that has ramifications for how we relate in general to the broader world! Doesn't this seem like something that should be taught at an early age and that we should be having very frank discussions about. Lets dispel the myths/mystification surrounding personal relationships!]

Davies, Paul. "The Demon in the Machine: How Hidden Webs of Information Are Solving the Mystery of Life (University of Chicago Press, 2019)." New Books in Science, Technology, and Society (December 24, 2020) ["What is life? For generations, scientists have struggled to make sense of this fundamental question, for life really does look like magic: even a humble bacterium accomplishes things so dazzling that no human engineer can match it. Huge advances in molecular biology over the past few decades have served only to deepen the mystery. In this penetrating and wide-ranging book, world-renowned physicist and science communicator Paul Davies searches for answers in a field so new and fast-moving that it lacks a name; it is a domain where biology, computing, logic, chemistry, quantum physics, and nanotechnology intersect. At the heart of these diverse fields, Davies explains, is the concept of information: a quantity which has the power to unify biology with physics, transform technology and medicine, and force us to fundamentally reconsider what it means to be alive—even illuminating the age-old question of whether we are alone in the universe. From life’s murky origins to the microscopic engines that run the cells of our bodies, The Demon in the Machine: How Hidden Webs of Information Are Solving the Mystery of Life (U Chicago Press, 2020) journeys across an astounding landscape of cutting-edge science. Weaving together cancer and consciousness, two-headed worms and bird navigation, Davies reveals how biological organisms garner and process information to conjure order out of chaos, opening a window onto the secret of life itself."]

Farley, Robert, D'Angelo Gore and Brooks Jackson. "What President Biden Inherits: A raging virus, a struggling economy and a fast-growing mountain of debt." Fact Check  (January 20, 2021) [Also a referendum on Donald Trump's legacy as President.]























Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 19, 2021

Armstrong, Karen. "The Lost Art of Scripture." Radio West (December 31, 2020) ["Sacred text – with their often ambiguous wording and metaphorical meanings – are ready-made for differing interpretations from various groups. In her book, The Lost Art of Scripture, Karen looks into the history of these texts, showing how religious practitioners' relationships with them have changed, and how many of us have lost sight of what they were originally written for."]

Edwards, Lydia and Fred Wiseman. "Documenting Democracy: Fred Wiseman’s City Hall." Open Source (November 19, 2020) ["What Fred Wiseman found in Boston City Hall is not what he was looking for. The master of documentary film is famous for his almost innocent camera eye that unlocks visual drama in big institutions — the New York Public Library, the Paris Opera, or in his early days: Bridgewater State Mental Hospital in 1960s Massachusetts. So why not finally get inside the modern brick and concrete fortress of official life in his hometown, and see what’s going on in the faces, the meeting rooms, the tone of voice in local affairs. What he found was simpler than all that. It was the un-Trump in the un-Washington. An almost astonishing civility, good humor, what looks like good faith in the hundreds of negotiations every day that keep a community going, and growing."]

Lee, Jason. Nazism and Neo-Nazism in Film and Media. Amsterdam University Press, 2018. ["This timely book takes an original transnational approach to the theme of Nazism and neo-Nazism in film, media, and popular culture, with examples drawn from mainland Europe, the UK, North and Latin America, Asia, and beyond. This approach fits with the established dominance of global multimedia formats, and will be useful for students, scholars, and researchers in all forms of film and media. Along with the essential need to examine current trends in Nazism and neo-Nazism in contemporary media globally, what makes this book even more necessary is that it engages with debates that go to the very heart of our understanding of knowledge: history, memory, meaning, and truth."]

Thompson, A.C. "From Charlottesville to the Capitol: Trump Fueled Right-Wing Violence. It May Soon Get Even Worse." Democracy Now (January 15, 2021) ["As security is ramped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S., the FBI is warning of more potential violence in the lead-up to Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Federal authorities have arrested over 100 people who took part in last week’s deadly insurrection at the Capitol, and The Washington Post reports that dozens of people on a terrorist watch list — including many white supremacists — were in Washington on the day of the insurrection. “This was something that had been coming for a long time,” ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson, who covers right-wing extremism, says of the January 6 riot. “If you looked at the rhetoric online … it was all about revolution, it was all about death to tyrants, it was all about civil war.”"]

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Think on this, for 19 years we have been repeatedly torturing and imprisoning hundreds of people without a trial or defense, on no more evidence than hearsay from people that were paid large sums for turning them in. 19 years later there are still 55 prisoners there. This is just the tip of iceberg of rendition centers we have operated around the world. This systemic imprisonment and torture is a horrific state act that is symbolic of the rot in our democracy. Every time you think why are they doing this when you reflect on bad things happening in our culture/nation, think to yourself, we have let Guantanamo Bay Detention Center remain functioning for the last 19 years.
















Monday, January 18, 2021

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021

 "MLK Day Special: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words." Democracy Now (January 18, 2021) ["Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People’s Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, which he delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” that he gave on April 3, 1968, the night before he was assassinated."]

"Martin Luther King, Jr. (Preacher/Activist/Philosopher)." Dialogic Cinephilia Archive (Ongoing Online Archive)







Thursday, January 14, 2021

Adelante Film Club


Robin Williams - In Motion (6 mins: Aladdin; Awakenings; Dead Poets' Society; The Fisher King; Good Morning Vietnam; Good Will Hunting; Jumanji; Mrs. Doubtfire; Popeye; What Dreams May Come) Advanced study Robin Williams legendary 2001 appearance Inside the Actors Studio 

10 Actors on Acting (12 mins: Matt Damon/Ben Affleck/Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting; Alan Rickman in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows; Jessica Chastain in Crimson Peak; Michael B. Jordan/Chadwick Boseman/Lipita Nyong'o in Black Panther; Tom Hanks in Castaway)

Mise-en-scene (10 mins: Moonrise Kingdom)

Trailer for Black Panther
Black Panther: Costumes Merge African History with Afro Futurism (3 mins)

Trailer for Amelie
The Beauty of Amelie (5 mins - how careful mise-en-scene works to create iconic images and characters)






Wednesday, January 13, 2021

ENG 282: Spring 2021 Responses, Discussion Boards and Personal Tracks

 Discussion Board Tally:

Ananda Casals 5 (The Host; Hannah Arendt; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Man on a Wire; Midsommar) Grade: 50

Bryant Carlson 10 (The Host; Let the Right One In; Dogtooth; Hannah Arendt; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Ex Machina; Moonlight; The Florida Project; Lady Bird; Midsommar) (Grade: 100)

Caden Healander 10 (The Host; Let the Right One In; Dogtooth; The Ugly Side of Beauty; Barbara; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Man on a Wire; Ex Machina; Moonlight; The Florida Project) (Grade: 100)

Cameron Young 10 (Let the Right One In; Dogtooth; Barbara; Hannah Arendt; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Man on a Wire; Ex Machina; Embrace of the Serpent; Moonlight; First Reformed) (Grade: 100)

Chelsea Morgan-Ritchie 12 (The Host; Let the Right One In; Dogtooth; The Ugly Side of Beauty; Barbara; Man on a Wire; Film Matters Interview - 3 credits; Ex Machina; Leave No Trace) - (Grade: 100)

Emily Hoover 10 (The Host; Let the Right One In; Dogtooth; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Man on a Wire; Ex Machina; Embrace of the Serpent; First Reformed; The Florida Project; Lady Bird) (Grade: 100)

Graham Pickering 10 (The Host; Let the Right One In; The Ugly Side of Beauty; Barbara; Hannah Arendt; ; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Man on a Wire; Ex Machina; Moonlight; Florida Project) (Grade: 100)

Hailey Meeker 7 (The Host; Let the Right One In; First Reformed; The Florida Project; Lady Bird; Leave No Trace; Midsommar) Grade: 70

Isabelle Gray 10 (Let the Right One In; Barbara; Hannah Arendt; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Man on a Wire; Ex Machina; First Reformed; The Florida Project; Lady Bird; Leave No Trace ) (Grade: 100)

Jamil Ford 6 (The Host; Let the Right One In; Dogtooth; Barbara; Hannah Arendt; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night - WD)

Jannet Ojeda 13 (The Host; Let the Right One In; Dogtooth; The Ugly Side of Beauty; Barbara; Hannah Arendt; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Man on a Wire; Ex Machina; Moonlight; First Reformed; Leave No Trace) (Grade 100)

Jayvin Jones 9 (Dogtooth; The Ugly Side of Beauty; Barbara; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Ex Machina; Embrace of the Serpent; Moonlight; The Florida Project; Midsommar) Grade: 90

Kelsey Mink 10 (The Host; Let the Right One In; Dogtooth; Barbara; Hannah Arendt; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Man on a Wire; Ex Machina; Embrace of the Serpent; Moonlight) - (Grade 100)

Kylon Bibb 10 (Let the Right One In; Dogtooth; Barbara; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Man on a Wire; Embrace the Serpent; First Reformed; The Florida Project; Leave No Trace) Grade: 100

Micaela Missildine 10 (The Host; Let the Right One In; Dogtooth; Barbara; Hannah Arendt; Ex Machina; Moonlight; The Florida Project; Leave No Trace; Midsommar) Grade: 100

Nathan Foster 5 (Let the Right One In; Dogtooth; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; First Reformed) Grade 50

Nicholas Hayden 9 (The Host; Let the Right One In; Barbara; Hannah Arendt; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Man on a Wire; Lady Bird; Midsommar) Grade: 90

Peyton Owens 10 (The Host; Let the Right One In; Dogtooth; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Man on a Wire; Ex Machina; Embrace of the Serpent; First Reformed; The Florida Project; Lady Bird) (Grade: 100)

Sarah Patrick 11 (The Host; Let the Right One In; Dogtooth; The Ugly Side of Beauty; Barbara; Hannah Arendt; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Man On a Wire; Ex Machina; Embrace of the Serpent; Moonlight; First Reformed) - (Grade: 100)

Slade Gish 13 (The Host; Let the Right One In; Dogtooth; The Ugly Side of Beauty; Barbara; Hannah Arendt; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Man on a Wire; Ex Machina; Embrace of the Serpent; Moonlight; First Reformed; Leave No Trace) (Grade: 100)

Tucker Miller 8 (Barbara; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Ex Machina; Embrace of the Serpent; First Reformed; Lady Bird; Leave No Trace; Midsommar) Grade: 80

Vladmir Gundorin 10 (The Host; Let the Right One In; Dogtooth; Barbara; Hannah Arendt; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night; Man on a Wire; Ex Machina; Embrace of the Serpent; Moonlight) (Grade: 100)


Exemplary Letterboxd Responses:

Kylon Bibb: Blade Runner: A Dark City Where Anyone Could Be No Human and Blade Runner 2049: A Sequel and Its Attention-Grabbing Opening Sequence

Bryant Carlson: Inside Out

Caden Healander: Her: Appreciating our Humanness

Caden Healander: Frances Ha: Ticking Time Trance

Peyton Owens: A Ghost Story

Peyton Owens: Fruitvale Station

Nicholas Hayden: Call Me By Your Name: Love When You Least Expect It

Kylon Bibb: Enemy: Part 1 - Two Contrasting Sides of the Same Coin: An Adulterous Cycle; Part 2 - When a Spider Recognizes its Betrayer

Kylon Bibb: The Artist: A Relic of the Past

Chelsea Morgan-Ritchie: Cloud Atlas: The Miscellany of Souls

Chelsea Morgan-Ritchie: Odd Man: Phillip K. Dick's Radio Free Albemuth

Chelsea Morgan-Ritchie: Pan's Labyrinth: The Path of Morality and the Roads that Wind Us

Caden Healander: Tomboy: A Review on The Importance of Language and Respect.

Caden Healander: Heartbeats: Six Types

Caden Healander: Waltz with Bashir: Signal Flare

Caden Healander: Pan's Labyrinth: The Importance of Fiction

Caden Healander: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: “Let Me Tell You About My Boat” and Other Sad Times

Kylon Bibb: Lady Vengeance: Stylistic Changes Avert Disappointment

Sarah Patrick: Pan's Labyrinth: Magic Is There For Those Who Believe

Kelsey Mink: The Return: The Movie of Endless Meaning

Bryant Carlson: A History of Violence: No Good Cup of Joe in Philly

Graham Pickering: Good Night, and Good Luck: Words Matter

Chelsea Morgan-Ritchie: Hard Candy: Cat, Mouse, Crime, or Punishment

Nathan Foster: Hero: A Swift, Beautiful Sword

Caden Healander: Memories of Murder: Memories of Brutality

Isabelle Gray: The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Kylon Bibb: 3-Iron: Communication Through the Absence of Dialogue

Kylon Bibb: The Royal Tenenbaums: Anderson's Visual Presentation

Emily Hoover: Oldboy

Bryant Carlson: Mulholland Drive: The Road Less Traveled

Chelsea Morgan-Ritchie: Memento: The Sovereignty of the Mind

Caden Healander: Hedwig and the Angry Inch: The Origin of Self Love

Caden Healander: "I Used to Be Gay Once": But I'm a Cheerleader.

Vladimir Gundorin: The Cuckoo

Bryant Carlson: American Psycho 

Chelsea Morgan-Ritchie: "In the Mood for Love: Better to Have Loved and Lost ..."



Letterboxd Responses:

Micaela Missildine 8 (Hugo; Tabu; Parasite; Guardians of the Galaxy; Inside Out; Kubo and the Two Strings; Okja; Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse) (Grade: 80)

Caden Healander 10 (But I'm a Cheerleader; Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Memories of Murder; The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou; Pan's Labyrinth; Waltz with Bashir; Heartbeats; Tomboy; Frances Ha Ha; Her) (Grade: 100)

Nathan Foster 4 (Hero; Brick; Children of Men; Nomadland) (Grade: 40)

Chelsea Morgan-Ritchie 10 (In the Mood for Love; Memento; Mystic River; Hard Candy; Film Matters Interview-3 credits; Pan's Labyrinth; Radio Free Albemuth; Cloud Atlas) (Grade: 100)

Graham Pickering 10 (American Beauty; Donnie Darko; Whale Rider; Good Night, and Good Luck; The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; Wendy and Lucy; Winter Bone; Detachment; Fruitvale Station; Boyhood) (Grade: 100)

Bryant Carlson 10 (American Psycho; Mulholland Drive; A History of Violence; Superbad; Shutter Island; The Cabin in the Woods; Django Unchained; Interstellar; Inside Out) (Grade: 100)

Jannet Ojeda 10 (The Sixth Sense; A Beautiful Mind; The Pianist; Brokeback Mountain; Pan's Labyrinth; Slumdog Millionaire; Social Network; Hugo; Moonrise Kingdom; Prisoners) (Grade: 100)

Kelsey Mink 10 (Donnie Darko; The Return; Hard Candy; Little Miss Sunshine; District 9; Jennifer's Body; The Skin I Live In; Gone Girl; Inside-Out; Nocturnal Animals) (Grade: 100)

Sarah Patrick 10 (The Virgin Suicides; Spirited Away; Hard Candy; Pan's Labyrinth; Zodiac; Mother; Hugo; Wadjda; Ida; It Follows) (Grade: 100)

Emily Hoover 10 (The Invitation; Fight Club; City of God; Oldboy; V for Vendetta; Zodiac; Jennifer's Body; The Cabin in the Woods; Django Unchained; Get Out) (Grade: 100)

Hailey Meeker 3 (Battle Royale; Beasts of No Nation; Bomb City; The Wolf of Snow Hollow) (Grade: 40)

Ananda Casals (Grade: 0)

Jamil Ford (WD)

Kylon Bibb 10 (The Royal Tenenbaums; 3-Iron; Lady Vengeance; Stake Land; The Artist; Enemy; Short Term 12; Blade Runner; Blade Runner 2049; Slow West) (Grade: 100)

Tucker Lee Miller 9 (Dogville; The Incredibles; Pontypool; Shutter Island; The Cabin in the Woods; Django Unchained; Guardians of the Galaxy; Creed; Arrival) (Grade: 90)

Graham Pickering 10 (Donnie Darko; American Beauty; Whale Rider; Good Night, and Good Luck; The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; Wendy and Lucy; Winter's Bone; Detachment; Fruitvale Station; Boyhood) (Grade 100)

Slade Gish (Grade: 0)

Bradley Sebastian (WD)

Isabelle Gray 10 (The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Me and Earl and the Dying Girl; Shutter Island; The Cabin in the Woods; Fruitvale Station; Parasite; Annihilation; Interstellar; Arrival; The Miseducation of Cameron Post) (Grade 100)

Cameron Young 10 (Good Night, and Good Luck; Children of Men, The Social Network, District 9, Hugo; Moonrise Kingdom; Grand Budapest Hotel; Kill the Messenger; Tesla; Isle of Dog) (Grade 100)

Vladimir Gundorin 10 (Three Kings; The Cuckoo; Million Dollar Baby; Hugo; Django Unchained; District 9; Moon; Guardians of the Galaxy; Hugo; Black Book) (Grade: 100)

Nicholas Hayden 7 (Silver Linings Playbook; It Follows; Guardians of the Galaxy; Call Me By Your Name; Black Panther; Uncut Gems; Joker) (Grade: 70)

Peyton Owens 10 (Superbad; Zodiac; Winter's Bone; Tomboy; Fruitvale Station; Guardians of the Galaxy; Inside Out; A Ghost Story; A Quiet Place; Spider Man: Into the Spiderverse) (Grade: 100)

Jayvin Jones 10 (Slumdog Millionaire; 13 Assassins; Attack the Block; Warrior; Django Unchained; Guardians of the Galaxy; Creed; Bladerunner 2049; Black Panther; Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse) (Grade: 100)



Personal Tracks:

Caden Healander: -Perspectives on WWII/Fantasy that reflects reality/Animation/Color (specifically Wes Anderson)/Soundtracks as a tool in film/LGBTQ+

Chelsea Morgan-Ritchie: Mind-Bending; Deep Emotional Narratives


1-31; 32-62; 63-93; 94-124; 125-155; 156-186; 187-217; 218-248; 249-279; 280-310; 311-346; 347 - 382; 385 - 420; 421 - 456

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 13, 2021

Knafo, Danielle. "The New Sexual Landscape and Contemporary Psychoanalysis (Confer Books, 2020)." New Books in Psychoanalysis (August 17, 2020) ["The sexual landscape has changed dramatically in the past few decades, with the meaning of gender and sexuality now being parsed within the realms of gender fluidity, nonheteronormative sexuality, BDSM, and polyamory. The sea change in sexual attitudes has also made room for the mainstreaming of internet pornography and the use of virtual reality for sexual pleasure – and the tech gurus have not even scratched the surface when it comes to mining the possibilities of alternative realities. In The New Sexual Landscape and Contemporary Psychoanalysis (Confer Books, 2020), Danielle Knafo and Rocco Lo Bosco survey modern sex culture and suggests ways psychoanalysis can update its theories and practice to meet the novel needs of today’s generations; at the same time, paying special attention to technology, which is augmenting and expanding sexual and gender possibilities. The authors consider how sexuality and bonding in this brave new world are best suited to meet our psychoanalytic needs."]

Sanyal, Mithu. "Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo (Verso, 2019)." New Books in Psychology (December 11, 2020) ["My guest today, author Mithu Sanyal, describes the topic of rape as a ‘cultural sore spot,’ one that requires yet eludes wide conversation. Her latest book, Rape: From Lucretia to #MeToo (Verso, 2019), bravely starts this conversation. It covers the history of rape as well as of our divergent and misguided conceptions for it, and it addresses the topic’s intersection with matters of gender stereotypes and racism. We unpack these topics in our interview, along with the psychological phenomena undergirding conflicts over consent and body sovereignty. This episode will be of interest for anyone interested in the problems of sexual violence and gender bias. Mithu Sanyal is an award-winning broadcaster, academic, and author based in Dusseldorf. Her prior book, Vulva, has been translated into five languages."]

Snyder, Timothy. "'American Abyss': Fascism Historian Tim Snyder on Trump’s Coup Attempt, Impeachment & What’s Next." Democracy Now (January 13, 2021) ["As the House votes to impeach President Trump, the FBI warns there could be a repeat of the violent insurrection he encouraged on January 6, with Trump loyalists planning to hold armed protests nationwide ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration. We speak with Timothy Snyder, a historian of fascism, who says the riot at the U.S. Capitol was “completely and utterly predictable” given President Trump’s record of stoking extremism and undermining democratic institutions. “The American republic is hanging by a thread because the president of the United States has sought to use violence to stay in power and essentially to overthrow our constitutional system,” says Snyder."]






















Sunday, January 10, 2021

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 10, 2021

Lagalisse, Erica. "Occult Features of Anarchism: With attention to the conspiracy of kings and the conspiracy of the peoples." The London School of Economics and Political Science (March 20, 2019) ["Erica Lagalisse explores the relationship of 19th century anarchism with the clandestine fraternity, challenges leftist attachments to atheism, and intervenes in current debates concerning 'conspiracy theory.'"]

West, Stephen. "On Media: Manufacturing Consent, Pt. 1." Philosophize This (December 17, 2020) [On Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman's landmark book Media Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.]

---. "On Media Pt. 2: Marshall McLuhan." Philosophize This! #149 (January 5, 2021)























Sunday, January 3, 2021

Dialogic Cinephilia - January 3, 2021

Carpenter, Max. "Whatever Gets You Through the Night: Night of the Kings." Reverse Shot (December 29, 2020)

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

Oladipo, Gloria. "The Missed 'Magical Negro' Trope in The Queen’s Gambit." Bitch Media (November 25, 2020)

Solórzano, Fernanda. "Amores perros: Force of Impact." The Current (December 25, 2020)