Thursday, February 25, 2021

Adelante Film Club - February 26, 2021

 Arts and Faith Top 100 Films (2011)

Top 25 Films of 2020

The Columbia Film Language Glossary (also Film Clips illustrating the terms)

Developing a "critical eye":

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

Aesthetics: The Cinema Cartography "Colour in Storytelling." (Posted on Youtube: July 29, 2015)

For further study - developing a critical eye:

Beyl, Cameron. "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)

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

The Cinema Cartography. "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)

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

---. "Editing in Storytelling." (Posted on Youtube: December 9, 2016)

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

---. "Lighting in Storytelling." (Posted on Youtube: May 22, 2020)

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

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."]

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."]

Monday, February 22, 2021

Dialogic Cinephilia - February 22, 2021

Dunn, Rob. "Home Alone, with 200,000 Friends." American Scholar (February 5, 2021) ["As we in the United States approach a full year of spending even more time than usual at home, and away from friends and family, we’re all a little bit lonely. But even though it might feel as if your immediate family and your pets are the only signs of life in your house—you’re not as alone as you might think. The modern American house is a wilderness: thousands of species of insects, bacteria, fungi, and plants lurk in our floorboards, on our counters, and inside our kitchen cabinets—not to mention the microbes that flavor our food itself. The trouble with wilderness, however, is that we always want to tame it. Cleaning, bleaching, sterilizing, and killing the organisms in our houses has had unintended—and dangerous—consequences for our health and the environment. Biologist Rob Dunn, a professor in the department of applied ecology at North Carolina State University, joins us to impart some advice about how to graciously welcome these unbidden guests into our homes."]

Heeney, Alex, Lidsay Pugh and Orla Smith. "Explorations of Rape Culture in Promising Young Woman and The Assistant." The Seventh Row #73 (January 6, 2021) ["This week on the podcast we discuss two explorations of rape culture that approach the topic in very different way. We look at Emerald Fennell’s stylish revenge thriller Promising Young Woman and Kitty Green’s The Assistant, a portrait of a young woman working in a misogynistic office environment."]

Heeney, Alex, et al. "Steve McQueen's Small Axe." The Seventh Row #72 (December 30, 2020) ["To cover Steve McQueen’s ambitious Small Axe series, we have assembled one of our most ambitious episodes of the year. We discuss each film (or episode?) of McQueen’s series and how they work together to form a cohesive whole."]

Koski, Genevive, et al. "Blackkklansman/Malcolm X (Pt. 1)."  The Next Picture Show #144 (September 4, 2018) ["Spike Lee’s new BLACKKKLANSMAN is an urgent call to look to the past to understand the present, an approach it shares with many of Lee’s films, though perhaps none as strongly as his 1992 epic biopic MALCOLM X. The films revisit two different chapters in 20th-century history, and star two different members of the Washington family — Denzel and his son, John David — but both are pure Lee in both their narrative motivations and their filmmaking technique. In this half, we consider what makes MALCOLM X the rare cradle-to-grave biopic that works, how Lee finds the dynamism in near-constant speechmaking, and whether Angela Bassett elevates a thankless role, or simply channels its innate nuance. "]

---. "Blackkklansman/Malcolm X (Pt. 2)." The Next Picture #145 (September 11, 2020) ["Though BLACKKKLANSMAN is, like MALCOLM X, drawn from real life, Spike Lee’s newest film takes more liberties in telling its ostensibly true story (something that’s drawn criticism from some corners). And also like MALCOLM X, it’s a film set in the past that’s commenting, often directly, on the present. Together the two films give us a lot to talk about, from their respective uses of speechmaking and divided identities, to their perspectives on white allies."]

Lash, Dominic. "'A fair curve from a noble plan': Certain Women." Movie #9 (2021) 


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Dialogic Cinephilia - February 9, 2021

Guaraná, Bruno. "'A Few Years from Now' in Western Pernambuco: Bacurau’s Vision of the Future." Film Quarterly 74.2 (2020): 77-80.

Heeney, Alex, et al. "Are Men Ok? Masculinity, Mental Health, & Addiction in Another Round and Oslo, August 31st." Seventh Row (December 15, 2020) 

King, Shaka. "Judas and the Black Messiah: Director Shaka King on Fred Hampton, the Black Panthers & COINTELPRO." Democracy Now (February 1, 2021) ["A highly anticipated new feature film, “Judas and the Black Messiah,” tells the story of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and William O’Neal, the FBI informant who infiltrated the Illinois Black Panther Party to collect information that ultimately led to Hampton’s killing in 1969 by law enforcement officers. The film is premiering at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and stars Daniel Kaluuya as Hampton, LaKeith Stanfield as O’Neal and Martin Sheen as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Shaka King, the film’s director and co-writer, says focusing on Hampton and O’Neal was a way “to make 'The Departed' inside the world of COINTELPRO,” referring to the decades-long illegal FBI program to undermine Black and radical political organizations. “I just thought that that was a very clever vessel and intelligent way to Trojan-horse a Fred Hampton biopic.”"]

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

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

Tuning the Brain with Music - Official Trailer from Filmoption International on Vimeo.