Monday, March 28, 2022

Okja (South Korea/USA: Bong Joon-Ho, 2017)

Snowpiercer (South Korea/USA/France/Czech Republic: Bong Joon-Ho, 2013)


Snowpiercer (South Korea/USA/France/Czech Republic: Bong Joon-Ho, 2013: 126 mins)

Blunk, Marc Jason. "Derailing Snowpiercer: Descending Into the Boxcars of a Man-Made Hell (ENG 102)." Dialogic Cinephilia (March 1, 2017)

Carvajal, Nelson. "Bong Joon-Ho: Living Images, Moving Frames." Balder & Dash (July 1, 2014)

Cheney, Matthew. "Total Cinema: Snowpiercer." (Posted on Vimeo: 2014)

Hoberman, J. "Revolt on the Polar Express." New York Review of Books (July 1, 2014)

Kohn, Eric. "Is the 'Transformers' Audience Smart Enough for 'Snowpiercer'?" IndieWire (June 25, 2014)

Puschak, Evan "Snowpiercer: The Artist as Historian." (Posted on Youtube: August 4, 2014)

Sie, Trish and April Wolfe. "Snowpiercer." Switchblade Sisters #9 (January 4, 2018) ["April talks to Pitch Perfect 3 director Trish Sie about Bong Joon-ho's frozen feature, Snowpiercer. They discuss the amazing performance of Tilda Swinton as the authoritative Mason, the commanding directorial style of Bong Joon-ho, and the train car on the Snowpiercer they'd most like to spend time in. Trish also talks about getting her start directing the famous OK GO "treadmill video" for the song 'Here It Goes Again' and what it's like taking over an existing franchise with Pitch Perfect 3. She also shares some fascinating tidbits about the eating habits of polar bears."]

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Ava DuVernay (Ongoing Archive)

This Is the Life (2008)

I Will Follow (2010)

Middle of Nowhere (2012)

Selma (2014)

13th (2016)

A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

When They See Us (2019)

Colin in Black and White (2021)

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

13th (USA: Ava Duvernay, 2016)

13th (USA: Ava Duvernay, 2016: 100 mins)

Berger, Dan. "Mass Incarceration And Its Mystification: A Review Of The 13th." AAIHS (October 22, 2016)

Blackmon, Douglas A., et al. "Mass Incarceration." Throughline (August 15, 2019) ["The United States imprisons more people than any other country in the world, and a disproportionate number of those prisoners are Black. What are the origins of the U.S. criminal justice system and how did racism shape it? From the creation of the first penitentiaries in the 1800s, to the "tough-on-crime" prosecutors of the 1990s, how America created a culture of mass incarceration."]

Cyril, Malkia and Kevin Gannon. "Advocates: The U.S. Still Profits from Slavery Because the 13th Amendment Perpetuates Prison Labor." Democracy Now (October 3, 2016) ["As Ava DuVernay’s new documentary "13th" opens at the New York Film Festival, we speak to two people featured in the film: Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice and Kevin Gannon of Grand View University."]

DuVernay, Ava. "From Slavery to Mass Incarceration, Ava DuVernay's Film 13th Examines Racist U.S. Justice System." Democracy Now (October 3, 2016) ["Ava DuVernay’s new documentary chronicles how our justice system has been driven by racism from the days of slavery to today’s era of mass incarceration. The film, "13th," is named for the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery with the exception of punishment for crime. The United States accounts for 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of its prisoners. In 2014, more than 2 million people were incarcerated in the United States—of those, 40 percent were African-American men. According to the Sentencing Project, African-American males born today have a one-in-three chance of going to prison in their lifetimes if incarceration trends continue. We speak to Ava DuVernay. Her previous work includes the hit 2014 film "Selma." With "Selma," DuVernay became the first African-American female director to have a film nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards."]

DuVernay, Ava, et al. "Ava DuVernay / Jamal Joseph." The Close-Up #93 (July 20, 2016)  ["The Opening Night selection will be the new film from SELMA director Ava DuVernay, THE 13TH, which explores the American prison industry and the horrors of mass criminalization. Eugene Hernandez caught up with DuVernay in Los Angeles over the weekend to discuss the project. In part two of this week's episode, we're sharing an inspirational panel from last month's Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Following a screening of CHAPTER & VERSE, a film about a reformed gang leader who struggles to re-enter society after eight years in prison, director Jamal Joseph joined lead actor Daniel Beatty and producers Cheryl Hill and Jonathan Singer to talk about racism, gang violence, gentrification, and what it means to forge your own destiny in an outwardly harsh society."]

Gino, Francesca. "You 2.0: Rebel with a Cause." Hidden Brain (August 9, 2019) ["This week, we'll follow Gino on her mission to understand the minds of successful rule breakers. What are their secrets? And how can we discover our own rebel talent? "I think we really need to shift our thinking," says Gino. "Rebels are people who break rules that should be broken. They break rules that hold them and others back, and their way of rule breaking is constructive rather than destructive. It creates positive change.""]

Kemaholo, Rachel. "A Justice System of Injustice: Causes of Wrongful Convictions in the United States." Dialogic Cinephilia (October 27, 2020)

Kleinhans, Chuck and Julia Lesage. "The Last Word - #BlackLivesMatter." Jump Cut #57 (Fall 2016)

Nord, Liz. "Ava DuVernay on 13th: How Netflix Jumpstarted the Timeliest Doc of the Year." No Film School (October 3, 2016)

Rose, Steve. "'We can't wait for Hollywood to change' - the directors reframing black history." The Guardian (April 1, 2017) ["From Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro to Ava DuVernay’s 13th, the factual film-makers tackling race in the era of Black Lives Matter."]

Wallis, Victor. "13th and the Culture of Surplus Punishment." Jump Cut #58 (Spring 2018)

Monday, March 7, 2022

David Fincher (Ongoing Archive)

Studiobinder. "Why is David Fincher a Genius? - Directing Styles Explained." (Posted on Youtube: July 8, 2019)

Alien³ (1992) [Keep in mind that this is the third film in a series, Ridley Scott's 1979 Alien and James Cameron's 1986 Aliens. It is not necessary to have watched both of those films, but there would be major plotholes in this film if you haven't.]

Se7en (1995)

The Game (1997)

Fight Club (1999)

Panic Room (2002)

Zodiac (2007)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) 

The Social Network (2010)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Gone Girl (2014)

Mank (2020)

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Fight Club (USA: David Fincher, 1999)

“Our great war is a spiritual war; our great depression is our lives!”

Fight Club (USA: David Fincher, 1999: 139 mins)

Adkins, Ashleigh. "Fight Club: The Case of Psychological Misdirection and Bloodied Knuckles." Letterboxd (October 17, 2019)

Baker, Peter. "The Men Who Still Like Fight Club." The New Yorker (November 4, 2019)

Church, David. "“Propane is for pussies”: Bellflower’s bromance of retro technology and hip masculinity." Jump Cut #55 (Fall 2013)

---. "Remaining Men Together: Fight Club and the (Un)pleasures of Unreliable Narration." Offscreen 10.5 (Mat 2006)

Eig, Jonathan. "A beautiful mind(fuck): Hollywood structures of identity." Jump Cut #46 (2003)

“Entertainment Media Analysis Report: Fight Club.” ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture (2000)

Erickson, Steve. "Fight Club." [Personal Website: 1999]

"Fight Club (1999)." Hammer & Camera (September 19, 2019)

Kuersten, Erich. "CinemArchetype #7: The Shadow." Acidemic (March 8, 2012)

Frazer, Bryant. "Fight Club." Deep Focus (October 1999)

Graeber, David. Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Brooklyn, NY: Melville House Publishing, 2011. [Was reading the 1st chapter of this book at the same time as I was preparing for the Fall 2012 Ethics/Film screening of Fight Club -- it changed the way I conceived of the meaning of the dramatic ending of the film: "By the same token, for the last five thousand years, with remarkable regularity, popular insurrections have begun the same way: with the ritual destruction of the debt records--tablets, papyri, ledgers, whatever form they might have taken in any particular time and place. (8)"]

---. "On the phenomenon of bullshit jobs." libcom (August 20, 2013) [In regards to Tyler Durden's complaint of these types of jobs]

Chow, Galvin P. "I Am Jack's Younger Self: The Secret Connections between "Fight Club" and "Calvin and Hobbes" REVEALED! Blogsizer (no date)

Koski, Genvieve, et al. "Man Up, Pt. 1 - Fight Club." The Next Picture Show #186 (July 31, 2019) ["We’re looking at two films featuring underground fight clubs, secret identities, and male protagonists trying to reclaim their self-worth through violence, beginning with David Fincher’s Fight Club, which traffics in many of the same themes as Riley Stearns’ new The Art of Self Defense, albeit with decidedly more stylistic flourish. In this half of our toxic masculinity double feature, we dig into what made Fight Club so divisive in 1999, and what makes it seem so prescient today."]

---. "Man Up, Pt. 2 - The Art of Self-Defense." The Next Picture Show #187 (August 6, 2019) ["Riley Stearns’ new dark comedy The Art of Self Defense centers on an underground scene of fighters who engage in their own version of the transgressive tactics Tyler Durden plays with in 1999’s Fight Club, but both films are ultimately about the catharsis of violence. After digging into how The Art of Self-Defense spins the “fight club” premise to its own ends, we pit these two films against each other to see which reigns supreme!…Or, to determine what each movie has to say about their shared interests in misogyny, toxic masculinity, and the dehumanization of life in corporate America."]

Like Stories of Old. "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."]

---. "The Myth of Heroic Masculine Purpose." (Posted on Youtube: February 28, 2022) ["A critical analysis of the myth of heroic masculine purpose, and its effect on men’s perception of manhood, and on their connection to others and to the world."]

Lizardo, Omar. "Fight Club, or the Cultural Contradictions of Late Capitalism." Journal for Cultural Research 11.3 (July 2007)

Mann, Doug. "Hunting Elk in the Ruins: Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club as Neo-Situationist Satire of Consumer Capitalism." (ND: Posted on his academic page for Western University - Canada)

O'Connell, Max. "Men's Rights Activists, GamerGate, and Why Fight Club is Still Worth Debating 15 Years Later." IndieWire (October 15, 2014)

Palahniuk, Chuck (Interviewed by Joe Rogan). "Why Men Like Fight Club." Jer Films (Posted on Youtube: April 27, 2020)

Probst, Christopher. "Anarchy in the USA." American Cinematographer (November 1999)

Rothe-Kushel, Jethro. "Fight Club: A Ritual Cure For The Spiritual Ailment Of American Masculinity." The Film Journal #8 (2002) [The journal is offline, now hosted on a North Dakota State University page] 

Rushkoff, Douglas. "They Say." Coercion: Why We Listen to What 'They' Say'. (NY: Metropolitan Books, 1999: 1-26) [A question that is raised, for me, is why we so easily accept what "they say?" Here is media theorist Douglas Rushkoff's brilliant critical and self-reflective exploration of this question.]

Sevilla, Susanna. "Things Are Not What They Seem." (Posted on Vimeo: February 2015) ["A video essay on title sequences from Hitchcock and Fincher films. An exploration of motion graphic design from analog to digital."]

Szhou, Tony. "David Fincher - And the Other Way is Wrong." Every Frame a Painting (October 1, 2014)

Vacker, Barry. "Slugging Nothing: Fighting the Future in Fight Club." To the Best of Our Knowledge (November 10, 2013)

Zavodny, John. “I Am Jack’s Wasted Life: Fight Club and Personal Identity.” Movies and the Meaning of Life: Philosophers Take on Hollywood. eds. Kimberly A. Blessing and Paul J. Tudico. Chicago: Open Court, 2005: 47-60. [Professor has copy]

The Directors Series- David Fincher [2.5] from Raccord on Vimeo.

"The most strongly enforced of all known taboos is the taboo against knowing who or what you really are behind the mask of your apparently separate, independent, and isolated egos." -- Alan WattsThe Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (1966)

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Se7en (USA: David Fincher, 1995)


Se7en (USA: David Fincher, 1995: 127 mins)

Adam, Braden. "Se7en - An Analysis of Generational Gaps." (April 27, 2007)

Aradillas, Aaron and Matt Zoller Seitz. "Grand Openings, Pt 2 Analyzing David Fincher's credit sequences: Se7en."  Moving Image Source (September 27, 2010)

Beyl, Cameron. "The Directors Series: David Fincher, Pts 1-5." (Posted on Film Stage: September 22, 2015)

David Fincher They Shoot Pictures Don't They (Archive)

Ebert, Roger. "Se7en."  Chicago Sun-Times (July 18, 2011)

Eig, Jonathan. "A beautiful mind(fuck): Hollywood structures of identity." Jump Cut #46 (2003)

Hodges, Brendan. "Se7en Movie Review and Analysis." The Metaplex (September 25, 2014)

Lindsay, Sean. "Great Directors: David Fincher." Senses of Cinema (July 2003)

LoBrutto, Vincent. "Defining Theme, Metaphor, and Character Through Color, Texture, and Environmental Design: Se7en." Becoming Film Literate: The Art and Craft of Motion Pictures. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2005: 280-285. [BCTC Library: PN1994 L595 2005]

Murray, Terri. "Se7en." Philosophy Now #78 (2010)

Radatz, Ben. "Se7en (1995)." Art of the Title (July 10, 2012)

Sevilla, Susanna. "Things Are Not What They Seem." (Posted on Vimeo: February 2015) ["A video essay on title sequences from Hitchcock and Fincher films. An exploration of motion graphic design from analog to digital."]

Swinney, Jacob T. "David Fincher's Extreme Close Ups." (Posted on Vimeo: January 2016)

"things are not what they seem," A Video Essay by Susana Aho from MGFX UConnDMD on Vimeo.

Alien 3 (USA: David Fincher, 1992)

Alien 3 (USA: David Fincher, 1992: 114 mins)

Beyl, Cameron. "The Directors Series: David Fincher, Pts 1-5." (Posted on Film Stage: September 22, 2015)

Cassidy, Brendan, et al. "AlienAliensAlien 3." InSession Film #221 (May 15, 2017)

Studiobinder. "Why is David Fincher a Genius? - Directing Styles Explained." (Posted on Youtube: July 8, 2019)

Subissati, Andrea and Alexandra West. "Alienation, Part 2: Alien 3 (1992) and Alien: Resurrection (1997)." Faculty of Horror (June 21, 2016)

Szhou, Tony. "David Fincher - And the Other Way is Wrong." Every Frame a Painting (October 1, 2014)

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

The Unloved - Alien³ from Scout Tafoya on Vimeo.