Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Jeremy Carr: Film Studies (Shooting Azimuths)

 Carr, Jeremy. "Notebook Primer: Film Noir." Notebook (Aug 27, 2020) ["Film noir revels in a realm of desperation, despair, and dread, engineering an entertaining and engaging descent into humanity’s dark side."]

---. "Notebook Primer: Ida Lupino." Notebook (July 30, 2020) ["As an actress, writer, producer, and director, Ida Lupino was a revolutionary female filmmaker and a forerunner of independent cinema."]

---. "Notebook Primer: Sergei Eisenstein." Notebook (August 13, 2020) ["A hugely influential filmmaker and theorist, Sergei Eisenstein epitomized the uneasy, if often dynamic, synthesis of art and politics."]

---. "Notebook Primer: Werner Herzog." Notebook (July 2, 2020) ["Becoming something of an existential philosopher in the process, Herzog’s career-long presentation of a mysterious, multifaceted world is an overwhelming collective exhibition. While he is not religious, his films — transcendent meditations on faith, superstition, and sublime experience — have a pronounced spiritual constitution. He finds humanity within pure chaos and mysticism in the ostensibly banal. Perhaps more than anything, however, Herzog is driven by an unceasing search for new visual encounters. As he notes when discussing the enigmatic mirages of Fata Morgana (1971), he remains occupied by a “quest for images that you haven’t really seen yet,” and, he affirms, “I’ve not stopped searching.”]

---. "Notebook Primer: The Western." Notebook (July 16, 2020) ["The Western is a compendium of cultural dichotomies and iconic symbols, locations, and characters, with countless variations."]

Friday, January 27, 2023

The Hidden Fortress (Japan: Akira Kurosawa, 1958)

The Hidden Fortress (Japan: Akira Kurosawa, 1958: 139 mins)
A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make one, The Hidden Fortress stars the inimitable Toshiro Mifune as a general charged with guarding his defeated clan’s princess (a fierce Misa Uehara) as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director’s most beloved films and was a primary influence on George Lucas’s Star Wars. The Hidden Fortress delivers Kurosawa’s trademark deft blend of wry humor, breathtaking action, and compassionate humanity. -- Criterion's The Hidden Fortress page

"A Guide to Samurais and Cowboys." Metrograph (2023) ["The samurai and the cowboy—each towering icons of their respective “national” cinemas, the Japanese chambara, and the American Western—are frequently compared, both being elite fighting heroes who roam across a lawless landscape where violence and villainy run rampant, guided by a personal code that must be upheld at all costs. The two genres were born out of vastly different cultural contexts, and each has its own discrete iconography, most notably the samurai’s swords swords (daisho) and the Westerner’s six-shooter. Looking past surface differences, however, we can see two genres both concerned with principled warriors who frequently find themselves facing off against corrupt enemies in steely showdowns, confronting their own inner demons along the way. Like their Chinese counterparts in wuxia films—period-set martial arts movies depicting high-flown feats of derring-do, many of these influenced from the chambara—these warriors are resolute in purpose and indifferent to pain. They are willing (in theory, at least) to sacrifice their own lives to fulfil their duty with honor intact."]

"From the Kurosawa Archives." Current (March 23, 2017)

Lucas, George. "On Akira Kurosawa." Current (March 19, 2014)

Phipps, Keith. "The Hidden Fortress." The Dissolve (2014)

Russell, Catherine. "The Hidden Fortress: Three Good Men and a Princess." The Current (March 18, 2014)

White, Armond. "The Hidden Fortress." Current (May 21, 2001)

Thursday, January 26, 2023

EO (Poland/Italy: Jerzy Skolimowski, 2022)

 EO (Poland/Italy: Jerzy Skolimowski, 2022: 88 mins)

Balaga, Marta. "EO." Cineuropa (May 20, 2022) ["Among the films devoted entirely to animal protagonists, EO still sticks out a little. The veteran Polish director’s take on the ever-changing fortunes (and whereabouts) of one donkey is weird and occasionally hilarious. There is something about it that feels very young, film school-y even, but it’s quite inspiring that instead of delivering safer fare, Skolimowski still feels like playing."]

Dargis, Manohla. "‘EO’ Review: Imagining the Lives of Other Creatures." New York Times (November 17, 2022) ["The titular character of this fantastic adventure is no Disneyfied, cutesy creature. The director Jerzy Skolimowski emphasizes his animality and un-knowableness."]

Hodsdon, Bruce. "Great Directors: Jerzy Skolimowski." Sense of Cinema #27 (July 2003)

Hudson, David. "Jerzy Skolimowski’s EO." Current (May 23, 2022)

Kasman, Daniel. "The Donkey’s Eyes: Jerzy Skolimowski Discusses EO." Notebook (November 18, 2022)

Pinkerton, Nick and Sean Price Williams. "An interview with Jerzy Skolimowski and Ewa Piaskowska on their new film EO."   Metrograph (2022) ["Between films, Jerzy Skolimowski paints. Or is it between paintings, he films. Mr. Skolimowski claims the two artforms, for him, do not intersect. In his brain these activities have no collision. Coincidently, many of his paintings are roughly the size of a movie theater screen. And coincidently, his newest film, EO roughly resembles some of his paintings. One painting from 1999, titled Agonia, features a vivid red that one finds all over the new film. A red that saturates the haunting love story Deep End, from 1970. A red that is often found in promotional materials for many of Mr. Skolimowski’s films. It’s almost as though he has the patent on the color."]

Shields, Randy. "EO: Bearing witness in the hell of speciesism." Monthly Review (December 13, 2022)

Skolimowski, Jerzy. "On EO." Film Comment Podcast (October 14, 2022) ["In his Cannes 2022 dispatch, Jonathan Romney wrote “Jerzy Skolimowski’s EO is a flamboyant, visionary work: its execution—including drone shots set to blazing red filters—and wayward, fragmented narrative showed an energy shared by that little else at the festival. Corny but true: the wildest, youngest film in the lineup was made by an 84-year-old director up for anything.” With EO making its U.S. premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, we sat down with Skolimowski over Zoom to discuss his radical reimagining of Bresson, which follows a pure-hearted donkey set adrift in a cruel world. Though the filmmaker—known for classics like Walkover, Deep End, Moonlighting, and The Shout, among others—wasn’t able to attend this year’s festival in person, he was happy to field our many questions about his latest, a powerfully empathetic work of striking beauty and visual imagination."]

Andrew Huberman: Neuroscience/Health/Body & Mind (Shooting Azimuths)

Attia, Peter and Andrew Huberman. "Effects of Light & Dark on Mental Health & Treatments for Cancer." Huberman Lab (January 22, 2024) ["In this journal club episode, my guest is Dr. Peter Attia, M.D., a Stanford and Johns Hopkins-trained physician focusing on healthspan and lifespan and the host of The Drive podcast. We each present a peer-reviewed scientific paper chosen because it contains novel, interesting, and actionable data. First, we discuss a paper on how bright light exposure at sunrise and throughout the day and dark exposure at night independently improve mental health and can offset some of the major symptoms of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. Then, we discuss an article that explores a novel class of immunotherapy treatments to combat cancer. We also discuss some of the new data on low-calorie sweeteners and if they are safe. This episode should be of interest to listeners curious about maximizing their vitality and longevity and to anyone seeking science-supported ways to improve mental health and lifespan."]

Conti, Paul and Andrew Huberman. "How to Improve Your Mental Health." The Huberman Lab (September 2023) ["This is episode 2 of a 4-part special series on mental health with Dr. Paul Conti, M.D., a Stanford and Harvard-trained psychiatrist currently running a clinical practice, the Pacific Premiere Group. Dr. Conti explains specific tools for how to overcome life’s challenges using a framework of self-inquiry that explores all the key elements of self, including defense mechanisms, behaviors, self-awareness and attention. We also discuss our internal driving forces, how to align them and ultimately, how to cultivate a powerful “generative drive” of positive, aspirational pursuits. Dr. Conti also explains how to adjust your internal narratives, reduce self-limiting concepts, overcome intrusive thoughts, and how certain defense mechanisms, such as “acting out” or narcissism, show up in ourselves and others. The next episode in this special series explores how to build healthy relationships with others."]

---. "Therapy, Treating Trauma & Other Life Challenges." The Huberman Lab (June 5, 2022) ["My guest this episode is Dr. Paul Conti, M.D., a psychiatrist and expert in treating trauma, personality disorders and psychiatric illnesses and challenges of various kinds. Dr. Conti earned his MD at Stanford and did his residency at Harvard Medical School. He now runs the Pacific Premiere Group—a clinical practice helping people heal and grow from trauma and other life challenges. We discuss trauma: what it is and its far-reaching effects on the mind and body, as well as the best treatment approaches for trauma. We also explore how to choose a therapist and how to get the most out of therapy, as well as how to do self-directed therapy. We discuss the positive and negative effects of antidepressants, ADHD medications, alcohol, cannabis, and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics (e.g., psilocybin and LSD), ketamine and MDMA. This episode is must listen for anyone seeking or already doing therapy, processing trauma, and/or considering psychoactive medication. Both patients and practitioners ought to benefit from the information."]

---. "Tools and Protocols for Mental Health." The Huberman Lab (September 27, 2023) ["This is episode 4 of a 4-part special series on mental health with Stanford and Harvard-trained psychiatrist Dr. Paul Conti, M.D. Dr. Conti explains what true self-care is and how our mental health benefits from specific self-care and introspection practices — much in the same way that our physical health benefits from certain exercise and nutrition habits. He describes how the foundation of mental health is an understanding of one’s own mind and the specific questions to ask in order to explore the conscious and unconscious parts of ourselves. He describes how this process can be done either on our own, through journaling, meditation and structured thought, or in therapy with the help of a licensed professional. He also explains how unprocessed trauma can short-circuit the process and how to prevent that, and the role of friendships and other relational support systems in the journey of self-exploration for mental health. People of all ages and those with and without self-introspection and therapy experience ought to benefit from the information in this episode."]

Eisenberg, Michael and Andrew Huberman.  "Improving Male Sexual Health, Function & Fertility." Huberman Lab (November 6, 2023) ["In this episode, my guest is Dr. Michael Eisenberg, MD, a urologist and professor specializing in male sexual function and fertility at Stanford University. Based on his clinical work and research, he is considered a top world expert on male sexual and reproductive health. We discuss testosterone levels and what really impacts them, testosterone therapy, sperm quality and counts, penile and testicular health and function, pelvic floor and prostate and urinary tract health, erectile function and dysfunction and the various causes and treatments for common male sexual, hormonal and reproductive challenges. We also address post-finasteride syndrome and trends in penile length. This episode is rich in actionable information about men’s sexual and reproductive health, including key tests and at-home evaluations, and the behavioral, nutritional, exercise and prescription-based tools that can support male sexual and reproductive health."]

Galpin, Andy and Andrew Huberman. "How to Assess & Improve All Aspects of Your Fitness." Huberman Lab (January 18, 2023) ["In this episode 1 of a 6-part special series, Andy Galpin, PhD, professor of kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton and world expert on exercise science, explains the 9 different types of exercise adaptations that can be used to transform the functional capacities and aesthetics of our body, and benefits each adaptation has for our health. He explains the best evidence-based protocols to optimize your progress in building strength, endurance, muscle growth, flexibility and for optimal recovery, and he provides zero-cost and low-cost tests to assess all aspects of your physical fitness. This episode provides a foundation and tools for establishing a comprehensive assessment of your current fitness level, allowing you to select the ideal fitness programs to implement toward your goals. Subsequent episodes 2-6 in this special series explain goal-directed protocols to reach those goals."]

 Huberman, Andrew. "ADHD & How Anyone Can Improve Their Focus." Huberman Lab (September 13, 2021) ["In this episode, Dr. Huberman discusses ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder): what it is, the common myths, and the biology and psychology of ADHD. He discusses both behavioral and pharmacologic treatments for ADHD and brain-machine interface tools. Dr. Huberman also discusses behavioral training protocols that can improve focus in people with ADHD and those without ADHD and for people of different ages. He discusses the role of dopamine in coordinating ‘default-mode’ and ‘task-related’ neural networks, attentional “blinks” (lapses of attention) and how to overcome them, and the role of actual blinks in time perception and attention. Finally, Dr. Huberman reviews some of the prescription and over-the-counter compounds for increasing focus, such as Adderall, Ritalin, Modafinil and Armodafinil, the racetams, Alpha-GPC and phosphatidylserine and the role of diet for managing ADHD (and the controversies of diet for ADHD). The role of cell phones/technology in ADHD and ADHD-like challenges with focus are also discussed. Throughout, both basic science and clinical scenarios, as well as applicable tools and resources, are covered."]

---. "Controlling Your Dopamine for Motivation, Focus, and Satisfaction." Huberman Lab (September 27, 2021) ["This episode serves as a sort of “Dopamine Masterclass.” Dr. Huberman discusses the immensely powerful chemical that we all make in our brain and body: dopamine. He describes what it does and the neural circuits involved. He explains dopamine peaks and baselines and the cell biology of dopamine depletion. Dr. Huberman includes 14 tools for how to control your dopamine release for the sake of motivation, focus, avoiding and combating addiction and depression. He explains why dopamine stacking with chemicals and behaviors inevitably leads to states of underwhelm and poor performance. He explains how to achieve sustained increases in baseline dopamine, compounds that injure and protect dopamine neurons, including caffeine, from specific sources. Dr. Huberman describes non-prescription supplements for increasing dopamine—both their benefits and risks—and the synergy of pro-dopamine supplements with those that increase acetylcholine." Huberman recommends two books: Anna Lembke's Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence and Daniel Z. Lieberman's and Michael Long's The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity—and Will Determine the Fate of the Human.] Race]

---. "Developing a Rational Approach to Supplementation for Health & Performance." Huberman Lab (January 9, 2023) ["In this episode, I explain how to design a supplementation protocol to support maximum mental and physical health and performance depending on your specific needs, nutrition, lifestyle and finances. When most people hear about “supplements,” they think they are vitamin supplements, but there are many compounds that are powerful and sold over-the-counter that can enhance our health in performance and that can’t be obtained from foods. First, I discuss “foundational” supplements to support overall health, including water and fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes, adaptogens, and prebiotics/probiotics. Then I explain how to use single-ingredient supplements to enhance specific aspects of your physiology, such as aiding sleep, cognitive enhancement, and focus supporting healthy hormone levels (e.g., testosterone, estrogen and growth hormone, thyroid). Finally, I explain when it makes sense to add supplements to your lifestyle and discuss how best to use supplements, including how to determine dosage, sourcing, continuous schedules and cycling, and how to layer different supplements most effectively. This episode will explain how to design the safest, most biologically effective, cost-effective supplementation protocol to meet your particular goals and support your overall health, including vitality and longevity."]

---. "Effects of Fasting & Time-Restricted Eating on Fat Loss and Health." Huberman Lab (October 11, 2021) ["In this episode, Dr. Huberman discusses the science and practice of fasting, also called time-restricted feeding. He reviews the data on how limiting food intake to specific portions of every 24-hour cycle (or fasting longer) impacts weight loss, fat loss specifically, liver health, mental focus, muscle, longevity and more. Dr. Huberman explains how “fasted” is contextual and relates to blood glucose levels and their downstream effects, and how the depth of fasting can be adjusted with behaviors such as different types of exercise or with glucose disposal agents. He also discusses the optimal fasting protocol: and both the absolute (non-negotiable) and variable (contextual) features of a fasting/time-restricted-feeding protocol that will allow you to get the most benefits. He also discusses what does and does not break a fast, the effects of fasting on hormones like testosterone and cortisol, and fertility. Dr. Huberman also reviews how different feeding windows of 8 or 10 or 4 hours differentially impact the effects of fasting and why the classic 8 hour feeding window came to be but also might be ideal. He discusses mechanisms and offers tools to discern the optimal fasting duration and timing for you."]

---. "Erasing Fears & Trauma Based on the Modern Neuroscience of Fear." Huberman Lab (December 6, 2021) ["In this episode, Dr. Huberman discusses fear and trauma, including the neural circuits involved in the “threat reflex” and how specific experiences and memories activate that system. He also discusses how our body is involved in trauma and fear. First, Dr. Huberman describes the logic of fear mechanisms and how “top-down” processing–meaning connections from the parts of the brain that assign meaning to our feelings, are involved in fear and erasing fears and traumas. Then he discusses what successful fear and trauma treatment must include and considers various treatments for whether they meet that standard, such as EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Ketamine, other drug-assisted therapies, and more. Dr. Huberman also reviews new data on how 5 minutes per day of deliberate, self-imposed stress can erase fear and depression. And he reviews the role that social connection plays in erasing or maintaining fears by activating specific molecular pathways in the brain and body. Finally, he reviews supplementation with over-the-counter compounds for their effects on anxiety and fear and when to take them, if at all."]

---. "Healthy Eating & Eating Disorders – Anorexia, Bulimia, Binging." Huberman Lab (September 6, 2021) ["In this episode, Dr. Huberman discusses what drives hunger and satiety and the role our brain, stomach, fat and hormones play in regulating hunger and turning off the desire to eat more. He also addresses how protein is assimilated better early in the day than it is later in the day and why those using intermittent fasting might want to shift their feeding window to earlier in the day. Then he delves into the topic of disorders of eating: Anorexia Nervosa, where people starve themselves and Bulimia Nervosa, where people binge and purge their food. Dr. Huberman discusses some common myths about Anorexia, such as the role of media images increasing the rates of Anorexia and the myth of the “perfectionist” anorexic. He also reviews the symptoms and the brain and chemical systems disrupted in this condition. He explains how anorexics become hyperaware of the fat content of foods and develop reflexive habits of fat-hyperawareness. Then Dr. Huberman discusses the most effective treatments ranging from family-based models to those that target the habitual nature of low-fat/calorie food choices. He also discusses new, more experimental clinical trials on MDMA, Psilocybin and Ibogaine for Anorexia and both their promise and risks. Dr. Huberman reviews the latest work on binge eating disorder and brain stimulation, drug treatments and thyroid disruption in Bulimia and why the treatments for Bulimia are so similar to those for ADHD. Finally, he discusses “cheat days,” body dysmorphia and the growing list of novel forms of eating disorders from start to finish. As always, science and science-based tools are discussed."]

---. "How to Enhance Your Gut Microbiome for Brain & Overall Health." The Huberman Lab #61 (February 28, 2022) ["In this episode, I discuss the profound effect the gut has on the nervous system. I cover the structure and function of the gut-brain axis and the role of the gut microbiome in the brain and overall health. I describe how the gut controls hunger or satiety by affecting neurons in our brain. I also contrast the many pathways by which the gut influences the brain: direct vs. indirect pathways, chemical vs. mechanical, and fast vs. slow signaling. Additionally, I discuss what defines a healthy microbiome and how your lifestyle impacts the gut microbiome, including the effects of stress, fasting, antibiotics, pets, environment, prebiotics and probiotics. I address how different foods shape the gut microbiome, in particular, the emerging data that fermented foods can increase the diversity of healthy gut microbiota. Throughout the episode, I explain peer-reviewed and textbook findings that reveal the critical role of the gut microbiome in supporting mental and physical health and I outline simple tools that anyone can use in order to enhance their gut microbiome health."]

---. "How to Prevent & Treat Colds & Flu." The Huberman Lab (January 8, 2024) ["In this episode, I explain the biology of the common cold and flu (influenza) and how the immune system combats these infections. I describe behavior, nutrition and supplementation-based tools supported by peer-reviewed research to enhance immune system function and better combat colds and flu. I also dispel common myths about how the cold and flu are transmitted and when you and those around you are contagious.
I explain if common preventatives and treatments such as vitamin C, zinc, vitamin D and echinacea work. I also highlight other compounds known to reduce contracting and duration of colds and flu. I discuss how to use exercise and sauna to bolster the immune response. This episode will help listeners understand how to reduce the chances of catching a cold or flu and help people recover more quickly from and prevent the spread of colds and flu."]

---. "How to Stop Headaches Using Science-Based Approaches." Huberman Lab (February 6, 2023) ["In this episode, I discuss the causes and treatments of different types of headaches, including tension headaches, migraines, sinus and cluster headaches, as well as menstrual and other hormone-based headaches. I describe how to distinguish between the different headache types and how to select the right treatment, including prescription-based and non-prescription-based treatments, behavioral and nutrition-based approaches. I also explain the evidence and mechanisms supporting the use of omega-3 fatty acids, high dose creatine, peppermint oil, turmeric, acupuncture and more. Additionally, I touch on traumatic brain injury, the causes of photophobia, aura, and the link between spicy foods and thunderclap headaches."]

---. "How Your Brain Works and Changes." The Huberman Lab #1 (January 4, 2021) ["... an introduction to how the nervous system works to create sensations, perceptions, emotions, thoughts and behaviors, as well as how we can change our nervous system— a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity. The information sets the stage for all Huberman Lab Podcast episodes that follow by covering neurons, synapses, brain chemicals and the rhythms that control our ability to focus, learn and sleep… and more."]

---. "Ido Portal: The Science & Practice of Movement." The Huberman Lab #77 (June 20, 2022) ["My guest is Ido Portal, the world’s foremost expert on human movement. Ido has spent a lifetime studying, combining and evolving elements from an enormous range of martial arts, dance genres, athletic endeavors, and science, to develop a unified theory and practice of movement called “The Ido Portal Method.” Here we discuss all things movement, including the role of the nervous system, reflexive versus deliberate movement patterns, and the link between emotions and awareness in movement. We also discuss learning and neuroplasticity, the mind-body connection and how movement itself can be leveraged toward expanding other types of skills- cognitive, creative and otherwise. As one of the most sought out teachers of movement alive today, the knowledge Ido shares in this conversation can benefit everyone—children, adults, athletes, dancers, clinicians and trainers and the everyday person."]

---. "Master Your Sleep & Be More Alert When Awake." The Huberman Lab #2 (January 11, 2021) ["Today’s episode provides a host of information on what makes us sleepy, sleep soundly, and feel awake and alert. It covers a broad range of tools for anyone wishing to improve their sleep and wakeful state. The science and logic for each tool are described."]

---. "Nutrients For Brain Health & Performance." The Huberman Lab #42 (October 18, 2021) ["In this episode, Dr. Huberman describes science-supported nutrients for brain and performance (cognition) and general nervous system health. He describes ten tools for this purpose, including specific amounts and sources for Omega-3 fatty acids, which make up the “structural fat” of neurons (nerve cells) and allow them to function across our lifespan. He also reviews data on creatine, phosphatidylserine, anthocyanins, choline, glutamine and how they each impact brain function in healthy people seeking to reinforce and improve their cognition and in those combatting cognitive decline. Dr. Huberman describes both food-based and supplement-based sources for these compounds and their effective dose ranges based on peer-reviewed literature. Then he reviews the three factors: gut-brain signaling, perceived taste, and learned associations that combine with the metabolic and blood-sugar-elevating effects of food to determine what foods we seek and prefer. Amazingly, it’s not just about what tastes good to us. Next, Dr. Huberman explores how we can leverage the neural circuits of learned food preference toward seeking and enjoying the right foods for brain health and performance. He also reviews new data on non-caloric sweeteners and why consuming them with glucose-elevating foods can be detrimental, in some cases rapidly leading to insulin dysregulation. This episode covers more than ten actionable tools for those seeking to improve and/or maintain brain function. It explains modern neuroscience underlying our sense of taste, our food-seeking preferences, and brain metabolism."]

---. "Optimize & Control Your Brain Chemistry to Improve Health & Performance." The Huberman Lab (July 11, 2022) ["In this episode, I explain the biological roles of the four major neuromodulators—dopamine, epinephrine (aka adrenaline), serotonin, and acetylcholine—and describe how these neuromodulators impact a wide variety of mental states and behaviors, including focus, creativity, motivation, drive, learning, alertness, mood, relationships, and feelings of well-being. Then, with that foundational understanding in mind, I describe a potent toolkit of science-supported behavioral, nutrition, and supplementation tools that can be used to increase baseline levels of individual neuromodulators and that can be modified for specific goals. This episode summarizes low-or-no-cost, actionable, science-based tools that can benefit anyone in order to enhance their levels of brain chemicals and improve mental health, physical health, and performance."]

---. "The Science of Creativity & How to Enhance Creative Innovation." The Huberman Lab (December 19, 2022) ["MB: An understanding of creativity from a neuroscientist. The base line definition and explanation of creativity is excellent, the explanation of how we all are essentially creative is helpful (use it or lose it, but even more, you need to cultivate it), the functionality of our brain and the centers which control and modulate our creative impulses is enlightening, also ways to increase your creativity and hindrances to your potential creativity (some which literally kill it). At the bottom of the page there are links to more resources. "In this episode, I explain how the brain engages in creative thinking and, based on that mechanistic understanding, the tools to improve one’s ability to think creatively and innovate in any area. I discuss how convergent and divergent thinking are essential for generating creative ideas and provide three types of meditation tools (open monitoring meditation, focused attention meditation & non-sleep deep rest; NSDR), which improve our ability to engage in these creative thinking patterns in specific and powerful ways. I also discuss how dopamine and mood contribute to the creative process and describe behavioral, nutritional and supplementation-based approaches for increasing dopamine to engage in creative thought and implementation. I explain how movement and storytelling (narrative) approaches can generate novel creative ideas and how substances like alcohol, cannabis, and psilocybin impact our creative ability. Excitingly, creativity is a skill that can be cultivated and enhanced; this episode outlines many tools to help anyone access creativity and apply."]

---. "The Science of Love, Desire, and Attachment." The Huberman Lab (February 14, 2022) ["In this episode, I discuss the psychology and biology of desire, love and attachment. I explain how childhood attachment types are thought to inform adult attachment styles to romantic partners, and I describe some of the major theories of human mate selection, relationships and infidelity. Additionally, I explore the neurobiology and proposed subconscious processing underlying desire, love and attachment, including the roles of empathy and “positive delusion”. I outline how self-awareness can shift one’s relationship attachment style towards securely bonded partnerships. Finally, I describe specific tools and supplements that have been researched to increase libido and sex drive. Throughout the episode, I explain the science and key mechanisms underlying romantic love and outline tools for those seeking to find a strong, healthy relationship, or for those wanting to strengthen an existing relationship."]

---. "The Science & Health Benefits of Deliberate Heat Exposure." The Huberman Lab (April 25, 2022) ["I describe the mechanisms by which deliberate heat exposure impacts body temperature, metabolism, heart health, hormone production, exercise recovery, cognition, mood, and longevity. I detail specific protocols for deliberate heat exposure, including exposure times, temperature ranges to consider, time of day, and delivery mechanisms (sauna vs. hot bath vs. open air heat, etc.) in order to achieve different specific outcomes, including dramatic growth hormone releases, or reduction in cortisol levels. I also discuss the ability of locally applied heat to heal or otherwise improve various bodily tissues and new data on how local application of heat may induce the conversion of metabolically sluggish white fat to metabolically robust beige fat."]

---. "Science of Social Bonding in Family, Friendship & Romantic Love." The Huberman Lab (December 20, 2021) ["In this episode, Dr. Huberman discusses the science of social bonding- the process by which we form attachments. He explains the neural and hormonal basis for “social homeostasis” (our drive for a given amount of socializing), which reveals why we get lonely, why we seek out connection with others and how power dynamics (hierarchies) shape those connections. Dr. Huberman also discusses the neurochemical basis of introversion and extroversion, of trust and how shared experiences that promote similar physiological states in two or more individuals lead to more rapid bonding. He also discusses how food and oxytocin play key roles in social bonding. This episode covers quality peer-reviewed science and practical tools for anyone seeking to find, build or end relationships."]

---. "Toolkit for Sleep." The Huberman Lab Podcast Neural Network (September 2021)

---. "Understanding and Conquering Depression." The Huberman Lab #34 (August 23, 2021) ["This episode, I explain what major depression is at the biological and psychological level and the various treatments that peer-reviewed studies have revealed can help prevent and treat depression. I explain the three major chemical systems that are altered in depression: norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine. I discuss genetic predispositions to depression and how stress, thyroid hormone and cortisol play a role in many forms of depression. I also discuss inflammation as a common feature of many depression symptoms. I review 8 specific science-supported protocols for treating and avoiding depression, including EPA fatty acids (which have been shown to rival certain prescription treatments), how exercise protects against depression, studies of creatine, adjusting dopamine balance and more. I also discuss the results of ongoing clinical trials for ketamine and psilocybin for depression, how these compounds work and finally, I review how ketogenic diets can help in certain cases of depression, especially treatment-resistant major depression."]

"Understanding and Controlling Aggression." The Huberman Lab (May 9, 2022) ["This episode I describe the neural mechanisms that activate and control aggressive states and beahviors and the role of hormones—estrogen and testosterone—in mediating violent and and/or competive aggression. I also describe tools that can be used to modulate the factors that have been shown to ‘prime’ an individual for aggression, including sunlight, estrogen sensitivity, competition within social settings, and overall stress levels, and the hormone cortisol. I discuss how substances such as caffeine and alcohol can impact impulsive behaviors, and how nutrition and supplementation can be used to regulate mood and aggression."]

---. "Using Light (Sunlight, Blue Light & Red Light) to Optimize Health." The Huberman Lab (April 18, 2022) ["I describe the mechanisms by which different wavelengths of light impact the cells, tissues and organs of the human body, and how specifically timed light exposure of specific wavelengths can be used to improve sleep, enhance alertness, modulate hormone levels, and improve mood. I also explain the use of ultraviolet and infrared phototherapies to relieve pain increase testosterone and estrogen levels; improve skin health, appearance and wound healing; and how red light can be used to offset age-related vision loss and provide neuroprotection. Throughout the episode, I describe the mechanisms of light-based therapies and actionable tools that people can use positively impact mental and physical health."]

---. "Using Play to Rewire & Improve Your Brain." The Huberman Lab (March 20, 2022) ["In this episode, I discuss the transformative nature of play—how it changes our feelings, thoughts and actions and indeed, how it can rewire our brain to function better in all contexts. I explain the role of play in childhood, as well as adulthood in skill and social development and describe key characteristics of the mind and body during play. Additionally, I explore how play allows the brain to test contingencies in different roles/environments. Throughout, I discuss the underlying neurobiology of play. I also describe how low-stakes play, and tinkering can broaden and shape your future capabilities. Finally, I discuss how our childhood ‘personal play identity’ informs our adult personality. Throughout the episode, I use the science of play to outline recommendations for using play as a means to enhance neuroplasticity and explore novel situations, regardless of age."]

---. "Using Your Nervous System to Enhance Your Immune System." The Huberman Lab #44 (November 1, 2021) ["This episode teaches you a lot about the immune system, immune-brain interactions and offers 12 potential tools for enhancing immune system function. I discuss how our immune system works and science-supported tools we can use to enhance our immune system. I discuss the innate and adaptive immune systems and our various microbiomes-- not just in our gut but also in our nose, eyes and mouth and how to keep them healthy. And I review how specific patterns of breathing and foods maintain a healthy mucosal barrier that is crucial for fighting infections. I discuss how certain neurochemicals called catecholamines enhance our immune system function and how to use specific breathing protocols, types and timing of heat and cold exposure, and, if appropriate, supplementation to activate catecholamines. I also discuss the role and use of serotonin for the sake of accessing the specific types of sleep for recovering from illness, and I discuss how to increase glymphatic "washout" of brain debris during sleep. I also review fever, the vagus nerve and the use of atypical yet highly effective compounds for rhinitis (nasal inflammation)."]

Huberman, Andrew and Matthew Johnson. "Psychedelic Medicine." Huberman Lab (September 20, 2021) ["In this episode, Dr. Huberman discusses medical research on psychedelic compounds with Dr. Matthew Johnson, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. They discuss the biology and medical clinical-trial uses of psilocybin, MDMA, ayahuasca, DMT, and LSD. Dr. Johnson teaches us what the clinical trials in his lab reveal about the potential these compounds hold for the treatment of depression, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, ADHD, and other disorders of the mind. Dr. Johnson describes a typical psychedelic experiment in his laboratory, start to finish, including the conditions for optimal clinical outcomes. And he explains some of the potential hazards and common misconceptions and pitfalls related to psychedelic medicine. Dr. Johnson explains flashbacks, the heightened risks of certain people and age groups using psychedelics, and the evolving legal and pharmaceutical industry landscape surrounding psychedelics. Dr. Johnson also describes how the scientific study of psychedelics is likely to set the trajectory of psychiatric medicine in the years to come. Dr. Johnson is among a small handful of researchers who have pioneered the clinical study of these powerful compounds. He has unprecedented insight into how they can be woven into other psychiatric treatments, changing one’s sense of self and reality."]

Huberman, Andrew and Becky Kennedy. "Protocols for Excellent Parenting & Improving Relationships of All Kinds." The Huberman Lab (February 26, 2024) ["In this episode, my guest is Dr. Becky Kennedy, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, bestselling author, and founder of Good Inside, an education platform for parents and parents-to-be. We discuss actionable protocols for raising resilient, emotionally healthy kids and effective alternatives to typical forms of reward and punishment that instead teach children valuable skills and strengthen the parent-child bond. These protocols also apply to other types of relationships: professional, romantic, friendships, siblings, etc. We explain how to respond to emotional outbursts, rudeness, and entitlement, repair fractured relationships, build self-confidence, and improve interpersonal connections with empathy while maintaining healthy boundaries. We also discuss how to effectively communicate with children and adults with ADHD, anxiety, learning challenges, or with “deeply feeling” individuals. The conversation is broadly applicable to all types of social interactions and bonds. By the end of the episode, you will have earned simple yet powerful tools to build healthy relationships with kids, teens, adults, and oneself."]

Huberman, Andrew and Robert Lustig. "How Sugar & Processed Foods Impact Your Health." The Huberman Lab (December 18, 2023) ["In this episode, we address the “calories in- calories out” (CICO) model of metabolism and weight regulation and how specific macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates), fiber, and sugar can modify the CICO equation. My guest is Dr. Robert Lustig, M.D., neuroendocrinologist, professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and a bestselling author on nutrition and metabolic health. We cover how different types of sugars, specifically fructose, sugars found in liquid form, taste intensity, and other factors impact insulin levels, liver, kidney, and metabolic health. We also explore how fructose in non-fruit sources can be addictive, acting similarly to drugs of abuse, and how sugar alters brain circuits related to food cravings and satisfaction. The discussion then shifts to the role of sugar in childhood and adult obesity, gut health and disease, and mental health. We delve into how the food industry uses refined sugars to create pseudo foods and the implications of these on the brain and body. This episode is replete with actionable information about sugar and metabolism, weight control, brain health, and body composition. It ought to be of interest to anyone seeking to understand how specific food choices impact the immediate and long-term health of the brain and body."]

Huberman, Andrew and David Spiegel. "Using Hypnosis to Enhance Mental & Physical Health & Performance." Huberman Lab (February 21, 2022) ["... Dr. David Spiegel MD, Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health and Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Spiegel has more than 40 years of clinical and research experience with hypnosis, stress physiology, and psychotherapy. In this episode, we examine the role of clinical hypnosis for the treatment of trauma, chronic pain, anxiety and more. Dr. Spiegel explains how to determine your level of ‘hypnotizability’ and provides case studies of incredible successes with hypnosis to treat a variety of ailments. We also discuss how breathing, vision and directed mental focus can modulate internal states and enhance performance. Additionally, we discuss how the adoption of self-hypnosis techniques can reduce stress and enhance sleep in anyone. Dr. Spiegel teaches us how hypnosis works at the neural circuit level to enhance cognitive flexibility. Throughout the episode, Dr. Spiegel summarizes key clinical trials and peer-reviewed findings and resources to work with a trained clinical professional or to do guided self-hypnosis."]

Huberman, Andrew and Kay Tye. "The Biology of Social Interactions and Emotions." Huberman Lab (February 5, 2024) ["In this episode, my guest is Dr. Kay Tye, PhD, Professor of Systems Neurobiology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator. We discuss the neural circuit basis of social interactions and loneliness. We also discuss how animals and people establish themselves in a group hierarchy by rank and how the brain responds to dominance and subordination. Much of our discussion relates to how social media impacts our sense of social connectedness or lack thereof. The topics covered in this episode are directly relevant to anyone interested in the neuroscience of mental health, work-life balance, abundance versus scarcity mindset, and interpersonal dynamics."]

Huberman, Andrew and Matthew Walker. "Protocols to Improve Sleep." The Huberman Lab (April 10, 2024) ["This is episode 2 of a 6-part special series on sleep with Dr. Matthew Walker, Ph.D., a professor of neuroscience and psychology and founder of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. We discuss basic and advanced tools for improving sleep and explain how sleep quality is affected by temperature, light and dark, caffeine, alcohol, cannabis, nutrition, meal timing, and different medications. Dr. Walker also provides strategies for coping with a poor night of sleep, wind-down routines, technology in the bedroom, insomnia, visualizations, and building sleep “confidence.” We also discuss the current status of sleep research for developing advanced techniques to optimize sleep. This episode provides numerous zero-cost behavioral protocols for improving sleep quality and restorative power, which can benefit daytime mood, energy, performance, and overall health."]

Rutger Bregman: History/Economics/Ethics (Shooting Azimuths)

Bregman, Rutger. "Rutger Bregman's Utopias, and Mine." The Ezra Klein Show (July 22, 2019) ["Universal basic income. A 15-hour work week. Open borders. These ideas may strike you as crazy, fantastical, maybe even utopian... but that’s exactly the point. My guest today is Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, whose book Utopia for Realists is not only about utopian visions but about the importance of utopian thinking. Imagining utopia, he writes, “isn’t an attempt to predict the future. It’s an attempt to unlock the future. To fling open the windows of our minds.” He’s right. And so this isn’t just a conversation about his utopia, or mine. It’s a conversation about how to think like a utopian, and why doing so matter most when the days feel particularly dystopic."]

---. "Utopia for Realists." Panpsycast #56 (March 10, 2019) ["Rutger Bregman is a historian and author, best known for his bestselling book, Utopia for Realists: and how we can get there. Arguing for new utopian ideas such as a fifteen-hour work week and universal basic income, Utopia for Realists has been translated into over 30 different languages, making headlines and sparking movements across the world. ... At best, Bregman provides us with a desirable and achievable vision of human progress; a world with no borders, 15-hour work weeks and a universal basic income for everybody. At worst, Bregman wakes us up from our dogmatic slumber, encouraging us to ask important questions about 21st-century life. In his own words: “Why have we been working harder and harder since the 1980s despite being richer than ever? Why are millions of people still living in poverty when we are more than rich enough to put an end to it once and for all? And why is more than 60% of your income dependent on the country where you just so happen to have been born?”"]

Bregman, Rutger and Rebecca Solnit. "When Things Fall Apart." Throughline (January 26, 2023) ["Climate change, political unrest, random violence - Western society can often feel like what the filmmaker Warner Herzog calls, "a thin layer of ice on top of an ocean of chaos and darkness." In the United States, polls indicate that many people believe that law and order is the only thing protecting us from the savagery of our neighbors, that the fundamental nature of humanity is competition and struggle. This idea is often called "veneer theory." But is this idea rooted in historical reality? Is this actually what happens when societies face disasters? Are we always on the cusp of brutality?" Rutger Bregman is the author of Humankind: A Hopeful History (2020) and Rebecca Solnit is the author of A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster (2010)]

Monday, January 23, 2023

Psycho (USA: Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)


Psycho (USA: Alfred Hitchcock, 1960: 109 mins)

Andrews, Nigel. "Psycho analysis: Released fifty years ago, Alfred Hitchcock's throwaway horror film tore down the shower curtain and changed cinema history." Financial Times (March 19, 2010)

Byrne, Joseph. "The Male Gaze in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho." ENGL 245: Film, Form, and Culture (October 14, 2013)

Dirk, Tim. "Psycho (1960)." Film Site (ND)

Durgnaut, Raymond. A Long Hard Look at Psycho. British Film Institute, 2010. ["Upon its release in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho divided critical opinion, with several leading film critics condemning Hitchcock's apparent encouragement of the audience's identification with the gruesome murder that lies at the heart of the film. Such antipathy did little to harm Psycho's box-office returns, and it would go on to be acknowledged as one of the greatest film thrillers, with scenes and characters that are among the most iconic in all cinema. In his illuminating study of Psycho, Raymond Durgnat provides a minute analysis of its unfolding narrative, enabling us to consider what happens to the viewer as he or she watches the film, and to think afresh about questions of spectatorship, Hollywood narrative codes, psycho-analysis, editing and shot composition. In his introduction to the new edition, Henry K. Miller presents A Long Hard Look at 'Psycho' as the culmination of Durgnat's decades-long campaign to correct what he called film studies' 'Grand Error'. In the course of expounding Durgnat's root-and-branch challenge to our inherited shibboleths about Hollywood cinema in general and Hitchcock in particular, Miller also describes the eclectic intellectual tradition to which Durgnat claimed allegiance. This band of amis inconnus, among them William Empson, Edgar Morin and Manny Farber, had at its head Durgnat's mentor Thorold Dickinson. The book's story begins in the early 1960s, when Dickinson made the long hard look the basis of his pioneering film course at the Slade School of Fine Art, and Psycho became one of its first objects."]

Insdorf, Annette. Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes. Columbia University Press, 2017. ["Your professor has a copy of this book."]

Isaacs, Bruce. "The Art of Pure Cinema: Hitchcock and His Imitators." New Books in Film (September 28, 2020) ["The Art of Pure Cinema: Hitchcock and His Imitators (Oxford University Press) is the first book-length study to examine the historical foundations and stylistic mechanics of pure cinema. Author Bruce Isaacs, Associate Professor of Film Studies and Director of the Film Studies Program at the University of Sydney, explores the potential of a philosophical and artistic approach most explicitly demonstrated by Hitchcock in his later films, beginning with Hitchcock’s contact with the European avant-garde film movement in the mid-1920s. Tracing the evolution of a philosophy of pure cinema across Hitchcock’s most experimental works – Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, and Frenzy – Isaacs rereads these works in a new and vital context. In addition to this historical account, the book presents the first examination of pure cinema as an integrated stylistics of mise en scène, montage, and sound design. The films of so-called Hitchcockian imitators like Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and Brian De Palma are also examined in light of a provocative claim: that the art of pure cinema is only fully realized after Hitchcock."]

Kuersten, Erich. "CinemArchetype #5: The Human Sacrifice." Acidemic (February 28, 2012)

LoBrutto, Vincent. "Dark Side of American Cinema: Psycho." Becoming Film Literate: The Art and Craft of Motion Pictures. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2005: 229-235. [BCTC Library: PN1994 L595 2005]

Mogg, Ken. "Great Directors: Alfred Hitchcock." Senses of Cinema #36 (July 2005)

Palmer, Julian. "Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Manipulates an Audience." (Posted on Youtube: March 16, 2016)

Pereira, Jose. "Psycho: Haunted House." (Posted on Youtube: August 8, 2014)

"Psycho: Study Guide." Film Education (1995)

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."]

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Oslo, August 31 (Norway: Joachim Trier, 2011)

  Oslo, August 31 (Norway: Joachim Trier, 2011: 95 mins)

"About Joachim Trier." The Seventh Row (Ongoing Archive)

Allen, Julien. "Oslo, August 31st: Last Embers." Reverse Shot (May 24, 2012)

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

"Joachim Trier." Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Online Resource Archive)

Weston, Hillary. "The Art Form of Memory: A Conversation with Joachim Trier." Current (April 8, 2016)

 Yoshioka, Maximillian. "Norwegian Nihilism: On Joachim Trier's Oslo August 31st. Bright Lights Film Journal #78 (November 2012)

April and the Extraordinary World (France/Belgium/Canada: Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci, 2015)


April and the Extraordinary World (France/Belgium/Canada: Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci, 2015: 105 mins)

"April and the Extraordinary World / Songs from the Second Floor." Filmspotting #585 (May 13, 2016) ["Comic artist Jacques Tardi is little known in the U.S but revered in his native France. His expressionistic, historical graphic novels are the inspiration for the new animated film APRIL & THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD, which just opened in limited release."]

Dirks, Tim. "Animated Film." Film Site (ND)

Tallerico, Brian. "April and the Extraordinary World." Roger Ebert  (March 25, 2016) 

Wilson, Shane. "April and the Extraordinary World (2015)." 366 Weird Movies (February 15, 2022)

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

The Matrix Resurrections (USA: Lana Wachowski, 2021)

 The Matrix Resurrections (USA: Lana Wachowski, 2021: 148 mins)

Because if Lana Wachowski has taught us anything it's that you never know who you may live to be and who you may inspire by being - Scout Tafoya (January 9, 2022)
“The original trilogy is no less rife with queer-coded characters, no less allegorically minded, but those films’ preoccupations were in hidden desires, in dreams of ‘becoming’ something beyond what mainstream visions of the flesh could offer. Resurrections is born from a different era; its text is concerned with the matters of trans people who have lived openly as themselves long enough to have actualized those desires and develop new fears.” -- Sam Bodrojan (January 5, 2022)

Asher-Perrin, Emmet. "The Matrix: Resurrections Knows You Didn’t Listen the First Time." Tor (December 23, 2021)

Bodrojan, Sam. "The Matrix: Resurrections." Reverse Shot (January 5, 2022)

Dong, Kelly. "Hacking the Mainframe: Lana Wachowski's The Matrix Resurrections." Notebook (January 10, 2022)

Gardner, Caden Mark and Willow Catelyn Maclay. "Body Talk: Conversations on Transgender Cinema with Caden Mark Gardner: The Matrix Resurrections (Lana Wachowski, 2021)." Curtsies and Hand Grenades (January 9, 2022) 

Mulcahey, Matt. "'Often We are Communicating Without Words': DP Daniele Massaccesi on The Matrix Resurrections." Filmmaker (February 8, 2022)

Phillips, Brian. The Subversive Playfulness of the The Matrix." The Ringer (December 20, 2021)

"Popping Pills." Hammer & Camera #57 (March 24, 2022)

Tafoya, Scout. "Wake Up! - Matrix: Resurrections." (Video posted on Patreon: January 9, 2022)

Taylor, Josh. "The Matrix Resurrections." Forgetful Film Critic (December 31, 2022)

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

ENG 281 & ENG 282: Spring 2023

Exemplary Responses:

Jacob Boyers - On the Count of Three: The Representation of Men's Mental Health in Media

Heath Bulich - On the Count of Three: Reality

Heath Bulich - Inu-oh: Two Views

Emily Sutherland - Aftersun: A Parent's Strength

Kim Samples - Knock at the Cabin: Fear and Faith

Kim Samples - Everything Everywhere All at Once: In the Messiness of Life You find the Real Meaning

Kim Samples - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Dual Love Affairs and a Fight That Defies Gravity

Kelsey Durbin: The Stunt Woman

Katie Feeback - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Thrilling

Katie Feeback - EO: What is Around the Corner

Katie White - Everything Everywhere at Once: A Mind-Bending Trip

Katie White - EO: An Unassuming and Innocent Perspective

Truc Nguyen - Happening: Birth of Change

Rosa Sainato - Anais in Love: Awe-Inspiring

Rosa Sainato - Happening: Eye Opening

Jacob Montgomery - On the Count of Three: Taboo Subject's Long-Awaited Comedy

Jacob Montgomery - Art’s Transformational Potential: Inu-Oh, A Masterclass Showcase

Jacob Montgomery - Aftersun: The Challenges of Aging and Change

Jacob Montgomery - Anaïs in Love: A Glimpse Into the Complexities of Romance

Jacob Montgomery - Happening: Untimely Performances and Messages

Jacob Boyers - Inu-Oh: Cultural Creativity in Modernized Form

Jacob Boyers - Happening: The Brutal Stripping of Human Rights

Heath Bulich - Everything Everywhere All At Once: Love and Regret

Heath Bulich - Piggy: Relatable

Kim Samples - The Lure: A Strange Allure

Kim Samples - Mississippi Masala: Racism at Every Turn

Keren Mbiyavanga - Mississippi Masala: Can other ethnicities born/raised in Africa claim being African?

Katie Feeback - The Lure: Hard to Look Away

Bryce Smith - Neptune Frost: The Importance of Visuals in Film

Truc Nguyen - An Encounter With God (The Hand of God)

Tru Nguyen - Marcel the Shell with a Story

Rosa Sainato - Hand of God: Flabbergasted

Jacob Montgomery - The Hand of God: Coming-of-Age Dream Sequence

Jacob Montgomery - Marcel the Shell With Shoes On: Tear-jerker, Both Happy and Sad

Jacob Boyers - Marcel the Shell With Shoes On - Wholesome Fun Yet Serious

Heath Bulich - Baskin: Turkish Nightmare

Heath Bulich - The Wasteland: Learned Fear of All

Emily Sutherland - M3gan: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Allan Gutierrez - Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Life Through Googly Eyes

Allan Gutierrez - Medusa: The Tragedy of a Virtuous Woman

Michael Childress: Neptune Frost

Kim Samples - Neptune Frost: The Fight for and Dreams of Freedom

Kim Samples - Eating Raoul: Dominance and Insatiable Appetites

Keren Mbiyavanga - Neptune Frost: Is this a reference to modern day?

Katie Feeback - Neptune's Frost

Katie Feeback - Eating Raoul: Swinger's Nightmare

Jessica Webb - Psycho: "A Boy's Best Friend is His Mother..."

Jacey Gifford - Eating Raoul: Your Common Hypocrites

Truc Nguyen - Medusa's Revenge

Rebecca Steiner - Eating Raoul: Bland is the Furthest thing from Eating Raoul

Jacob Montgomery - Silveira's Treasures Challenge the Lord

Jacob Montgomery - You Won't Be Alone: You Won't Be Sleeping Tonight

Jacob Boyers - You Won't Be Alone: "How the Need to Belong Has Eclipsed Time."

Heath Bulich - You Won't Be Alone: Wanting What You Can't Have

Allan Gutierrez - Oslo, August 31st: The Road to Nowhere

Ryan Ogan - Psycho: Fear, Confusion, and Discomfort

Kim Samples - Psycho: Iconic

Katie Feeback - Psycho: Trailblazer

Brittney Scott-Pulliam - April and the Extraordinary World

Truc Nguyen - You Won't Be Alone: The Human Experience

Truc Nguyen - Riotsville, USA: Rough Cut of Anywhere USA

Jacob Montgomery - Oslo, August 31: Realism's Take on Mental Disorder

Jacob Montgomery - Riotsville, USA: Militarization, A Slippery Slope to Oppression

Jacob Boyers - Oslo, August 31: "The Feeling of Isolation Yet Surrounded by Many"

Jacob Boyers - Riotsville, USA: The Early Militarization of The Police Force in the United States

Heath Bulich - Oslo, August 31: Filling the Void

Alan Gutierrez - Riotsville, USA: The Blurred Lines of Civil Justice

Ryan Ogan - The Proposition: Painting a Western Hellscape

Rebecca Steiner - The Spine Chilling Tunes of The Proposition

Rebecca Steiner - Riotsville Synthetic Township was Founded on Persecution  

Parker Cornett - "The Connection Between Violence and Dirt/Filth in 'The Proposition'"

Bryce Smith - The Proposition: The Dichotomy of Savagery and Justice

Brittney Scott-Pulliam - The Proposition: Just Sad

ENG 281:

Aidan Thomas - 0 [Completed]
Bryce Smith 10 (The Proposition; April and the Extraordinary World; Psycho; Eating Raoul; Neptune Frost; Mississippi Masala; Royal Warriors; The Battle of Algiers; The Lure; Police Story) A [Completed]
Colson Cornett 8 (Psycho; Eating Raoul; Mississippi Masala; Bound; Blood Simple; Dressed to Kill; Lady Vengeance; Secret Sunshine) B [Completed]
Elizabeth Goodley 2 (Lure; The Battle of Algiers) - [Completed]
Jacey Gafford 10 (April and the Extraordinary World; Psycho; Eating Raoul; Mississippi Masala; EO)
Jessica Webb 9 (The Proposition; April and the Extraordinary World; Psycho; Eating Raoul; Neptune Frost; Mississippi Masala; Blood Simple)
Katelyn White 10 (The Proposition; Psycho; EO; Everything Everywhere at Once; The Battle of Algiers; The Hidden Fortress; Dressed to Kill)
Katie Feeback 10 (The Proposition; Psycho; Eating Raoul; Neptune Frost; The Lure; EO; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me; Police Story; Lady Vengeance) - A [Completed]
Kelsey Durbin 10 (April and the Extraordinary World; Psycho; The Stunt Woman; Bound; Secret Sunshine; Lady Vengeance; Police Story; Hidden Fortress; The Battle of Algiers; EO) A [Completed]
Keren Mbiyavanga 10 (April and the Extraordinary World; Psycho; Eating Raoul; Neptune Frost; Mississippi Masala; The Lure; The Battle of Algiers)
Kim Samples 9 (The Proposition; April and the Extraordinary World; Psycho; Eating Raoul; Neptune Frost; Mississippi Masala; The Lure; EO; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
Lidie Richards 
Marquise Harris 1 (April and the Extraordinary World) - asked to text me to discuss 2/16 (still hasn't responded 4/6)
Michael Childress 10 (The Proposition; April and the Extraordinary World; Psycho; Neptune Frost; Mississippi Masala; EO; Everything Everywhere All at Once; The Battle of Algiers; Hidden Fortress)
Mike Basso 10 (April and the Extraordinary World; The Lure; Psycho; EO; The Proposition; Eating Raoul) 
Nicholas McCann 9 (Psycho; Eating Raoul; Neptune Frost; Mississippi Masala)
Parker Cornett 7 (The Proposition; Eating Raoul; Hidden Fortress)
Rebecca Steiner 2 (The Proposition; Eating Raoul)
Ryan Ogan 8 (The Proposition; Psycho)

ENG 282:

Allan Gutierrez 7 (Riotsville, USA; Oslo, August 31; Medusa; Marcel the Shell with Shoes On; 3 credits for getting published in Film Matters) 
Emily Sutherland 8 (Marcel the Shell with Shoes On; Hand of God; Happening; Anais in Love; Aftersun; Inu-oh; On the Count of Three; The Banshees of Inisherin)
Heath Bulich 8 (Riotsville, USA; Oslo, August 31; You Won't Be Alone; Medusa; Aftersun; Everything Everywhere All At Once; Inu-oh; On the Count of Three)
Jacob Boyers 10 (Riotsville, USA; Oslo, August 31; You Won't Be Alone; Medusa; Marcel the Shell With Shoes On; The Hand of God; Happening; Inu-Oh; Dheepan) - A
Jacob Montgomery 10 (Riotsville, USA; Oslo, August 31; You Won't Be Alone; Medusa; Marcel the Shell with Shoes On; Hand of God; Happening; Anais in Love; Aftersun; Inuh-Oh) - A [Completed]
Monty Wilkinson (?)
Rebecca Steiner 2 (Riotsville, USA; Medusa)
Rosa Sainato 7 (Hand of God; Happening; Anais in Love; Aftersun; On the Count of Three; The Banshees of Inisherin; Bodies, Bodies, Bodies)
Truc Nguyen 10 (Riotsville, USA; Oslo, August 31; You Won't Be Alone; Medusa; Marcel the Shell with Shoes On; Hand of God; Happening; Anais in Love; Inu-Oh) - A [Completed]

Final Project Responses:

Bryce Smith (5 more regular responses) 4 [Lady Vengeance; Blood Simple; Hidden Fortress; Everything Everywhere all at Once] 
Brittney Scott-Pulliam (Five Wednesday BFS Films)
Colson Cornett (Five films in theaters) 5 (Dungeons and Dragons; Avatar: Way of the Water; Knock at the Cabin; Scream IV; Air) - A
Emily Sutherland (Five films in theaters) 5 (M3gan; Avatar: The Way of Water; Cocaine Bear; Scream VI; Creed III) - A
Heath Bulich (Five Contemporary Foreign Horror Films) 3 (The Wasteland; Baskin; Piggy)
Jacey Gafford (Five Films in Theaters) 5
Jacob Boyers (Visually Stunning Films)
Jacob Montgomery (5 more regular responses) 1 (On the Count of Three; Dheepan; Hit the Road; The Menu; EO) - A
Jessica Webb (5 more criterions 1990s/2000s & films in theater) 3 [Knock at the Cabin]
Katelyn White (Five Films in Theaters) 5
Katie Feeback (2023 Oscar Nominees) 3 [The Banshees of Inisherin; Glass Onion; Mrs Harris Goes to Paris; Everything Everywhere All at Once; Turning Red] - A
Kelsey Durbin (5 more criterions)  A [Party Girl; A Room with a View; Aladdin and the Magic Lamp; The Above; Brain Damage]
Keren Mbiyavanga (Choosing 5 more Criterions) 5 [Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai; Phantom Boy]
Kim Samples (Five Films in Theaters) 4 [Everything Everywhere All at Once; Knock at the Cabin; Publication of response - double credit]
Marquise Harris (Five films in theaters)
Mike Basso 1
Michael Childress (5 responses to films on my Fall Horror course) 5
Parker Cornett (5 films in theaters) 5 (Creed III; Everything Everywhere All at Once)
Rebecca Steiner ENG 281 (Criterion Horror Films)
Rebecca Steiner ENG 282 (21st Century Bildungsroman films)
Rosa Sainato (5 Tuesday Films): 5 (The Hidden Fortress; Bound; Police Story; Lady Vengeance; another film) - A
Ryan Ogan (5 Criterion 1980s SF Films) 5
Truc Nguyen (5 more Regular Responses) 5 (Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: Dheepan; The Menu; Hit the Road; EO) - A

Monday, January 9, 2023

The Proposition (Australia: John Hillcoat, 2005)


The Proposition (Australia: John Hillcoat, 2005: 104 mins)

Collins, Felicity. "History, Myth, and Allegory in Australian Cinema." Trames (2008) ["How can historical fiction tell the truth about the past? Focusing on the disciplinary boundaries between history and cultural theory, this article argues that, at moments of national crisis, historical fiction has the capacity to produce new forms of public memory and subjectivity that conventional historiography fails to recognise. This is evident in a recent cycle of Australian history films that deal with modernist, traumatic or holocaustal events stemming from the nation’s colonial past. Although historians tend to dismiss historical fictions as myth rather than history, cultural theory suggests that violent spectacle films such as The Proposition (Hillcoat 2005) can be understood as powerful allegories of historical time and modern subjectivity."]

Ebert, Roger. "The Proposition: Blood on the Saddle." Chicago Sun-Times (May 18, 2016)

Hillcoat, John, et al. "Ballad of the Wild Boys." Sight and Sound (March 2006) ["The Proposition is an intense Australian Western set in the harsh 19th-century outback. Director John Hillcoat and writer Nick Cave describe its long gestation to Nick Roddick."]

Rose, James. "The Good Son: John Hillcoat's The Proposition." Offscreen (April 30, 2008)

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Bluegrass Film Society 2023 Schedules

BCTC Newtown, Classroom Building: RM 301, 5:30 PM

Bluegrass Film Society: 2023 Tuesday Schedule (ENG 281 weekly films)

Bluegrass Film Society: 2023 Wednesday Schedule (ENG 282 weekly films)

Bluegrass Film Society: 2023 Tuesday Schedule

All of these are available on The Criterion Channel  - theme is contemporary Genre films

1/10 Western: The Proposition (Australia: John Hillcoat, 2005: 104 mins)

1/17 Animation: April and the Extraordinary World (France/Canada/Belgium: Franck Ekinci and Christian Desmares, 2015: 103 mins)

1/24 Horror:  Psycho (USA: Alfred Hitchcock, 1960: 109 mins)

1/31 Comedy:  Eating Raoul (USA: Paul Bartel, 1982: 90 mins)

2/7 Musical: Neptune Frost (USA/Rwanda: Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman, 2022: 105 mins) 

2/14 Romance: Mississippi Masala (USA: Mira Nair, 1991: 117 mins)

2/21 Fantasy: The Lure (Poland: Agnieszka Smoczyńska, 2015: 92 mins)

2/28 The Non-Human Perspective:  EO (Poland/Italy: Jerzy Skolimowski, 2022: 85 mins)

3/7 Martial Arts: Michelle Yeoh Kicks Ass! (Student choice)

3/21 War/Conflicts: The Battle of Algiers (Algeria/Italy: Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966: 121 mins)

3/28 Samurai: The Hidden Fortress (Japan: Akira Kurosawa, 1958: 126 mins) 

4/4  Thriller: Bound (USA: Lily and Lana Wachowski, 1996)

4/11 Action/Adventure: Police Story (Hong Kong: Jackie Chan, 1985: 100 mins)
Dressed to Kill (USA: Brian DePalma, 1980: 105 mins)

4/18 Crime: Lady Vengeance (South Korea: Park Chan-wook, 2005: 115 mins)

4/25 Drama: Secret Sunshine (South Korea: Lee Chang-dong, 2007: 142 mins)

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Bluegrass Film Society: 2023 Wednesday Schedule

1/11: Riotsville, USA (USA: Sierra Pettingill, 2022: 91 mins)

1/18: Oslo, August 31 (Norway: Joachim Trier, 2011: 95 mins) 
1/25: You Won't Be Alone (Serbia: Goran Stoleveski, 2022: 108 mins) 
2/1: Medusa (Brazil: Anita Rocha da Silveira, 2021: 127 mins)
2/8: Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (USA: Dean Fleisher-Camp, 2021: 90 mins)
2/15: The Hand of God (Italy: Paolo Sorrentino, 2021: 130 mins)
2/22: Happening (France: Audrey Diwan, 2021: 100 mins)

3/1: Anais in Love (France: Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet, 2021: 98 mins)

3/7: Aftersun (UK/USA: Charlotte Wells, 2022)

3/14: Spring Break
3/22: Inu-Oh (Japan/China: Masaaki Yuasa, 2021: 98 mins)
3/29: On the Count of Three (USA: Jerrod Carmichael, 2021: 86 mins
4/5: Dheepan (France: Jacques Audiard, 2015: 115 mins) and The Banshees of Inisherin (Ireland/UK/USA: Martin McDonagh, 2022: 114 mins)
4/12: Hit the Road (Iran: Panah Panahi, 2021: 91 mins) and Bodies Bodies Bodies (USA: Halina Reijn, 2022: 94 mins)
4/19: The Menu (USA: Mark Mylod, 2022: 107 mins)
4/26: EO (Poland: Jerzy Skolimowski, 2022: 86 mins)
5/3: Broker (South Korea/Japan: Hirokazu Koreeda, 2022: 129 mins)