Saturday, October 22, 2016

Audition (Japan: Takashi Miike, 1999)

Audition (Japan: Takashi Miike, 1999: 115 mins)

Audition Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Bender, Philip J. "Sociological Aspects of Takashi Miike's Audition." Silver Screen Sessions (May 28, 2013)

Frazer, Bryant. "Audition: Calm Before the Storm." Deep Focus (ND)

Hyland, Robert. "A Politics of Excess: Violence and Violation in Miike Takashi’s Audition" Horror to the Extreme: Changing Boundaries in Asian Cinema. ed. Jinhee Choi & Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano. Hong Kong University, 2009: 15-37.

McGoff, Jessica. "Is Takashi Miike’s AUDITION Feminist or Exploitative?" Keyframe (May 9, 2016)

Morris, Gary. "Gore Galore: Takashi Miike's Audition." Bright Lights Film Journal (October 1, 2001)

Rivas, T.J. "The 'Dream Sequence' in Audition." FLM 110 (Westminster University: 2010)

Sato, Kuriko and Tom Mes. "Takashi Miike Interview." Midnight Eye (May 1, 2001)

Serpytyte, Agne. "Audition." Asian Cinema Blog (September 24, 2014)

Vitale, Christopher. "The Neo-Phallic Mother, Capitalism, and Takashi Miike’s Audition." Networkologies (January 30, 2010)

Wada-Marciano, Mitsuyo. "J-horror: New Media’s Impact on Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema." Horror to the Extreme: Changing Boundaries in Asian Cinema. ed. Jinhee Choi & Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano. Hong Kong University, 2009: 15-37.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Resources for October 19, 2016

Bateson, James. "Object Anyway." More Perfect (July 16, 2016) ["At the trial of James Batson in 1982, the prosecution eliminated all the black jurors from the jury pool. Batson objected, setting off a complicated discussion about jury selection that would make its way all the way up to the Supreme Court. On this episode of More Perfect, the Supreme Court ruling that was supposed to prevent race-based jury selection, but may have only made the problem worse."]
Callow, Simon. "Orson Welles." The Cinema Show (July 15, 2016) [Newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane and respected police captain Hank Quinlan, both were men tempted by darkness and both were played by Orson Welles at opposite ends of his career. Actor, writer and director Simon Callow joins Ben Rylan for an extended interview in which they unpick the many myths surrounding one of cinema’s greatest talents.]

Dargis, Manohla. "Beyond Bullets and Berets, Life in Wartime." The New York Times (October 22, 2010)

Hegedus, Chris and D.A. Pennebaker. "Unlocking the Cage." Film School (July 12, 2016) ["The latest documentary from the renowned filmmaking team of Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker (The War Room), Unlocking the Cage follows trailblazing animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. ... Given that the Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people, why not chimps? Attorney Steven Wise and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project, are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections. Supported by affidavits from primatologists around the world, Wise maintains that, based on scientific evidence, cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins and elephants have the capacity for limited personhood rights that would protect them from abuse. The filmmakers capture Wise’s progress: from the halls of academia to animal sanctuaries and zoos, and finally into the courtrooms where he makes a compelling case on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State. Unlocking the Cage captures a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Wise’s impassioned arguments. It is a provocative and intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever transform our legal system, and one man’s lifelong quest to protect “nonhuman” animals."]

"High-Rise, Demolition, Mustang, Queen of Earth." AB Film Review (July 18, 2016)

Ivins, Laura. "Collaged Gluttony in Vera Chytilová’s Daisies." A Place for Film (October 13, 2016)

Johnson, Mackenzie. "What Makes David O. Russell so David O. Russell." Film Stage (October 17, 2016)

Perper, Emily. "Present Day Witchcraft: Seven Stories About Witches." Longreads (October 17, 2016)

Scott, A.O. "Youthful Recklessness Finds Adventure on the Road in American Honey." The New York Times (September 29, 2016)

Stachiw, Chris and Sean Liang. "Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead." Kulturecast (July 15, 2016)

Zinn, Howard. Audio version of Zinn reading his Introduction to A People's History of the United States, 1492 - the Present.  (Posted on Soundcloud: 2015) ["Since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools–with its emphasis on great men in high places–to focus on the street, the home, and the workplace."]

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Revenant (USA: Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2015)

The Revenant (USA:  Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2015: 156 mins)

Barber, Nicholas. "How Good is the Revenant." BBC (January 14, 2016)

Brody, Richard. "The Suffocating Solemnity of The Revenant.” The New Yorker (January 14, 2016)

Carvajal, Nelson. "The Leonardo DiCapriOlympics: Our most athletic Oscar hopeful has spent his career going for the gold." Keyframe (January 27, 2016)

Di Rosso, Jason. "What The Revenant Says About 21st Century Cinema." The Final Cut (January 8, 2016)

Efendi, Vugar. "Iñárritu's Visual Poetry." (Posted on Vimeo: May 5, 2016)

Fernandez, Carlos Rivera. "The Revenant: Metaphysical Mastery." (Posted on Vimeo: May 2016)

Greydanus, Stephen D. "The Revenant Calls for a Criticial Christian Response." Crux (April 30, 2016)

"Hugh Glass: The Truth Behind the Revenant Legend." History Net (June 12, 2006)

Lee, Benjamin. "Man behind Leonardo DiCaprio's Revenant bear attack revealed." The Guardian (January 19, 2016)

Lee, Kevin B. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Actor." Keyframe (January 19, 2016)

---. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Cinematography." Keyframe (February 3, 2016)

---. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Director." Keyframe (February 4, 2016)

---. "Video Evidence: Oscar 2016, Best Supporting Actor." Keyframe (January 26, 2016)

Orr, Christopher. "The Revenant: Beauty and Brutality in Equal Measure." The Atlantic (January 8, 2016)

The Revenant Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

"The Revenant, Top 3 Best Shot Films of 2015." In Session Film (January 10, 2016)

Schmidlin, Charlie. "Interview: Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki Talks ‘The Revenant’, Working With Terrence Malick, Muting The Ego & Much More." The Playlist (February 10, 2016)

Sheedy, Matt. "The Revenant: A Film Review Essay (Sort of)." Religion Bulletin (February 19, 2016)

Straker, Damien. "The Revenant - Film Review/Analysis." Impulse Gamer (January 13, 2016)

Tallerico, Brian. "The Revenant." Roger Ebert (December 21, 2015)

Thomas, Leon. "An Analysis of The Revenant." (Posted on Youtube: July 14, 2016)

Williams, Tony. "Stillness in the Revenant." (Posted on Vimeo: April 2016)

The Revenant by Tarkovsky from Petrick on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Resources for October 16, 2016

Bateman, Oliver. "Being a Bumpkin: Three new books try to untangle the Gordian knot of white-trash identity." The Paris Review (October 10, 2016)

Callaghan, Ann, Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens. We're All a Little Ecosexual." Outside (October 5, 2016)

Carlin, Dan. "A Bodyguard of Lies." Common Sense #309 (September 9, 2016)  ["Secrecy, hacking, information leaks, whistle-blowers, foreign-operative propaganda pushers, disinformation, election tampering and the search for any truth in cyberspace occupy Dan's thoughts in this show."]

Lanza, Robert. "Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death." Ideas (October 4, 2016) ["Dr. Lanza provides a compelling argument for consciousness as the basis for the universe, rather than consciousness simply being its by-product."]

"Logical Fallacies." Purdue Online Writing Lab (ND)

López, Cristina Álvarez and Adrian Martin. "Roman Polanski: Cinema of Invasion." ACMI (October 13, 2016)

Monbiot, George. "Neoliberalism is Creating Loneliness. That's What's Wrenching Society Apart." The Guardian (October 12, 2016) ["Epidemics of mental illness are crushing the minds and bodies of millions. It’s time to ask where we are heading and why.]

"Prison Strike Having Major Financial Impact on California." Popular Resistance (October 12, 2016)

Romney, Jonathan. "Film of the Week: Certain Women." Film Comment (October 13, 2016)

"Silicon Valley And Police Create COINTELPRO For Tech Age." Popular Resistance (October 15, 2016)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Resources for October 13, 2016

Adalat, Haroon. "Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust Trailer: And let Beyoncé help you remember the ground it broke." Keyframe (September 4, 2016)

Barker, Tim and Heather Ann Thompson. "Prison Uprisings, From Attica to Today." Dissent (October 7, 2016)

Berret, Trevor, David Blakeslee and Pablo Knote. "The Warped World of Koreyoshi Kuragara, Pt. 2." The Eclipse Viewer #45 (July 14, 2016) ["Over the course of his varied career, Koreyoshi Kurahara made meticulous noirs, jazzy juvenile-delinquency pictures, and even nature films. His free-form approach to moviemaking was perfectly suited to the radical spirit of the 1960s, when he was one of the biggest hit makers working at the razzle-dazzle, youth-oriented Nikkatsu studios. The five films collected here hail from that era of the Japanese New Wave, and encompass breathless teen escapades, cruel crime stories, a Yukio Mishima adaptation, and even a Hollywood-inspired romantic comedy."]

Chambers, Sarah, et al. "Chicago Teachers Strike Back." Belabored #113 (September 30, 2016)

Hentoff, Nat. "The Crackin', Shakin', Beakin' Sounds." The New Yorker (October 24, 1964)  [Republished by The New Yorker in honor of Bob Dylan winning the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.]

Kempenaar, Adam and Josh Larsen. "Top 5 Films of 2016 (So Far)." Filmspotting #594 (July 15, 2016)

Nord, Liz. "Jim Jarmusch's List of 5 Must-See Movies: 'I Don't Believe in Originality.'" No Film School (October 11, 2016)

Phillips, Jordan. "The Horrors of Sensory (Dis)Ability – Disabled Power in Hush and Don’t Breathe." The Big Picture (October 7, 2016)

Sharrett, Christopher. "Son of Saul: Versions of the Irrational." Film International (July 9, 2016)

"They Came From Within the High Rise." The Feminine Critique (September 20, 2016)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Resources for October 10, 2016

Bastién, Angelica Jade. "Genre Is a Woman and She Has Fangs – On A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night." Vague Visages (June 10, 2016)

"Blue Valentine and Falling Out of Love." Pop Culture Case Study (September 1, 2016)

Coffin, Lesley. "Despite Its Flaws, Ever After Holds Up As A Magical Cinderella Story." The Mary Sue (March 16, 2015)

Dahan, Yaron. "Lost in the Jungle: Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Embrace of the Serpent." Notebook (June 20, 2016)

Denby, David. "Ida: A Film Masterpiece." The New Yorker (May 27, 2014)

Hudson, David. "Denis Villeneuve's Arrival: 'A grownup sci-fi drama that sustains fear and tension while striking affecting chords on love and loss.'" Keyframe (September 1, 2016)

---. "Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals: An 'outrageously gripping and absorbing meta mystery-thriller.'" Keyframe (September 2, 2016)

Kiefer, Jonathan. "Ways of Bergering: Tilda Swinton is pals with a great thinker about art and life, and you should be too." Keyframe (September 1, 2016)

López, Cristina Álvarez. Back to School at The Academy of Muses: Get ready for a pop quiz on the geometries of desire." Keyframe (September 2, 2016)

Spong, John Shelby. "Biblical Literalism." Radio West (September 2, 2016)  ["Retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong presents a provocative idea in his latest book. Reading the Bible literally, he says, is heresy. He bases his argument on a close reading of the Gospel of Matthew, which he argues was written by Jews for Jews. Spong says the gospel was not written as a literal account of Christ’s life, but rather as an interpretative portrait of God’s love. Spong joins us Friday to talk about biblical literalism and his uniquely progressive approach to Christianity. John Shelby Spong is the retired Episcopal Bishop of Newark. He has lectured at more than 500 universities, colleges, and theological seminaries around the world. He is the author 25 books, including his newest, Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy.]

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Resources for October 6, 2016

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."]

Einenkel, Walter. "Kentucky Republican running for office posts pictures of Obamas as chimpanzees—says he ain't racist." Daily Kos (October 5, 2016)

Hancock, James and Martin Kessler. "The Cinematic Ecstasy of Andrzej Zulawski." Wrong Reel #174 (August 28, 2016)

Hudson, David. "Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women: “It could be Reichardt’s loveliest, most effortlessly absorbing movie to date.”" Keyframe (October 3, 2016)

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

"Prometheus and Faith." Pop Culture Case Study (July 13, 2016)

Rodriguez, Miguel, Rob St. Mary and Mike White. "House." The Projection Booth #279 (July 12, 2016) ["Nobuhiko Obayashi's House (1977) is a surrealistic ghost tale from Japan that explores the dangers of domesticity and loss."]

Singer, Leah. "Why Aliens Is the Mother of Action Movies: And how a modern heroine was born." Keyframe (August 30, 2016)

Taylor, Ella. "What Should Movies Do with the Holocaust? On Denial, Miss Peregrine, and the triumph of Pan's Labyrinth." Keyframe (September 30, 2016)