Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Resources for January 17, 2017

Blakeslee, David, et al. "Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night." Criterion Cast #175 (August 29, 2016) ["After fifteen films that received mostly local acclaim, the 1955 comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende) at last ushered in an international audience for Ingmar Bergman. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, four men and four women attempt to navigate the laws of attraction. During a weekend in the country, the women collude to force the men’s hands in matters of the heart, exposing their pretensions and insecurities along the way. Chock-full of flirtatious propositions and sharp witticisms delivered by such Swedish screen legends as Gunnar Björnstrand and Harriet Andersson, Smiles of a Summer Night is one of cinema’s great erotic comedies."]

Broeren, Joost and Sander Spies. "Cutting the Edge: Freedom in Framing." Filmkrant (Posted on Vimeo: 2016)

Camia, Giovanni Marchini. "How to Teach Cinema." Keyframe (January 14, 2017) ["Because our children are being stabbed through their souls by insipid tentpoles."]

Francis, Marc. "Splitting the difference: On the queer-feminist divide in Scarlett Johansson’s recent body politics." Jump Cut #57 (Fall 2016)

Gordon-Reed, Annette. "The Captive Aliens Who Remain Our Shame." The New York Review of Books (January 19, 2017)

Harper, Dan. "The Taste of Greasepaint: On Bergman’s Sawdust and Tinsel and Ozu’s Floating Weeds." Bright Lights Film Journal (April 24, 2014) ["The Bergman film is much darker, and examines – with sadistic, Strindbergian zeal – the cruelties that men and women inflict on one other when love is distorted by power. The Ozu film is deceptively comic, and looks at how utterly lost men and women become when their families disintegrate. But the odd resemblance between the films remains intriguing."]

Longworth, Karina. "Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: The Middle Years (Mildred Pierce to Johnny Guitar)." You Must Remember This (August 29, 2016) ["Joan Crawford struggled through what she called her “middle years,” the period during her 40s before she remade herself from aging, slumping MGM deadweight into a fleet, journeywoman powerhouse who starred in some of the most interesting films about adult womanhood of the 1940s and 1950s. That revival began with Mildred Pierce (for which Crawford won her only Oscar), and included a number of films, such as Daisy Kenyon and Johnny Guitar, directed by men who would later be upheld as auteurs, subversively making personal art within the commercial industry of Hollywood."]

McCrary, Micah. "“My Story Doesn’t Begin When I Was Born”: Micah McCrary Interviews José Orduña." Los Angeles Review of Books (January 14, 2017)

Young, Alexandra Leigh. "The Girl Who Didn't Exist." Radiolab (August 29, 2016) ["Alecia Faith Pennington was born at home, homeschooled, and never visited a dentist or a hospital. By both chance and design she is completely invisible in the eyes of the state. We follow Faith as she struggles to free herself from one restrictive world only to find that she is trapped in another. In her journey to prove her American citizenship she attempts to answer the age-old question: who am I?"]

ENG 282 Letterboxd Profiles: Spring 2017

Mandie Garcia

Hannah Bowman

David Abraham

Ryan Rivard (1) [Ex Machina; ]

Saturday, January 14, 2017

ENG 282: Spring 2017 Resources

Bluegrass Film Society (BFS screenings for extra credit and response opportunity)

Dirks, Tim. Film Genres: Origins and Types Film Site (Collection of Archives/Posts)
Lenos, Melissa and Michael Ryan.  An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film. Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. [Course book]

Letterboxd [If you choose to write response to a film we have screened in class, you have until the end of the following Tuesday (midnight) to write and post it.  This is to keep you from trying to write all your posts at the end-of-the-semester.  You, of course, can write responses on the films that are a part of the BFS film series and I will provide an ongoing list of films in local theaters that are available for responses.  You are limited to no more than two responses a week (once again I do not want you trying to cram a whole bunch of rushed responses at the end-of-the-semester).]

Yale Film Studies: Film Analysis Web Site 2.0


Course films:

Ex Machina (UK: Alex Garland, 2015: 108 mins)

Optional films in local theaters and the Bluegrass Film Society (response opportunities):

Bluegrass Film Society: Spring 2017 Schedule (click on links for location/date/time)

Fences (USA: Denzel Washington, 2016)

La La Land (USA: Damien Chazelle, 2016)

Manchester by the Sea (USA: Kenneth Lonergan, 2016)

Moonlight (USA: Barry Jenkins, 2016)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Mommy (Canada: Xavier Dolan, 2014)

Mommy (Canada: Xavier Dolan, 2014: 139 mins)

Bradshaw, Peter. "Mommy - Outrageous and Brilliant, a Daytime Soap from Hell." The Guardian (March 19, 2015)

Broeren, Joost and Sander Spies. "Cutting the Edge: Freedom in Framing." Filmkrant (Posted on Vimeo: 2016)

Dolan, Xavier. "Mommy." The Close-Up (2015)

Galibert-Laîné, Chloé. "Why Framing Matters in Movies." Fandor (Posted on Youtube: December 30, 2015)

Heron, Christopher. "Xavier Dolan: Exercices de style." The Seventh Art (ND)

Kenny, Glen. "Mommy." Roger Ebert (January 23, 2015)

Kohn, Eric. "Cannes Review: Is Xavier Dolan's Mommy His Best Film." IndieWire (May 21, 2014)

Mommy Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Nayman, Adam. "Imaginary Love: Xavier Dolan's Mommy." Cinema Scope #60 (2014)

Rosso, Jason Di. "Mommy." Final Cut (April 10, 2015)

Salah, Jaylan. "Xavier Dolan and Revolutionizing Sexuality on the Big Screen: A Feminist Critical Analysis of Xavier Dolan’s Cinema." Synchronized Chaos (February 1, 2016) 

The Seventh Art. "Xavier Dolan." (Posted on Youtube: January 5, 2015)

Resources for January 13, 2017

Bukatman, Scott. "Some Came Running." The Cinephiliacs #84 (August 28, 2016) ["Criticism is often described as an act of interpretation—explaining how or why a film works. But the act of cinema at its most basic level is an experience of image, sound, bodies, gestures, materiality, and everything in between. Stanford Professor Scott Bukatman has explored that experiential level of art in all of its forms from high to low. Scott and Peter cross boundaries of genre and time to discuss post-modern science fiction and its most abstract moments, performative bodies that explained our new technological moment, and even gravitational expectations in the new digital landscape. They also discuss cinema's closest (and often problematic) cousin, the comic book, alongside Scott's new exploration of Hellboy and how the act of reading itself can (and should) be reconsidered in the act of discussing a text. Finally, the two dive deep on Vincent Minnelli's Some Came Running, and truly ask what is it that makes a performance, especially in a melodrama in which the art of acting is key to everything."]

Douglas, Timothy and Sandra Shannon. "August Wilson and Fences." Radio West (January 11, 2017) ["August Wilson, one of the great American playwrights … period. That doesn’t need the qualifier that he was a black playwright. But his plays were about the black experience in this country, and one of his masterpieces was Fences. Denzel Washington’s film version is now in theaters, and the stage version has just opened at Pioneer Theatre Company. We’re taking the opportunity to talk about the heart breaking beauty of August Wilson’s work."]

Gorman, Steve. "U.S. Lists a Bumble Bee Species as Endangered for First Time." Scientific American (January 11, 2017)

Johnson, Steve. "Hollywood Daedalus: The Robert Wise of Audrey Rose." Bright Lights Film Journal (April 25, 2014)

Messina, Chris. "Live By Night." The Treatment (January 11, 2017) ["As an acting fan, Chris Messina is especially fond of actor/directors. He reunites with director Ben Affleck in Live by Night, channeling Goodfellas while playing prohibition era gangster Dion Bartolo. Messina reflects on Ben Affleck's ability to quickly transition from actor to director when filming a scene and the way casting sets the foundation of acting quality within a film."]

Nimoy, Adam. "For the Love of Spock." The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy (August 16, 2016)

Raboteau, Albert. "Fannie Lou Hamer and Thomas Merton." Against the Grain (January 11, 2017)
["Fannie Lou Hamer and Thomas Merton were both, as Albert Raboteau puts it, religious radicals. Hamer became an outspoken advocate for racial and social justice; she risked her life to secure voting rights and political equality for African Americans. Thomas Merton was a Catholic contemplative who spoke out forcefully against racism, militarism, and rampant consumerism. Albert Raboteau, American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals and Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice Princeton University Press, 2016."]

Riesman, Abraham. "The Vulture Transcript: Alfonso Cuarón on Children of Men." Vulture (January 6, 2017)

Rosen, Jay. "Plagiarism charges against Monica Crowley put her publishing house on stage." Press Think (January 7, 2017)

Stevens, Brad. "Emotion Pictures; Story may be the least important thing in Hou Hsiao-hsien's Millennium Mambo." Keyframe (January 11, 2017)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Resources for January 11, 2016

Abbott, Lisa and Richard Becker. "Protests Erupt in Kentucky After GOP Supermajority Passes Extreme Anti-Choice, Anti-Union Bills." Democracy Now (January 9, 2017) ["In Kentucky, hundreds of demonstrators packed into the Capitol building Saturday to protest the state Legislature’s passage of a slew of controversial bills, including an anti-union "right-to-work" law and extreme anti-choice legislation that bans abortions after 20 weeks and requires a woman to have an ultrasound before having an abortion. The surprise emergency legislative session Saturday came after Republicans seized a supermajority in the House of Representatives, giving the Republicans control of the House, the Senate and the governorship for the first time in Kentucky state history. On Saturday, the Legislature also repealed a law that had guaranteed higher wages for workers on publicly financed construction projects. We go to Louisville, Kentucky, for an update from Richard Becker, a union organizer with Service Employees International Union, and we speak with Lisa Abbott, a community organizer with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth."]

Bell, Nicholas and Erik McClanahan. "Female Prisoner Scorpion." The Playlist (August 26, 2016)

Betancourt, Michael. "Pablo Ferro’s Title Montage for Bullitt (1968): The Criminality Beneath the Surface of Civil Society." Bright Lights Film Journal (April 29, 2014)

Conrath, Ryan. "Interview: Editor Joe Walker on 12 Years a Slave, Hunger, Shame, and More." Bright Lights Film Journal (April 30, 2014)

Laczkowski, Jim and Sergio Mims. "Nicholas Ray." Director's Club #115 (August 27, 2014)

Schnelbach, Leah. "Looking Back at Princess Mononoke after 20 Years." Tor (January 9, 2017)

Talbot, Margaret. "The Attorney Fighting Revenge Porn." The New Yorker (December 5, 2016) ["Carrie Goldberg is a pioneer in the field of sexual privacy, using the law to defend victims of hacking, leaking, and other online assaults."]

Warne, Jude. "Authenticity in Many Forms: 20th Century Women." Film International (January 4, 2017)

The Nativist from Milad Tangshir on Vimeo.

ENG 102: Spring 2017 Resources

A Clockwork Orange (UK/USA: Stanley Kubrick, 1971) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Archives of Individual Films Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Archives of the Films, By Decade, That Do Not Have an Individual Post Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Benton, Michael. Letterboxd Profile (Ongoing film viewing diary)

Digging Deeper. "Vehicles of Masculinity." (Posted on Youtube: October 26, 2015)

The Shining (USA/UK: Stanley Kubrick, 1980) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

The Stories We Tell: Quote File Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Video Essays Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)


Galibert-Laîné, Chloe. "Why Framing Matters in Movies." Fandor (Posted on Youtube: December 30, 2015)

 Heron, Christopher. "Xavier Dolan." The Seventh Art (January 5, 2015)

Lee, Kevin B. "The Tarantino Death Toll: What’s behind Quentin Tarantino’s obsession with killing?" Fandor (Posted on Youtube: December 17, 2015)

Kaneria, Rishi. "Why Props Matter." (Posted on Vimeo: November 2015)

Gill, Tighe. "Naked Lunch: Film Analysis." (Posted on Youtube: August 25, 2014)

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Manchurian Candidate (USA: John Frankenheimer, 1962)

The Manchurian Candidate (USA: John Frankenheimer, 1962: 126 mins)

Bowie, Stephen. "Great Directors: John Frankenheimer." Senses of Cinema (November 2006)

Cobb, Paul, Mark Hurne and Aaron West. "The Manchurian Candidate." Criterion Close-Up #38 (May 28, 2016)

D'Angelo, Mike. "The Manchurian Candidate (1962)." A.V. Club (October 12, 2009)

Ebert, Roger. "Great Movie: The Manchurian Candidate." Chicago Sun-Times (December 7, 2003)

Eggert, Brian. "The Manchurian Candidate (1962)." Deep Focus (July 4, 2013)

French, Phillip. "The Manchurian Candidate review – Philip French on John Frankenheimer’s near-perfect conspiracy thriller." The Guardian (March 8, 2015)

Hampton, Howard. "The Manchurian Candidate: Dread Center." Current (March 15, 2016)

Lansbury, Angela. "On the Importance of the Imagination." Current (March 17, 2016)

LoBrutto, Vincent. "The Political Thriller: The Manchurian Candidate." Becoming Film Literate: The Art and Craft of Motion Pictures. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2005: 183-189. [BCTC Library: PN1994 L595 2005]

The Manchurian Candidate Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Menand, Louis. "Brainwashed: Where The Manchurian Candidate Came From." The New Yorker (September 15, 2003)

Weston, Hillary. "Talking with Evans Frankenheimer about The Manchurian Candidate." Current (April 14, 2016)

Resources for January 9, 2017

Branch, Ashanti, et al. "Man Up." To the Best of Our Knowledge (January 8, 2017) ["Be strong, be tough, don’t cry – boys are bombarded with messages about being a man and the “male code” beginning around five or six years old. By high school, it’s second nature. But it can also be toxic. Because boys in America today aren’t doing so well. Compared to girls, they’re more likely to get diagnosed with a behavior disorder, drop out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, even kill themselves. So is that what it means to “man up”? "]

El Goro. "Le Samourai (1967) and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)." Talk Without Rhythm (January 1, 2017) ["two flicks featuring western interpretations of the Samurai code of Bushido"]

Hart, David and Chris Maynard. "Evil Dead (2013) and Acute Withdrawal." Pop Culture Case Study #167 (August 25, 2016) ["... Dave talks about acute withdrawal from drugs, particularly focusing on opioid dependence. We tie this topic in with Fede Alvarez's 2013 film, EVIL DEAD. This is just in time for his latest release, DON'T BREATHE. Dave is joined by Chris Maynard of Following Films to talk about a number of topics, including drug addiction, horror movies, remakes, and overdoing the gore!"]

Howard, Brian and Rich Moore. "Zootopia." The Treatment (December 28, 2016) ["Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore have taken a socially relevant approach with the newest Walt Disney Studios animated feature Zootopia. In the film, rabbit Judy Hopps tries to break out of her animal stereotype when she realizes it's not so easy to escape nature. Today, Howard and Moore discuss researching societal biases and racial stigmas to create the metropolitan city of Zootopia, as well as reflecting on the technological limitations in animation in recent years versus the impressive capabilities of today."]

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

Older, Malka. "Infomocracy." Midnight in Karachi #60 (August 25, 2016)

Pollard, Sam, et al. "The Handsome Family / Sam Pollard." WTF (December 1, 2016) ["Gothic folk duo The Handsome Family meet up with Marc while he's in Albuquerque to talk about American roots music, carnival sideshows, meeting your heroes, and dealing with bipolarity. But first, documentary filmmaker Sam Pollard joins Marc in the garage to talk about his new film Two Trains Runnin', a look at the summer of 1964, as history converged in unexpected ways."]

Zaborski, Artur. "War Zones are Like Corporations." Keyframe (November 17, 2016) ["Sonia Kennebeck talks about her disturbing new drone-warfare doc, NATIONAL BIRD."]

Two Trains Runnin' trailer from Avalon Films on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Resources for January 7, 2017

Arroyo, Joseph, Neil Fox and Dario Llinares. "Broken Embraces." The Cinematologists #29b (August 24, 2016)

Bromley, Patrick, et al. "Special Report: The Thing." The Projection Booth (December 23, 2016)
["Initially lambasted by critics, John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) was a brilliant adaptation of John W. Campbell's novella Who Goes There?. The film tells the story of a dozen men in Antarctica who are infiltrated by an alien shapeshifter. Interviews include authors John Kenneth Muir (The Films of John Carpenter), Jez Conolly (Devil’s Advocates: The Thing), actors Joel Polis (Fuchs), Thomas G. Waites (Windows), and cinematographer Dean Cundey."]

Cargill, Robert C. and Brian Salisbury. "One Junky Summer: The Fly." Junk Food Cinema (August 24, 2016)

Herzog, Amy. "Star Vehicle: Labor and Corporeal Traffic in Under the Skin." Jump Cut #57 (Fall 2016)

Hurne, Mark and Aaron West. "Downhill Racer and the Olympics." Criterion Close-Up #47 (August 25, 2016) ["Mark and Aaron celebrate the Summer Olympics by exploring Downhill Racer, an independent film about the Winter Olympics. We draw parallels to what is portrayed in the Michael Ritchie with the actual sporting events that take place today, including the thrills of victory and the agony of defeat. We discuss the groundbreaking cinematography, the nature of winning in an individual sport and the the enduring legacy of Sundance that began with this film."]

Nero, Dominick. "Why Do Action Heroines Do This? A signature fight move, as dubious as it is ubiquitous." Keyframe (January 5, 2017)

Olson, Dan. "The Art of Editing and Suicide Squad." Folding Ideas (Posted on Youtube: December 31, 2016)

Pattison, Michael. "A Journey to Nosferatu's Origins." Keyframe (April 29, 2014)

Williams, Terry Tempest. "The Hour of the Land." Radio West (June 1, 2016) ["... writer and naturalist Terry Tempest Williams joins Doug to discuss her latest book, The Hour of Land. It’s a paean to America’s natural parks. The parks are, Williams says, fundamental to our national identity, despite our complicated relationship with them. To mark the centennial of the National Parks Service, Williams visited 12 national parks. She wanted to better understand their relevance in the 21st century. She also wondered if they might serve to help unite our fractured country."]

Friday, January 6, 2017

Resources for January 6, 2016

"Annette Bening." WTF #769 (December 18, 2016) ["Annette Bening attributes her longevity in acting to stopping when she wanted. She talks with Marc about being able to put the brakes on her career when dealing with the responsibilities of parenting. They also talk about privacy, winning (or not winning) awards, Warren Beatty, and the many influential people Annette worked with who are no longer with us, including Garry Shandling, Mike Nichols, John Candy, and Robin Williams."]

Buder, Emily. "The 14 Most Unforgettable Scenes in 2016 Movies." No Film School (January 6, 2017)

Gores, Jared and Joe Pudas. "Rogue One." Reel Fanatics #445 (December 30, 2016)

Greenwald, Glenn. "WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived." The Intercept (January 4, 2017)

Jennings, Tom and Mike White. "Pickup on South Street." Masters of Cinema Cast #56 (December 28, 2016) ["Samuel Fuller's sensational film noir casts a steely eye at America in the dawn of the Cold War, and brings 1950s New York City alive on the screen in a manner rarely equaled in the annals of film. In one of his greatest roles, Richard Widmark plays Skip McCoy, a seasoned pickpocket who unknowingly filches some radioactive loot: microfilm of top-secret government documents. Soon after, Skip finds himself mixed up with federal agents, Commie agents, and a professional stool pigeon by the name of Moe (played by Thelma Ritter in her finest role this side of Rear Window). With its complex ideology, outrageous dialogue, and electric action sequences, Pickup on South Street crackles in a way that only a Sam Fuller movie can, and is widely considered one of the director's finest achievements."]

Richardson, Vanessa and Carter Roy. "Edward Teach 'Blackbeard.'" Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths. (January 3, 2017) ["Edward Teach or Edward Thatch, better known as Blackbeard, was a legendary pirate whose fearsome image has been romanticized since his death. Most likely born in Bristol, England, he plundered ships traveling to and from the American colonies as well as ships in the Caribbean. Although his reign of terror only lasted two years, he has become the inspiration for countless movies and books."]

Tragos, Tracy Droz. "Abortion: Stories Women Tell." Film School (August 11, 2016)  ["In 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade recognized the right of every woman in the United States to have an abortion. Since 2011, over half the states in the nation have significantly restricted access to abortions. In 2016, abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in America, especially in Missouri, where only one abortion clinic remains open, patients and their doctors must navigate a 72-hour waiting period, and each year sees more restrictions. Awarding-winning director and Missouri native Tracy Droz Tragossheds new light on the contentious issue with a focus not on the debate, but rather on the women themselves – those struggling with unplanned pregnancies, the providers who show up at clinics to give medical care, as well as the activists on both sides of the issue hoping to sway decisions and lives. Tragos’ illuminating documentary Abortion: Stories Women Tell offers an intimate window into the lives of these women through their personal stories. Some are heartbreaking and tender some are bleak and frightening; some women, on both sides of the issue, find the choice easy to make due to their own circumstances and beliefs, while others simply inform us of the strength and capacity of women to overcome and persevere through complicated and unexpected circumstances. Director and producer Tracy Droz Tragos joins us for a conversation on one of the most contentious and intractable issues facing women and her beautifully balanced, heart wrenching and moving documentary."]

"When push comes to shove." The Grammarist (January 3, 2016)