Archive for the 'Movies' Category

Alice Guy-Blaché, the First Woman Filmmaker

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Click Here to Read: Alice Guy-Blaché, the First Woman Filmmaker: Alice Guy-Blaché is recognized as the first woman filmmaker, going back to an 1896 silent short, but her career remains unsung in the history of cinema on the HyperAllergic website on June 1, 2017.

Lobby card for The Pit and the Pendulum directed by Alice Guy-Blaché (1913) (via Wikimedia).

Netflix’s War Machine

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Netflix’s War Machine: A hard-hitting attack on America’s military madness By Joanne Laurier on the World Socialist Web Site on May 30, 2017.

Brad Pitt in War Machine

A German Life: A glimpse into the Nazi inner circle

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Click Here to Read: A German Life: A glimpse into the Nazi inner circle By Bernd Reinhardt and Verena Nees on the World Socialist Web Site on May 27, 2017.

Brunhilde Pomsel in A German Life

“We” and “I” in “Don’t Think Twice”

Friday, April 28th, 2017

“We” and “I” in Don’t Think Twice by Herbert H. Stein

“Okay, a little bit of history. In 1955, a group of actors in Chicago invented the idea that improvisational theater could be an art form unto itself, not just a warm-up for other theater.”

Those are the opening words of the film, Don’t Think Twice, spoken in a woman’s voice, probably Samantha, one of the central characters in this fictional work about an improvisational group. The opening, a brief history of improvisational theater, is accompanied by scenes and spoken words from early improvisational artists, starting with The Second City, and of quick peeks at the members of the film’s fictional improv group, the Commune.

They go on to give us the fundamental rules of improvisation, which will prove crucial to the film’s central conflict.

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Seeing “Moonlight” in China by Arlene Kramer Richards

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Seeing “Moonlight” in China by Arlene Kramer Richards

San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 1

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  San Francisco International Film Festival—Part 1 By David Walsh on the World Socialist Web Site on April 26, 2017.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Click Here to Read:   The Handmaid’s Tale: It’s a terrifying dystopian drama about systemic murder and rape. It’s also somehow a pleasure to watch By Willa Paskin on the Slate.com website.

Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale.

Edward Yang’s Taipei Story (1985) depicts a city of sadness and alienation

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017


Click Here to Read:
 Edward Yang’s Taipei Story (1985) depicts a city of sadness and alienation By Fred Mazelis on the World Socialist WEB Site on April 18, 2017.

Taipei Story (1985)

The Stories of Asian American Activism in 1970s LA

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  The Stories of Asian American Activism in 1970s LA: The Chinese American Museum’s exhibition Roots uses books, posters, films, and music to examine the politicization of Asian Americans by Abe Ahn on the HyperAllergic website on March 22, 2017.

Installation view of publications in Roots: Asian American Movements in Los Angeles 1968–80s at the Chinese American Museum (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

Get Out: The horror of racism, and racialist politics

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Get Out: The horror of racism, and racialist politics By Hiram Lee on the World Socialist Web Site on March 28, 2017.

How ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ took Jessica Chastain down a rabbit hole of Jewish history

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Click Here to Read: How ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ took Jessica Chastain down a rabbit hole of Jewish history BY Naomi Pfefferman in the Jewish Journal on March 22, 2017.

Freud and Jung: A Meeting of Minds

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Freud and Jung: A Meeting of Minds: As David Cronenberg reveals he is to make a film about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, Arifa Akbar analyses the relationship between psychiatry’s biggest brains on the Independent website on February 27, 2010.

Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall: Issues bound up with a major Chinese film production By Joanne Laurier on the World Socialist Web Site on February 23, 2017.

Here’s Looking at You, Kid

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Here’s Looking at You, Kid: As the Hollywood studio classic turns 75, a ‘delightful’ new history, ‘We’ll Always Have Casablanca,’ tells all about how a bunch of Jewish refugees made a great movie about Jewish refugees escaping the Nazis By David Mikics on the Tablet Website on February 14, 2017.

Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta: A mother and daughter … and what else?

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta: A mother and daughter … and what else? By Joanne Laurier on the World Socialist Web Site on February 16, 2017.

Here’s Looking at You, Kid

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Here’s Looking at You, Kid: As the Hollywood studio classic turns 75, a ‘delightful’ new history, ‘We’ll Always Have Casablanca,’ tells all about how a bunch of Jewish refugees made a great movie about Jewish refugees escaping the Nazis By David Mikics on the Tablet website on February 14, 2017.

Steve Bannon Wanted Mel Gibson for His Movie About Nazis, Abortion, ‘Mutants’

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Steve Bannon Wanted Mel Gibson for His Movie About Nazis, Abortion, ‘Mutants’: In 11 pages, the cautionary tale about arrogant scientists tampering with divine design covers Eden, Hitler, mutants, immortality, and the ‘most radical ideology in history.’by Asawin Suebsaeng on The Daily Beast website on February 9. 2017.

Lion: A former homeless child searches for his town

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Lion: A former homeless child searches for his town By George Morley on the World Socialist Web Site on February 3, 2017.

Sunny Pawar in Lion

Austen Riggs Center February 2017 News and Events

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

February 2017 News & Events
Upcoming Events

Special Screening
An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story
February 4, 6:00 p.m.

The Erikson Institute is co-sponsoring a special advanced screening of the film An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story. The film portrays Niebuhr as the most celebrated theologian of the twentieth century and features interviews with President Jimmy Carter, Andrew Young, David Brooks, Cornell West, Susannah Heschel, and more. Following the film, there will be a (more…)

Martin Scorsese’s Silence and Ben Affleck’s Live by Night: Punishment and crime

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Martin Scorsese’s Silence and Ben Affleck’s Live by Night: Punishment and crime
By Joanne Laurier on the World Socialist website on January 20, 2017.

Silence