Archive for the 'Movies' Category

At the Movies: Rags and Tatters

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014


Click Here to Read:  At the Movies:  Review Rags and Tatters, Reviewed  by Ursula Lindsey on the London Review of Books website December 17, 2013.

Asser Yassin in Ahmed Abdalla’s Rags and Tatters.

“Inside Llewyn Davis”: What’s In a Name?

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013


Click Here to Read:   ”Inside Llewyn Davis”:  What’s In a Name? By Neal Spira on his A Deeper Look Blog on the Chicago Now blogs on January 31, 2013.

Bob Dylan and Dave Van Ronk, photo by Jim Marshall (detail) from the Mayor of MacDougal Street,  Da Capo (2005).


Bipolar Disorder, ADHD and Man’s Soul

Friday, December 27th, 2013


Click Here to Read:  Bipolar Disorder, ADHD and Man’s Soul by Frances Levy on the Huffington Post website on December 27, 2013.

Animation legend Hayao Miyazaki under attack in Japan for anti-war film

Friday, December 27th, 2013


Click Here to Read:    Japanese director’s new film is a box office success but its themes, and his outspokenness, have drawn fierce criticism from nationalists by Jeremy Blum on the South China Morning Post on   August 13m  2013,


Philosophy Thursday: Stanley Cavell

Thursday, December 26th, 2013


Click Here to Read:  Must We Mean What We Say? On Stanley Cavell by Charles Petersen on the N+1 website.

Click Here to Read: Psychoanalysis and Cinema:  Moments of Letters from an Unknown Woman from the book entitled  Contesting Tears:  The Hollywood Melodrama of the Unknown Woman by Stanley Cavell on the Film and Philosophy website.

Click Here to Read:  Stanley Cavell on Wikipedia.

Google Glass Film Spotlights Crown Heights

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013


Click Here to Read and View:  Google Glass Film Spotlights Crown Heights:  A first-person look at the neighborhood’s Hasidic and West Indian communities By Lauren Schwartzberg on The Tablet website on December 23, 2013.

Mere Anarchy by Harvey Roy Greenfeld

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013


It’s still far too early in the aftermath of the lethal game which James Holmes played out in an Aurora, Colorado multiplex to get more than a shadow of a read about his motivation, his master narrative. Psychoanalysts possess a native madness to interpret – it’s in our blood. A few details have emerged about Holmes, but hardly enough to piece together a coherent picture of his inner life, or the external circumstances which might have precipitated his murderous scenario. (more…)

The Wizard of Oz: Leaving and Returning, There’s No Place Like Home

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

by H. H. Stein

For those who have not seen the film, this article includes a spoiler. (more…)

The Crime Films of Anthony Mann

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013


Click Here to Read:  The Crime Films of Anthony Mann: A comment and a conversation with the author—Part 1 By David Walsh on the World Socialist Web Site on December 18, 2013.

The Book Thief: The Nazis and the assault, then and now, on culture

Monday, December 16th, 2013


Click Here to Read:  The Book Thief: The Nazis and the assault, then and now, on culture By Joanne Laurier on the World Socialist Web Site on December 16, 2013.

The Book Theif

The Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis

Thursday, December 12th, 2013


Click Here to Read:  The Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis: The story of a struggling musician … but which one? By Fred Mazelis on the World Socialist Web Site on December 12, 2013.

Alchemist of cinema

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Click Here to Read:  Alchemist of cinema By Meena T. Pillai on The Hindu website on December 12, 2013.

Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk

Alexander Payne’s Nebraska

Friday, December 6th, 2013

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Click Here to Read: Alexander Payne’s Nebraska: How a great many people live today By Joanne Laurier on the World Socialist Web Site on December 6, 2013.

The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler

Thursday, December 5th, 2013


Click Here to Read:  The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler—how the studios suppressed films about Nazi crimes By Charles Bogle on the World Socialist Web Site on  December 5, 2013.

Carl Laemmle

The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Click Here to Read:  The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology: Hyperintellectual lecture playfully tears apart movies from within BY Devin D. O’Leary on the website,

Zizek addresses the droogs. Viddy well.

Freud’s Homes Movies

Friday, November 29th, 2013


Click Here to View: Freud’s Homes Movies on Norman Lebrecht’s Slipped Disc blog on the Arts Journal Blogs on November 28. 2013.

Dallas Buyers Club: A “cowboy” style of fighting the authorities

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013


Click Here to Read:  Dallas Buyers Club: A “cowboy” style of fighting the authorities By Joanne Laurier on the World Socialist Web Site on November 25, 2013.

Detroit Unleaded: “This is the American Dream?

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013


Click Here to Read: Detroit Unleaded: “This is the American Dream?” Also, an interview with director Rola Nashef By Joanne Laurier on the World Socialist Web Site on November 11, 2013.

Detroit Unleaded

“The Act of Killing” a documentary film reviewed by Bennett Roth

Thursday, November 7th, 2013


I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade. The Act of Killing is unprecedented in the history of cinema.” – German filmmaker Werner Herzog.

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

Voltaire (more…)

Upcoming Events at the Leo Baeck Institute

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013


Click Here to Read: Upcoming Events at the Leo Baeck Institute, including Art Exhibit and Talk on the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht Date/Time: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 6:30 PM  Location: Museum of Tolerance.