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Spike Lee Shares His NYU Teaching List of 87 Essential Films Every Aspiring Director Should See
in Education, Film | July 29th, 2013
I’m sure you’ve heard by now: wealthy, successful film director Spike Lee hopes to fund his next film via a Kickstarter campaign. Yes, that’s right, he wants you to pay for his art. His campaign, perhaps needless to say, is hardly popular with the average film fan, many of whom find it hard enough scrounge up the skyrocketing prices of tickets these days. Lee has responded to his critics, but somehow I doubt his reasoning will go over well.
But we’re not here to talk about alleged crowdfunding abuses (have at it in the comments if you must). Instead, today we have for you—in the tradition of our many posts on famous teachers’ syllabi—one of Lee’s teaching tools in his role as an NYU professor. Where all of our previous posts have featured reading lists, Lee’s is a list of films, which he hands out to all of the students who take his graduate class–not required viewing, but recommended as “essential” for every aspiring director.
In the video at the top of the post, see Lee introduce the list of what he considers, “the greatest films ever made.” “If you want to be a filmmaker,” he says, “you should see these films.” The list, above and continued below, includes some of the usual critical favorites—Rashomon, Vertigo, On the Waterfront—and some pretty left field choices, like Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto.
Slate, which first published the list, notes the omission of usually revered directors like Howard Hawks, John Ford, Fritz Lang, and Yasujirō Ozu as well as the paucity—or near non-existence—of female directors (only one makes the list, the co-director of City of God). In addition to possibly ranting about, or defending, Lee’s use of Kickstarter, many of you may find yourselves quibbling over, or defending, his definition of “essential.” And so, I say again, have at it, readers!
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Thirsty rabbit, drawn by Belinda Baardsen, July 28, 2013, CO
Sadly, there are far more domestic rabbits coming into DFW area shelters than we are able to adopt out – we currently have approximately 150 domestic rabbits located in foster homes and at the Rescue. Our goal is to find them all loving families to live with, but until we do, they have the Rescue as a place to call home.
Happy rabbit, drawn by Belinda Baardsen, July 2013, CO
Why adopt a rabbit?
Rabbits are bred for everything from medical and cosmetic research, to food, to providing a child’s delight at Easter time. Over 500 domestic rabbits are surrendered at local DFW animal shelters in a given year. The majority of those surrendered are Easter gifts that the family is no longer interested in, or because the rabbit has now matured and shows unwanted behavior (which can be solved by spaying/neutering).
The fun news is that rabbits are mesmerizing companions that amaze any human willing to take the time to discover what a rabbit is: a bundle of unconditional love who provides complete joy and boundless hours of companionship and bonding.
Rabbits, bunnies, and chics are often purchased during the Christian celebration of Easter as gifts for their children. Shortly thereafter they are then dumped into local kill shelters as unwanted “pets” and are slaughtered by kill shelters just like any other unwanted/abandoned cat, or dog, and this is very sad.
First, please do not purchase a rabbit when you can adopt one from the local shelter.
Secondly, don’t adopt/purchase a rabbit unless you are committed to a life long relationship.
Thirdly, rabbits are easily trained, kept, maintained and make for very intelligent pets – indoors, and outdoors.
Fourthly, rabbits can easily live to be 8 to 12 years old.
Fifthly, rabbits should not be left running loose in your house alone unless you have rabbit proofed it. They can chew on wires, and not only hurt themselves, but accidentally cause fires, or other damage.
Sixthly, again, do not let your rabbit run around the house alone with dogs, cats, and other predator creatures, who may very well accidentally harm, or kill the rabbit, if their natural instincts are triggered.
So, with that in mind….
Have a great day, and remember that “some bunny loves you…”
Aquarius horoscope prediction: June 2013
24 May 2013 by Jessica Adams
Reshared for educational purposes
Jessica Adams, Cosmo’s psychic astrologer reveals what the stars have in store for Aquarius in June 2013…
Your emotional and spiritual legacy
How do you pass on your legacy? You can get pregnant. You can be close enough to a friend or family member to achieve godparent status. You can adopt or foster. You can commit to charity or professional projects involving younger people. You can also become the lover of a person with younger nieces and nephews, godchildren or work/charity commitments to the next generation. Your relationship brings all these younger faces closer to yours.
The New Moon in Gemini on Saturday 8th June enables you to confirm the legacy. When the Sun joins Jupiter on Wednesday 19th there is a very public moment, when you will receive the solution you need, or the growth you crave. You have until Tuesday 25th June to follow up. This is a grand finale for Jupiter in the last stages of his cycle in Gemini.
As you read this you know exactly what the most likely outcome is. However Jupiter has a funny way of manifesting the great Patric Walker/John Lennon quote – ‘Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans.’ Of course you have been fuelling this situation for months, as your emotional and spiritual legacy to the next generation is precious and important – and you always knew it would work for you. What you had not factored in was June 2013, though – when Jupiter will hurl some thunderbolts that even you hadn’t expected. The most fertile and abundant situation in years follows soon after so enjoy your place in the sun.
Relief at last – work eases up
Be you professional, student or volunteer – your role has seldom been as challenging as it’s felt this year. Blame Saturn’s cycle, but enjoy the relief that is coming. Jupiter enters your zone of lifestyle, daily routine and ritualised workload in the final week of June. This is a massive break. Saturn is Jupiter’s father. Jupiter replaced him, in time. And this cycle, starting now, shows you just how much easier the rest of 2013 is going to be. Of course it’s still challenging, but for the first time you have hope. And people power. And resources. What’s not to say ‘Aaah’ over?
If you really want to move on particular projects and plans, the path is being cleared and between August and Christmas you could be in a much better situation on a daily basis. The technology may be there to support you or the people are right – the project or position rocks your world too. Just remember, Mercury is shadow retrograde so you may prefer to have Plan B or alternatives – or even wait until August to fully commit. The outlook is excellent but there may be a wobbly situation if you rush it; try to either read the fine print or have some back-ups available. Things are looking up hugely from June, but if you are signing or in negotiations before August, especially with the media, web-based organisations, computers, transport, education, telephones, publishing and so on – (ruled by Mercury) allow for news or ‘commitments’ which may change shape after Monday 10th June. Do prepare for a wobbly take-off until Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods, can safely assist you. But do have high hopes. It’s only right that you do. The son has entered your workload zone to challenge and eventually replace his father – and educate him too. A tough cycle is breaking up. There will be relief and release.
Former, current, potential partners
You’ll have co-operation and collaboration with this man or woman, as Venus moves into Leo from Thursday 27th June and it’s clearly about the two of you, not just a solo act. You two could become so much closer and as Venus is a very traditional Roman goddess, there may be a fairly old-fashioned trajectory. A lot of balancing and evaluation. A lot of emphasis on the wardrobe or the way someone uses perfume or cologne. And of course, the constant potential for jealousy or seething passion!
The conjunction from Venus to Ceres in Leo on Sunday 30th June lets you know that a fair balancing act for all those involved is necessary. Nobody likes giving up, giving in or letting go but it will be required as July comes closer.
Ceres is the goddess whose daughter was taken by Pluto. She went on strike until Jupiter brought her daughter back – for half the time. Symbolically, the situation with your former, current or potential partner from the very end of June, mimics this cycle of loss, withdrawal and ultimate agreement. He, she or you may manifest it, but as Venus has also been hanging around in your zone of love, sex and commitment – this is going to feel like a myth all by itself. A real Roman saga. The key to successful handling of the Ceres cycle is to do your level best to assist a process of negotiation and reconciliation in which there has to be a rigorous level of justice and fairness, as the players will all want their ownership/rights/power/control and there has to be some kind of win-win in order for anything to hang together. As July comes closer, this strongly applies to the man or woman at the core of your emotional life.
If an enemy or rival received more of your energy in 2012 and 2013 then you can apply all of the above to this person. There has to be a new way to make this work – or else.
Your alternative financial reality
Ah, the great escape. No longer bound by the usual boring, dull and mundane rules that have governed the way you earn, own , owe or donate money for years – instead you are exploring. It’s rather like deep sea diving. Nobody else can really see or touch what is going on, but for you it’s the ultimate way off the ‘normal’ planet. It’s just that your little trip is manifesting through a sum of money, an apartment, a house, a business, a charity or some precious possessions. Neptune can feel magical, like Mickey Mouse’s wand over Disneyland. Of course it’s about as real as a cartoon, too. But what’s not to enjoy about going technicolour (even gloriously technicolour) as Neptune trines Saturn?