/109/ Bunga Goes Ballard ft. Simon Sellars

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-xsqur-d4a4e5

On Applied Ballardianism.

Is it J.G. Ballard’s world? Bunga talks Ballard with Simon Sellars, author of a new book on the great British sci-fi novelist J.G. Ballard. Urban decay, social breakdown, consumerism as social control and the Interzone. 

Opening passage is taken from Ballard’s 2000 novel ‘Super-Cannes’. 

Reading:

Applied Ballardianism, Simon Sellars, Urbanomic 

Subscribe: patreon.com/BungaCast

Excerpt: /106/ The Endless Scrolling of Cinema ft. Maren Thom

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-25psx-d23aca

On film in 2019/20. 
 
This is a sample only. For the full episode, sign up at patreon.com/BungaCast
 
We saw yet more sequilitis the past year, the endlessness and onwardness of contemporary cinema. So what were the worst films of the year and did their badness represent something wider? If 2018 saw the arrival of Trumpian cinema, what did 2019 bring? Has there been a backlash against ‘woke’ cinema criticism centred around representation? And are streaming services having an effect on how we view cinema? 

Excerpt: /87/ Berluscoming

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-qv32m-babd54

We discuss Paolo Sorrentino’s “Loro” (2018), a dreamlike cinematic depiction of Silvio Berlusconi. Does the film succeed in capturing Silvio, or does it glamourise him? What explains the appeal he had – and why was the left never able to properly dethrone him? What does it say about 2000s Italy, and its relevance to our times?
 
 
 
If you can’t find the film where you are, try this magnet link to torrent it:
 
magnet:?xt=urn:btih:920ac6bdfe5a2bb33a9a100e3032c4ba197ec2a4&dn=Loro.2018.LiMiTED.BDRip.x264-CADAVER%5BEtMovies%5D&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.openbittorrent.com%3A80&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fopen.demonii.com%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexodus.desync.com%3A6969 

/80/ CaliBunga: Tech, Drugs & Capitalist Soul

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-bsxrj-b8527f

In part five, we explore the professionalisation of friendship, by speaking to Dutch director and producer Menna Laura Meijer about her documentary on life coaching, Now Something Is Slowly Changing. The global rise of coaching seems to encapsulate many of the themes we’ve explored so far: an inward focus on the self, combined with marketisation, and bound together by ‘solutionism’ – quick fixes to deep social problems.  
 
#CaliBunga is a special multipart series on the Californian Ideology: the seemingly paradoxical hybrid of New Left and New Right ideas – the synthesis of hippies with yuppies, all tied together with the promise that technology might liberate us.
 
Thanks to UC Irvine School of Humanities for sponsoring this series.
 
Links:

Excerpt: /79/ CaliBunga: Tech, Drugs & Capitalist Soul, Pt. 4

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-tt84x-b78985

In part four, we broaden the scope, to talk about the Frankfurt School, the humanities and ‘romantic anti-capitalism’. If modernity features a battle between romanticism and rationalism, then the hippies represented an attempt to re-enchant a disillusioned world. But as that spirit was incorporated into market dynamics, it became rationalised and commodified. George and Alex sat down with Catherine Liu and Tyrus Miller (UCI Humanities and expert on Lukacs) to mull over these questions.
 
#CaliBunga is a special multipart series on the Californian Ideology: the seemingly paradoxical hybrid of New Left and New Right ideas – the synthesis of hippies with yuppies, all tied together with the promise that technology might liberate us.
 
Thanks to UC Irvine School of Humanities for sponsoring this series.
 
Subscribe for full access: patreon.com/bungacast 

/76/ CaliBunga: Tech, Drugs & Capitalist Soul, Pt. I

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-dmeqf-b544f6

Special multipart series on the Californian Ideology: the seemingly paradoxical hybrid of New Left and New Right ideas – the synthesis of hippies with yuppies, all tied together with the promise that technology might liberate us.

In part one, we talk to Richard Barbrook about the Californian Ideology today before discussing health and mental illness with the ‘States of Wellness’ group at UC Irvine (Catherine Liu, Benjamin Kruger-Robins, Michael Mahoney, Thomas Williams).

Thanks to UC Irvine School of Humanities for sponsoring this series.

Readings:

Subscribe: patreon.com/BungaCast

/63/ The Oscars Have Themselves ft. Maren Thom

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-jz285-a88b75

On the 2019 Academy Awards. Maren Thom joins us again to see what we can learn from the Oscar nominations. We debate when exactly Hollywood’s ‘end of history’ was, and take film criticism to task for its literal-minded desire for representation. Has Hollywood – like so many other liberal institutions – tried so hard to be relevant that it has made itself irrelevant? 

 

Like what we do? Consider giving us money: PATREON.COM/BUNGACAST