Graphic designer breaks films down by color

For those with an interest in film and composition (which probably describes most of our audience), this is the coolest thing you’ll see all day. Roxy Radulescu, a graphic artist from Los Angeles, started Movies in Color, a blog that breaks iconic film stills down by color. In addition to showcasing the most prominent and … Continue reading “Graphic designer breaks films down by color”

For those with an interest in film and composition (which probably describes most of our audience), this is the coolest thing you’ll see all day. Roxy Radulescu, a graphic artist from Los Angeles, started Movies in Color, a blog that breaks iconic film stills down by color.

In addition to showcasing the most prominent and notable colors in each shot, the blog also shows the light and dark tones that make up most of the image. It’s remarkable to see how some filmmakers and cinematographers work in almost monochromatic palettes, while others use certain colors sparingly to highlight different parts of the scene.

Right now there’s 7 pages of content, plus an index by cinematographer. And since the blog’s only been around since February, it’s growing rapidly fast. Bookmark this one for later if you don’t want to lose a whole afternoon to it.

Media Services at the Movies: Iron Man 3

The summer blockbuster season is here! “Media Services at the Movies” will look at what big movie is coming out this week, then offer a few movies like it from our collection. Even though AU is just entering finals season – and even though spring doesn’t end until mid-June – the first sign of summer … Continue reading “Media Services at the Movies: Iron Man 3”

The summer blockbuster season is here! “Media Services at the Movies” will look at what big movie is coming out this week, then offer a few movies like it from our collection.

Even though AU is just entering finals season – and even though spring doesn’t end until mid-June – the first sign of summer has arrived. Yes, another Marvel movie has come to roost. After last year’s massive success with The Avengers, Iron Man 3 (in theaters this Friday, May 29th) sees billionaire Tony Stark going solo. It’s the first movie in Marvel’s post-Avengers “Phase 2,” in which they hope to recapture the box office magic they reaped the first time around.

We have many (though not all) of the earlier titles in the Marvel series, as well as a number of other movies based on Marvel properties. Plus, we have Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, the first collaboration between Iron Man 3 director Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr. Take a gander at these movies before setting off to the skies once more with Tony and Pepper.

X-Men – HU DVD 1441
X2: X-Men United – HU DVD 1442
X-Men: The Last Stand – HU DVD 1443
Blade: Trinity – HU DVD 1972
Iron Man – HU DVD 2763
Iron Man 2 – HU DVD 2764
The Amazing Spider-Man – HU DVD 6493
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – HU DVD 6736
Spider-Man – HU DVD 7121
Spider-Man 2 – HU DVD 7122
Spider-Man 3 – HU DVD 7123
Blade – HU DVD 8111
Blade II – HU DVD 8112
Captain America: The First Avenger – HU DVD 10147
The Avengers – HU DVD 10501
Thor – HU DVD 10965

Sick of super heroes? 10 low-key movies to watch for this summer

Summer movie season unofficially kicks off this coming Friday with Iron Man 3. We have four months of slam-bang action and high-budget adaptations to look forward to, with a new major blockbuster coming out seemingly every week (the upcoming Iron Man–Great Gatsby–Star Trek trifecta looks like it’ll wreak havoc on the box office). But a … Continue reading “Sick of super heroes? 10 low-key movies to watch for this summer”

Summer movie season unofficially kicks off this coming Friday with Iron Man 3. We have four months of slam-bang action and high-budget adaptations to look forward to, with a new major blockbuster coming out seemingly every week (the upcoming Iron ManGreat GatsbyStar Trek trifecta looks like it’ll wreak havoc on the box office).

But a season loaded with big hits doesn’t exclude smaller films too. In fact, it might encourage people to look for something a little quieter and smaller. Entertainment news site HitFix compiled a list of 10 tinier movies coming out this summer that deserve your attention. Included are the new film from Noah Baumbach, director of The Squid and the Whale; an unusual Paul Rudd comedy with Icelandic roots; and a hit Sundance documentary about backup singers.

It’s definitely worth a read. When you’re in line to watch The Lone Ranger come July, consider looking up a local theater that’ll be showing one of these sleeper hits.

New resource: Films for Teaching School of Communications Topics

Our Media Librarian, Chris Lewis, has been hard at work on a new sources for faculty (and students!) in the School of Communication. His new subject guide, “Films/Videos for Teaching School of Communication Topics,” compiles lists of useful films on over a dozen communication topics, including political communication, public speaking, and dissident media. This is … Continue reading “New resource: Films for Teaching School of Communications Topics”

Our Media Librarian, Chris Lewis, has been hard at work on a new sources for faculty (and students!) in the School of Communication. His new subject guide, “Films/Videos for Teaching School of Communication Topics,” compiles lists of useful films on over a dozen communication topics, including political communication, public speaking, and dissident media.

This is a valuable new resource for faculty looking to add films to their courses, but it’s also useful for students who want to use films as a resource for their papers or projects. A number of SOC classes require students to watch documentaries of their choosing, and this as a great way to find a relevant movie.

If you aren’t in SOC, don’t fret: We also have a broader index of filmographies which go more in-depth about specific subjects other than communications

Hot Docs: Human Geography

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection. Human Geography: Making Sense of Planet Earth (DVD 10629) is a four-disc series that introduces the new and developing field of human geography. Human geography fuses traditional geographic studies with the social sciences, developing an understanding of how human population spreads, transfers, and … Continue reading “Hot Docs: Human Geography”

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection.

Human Geography: Making Sense of Planet Earth (DVD 10629) is a four-disc series that introduces the new and developing field of human geography. Human geography fuses traditional geographic studies with the social sciences, developing an understanding of how human population spreads, transfers, and develops in relation to space. It’s all a little confusing to wrap your head around, which is why a series like this comes in handy. At 215 minutes, Human Geography covers everything from an overview of how the field works to the nitty-gritty about economic development and culture.

Official description from container:

As the human population marches toward 10 billion people, understanding where people live, how they are connected, and how they are shaping different parts of the planet is essential. Host Dr. Alexander B. Murphy opens the door to the field of human geography, a vital perspective for making sense of the rapidly changing, increasingly interconnected world of the 21st century. He shows us that if we cannot think geographically we are bound to fail in confronting future challenges.

View a trailer on Ambrose Video’s website.

So it’s come to this: Prepare your wallets for the Music Library’s massive LP sale

Interested in collecting vinyl? Clear your calendar for this Friday. The Music Library has in the process of filtering out its LP collection, and Everything. Must. Go. From 10am–2pm on Friday, April 26th, the Music Library will be selling LPs by the bagful outside of Bender Library. The prices will go down over the course … Continue reading “So it’s come to this: Prepare your wallets for the Music Library’s massive LP sale”

Interested in collecting vinyl? Clear your calendar for this Friday. The Music Library has in the process of filtering out its LP collection, and Everything. Must. Go.

From 10am–2pm on Friday, April 26th, the Music Library will be selling LPs by the bagful outside of Bender Library. The prices will go down over the course of the day: first picks will cost $3 per bag, but by the last hour, everything is free!

$3 for a full bag of vinyl is an absolute steal. This is the sort of deal that you’d expect someone to joke about. If you’re looking for new records, this is a sale you won’t want to miss.

Forsooth! Happy Talk Like Shakespeare Day

Today is William Shakespeare’s 449th birthday, and accordingly, today is also Talk Like Shakespeare Day. This is an actual holiday that has been proclaimed in Chicago. We see no reason why it can’t be celebrated at the AU Library too. To celebrate the bard’s birthday on this most unusual but completely real holiday, consider coming … Continue reading “Forsooth! Happy Talk Like Shakespeare Day”

Today is William Shakespeare’s 449th birthday, and accordingly, today is also Talk Like Shakespeare Day. This is an actual holiday that has been proclaimed in Chicago. We see no reason why it can’t be celebrated at the AU Library too.

To celebrate the bard’s birthday on this most unusual but completely real holiday, consider coming to Media Services and watching some of Shakespeare’s plays. We have a fairly extensive collection of Shakespeare performances: we have separate Pinterest boards for his comedies, tragedies, and histories.

Barring that, you could also just watch She’s the Man (HU DVD 4379).

Movies passes available NOW: This Is the End

This Is the End is a surreal comedy film featuring celebrities, playing themselves, coming face-to-face with the apocalypse. The movie doesn’t open until June 12, 2013, but you can see it next week! We have free passes for a screening of This Is the End for Wednesday, April 24th. The film will screen at the … Continue reading “Movies passes available NOW: This Is the End”

This Is the End is a surreal comedy film featuring celebrities, playing themselves, coming face-to-face with the apocalypse. The movie doesn’t open until June 12, 2013, but you can see it next week!

We have free passes for a screening of This Is the End for Wednesday, April 24th. The film will screen at the Regal Gallery Place theater at 7pm.

Come down to Media Services for a free pass. Note that seating is on first-come first-serve basis, and having a pass is not a guarantee that you’ll get in. Show up early!

(As a disclaimer from the Media Librarian: having passes for this movie is not a guarantee that we’ll add it to our collection.)

Collection highlight: Global Lens 2012

As the academic year comes to a close, we’ve acquired an interesting film collection that’s worth a special mention. In their own words, the Global Film Initiative “promotes cross-cultural understanding through the medium of cinema.” Their board includes such esteemed filmmakers as Pedro Almodóvar and Lars von Trier. Each year, the GFI chooses a selection … Continue reading “Collection highlight: Global Lens 2012”

As the academic year comes to a close, we’ve acquired an interesting film collection that’s worth a special mention.

In their own words, the Global Film Initiative “promotes cross-cultural understanding through the medium of cinema.” Their board includes such esteemed filmmakers as Pedro Almodóvar and Lars von Trier. Each year, the GFI chooses a selection of narrative feature films from around the world for special presentation as part of their traveling Global Lens series.

This week, we added the Global Lens 2012 series to our collections. It features ten films from across the world, including Albania, Brazil, and Rwanda. If you’re interested in world cinema, these films are certainly worth a look.

(And if you’re looking for something to screen for a club or event, our copies of the films have public performance rights. Please consult with us in advance.)

We’re on Google+ now!

Hey everyone – we just opened shop over at Google+. Thanks to wonderful Google integration, our Google+ page will feature all of our wonderful blog content. If you’re subscribed to our RSS feed and will miss Google Reader once its gone, or if you’re just looking for something new to spice up your feed, add … Continue reading “We’re on Google+ now!”

Hey everyone – we just opened shop over at Google+. Thanks to wonderful Google integration, our Google+ page will feature all of our wonderful blog content.

If you’re subscribed to our RSS feed and will miss Google Reader once its gone, or if you’re just looking for something new to spice up your feed, add us to your Circle!

(This is also a test to see how the Blogger cross-posting works. Hopefully this’ll show up on Google+ too!)