Media Services at the Movies: Star Trek Into Darkness

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. Get out of your Jeffries tube and adjust your Heisenberg compensators: it’s Star Trek season again! Four years after J. J. Abrams gave … Continue reading “Media Services at the Movies: Star Trek Into Darkness”

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.

Get out of your Jeffries tube and adjust your Heisenberg compensators: it’s Star Trek season again! Four years after J. J. Abrams gave new life to the storied but creaky space adventure franchise, the director-producer has returned with a new chapter that promises to be darker, more exciting, and possibly featuring even more fan service (Does Benedict Cumberbatch play the evil Khan? Does it matter?). But don’t boldly go just yet: early reviews indicate that the movie’s slam-bang action might’ve taken some of the heart out of the venerable series.

A number of us in Media Services are self-professed Trekkies, so we’re understandably a little excited. We have a big chunk of Star Trek‘s 47 year history in our collection. If you’ve never watched any before, make it so.

Trekkies – HU DVD 744
Star Trek: The Original Series – HU DVD 6201 – 6203
Star Trek: The Next Generation – HU DVD 6401 – 6449
Star Trek (2009) – HU DVD 7084
Star Trek: The Motion Picture – HU DVD 9731
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan – HU DVD 9732
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock – HU DVD 9733
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – HU DVD 9734
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier – HU DVD 9735
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country – HU DVD 9736
Star Trek: The Captains’ Summit – HU DVD 9737

Salute to our senior staff

Today’s the last day of the academic year, which is both exciting and sad for us. On the one hand, we’re all looking forward to the summer. But it also means we have to say goodbye to our senior student staff members who are graduating. Media Services, the New Media Center, and the AU Library … Continue reading “Salute to our senior staff”

Today’s the last day of the academic year, which is both exciting and sad for us. On the one hand, we’re all looking forward to the summer. But it also means we have to say goodbye to our senior student staff members who are graduating.

Media Services, the New Media Center, and the AU Library are nothing without the staff, and our graduating seniors have provided the highest quality of service we could ask for. A big thanks to those leaving us this week:

Media Services

  • Eliza Madden (3 1/2 years)
  • Nameir Abbas (2 1/2 years)
  • Anthony DeSalvatore (2 years)
  • Anya Crittenton (1 year)

New Media Center

  • Kady Buchanan (2 years)
  • Yi Chen (2 years)
  • Adam Curtis (1 year)

Our staff members are tremendously skilled, and based on their post-graduation plans, we have no doubt that they’ve got good things ahead. Good luck out there guys!

Media Services at the Movies: The Great Gatsby

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. Baz Luhrmann isn’t the first director to adapt The Great Gatsby for the screen, but he might be the last. Where previous film … Continue reading “Media Services at the Movies: The Great Gatsby”

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.

Baz Luhrmann isn’t the first director to adapt The Great Gatsby for the screen, but he might be the last. Where previous film versions of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great novel were criticized for their staidness, Luhrmann’s Gatsby has drawn equal parts attention and scorn for its flamboyant, colorful aesthetics (shot in 3D nonetheless). Some are now questioning if the novel is even filmable. But in a way, the Golden 20s are the perfect fit for Luhrmann: it’s all about the style.

Luhrmann’s Gatsby has us thinking about the 1920s, Prohibition, and over-the-top extravagance. If you can’t make it to the theaters this weekend, one of these movies might scratch the same itch.

Romeo + Juliet – HU DVD 75
Moulin Rouge! – HU DVD 297
Chicago – HU DVD 626
The Great Gatsby (1974) – HU DVD 722
Strictly Ballroom – HU DVD 882
Prohibition – DVD 9121 – 9123
Boardwalk Empire, Season 1 – HU DVD 9421
Boardwalk Empire, Season 2 – HU DVD 9422

Hot Docs: The Light in Her Eyes

Hot Docs highlights interesting new documentaries we’ve recently added to our collection. The Light in Her Eyes (DVD 10782) tells the fascinating story of a Muslim preacher whose school has led to more women taking active involvement in the Islamic community. The filmmaker notes that western feminism tends to be secular; in contrast, the women … Continue reading “Hot Docs: The Light in Her Eyes”

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

The Light in Her Eyes (DVD 10782) tells the fascinating story of a Muslim preacher whose school has led to more women taking active involvement in the Islamic community. The filmmaker notes that western feminism tends to be secular; in contrast, the women here use their religious education as a backbone for their own movement. It’s an interesting juxtaposition of a religion that is typically not associated with strong feminist tendencies with the burgeoning women’s movement inside it.

Official description from the film’s website:

Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, founded a Qur’an school for girls in Damascus 30 years ago.

Every summer, her female students immerse themselves in a rigorous study of Islam. A surprising cultural shift is under way—women are claiming space within the mosque.

Shot right before the uprising in Syria erupted, The Light in Her Eyes offers an extraordinary portrait of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams.

Watch Steven Soderbergh’s extra-long speech about the state of film

It looks like filmmaker Steven Soderbergh wasn’t kidding when he said he was retiring. A few day ago, Soderbergh gave a keynote speech at the San Francisco Film Festival. It was exactly as upbeat as you might expect from an auteur who left Hollywood in disillusionment. For nearly 40 minutes, Soderbergh delivered a rambling assault … Continue reading “Watch Steven Soderbergh’s extra-long speech about the state of film”

It looks like filmmaker Steven Soderbergh wasn’t kidding when he said he was retiring. A few day ago, Soderbergh gave a keynote speech at the San Francisco Film Festival. It was exactly as upbeat as you might expect from an auteur who left Hollywood in disillusionment. For nearly 40 minutes, Soderbergh delivered a rambling assault on the film industry, piracy, and other societal ills.

Thankfully, despite the requests for no video recording, the San Francisco Film Society has provided a complete video of Soderbergh’s “State of Cinema” speech. It’s sort of breathtaking to watch. If you can find the time, or even if you want to put it on in the background, it’s worth listening to one of the most prolific independent filmmakers of the era talk about what he finds wrong with the industry.