Read the Music Library’s review of Minor Threat Live

Our collection has a healthy number of films about music, musicians, and the music industry, so we like to collaborate with our friends over in the Music Library to promote them. Jesse, one of the student workers in the Music Library has been reviewing some of our music DVDs; last week he wrote about our … Continue reading “Read the Music Library’s review of Minor Threat Live”

Our collection has a healthy number of films about music, musicians, and the music industry, so we like to collaborate with our friends over in the Music Library to promote them. Jesse, one of the student workers in the Music Library has been reviewing some of our music DVDs; last week he wrote about our compilation of Minor Threat performances from the 1980s in and around DC (HU DVD 4394).

We’ll let Jesse’s review speak for itself. Head over to the Music Library blog and see what he has to say about Minor Threat and the role of their show in the history of the DC hardcore punk scene.

“I’ve got good news!” Twin Peaks will triumphantly return in 2016

We usually don’t like to comment on ultra-recent entertainment news, but we make exceptions for stories as big as the return of Twin Peaks. Co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost announced today that the cult classic, which enraptured and infuriated a generation that later tried to warn everyone about Lost, will return in 2016 for … Continue reading ““I’ve got good news!” Twin Peaks will triumphantly return in 2016″

We usually don’t like to comment on ultra-recent entertainment news, but we make exceptions for stories as big as the return of Twin Peaks. Co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost announced today that the cult classic, which enraptured and infuriated a generation that later tried to warn everyone about Lost, will return in 2016 for a limited third season. Laura Palmer warned viewers at the end of the original series that they’d see her again in 25 years, and it looks like that prophecy has come to pass.

Even decades after the end of the show and the release of its equally confusing film adaptation, Twin Peaks remains a touchstone for serialized television and the template from which True Detective, The X-Files, Fringe, and many similar shows emerged. Fans and casual viewers have misgivings about the second season, which took a dip in quality after David Lynch’s departure, but any additional Twin Peaks is frankly a blessing.

Two years is a while to wait, but we figure that’s long enough to relive the original run of Twin Peaks in real-time. We have both seasons (HU DVD 1406914070) and the movie spinoff, Fire Walk with Me (HU DVD 5760). If you watch an episode ever other week, that should carry you over for a while.

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Tiananmen Square documentaries provide context for current Hong Kong protests

If you’ve paid attention to international news recently, you may be aware of the large-scale protests (and subsequent government crackdown) occurring in Hong Kong over proposed election reforms that could prevent opposition candidates from seeking office. To outside observers, the so-called “Umbrella Revolution” is turning out distressingly similarly to the events in Tiananmen Square in … Continue reading “Tiananmen Square documentaries provide context for current Hong Kong protests”

If you’ve paid attention to international news recently, you may be aware of the large-scale protests (and subsequent government crackdown) occurring in Hong Kong over proposed election reforms that could prevent opposition candidates from seeking office. To outside observers, the so-called “Umbrella Revolution” is turning out distressingly similarly to the events in Tiananmen Square in 1989. We won’t pretend to be experts on what’s happening right now, but if you wish understand the context of these protests, we want to emphasize the importance of China’s uneven history with freedom of expression.

From the famous “Democracy Wall” to the more obscene “grass mud horse,” Chinese citizens have for decades struggled to make their voices heard amidst a regime that is has repeatedly been demonstrated hostility to dissident voices. The massacre at Tiananmen Square is perhaps the most visible demonstration of the Chinese government’s clash with protestors, and many documentaries have been produced about its causes and effects.

Back in June, we posted a list of films in our collection about the events in Tiananmen Square; it is deeply troubling that this post is once again relevant. We’ve produced this list again below for your convenience. We encourage you to watch them for a greater understanding of how the current movement is another episode in China’s persistent struggle with democratic ideals.

The China Story – VHS 2280
Declassified: Tiananmen Square – Streaming video
The Gate of Heavenly Peace – DVD 10735
The Gate of Heavenly Peace: Tiananmen Square, June 4th, 1989 – Streaming video
Moving the Mountain – VHS 4590
Reform in Crisis: The Aftermath of Tiananmen – VHS 3251 no. 1
The Tank Man – DVD 2251
The Tiananmen Hostage: Fang Lizhi – Streaming video
Tragedy at Tiananmen: The Untold Story – DVD 11328