New Acquisitions – August 2016

One month left in summer! Everyone panic! Well, don’t actually panic. We’re getting everything set for the fall semester, and we’re stocking up on more new acquisitions. As before, we’re in the process of replacing as many of our VHSes with DVDs as possible. But we’re also plugging other holes in our collection. We’ve added … Continue reading “New Acquisitions – August 2016”

One month left in summer! Everyone panic!

Well, don’t actually panic. We’re getting everything set for the fall semester, and we’re stocking up on more new acquisitions. As before, we’re in the process of replacing as many of our VHSes with DVDs as possible. But we’re also plugging other holes in our collection. We’ve added Hercules, A Bug’s Life, The Good Dinosaur, and Zootopia, which we think completely rounds out our collection of Disney animation.

We also want to highlight Gaming in Color, a documentary about queer experiences in gaming, and Anomalisa, an adult stop-motion film by Charlie Kaufman.

Hit the link for a list of what else is new for August…

Home Use Collection:

The Big Bang Theory, Season 4 – HU DVD 10355
The Big Bang Theory, Season 5 – HU DVD 10356
The Big Bang Theory, Season 6 – HU DVD 10357
When Bette Met Mae – HU DVD 13196
Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits: History – HU DVD 13197
History on Film: Volume 2 – HU DVD 13198
The Making of Trump – HU DVD 13199
45 Years – HU DVD 13200
Gaming in Color: A Documentary Exploring the Queer Side of Gaming – HU BLU 13201
Class Dismissed: A Film About Learning Outside of the Classroom – HU DVD 13202
Of Mice and Men – HU DVD 13216
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto – HU DVD 13217
For Your Eyes Only – HU DVD 13222
Nûba d’or et de Lumière = Nuba of Gold and Light – HU DVD 13224
Baile Mi Rey – HU DVD 13227
Rome: Power and Glory – HU DVD 13228
Ice Age: The Meltdown – HU DVD 13237
10 Cloverfield Lane – HU DVD 13238
Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center – HU DVD 13240
Hercules – HU DVD 13241
A Bug’s Life – HU DVD 13242
Everybody Wants Some!! – HU DVD 13243
Hello, My Name is Doris – HU DVD 13244
Anomalisa – HU DVD 13254
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 1 – HU DVD 13256
Hail, Caesar! – HU DVD 13258
Zootopia – HU DVD 13259
The Good Dinosaur – HU DVD 13260
Grace and Frankie, Season 1 – HU DVD 14323

In-Library Titles:

Mädchen in Uniform = Girls in Uniform – DVD 13221
The Trials of Spring – DVD 13230

Music Library DVDs:

The Turn of the Screw – MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 228
Un Ballo in Maschera – MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 238

Matt Damon in The Great Wall sadly isn’t unprecedented

Boris Karloff in The Mask of Fu Manchu Last week, a trailer debuted for Matt Damon’s new film, The Great Wall, set during the Song dynasty in China. Matt Damon basically has no business being in that movie, and the fact that he’s the star at all sadly capitalizes on how international audiences associate white … Continue reading “Matt Damon in The Great Wall sadly isn’t unprecedented”

Boris Karloff in The Mask of Fu Manchu

Last week, a trailer debuted for Matt Damon’s new film, The Great Wall, set during the Song dynasty in China. Matt Damon basically has no business being in that movie, and the fact that he’s the star at all sadly capitalizes on how international audiences associate white male action heroes with high production value.

It’s also yet another example of whitewashing in film. For as long as Hollywood has existed, white actors have been cast in non-white parts, usually to horrifying or embarrassing results. A few months back, IndieWire rounded up the twenty most egregious examples, in case you’ve forgotten the extent of this lousy tradition. It affects movies good and bad, past and present. We can look at Katharine Hepburn’s horrifyingly offensive portrayal of Jade Tan in 1944’s Dragon Seed and shake our heads in hindsight, but it’s less easy to dismiss the white casting of a real, living Indian-American man in The Social Network.

You could dismiss Damon’s new role as a byproduct of international film development, but consider how bizarre it is that America’s long, poor diversity track record in film has become the standard even for other countries. We can do better, folks.

Director Edgar Wright names is favorite 1000 movies (Yes, 1000)

Edgar Wright is one of the most distinctive, stylized directors working in film right now. If you’ve seen Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, you’ll recognize his unmistakable, kinetic energy. We’re all ears when he wants to share his thoughts on the art of filmmaking. As it turns out, Wright was happy to … Continue reading “Director Edgar Wright names is favorite 1000 movies (Yes, 1000)”

Edgar Wright is one of the most distinctive, stylized directors working in film right now. If you’ve seen Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, you’ll recognize his unmistakable, kinetic energy. We’re all ears when he wants to share his thoughts on the art of filmmaking.

As it turns out, Wright was happy to oblige. Last week, he shared a list of his favorite 1000 films, ordered chronologically from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari in 1920 to The Neon Demon from this year.

1000 films is a lot. I haven’t seen 1000 films. I couldn’t even name 1000 films. But Edgar Wright can. His list finds room for everything, from the expected big movies (Ghostbusters and Vertigo) to strange cult hits (Withnail and I and John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow II). Those odd ones are the most revealing about Wright’s taste and influences, and they’re the ones we really want to seek out.

We’d normally end a post like this with a list of some of the most interesting films on the list, but honestly, 1000 is more than we can reasonably sort through this afternoon. Dive in yourself, and we guarantee that if you’re interested in Wright, you’ll come back with a dozen movies you’ll want to watch.