Random Movie Monday — Countdown to Zero

Good morning, and happy Monday! The AU campus has begun its own countdown to finals, so it’s probably appropriate that this week’s random movie– DVD 8043 — is a countdown to nuclear armageddon. Here’s our summary: Tracing the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations … Continue reading “Random Movie Monday — Countdown to Zero”

Good morning, and happy Monday! The AU campus has begun its own countdown to finals, so it’s probably appropriate that this week’s random movie– DVD 8043 — is a countdown to nuclear armageddon. Here’s our summary:

Tracing the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. The film makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament, an issue more topical than ever as over 40 nations have the technical capacity to construct nuclear weapons.

Now if only someone could make a compelling case against finals…

Random Movie Monday — Toxic Tears

With everything in bloom all over campus, today’s random movie focuses on the nastier side of modern agriculture. DVD 10641, Toxic Tears, focuses on the effects of monoculture in India. Here’s our summary: “The Green Revolution of the mid 20th Century was aimed at greatly reducing starvation in the Third World. But the high-yielding seeds … Continue reading “Random Movie Monday — Toxic Tears”

With everything in bloom all over campus, today’s random movie focuses on the nastier side of modern agriculture. DVD 10641, Toxic Tears, focuses on the effects of monoculture in India. Here’s our summary:


“The Green Revolution of the mid 20th Century was aimed at greatly reducing starvation in the Third World. But the high-yielding seeds and mono-crops central to its success required heavy use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and water, with a higher cost than the traditional, more natural methods that were abandoned. While the Green Revolution did increase yields of grains and initially benefited farmers, the price paid proved very high in India, leading to heavy indebtedness, disharmony, environmental degradation, and thousands of suicides among farmers. Toxic Tears features farmers, local merchants, and moneylenders in the Southern Punjab region who tell their stories. Two older farmers in one village describe how farming in the past was different from today, and how their sons were forced to take more loans from banks and local moneylenders. Heavily in debt, they took their lives by drinking pesticides, and were among the 25 farmers who committed suicide in recent years in their village. One villager who continued to farm organically describes how the use of pesticides is like a drug addiction, making both farmers and the land dependent upon them, and at great cost. Dr. Vandana Shiva, noted scientist, environmentalist and winner of the Right Livelihood Award, provides additional background and commentary. She believes local moneylenders have indeed benefited, but that the main beneficiaries are the big agricultural companies who provide the seeds, pesticides and fertilizers to local middlemen, with little understanding of the impact of their decisions and products.”

Random Movie Monday — The Scientific Method

This is what Random Movie Monday is all about — digging up some obscure dvd we have in the collection. This week it’s DVD 13010, The Scientific Method. It’s a straight-up, no tricks educational video about… the scientific method. Originally released in 1996, it’s so obscure I can’t even find a trailer for it. If … Continue reading “Random Movie Monday — The Scientific Method”

This is what Random Movie Monday is all about — digging up some obscure dvd we have in the collection. This week it’s DVD 13010, The Scientific Method. It’s a straight-up, no tricks educational video about… the scientific method. Originally released in 1996, it’s so obscure I can’t even find a trailer for it.

If you ever need the scientific method explained, Media Services has you covered!

Random Movie Monday — DVD 7446

This week’s random movie is a two for one: DVD 7446 holds two silent movies, Salome and Lot in Sodom. here are our summaries for the films: Salomé: Salomé dances for King Herod and demands that the head of John the Baptist be brought to her on a platter Lot in Sodom: A lyrical interpretation … Continue reading “Random Movie Monday — DVD 7446”

This week’s random movie is a two for one: DVD 7446 holds two silent movies, Salome and Lot in Sodom. here are our summaries for the films:

Salomé: Salomé dances for King Herod and demands that the head of John the Baptist be brought to her on a platter


Lot in Sodom: A lyrical interpretation of the Biblical Old Testament story based on rhythmical arrangements of symbols rather than on chronological development of action

Salome is based off an Oscar Wilde work, but both Salome Lot in Sodom are great examples of surrealist cinema.

Random Movie Monday — Cosmopolis

Welcome back from spring break! Today’s random movie is DVD 10945, Cosmopolis. Here’s our summary: Eric Packer, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager, heads out in his tricked-out stretch limo, while remotely wagering his company’s massive fortune on a bet against the Chinese Yuan. Little does he know his perfectly ordered, doubt-free world is about to … Continue reading “Random Movie Monday — Cosmopolis”

Welcome back from spring break! Today’s random movie is DVD 10945, Cosmopolis. Here’s our summary:


Eric Packer, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager, heads out in his tricked-out stretch limo, while remotely wagering his company’s massive fortune on a bet against the Chinese Yuan. Little does he know his perfectly ordered, doubt-free world is about to implode.


…. Who actually owns stretch limos anymore?

Random Movie Monday — Martin

This week’s random DVD is DVD 9156 — Martin. This 1978 film is a weird journey through Pittsburgh and its suburbs, seen through the eyes of a young man, Martin, who believes himself to be a vampire. Martin starts out sinister, and gets more so as the film progresses, going from drugging women in order … Continue reading “Random Movie Monday — Martin”

This week’s random DVD is DVD 9156 — Martin. This 1978 film is a weird journey through Pittsburgh and its suburbs, seen through the eyes of a young man, Martin, who believes himself to be a vampire. Martin starts out sinister, and gets more so as the film progresses, going from drugging women in order to drink their blood to outright rape and possibly murder.

Horror is uh… definitely not my thing. But if it’s yours, consider checking this out.

Random Movie Monday — Billy the Kid

When the random number generator spat back DVD 5234 at me, I assumed this was going to be a documentary or biographical film about the infamous outlaw. Not so! Instead, Jennifer Venditti’s 2007 documentary follows Billy, an oddball, outsider teenager in rural Maine. The film won Best Documentary at the 2007 South by Southwest festival. … Continue reading “Random Movie Monday — Billy the Kid”

When the random number generator spat back DVD 5234 at me, I assumed this was going to be a documentary or biographical film about the infamous outlaw. Not so! Instead, Jennifer Venditti’s 2007 documentary follows Billy, an oddball, outsider teenager in rural Maine. The film won Best Documentary at the 2007 South by Southwest festival. Here’s our summary:

The story of Billy, an articulate but isolated fifteen-year-old boy trying to figure out life and death, love, and rock and roll. Billy
 wanders through a small town in Maine, trying to traverse the
 frustrating gap between imagination and reality.

The film is an intriguing look at the type of teenager you could find at almost any high school in the US, but there’s something about Billy that’s bursting with a unique energy.

Random Movie Monday — The Raw and the Cooked: A Culinary Journey Through Taiwan

Goooood morning! If you’re a fan of any of Anthony Bourdain’s shows, then you’re going to love this week’s random movie. DVD 10765, The Raw and the Cooked: A Culinary Journey Through Taiwan. Here’s our summary: Taiwan is known around the world as having one of the most diverse cuisines in Asia, and food is … Continue reading “Random Movie Monday — The Raw and the Cooked: A Culinary Journey Through Taiwan”

Goooood morning! If you’re a fan of any of Anthony Bourdain’s shows, then you’re going to love this week’s random movie. DVD 10765, The Raw and the Cooked: A Culinary Journey Through Taiwan. Here’s our summary:


Taiwan is known around the world as having one of the most diverse cuisines in Asia, and food is the foremost passion of its 23 million inhabitants. Viewers are treated to a sumptuous exploration of the island’s rich culinary traditions, and their relationship to Taiwan’s unique mix of cultures.

Taiwan is definitely on my list of places to travel, not least because of all the food options. Just watching this trailer is making my mouth water.

Random Movie Tuesday

Our random movie comes on a Tuesday this week, since your beloved admin was out with a migraine yesterday. This week’s random movie is DVD 13046– Border Radio. Here’s our summary: A low-key, semi-improvised postpunk diary, Border Radio features rocker Chris D. of the Flesh Eaters as a singer/songwriter who has stolen loot from a … Continue reading “Random Movie Tuesday”

Our random movie comes on a Tuesday this week, since your beloved admin was out with a migraine yesterday. This week’s random movie is DVD 13046– Border Radio. Here’s our summary:

A low-key, semi-improvised postpunk diary, Border Radio features rocker Chris D. of the Flesh Eaters as a singer/songwriter who has stolen loot from a club and gone missing, leaving his wife to track him down with the help of his friends.


This movie captures the essence of the DIY branch of postpunk pretty well, plus it has an amazing soundtrack. Make sure to check it out!

Random Movie Monday — People Like Us: Social Class in America

The weather this morning is downright balmy compared to the last few weeks, and the high today is supposed to be a comfortable 56 degrees Fahrenheit. Since the weather is so comfortable, I guess it makes sense that today’s random movie examines something that makes Americans very uncomfortable– social class. People Like Us: Social Class … Continue reading “Random Movie Monday — People Like Us: Social Class in America”

The weather this morning is downright balmy compared to the last few weeks, and the high today is supposed to be a comfortable 56 degrees Fahrenheit. Since the weather is so comfortable, I guess it makes sense that today’s random movie examines something that makes Americans very uncomfortable– social class.

People Like Us: Social Class in America (DVD examines exactly what it says on the tin. Here’s our description:


How do income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations, and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class? Discusses how social class plays a role in the lives of all Americans, whether they live in Park Avenue penthouses, Appalachian trailer parks, bayou houseboats or suburban gated communities. Travels across the U.S. to present stories of family traditions, class mobility, and different lifestyle choices.

Although Americans like to say that class doesn’t exist here (or at least they used to– I know a lot of millennials who would argue that there’s a definite class system), class intersects with race to create a uniquely American system. This documentary series examines that phenomenon.