Midterms Got You Down?

Then check out these movies, which feature all kinds of limbo and liminal stages before (and after) death.

Then check out these movies, which feature all kinds of limbo and liminal stages before (and after) death.

Random Movie Monday

Happy Monday, dear readers! This week’s random movie is not a movie, but a tv show. Season Six of Oz, to be exact– DVD 15153. Here’s our summary. In this final season of Oz, Schillinger has revenge on his mind, Cyril is facing execution, Beecher is hoping for parole, and McManus is finding solace in … Continue reading “Random Movie Monday”

Happy Monday, dear readers! This week’s random movie is not a movie, but a tv show. Season Six of Oz, to be exact– DVD 15153. Here’s our summary.

In this final season of Oz, Schillinger has revenge on his mind, Cyril is facing execution, Beecher is hoping for parole, and McManus is finding solace in a meditative maze. The Oz players rehearse for their presentation of Macbeth and the final act.

The series itself is about inmates in “Oz,” a fictional state prison. It aired from 1997 to 2003.

In the Executioner’s Shadow: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

AU’s very own Richard Stack, in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States is pleased to present a screening of In the Executioner’s Shadow, in recognition of World and and Europe Against the Death Penalty Day. The screening will take place Thursday, October 10th, 2019, from 3:00 pm-5:15 pm at … Continue reading “In the Executioner’s Shadow: Film Screening and Panel Discussion”

AU’s very own Richard Stack, in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States is pleased to present a screening of In the Executioner’s Shadow, in recognition of World and and Europe Against the Death Penalty Day.

The screening will take place Thursday, October 10th, 2019, from 3:00 pm-5:15 pm at the Kay Spiritual Life Center. There will be a reception following the screening.

You can register for the screening and panel discussion here.

Random Movie Monday

Today’s random movie is a miniseries — 2013’s Bonnie & Clyde (DVD 11487). Here’s our summary: Based on the true story of Clyde Barrow, a charismatic convicted armed robber who sweeps Bonnie Parker, an impressionable, petite, small-town waitress, off her feet. The two embark on one of the most infamous bank-robbing sprees in history. The … Continue reading “Random Movie Monday”

Today’s random movie is a miniseries — 2013’s Bonnie & Clyde (DVD 11487). Here’s our summary:

Based on the true story of Clyde Barrow, a charismatic convicted armed robber who sweeps Bonnie Parker, an impressionable, petite, small-town waitress, off her feet. The two embark on one of the most infamous bank-robbing sprees in history.

The miniseries wasn’t super popular with watchers or critics, but color me intrigued by all the fun hats Holliday Granger gets to wear.

Random Movie Monday

And we’re back! We’re reaching way back in cinema history for today’s random movie, The Winning of Barbara Worth(DVD 7504). Here’s our summary: Gorgeous young Barbara Worth wants one thing– to help her adopted father turn their dusty desert town into farmland. But when a wealthy land developer is hired to build a dam and … Continue reading “Random Movie Monday”

And we’re back! We’re reaching way back in cinema history for today’s random movie, The Winning of Barbara Worth(DVD 7504). Here’s our summary:

Gorgeous young Barbara Worth wants one thing– to help her adopted father turn their dusty desert town into farmland. But when a wealthy land developer is hired to build a dam and tap the Colorado River, Barbara finds herself the object of a rivalry between her close friend and the developer’s son. As the rivalry builds, the trio discovers that the town has been swindled and the new dam isn’t reinforced, forcing the warring suitors to settle their differences in order to rescue the townspeople from a coming deluge.


This 1926 silent film also stars a very young Gary Cooper, plus some intense intense flapper eyeliner and crimped hair.

New Acquisitions

We now own the complete series of Masters of Sex! If you’re looking to ignore homework, then this tv series is an excellent way to do it. Masters of Sex Season 1 (DVD 16473) Masters of Sex Season 2 (DVD 16474) Masters of Sex Season 3 (DVD 16475) Masters of Sex Season 4 (DVD 16476)

We now own the complete series of Masters of Sex! If you’re looking to ignore homework, then this tv series is an excellent way to do it.

Masters of Sex Season 1 (DVD 16473)

Masters of Sex Season 2 (DVD 16474)

Masters of Sex Season 3 (DVD 16475)

Masters of Sex Season 4 (DVD 16476)

New Home Use DVDs

Get ’em while they’re hot, and before we close tomorrow! Racing Extinction (DVD 16298*) John Carter (DVD/BLU 16467) Europa Report (DVD 16468) Court (DVD 16469) Sickies Making Films (DVD 16470) Space Battleship Yamato (DVD/BLU 16741) The Odessa File (DVD 16742)

Get ’em while they’re hot, and before we close tomorrow!

Racing Extinction (DVD 16298*)

John Carter (DVD/BLU 16467)

Europa Report (DVD 16468)

Court (DVD 16469)

Sickies Making Films (DVD 16470)

Space Battleship Yamato (DVD/BLU 16741)

The Odessa File (DVD 16742)

D.A. Pennebaker, 1925-2019

D.A. Pennebaker, pioneer of American cinema verite and chronicler of 1960s counterculture, died this past weekend at the age of 94. Documentary filmmaking was not Pennebaker’s first career, but his formative experiences and skills uniquely prepared him to spearhead a new type of documentary filmmaking. As a young man, he studied engineering at Yale University, … Continue reading “D.A. Pennebaker, 1925-2019”

D.A. Pennebaker, pioneer of American cinema verite and chronicler of 1960s counterculture, died this past weekend at the age of 94.

Photo by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons

Documentary filmmaking was not Pennebaker’s first career, but his formative experiences and skills uniquely prepared him to spearhead a new type of documentary filmmaking. As a young man, he studied engineering at Yale University, and then went on to found Electronics Engineering, where he helped create the first computerized airline reservation system. It was only after selling the company that he turned to filmmaking, and he directed his first film, Daybreak Express, in 1953. Afterwards, he joined a filmmaking co-op and directed documentary shorts for a wide variety of clients, most notably news magazine programs. During this time, he and collaborator Robert Leacock invented one of the first portable synchronous sound cameras. With this new technology, Pennebaker was able to get up close and personal with the subjects of his documentaries.

Though he made a name for himself with short documentaries, what put Pennebaker on the map was his groundbreaking 1967 film Don’t Look Back. This film followed Bob Dylan on his 1965 British tour, and captured the musician as he transitioned from his acoustic folk routes to electric rock and roll.  It’s considered by many to be the first rock documentary, and the opening sequence the first modern music video.

Pennebaker further cemented his status as counterculture documentarian with Monterey Pop, which chronicled the 1967 Monterey Pop festival. In this film, Pennebaker captured iconic performances from Janis Joplin, Jimmi Hendrix, and the Who.

Pennebaker’s fascination with music didn’t end with the 1960s. Throughout the latter part of the 20th century, Pennebaker created documentaries around or about David Bowie, John Lennon, the Broadway musical Company, and my favorite synth-pop band Depeche Mode.

He received just one Oscar nomination in 1994 for The War Room, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. Though he didn’t win, Pennebaker became the first documentarian to receive an honorary Oscar. You can check out all of these D.A. Pennebaker titles from the Media Collection

  • Don’t Look Back (DVD 2281)
  • Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (DVD 150)
  • Primary (DVD 13485)
  • The War Room (DVD 1013)
  • Dance Black America (DVD 6024)
  • Timothy Leary’s Wedding: You’re Nobody til Somebody Loves You (Streaming)
  • Town Bloody Hall (Streaming)
  • Monterey Pop (Streaming)

Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer/Sackler

Looking for something FREE to do while avoiding the scorching temperatures? The Freer/Sacker Gallery is currently hosting its annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival. This event, which runs until August 18th, features the following films: Project Gutenberg: Sunday, August 4, 2 pm The Leakers: Friday, August 9, 7 pm Master Z: Ip Man Legacy: … Continue reading “Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer/Sackler”

Looking for something FREE to do while avoiding the scorching temperatures? The Freer/Sacker Gallery is currently hosting its annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival. This event, which runs until August 18th, features the following films:

Project Gutenberg: Sunday, August 4, 2 pm

The Leakers: Friday, August 9, 7 pm

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy: Sunday, August 11, 2 pm

Full Contact: Friday. August 16, 7 pm

Police Story: Sunday, August 18, 2 pm