Movies for Independence Day

I’m usually wary of nationalism and patriotism, especially in the current political climate, but July 4th is the one day of the year where I indulge in a bit of “Heck yeah, America!” I eat a hot dog, watch 1776, and try and find a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence to attend. This […]

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Random Movie Monday

Today’s random movie is DVD 11863 – Europe’s Secret Armies: Resisting Hitler. Here’s our summary: Europe’s secret armies is an exploration of the stories behind the resistance and partisan group that formed to fight a hated oppressor. These were civilian armies; made up of ordinary men and women left with no other option but to […]

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Random Movie Monday — Jane Eyre

I promise I didn’t rig Google’s random number generator. This week’s random movie (DVD 11799) just happens to be one of my favorite movies: Cary Fukunaga’s 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre. Here’s our summary: When orphaned governess Jane Eyre arrives at imposing Thornfield Hall, she’s intrigued by her brooding, wealthy employer, Rochester. His dark moods […]

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Remembering Franco Zeffirelli

Franco Zeffirelli, the famed director behind many a Shakespeare adaptation, died in Rome this weekend at the age of 96. His earliest days seemed to predestine him for the drama he would become celebrated for. Born out of wedlock in Florence, Italy, his mother made up his surname based on a mistranslation of a Mozart […]

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New DVDs! New DVDs!

We have a lot of American History-themed new acquisitions this week, as well as some classic sci-fi and the last of the Best Picture nominees. All of the DVDs are Home Use and free for you to rent from the library. Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (DVD 16255) Fire Song (DVD 16256) […]

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Random Movie Monday: Alucarda

It’s a beautiful day outside, so we’re here to bring you… something else. This week’s random movie is DVD 10068, Alucarda. Here’s our summary: A strange friendship develops between two young girls at a convent, Justine and Alucarda, and their relationship destroys the lives of those around them in a torrent of blood, death and […]

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Random Movie Monday — The American Fiddle Method

What better way to start off the work week than a deep dive into American Fiddle Music? That’s where this week’s random movie (DVD 509) led me, and I am so, so pleased. Here’s our summary: Fiddle teacher Brian Wicklund guides the student through the basic skills of learning the fiddle, including bow and fiddle […]

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Remembering Doris Day

Doris Day, the acclaimed and beloved actress died this past Monday, May 13th. For many people, Day is the face of post-war American cinema, and is known not only for her films, but her crooning voice. Day was born in Ohio in 1922, and was a near-professional dancer before a car accident shattered her leg. […]

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Random Movie Monday — The Nin9s

This week’s random movie is DVD 5108, The Nines. Here’s our summary: The lives of an actor, a television game show personality, and a videogame designer are intertwined, and the lines between fantasy and reality become blurred. Three linked stories that exist in distinct but overlapping parallel universes, each challenging the other’s claim to reality […]

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The Myth of Kanopy

We here at Media Services recently changed our Kanopy subscription. Before this semester, library users could watch any Kanopy film at any time, no questions asked. Though Kanopy looks (and markets itself) as the educational equivalent of Netflix or Amazon Prime, instead of paying a flat fee of x dollars/month, the library paid $150 per […]

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