Settle down for the weekend with Thanksgiving television

The officially sanctioned “holiday season” starts this Thursday with Thanksgiving. But unlike other big cultural fixations, Thanksgiving doesn’t have any classic movies associated with it. If you want the best Thanksgiving stories, you’ll usually have to turn to television. With that said, here’s a list of the Thanksgiving movies and television episodes in our college. … Continue reading “Settle down for the weekend with Thanksgiving television”

The officially sanctioned “holiday season” starts this Thursday with Thanksgiving. But unlike other big cultural fixations, Thanksgiving doesn’t have any classic movies associated with it. If you want the best Thanksgiving stories, you’ll usually have to turn to television.

With that said, here’s a list of the Thanksgiving movies and television episodes in our college. Any DVDs checked out from Media Services before the holiday weekend will be due on Monday, November 26th.

Safe travels and happy Thanksgiving!

Television

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer: “Pangs” – HU DVD 2837
The Office: “WUPHF.com” – HU DVD 4035
The Simpsons: “Bart vs. Thanksgiving” – HU DVD 6585
Seinfeld: “The Mom & Pop Store” – HU DVD 6668
The Sopranos: “He is Risen” – HU DVD 6811
South Park: “Starvin’ Marvin” – HU DVD 6952
South Park: “Helen Keller! The Musical” – HU DVD 6962
Friends: “The One Where Underdog Gets Away” – HU DVD 8502 
Friends: “The One With the List” – HU DVD 8506 
Friends: “The One With the Football” – HU DVD 8510  
Friends: “The One With Chandler in a Box” – HU DVD 8514 
Friends: “The One With All the Thanksgivings” – HU DVD 8518  
Friends: “The One Where Ross Got High” – HU DVD 8522 
Friends: “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs” – HU DVD 8526  
Friends: “The One With the Rumor” – HU DVD 8530
Friends: “The One With Rachel’s Other Sister” – HU DVD 8534
Friends: “The One With the Late Thanksgiving” – HU DVD 8538
The West Wing: “Shibboleth” – HU DVD 8859
Friday Night Lights: “Thanksgiving” – HU DVD 9016
That ’70s Show: “Thanksgiving” – HU DVD 10357, Disc 1

Film

What’s Cooking – HU DVD 251
The Ice Storm – HU DVD 4051

Streaming video

Desperate Crossing: Untold Story of the Mayflower – Streaming video

AU professor debuts documentary series on Showtime

Time for a little AU horn-tooting: a faculty member and frequent patron of Media Services got their television debut last night! American University professor Peter Kuznick has spent the past four years working with filmmaker Oliver Stone to write a new documentary TV series, Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States. The series covers … Continue reading “AU professor debuts documentary series on Showtime”

Time for a little AU horn-tooting: a faculty member and frequent patron of Media Services got their television debut last night!

American University professor Peter Kuznick has spent the past four years working with filmmaker Oliver Stone to write a new documentary TV series, Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States. The series covers 65 years of American history, offering a scathing and critical view of America’s role in the world from World War II up to present day. The series premiered last night and is already making some waves.

If you’re able to watch Showtime, do your university proud by watching an episode or two. Untold History airs Monday nights at 8 PM. You can also pick up the book companion co-written by Dr. Kuznick.

Archive.org makes three years of news searchable

The wizards of Archive.org have created another excellent streaming video tool. Just in time for all the election retrospectives and analysis to begin, the Internet Archive presents TV News Search & Borrow, a site that allows you to search through three years of major news programs and share clips with others. This is a great … Continue reading “Archive.org makes three years of news searchable”

The wizards of Archive.org have created another excellent streaming video tool. Just in time for all the election retrospectives and analysis to begin, the Internet Archive presents TV News Search & Borrow, a site that allows you to search through three years of major news programs and share clips with others. This is a great collaborative tool for quickly finding soundbites from the news for academic research… or just fun.

For instance, here’s a bit from CNN Newsroom about Romney’s famously silly “binders full of women” remark. Finding and creating the clip was as easy as setting a date range, searching for “binders full of women,” locating a good segment, and clicking the “Share” button. You can narrow your search further by network or program. For example, here’s a search for every time Comedy Central mentioned Paul Ryan.

Compared to similar transcript services offered by LexisNexis, this is incredible! Not only is it free and open for anyone to use, but you also get access to the raw video and can easily send it to others or embed it in your presentations.

Watch last-minute campaign and election movies

After what feels like two grueling years, the presidential election is finally upon us. The first polls open in about 12 hours and close in about 24. This has been a knockdown-dragout fight to the finish… but if you’re reading this, you’re probably part of the AU community, so you’ve gotta love it. If you … Continue reading “Watch last-minute campaign and election movies”

After what feels like two grueling years, the presidential election is finally upon us. The first polls open in about 12 hours and close in about 24. This has been a knockdown-dragout fight to the finish… but if you’re reading this, you’re probably part of the AU community, so you’ve gotta love it.

If you aren’t obsessively checking fivethirtyeight or the AP newswire, and if you have no pressing responsibilities (like class or a job), there are still a few hours left to get your political fix. Our Pinterest page for US political campaigns and elections has 44 documentaries and feature films about elections, from tense fictional scandals (The Ides of March, HU DVD 2884) to in-the-moment documentaries of real political wins (The War Room, HU DVD 1013). Give the list a browse and watch one that gets you fired up and ready to go.

For those on campus during election night, there will be results parties in the Ward Circle Building (Rooms 1 and 2), the SIS Founders Room, and the Tavern. The library may additionally be showing returns in The Mud Box.

Obama, Romney share television favorites

With Hurricane Sandy largely out of the way, the media now turns to the upcoming presidential election. Less than a week remains until the election, and without enough time for any more debates or major game-changing developments, the time has come for silly feature stories. TV Guide scored exclusive interviews with both President Obama and … Continue reading “Obama, Romney share television favorites”

With Hurricane Sandy largely out of the way, the media now turns to the upcoming presidential election. Less than a week remains until the election, and without enough time for any more debates or major game-changing developments, the time has come for silly feature stories.

TV Guide scored exclusive interviews with both President Obama and Governor Romney. Rather than pressing them on the economy or gender equality, TV Guide decided to figure out what their favorite television shows are. If you’d believe it, Obama is a fan of HBO dramas Boardwalk Empire and The Wire, while Romney prefers down-to-earth hits like Justified, Magnum P.I., and Friday Night Lights.

You could extrapolate some political points from the list if you wanted to analyze Obama’s choice of Homeland or Romney’s love for Modern Family, but this is really just a fun list. Also, apparently Romney is a fan of the old Transformers animated series. Who knew!

Alternative programming: Outlast Sandy with disaster movies

If you’ve looked outside in the past 12 hours, you’ve no doubt noticed the impending, massive onslaught of Hurricane Sandy. This storm could be pretty serious. The Capital Weather Gang as The Washington Post has put together a guide for how to stay safe and supplied during the storm. Check in with them for updates … Continue reading “Alternative programming: Outlast Sandy with disaster movies”

If you’ve looked outside in the past 12 hours, you’ve no doubt noticed the impending, massive onslaught of Hurricane Sandy. This storm could be pretty serious. The Capital Weather Gang as The Washington Post has put together a guide for how to stay safe and supplied during the storm. Check in with them for updates about how this storm will unfold over the next three days.

That said, if you happen to already be on or around campus, what better way to wait for the inevitable power outage than to watch a few movies? Media Services has a thin collection of disaster movies, but we have plenty of films about survival and the post-apocalypse.

The Wizard of Oz – HU DVD 666
Key Largo – HU DVD 4679
The Road – HU DVD 7217
127 Hours – HU DVD 8294
The Walking Dead: Season 1 – HU DVD 10531 (recommended purchase!)

We also have a movie about boxing called The Hurricane  (HU DVD 491).

Films and documentaries about Hurricane Katrina were intentionally omitted. If you’re looking for something more substantive and educational, consider watching PBS’s free streaming version of The Hurricane of ’38, a particularly brutal hurricane that hit the East Coast nearly a century ago.

Stay safe and dry!

Sam Raimi turns 53

Self-made director-writer-producer Sam Raimi turns 53 today. Raimi has led a storied and versatile career, starting with the breakout success of low-budget horror movie The Evil Dead. Over the course of three decades, Raimi has collaborated with the Coen brothers, produced hit television shows, and helmed the Spider-Man film franchise. On top of directing major … Continue reading “Sam Raimi turns 53”

Self-made director-writer-producer Sam Raimi turns 53 today. Raimi has led a storied and versatile career, starting with the breakout success of low-budget horror movie The Evil Dead. Over the course of three decades, Raimi has collaborated with the Coen brothers, produced hit television shows, and helmed the Spider-Man film franchise. On top of directing major Hollywood tentpole titles, he now regularly returns to his roots and produces and funds small horror movies.

Who knows what next turn Raimi’s career will take, but his filmography is diverse and exciting. Especially given the seasonal focus on horror movies, it’s worth taking time to look back at some of Raimi’s biggest films.

The Gift – HU DVD 897
The Hudsucker Proxy – HU DVD 1054
Spider-Man – HU DVD 7121
Spider-Man 2 – HU DVD 7122
Spider-Man 3 – HU DVD 7123
The Grudge – HU DVD 7779
Evil Dead – HU DVD 8141
Evil Dead II – HU DVD 8142
Drag Me to Hell – HU DVD 10122

Pinterest highlight: Horror movies

Time for some first-person editorializing for a second: I absolutely love Halloween. Sure, you have all your other seasonal holidays about togetherness, family, and patriotism, but Halloween celebrates fear. Can’t beat that. I only bring this up because patrons at Media Services seem to love Halloween too. We’re still two weeks out from the spookiest … Continue reading “Pinterest highlight: Horror movies”

Time for some first-person editorializing for a second: I absolutely love Halloween. Sure, you have all your other seasonal holidays about togetherness, family, and patriotism, but Halloween celebrates fear. Can’t beat that.

I only bring this up because patrons at Media Services seem to love Halloween too. We’re still two weeks out from the spookiest of nights, and our horror movie collection is already starting to leave the shelves. Given the absolute glut of horror films out here, it can be hard to figure out what’s out there beyond the classics.

As it turns out, we have about 160 great horror movies available for you to take out of the library. Check out our Horror pinboard on Pinterest for a visual guide to our horror collection. Halloween is old hat at this point. Are you ready to take on Hausu?

Happy Leif Ericson Day!

Today is Leif Ericson Day, a day to celebrate the real first explorer to reach North America (take that, yesterday’s holiday!). Leif Ericson Day has been an officially proclaimed holiday since 1964; it’s difficult to tell if its popularity is sudden or if we’re just now noticing that people have already been celebrating it. In … Continue reading “Happy Leif Ericson Day!”

Today is Leif Ericson Day, a day to celebrate the real first explorer to reach North America (take that, yesterday’s holiday!). Leif Ericson Day has been an officially proclaimed holiday since 1964; it’s difficult to tell if its popularity is sudden or if we’re just now noticing that people have already been celebrating it.

In any case, as per the president’s orders, today is a day to honor our country’s Norwegian heritage. Here’s some selections of Norwegian films in our collection, as well as educational videos about the history of Norway and their expedition to North America.

From Norway:

Come – HU DVD 833
Kitchen Stories – HU DVD 3410
Reprise – HU DVD 6560
Dead Snow – HU DVD 7972

About Norway:

Edvard Munch – HU DVD 1912
Christopher Columbus: Explorer of the New World – Streaming video
Go West, Young Man – Streaming video
How Do They Do It In Norway? – Streaming video
Norway – Streaming video
Norway in Revolt – Streaming video
Romans, Saxons, Vikings – Streaming video
The Vikings – Streaming video

Or, you can always watch the Spongebob SquarePants episode about Leif Ericson Day (Bubble Buddy, HU DVD 8454).

Catch up on 30 for 30

ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 documentary series starts up tonight for a second volume of 30 hour-long documentaries about the most compelling stories in sports. This week’s episode, “Broke,” highlights all-star athletes who, despite their success, drove themselves into bankruptcy. 30 for 30 has always highlighted some fascinating, lesser-known stories, and it looks like they’re … Continue reading “Catch up on 30 for 30”

ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 documentary series starts up tonight for a second volume of 30 hour-long documentaries about the most compelling stories in sports. This week’s episode, “Broke,” highlights all-star athletes who, despite their success, drove themselves into bankruptcy. 30 for 30 has always highlighted some fascinating, lesser-known stories, and it looks like they’re continuing suit.

Before the second volume kicks off, visit Media Services and watch some of the original series. Even if you aren’t a big sports fan, there are some really fascinating stories.

30 for 30: Films 1-15 – HU DVD 7901 – 7906
30 for 30: Films 16-30 – HU DVD 7907 – 7912
Roll Tide/War Eagle – HU DVD 10055
Catching Hell – HU DVD 10227