Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ocean's 8: Will it be at least kind of ok?

As we hear more about Ocean's 8, this fascinating post on heists might be of interest to  a few of you: http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2017/10/12/one-last-big-job-how-heist-movies-tell-their-stories/

What is a heist film? Bordwell quotes Westlake:
Donald Westlake proposed a concise characterization: “We follow the crooks before, during, and after a crime, usually a robbery.” This indicates two things. First, the plot is structured around the big caper, though there might be lesser crimes enabling it, such as stealing weapons. Second, the viewpoint is organized around the criminals, not the detectives who might pursue them, as in a police procedural. By these criteria, High Sierra (1941), although allied to the bandit tradition, fits because most of the film concerns a single robbery, its preparations and aftermath.

He mentions quite a few movies we own in our collection...too many to list! But, to get you started, we do have the original Ocean's Eleven: HU DVD 10483.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Films at the Freer|Sackler

This weekend marks the reopening of the Freer|Sackler here in DC. The films shown at this Smithsonian gem are always worthwhile, and there are a few coming up. Check out their website for the lineup: https://www.freersackler.si.edu/events/films/

...if we may be allowed to highlight, here's the trailer for Neko Atsume House, a film based on the popular app, which will be shown Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3:30. It's free!!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017


From this cute interview with Tom Hanks:

Maureen Dowd: You once wrote that Gary Cooper’s career could be summed up in one word: “Yup.” Your career can be summed up in one word, too.
Tom Hanks: Ah, Wilson. That’s what people yell at me.

(We got that. Of course.)

Monday, October 09, 2017

Muppets Take the Museum

As highlighted on Hyperallergic, The Jim Henson Exhibition is now a permanent feature of the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY. I find muppets incredibly strange, but was interested to learn about the Anything Muppets, which can become a variety of different characters. Read the article here to find about more about this permanent exhibition: https://hyperallergic.com/404185/muppets/

And check out The Muppet Show (HU DVD 14055), The Muppet Movie (HU DVD 9705), or Labyrinth (HU DVD 13949) to get your Henson fix with Media Services.

Seriously these are pretty cool

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 comes out tomorrow, October 6th, playing basically everywhere.
It's supposed to be a not-awful sequel, which is easy to believe after watching the trailer:

Naturally, the library has Blade Runner (HU DVD 1064), as well as Villeneuve's Incendies (HU DVD 3563), Prisoners (HU DVD 11188), and Sicario (DVD 12919). Oh, and Arrival (HU DVD 13753), which I disliked but everyone else on the planet loved.

Incendies is definitely worth checking out! Very hopeful that this sequel will actually not be terrible.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

New Acquisitions: September 2017

September has brought us a TON of television and some pretty great movies! Binge watch Gilligan's Island, or Wallander! On the movie front, we got an eerie Nicole Kidman movie, Birth, and John Wick 2. (Yes, we have the original too.)

Intrigued? Come check one out!

September New Acquisitions

19-2. Season 1, Discs 1 - 3 - HU DVD 14539
Abacus : small enough to jail - HU DVD 14650
The Avengers. The complete Emma Peel megaset  - HU DVD 14554
Birth - HU DVD 14643
Bonanza. The official first season, Discs 1 - 8 - HU DVD 14540
The business of amateurs - HU DVD 14641
Charlie’s angels. Season 1, Discs 1 - 4 - HU DVD 14552
Cowspiracy : the sustainability secret  - HU DVD 14637
The Dean Martin variety show uncut - HU DVD 14542
Elmer Gantry - HU BLU 14652
Gilligan’s Island. The complete first season, Discs 1 - 6 - HU DVD 14549
Gilligan’s Island. The complete second season, Discs 1 - 6 - HU DVD 14550
Gilligan’s Island. The complete third season, Discs 1 - 5 - HU DVD 14551
Gunsmoke. The first season, Discs 1 - 6 - HU DVD 14541
Henning Mankell’s Wallander. [Series 1], Discs 1 - 12 - HU DVD 14537
Henning Mankell’s Wallander. [Season 2], Discs 1 - 7 - HU DVD 14538
Hill Street blues. The complete first season, Discs 1 - 3 - HU DVD 14553
How I live now - HU DVD 14651
Insecure. The complete first season - HU DVD 14548
John Wick. Chapter 2 - HU DVD 14644
Madame Bovary - HU DVD 14642
Made in France - HU DVD 14649
The scarlet letter - HU DVD 14638
Terror in Europe - HU DVD 14640
Le tout nouveau testament = The brand new testament - HU DVD 14639
WKRP in Cincinnati. Season one, Discs 1 - 3 - HU DVD 14543
WKRP in Cincinnati. Season two, Discs 1 - 3 - HU DVD 14544
WKRP in Cincinnati. Season three, Discs 1 - 3 - HU DVD 14545
WKRP in Cincinnati. Season four, Discs 1 - 3 - HU DVD 14546
WKRP in Cincinnati. Bonus features - HU DVD 14547