Friday, November 30, 2007

Selected New Acquisitions This Week

Pixar short films collection Volume 1 - DVD 3411
Seven years in Tibet - DVD 3409
Killer of sheep - DVD 3408
Heavy metal parking lot - DVD 3407
Manufactured landscapes - DVD 3406
The Sopranos: season 3 - DVD 3399-3402
The Sopranos: season 2 - DVD 3395-3398
The Sopranos: season 1 - DVD 3391-3394

Must-See Video: Winter Soldier

This film, long unavailable, was restored and released on DVD a couple years ago by New Yorker Films. It's a documentary about the Winter Soldier Investigation that occurred in Detroit 1971. It was comprised of the testimony of about thirty Vietnam Veterans against the War on atrocities that were being committed daily and systematically by US military forces. If you think you've heard it all, you haven't. Several related shorts are included on the DVD. Call number: DVD 2600

Friday, November 23, 2007

Selected New Acquisitions This Week

The iron giant - DVD 3390
Hamlet (1996) - DVD 3386
Berlin Alexanderplantz - DVD 3385
No end in sight - DVD 2786
Stanley Kubrick: a life in pictures - DVD 2787
300 - DVD 2788
Red road - DVD 2789

Friday, November 16, 2007

Selected New Acquisitions This Week

Dnevnoy dozor=Day watch - DVD 3384
Paris je t'aime=Paris, I love you - DVD 3378
Checkpoint - DVD 3376
The wind that shakes the barley - DVD 3374
Sicko - DVD 3368
The life aquatic with Steve Zissou - DVD 3367
The l word: season 4 - DVD 3363 - 3366
The l word: season 3 - DVD 3359 - 3362
The l word: season 2 - DVD 3355 - 3358
The l word: season 1 - DVD 3351 - 3354
Paris, Texas - DVD 3348
Queer as folk: season 3 - DVD 3343 - 3347
Queer as folk: season 2 - DVD 3337 - 3342
Queer as folk: season 1 - DVD 3331 - 3336

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Robert Bresson article on BFI Sight & Sound

Taken from the BFI: Robert Bresson: Alias Grace

Robert Bresson's films are so singular an achievement they have inspired legions of fine directors. Here Olivier Assayas, Bruno Dumont, Paul Schrader, Eugène Green and Aki Kaurismäki pledge their allegiance, while Michael Brooke introduces his work

Robert Bresson titles available at AU Library Media Services:

Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

A Man Escaped (1956)

Pickpocket (1959)

Au hasard Balthazar (1966)

Mouchette (1967)

The Devil, Probably (1977)
VHS 6290

L'Argent (1983)
VHS 5733

European Film Buffet

A preview for AFI Silver's 20th annual European Union Film Festival can be found here.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Selected New Acquisitions This Week

Hair - DVD 3327
A mighty heart - DVD 3326
Bambi - DVD 3318
Death of a president - DVD 3310
El otro lado de la cama=The other side of the bed - DVD 3308
Election - DVD 3307
The hoax - DVD 3300
Days of heaven - DVD 1964
A bout de souffle=Breathless - DVD 456
The third man - DVD 48
Bronenosets Potyomkin=Battleship Potemkin - DVD 43

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Bookhunter - a library detective story

Media Services News is happy to begin sharing this comic by Jason Shiga. Jason's tense, gripping drama rips the lid off the seamy underbelly of the library world. Reproduced with permission, we will have a new installment each Monday.

The entire comic can be seen at

"The year is 1973. A priceless book has been stolen from the Oakland Public Library. A crack team of Bookhunters (aka. library police) have less than three days to recover the stolen item. It's a race against the clock as our heroes use every tool in their arsenal of library equipment to find the book and the mastermind who stole it.

While this story is based on an
actual case, it has been highly fictionalized. I took some liberties with architecture as well. For example, the library of this comic does not in fact exist. It is a hybrid of Oakland Main and the old Berkeley Central library."