Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

March 11 - 22, 2009

As the first decade of the 21st century closes, the Environmental Film Festival marks its 17th year in Washington, D.C. with an astounding diversity of films that capture the majesty of our world and address the ever-increasing threats to life on earth. The 2009 Festival spotlights earth’s final frontier, the ocean, source of all life, covering nearly three quarters of the globe but less known than the surface of the moon. Please join us this March to explore our water planet through the Festival’s 130 films, enhanced with the perspectives and knowledge of 50 filmmakers and 72 special guests who will be on hand for the Festival." --About us,

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

and the award goes to...

Official Academy Awards Website

Best picture - Slumdog millionaire
Best actor in a leading roll - Sean Penn, Milk
Best actress in a leading roll- Kate Winslet, The reader
Directing - Slumdog millionaire
Foreign language film - Departures
Music (song) - "Jai ho," Slumdog millionaire
Music (score) - Slumdog millionaire
Film editing - Slumdog millionaire
Sound mixing - Slumdog millionaire
Sound editing - The dark knight
Visual effects - The curious case of Benjamin Button
Documentary short - Smile Pinki
Documentary feature - Man on wire
Actor in a supporting roll - Heath Ledger, The dark knight
Short film (live action) - Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Cinematography - Slumdog millionaire
Makeup - The curious case of Benjamin Button
Costume design - The duchess
Art direction - The curious case of Benjamin Button
Short film (animated) - La maison en petits cubes
Animated feature film - Wall-E
Writing (adapted screenplay) - Slumdog millionaire
Writing (original screenplay) - Milk
Actress in a supporting roll - Penelope Cruz, Vicki Christina Barcelona

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Media Services Recommends...Ruszczyk's Picks

"I chose most of these movies because they have a twist to them, things are not as they really seem. And the Muppets are awesome..."

The Muppet Show
- HU DVD 1749
Contact - HU DVD 2500
Deliverance - HU DVD 175
Donnie Darko - HU DVD 2174
Election - HU DVD 3307
GoldenEye - HU DVD 4998
Jesus Camp - HU DVD 2440
Se7en - HU DVD 22
Zodiac - HU DVD 2982

life before DVDs included 53 deleted scenes...

It is hard to imagine, I know. But if you are interested in finding out, check out HU DVD 609, A Star is Born. The version of the film that was released by Warner Brothers in 1954 cut a half hour out of George Cukor's film, against his wishes. What we see on DVD today is an effort to piece the original story back together using sound recordings, recovered film and still shots. To learn more about the restoration project, click here.

The Media Services collection includes several films by the director of A Star is Born, George Cukor, and its stars: Judy Garland and James Mason.

George Cukor
Adam's Rib - HU DVD 4906
Camille - HU DVD 3094
Holiday - HU DVD 5177
Philadelphia story - HU DVD 2189

Judy Garland
Meet me in st. louis - HU DVD 906
Wizard of oz - HU DVD 666

James Mason
Bigger than life - HU DVD 3074
Island in the sun - HU DVD 3273

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Clint Eastwood's Favorite Movies...

...according to his biography on

39 Steps - HU DVD 337
Sergeant York - HU
DVD 3643
Ox-bow incident - HU
DVD 5194
Chariots of Fire - HU DVD 1946

I am sure he also likes a film or two that he made. Check out some of those too!

A perfect world (directed & performed) - HU DVD 1192
White hunter black heart (directed, produced & performed) - HU DVD 1191
Bird (directed, produced & performed) - HU DVD 1190
Pale rider (directed, produced & performed) - HU DVD 1189
Honkytonk man (directed, produced & performed) - HU DVD 1188
The outlaw Josey Wales (directed & performed)- HU DVD 1187
The bridges of Madison County (directed, produced & performed) - HU DVD 531
Unforgiven (directed, produced & performed) - HU DVD 582

Selected New Home Use This Week

Pocketful of Miracles - HU DVD 5361
Dark Passage - HU DVD 5359
Pickup on South Street - HU DVD 5355
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy - HU DVD 5353
Murder My Sweet - HU DVD 5352
Rumble Fish - HU DVD 5349
10:30 pm Summer - HU DVD 5346
Kiss of Death - HU DVD 5343
Panic Room - HU DVD 5337
Clerks II - HU DVD 5335

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Professor Middents' Film Festival Favorites

Film festivals can be magical experiences where you can be exposed to all sorts of films you would never expect anywhere else. I have been lucky to attend and/or some film festivals over the last few years. This list represents only a sampling of films that I discovered first at a film festival, but each of these has stuck with me for one reason or another.
--Prof. Middents, AU Department of Literature

Belleville rendez-vous/The Triplets of Belleville - HU DVD 1225
Chang - DVD 679 (not Home Use)
Cidade de Deus/City of God - DVD 849 (not Home Use)
Conversations with Other Women - DVD 3607
Dependencia sexual/Sexual Dependency - HU DVD 1010
Dodsworth - HU DVD 3505
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara - HU DVD 791
Heavenly Creatures - HU DVD 678
Madame Satã - HU DVD 966
Overlord - HU DVD 3750
Reconstruction - HU DVD 2087 (not available for Home Use checkout for Spring 2009)
Yi Yi/A One and a Two… - HU DVD 1114

Tuesday, February 03, 2009