Friday, June 26, 2009

HOME, A Film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Available Free Online

Click here to watch the complete film.

From the video description:

"We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate.

The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.

For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because Home is a non-profit film.

HOME has been made for you : share it! And act for the planet.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

HOME official website

PPR is proud to support HOME

HOME is a carbon offset movie

More information about the Planet

Selected New Home Use This Week

Jesus Christ Superstar - HU DVD 5769
The Advocate - HU DVD 5768
The Trojan Women - HU DVD 5767
The Meaning of Life - HU DVD 5766
Pink Narcissus - HU DVD 5765
Selena - HU DVD 5764
Wendy and Lucy - HU DVD 5763
Coup de Torchon - HU DVD 5762
The Fountainhead - HU DVD 5761
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me - HU DVD 5760
Rain Man - HU DVD 5759
Danton - HU DVD 5758
Born in East L.A. - HU DVD 5757
Antonia - HU DVD 5756
La Otra Conquista - HU DVD 5755
Cinema Paradiso - HU DVD 5754
Lenny - HU DVD 5753
Love for Sale - HU DVD 5752
Blow - HU DVD 5751
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears - HU DVD 5750
Invaders from Mars - HU DVD 5749
Higher Learning - HU DVD 5748
Peeping Tom - HU DVD 5747
Gorillas in the Mist - HU DVD 5746
The Glass Menagerie - HU DVD 5745
The Man Who Would be King - HU DVD 5744
Slumdog Millionaire - HU DVD 5743
Fool for Love - HU DVD 5742
Jane Eyre - HU DVD 5741
A Hard Day's Night - HU DVD 5740

Thursday, June 18, 2009

AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival June 15-22, 2009

There are a lot of great films to check out at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival this summer. Here are two of them:

(please excuse the size of this embedded video)


Jeffrey Levy-Hinte

USA, 2008, 93 MINUTES

Before Muhammad Ali and George Foreman’s 1974 boxing match in Zaire, the biggest names in R&B as­sembled for a three-day music festival. Jeffrey Levy-Hinte takes this never-seen footage and shows us the talents of James Brown, Bill Withers, B.B. King, the Spinners and top African acts such as Miriam Makeba and Orchestre Afrisa International.

Fri. 6/19 at 9:45 p.m.

Sky Sitney, Artistic Director of the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival also said:

Though most of the black American performers were visiting Africa for the first time, many felt they had returned home. After years spent rooted in the civil rights movement, the journey prompted them to explore roots of another sort, and their days leading up to the festival were spent as if in an alternative universe, where Black Power took on an entirely new reality and meaning. The festival and film were financed by a Liberian investment group that became hindered by legal disputes, and consequently the film footage remained in the can for more than two decades. Eventually, the disputes were settled and the footage was transformed into the 1996 Academy Award-winning film When We Were Kings.

Unfortunately, the historical concert didn’t make the cut. The editor of KINGS, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, understood that the concert footage was worthy of a film unto itself and resurrected it from the editing-room floor. SOUL POWER is the dazzling result. With never-seen footage of the performances and new sections with Ali, the film plays like a glorious time capsule. SOUL POWER is a beautifully constructed lost object that creates more than mere nostalgia: It allows one to fully enter into the world of 1974 and captures an event so extraordinary that we dare not forget it.

The Nine Lives of Marion Barry

Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, Director/Producer of "The Nine Lives of Marion Barry", were on The Kojo Namdi Show this afternoon on WAMU. Here's what was said on Kojo's site:

Some people call him the "mayor for life." Others think he's been in the political limelight for far too long. Whether you love him or hate him, Marion Barry has been a key force in the city's politics for four decades. We'll talk with a pair filmmakers who recently explored the complicated relationship between Barry's legacy and D.C.'s identity.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

10 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter

From 10 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter (see the complete article here)...and their movies that you can check out from Media Services.

10. Robert Rodriguez - RobertRdz
The Sin City director just joined the world of Twitter (unless this is a fake) a couple of weeks ago when he gave the commencement speech to his fellow University of Texas graduates.

The adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D - HU DVD 5499
Desperado - HU DVD 5569
Planet Terror - HU DVD 5201
Sin City - HU DVD 1959

9. Paul Feig - paulfeig
Feig directed I Am David and nearly all of my favorite TV shows (Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Mad Men, Weeds, The Office, Freaks and Geeks).

Freaks and Geeks - HU DVD 3441 - 3446

8. David Lynch - DAVID_LYNCH
If you ever want to know the weather in L.A., Dave's your guy.

Inland Empire - HU DVD 3109
Lost Highway - HU DVD 4056
Straight Story - HU DVD 263
Twin Peaks - HU DVD 2961 - 2970

7. Jon Favreau - Jon_Favreau
Since his days as Monica's boyfriend on Friends, Favreau has gone onto better things—like directing Iron Man 2 and Tweeting about it.

Iron Man - HU DVD 2763

6. Lee Unkrich - leeunkrich
The Pixar director (Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo) talks us through the creation of Toy Story 3 and tells us about sneaking in a Toy Story logo onto one of the balloons in Up.

Finding Nemo - HU DVD 836

5. Greg Mottola - GregMottola
The director of Superbad and Adventureland is shooting a new film called Paul with Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg, Bill Hader, Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Nick Frost and (according to his Twitter feed) Sigourney Weaver. Holy crap. He's also diggin' him some Iron & Wine.

If you think we should buy his films, feel free to submit a request here.

4. Errol Morris - errolmorris
The director of Fog of War and The Thin Blue Line packs a lot of substance into 140 characters like mini-ruminations on truth vs. narrative consistency.

Gates of Heaven
- HU DVD 5781
Fog of War - HU DVD 791
Standard Operating Procedure - DVD 4870
Thin Blue Line - DVD 2219

3. Rian Johnson - rcjohnso
The director of Brick and The Brothers Bloom answers all the Tweets directed at him. The down-side is that gives his feed a pretty low signal-to-noise ratio. But it's also pretty cool that he responds to just about any question.

Brick - HU DVD 2253

2. David Wain - davidwain
The prolific writer/actor/director/blogger is also a prolific Twitterer.

Wet Hot American Summer - HU DVD 1506

1. Kevin Smith - ThatKevinSmith
He's in the middle of shooting a movie called "A Couple of Dicks" with Bruce Willis and
Tracy Morgan, so the number of penis puns is um... huge.

Clerks - HU DVD 1423
Clerks II - HU DVD 5335
Mallrats - HU DVD 5278
Zack and Miri Make a Porno - HU DVD 5313

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

On this day in history...

1870: Author Charles Dickens died at age 58.

So Charles Dickens death is not as exciting as Mark Wahlberg's birthday. BUT, his stories became the basis of a lot of movies. Here are two titles that were made and remade (and are available in our home use collection).

Great Expectations (1946) - HU DVD 4777
Great Expectations (1998) - HU DVD 3962

Oliver Twist (1948) - HU DVD 633
Oliver Twist (2005) - HU DVD 1773

1973 Secretariat became horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning the Belmont Stakes.

Horse racing. Frankly, I get more excited about wearing a large hat than I do about the actual horses. Never the less, here are some movies or or centered around horse racing.

Charlie Chan at the race track
- HU DVD 4002
A day at the races - HU DVD 3415
The first Saturday in May - DVD 4365
Seabiscuit - DVD 1176
Shadow of the thin man - HU DVD 4974

1980: Comedian Richard Pryor suffered near-fatal burns at his home when a mixture of "free-base" cocaine exploded.

I couldn't help but post this fun fact. Get your friends together and come watch this 1982 film here in Media Services.

Richard Pryor live on the Sunset Strip - VHS 2832

(See more events "On This Day" at the New York Times website)

Friday, June 05, 2009

Happy Birthday Marky-Mark!

Lets party like its 1999...or 1989...

One of my favorite part of other people's birthdays is the opportunity to remind them of what they were doing 20 years ago. Mark Wahlberg, now famous for his performance as Det. Sgt. Dignam in The Departed (2006, HU DVD 2473), made his debut as a rapper with the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. It was a time when his brother Donnie, thought he was the successful one in the family.

Thankfully, he since changed his clothes, never tried to make a come back as a rapper and made some pretty awesome movies in the meantime. Check out some of these in our collection.

Renaissance Man (1994) - HU DVD 1529

Basketball Diaries (1995) - HU DVD 1990

Boogie Nights (1997) - HU DVD 8

Three Kings (1999) - HU DVD 89

I Heart Huckabees (2004) - HU DVD 3882

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Selected New Home Use This Week

Funny Girl - HU DVD 5739
Gypsy - HU DVD 5738
The Thing from Another World - HU DVD 5737
Edward II - HU DVD 5736
The Hotel New Hampshire - HU DVD 5735
Chan is Missing - HU DVD 5734
The Postman - HU DVD 5733
Soylent Green - HU DVD 5731
Battle in Seattle - HU DVD 5730
Basic Instinct - HU DVD 5729
Carnal Knowledge - HU DVD 5728
Juliet of the Spirits - HU DVD 5725
The Wrestler - HU DVD 5680
Dragon Inn - HU DVD 5675
Johnny Got His Gun - HU DVD 5654

Selected New Acquisitions This Week

Evolution (PBS Video Series) - DVD 5721 - 5724
Around the World in 72 Days
- DVD 5720
Boys, Toys and the Big Blue Marble - DVD 5719
Africans in America - DVD 5718
Yol - DVD 5717
Milking the Rhino - DVD 5716
Color Adjustment - DVD 5710
13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests - DVD 5709
One Woman, One Vote - DVD 5708
James Baldwin: The Price of a Ticket - DVD 5705
The New Americans - DVD 5704
Legacy: The Origins of Civilization - DVD 5701 - 5703
Lemonade Stories - DVD 5699
Blacks & Jews - DVD 5698
The Celluloid Closet - DVD 5696
Special Circumstances - DVD 5690
18 with a Bullet - DVD 5685
America and the Holocaust - DVD 5679
Lord of the Dance - DVD 5678
Forgiving Dr. Mengele - DVD 5676
China or Bust! - DVD 5668
Turkey's Tigers - DVD 5667
The Axe in the Attic - DVD 5664
We Shall Remain - DVD 5661 - 5663
Spell Your Name - DVD 5655