Monday, January 31, 2011

American University Critical Approach Film Series 2011

The University College Cinema class here at AU is hosting a kick-ass Film Festival this spring.
They are going to be screening six awesome films - from the Media Services Collection - in this semester, some that you may have heard of and some... maybe not. But the UC Cinema class guarantees to leave you coming back for more if you come to one of these screenings.
They have a couple of cool surprise guests and events headed your way as well, so check back here for updates over the next few months. You can also find them on Facebook.

These 6:00pm screenings will take place at American University Library in the MudBox, which is located on the lower level.

Friday, February 4 - Dead Snow
Friday, February 18 - ODDSAC
Friday, March 18 - Space Jam
Friday, April 1 - Good Burger
Friday, April 15 - Cool Runnings

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Selected New Home Use Titles

Toy Story HU BLU-RAY DVD 7768
Toy Story 2 HU BLU-RAY DVD 7769
Toy Story 3 HU BLU-RAY DVD 7770
Toy Story 3 – HU DVD 7770
Field of Dreams – HU DVD 7776
Layer Cake – HU DVD 7777
I Love You, Man – HU DVD 7778
The Grudge – HU DVD 7779
The Taste of Tea – HU DVD 7780
Bender's Big Score – HU DVD 7866
The Beast With a Billion Backs – HU DVD 7867
Bender's Game – HU DVD 7868
Into the Wild Green Yonder – HU DVD 7869
Mean Girls – HU DVD 7929
Moonfleet – HU DVD 7928
30 for 30: Volume 1 – HU DVD 7901 – 7906
The Special Relationship – HU DVD 7930
Hello, Dolly! – HU DVD 7931
Kung Fu Panda – HU DVD 7932
Creation – HU DVD 7933
The Man Who Never Was – HU DVD 7934
Alice Neel – HU DVD 7935
The Pelican Brief – HU DVD 7936
Whip it – HU DVD 7937
Human resources – HU DVD 7938
The Lottery – HU DVD 7939
The Magic Christian – HU DVD 7940
Exit Through the Gift Shop – HU DVD 7952
That Night in Rio – HU DVD 7960

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, and Danny McBride In Beastie Boys Short Film

That's right, Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, and Danny McBride are playing Mike D, Ad Rock, and MCA in the short film called "After the Party...". Jack Black, Will Ferrell, and John C. Reilly play the future Beastie Boys who use time travel to challenge their past selves in a dance battle... and yes there's a DeLorean involved.
This film was one of the Sundance opening shorts. Check out these other blogs for more info.
As blogged about on The Citrus Report and Moviefone .

Here are some films by these actors that are in the Media Services Home Use Collection:

Elijah Wood

Everything is Illuminated - HU DVD 7894

9 - HU DVD 7049

Paris, Je T'Aime - H
U DVD 3378

Sin City - HU DVD 1959

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - HU DVD 1020

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - HU DVD 807

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - HU DVD 806

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - HU DVD 805

The Ice Storm - HU DVD 4051

Avalon - HU DVD 5796

Seth Rogen

Funny People - HU DVD 6580

Pineapple Express - HU DVD 7083

Zack and Miri Make a Porno - HU DVD 5313

Kung Fu Panda - HU DVD 7932

The 40 Year Old Virgin - HU DVD 6837

Knocked Up - HU DVD 4166

Superbad - HU DVD 7197

Freaks and Geeks - HU DVD 3441 – 3446

Donnie Darko - HU DVD 2174 and HU DVD 2173

Undeclared - HU DVD 3065 - 3068

Danny McBride

Up in the Air - HU DVD 7242

Eastbound & Down - HU DVD 7041

Pineapple Express - HU DVD 7083

Tropic Thunder - HU DVD 4985

Superbad - HU DVD 7197

John C. Reilly

9 - HU DVD 7049

The Aviator - HU DVD 1451

Chicago - HU DVD 626

Gangs of New YorkHU DVD 590

The Hours - HU DVD 665

Casualties of War - HU DVD 1745

What's Eating Gilbert Grape - HU DVD 4110

Hard Eight - HU DVD 5549

Boogie Nights - HU DVD 8

The River Wild - HU DVD 1715

Jack Black

Be Kind Rewind - HU DVD 4462

Kung Fu Panda - HU DVD 7932

Tropic Thunder - HU DVD 4985

The Holiday - HU DVD 5407

King Kong - HU DVD 1891

The School of Rock - HU DVD 838

High Fidelity - HU DVD 7069

Jesus' Son - HU DVD 284

Dead Man Walking - HU DVD 30

Will Ferrell

Stranger Than Fiction - HU DVD 3173

Eastbound & Down - HU DVD 7041

Undeclared - HU DVD 3065 - 3068

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - HU DVD 5299


Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - HU DVD 7052

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery - HU DVD 7051

Banksy welcomes Oscar nomination for 'Exit Through The Gift Shop'

"I don’t agree with the concept of award ceremonies, but I’m prepared to make an exception for the ones I’m nominated for. The last time there was a naked man covered in gold paint in my house, it was me."

Banksyin an official statement concerning his directorial debut Exit Through the Gift Shopbeing nominated for an Oscar.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Netflix at a crossroads. The costs of mailing DVDs vs. streaming content.

Netflix is offering streaming-only service in Canada and they're starting to heavily push that option in the US. Whether they can ramp up the selection of streaming titles without raising subscription costs precipitously is a big question. Will instant access trump the loss in quality and occasional network glitches inherent in streaming video? Will a major shift to streaming content consume so much bandwidth that it clogs the internet? According to Sandvine, a company that analyzes internet traffic, Netflix already accounts for 20% of the downstream traffic in the US during peak times and that's with their current assortment of mostly non-premium content.


The 2011 Golden Globe Awards

Check out all the winners and nominees here.

Best Motion Picture Nominees In Our Collection:

The Social Network - HU DVD 7969 winner

Winter’s Bone -HU DVD 7696

Alice in Wonderland- HU DVD 7719 and HU BLU-RAY DVD 7719

Toy Story 3 - HU DVD 7770 and HU BLU-RAY DVD 7770 winner

The Kids Are All Right - HU DVD 7848 winner

Best TV Series Nominees In Our Collection:

Dexter Seasons 1-4 - HU DVD 6631-6646

The Office Seasons 1-5 - HU DVD 4011-4028

Mad Men Seasons 1-3 - HU DVD 4541-4552

House Seasons 1-5 - HU DVD 5461-5483

Modern Family Season 1 - HU DVD 7701-7704

Glee Seasons 1 - HU DVD 7621- winner

Cecil B. DeMille Award:

Robert De Niro.

See our De Niro Blog Post!

The Washington Post answers some lingering unanswered questions.

Ricky Gervais did quite a job hosting the 2011 Golden Globes.Some say he was too harsh on the Hollywood elite, it appears that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) was pleased with his performance.

The Gold Derby blog said:

And it seems that the HFPA is pleased with, if not proud of, the work of returning host Ricky Gervais. The organization issued the following statement:

We loved the show. It was a lot of fun and obviously has a lot of people talking. When you hire a comedian like Ricky Gervais, one expects in your face, sometimes outrageous material. Certainly, in this case, he pushed the envelope and occasionally went too far. The HFPA would never condone some of his personal remarks. Overall, however, the show was among the best we’ve ever had and we were pleased.

And, for his part, Gervais had the following to say about the reaction to his ribald humor:

I did every single introduction I was meant to. There just happened to be a long gap. This is because I was allowed to choose who I would introduce in advance. I obviously chose presenters who I had the best jokes for. (And who I knew had a good sense of humour). Everyone took it well and the atmosphere backstage and at the after show was great.

Thanks to this Youtube clip, you can be the judge.