Movies

Another librarian movie to add to the list

This article is notable only for its uber- stereotypical description of a librarian film character. Plus, it's a "librarian movie" I'd not heard of. If you were in Wichita last weekend, you could have caught 1979's 'The Attic', but don't expect to find this doggie at the corner Blockbuster. Still in print, according to imdb.com, though. The imdb description here. Not just "spinster librarian," but "pathetic, spinster librarian." Ouch!

Super-powered librarians fight literary clones to determine fate of the world

Jen Young writes \"Here\'s an interesting review of an Anime. In the three-episode original video animation series R.O.D.: Read or Die, a terrorist organization has cloned them and a handful of other obscure historical figures, such as German glider enthusiast Otto Lilienthal and traveling monk Genjo Sanzo, and set them loose on the world. Their mission: to acquire a specific copy of Beethoven\'s Immortal Beloved in the original German. Unfortunately for them—and fortunately for the world—that book is in the hands of one Yomiko Readman, otherwise known as \"The Paper.\" And her life\'s goal seems to be to actually read the book before anyone uses it for evil.
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Snake Hill and The Practice of Bibliographic Cinema

Mustafa Sakarya, from Mercy College, has the third article in our Media Librarianship in the 21 Century[Zoopraxographers] series. He writes: \"In answering the question of why librarians should make movies, one might first ask why librarians should write stories. One of the world’s greatest fantasy storytellers, Jorge Luis Borges was a devoted librarian who composed some of his greatest works in the basement of the National Library in Buenos Aires. Concerned with the history of scholarship, many of his stories make liberal use of the metaphor of the library as universe. In his classic philosophical tale, The Library of Babel, he states that, “the Library is unlimited and cyclical”, cyclical in the sense that within its details, an image of the world is discernible from generation to generation. With Borges as a model, I find it useful and interesting to think of librarians as information artists and the library as a studio of infinite possibility, where past and present knowledge converge in a space limited only by imagination. -- Read More

Survey Says: strong appreciation and support for the library’s video collection

Second in our \"Media Librarianship in the 21 Century\" series, aka Library Zoopraxographers.


Linda Engelberg writes: \"A recent survey at UH Manoa Library documented how heavily faculty on that campus depend on videos for both instruction and research. The responses to the survey were overwhelmingly positive, indicating a strong appreciation and support for the library’s video collection and a recognition that today’s students often learn more from video than from lectures and the printed word. -- Read More

Films about Philosophy - Derrida and Others

by Steve Fesenmaier to be published in Counterpoise magazine. First in our \"Media Librarianship in the 21 Century\" series, aka Library Zoopraxographers.

During the last century, \"thinking about thinking\" has become a major

influence on all forms of thinking - art, music, and most profoundly

philosophy. This new documentary by filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy

Ziering Kofman may be the single best film on this evolution, using

world-renowned French philosopher Jacques Derrida as the subject. -- Read More

AFI choses Top Fifty Heroes and Villians

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Last night on CBS the American Film Institute broadcast a 3-hour special of the Top 50 heroes and villians in American feature films. See the list and read about the 400 films that were nominated at

afi.com "

Some say movie Makes Wrong Turn

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"The media has been having a field day attacking this new B-movie coming out on Friday - WRONG TURN. WV has a history of censoring even its own local indie films because they made someone \"look bad.\" Read the full story.\"

Wrong Turn Comes to WV

Steve Fesenmaier writes "

For several months local newspapers have been writing about a new Canadian film called
“Wrong Turn.” Directed by Pa. native son Robert Schmidt whose earlier credits include
an episode in the TV series " An American Town," (2001) and “Crime and Punishment in Suburbia” (2000), the film is about (from IMDB),” A carload of six teens find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic
mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding." Several years ago
I found a similar film, “Captured Alive” that actually had Pat Morita (of “Karate Kid” fame) in a film about people traveling from Pittsburgh to Atlanta who are shot down with a Civil War era cannon and turned into toxic waste slaves. -- Read More

Librarian looking for best movies on food

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Gary Handman wrote:
I'm putting together a food in the movies web page (and bibliography) for a course here on the politics and culture of food (cool, eh?). Take a look. I know there's more...I could use your help.

Here are the ground rules: -- Read More

Fifteen library-tested programs to increase circulation of AV materials

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"The current issue of LJ has a great list of things
for librarians to do to promote their A/V collections....one includes some work I have
been doing.

Read The Full Story \"

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