New Titles – June 16

Feature Films

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Dracula

The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.

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Heartbreak House

On his Sussex estate Captain Shotover, an eccentric poet, retired seafarer and inventor, is reluctantly hosting a weekend house party for his two daughters and their bohemian friends.

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New Titles – June 2nd

Feature Films

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4:44 Last Day on Earth

A look at how a painter and a successful actor spend their last day together before the world comes to an end.

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American Hustle

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

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New Titles – May 19th

Feature Films

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August: Osage County

A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

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Outsourced

After his entire department is outsourced, an American novelty products salesman (Hamilton) heads to India to train his replacement.

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The BAFTA TV Awards

What are the BAFTAs?

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Photograph: BAFTA

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a charity that supports and promotes the art forms of moving images. This includes film, television and video games. Originally the British Film Academy and the Guild of Television Producers and Directors were two separate organizations that had their own awards shows. In 1958 they merged and eventually became the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Now they have several award ceremonies throughout the year known as the BAFTAs. The awards series includes:

  • Film Awards
  • Television Awards
  • Television Craft Awards (this is the behind the scenes awards visual effects, costuming production, music)
  • Game Awards
  • Children’s Awards

Right now I want to talk about The British Academy Television Awards, since they are happening this Sunday.

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British Invasion!

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Downton Abbey

Let’s admit it. Slowly but surely we’ve been becoming obsessed with British media. Especially British television. From Downton Abbey to Sherlock to Doctor Who, British pop culture is slowly starting to invade the mainstream US media. With BBC America and streaming based services these shows are easier to access and are now becoming more popular than ever. Netflix and Hulu are even starting to broadcast some original programming with shows like The Wrong Mans, The Fall and Derek.

Here at Media and Reserve Services we are not exempt from this. We’ve slowly been expanding our collection of British movies and television.  In this blog series I’d like to highlight some of the items in our collection, maybe introducing content that isn’t as well known. I’ll also be discussing British media in general. Including an upcoming post about the British Television Awards (which are this Sunday).

In the meantime check out some of our media from across the pond.

TV Series
Ripper Street
Little Britain
Extras
State of Play
Secret Diary of a Call Girl

Feature Films
28 Days Later
The Full Monty
Waking Ned Devine
The King’s Speech
About Time

New Titles – April 28th

Feature Films

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Barking Water

Frankie, a proud Native American, is attempting to reconnect with his estranged family. Released from the hospital, but still very ill, he hits the road with his ex-lover Irene, who acts as Frankie’s nurse but refuses to offer forgiveness for his past indiscretions. As they travel through the sun-dappled country, they encounter various eccentric personalities. But his journey really begins when he reunites with his daughter and finally meets her newborn child.

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The Croods

After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy.

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Four Sheets to the Wind

After his father’s untimely suicide, Cufe leaves his home in a Native American reservation in search of a more fulfilling life.

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Fruitvale Station

The purportedly true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

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New Titles – April 14th

Feature Films

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Despicable Me

When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.

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Frozen

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

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It’s a Disaster

Four couples meet for Sunday brunch only to discover they are stuck in a house together as the world may be about to end.

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New Titles- March 31

Feature Films

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12 Years a Slave

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

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Gravity

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in orbit.

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Spellbound

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

TV Series

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Alice

Everything you know about Alice’s adventures in Wonderland is about to be turned upside down in this modern-day miniseries event. Stars Kathy Bates, Caterina Scorsone, Matt Frewer, Harry Dean Stanton and Tim Curry.

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New Titles – March 17th

Feature Films

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About Time

At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

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Before Midnight

We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.

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The Canyons

When Christian, an LA trust-fund kid with casual ties to Hollywood, learns of a secret affair between Tara and the lead of his film project, Ryan, he spirals out of control, and his cruel mind games escalate into an act of bloody violence.

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New Titles – March 3rd

Feature Films

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Alexander the Last

A married actress, her musician husband, her on-stage lover, and her impulsive sister all get caught up in a sexual and creative tangle of commitments, temptations, and performances.

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Born in East L.A.

When a native-born American citizen of Mexican descent is mistakenly deported to Mexico, he has to risk everything to get back home.

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Computer Chess

A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament.

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