The First Annual IU Day!

 

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Break out the cream and crimson gear and show some pride for your school! For the first ever IU Day, there will be a 24-hr live broadcast of all IU events, so you can celebrate wherever you are! Share your support and IU spirit on social media and add your name to the IU Day map. Spread the word!

IU Day events will be held on the Bloomington and Indy campus, so be sure to take part in the scavenger hunt going on from 11am-3pm on both campuses! Clues for the IUB hunt can be found here. IUPUI clues can be found here. You can download the clues from either link or pick them up on campus at any of the IU Day stations! You definitely don’t want to miss this! There are prizes at stake here! You could win anything from t-shirts and sunglasses to the grand prize: a 2016-17 IU parking pass! (Where was this scavenger hunt when I lived on campus?)

Come by the WIUX Station House on the IUB campus and grab all the free CDs you want! They are giving them out from 1-5pm, so be sure to stop by and share your finds on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #IUday. Don’t forget to tag WIUX in your post!

On campus isn’t the only place you can celebrate in Bloomington. From 5:30-7:30pm, you can stop by and try some beer samples or just come for some IU swag.

Show and share your IU spirit! Take part in the events on campus and share your Indiana University experiences with your family and friends on social media. Let’s make the first annual IU Day one to remember!

 

-kacie

**For more info, visit https://iuday.iu.edu/**

The Late, Great Alan Rickman

If you’ve been living under a rock this past week, then you may not have heard that the beloved Alan Rickman has passed away this last week due to pancreatic cancer. This has hit me particularly hard, as I’m sure it has others that have grown up watching Harry Potter and his love/hate (but mostly hate) relationship with Professor Snape. Naturally, I binge-watched all eight HP films once I heard the news. I regret nothing.

Although Alan Rickman was known mostly for his villainous roles like in HP, Die Hard,
and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, he was infinitely kind and proudly demonstrated his “sophisticated humor on multiple occasions, like the time he pranked Daniel Radcliffe on set…

Here is the actual prank, for anyone curious: www.youtube.com

As tribute to his career, I wanted to draw attention to some of his films, currently residing in our collection at Media Services.

 

Where else to start, but the film that helped launch his career.

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Die Hard – Hans Gruber

In his first big role, Mr. Rickman leads his group of armed bank robbers in a heist that leads to a Christmas party being taken hostage. It is revealed the hostages are a distraction while Gruber and his men steal $640 million from the company’s vault. This is an excellent movie choice, if you’re looking for action and adventure!

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Judge Turpin

In the most evil role I’ve ever seen him act in, Rickman plays secondary character, Judge Turpin. After his corrupt dealings with Benjamin Barker a, which led to Barker’s unlawful arrest, Turpin takes advantage of Lucy Barker. Benjamin Barker takes on the alias ‘Sweeney Todd’ seeking revenge. If you like anything Tim Burton, this musical is a definite must-see.

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Love Actually – Harry

His role in this film was a little bitter sweet. Although there are happy endings all around in this one, Harry and his wife still have some things to work through by the time the credits role, without much in lieu of closure for the audience. Still, it’s happier than it is upsetting! It’s a great film to watch during the holidays!

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Sense and Sensibility – Colonel Brandon

As probably the most romantic film he’s ever been in, Sense and Sensibility lets him show his softer side as his character pursues the affections of Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet). Another favorite Rickman of mine, though I am partial to anything Jane Austen. Check this out the next time you’re looking for a good chick flick!

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The Butler – Ronald Reagan

This movie tells the story of Cecil Gaines and his life as he serves as a butler in the White House for multiple Presidents. Although controversial, especially for the portrayal of Ronald Reagan and his wife as being racist, it is a powerful film and one that should not be neglected. Luckily, we have it at Media Services for your viewing pleasure.

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Galaxy Quest – Alexander Dane/”Dr. Lazarus”

He holds his own, unexpectedly, in this comedy about actors living off their fame from their days on a once popular sci-fi TV show. They are forced to take on their roles again when aliens come to earth for their help. Definitely not the villain we’re used to from Rickman, but he was brilliantly funny in his role of a typical egotistical actor.This film was a favorite of mine during my childhood.

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Dogma – Metatron

In this controversial comedy, Rickman acts as the voice of God, enlisting the help of an abortion clinic employee to help stop two fallen angels from gaining access to Heaven. Overall, this film was praised by critics and fans alike.

And, of course, the list wouldn’t be complete without his most renowned role…

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Harry Potter Series – Severus Snape

I grew up with these films, so they have a special place in my heart, just as Mr. Rickman does. These are the films that made him a legend for so many. He was the perfect Professor Snape and J.K. Rowling knew it herself when he was cast. In order to prepare Rickman for his role as ****SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE LIVING UNDER ROCK MENTIONED ABOVE**** a double agent for Dumbledore, Rickman was informed by Rowling the ending to the series. This gave him an edge over the character and he took his role very seriously.

You will be dearly missed, Mr. Rickman.

 

 

**All media mentioned above is available at Media Services**

Introduction to Anime

Japanese anime tends to have a reputation in the western world for being wildly “out there” and the only people that tend to like anime are just as wildly “out there.” But anime has a very broad selection of genres that can appeal to anyone, just as western film and TV. And honestly, you have probably already seen some anime that has gained popularity in the west (i.e. Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, Inuyasha). For those who are curious about delving deeper into the world of anime, but don’t know how or where to start, here is a list of great anime films and series (separated by genre) to get you started!

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Cowboy Bebop

The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter, Spike Spiegel, and his partners. Set in the year 2071, this episodic crime noir begins on the Spaceship Bebop, where Spike’s group of bounty hunters are constantly looking for their next bounty head.

Directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, this series is well-known for it’s cool atmosphere and widely revered soundtrack.

 

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Samurai Champloo

Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the “samurai who smells of sunflowers.” The show follows the three as they journey through Edo period Japan in search for this mysterious samurai, all the while getting into trouble everywhere they go.

Another acclaimed series by director Shinichirō Watanabe, Samurai Champloo combines a historic backdrop with modern hip-hop styles and references.

 

Comedy/Slice of Life

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Fruits Basket

After her mother’s death, Tohru Honda finds herself living with the “prince” of her high school, Yuki Sohma, after her tent is destroyed in a landslide. Yuki, along with the rest of the Sohmas have a secret though. When hugged by a member of the opposite sex, they transform into animals of the Chinese zodiac.

Shenanigans ensue and new friendships are formed in this heart-warming series directed by Akitaro Daichi.

 

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Clannad & Clannad: After Story

A high school student, Tomoya, who cares little about school or others meets a lonely girl, Nagisa, who had to repeat a year while all her friends finished high school. They become unlikely friends as he helps her to revive the drama club. Making friends along the way, their bond grows deeper and they decide to become a couple. The After Story takes place immediately, where the first “season” ends, following their relationship.

This series (one of my personal favorites) is as hilarious as it is heart-breaking. You learn so much about the characters and their lives. I can’t recommend this series enough. Directed by Tatsuya Ishihara.

 

Psychological/Thriller

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Elfen Lied

University students Kohta and Yuka (Kohta’s cousin) save a girl around their age called when they see her washed up on a beach. They quickly realize this girl, called Lucy, isn’t human. She is a Diclonius that has a escaped from a government facility where she was being studied. Committing mass murder in her escape, the ones responsible are desperate to find her. This proves difficult when her personality is split from a head injury, causing her to shed her violent persona for a clueless girl who doesn’t know what she is. Directed by Mamoru Kanbe.

 

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Ergo Proxy

In a post-apocalyptic future, humans live in peace with androids in a domed city called Romdeau. However, a strange series of murders has intrigued bored inspector Re-L Mayer when it appears robots that have been infected with a virus, causing self-awareness, seem to be responsible. This series, directed by Shukō Murase, has been critically praised for it’s well-paced plot and atmosphere.

 

 

Romance

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Children Who Chase Lost Voices

A coming of age story involving young love. Asuna hears mysterious music coming from a crystal radio, left to her by her absent father, that leads her deep into the hidden world, Agartha.

Beautiful artwork combined with an adventurous plot, this film is a must-see for everyone. Directed by Makoto Shinkai, who has been called “the new Miyazaki.”

 

 

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Garden of Words

A 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman find an unlikely friendship one rainy day in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. These two broken pieces come together and heal one another as they learn what it is to walk.

I cannot even begin to describe how amazing the artwork is in this film. If you won’t see it for the story, which is beautiful, then see it for the artwork. You won’t regret it. Also directed by Makoto Shinkai. Surprise, surprise.

 

Drama/Tragedy

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5 Centimeters Per Second

Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Beautiful artwork mixed with a tragic plot about the heart-break of love, this film is another masterpiece directed by Makoto Shinkai.

 

 

Wolf Children

College student Hana falls in love with another student who turns out to be a werewolf. After he dies in an accident with uncertain circumstances, Hana decides to move to the rural countryside where her husband grew up to raise her two werewolf children.

A story about family and understanding, Wolf Children will tug at your heartstrings. Directed by Mamoru Hosoda.

 

 

And, of course, anything created by Studio Ghibli is a must-see…

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**All movies mentioned above are in our collection at Media Services**

New Titles – September 28th

Feature Films

The Bay

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Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

 

The Ghost Goes West

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An American businessman’s family convinces him to buy a Scottish castle and disassemble it to ship it to America brick by brick, where it will be put it back together. The castle though is not the only part of the deal, with it goes the several-hundred year old ghost who haunts it.

 

Keys to Tulsa

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Richter Boudreau, the son of local celebrity Cynthia, is not very successful and works as a film critic for a local newspaper. In a short time he loses his job and his heritage, and one of his “friends” starts to blackmail him. His only hope is that others around him are even bigger dummies.

 

Silver City

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The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician’s campaign for governor of Colorado.

 

Transcendence

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A scientist’s drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.

 

 

TV Series

Hogan’s Heroes – Season 1-6

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The inmates of a German World War II prisoner of war camp conduct an espionage and sabotage campaign right under the noses of their warders.

 

Homeland – Season 4

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When Marine Nicolas Brody is hailed as a hero after he returns home from eight years of captivity in Iraq, intelligence officer Carrie Mathison is the only one who suspects that he may have been “turned”.

 

 

Foreign Films

Field of Life and Death

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“The scene is a remote northeastern village after the ‘Sept. 18th incident’ in 1931. Zhao San, a farmer, was going to kill the landlord. But he never thought of it again since the lord saved his life. Erliban, another farmer, tried to find a wife for his son but failed. He feared that the villagers would look down upon him, and turned to Japanese invaders. Cheng Ye, also a farmer, was devoted to calling for resistance against Japan. However, the villagers didn’t respond. They did not awaken to the crucial moment of fighting back together until the slaughter.”–Container (photo from amazon.com)

 

Miss Bala

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After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang’s bidding.

 

Rise of the Legend

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An orphan, whose father has been killed by dark power, attempts to bring justice back to the town. (photo from ganoolmovie.com)

 

The Young Master

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After failing his fellow students in a Lion Dance competition, Dragon (Jackie Chan) is sent away from his school in disgrace, on the condition that he must find his errant brother. Much martial arts mayhem and mistaken-identity silliness ensue.

 

 

Documentaries

Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind – A Life Story

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Looks back at Joni Mitchell, from her own reminiscences and those of her friends and contemporaries. Includes bits of performances from all eras of her career.  (photo from amazon.com)

 

 

**All photos from IMDB unless otherwise mentioned**

New Titles – July 27th

Feature Films

Last Knights

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A fallen warrior rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master.

 

Operation Bullshine

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The fun starts when a group of A.T.S. girls are posted to a light ack-ack command post on a remote part of the English coast.

 

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

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Based on the diaries of wealthy landowner Anne Lister, who struggles to live her life openly as a lesbian in nineteenth-century Yorkshire society. (photo from amazon.co.uk) Continue reading “New Titles – July 27th”

New Titles – July 20th

Feature Films

Hoosiers

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A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.

 

TV Series

Masters of Sex – Seasons 1 and 2

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Drama about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality whose research touched off the sexual revolution.

 

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New Titles – June 29th

Feature Films

Once Upon a Time in America

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A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.

 

A Bag of Hammers

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Two misfit best friends incapable of growing up, whose direction is tested by an abandoned child worn beyond his years. Together they invent the family they’ve always needed.

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