New Titles – September 24th

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anastasia

Anastasia

The last surviving child of the Russian Royal Family hooks up with two con men to reunite with her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, while the undead Rasputin seeks her death.

Jay and Silent Bob

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

The comic ‘Bluntman and Chronic’ is based on real-life stoners Jay and Silent Bob, so when they get no profit from a big-screen adaptation they set out to wreck the movie.

teeth

Teeth

Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence.

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Binge-Watch: The Walking Dead

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If you’ve come into Media & Reserves Services the last two nights (and of course you have), you may have noticed your friendly circulation desk staff staring like zombies* at our TV. That’s because we’ve been watching season one of The Walking Dead; the AMC post-apocalyptic drama still manages to frighten, shock, and captivate the viewer, even after multiple viewings– and with subtitles and no sound.

As you’re probably aware, the show, which starts its fifth season in October, begins at the end of the world as Georgia policeman Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) awakens from  a coma to the sights and sounds of the zombie apocalypse. Civilization has collapsed as reanimated corpses mindlessly search for human flesh; a bite from a “walker” can turn you into a zombie, and the only way to off a walker is with bullet or arrow through the brain. As you can imagine, the special effects are great (and gory).

Rick, eventually reunited with his wife and son, joins up with a ragtag group of survivors, including most notably Daryl (Norman Reedus), the rugged-crossbow-wielding-redneck-my-mom-is-really-attracted-to whose general badassery sustains the show during some of its duller stretches. Some have criticized the show for its slower, somewhat meandering pace-in later seasons, but every season still delivers riveting action sequences and breathtaking plot twists. At the very least, its first season is supremely binge-watch-worthy, and the show is the highest-rated basic cable series ever.

Come see for yourself what all the hype is about at Media & Reserves Services, where you can rent seasons 1-4– that is, of course, after we’re  done watching.                                                                                                     imgres

 

*Pun initially unintended, but we’re going with it.

An end to irony or: How I learned to love sincerity.

As visitors to this blog, I assume that you are a) interested in the happenings of Media and Reserve Services, b) trying to find the hours or c) here by accident. But as long as you are here, and reading this, I want to suggest something that might make your life better. In this era of eschatological uncertainty (you know—like apocalyptic stuff) and high anxiety, we too often seek out distractions, whether it be the internet (most often), TV (fairly often), magazines (less often), or contact with people in the real world (almost never).

 

How did it get this way and are distractions appropriate responses to the craziness of the real world? To answer these questions, I want to discuss our misuse of the term “irony.”

 

Now you are probably going to say, “Come on, Alex. What do you have to say that David Foster Wallace and/or Chuck Klosterman haven’t said before, better, and did we already say better?”And I would respond, “You are right. I can talk the talk, but it is probably stolen verbatim from someone wiser than I.”And since we both recognize this, we can move on without having to go into too many details.

 

Merriam Webster defines irony as: “the use of words that mean the opposite of what you really think especially in order to be funny.”You and everyone you know has a favorite book or TV show that they claim they watch “ironically.”“Why would I, an educated young liberal dare to watch the complete series of Gossip Girl?”Why, because it is great. When I was younger I wrapped everything I said in seventy-seven layers of irony. No one could understand if I was being sincere. It was a defense mechanism, and a crappy one at that. What I have come to realize is that I like a lot of things that on paper I should not. And at the end of the day, who cares? We all need distractions. This is the difference between hipsters and pop culture lovers. Hipsters do things “ironically,”meaning they do things they would do anyway but have the added bonus of making fun of it to their friends. Ain’t life an infinite jest (get it? Foster Wallace reference, boom!). Pop culture lovers love the same things that hipsters love, sincerely. Both are fine. One is not better than the other, especially since both groups love the same things sincerely for the same reasons: A) because it is entertaining and B) it serves the purpose of distracting people from real things like jobs, taxes, picking up cat litter, etc.

 

This is my revolution. To end the misuse of the term irony. Stop saying you are watching a movie or playing a game ironically. You are just supporting the Alanis Morissette misuse of words. You are doing something that you either sincerely enjoy (so go enjoy it, unless it is bad like not wearing deodorant or murder) or you are doing something you sincerely dislike (which you should stop doing, unless it is you know, like paying attention to your kids or recycling or whatever…). Go ahead, watch Gossip Girl AND Pretty Little Liars, you 320 lb linebacker. Or go ahead, watch Dirty Jobs AND Mythbusters, you Tri-Delt. It is OK. It will all be OK.

 

Sincerely,

Alex