How “It” Reinvigorates The Horror Genre

The horror genre is one that catches a lot of negativity for it’s inherently evil subject matter and it’s necessity to adhere to traditions that are often written off as clichés, but I’m here to discuss why horror movies are on the rise and how It (2017) may just reinvent the entire genre… Continue reading “How “It” Reinvigorates The Horror Genre”

Only with the Heart

The Little Prince, otherwise known as Le Petite Prince is a novella published in 1943 by the late author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The French novella is known as one of the most successful books in history, and is the origin of one of the most popular French quotes: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” The book introduces heart tugging themes such as loss, love, and growing up… Continue reading “Only with the Heart”

Indiana University Cinema … A Place For Film™: Film Streaming at IU

I recently sat down with Barbara Ann O'Leary, #DirectedbyWomen founder, to provide an overview of free online streaming resources courtesy of IUB Libraries.  A special shout out to all Media Services' students who contribute immensely to Media Beat. -- Monique Threatt

Cinephiles in IU Cinema’s community on the lookout for intriguing film viewing opportunities have a treasure trove of online streaming resources available for free through IU Media Services at Indiana University Libraries

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Animated Films: Not Just Simply for Kids

While at first glance, animated films are generally biased towards young children; however, many of them use their light-hearted approach as a medium to depict deeper meanings that are more likely to be appreciated by an older audience. This trend of portraying an omnipresent theme throughout the entire film is exemplified by numerous major animation studios, including Pixar, Disney Animation, and Studio Ghibli. These themes are often times inspiring and are comprised as an effort to educate the viewer, regardless of age, with an uplifting message or life lesson. The expressions of these messages are normally illustrated through the representation of ubiquitous issues, symbolized within the film. Listed below are notable examples of children’s films with deeper meanings, and are available for checkout and Media Services…. Continue reading “Animated Films: Not Just Simply for Kids”

Get Out: A Terrifying Commentary on Racism

If you’ve been living under a rock for all of 2017, you might have missed how amazing, controversial, and successful Jordan Peele’s Get Out is. The film, which recently dropped to a 99% from a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, is a horror film in which the antagonist is not another person or “monster” but a concert. Racism. The rest of the blog does contain spoilers so proceed with caution. Like racism, some of the messages in the film are not explicitly laid out for its viewers to pick up on. Here are some of the subliminal messages you may have missed. I’ll be discussing five topics/themed that were displayed throughout the film: the “Black Buck”, African Americans and Law Enforcement, Separation, Slavery, and Conforming to Society…  Continue reading “Get Out: A Terrifying Commentary on Racism”

How to Celebrate National Panic Day

As I’m sure none of you are aware, Thursday, March 9th is National Panic Day, a day devoted to embracing the underlying panic that fills many of us on a daily basis, and in celebration of the constant fear we all live in, we here at Wells Library Media Services present to you the following horror flicks, so you can at least give your fear a name… Continue reading “How to Celebrate National Panic Day”

Films to Enlighten Regarding Refugee History

From the heartbreaking scenes of Syrians fleeing their war-torn home countries for Europe to President Trump’s controversial ban that briefly prevented refugees from entering the United States, refugees have dominated the news over the last few years. Displaced persons, asylum seekers, and forced migrants have also served as the subjects of riveting dramas and documentaries about refugeedom. For deeper insight into their fraught and often dangerous journeys, check out the following films available at IU Media Services…

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Changing Fate: The Power Dynamics in ‘Stranger Than Fiction’

The movie Stranger Than Fiction plays with the idea of fate, the unknown, and the inevitability of death. Harold, the main character, has to contemplate these in his adventure to uncover the one pulling his strings to his preordained death. Throughout the movie, I kept wondering about the power dynamics between Harold and his writer Karen in the grand scheme of Harold’s story. Considering that the story doesn’t in fact end with Harold’s death, questions began to arise about how preordained each scene and action is up to the final moments where Harold should in fact die. I personally argue that while Harold may feel that Karen is controlling his every step that she is in fact guiding him to a conclusion that she wanted. I don’t think fate had anything to do with the death that had been outlined for him…

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