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Kelsey Recommends:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (DVD 13616): 

An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

Kelsey Recommends:

Your Name (DVD 18135):

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. As a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?

Erin Recommends:

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (DVD 779): 

Three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

Erin Recommends:

Pump Up the Volume (DVD 4347): 

Mark runs a pirate radio station and causes an uproar when he speaks his mind and enthralls fellow teens.

Chris Recommends:

Hotline Miami (Steam): 

A surrealist video game that dives into the mind of an assassin living within the neon gloss of the late 1980’s of Miami.

Stuart Recommends:

The Fountain (DVD 7314): 

A scientist struggles with mortality, desperately searching for the breakthrough that will save the life of his sick wife.

Maya Recommends:

Outlander Season 4 (DVD 18893): 

An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 Scotland.

Maya Recommends:

Moonlighter (Game 926): 

Moonlighter is an RPG that shows two sides of the coin, revealing the routines of a shopkeeper that secretly dreams of becoming a hero.

Maya Recommends:

Abzû (Game 909 PS4): 

A nameless scuba diver explores the depths of the ocean.

Laramie Recommends:

Annihilation (DVD 18508): 

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don’t apply.

 

What are some of your favorite scores and soundtracks? Sound off in the comments below.

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This February, in honor of Black History Month, the UNT Media Library would like to spotlight six documentaries that examine the complex intersection of race in the worlds of art, business, entertainment, education, and industry. The figures in these films not only offer inspiration to rise above outstanding odds, but engage the audience in the ongoing discussion of identity challenges in American society. 

“A Ballerina’s Tale” follows the rise of ballerina Misty Copleland, the first African American principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater. The film discusses the difficulties women of color have historically faced in the world of ballet, and how Misty’s work has inspired change. Her inspiring story details the performer’s struggles, from injuries to systemic prejudice, while also documenting the health risks and challenges ballerinas across the globe face to pursue their dreams. (DVD 17391).

“Boss: The Black Experience in Business” from PBS tells the stories of black entrepreneurs, covering 150 years of American history. Often forgotten or overlooked, these figures are given their due, showing their affect on American industry. “Boss” examines the prejudices and challenges that tried to hold these industrious leaders back from the American Dream. (DVD 18738)

 

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” acts as an illuminating portrait of an legendary writer. “Pieces” follows Morrison’s life from childhood to her rise to narrative success. Her works were not only award winning and highly regarded; they challenged readers to examine humanity, race, and the history of America itself. (DVD 18767).

In “Good Hair”, Chris Rock takes the audience through the complex history and culture of hair in the African American community. A lighthearted take, but a serious examination, “Good Hair” looks behind the scenes of the multi-billion dollar beauty industry, and allows for an honest look at how hair affects black people, especially black women, in their professional and personal lives. (DVD 11540).

 

“Hoop Dreams” is considered one of the best documentaries ever made. The film follows two talented African American teenagers who are recruited to play basketball for a mostly white high school, and the struggles these students and their families met in order to make it work. The film examines race, sports, and economic division all through the lens of sports, leaving critic Roger Ebert to call it “one of the best films about American life I have ever seen.” (DVD 4697).

 

“Tell Them We are Rising” showcases the history of HBCUs, or “Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” These institutions have had major influence over the last 150 years in America, yet their story remains largely untold. From pre-slavery to today, “Tell Them” showcases the important history and evolution of the education system for African Americans. (DVD 18293). 

 

 

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The San Diego Comic Con is notorious for many things – fans camping in long lines to be the first to see new trailers, spotting celebrities in the delirium-inducing Exhibit Hall, and more cosplayers than there are multiverses in the Marvel canon. It is pretty much Christmas in July for fan boys and girls across the globe, where the Pop Culture industry comes out to share a slew of projects set to delight the masses over the next few years. “SDCC” is how we find out winter is coming, who will next pilot the Tardis, and where the Avengers assemble. However, it’s easy to get lost in the avalanche of news and hype — which is why we made this special news roundup of all the biggest announcements.

  

 

 

  1. Marvel’s “Phase 4” – There is no Endgame in sight for Marvel movie fans as the MCU’s producer Kevin Feige announced their next phase of stories coming to screens soon. The next two years will bring us five Marvel films and five television series, which will be exclusive to Disney’s new streaming service. Out of these titles, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow will finally get her long begged for solo film. The first Asian lead in a superhero film will be introduced with “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” And, not only is “Thor 4” confirmed with Taika Waititi directing, but Natalie Portman is back as Jane Foster, and wielding Thor’s hammer no less. If that amazing batch of news wasn’t enough, the Marvel panel had one more surprise – the character of Blade is coming back to the big screen, with Oscar winner Mahershala Ali taking up the mantle. 

 

  1. Boldly going forward, CBS All Access previewed season three of “Star Trek: Discovery,” throwing its characters into a whirlwind of new adventures. But, it can’t be universe-altering drama all the time, which is where the new animated comedy “Star Trek: Lower Decks” comes in, following “the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships”. Maybe it will be “The Office” in space! However, the most hype surrounded the trailer for the release of the new series “Star Trek: Picard.” It follows Patrick Stewart reigniting the character of Jean Luc Picard from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” considered by many to be the best captain of the franchise.

 

  1. Trailers, trailers, trailers! There were so many trailers released, it’s impossible to talk about all of them at once. You have to see them to believe. You can watch the biggest SDCC trailers here. Just a few included are “IT: Chapter 2”, “His Dark Materials”, “Snowpiercer”, and HBO’s “Watchmen.” 

 

  1. Lastly, in one of the more plot-twisty plot twists of the convention, news broke that Brandon Routh will once again don the red cape of Superman on “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” an Arrowverse crossover event. “Arrow”. Yep – that Brandon Routh, star of the 2006 film “Superman Returns,” which received a tepid response from critics and moviegoers alike. Few outright blamed Routh for its problems, leaving a question as to what he could have done with the role long term. With the final season of The CW’s “Arrow” television show pulling out all the stops for its conclusion, both Brandon Routh and Tyler Hoechlin’s versions of Superman will be featured in what we can only assume is a “Into the Spider-verse”-esque send off the series.

 

What are you most excited about in the upcoming year? We’d love to know. And remember, the UNT Media Library has all sorts of pop culture films and shows like the ones featured at SDCC every year. Browse our catalog online to find your next favorite. 

 

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The UNT Media Library recently purchased the full collection of films by filmmaker Barbara Hammer. She was a pioneer of her time, documenting LGBT+ history often with an autobiographical viewpoint and creating over 80 feature length and short films over the span of her lifelong career. Experimental in nature, her films often tested the limits of her cameras and continue to challenge viewers to see things from her unique vantage point.

 

Here’s just a few of the films in the Media Library collection you can check out:

 

Tender Fictions: An autobiographical film tracing the life of the filmmaker, including historical footage and stills from pre-Stonewall lesbian history, and other icons of her youth. Hammer challenges a younger generation to visualize a world before they existed.

 

My Babushka — Searching Ukrainian Identities: Barbara Hammer goes to her ancestral village in the Ukraine in search of her roots.

 

A Horse is Not a Metaphor: The filmmaker, fighting ovarian cancer, stage 3, returns to her experimental roots, in a multilayered film of numerous chemotherapy sessions with images of light and movement that take her far from the hospital bed. Ms. Hammer changes illness into recovery.

 

Welcome To This House: A feature documentary film on the homes and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), about life in the shadows, and the anxiety of art making without full self-disclosure. Hammer filmed in Bishop’s ‘best loved homes’ in the US, Canada, and Brazil believing that buildings and landscapes bear cultural memories. 

 

Nitrate Kisses: A film with striking images of four gay and lesbian couples with footage of an unearthed forbidden and invisible history. Archival footage from the first gay film in the U.S., Lot In Sodom (1933) is interwoven in this haunting documentary.

 

To learn more about Barbara Hammer, read her biography here.

 

 

 

 

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May is Mental Health Awareness month. Movies, TV shows and games can be great escapes in trying times. Many are even structured to help facilitate greater mental health practices, from documentaries that foster discussions, to video games designed for therapeutic purposes. We invite everyone to check out the UNT Media Library’s resources to help improve your own mental health in the hopes of erasing the stigma surrounding it. Below, the Media Library staff have shared a few of their go-to films and games for getting through difficulties. Feel free to add your own in the comments.

 

Julia: Stardew Valley (Game 904 PS4). It’s fun, relaxing, and can really help take your mind off things!

 

Jeremy: Einstein: His Amazing Life and Incomparable Science – Boardgame 601. Einstein is a game of shapes and patterns. You and your friends play Einstein at different stages of his life, trying to recreate his scientific and mathematical discoveries and theorems. This abstract game creates an artistic space where collaboration and competition combine to stretch the mind. There is a relaxing element of placing tangram like tiles to create shapes as efficiently as possible. The ability to engage my mind on something constructive yet low stakes is the ultimate definition of de-stress for me.

 

Rachel: Cowboy Bebop Remix: DVD 12520 v.1) & Samurai Champloo, the complete series. (DVD 18074 v.1) These are two classic animes that have superb soundtracks, story lines, and characters. I go back to these when I need something to take my mind off the bus, day-to-day mayhem.

 

Rachel: Fire emblem: Birthright (Game 701 3DS) & Fire emblem: Conquest (Game 7000 3DS). I’m a huge fire emblem nerd so if i’m stressed I’ll sit down and play a game through on the easiest setting. Birthright is the superior game by the way.

 

Sarah: My go to chill movie is Thor: Ragnarok (DVD 18505 or DVD 18506 Blu-ray).

 

Estela: The Good Place, (DVD 17824 V1.-2). When Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in the afterlife, she’s both relieved and surprised that she’s made it into the Good Place. But it doesn’t take long for Eleanor to realize she’s there by mistake.

 

Stu: A good film that has helped me and makes me happy (also a little sad) but ultimately happy is Elling. (DVD 1430).

 

Stuart: We Happy Few: We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial. Set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England, you’ll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who have their own set of not-so-normal rules.

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This week, humankind celebrates with Katie Bouman and her team as we get our first look at a black hole. Our first look into the dark abyss was heralded in media over the last century. Join the rest of humanity with a look into how we have perceived these massive gravity sinks through the lenses of film and games!

The Black Hole – DVD 4002

  • While exploring the galaxy, the USS Palomino encounters a black hole and an orbiting ghost ship, the USS Cygnus. While investigating, the Palomino is damaged, and they must dock with the Cygnus to make their repairs. What the find on board quickly answers what happened to their fateful crew.

Monster of the Milky Way – DVD 15150

  • In the center of our galaxy sits one of the most destructive objects in the universe. It’s gravitational pull serves as the very force holding our galaxy together. The black hole that binds the Milky Way together remains one of the greatest secret keepers known to science. Journey with a group of astronomers as they seek evidence that could answer many of the most pressing questions in physics today.

The Theory of Everything – DVD 16024

  • When studying black holes, it is difficult to do so without referencing the work of Stephen Hawking. Journey alongside the brilliant mind that inspired most astrophysicists today with this biopic. From falling in love, to his fateful diagnosis, this journey will inspire as much as it tugs at the heartstrings.

Interstellar – DVD 16162

  • With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

Event Horizon – DVD 10735

  • Many years ago, we sent out a high tech pioneering spacecraft, but it disappeared without a trace. It has recently reappeared, and a team is dispatched to investigate the ship. However, something sinister resides upon the ship. What befell the Event Horizon on its voyage?

Eons – Boardgame 342

  • The universe is a massive place, filled with stars, planets, and matter scattered through the vastness of eternity. Over millennia, it spreads further and entropy disperses. Play the hand of a being so powerful, it sees the building blocks of the universe as clay, and planets and stars as marbles. Create, combine, and destroy galaxies as you compete against other beings like yourself. Will your planets develop life, or will an interstellar event turn your largest star into a black hole, decimating everything you built?

Twilight Imperium – Boardgame 606

  • The galactic council has been dissolved, and the Lazax have been scattered through the galaxy. With no unifying force holding the different sentient races together, each falls to their own desire for supremacy. Lead the Xxcha to political power, or dominate trade with the Hacan. Can you cease Mecatol Rex, or will your ships be caught in the gravitational tides of a black hole?

Chaosmos – Boardgame 283

  • For billions of years, the universe expanded; however, the gravitational force of all of the matter in the universe was too great to allow expansion to go on forever. For billions of years afterwards, matter has been collapsing back into a singular place, the very spot where the universe was born. But there is hope. The Ovoid is an object of immense power. It cannot save you, but it can give you control of how the next universe will form. Can you be the one holding the Ovoid when the universe finally crunches back in upon itself into a singularly massive black hole?

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This April, the UNT Media Library highlights the films, shows, & games that explore Alternate Histories – a.k.a. the What If narratives that help us understand & appreciate our past by deviating from it altogether.

 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail: (Recommended by Erin) King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles. DVD 10302

 

Bioshock Trilogy: (Recommended by Stuart) BioShock includes elements of role-playing games, giving the player different approaches in engaging enemies such as by stealth, as well as moral choices of saving or killing characters; additionally, the game and biopunk theme borrow concepts from the survival horror genre. Game 490 

 

Inglourious Basterds: (Recommended by Lindsay) In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner’s vengeful plans for the same. DVD 16064

 

District 9: (Recommended by Stuart) An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. 

DVD 10918

 

Back to the Future: (Recommended by Sarah) Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. DVD 16283

 

Red Dawn: (Recommended by Sarah) It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers and together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces. DVD 9374


Looper: (Recommended by Sarah) In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits – someone like Joe – who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by sending back Joe’s future self for assassination.

 

Abraham Lincoln — Vampire Hunter: (Recommended by Rachel) Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them. DVD 13783

 

Wolfenstein: (Recommended by Rachel) A series of games set in World War II in which the player controls an unnamed American prisoner of war as he steals German files containing secret war plans. Game 596

 

Raiders of the Lost Arc: (Recommended by Lindsay)The first installment of a series starring Harrison Ford as archaeologist Indiana Jones, who battles a group of Nazis searching for the Ark of the Covenant. DVD 16293

 

Stranger Things: (Recommended by Rachel) When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back. DVD 17895 

 

Unexploded Cow: (Recommended by Jeremy) A card game in which the objective is to blow up unexploded bombs in France with mad cows from Britain, earning money in the process. 

Boardgame 618 

 

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This month, the UNT Media Library is celebrating Women’s History Month by showcasing the ways that women shape the landscape of storytelling through film, television, and gaming. Below are just a few of our staff picks for media that showcases amazing stories about and/or created by women. 

 

 

Arrival (2016) DVD 17303, Recommended by Caleb.

Louise Banks (Amy Adams) a Professor

of Linguistics plays the center role in this worldwide upheaval, when 12 spaceships appear suddenly at different points of the globe, causing tension to rise as world leaders grow skeptical of the tourist’s intentions, while trying to break through the communication barrier with an interplanetary intelligence, and establish why the visitors have arrived. With an unforgettable first act that establishes the visitors, incorporating our own sometimes strangely foreign planet to create an atmosphere of suspense until the aliens reveal themselves. The movie slumps a bit in the middle through some soft pacing. This somewhat hurts the third act with its breakthroughs and questions for the audience. But despite that, Louise Bank’s character brings a subtle and intense characterization that plants these sometimes out-there ideas firmly in reality. Arrival sets forth to ask its audience some of the more philosophical questions that sci-fi can approach, and achieves this goal with a vigor that most of Denis Villeneuve’s movies carry in stride.

Journey: collector edition Game 297 PS4. Recommended by Rachel.

Journey is executive produced by Robin Hunicke, the co-founder of Funomena, and a professor of game design at UC Santa Cruz. Prior to Journey, Hunicke worked on MySims as a lead designer and Boom Blox as a producer. Hunicke is known in the space as an advocate for indie development, experimentation, and women’s representation. 

 

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Game 544 3DS, Recommended by Rachel.

Co-directed by Aya Kyogoku, it’s one of the most celebrated and highest Metacritic ranked game in the Animal Crossing series. Kyogoku also served as a writer on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure. Kyogoku contributed some of the game’s fun, sense of exploration and calmness to the development team’s “peaceful gender diversity.”

 

 

The many games of Marsha J. Falco – Designer, recommended by Jeremy.

Five Crowns – Boardgame 277

Quiddler – Boardgame 251

SET – Boardgame 250

Set Dice – Boardgame 191

 

Century: Spice Road — Boardgame 58, Recommended by Jeremy.

Discover the beauties of the spice trading road and its colorful markets, with the amazing artwork by international renowned artist Fernanda Suárez. Wrap your mind around the simple and pure game mechanics combined with a touch of deck-building, that will lead to endless strategies and decisions.

 

Erin Brockovich – DVD 713, Recommended by Sarah.

An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply. The film is a dramatization of the true story of Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia Roberts, who fought against the energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). The film was a box office success, and critical reaction was positive.

 

Hidden Figures — DVD 17361, Recommended by Rachel.

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. It is loosely based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about black female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race.

 

 

The Imitation Game, DVD 16013 – Recommended by Estela

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. Turing’s team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyze Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them.

 

Big Eyes DVD 16023 – Recommended by Rachel.

A drama about the awakening of painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s. The film stars Amy Adams as Margaret Keane and Christoph Waltz as Walter Keane.

 

 

Across the Universe, DVD 8492 – Recommended by Benjamin.

Directed by Julie Taymor, the music of The Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

 

But I’m A Cheerleader, DVD 298 – Recommended by Steven.

Directed by Jamie Babbit, “But I’m a Cheerleader” is the classic comedy about a naive teenager sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

 

Amelie, DVD 16289 – Recommended by Stuart.

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love and perhaps the meaning of life in general. She grows up in an original, if slightly dysfunctional family. She learns that she must reach out to others to achieve happiness.

 

Monarch, Boardgame 516 – Recommended by Julia.

Created by game designer Mary Flanagan & artist Kate Adams, Monarch is a strategic card game in which the princesses of a mythical land must prove their ability to serve as the next queen. Flanagan was inspired by strong, influential women of the past to create a game in which the future of a kingdom rests in the hands of powerful women, writing that “both empresses and queens had more power than the history books have granted them.”

 

RBG, DVD 18283 — Recommended by Erin.

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. However, the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans–until now. RBG explores Ginsburg’s life and career.

 

 

Dolores, DVD 17775 – Recommended by Erin.

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. Her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century–and she continues the fight to this day.

 

 

Mad Max: Fury Road, DVD 16556, Recommended by Lindsay.

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

 

 

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Love — It’s complicated.

 

Whether you celebrate Singles Awareness Month or just regular old Valentine’s Day, the UNT Media Library has you covered. This February, we’re sending a Valentine to all the romantic movies, shows, and games that remind us all that love can be messy, challenging, and sometimes downright bad.

 

Stuart Recommends:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a medical procedure to have each other erased from their memories. DVD 3385

 

Moonstruck: Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry. DVD 5583

 

Sarah Recommends:

Crossroads: Three childhood best friends, and a guy they just met, take a road trip across the country, finding themselves and their friendship in the process. DVD 12318

 

Ever After: With the death of her father, Danielle is made a servant by her stepmother. Still, Danielle grows up to be a strong-willed young lady, and one day her path crosses that of handsome Prince Henry. DVD 920

 

Julia Recommends:

Twilight: Bella Swan moves to Forks and encounters Edward Cullen, a gorgeous boy with a secret. DVD 9998

 

Benjamin Recommends:

Silver Linings Playbook: After a stint in a mental institution, Pat moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Then, Pat meets Tiffany. DVD 13866

 

Estela Recommends:

She’s the Man: When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguised as him, and proceeds to fall for one of his teammates. DVD 16963

 

Erin Recommends:  

Sixteen Candles: A girl’s “sweet” sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. DVD 2618

 

Jeremy Recommends:

Marrying Mr. Darcy: Marrying Mr. Darcy is a strategy card game for 2-6 players based on Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice.” Boardgame 574  

 

Council of Verona: In Council of Verona, players take on the role of influential citizens of Verona and use their influence to either add characters to the council or cast them into exile. Boardgame 134

 

Tomi Recommends:

The Time Traveler’s Wife: A Chicago librarian has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage. DVD 11723

 

Josh Recommends:

The Notebook: A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences. DVD 4375

 

Caleb Recommends:

Her: In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need. DVD 15488

 

Stu Recommends:

Ballad of a Soldier: Young Russian soldier Alyosha earns a medal, but asks to visit his mother instead. His journey recounts various kinds of love during wartime. DVD 4231

 

Lindsay Recommends:

Final Fantasy X: the story of Tidus, who journeys with a summoner on her quest to save the world of Spira. Game 493 PS4

 

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It’s a new year, and that means most of us are looking forward as we come up with resolutions for 2019, and goals we want to accomplish. With that in mind, we thought that this month, the Media Library Staff Recommendations would focus on media about THE FUTURE. 

 

DISTRICT 9 (CALL # DVD 10918)

Recommended By Lindsay

IMDb: An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

 

 

EX-MACHINA (CALL # DVD 16852)

Recommended by Jeremy

IMDb: A programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a humanoid A.I.

 

 

THE HANDMAID’S TALE (CALL # DVD 18031)

Recommended by Laura

Imdb: Offred, one of the few fertile women known as Handmaids in the oppressive Republic of Gilead, struggles to survive as a reproductive surrogate for a powerful Commander and his resentful wife.

 

WESTWORLD (HBO) (CALL # DVD 17764)

Recommended by Benjamin

IMDb: Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.

 

ARRIVAL (CALL # DVD 17303)

Recommended by Sarah

IMDb: A linguist is recruited by the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecrafts land around the world.

 

LOOPER (CALL # DVD 13783)

Recommended by Nathan

IMDb: In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits – someone like Joe – who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by sending back Joe’s future self for assassination.

 

FORBIDDEN PLANET (CALL # DVD 6799)

Recommended by Erin

IMDb: A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet’s colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

 

AKIRA (CALL # DVD 16311)

Recommmended by Josh

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.

 

MOON (CALL # DVD 11082)

Recommended by Stuart

IMDb: Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet’s power problems.

 

BRAZIL (CALL # DVD 16300)

Recommended by Caleb

IMDb: A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error and becomes an enemy of the state.

 

INTERSTELLAR (CALL # DVD 16162)

Recommended by Caleb

IMDb: A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.

 

WALL-E (CALL # DVD 9358/DVD 10441 Blu-ray )

Recommended by Kelsey

IMDb: In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

 

MINORITY REPORT (CALL # DVD 1796)

Recommended by Steven

IMDb: In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

ROBOCOP (CALL # DVD 1176)

Recommend by Bennet

IMDb: In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. 

 

Is your favorite on the list? If not, what is your favorite film, show, or game about the future? 

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