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This week, humankind took another step towards understanding our universe with the successful landing of InSight on the surface of Mars. We still have a long way to go before the data comes in. While we wait, celebrate with a boardgame of galactic exploration.

Terraforming Mars – Boardgame 534

1-5 Players          120 Minutes      Ages 12+

Mechanisms: Card Drafting, Engine Building, Resource Management

                400 years in the future, mankind begins the process of terraforming Mars. Each player takes on the role of a mega-corporation, all vying to boost economic power and public opinion while collaborating in the process of terraforming mars. Will you focus on creating an atmosphere through plant life, or on filling the riverbeds with water? Each player can take a different route to victory, but which one will reign supreme?

Star Realms – Boardgame 337

2 Players              20 Minutes         Ages 12+

Mechanisms: Deck Building, Head-to-Head play

                The universe isn’t as big as we thought, and there isn’t enough space for all of us. Make allegiances between galactic factions to garner enough trade and military power to eliminate your opponents. But don’t get too bogged down with outdated ships, or disperse your power too widely, or you will find your allies unwilling to collaborate.

Twilight Imperium (4th Edition) – Boardgame 606

3-6 Players          240-480 Minutes             Ages 14+

Mechanisms: Area Control, 4X, Variable Player Powers, Trading, Voting

                After the fall of the Lazax Empire, the remaining galactic races vie for dominance and control over the galaxy. Take control of your favorite race, and build political, military, economic, and technological might. Hold onto your sector while invading others’ in hopes of tipping the scales in your favor.

Star Munchkin Deluxe – Boardgame 10 Star Deluxe

3-6 Players          90 Minutes         Ages 10+

Mechanisms: Take-That, Trading, Dice Rolling

                The galaxy is filled with clichés and oddities pulling from every sci-fi space opera from TV, Film and Literature alike. Compete against the other space heroes to reach max level before they do. But watch out! As you explore, so does your rivals, and at any moment they may spring a trap, or sick an army of fanged fuzzballs on you!

Chaosmos – Boardgame 283

2-4 Players          60-90 Minutes  Ages 12+

Mechanisms: Hand Management, Bluffing/Deduction, Take-That, Variable Player Powers

                The universe is collapsing and there is nothing that can be done to save it. However, legend says that whomever holds the ‘Ovoid’, a mystical cosmic egg that will birth the new universe, when the current one collapses will be able to shape the new universe as they see fit. Can you make sure that your species holds the Ovoid when the time comes? Take control of one of the remaining species in the universe as you participate in the largest game of reverse hot-potato the universe has ever seen!

Battlestar Galactica – Boardgame 308

3-6 players          120-300 Minutes             Ages 10+

Mechanisms: Cooperative Play, Bluffing/Deduction, Variable Play Powers

                Step onto the legendary ship Battlestar Galactica as you lead the whole of humanity through the stars to find a new home. Along the way, fight off the Cylons and beware betrayal from within. Each player takes the role of one of the major characters from the Battlestar Galactica TV show. Who will be the Cylon sleeper cell? Can you stop them before they betray you?

Eons – Boardgame 342

2-5 players          90 Minutes         Ages 14+

Mechanisms: Resource Management, Hand Management, Take-That

                As the universe expands continuously, and energy disperses across a wider range of space, the universe cools. From the Big Bang to its inevitable cold death, stars are born and die, planets and civilizations rise and fall. In this game, each player is a cosmic architect, attempting to create solar systems to survive the eons. Manage your elements well and time galactic sabotage on the scale of heavenly bodies to write your name in the very matter of the universe.

Race for the Galaxy – Boardgame 209

2-4 Players          30-60 Minutes  Ages 12+

Mechanisms: Engine Building, Hand Management, Simultaneous Action Selection

                Your civilization has developed the technology to join the stars, but quickly you discover that so has a dozen other civilizations. Now the race is on. Claim planets and develop technologies as quickly as you can, but make sure your economy doesn’t stall out. In the end, only one civilization can claim dominance over the galaxy.

Among the Stars – Boardgame 335

2-4 Players          30 Minutes         Ages 12+

Mechanisms: Tile Placement, Simultaneous Action Selection, Drafting

                The galaxy has been ravaged and scarred by war. However, when immenant destruction loomed, the alien races declared peace. Now, in the wake of that threat, each species seeks to build the greatest space station to promote trade and diplomacy as well as to ward off future threats. Will your space station stand the test of time?

Tiny Epic Galaxies – Boardgame 268

1-5 Players          30-60 Minutes  Ages 14+

Mechanisms: Dice Rolling, Area Control, Variable Player Powers

                A compact game of galactic control. Take the role of a galactic empire seeking to expand their dominion. Use your actions well to take control of planets and to expand your reach. Strike out alone on the less desirable planets, or fight for dominion over the more lucrative ones. The more you risk, the more you have to lose!

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by Rene Gomez

You know, there aren’t that many Halloween movies out there. There’s thousands of horror films, but most of them have nothing to do with the actual Halloween holiday. With Halloween approaching us, what better way to celebrate than to give you 6 Halloween movies you should watch this year! All of these films are available to check-out at the Media Library.

Halloween (1978) – DVD 235/DVD 15702

John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic opened the door for slasher movies and has inspired the creation of other slasher villains such as Jason Voorhees. After 40 years, the movie still holds up today. The low-budget feel of the movie enhances the creepy atmosphere of the film. Jamie Lee Curtis is iconic in her role as Laurie Strode and is a great character for audiences to latch on to. Donald Pleasence is amazing as Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael Myer’s old psychiatrist. At one point he delivers a short speech about Michael that sends chills down your spine. Do I even need to talk about the soundtrack? Even if you’ve never seen the movie, there is almost no way you don’t recognize that piano riff. 40 years after the original they are releasing a new Halloween film that is said to be a direct sequel to the first film, meaning that Halloween II is not cannon to the series. I’m okay with this but call the 2018 version something different. Now when people talk about Halloween they won’t be sure if it’s the original, the remake, or the sequel to the original. Either way, the original will forever be a classic.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) – DVD 15704

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Let’s make one thing clear: this is NOT a sequel to Halloween and it does not have any characters from the first two films. The reason why it’s called Halloween III is because they attempted to turn the Halloween franchise into an anthology series that obviously did not work. Audiences were upset that the film had no Michael Myers and for that, it did poorly both financially and critically. With that said, it’s not a bad movie like everyone says it is. The plot centers around Doctor Daniel Challis who investigates a business called Silver Shamrock that sells Halloween masks and is trying to turn the holiday back to being filled with rituals and sacrifices. It’s cool to find a film that goes back to the old traditions of Halloween and that’s why I find this movie to be a good watch for the October season. The production design is definitely the film’s strongest aspect. There are some really nice shots throughout the movie and, honestly, this movie feels more Halloweeny than the first two Halloween films, which makes sense since director, Tommy Lee Wallace, was the art director and production designer for the first film that was filmed in the summer, not fall. Season of the Witch may not be as good as Halloween (1978) but it is definitely better than any of the other sequels (not counting the 2018 one since I have not seen it yet).

Monster House (2006) – DVD 6142

There are many movies about the horror buff that thinks his neighbor his a serial killer, a vampire, or any other bad thing, but I think this is the only film that concentrates on a house rather than the actual person living in it. Monster House stars Disney Channel actor, Mitchel Musso, as DJ Walters, a 12-year-old who finds out his neighbor’s house is alive and must try to stop it with his two other friends before kids go trick or treating on Halloween night. Pretty clever idea with a great execution. It has beautiful cinematography and good direction by Gil Kenan. It’s a very entertaining film. It’s very easy to relate to any of the three main characters. The only negative I can think of is the animation. There are some scenes where it doesn’t hold up too well to today’s standards but it’s not horrible. The story and characters are interesting enough to make you look passed that. My favorite aspect of the movie is the dynamic between DJ and his best friend, Chowder. They both have some funny banter. However, they also have issues. DJ feels like they’re too old to go trick or treating but Chowder disagrees. If you’re looking for a very funny, entertaining, spooky movie, then I am sure Monster House will not disappoint.

Trick r’ Treat (2007) – DVD 10576

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If you’re a fan of Halloween and horror movies, Trick r’ Treat is an absolute must watch. I’m not going to go too in depth in case you’ve never seen it but I will say that the less you know, the better. It’s an anthology film with five stories that happen on Halloween night. It’s filled with many practical effects which is always awesome to see, especially since the advent of CGI, most effects nowadays are computer generated. Out of all the movies on this list, this one has the best set design, hands down. There are so many jack-o-lanterns and Halloween decorations. And just like Season of the Witch, this is one of the few horror movies that talk about the ancient traditions of Halloween.  Trick r’ Treat will surprise you and will make you wonder why you haven’t seen the movie earlier.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) – DVD 535

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“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is one of the most classic Halloween stories ever made and the 1949 Walter Disney short film is the closest adaptation to the original story released in 1820. This film consists of two short films. The first film is an animation based on the 1908 novel, The Wind in the Willows, and the second film is the sleepy hollow adaptation. Personally, I always skip the first half of the movie and go straight into The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It’s animated extremely well and has some amazing visuals. It’s just another reminder of how underrated hand-drawn animation has gotten. Everything is so fluid. Each frame will be different than the last, unlike most animated cartoons today. Even though the film is nearly 70 years old, it still holds up extremely well. It’s just a reminder that great classic stories like these never die … especially if you adapt it into a live-action film with Johnny Depp.

Hocus Pocus (1993) – DVD 17119

 

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If you grew up watching Disney channel, then chances are you’ve probably seen Hocus Pocus already and if you haven’t, you’ve probably heard your friends talk about it and if you still haven’t seen it … then I don’t know. Either way, Hocus Pocus is about a kid named Max Dennison, who accidentally releases 300-year-old witches on Halloween while trying to impress his crush. The movie is filled with costumes, spooky house decorations, and Halloween music which makes this the perfect film to watch at any Halloween event. The witches, played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, are more hilarious than they are threatening which make for some great comedic scenes. I don’t have too much to say for the film. It speaks for itself. I can guarantee you will at least have a fun time watching it and it’s a sure way to get you into that October mood.

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Scene opens on a beach.

Enter Hamlet.

Enter Juliet?

Hamlet – I am sick when I do look on thee!

Juliet – You speak an infinite deal of nothing…

…Wait a second… I think someone mixed up the pages from the Complete Work of Shakespeare. Or maybe we are playing Steal the Show Act 2, the theatrical party game by Hungry for More Games!

Have you ever wanted to insult someone as well as Shakespeare did? Maybe get away with it in polite company? Check out this game of competing insults.

In Steal the Show, each player takes on the role of one of Shakespeare’s most well-known characters, and then compete in a war of words amidst some of the greatest sets of all time. Each turn all players draw up to a full hand. Then, the active player selects an opponent and challenges them to a war of Wits or Strength or Wits. From there the hilarity begins. Each player takes a turn playing insults, either using their value to boost their strength or wit, or to use the power of the card, changing the battle in some way. Don’t think you can win? Think that you can out play your opponent? Play a card face down and call out a number. If they don’t challenge you, the card will be worth your claim. If they do, flip it over. If they catch you in a lie, you gain a tragedy mask. If you are telling the truth, they gain a tragedy mask! Watch out though. Gain too many tragedy masks and you are out of the game. Be the first player to gain 5 comedy masks and you win!

In our play through of the game, Falstaff opened up the show in the tavern by challenging Macbeth to a battle of wits! Macbeth was equipped with some great insults, racking up quite a few points. Falstaff fought him off, but his action cards get a minus when played. Falstaff is quite skilled in wit, while Macbeth is not. In the end, Macbeth was able to overcome his deficit and win the battle, earning him a comedy mask. Through the game Juliet, Romeo, Macbeth, and Puck all fell in time to their own challenges. We traveled from the tavern to the rainforest to the Senate. In the end, Lady Macbeth won the game, snatching the final comedy mask from Brutus on the steps of his own Senate.

Over all, we enjoyed this game of “take that” action and laughed regularly at the vivid insults flung in each battle.

We would like to thank Hungry for More Games for this great donation.

If you would like to play Steal the Show, it is available for check out here, at the UNT Media Library.

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Was it stolen from the museum? Or did the spy leave it on the luggage rack of the west bound train? The black market is full of them! Get the money and call the “Garbage Collector!”

Looney Labs is at it again with their new game, Get the MacGuffin.

After spending all morning searching for our copy of Get the MacGuffin—which could have been a film all in and of itself—we played this fast passed, take-that game of plot device stealing fun!

Like the majority of Looney Labs games, Get the MacGuffin is a quick card game for 2-11 players where play pivots at every moment. The ultimate goal is to be the last person standing, and obtaining and keeping the MacGuffin is the surest way to do so. Look out though, because spies, tomb robbers, and assassins are everywhere, and they will use every tool at their disposal to eliminate you.

Each turn, a player performs one action by playing a card from their hand, or activating a card on the field. Most of your cards will affect the game state by removing, stealing, or trading cards in some form or fashion. On your turn, if you have no actions to take, you are out! The MacGuffin gives you unlimited actions, but only for as long as you can hold onto it.

During our game, it quickly became a competition between the holder of the MacGuffin and the wearer of the Crown. On the first turn the Crown was revealed, only to be assassinated shortly after. The Garbage Collector went searching for it, but was thwarted when the MacGuffin hit the table. The game then became a grab for power as the Thief, Merchant, and holder of the Money each stole the MacGuffin out from under the previous owner.

Over all, the game is a solid experience as a both a filler game and a party game, and plays well both at 4 players and 11.

We would like to thank Looney Labs for this great donation.

If you would like to play Get the MacGuffin or any other game from Looney Labs, they are available for check out here, at the UNT Media Library.

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For many children and young adults in the early 2000’s Japanese Animation, or Anime for short, is not a well-known concept.  However, when examined under a metaphorical microscope, it becomes obvious that many of the “cartoons” that were watched as kids were actually anime, including shows such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Duel Monsters, Pokemon (Pokemon the first Movie – DVD 17738), InuYasha, and Digimon being prime examples.

Enter the year 2002 and many fondly remembered shows were released such as Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Panic, Samurai Champloo, Hellsing (DVD 10687 v. 1-4), Elfen Lied, and Bleach.

Upon seeing that there was a market for anime in the west, Japan capitalized on this new audience combined with new technologies and advancements in computer animation. A torrential flood of anime was release post 2005 with many of the great modern series such as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Code Geass, Eureka Seven, Clannad, Clannad After-stories, Guren Lagann, Afro Samurai (DVD 7294), the Mongatari Series, and the beginning of Ufotables Fate/Stay franchise. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here at the media library we have a few great anime series in stock such as:

Dragonball DVD 16582-6586

Cowboy Bebop – DVD 12520 v. 1-6, DVD 3234

Neon Genesis Evangelion – DVD 12564 v. 1-7

Ghost in the Shell – DVD 507

The Gokusen – DVD 10758 v. 1-3

Wolf’s Rain – DVD 12497 v. 1-7

For a full list of Anime in the Media Library Collection, check our catalog here.

 

Post by Student Supervisor Joshua Dorsey.

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Texas Theater marquee announces 2018 Oak Cliff Film Festival
Texas Theater marquee announces 2018 Oak Cliff Film Festival

The Texas Theatre

 

The Media Library is always looking to provide you with the latest and best in documentary and narrative film as well as new restorations and repertory screenings. Last weekend, we were excited to serve as your representative at the 7th annual Oak Cliff Film Festival .  Bigger and better than ever, this film fest has been offering up innovative programming and workshops since 2011. This festival showcases established and award-winning independent filmmakers as well as emerging talents from Texas and around the world. Take a look at some of the highlights from our 2018 Oak Cliff Film Festival experience.

Friday June 15

Repertory Feature

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1926), France,  4k Restoration

This haunting and immersive 1926 French expressionist film is always a pleasure to view and the new 4K restoration did not disappoint. But if you’ve never seen this or other silent films accompanied by a live score, you’re really missing out! The festival screening was accompanied by a score from electronic music composer George Sarah, a local string quartet, and vocals from the Verdigris Ensemble.

Spotlight Feature – Documentary

Meow Wolf: Origin Story (2018), USA

You’ve probably already heard of Meow Wolf, the influential Santa Fe, New Mexico based art collective/entertainment group that creates large-scale immersive and interactive art installations such as The House of Eternal Return. If you haven’t heard of them, or you aren’t familiar with their “origin story,” you might want to check out this energetic and earnest documentary. What starts off as a fairly straightforward and self-congratulatory story about an art collective becomes a more complex examination of the intersection of commerce and art. Through stories from Meow Wolf artists, the viewer is asked how a “radically inclusive” and anarchic group can be profitable and ambitious and still retain its core values. Oh, and Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin is around to explain how he helped them buy a bowling alley.

 

Saturday June 16

Documentary Feature

Gospel of Eureka ( 2018), USA

In “Gospel of Eureka,” narrator MX Justin Vivian Bond guides us through a refreshingly non-judgemental story of the townspeople of Eureka Springs, Arkansas where religion both brings people together and tears them apart. An anti-transgender bathroom bill is the backdrop for the interactions between the Eureka Springs LGBTQ community, performers at a drag karaoke bar, religious leaders, and performers in an enormous and elaborate outdoor passion play. Although there are some extremely funny moments in the film, the directors don’t take cheap shots at opposing viewpoints, allowing viewers to create their own interpretation of acceptance and tolerance and what it means to disagree and still get along.

 

Documentary Feature

Ingrid (2018), USA

Morrisa Maltz’s first feature documentary is a beautifully photographed and loving portrait of Ingrid Gipson, a German immigrant and successful Dallas fashion designer who left her family and a profitable career behind to live a remote existence in rural Oklahoma. Without judging its subject, the film reveals both the artistic rewards and emotional costs of living a nearly fully independent and self-sufficient lifestyle. If you like Ingrid, you’ll be pleased to know that Maltz is currently working on another project, a hybrid narrative and documentary feature, “The Unknown Country.”  

Sunday June 17

Texas Premiere

Pity (2018), Greece

Viewers won’t be surprised to learn that “Pity” was co-written by Efthimis Filippou, who collaborated with Greek director, Yorgos Lanthimos on films such as “Dogtooth” (2009), “The Lobster” (20115), and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” Although this film might be slightly less provocative or transgressive after viewing the aforementioned films, it is still a riveting black comedy about a miserable man whose primary goal is to bask in the pity and sorry of others around him.

Texas Premiere

Hal (2018), USA

The director of numerous brilliant films from the 1970s that have achieved cult status, Hal Ashby is not nearly as well-known or recognized as many of his New Hollywood peers. This film provides insight into the artistic process and philosophies of a man who found himself at odds with the Hollywood studio system. Although fans of Ashby might not learn much new about his films, charming interviews with friends, family, and colleagues as well as sparse archival footage will be entertaining. If you aren’t already familiar with Ashby, this is a great place to start learning more about the director behind such classic 70s cinema as “Harold and Maude” (1971), “The Last Detail” (1973), “Shampoo” (1975), and “Coming Home” (1978).

World Premiere

Dudes (1987), New DCP, USA

When it comes to director Penelope Spheeris, many people know her primarily for her work on the the blockbuster comedy “Wayne’s World.” Others know her as the groundbreaking filmmaker who created such punk rock classics as the 3-volume series, “The Decline of Western Civilization” and “Suburbia” (1983). However you’re familiar with her, she’s long been a pioneer in the movie industry and unique voice in the filmmaking world. Spheeris was in Oak Cliff to promote the new release of her 1987 punk rock western, “Dudes” (previously available only on VHS) and the new documentary, “Half the Picture,” in which she is interviewed alongside other top directors about issues unique to female filmmakers in Hollywood. If you’re interested in learning more about Spheeris and her career, check out the recent D Magazine article.

What did you see at the Oak Cliff  Film Festival?

Unfortunately, there are always more films than there is time to see them. Did you see anything noteworthy at the Oak Cliff Film Festival? Let us know what works are inspiring you and that we should be adding to the Media Library!

Are you attending any film festivals this summer?

If you’re attending any film festivals this summer, consider sending an email to the UNT Media Library with festival reviews and recommendations. We’d love to hear from you!

 

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Earlier this month we asked you your opinions of your top Disney/Pixar movies, and the results are in. In our single elimination bracket, style tournament the Patrons picked some very interesting choices. I am proud to give you your top four, as well as the top picks from the library staff. Be sure to check these excellent choices out today!

 

Disney Pixar’s Media Library: A-sides

 


#1: Treasure Planet (2002) DVD 3736

Based off the 1982 film and novel “Treasure Planet”. This was Disney’s 43rd animated feature film. Ron Clements and John Musker, who had been responsible for “The Little Mermaid”, directed this animated science-fiction action adventure. Treasure Planet follows young Jim Hawkins who comes into possession of a mysterious sphere that outlines the map to the location of Treasure Planet, after a spaceship crashes into his mother’s inn. Jim joins a ship called the RLS Legacy, on a mission to locate Treasure Planet, commanded by the feline Captain Amelia and a half-robot cook John Silver.

 

#2: Aladdin (1992) DVD 3402

Another work of John Musker and Ron Clements, Aladdin was Disney’s 31s animated feature film, in the middle of the “Disney Renaissance” Aladdin was a critical success of Musker and Clements career. Based on Arab-style folktale of the same name from “One Thousand and One Nights” and starring big names of the time such as the late Robin Williams. Aladdin takes place in the city of Agrabah, as Jafar, the Grand Vizier seeks out the magical lamp deep within the Cave of Wonders.

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Mulan (1998) DVD 3825

Based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Mulan released in 1998 to critical acclaim as Disney’s 36th animated feature film. Directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook the film follows Fa Mulan as she enlists in the Chinese army to defeat the Huns with the help of dragon Mushu. During her adventure disguised as a man, she learns to be swift as the coursing river under the direction of Captain Li Shang. Mulan unleashes the force of a great typhoon against the ruthless Hun leader Shan Yu, and uses the strength of a raging fire to protect her emperor and her home. Jerry Goldsmith and Matthew Wilder directed the music with contributions by Danny Osmond.

 

#4: Tarzan (1999) DVD 7462

Last but not least, is the 1999 animated comedy-drama adventure film Tarzan. Tarzan was Disney’s 37th animated feature film, and ended the Disney Renaissance. Based on “Tarzan of the Apes” by Edgar Rice Burroughs this adaptation is based in the mid-1860s as an English couple and their infant end up in an uncharted rainforest following a shipwreck, but are killed by Sabor, a leopardess. Leaving the infant in the care of the local gorilla population.  The story follows his reintroduction to the human world as a team of explorers arrives in the jungle. Headed by Professor Porter, his daughter Jane, and their hunter-enthusiast Clayton.

 

 

Disney Pixar’s Media Library: B-sides (Staff Picks)

Alice in Wonderland (1951) DVD 5399

Suggested by: Erin Miller, Media Library Head

 

Coco (2017) DVD 17937

Suggested by: John Pankonien, Student Assistant Supervisor

                        Estela Molina Pena, Student Assistant Supervisor

                        Joshua Dorsey, Student Assistant Supervisor

 

Mulan (1998) DVD 3825

Suggested by: Kelsey Scott, Cataloging Student Assistant

                        Jeremy Kincaid, Programming and Outreach Assistant

 

Ratatouille (2007) DVD 8044

Suggested by: Eric Nguyen, Gamer Tech

 

Tangled (2010) DVD 14687

Suggested by: Benjamin Lyda, Student Assistant

                        Bennet Whalen, Student Assistant

The Fox and the Hound (1981) DVD 3919

Suggested by: Maya Charles, Student Assistant Supervisor

 

The Great Mouse Detective (1986) DVD 3898

Suggested by: Steven Guererro, Media Circulation Manager

 

The Incredibles (2004) DVD 4516

Suggested by: Caleb Underwood, Student Assistant

 

The Little Mermaid (1989) DVD 6091

Suggested by: Laura Treat, Moving Imagine Preservation Librarian

 

Zootopia (2016) DVD 17109

Suggested by: Sarah Bryant, Assistant Media Circulation Manager

 

Post by Student Supervisor Caleb Underwood

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Looking for crime movies that can either make you laugh or mess with your mind? Then here is a selection of movies from the Media Library that you can check out!

 

Ladrón que Roba a Ladrón – DVD 8425 Two professional thieves that are planning to rob multimillionaire, Moctesuma, who has become rich by selling false hope to immigrants in America, are making an intricate plan to steal and help to those Moctesuma has stolen from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spy – DVD 16931 In this comedic movie, Susan witnesses the assassination of her platonic love, Bradley, Susan decides to go undercover to find the killer and put them behind bars and finds herself confused to who Bradley really was and worked for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Taxi – DVD 15470 When Andy, a police officer, gets his badge removed and fired for failing to complete his mission in capturing bank robbers he then decides to prove his coworkers wrong deciding to capture the robbers with the help of Belle, a new taxi driver in New York City. But making things difficult along the way in trying to work together with their opposite and funny personalities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inception – DVD 12260 The ability to enter people’s dreams is a skill that Dom has and uses to his advantage to steal secrets from people’s subconscious while sleeping, but has cost him to lose his family. However, Dom is now faced with a difficult task to implant an idea in someone’s dream to achieve the perfect crime, but if he fails then Dom and his accompanies will remain asleep forever.

 

 

 

 

Post by Student Supervisor Estela Molina

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Looking for something new to watch? Check out what we have just added to our collection, here at the UNT Media Library!

 

Titles Call Number
The power of nightmares. DVD 17914R
Gate of hell  DVD 17915
Wu ya yu ma que = Crow and sparrow  DVD 17916R
The reflecting skin  DVD 17917
VHS massacre  DVD 17918 Blu-ray
Addiction. Disc one  DVD 17919 v.1
Addiction. Disc two  DVD 17919 v.2
Addiction. Disc three  DVD 17919 v.3
Addiction. Disc four  DVD 17919 v.4
Whiskey  DVD 17920R
Distilleries  DVD 17921R
George Washington Carver tech  DVD 17922
Brewing  DVD 17923R
Brewed in America  DVD 17924
Wine  DVD 17925R
A brief history of wine  DVD 17926R
Rumrunners, moonshiners and bootleggers  DVD 17927R
Distilleries 2  DVD 17928R
Alcoholism in America  DVD 17929R
Save our history. George Washington’s workshop  DVD 17930R
Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri  DVD 17931
The Florida project  DVD 17932
Roman J. Israel, Esq.  DVD 17934
Darkest hour  DVD 17935
Lady Bird  DVD 17936
Coco  DVD 17937
Wonder  DVD 17938
I, Tonya  DVD 17939
Loving Vincent  DVD 17941
Abacus : small enough to jail  DVD 17942
Call me by your name  DVD 17943
The square  DVD 17945
Marshall  DVD 17946
Victoria & Abdul  DVD 17947
The breadwinner  DVD 17948
Guardians of the galaxy. Vol. 2  DVD 17949 Blu-ray
Guardians of the galaxy. Vol. 2  DVD 17950
Ferdinand  DVD 17951
Ferdinand  DVD 17951
The shape of water  DVD 17952
Terre sans pain  DVD 17953
Life in a day  DVD 17954
Chronicle of a Summer (Paris 1960)  DVD 17955
Bending the arc  DVD 17956
Revolting rhymes  DVD 17957
UnSlut : a documentary film  DVD 17958R
Dragon Ball FighterZ. Game 838 PS4
Dragon Ball FighterZ. Game 838 Xbox One
Monster Hunter. World. Game 839 PS4
The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter MER 34592
The Beer hunter. Volume 1. California pilgrimage   The Best of Britain  MV 15135 v.1
The Beer hunter. Volume 2. The Bohemian connection   Germany, the fifth element  MV 15135 v.2
The Beer hunter. Volume 3. Holland, our daily beer   The Burgundies of Belgium  MV 15135 v.3
Dewar’s training & tasting video. MV 15136
CHRIE’s HOSTEUR network-Alexus ProRegistry. MV 15137
Let us run the fun! : RR & TM, Resort Recreation & Tennis Management. MV 15138
Introduction to entrepreneurship : building the dream. Lesson 12, The business plan and beyond  MV 15139
Enjoying wine with Paul Gillette  MV 15140
A journey of discovery : tasting the classic malts with Michael Jackson. MV 15141
Tequila tasting seminar : video   MV 15142
Mexican Baja : fishing Los Cabos & Baja California Sur  MV 15143
The Budweiser brewing process  MV 15144
Hospitality introduced : a video to accompany Introduction to hospitality by John Walker. MV 15145
Maker’s mark : whiskey in the breeze MV 15146
To your health  MV 15147
The secret of Ketel One vodka  MV 15148
You haven’t lived until you’ve cruised  MV 15149
Vintage : a history of wine. Volume I, programs 1, 2, 3, 4  MV 15150 v.1
Vintage : a history of wine. Volume II, programs 5, 6, 7  MV 15150 v.2
Vintage : a history of wine. Volume III, programs 8, 9, 10  MV 15150 v.3
Vintage : a history of wine. Volume IV, programs 11, 12, 13  MV 15150 v.4
Sip, smoke and swirl : Hennessy’s guide to cigar events  MV 15151
Bartending – the course. MV 15152
Australia : discover it. MV 15153
Effective small business management : Entrepreneurship and new venture creation  MV 15154

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The world has fallen into chaos. Constant wars and the political machinations of many corrupt powers has pulled the world into a perpetual competition. Ultimately, power still lays in the hands of the community, but who can hold the ever-changing support of the masses? None can escape the push and pull from the Factions, vying for power, not the eSports Hero, Fundraising Socialite, nor Judicial Examiner.

This week we played Master of Wills by Stormcrest Games.

Stormcrest Games’s first title, Master of Wills takes place in a distant future, where power is controlled by a collection of Factions, who are in constant war with one another for dominance.

Master of Wills is a 2 or 4 player game that functions off of a tug-of-war system. Each player or team of two takes on the role of one of the Factions vying for power. Each round, players recruit unaligned members of the community, and use their influence to effect the community around them. Each faction constructs a deck of action cards, from which they play additional faction powers to further effect the board state. The game lasts for eight rounds. At the end of the eighth round, the faction who possess the most influence wins the game.

The game is simple, yet intense. The tug-of-war mechanic establishes easy gameplay and restricted decisions, but offers enough tactical decision making to bring out some interesting moments. Our 4-player game was very close. Early on, the Alphaguard was able to force a negative influence community member into the allies of Razorcorp.

As play progressed, Razorcorp answered by pulling a number of high influence community members, while Alphaguard established a strong engine for pulling activists to their allies. The push and pull continued leaving both sides very well matched. On the last round, Razorcorp took a risk by bringing the Energy Dancer into their ranks, pulling three high influence cards closer to their side, but accepting four negative influence into their allies. In the end, Alphaguard could not respond and Razorcorp won.

Despite some early misgivings concerning what appears to be a complex game, all of our players thoroughly enjoyed the game. The general simplicity to the decision-making within the game overcomes what appears to be a complex card game, allowing for non-gamers entry into the fan base. At the end of the game, two of our players were excited to take it home and play with friends and family.

We would like to thank Stormcrest Games for this great donation.

If you would like to play Master of Wills, it is available for check out here, at the UNT Media Library.