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“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into… the Twilight Zone.” The Twilight Zone is creator Rod Serling’s surreal examination of society and the human psyche, but enough has been written about this show so I’ll just say this: Watch it! This show is weird and great, and the amount of familiar faces and names you’ll see is pretty amazing. Also, this:

“Excuse me, I had requested a vegetarian in-flight meal.”

You can find the Media Library’s Twilight Zone collection HERE

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Ever wanted to explore a haunted mansion with 5 of your friends? Now’s your chance! But beware, your friends won’t stay friendly for long. Betrayal at House on the Hill is a tabletop game meant to keep you on your toes by unveiling the mansion’s secrets as you progress, but once the haunt starts, you’ll need to navigate yourself away from a traitor in your group. Who will it be? It’ll probably be you, in which case, betraying your friends has never been so fun! The Media Library has two copies of this game available to checkout. Like, take it out of the library for three days and play it in the comfort of your home, checkout. That’s right! There are limited quantities, you’ll want to come check it out soon before one of your friends checks it out and doesn’t invite you over to play, the traitor.

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“Okely dokely, now I’m playing with power!”

If there were a Mount Rushmore of slasher movie villains, I’d place Freddy Krueger in George Washington’s position. What really sets him apart from the others is Krueger’s ridiculous one-liners and his trademark pointy glove and fedora. If you compare an old time hockey mask to a fedora, the fedora always comes out the winner for “Creepiest Accessory.” The first film even has a young Johnny Depp in a half shirt. The Media Library has all seven films (see title for call numbers) for your viewing pleasure, but remember, “One, two, Freddy’s coming for you. Three, four, Better lock your door. Five, six, Grab a Crucifix. Seven, eight, Gonna stay up late. Nine, ten, Never sleep again…”

You made a big mistake buddy.

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Alien: Isolation Game 559 PS4 If running around a dark space station with a Xenomorph walkin’ around and a slight infestation of Facehuggers sounds fun to you then is this the game for you! Set 15 years after the first Alien film (we’ll get to those at a future date), you play as Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda who is searching for clues regarding her mother’s disappearance. It turns out to be a very bad idea. Especially since they decided to add evil creepy androids into the mix.

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The Media Library has this game for the Playstation 4 (Game 559 PS4), check it out IF YOU DARE.

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Fox “Spooky” Mulder in his element.

“I want to believe” is the mantra Special Agent Fox Mulder and Special Agent Dana Scully subscribe to as they embark on a search for the truth, because it’s out there…somewhere. Throughout the course of 9 seasons, Mulder and Scully encounter a giant fluke worm/man, a liver eating creep, various alien encounters, cults, weird rituals, government secrets, fake and real vampires, and I could go on but you should put in the time and effort to discover the weird world of this monster procedural. The Media Library has all 9 seasons HERE,so break out some sunflower seeds (Mulder’s favorite) and get ready for nine seasons of paranoia and conspiracies.

Dana Scully in her element.

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“Yes, I’ll accept the charges.”

When you think of October, what comes to mind? The first crisp mornings of the year? Pumpkin spice lattes? Midterms peeking over the horizon? Unfortunately, none of those things capture the je ne sais quoi of October. What you should be thinking of is Halloween, and if you really think about it, there’s no other month that is defined by it’s very last day. It’s a special day where all things spooky can come out and have their time in the limelight without worrying about exorcisms and proton packs. So to celebrate and praise those who are shunned for the majority of the year, we’ve decided to dedicate the whole month to ghouls, goblins, ghosts, and that piece of pizza that slid under the fridge but you’re too scared to take a look at ’cause it’s been two weeks and you’re all out of bleach. Everyday in October, the Media Library Blog will highlight something in our collection to satisfy that creepy itch. Today’s entry is the slasher film classic Halloween (DVD 15702 Blu-ray DVD 235) I don’t think there’s a bigger fan of the holiday than the star of this film, Mike Myers. He puts in so much time and effort to make Halloween as terrifying as possible. The film follows your typical slasher formula: teens plan party/sleepover, party is crashed by our festive slasher, teens scream and some die, slasher get’s what’s coming to him… OR DOES HE?! Check out some of the sequels that are not nearly as good, but still fun to watch. There’s even a remake made by Dragula enthusiast Rob Zombie (DVD 15710 Blu-ray DVD 9644)

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Every Tuesday, UNT Media Library highlights a title from their growing collection of tabletop games. This week, read about: Settlers of Catan Boardgame box cover

The Settlers of Catan, Boardgame 14

Number of Players: 3-4
For Ages: 10+
Duration of Play: 45-90 minutes
In The Settlers of Catan (also “Settlers” or “Catan”), the first player to 10 victory points wins. It’s a game of strategy, network building, trading, and managing your cards. You build settlements (each worth 1 victory point) and cities (each worth 2 victory points), but there are some rules. You must have at least two roads in between each of your settlements and/or cities. There must also be at least two spaces between your settlements/cities and any other players’, so mind your neighboring players who might get in your way!

From the publisher:

In The Settlers of Catan you control a group of settlers trying to tame the wilds on the remote but rich island of Catan. Start by revealing the island’s many port sites and regions: plains, meadows, mountains, hills, forests, and desert. The random mix creates a different board for virtually every game. Then embark on a quest to settle the island. Guide your settlers to victory by clever trading and cunning development. Instead of money, you use combinations of resources – grain, wool, ore, brick, and timber – to purchase development cards or build roads, settlements, and cities. Acquire your resources through trades or the luck of the dice. But beware! Someone might cut off your road or buy a monopoly! And you never know when the robber will appear and steal away with your precious gains!

— Mayfair Games

Many thanks to UNT Gamers for gifting this title to the UNT Media Library!   If you like The Settlers of Catan, you may also enjoy these titles, also available at UNT Media Library:
Alhambra box cover  Puerto Rico box cover  Agricola box cover

Alhambra, Boardgame 201

Puerto Rico, Boardgame 93

Agricola, Boardgame 302

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Every Tuesday, UNT Media Library highlights a title from their growing collection of tabletop games. This week, read about: Munchkin Boardgame box cover

Munchkin, Boardgame 10

Number of Players: 3-6
For Ages: 10+
Duration of Play: 60-120 minutes
The goal is to be the first player to 10 points! Sounds easy, right? There are three ways to get points: play a level-up card, sell 1,000 gold pieces’ worth of items (no change given!), and oh, just fight a bunch of MONSTERS while your opponents plot against you! Your tenth level has to be earned in battle. Good luck!

From the publisher:

Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Backstab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run. Admit it. You love it. Munchkin is the mega-hit card game about dungeon adventure . . . with none of that stupid roleplaying stuff. You and your friends compete to kill monsters and grab magic items. And what magic items! Don the Horny Helmet and the Boots of Butt-Kicking. Wield the Staff of Napalm . . . or maybe the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. Start by slaughtering the Potted Plant and the Drooling Slime, and work your way up to the Plutonium Dragon . . . And it’s illustrated by John Kovalic!

— Steve Jackson Games

If you like Munchkin, you may also enjoy these titles, also available at UNT Media Library:
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game box cover

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Boardgame 145

Coup Game box cover

Coup, Boardgame 280

Smash Up game box cover

Smash Up, Boardgame 158

post by Julie Patterson

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On November 22, 1963 Dallas clothing manufacturer Abraham Zapruder used his 8mm Bell & Howell film camera to document President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade as it passed through Dealey Plaza. This home movie, now referred to as “The Zapruder Film,” unexpectedly captured the assassination of President Kennedy and subsequently became one of the most analyzed films in history. Though most of us are familiar with this iconic film, we are perhaps less well-acquainted with the historical value of home movies as a genre. As noted by filmmaker and preservationist Martin Scorsese, home movies “do not just capture the important private moments of our family’s lives but they are historical and cultural documents as well.”

Officially celebrated across the world on  October 17th, 2015, this year’s “Home Movie Day,” is an opportunity for individuals, families, and communities to see and share their home movies, to learn about the historical significance of home movies, and find out how to best preserve these valuable artifacts. Though your home movies may not capture nationally historic events, they do document and preserve cultural practices for current and future scholars. They tell us not only what kind of fashion people wore but also how they wore it. They visually preserve architecture and now-demolished skylines.They show us how people from different backgrounds celebrate holidays like birthdays and Thanksgiving. Better than a written account or still photograph, home movies are capable of showing how people actually lived.

For the month of October, the Media Library is celebrating Home Movies with an exhibit of home movie technologies and a home movie compilation curated by Media Arts student and filmmaker Valarie Gold. The compilation will play all month long in our lobby and includes materials from the University of North Texas Special Collections, the Denton Public Library, and The Texas Archive of the Moving Image. Stop by to see how downtown Denton has changed since 1940 and stay to watch former Speaker of the House and Lieutenant Governor of Texas Ben Barnes show off his horseback riding skills in a parade through Denton ca. 1971. Take a look at some groovy dancing at a 1965 quinceanera and a Thanksgiving pinata. Just in time for the Texas State Fair, prepare to be impressed by robotic dinosaurs at the 1936 Centennial celebration. Perhaps you can even help us identify the people and events taking place in “Bank Day” (ca. 1940), donated by the Chamber of Commerce?

If you have any questions or additional information about the home movies you’ve seen in our exhibit or have questions about preserving your own home movies, please contact the Moving Image Preservation Librarian, Laura Treat (laura.treat@unt.edu).

We also encourage you to continue this proud tradition of home movie making and (whether with your smart phone or camera) visually preserve your memories!

 

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In case you’re looking for something new to do with your best friend, doppelgänger, significant other, or alien, here’s a selection of board games provided at the media library made for two (or more!):

  kittensinablender1 Kittens In A Blender (Cards) (Boardgame 135) Yes. That’s the name of the game. In this card game players try to save their kittens from the blender and save as many by putting them in the box. If you feel twisted enough to put kittens in a blender, this is your chance to release that desire in a less immoral way. 2-8 players.   BattleshipBattleship Galaxies Battleship (Boardgame 17) & Battleship: Galaxies (Boardgame 73) If war games are more your style, the media library has two different battleship games. Whether playing on sea or space, you’ll still get the chance to destroy your friends. 2-4 players.   zombies-board-game-zombie-gifts-zombie-toys Zombies!!! (Boardgame 77) There is never enough time to prepare for the zombie apocalypse. The goal of Zombies!!! is to be the first player to reach the center square of the “Helipad” tile, kill the zombie there and escape the advancing zombie horde. Alternately, a player also wins if he is the first to collect 25 zombies. 2-6 players.   adventure-time-card-wars-1050x631 Adventure Time Card Wars (Cards) (Boardgame 218 & 252) Guys seriously how awesome is this. Battle as Adventure Time characters with the collector packs available at the media library. 2 players. pic1996866_md Street Fighter (Cards) (Boardgame 295) If you’re looking for a more retro option, check out Street Fighter. Choose your fighter and challenge your rivals. Take on the role of Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Balrog, M. Bison and others to claim yourself as the world’s best street fighter. 2-5 players.   yahtzee dr. who   Yahtzee Dr. Who (Boardgame 235) It’s exactly what the title implies. Shake up things with this cute little police box. Roll dice for scoring combinations and try to get the highest total score. 1+ players.   tummple Tummple (Boardgame 193) Tummple is like Jenga on speed. Using plastic pebbles and wood blocks, attempt to balance in the most inconceivable manner! 2-4 players.  

All of these games are available to use at the media library! If you’re interested in taking games out of the library, we have also recently added two different games available for check out:

  betrayaltickettoride Betrayal at House on the Hill (Boardgame 39) & Ticket to Ride (Boardgame 48) These games are available to check out of the library! Betrayal at House on the Hill is a horror-themed tile game where you build the house using haunting scenarios.3-6 players. Ticket to Ride is where players attempt to gain the most points through claiming routes and completing paths of routes. 2-5 players.            
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