Ever wondered how filmmakers make themselves stand out enough to survive the rush of other aspiring filmmakers?
Check out this article from No Film School discussing what makes the Coen Brothers stand out among the crowd (O Brother, Where Art Thou? ring a bell? Yeah, those guys.)
Here’s a list of the Coen movies in our media library seen in the article’s attached video!
Exploring Paul Schrader’s Film Canon
It is no longer possible for a young filmgoer to watch the history of film and make up his or her own mind: there are just too many movies. It’s barely possible to keep up with the yearly output of audiovisual entertainment on TV and in theaters, here and abroad. Like book readers, filmgoers must rely on the accumulated wisdom of film studies—which films have endured and why—a “wisdom” increasingly polluted by populist or academic criteria. What is needed, disingenuously enough, is a film canon.We also need the library. Though students and movie lovers can now quickly and easily view movies online through services like Netflix and Hulu, there are actually fewer options available and the thrill of discovery just isn’t the same. Streaming services and Redbox may offer convenience, but they often exclude obscure and classic titles or provide them for only a limited period of time. Thankfully, the Media Library continues to provide access to a wide array of films and television programs. In this posting, we provide just one helpful resource for approaching movies–the abandoned film cannon written by acclaimed critic, writer, and director Paul Schrader. In a 2006 article for Film Comment magazine, “Canon Fodder,” (quoted above) Schrader describes how he came to start and and ultimately abandon the task of creating a film canon. Presented here are his top 20 (Gold films). All but one are available to check out and/or stream through the Media Library. Only two are currently available on Netflix streaming.
- The Rules of the Game (1939, Jean Renoir)
- Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
- City Lights (1931, Charles Chaplin)
- Pickpocket (1959, Robert Bresson)
- Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang)*
- Citizen Kane (1941, Orson Welles)
- Orphée (1950, Jean Cocteau)
- Masculin-Feminin (1966, Jean-Luc Godard)
- Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman)
- Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
- Sunrise (1927, F.W. Murnau)
- The Searchers (1956, John Ford)
- The Lady Eve (1941, Preston Sturges)
- The Conformist (1970, Bernardo Bertolucci)*
- 8 ½ (1963, Federico Fellini)
- The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
- In the Mood for Love (2000, Wong Kar-wai)
- The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
- Performance (1970, Donald Cammell/Nicholas Roeg)**
- La Notte (1961, Michelangelo Antonioni)
The start of the Fall semester is just around the corner and while some of you are scrambling to prepare for classes, others are using the remaining days of summer as a time to complete a few TV series in one sitting. What better way to kill two birds with one stone than preparing for the upcoming school year by spending a few days with several of your favorite academia set TV shows. Get your Trapper Keepers and Beats by Dre ready; it’s time to go back to school! Saved by the Bell (DVD 12147 V.1-5) The golden age of Tiger Beat helped this show gain its foothold on pop culture from 1989 to 1993. Although this show may predate some of you, the trials and tribulations of Zack Morris, Kelly Kapowski, and the rest of the gang never stray far from the familiar clichés that exist today as they navigate homework, homecoming, and hormones.The Media Library has the first two seasons HERE. Community (Season 1 DVD 12032 V.1 – V.4, Season 3 DVD 15377 V.1 – V.3) Dan Harmon’s show about one study group’s adventures through Greendale Community College. This show is filled with pop culture references and is known for its refusal to color within the lines as it constantly bends genres with its biting wit and richly developed universe. The Media Library has seasons one and three which you can find HERE and HERE respectively. Undeclared (DVD 5199 V.1- V.4) The shortest series in the bunch, this show can be consumed in one sitting. It stars a pre- How to Train Your Dragon Jay Baruchel, a pre- Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunam and was created by a pre- The 40 Year Old Virgin Judd Apatow. Incoming freshman Steven Karp, played by the aforementioned Baruchel, moves to a new University where he hopes to start anew after high school. The transition is hard, awkward, but most importantly funny. The Media Library has the complete series HERE. Of course, we have many other shows that we could suggest but it would be irresponsible for us to delay preparation for this new semester (HERE is a link to all of our TV shows for you to browse in case you don’t mind procrastinating). Don’t forget to follow us on our twitter page @UNTMediaLibrary and our Facebook page for any updates with events, materials and other important matters of Media.