Classic Movie Serials

Many MVCC students and staff enjoy reading graphic novels.   Take that reading experience one step further and make it a visual experience. View a different type of movie genre this  winter vacation – a classic movie serial.

According to Wikipedia, serials, more specifically known as movie serials, film serials or chapter plays, are short subjects originally shown in theaters in conjunction with a feature film. They were related to pulp magazine serialized fiction.

Also known as chapter plays, they were extended motion pictures broken into a number of segments called “chapters” or “episodes”.  Each chapter was screened at the same theater for one week and ended with a cliffhanger in which the hero and heroine found themselves in a perilous situation with little chance of escape.  Viewers had to return each week to see the cliffhangers resolved and to follow the continuing story.

Pulp Cereal is the website that will give you a glimpse into the  first 50 years of this forgotten movie genre.  Watch the Flash Gordon serial, Radar Men from the Moon and many other serials that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Will earth be saved from outer space invaders?  Will The SOS Coastguard save the sinking ship?  Binge viewing is encouraged.

You may also want to check out Links and read some interesting pulp fiction from 1896-1946.

So much to view/read over your break. Enjoy!

 

WELCOME TO MARS!

NASA’s InSight Mars lander touched down on Mars on November 26, 2018.  The Elysium Planitia, located on the western side of Mars, was the landing site.  NASA scientists chose this site because of its flat surface.

The InSight will monitor numerous aspects of the red planet and send daily reports back to planet Earth.  The Mars lander is similar to “an unmanned research station” that will help scientists analyze how earth and other rocky planets formed.

Job well done NASA!

Smile…You’re on CCTV!

Many novels have been written with plots that center on  dystopian societies.  Brave New World,  1984 and The Hunger Games are well known dystopian titles.  These books are fiction but many citizens all over the globe are wondering if the dystopian restraints found in  books are more fact than fiction.

For example, Google “CCTV and private citizens” or “biometrics and privacy” and you will be amazed at the results. One fascinating website,  Leave no dark corner, is a video report  published on September 18, 2018 by The Australian Broadcasting Company.

How would this system affect you?  This may be a topic that you could use for a research paper or a speech. The MVCC  databases are  great tools to help you with your research.

 

September 11, 2001

Today is the 17th anniversary of 9/11. “The September 11 assault were a series of four coordinated attacks by the terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States”.

The MVCC library is an excellent source of information for research on this subject.

You may also want to view our historical newspapers Chicago Tribune Historical  or The New York Times Historical to get a day by day report of this tragedy.

An American Author…Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe, a best selling author and journalist, died today at the age of 88.  Mr. Wolfe authored many famous works.  The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, written in 1968, is a classic read on the 1960s hippie movement. The Right Stuff, a non-fiction book written in 1979, describes the first 15 years of America’s space program.  The Bonfire of the Vanities, a novel written in 1987,  gives a vivid picture of New York City in the 1980s.  Wolfe is credited with numerous colorful phrases that include “The Me Decade” and “Radical Chic”. “His decades of creativity with the written word have undoubtedly left an enduring impact.”

Check out the MVCC catalog or databases for more information on Tom Wolfe.

Help Clean South Suburban Waterways

“Thousands of volunteers throughout the Chicago region will gather from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, May 12, to help clean up the banks of the Chicago River system. The annual clean-up is sponsored by the Friends of the Chicago River. Volunteers are needed for six south suburban locations, including Palos Park, Palos Heights, Oak Lawn and Blue Island.”

“Registration is closed but you’re still welcome to come out. Here’s a map of locations.”

“The event will be held rain or shine.”

Baroque in the Jungle

The New York Times recently reported on a little known musical tradition  that has been in existence since the early 17th century.  Baroque music, a European creation, has survived in the jungles and small towns of Brazil and parts of Paraguay and Bolivia.  The Spanish Jesuits, a Catholic order of priests, were responsible for bringing this music to areas of South America as part of their attempt to evangelize the indigenous people of this region.  Most of the Jesuits left but the music remained. It is fascinating for modern Baroque musicians and historians to see how the music evolved over the centuries.  Read the various links in this blog and be as amazed as I was.