In the past, I have posted about violence and video games on this blog (see The Science of Video Games: Violence, Benefits, and Stories). This is a topic that is regularly researched by students, many of whom play violent video games. I wanted to post the video below from the News Hour, which hits key issues in the debate in relation to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary this past December.
Many of you can probably guess Frank L. Baum’s newest adaptation, but for those who hasn’t heard, it is called Wicked: A New Musical, which is a musical adaptation of Maguire’s adaptation of Wicked, which is an adaptation of…… well you get the idea. We have the sound recording downstairs in the collection as well. The musical came out in 2003, and is currently on tour! Wickedwill be in Chicago from October 30 to December 21 if you’re interested in seeing it.
Since I’m not featuring a film today, I’m providing a link to part of the musical. Even if you haven’t seen the musical, you may recognize the actresses and/or song from Glee. Idina Menzel and Krisitn Chenoweth both have recurring roles on the series, and the song has been performed on the show by Chris Colfer, whose character (as well as the actor) is obsessed with the musical.
For the rest of the month of February, I would like to devote this time to highlight film adaptations we have in the collection. Today I’d like to start it all off with the modern day fairy tale The Wizard of Oz.
Many people might not be aware that the popular film is based off L. Frank Baum’s book, also entitled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which was published in 1900. For a copy of the Baum’s book, I would highly recommend checking out The Annotated Wizard of Oz which includes the original text with illustrations along with side notes on the text itself.
For more books on The Wizard of Oz, please check out:
I’m including a short clip of the Scarecrow singing, “If I only had a brain,” which is a little different than my normal trailer posting. I’m also going to apologize in advance for that earworm that will likely follow it.
If you’re a big fan of this classic, you might already know be aware of the newest film adaptation, or more specifically a prequel to the original, coming out March 8, 2013 called Oz The Great and Powerful. James Franco (127 Hours and The Rise of the Planet of the Apes) stars as Oz or Oscar Diggs (and not L. Frank Baum like one of our books suggests). Other talented actors cast are Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Mila Kunis. They all star are witches Oz meets after making his way into the magical Land of Oz. I’m including a preview of the newest adaptation below.
This week, I’m cataloging a cart a nursing books that will join the Library’s collection next week. Many are guides and handbooks.
Several focus on nursing specialties, including newborn, pediatric, mental health, and oncology nursing. Topics include care plans, diagnostic tests, motivational interviews, evidence-based practice, health politics, nursing home administration, communication skills, health technology, research methods, and more.
So for all you nursing students out there, here’s a list of books that might be of interest to you:
Additionally, I thought it appropriate to post this 60 Minutes piece about the making of the new “Lincoln” film by Steven Spielberg.
60 Minutes: Bringing “Lincoln” to life (February 10, 2013)
Description: The team behind the 12-time Oscar-nominated film “Lincoln” talks about how they brought the president and his world to life. Lesley Stahl reports.
To continue on with the love theme, I’m bringing you an oldie, but a goodie. William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet(1996) is probably Shakespeare’s most famous tragic love story. The director, Baz Luhrmann, creates a highly stylized version of the play. Some of the characters’ names have been changed, but the original Shakespearean dialogue is still there. In the film, you’ll find a young Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained, Inception, and The Aviator) and Claire Danes (Temple Grandin)
If you like this film, you should also check out other films by Baz Luhrmann such as Strictly Ballroom (1992), Moulin Rouge! (2001), and Austrailia (2008). Baz Luhrmann is currently working with Leonardo DiCaprio on another film called The Great Gatsby. Two-time Academy Award winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin (Moulin Rouge!) also designs with Lurhmann on this film, so you can be sure that the costumes will be fantastic.
I just finished cataloging the book, Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, by former NASA Flight Director, Gene Kranz. Kranz was portrayed by Ed Harris in the 1995 Ron Howard movie Apollo 13 about the ill-fated 13th Apollo mission bound for the moon. In his book Gene Kranz recounts the thrilling historic events and offers new information about the famous flights that make up the early years of the U.S. space program, from the beginning of the Mercury missions through the end of the Apollo missions to the moon, including the Apollo 13 mission and the rescue of the three Astronauts aboard.
Look for Failure is Not an Option to “touch down” on the New Books display very soon. In the mean time, here is a short clip of Ed Harris as Gene Kranz from the movie Apollo 13, which we also have in the collection.
Apollo 13 “Failure is Not an Option” Clip
And here are two clips of the real Gene Kranz giving a lecture about the events of Apollo 13.
Gene Kranz: Failure is Not an Option: The Apollo 13 Story (Part 1)
Gene Kranz: Failure is Not an Option: The Apollo 13 Story (Part 2)
Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought I’d take the time to highlight some films about love. Although Shrekmay not have the wooing power you may be looking for, it is so incredibly funny you probably won’t care. Mike Myers, the man behind the voice of Shrek, and Eddie Murphy, his faithful donkey sidekick, do a fantastic voice acting job as the dynamic duo who embark to rescue an ogre princess from a dragon.
Mike Myers is probably best know as Austin Powers and maybe even more famously known from SNL and if you really want to show your age, you probably remember him from Wayne’s World. Eddie Murphy, another notoriously funny guy, is just as well-known for his stand-up as he is for roles in films such as Bowfinger, Dreamgirls, The Nutty Professor, and Dr. Dolittle.
The DVD set contains special features on “the tech of Shrek” and even technical goofs from the film. As always, a trailer is included below.
In need of some inspirational sports docs? Here are two newly-cataloged DVDs scheduled to arrive on the shelves in the Library Lounge this week:
Salaam Dunk (2011)
Filmed in Northern Iraq in 2010, Dunk tells the story of the ethnically-diverse women’s basketball team at the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (AUIS). Many of the women had never played sports before joining the team. This documentary was shown at many a film festival and won a couple awards along the way, including a Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. Check out the trailer below:
Goal Dreams (2006)
Filmed on location in Gaza, the West Bank, Chile, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar (and the list goes on…), this soccer doc follows the Palestinian national football team’s attempt to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. At the time of filming, the players and coaches came from different nations, spoke different languages, and had no home field to speak of. Here’s a (very brief) trailer:
They say that art is in the eye of the beholder. If your taste in art tends to include “outsider art” or the strange and bizarre, you may enjoy What the Hell Are You Doing : the Essential David Shrigley, recently added to our collection. David Shrigley is a British visual artist who works in various media. His art runs the gamut from the innocuous to the potentially offensive, so be prepared.
You can see more of his work at his website: www.davidshrigley.com.
To see books about “outsider art” in the collection click here.
To see materials about “avant garde” in the collection click here.
And finally, here is an animated short film David Shrigley created to mark the publication of his book What the Hell Are You Doing? Happy Friday!