Film Blog: Tapped (2009)

Is clean water a right or a privilege? Today in Filmblogland, we look at the documentary film Tapped. This film explores the question of bottled water as a commodity. Should access to clean water be a basic right or should it be sold just like any other commodity? The film looks at those that privatize water and those that need clean water.

Tapped not only covers the subject of water, but the debate on how harmful BPA is to your health. For those of you that haven’t heard about the issue, BPA is a substance found not just in water bottles, but in many other plastic containers. Scientists find that high doses of BPA are linked to obesity, prostate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes etc. (Tapped The Movie 2012). For a trailer of the documentary, view the video below.

For more information about the film, go to www.tappedthemovie.com

Film Blog: Strangers On A Train (1951)

A couple of months ago I posted a Horror Film Series. I included many of Hitchcock’s most famous films like Psycho and The Birds. New in the collection is another Hitchcock film called Strangers on a Train. We now have two copies of Strangers on a Train in the library, and one is a Blu-ray version!

As the title suggests, the film is about two strangers that meet coincidentally on a train and end up swapping stories of their troubles. At the end of their ride, they make a pact that involves the other person murdering the source of their problems.

If you play close attention, you will be able to spot Hitchcock as he makes a cameo as a train passenger carrying a double bass.  Hitchcock can be seen doing a cameo in about half of his films. Below is an opening sequence to the film. Enjoy!

“Strangers on a Train.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Online Academic Edition. Encyclopedia Britannica Inc., 2012. Web. 07 Dec. 2012.

Film Blog: The Interrupters (2012)

This documentary focuses on three Violence Interrupters and former gang members. Their mission is to stop violence in Chicago by talking to the communities that need it the most. This documentary was filmed over a course of a year and was released in 2012. If you want a closer look at stopping gang violence in Chicago and what community members are currently doing to stop it, this is a great film for you. Below is an official trailer to this very moving documentary.

Film Blog: “New” Old Hollywood Films

In the library, we recently added old Hollywood films. Two in particular are Bad Girls Film Noir and Forbidden Hollywood Collection. All the films were produced in the 1930s and 1950s. In other words, these films were made after the advent of sound, but before color. The films in Forbidden Hollywood Collection were produced before the Motion Picture Production Code or Hays Code, which was the earliest form of censorship and continued until the film rating system which is, of course, still used today. For a sneak peak, view the clip below.

 

In case you’re interested in “newer” avant garde films (or prefer films in color), I would suggest another recently added DVD Treasures, which contain 26 films produced between 1947-1986.

Film Blog: The People vs. George Lucas (2010)

If you haven’t heard the big news, George Lucas recently sold his Star Wars franchise and Lucasfilms to Disney for a cool $4 billion. To learn more about the sell, you can read an article about it here. For someone who wanted total control over his films, this was quite a shock to many fans. And with a future of new Star Wars movies planned for as early as 2015, how will generations of fans react to Disney’s take? To learn more on what to expect from Disney, read here.

The People vs. George Lucas is half documentary, half comedy on George Lucas and the Star Wars franchise. The documentary tries to determine to what extent the film should be seen as a social phenomenon (and thus belonging to the people) versus George Lucas. Although the film takes a close look at George Lucas, he is never interviewed directly. If you are a true Star Wars fan, this film is for you!