Don’t run; this isn’t another Halloween themed post! This, instead, is a list of 17 films (summaries included) you can borrow from McCain Library that were released in the U.S. during the month of October.
Did you know that McCain Library lends DVDs? And we don’t just mean
boring educational items like “A History of Britain: the Complete Collection” (call number DA16 .H57 2008 if this, in fact, is your cup of tea). We have a variety of genres and releases, both recent and old, familiar and strange, that’ll entertain you while also encouraging you to “think deeply”.
Stop by the library to pick up one of these DVDs (and a projector or portable DVD player!). If you feel compelled, submit a review of the DVD
here and we might feature it on our blog!
12 Years a Slave (10/18/2013) | Genre: Biography, Drama, History | Rating: R | Call Number: DVD 3255 | **TW: Depictions of racial violence, racial slurs, and sexual assault | Solomon Northup is a black New Yorker, a violinist, a husband, a father, and a free man in the pre-Civil War era. Until he is tricked, kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. For 12 years he lives his life as a slave, awakened and infuriated by his mistreatment and the negligence of those who won’t believe him until he returns home again.
(10/26/1984) | Genre: Biography, Drama, History | Rating: R | Call Number: DVD 529 / DVD 73 (Director’s Cut) | In this film, the musically brilliant Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a man of many hats and…and pleasures. If you asked about him, his listeners would call him transcendent, his friends would call him obscene, and his lovers would call him vulgar. If you asked Antonio Salieri, his sworn rival obsessed with his talent and consumed by jealousy, he’d call him a dead man. Amadeus
(10/02/2012) | Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller | Rating: R | Call Number: DVD 3052 | When Iranian activists takeover the U.S. Embassy for giving the Shah refuge in the U.S. during the Iranian Revolution, all but 6 staff members are held hostage. CIA exfiltration specialist Tony Mendez is called to devise a plan to sneak the escapees out of Iran and comes up with an unusual solution: a science film titled “Argo”. Devising an elaborate cover up using a phony production company, actors, and other Hollywood facades, Mendez must extract the six members under the film’s pretense before their identities are discovered and everyone is caught. This film is based on a true historical event. Argo
(10/06/2000) | Genre: Comedy-Drama, Satire, Music | Rating: R for language | Call Number: DVD 78 c.2 | Bamboozled **TW: Racism and Racial Slurs | Pierre Delacroix is young, Harvard-educated, and the only black writer for a network with poor ratings. Unfortunately, his racist boss denies every single idea he comes up with that positively depicts black communities. Frustrated, he proposes a black-face minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin, the network picks it up, and it becomes a hit.
(10/26/2012) | Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery | Rating: R | Call Number: DVD 3109 | Book Call Number: PR6063.I 785 C58 2004 | This epic follows six people as their souls are reincarnated and reborn across the ages along with their actions and narratives. Ends become beginnings, death becomes a door, and new worlds are forged from the ending of others. The human experience is a circle. Cloud Atlas
(10/09/2009) | Genre: Comedy, Documentary | Rating: PG-13 | Call Number: DVD 3002 | When black comedian Chris Rock’s (then) 3-yr old daughter asks him why she doesn’t have good hair, this sends Rock on a mission to learn more about the perception of black hair and the endorsement of white beauty standards in black culture. He interviews a few celebrities and comedian friends along the way. Good Hair
(10/10/2003) | Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller | Rating: R for graphic violence, language | Call Number: DVD 1189 | “The Bride,” a former assassin, awakens from a 4 year coma only to learn that on her wedding day, her entire wedding party was killed (fiancé included) and she is no longer pregnant. Recognizing this as the jealous work of her previous lover – and the leader of the Deadly Viper Assassin Squad – she exacts her revenge and comes for blood. A lot of it. Kill Bill: Volume 1
(10/21/2011) | Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller | Rating: R Call Number: DVD 2839 | Martha Marcy May Marlene **TW: Depictions of sexual assault | Martha is finally able to escape to her sister’s house for help after spending many years in an abusive cult, but her delusions and paranoia follow her. And perhaps others.
(10/20/2000) | Genre: Drama, Romance | Rating: PG-13 | Call Number: DVD 1358 | A teacher gives his students an assignment to create an idea that will positively change the world and make it actionable. One of his students decides to “pay favors forward” and encourage the recipients to do the same rather than “repaying” them, creating a wave of kindness throughout the world no one foresaw. Pay it Forward
(10/29/2004) | Genre: Biography, Drama, Music | Rating: PG-13 | Call Number: DVD 3221 | This Oscar-winning biography notes the life of the highly-acclaimed rhythm, soul, and blues artist Ray Charles Robinson. On the strength and words of his mother, Ray plays and sings his way to southern and eventually worldwide stardom as he contends with going blind, racism, drug addiction, mistresses, and the haunting death of his young brother. Ray
(10/01/2010) | Genre: Biography, Drama | Rating: PG-13 | Call Number: DVD 2531 | Mark Zuckerberg is a Harvard graduate, computer genius, the creator of “Facebook”, one of the youngest billionaires…and being sued for the theft of intellectual property by former friends. In this biography, Zuckerberg’s path to wealth and power is ladened with jealousy, betrayal, and scandal. “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” The Social Network
(10/12/2007) | Genre: Comedy, Drama | Rating: PG-13 | Call Number: DVD 2147 | Four married couples (and one single woman…) make their way to the snow filled Colorado Mountains for their annual marriage retreat to answer this one question: “Why did I get married?” As shocking news come s forth from one couple’s marriage, the other three couples are (at times, hilariously) forced to face the truth about their own marriages and themselves. Right, Marcus? Why Did I Get Married?
(10/24/1978) | Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy | Rating: G | Call Number: DVD 2497 | In this musical, African-American adaptation of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz”, “The Wiz” follows the very shy and lost Dorothy – a young school teacher too shy to leave Harlem — as her and her dog are swept through the land of Oz (New York City). She finds new friends, new enemies, and her quite possibly herself on her quest to get back home. The Wiz
(10/16/2009) | Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family | Rating: PG | Call Number: DVD 2125 | Book Call Number: PS3569.E6.W44 1963 | Feeling lonely, neglected, and unhappy at home, Max pretends to be an animal to everyone’s dismay. When his mother chastises him, he sails to an island of wild things to be their king and the wild boy he feels he is. He soon learns, however, that even in the wilderness, there’s no place like home. Where The Wild Things Are