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“Starving the Beast”continues to gain media coverage

by Sarah Berry

Kanopy Streaming’s newest addition to its catalog, “Starving the Beast,” is earning acclaim and attention from national media sources, like “The New York Times.”

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Check out the links below to read some of the coverage “Starving the Beast” and don’t forget to watch it for free through Kanopy Streaming here.

Starving the Beast:The defunding of America’s public universities

by Sarah Berry

Earning its title from the political strategy of limiting government spending by cutting taxes (and therefore revenue), the documentary “Starving the Beast,” provides an in-depth examination of the ongoing power struggle between public universities and political representatives, in regards to funding, which has led to budget cuts and higher tuition rates for students.

Public universities like the University of Texas, Texas A&M, and the University of Virginia are featured throughout the documentary, which examines two opposing views of public education: one, that it is a public good to be supported by society and the other, that the cost of public education should be met by individual degree-earners and private entities.

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To begin watching “Starving the Beast,” click here. If you are accessing Kanopy Streaming off-campus, view our blog post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus, for more information.

Movie Monday: Her

by Sarah Berry

Featuring  Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, “Her” follows soon-to-be divorced Theodore Twombly and the beginnings of his romantic relationship with Samantha, an artificial intelligence operating system that serves as Theodore’s personal assistant.

Nominated for several film awards, “Her” was awarded Best Original Screenplay by the Academy Awards for its humorous, yet heartbreaking exploration into romance in the digital age.

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“Her” is available now on Swank Digital Campus. If you are accessing Swank Digital Campus off-campus, view our blog post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus, for more information.

Movie Monday: Exit Through the Gift Shop

by Sarah Berry

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2011, the humorous British documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop” does not disappoint.

Centered around graffiti artist Banksy, the documentary soon shifts focus to the film’s incompetent and clumsy filmmaker, Thierry Guetta. Obsessed with street art and their artists, Guetta begins an unexpectedly successful career mimicking the work of other street artists, including Banksy.

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While thought to be a farce or mokumentary by reviewers, both Banksy and artist Shepard Fairey (who was also involved in the film’s production) maintain that the documentary is, in fact, real.

“Exit Through the Gift Shop” is available now on Swank Digital Campus. If you are accessing Swank Digital Campus off-campus, view our blog post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus, for more information.

Movie Monday: Soaked in Bleach – The Death of Kurt Cobain

by Sarah Berry

Kanopy, a streaming video database of the Rohrbach Library, offers a slew of films, such as “Soaked in Bleach” to students.

“Soaked in Bleach” is a documentary that provides a new perspective on the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain through Tom Grant, a private investigator (and former detective) who was hired by Cobain’s wife, Courtney Love, days before Cobain’s death.

During his investigation, Grant’s experience with Love and his analysis of evidence led him to conclude that a substantial amount of empirical and circumstantial evidence suggested that Cobain’s death was not a suicide, as ruled by police, but instead involved foul play.

Featuring interviews with key witnesses and experts, “Soaked in Bleach” is worth watching. As well, the documentary includes cinematic re-creations, developing the film into what Kanopy calls a, “narrative mystery.”

Viewers can watch”Soaked in Bleach” by clicking here. If you are accessing Kanopy or any of the library’s databases off-campus, check out our post, Accessing Library Resources Off-Campus.

Must-See Documentaries: Weird and Wonderful World

by James Christian

Think documentary’s are boring? You’ve been watching the wrong ones. Here at Rohrbach, we have a terrific collection of documentaries on DVD and video. Here are four strange delights from the media collection:

Crumb (1994)

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Art nerds and sex freaks, take note. Cartoonist R. Crumb is one of the greats of the  underground comic boom. Characters like Fritz the Cat and Mister Natural linger in the counterculture subconscious. His publication Zap Comics, peddling its mix of twisted sex, philosophy, and burnout cynicism, is revered and studied to this day. Now the unabashed weirdo finds himself under the filmmaker’s microscope. The film crackles with unsavory energy, as we hang on Crumb’s every rant and anecdote, peruse his eye-popping illustrations, and hang out with his bizarre brothers. Directed by Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World) and produced by David Lynch, Crumb is a demented, heartfelt classic of the art-doc genre. Call Number: NC1429 .C78 1998

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