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Movie Monday: “Blackfish”

by Sarah Berry

Released in 2013, “Blackfish” made waves with its findings regarding the captivity of orcas, with a specific focus on SeaWorld and one of its killer whales, Tilikum, who has killed three individuals during his captivity.

Chronicling Tilikum’s journey, the documentary sheds light on the health effects of captivity on orcas, such as the collapsed dorsal fin, which is seen almost exclusively in captive orcas and the gnawing of concrete, which wears down their teeth.

As well, the film educates viewers about the methods used to train orcas, such as by withholding food; this method resulted in Tilikum being abused at Sealand by two other orcas, who were also denied food.

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Since the film’s release, SeaWorld has denied many of the claims by filmmakers. Audiences, however, appear to have sided with the filmmakers as represented by SeaWorld’s continued drop in profits, most notably in 2015, when it reported a 84% drop in profits.

“Blackfish” 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: The Fidel Castro Tapes

by Sarah Berry

Released in 2014 by PBS, “The Fidel Castro Tapes,” chronicles the life of Cuba’s controversial leader, Fidel Castro, who passed away in 2016.

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Through rare images and recordings, audiences gain insight into Castro’s life and career as a revolutionary and a politician, as well as the strained relationship between the United States and Cuba. Events such as the Bay of Pigs, the U.S. embargo on Cuba, and the custody battle of Elian Gonzalez are also documented.

“The Fidel Castro Tapes” is available now on Kanopy Streaming. 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: Halloween Treats

by Sarah Berry

In celebration of Halloween, today’s feature will instead highlight a variety of episodes or films involving Halloween or offshoots of the October holiday.

From witches and vampires, to the pumpkin market, the streaming databases of the Rohrbach Library offers a variety of Halloween-themed choices. Check out our picks below.

Kanopy Streaming: Heroes and Legends: Dracula – The Allure of a Monster

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Focusing on the literary character of Dracula, this 33-minute episode analyzes Bram Stoker’s motivations behind creating Dracula and his brides, as well as the continued impact of Dracula on audiences today.

Kanopy Streaming: I Married a Witch

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This 1940s romantic comedy classic centers on a vengeful sorceress from the Salem witch trials who has cursed the male descendants of the man who sent her to the stake, which is fine and dandy until she finds herself falling for one of them.

Films on Demand: Witches in Exile

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Swerving away from the comedic charm of “I Married a Witch,” is the above documentary, which brings to light the belief of witchcraft in countries across Africa, such as Ghana, and the punishment afforded to those accused of witchcraft.

Films On Demand: Autumn: Supermarket Secrets

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This BBC documentary takes a look at the methods used by British supermarkets to get shoppers in an autumn mood. Highlights include the purchasing and shipping of pumpkins, as well as the mass-production of pumpkin pies.

Swank Digital Campus: Psycho

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Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller has a premise and a shower scene that many viewers are familiar with already. So, take time to relive (or experience for the first time), on-the-run secretary Marion Crane’s stay at the Bates Motel.

Swank Digital Campus: The Cabin in the Woods

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A supernatural horror film with a touch of comedy, this film follows five friends who uncover not only a cabin, but an ancient ritual.

Aside from “The Cabin in the Woods” and “Psycho,” Swank Digital Campus hosts several horror and thriller films, such as

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.


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