June 2006, issue 15
"Wise up, folks. We're all alone out there and tomorrow we're going out there again." --Nick Carlton (William Hurt), The Big Chill
The Return of the Summer Solstice
Here are some suggestions for your own personal double features, to help you through the looooongest day of the year (although you should probably get outside and enjoy all that extra daylight instead of sitting in front of a TV). And hey, if you come for any of these movies and mention that you read about 'em here, we'll give you two for one. Oh wait, that's kind of the deal already, since you can borrow three at a time, for free. (Cheap!)
Farewell and Good Luck to Cataloging Librarian Jeff Gabel
Jeff started here about ten years ago as a clerk in the circulation department, earned his library degree, and began his career as a librarian under the watchful eye of Ari Cohen. We are sorry to say he has to move on; we will miss him, his professionalism, and his laconic, mid-western, and eminently singular sense of humor. Jeff is an artist; if you've never seen his work, do yourself a favor and attend his next gallery show at Spencer Brownstone Gallery in Manhattan. Here are some films to help send him on his way:
· Detroit Rock City Because God gave rock and roll to you.
· This is Spinal Tap It goes to eleven.
· Election Some director from Nebraska.
· Jade Claw AKA Crystal Fist From the Shaolin Dolemite collection.
· American Graffiti Little Ronny Howard's best movie role.
· The Simpsons Hold on there, Peecasso.
· The Caine Mutiny Paranoid Bogie.
· His Girl Friday With Rosalind Russell as the intrepid Hildy Johnson.
· Fargo I don't agree with your police work 100%, there.
· Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Still one of the library's oldest mysteries.
· Judgment at Nuremberg Pre-Enterprise Shatner.
· The Story of Computer Graphics Narrated by Post-Enterprise Nimoy.
· Jekyll and Hyde Cheryl Ladd's finest post-Charlie work.
· Broadcast News Our best William Hurt movie.
· McCabe and Mrs. Miller An all-Leonard-Cohen soundtrack.
Finally, Jeff himself once received this bit of unsolicited advice when he called a wrong number while trying to reach Pratt Institute's Advisement Center: "I'm no advisor, but I guess the one piece of advice I can offer to anyone would be to watch Cool Hand Luke repeatedly, then follow it up with The Wild Bunch." Ah, the kindness of strangers. Well said, pardner. Although Jeff has still never seen either film, it's a cool story.
"I said, 'Go kiss a duck, marblehead.'" --Steve Bolander (Ron Howard), American Graffiti
The Media Center is located on the fifth floor of the Library Learning Center. Come up and see us some time.
NEW: Third Floor Display Case
Come take a look at the Media Center display at the third floor entrance of the Library. Media Assistant Lisa Rivera is highlighting films from our collection that make the grade in the American Film Institute's latest 'greatest' list: 100 Years, 100 Cheers--America's Most Inspiring Movies.
In the Mix: a random shuffle of some movies we've played recently in our Now Playing program:
Other sites we like:
Q: Mr. Belloq, writing from a tent in Egypt, asks: How odd that it should end this way for us after so many stimulating encounters. I almost regret it. Where shall I find a new adversary so close to my own level?
Q: The nuns from an abbey in Austria write: How do you solve a problem like Maria?
A: A spoonful of sugar and raindrops on kittens, etc. Or, marry her off to a guy with more kids than Mike Brady.
This issue of BCLMC is brought to you all the way from the back row by steel-drivin' Media Assistant Patrick Jewell. Tell your friends.
BCLMC BROOKLYN CAMPUS LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
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