November 2008, issue 39
"There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan." --John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea), Sullivan's Travels (1941).
When Times are Tough,
People Watch Movies.
In the 1930's and 40's, Americans flocked to movie houses to help forget their problems in a troubled world. Escapist fare like glittering, extravagant musicals and the great screwball comedies were some of the biggest hits (and still stand up today). And in the rough economic times of the early 1980's, the big blockbusters, like the flashy, popcorn-chomping entertainments from filmmakers like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, flexed their muscles at the box office. No coincidence, there.
Free Movies, Three-at-a-Time,
Three-Day Borrowing Periods
It's cheaper than the multiplex, cheaper than Netflix, and we can all use a little bit of cheaper in our lives right about now. It's free, in fact, with your university ID and library bar code, and you can borrow up to three titles at a time. See our newsletter for more ideas about some of the escapist fare in our collections.
PLUS: Reduced Late Fees:
now just one dollar a day
We are reducing late fees for our VHS and DVD circulation from three dollars a day to one dollar a day. Bring your movies back on time, and it's still free, but if you have to bring them back late, we hope it'll be easier on your wallet.
Thanksgiving seems like a good time to mention...
The BCLMC is far from a political newsletter, but like so many citizens of America and the world, I feel it is impossible not to take note of the remarkable 2008 Presidential election in some way. I'm thankful. Thankful that a long and ugly campaign is over, thankful that our country is a place where a person can rise from the most modest of stations to the most powerful office in the land, thankful for a system that works despite its flaws, and thankful for the chance that some new policies and people can begin to repair the damage of the last eight years.
It's become a commonplace by now to say that no matter how you voted, you have ample reason to be proud of the 2008 election results. Common, maybe, but no less true. (And I hope it's a long time before I have to hear the word 'maverick' again.)
The Media Center is located on the fifth floor of the Library Learning Center. Come up and see us some time.
"Can you help a fellow American down on his luck?" --Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Other sites we like:
L. Sullivan: I
want this picture to be a commentary on modern conditions. Stark realism.
The problems that confront the average man!
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
This issue of BCLMC is brought to you all the way from the back row by Media Assistant Patrick Jewell. Is this a great country, or what? Tell your friends.
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