Media Literacy in Film and New Notable DVD Titles | Drew Kettering, Library Assistant

This month, instead of discussing a particular cause or theme in relation to the Curious Cinema Club’s screening, I will be touching on a special event in conjunction with last night’s screening as well as new additions to our DVD collection which I believe are worth noting. 

First off, this Thursday, May 18th, the Curious Cinema Club is hosting a discussion panel with News-Argus reporters to discuss topics of media literacy, local news, and the current state of journalism. Such topics featured heavily in the Club’s latest film screening, “All the President’s Men”, but lack of knowledge of the film does not preclude attendance. All are welcome, even those who missed the initial screening. Suggested films to watch before the discussion (but again, watching these beforehand is not required) include the films “Spotlight” (2015) and “All the President’s Men” (1976), both of which are included in the Library’s DVD collection.

Secondly, if you missed previous Curious Cinema Club screenings, we now have DVD copies of films such as director Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” (2020) and Roberto Benigni’s “Life is Beautiful” (1998) available in the collection for borrowing. Other titles we continue to suggest include polymath director Werner Herzog’s shocking documentary “Grizzly Man” (2005), and acclaimed director Spike Lee’s still very relevant “Do the Right Thing” (1989). Just look for the “Curious Cinema Club Recommended” sticker on the front cover.

Some other recent DVD arrivals include director Todd Field’s spellbinding “Tár” (2022), the French indie movie classic “Amélie” (2001), and famed director Stanley Kubrick’s early historical drama “Spartacus” (1960). I would particularly suggest “Tár” as it dives into the complexities of the current age, exploring gender and identity, constructs of power as they relate to position and status, and the ways in which our current cultural climate can deal with people who seem to abuse their power. If that sounds too heavy, the color-enhanced “Amélie” is a wonderful visual experience with a quirky and light sort of love story to match.

Lastly, I would suggest dropping by the library to vote for the next film titles to be screened at the Curious Cinema Club. We want to know what you want to see. Ballots for voting are available at the front desk and include several selections ranging from newer acclaimed features to tried and true independent classics.

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