“Everything I learned, I learned from the movies.” – Audrey Hepburn
Are you a movie buff? A cinephile? A passionate critic? Do you have a favorite movie star, or do you aspire to be an actor/actress yourself? Maybe you are pursuing an RTVF degree, with a dream of one day making it big, behind the scenes in Hollywood? Or do you just go for the hot, buttered popcorn? Whatever the reason, many TCC Students love going to the movies. It is a great way to escape the stress of classes and work for a couple of hours, as you lose yourself in a passionate love story, a gut-busting comedy, or a thrilling adventure.
Now that the Oscar season is over, and the biggest films from last year are getting ready to launch on DVD and Blu-Ray, I plan on catching up with all the movies I didn’t have a chance to see in theaters during 2013. Luckily, the TCC Northeast Campus Library has a wide selection of periodicals that cover the ins-and-outs of the movie industry, so I’ll know what I’m getting myself into, before I sit down on the couch with my family to watch.
“Film Comment” magazine is published bi-monthly by the Film Society of the Lincoln Center in New York. It is absolutely FULL of great reviews of all kinds of movies – both old and new – that will make you want to go out and re-experience your favorite movies in a whole new way, while at the same time, branching out to international films, award-winners from the last century, and more…
Here is another source for film critiques, but “Film Quarterly” tends to go beyond the standard review article… They also delve into the relevant culture surrounding movies, what makes a film important, tie-ins to books, dvd’s and other media, etc…
Sight & Sound
Published monthly by the British Film Institute, “Sight & Sound” is another magazine about movies and movie-making that goes above and beyond in the quality of their reviews. Featuring new films from all over the world, each month, this fantastic film journal can make you wish there was unlimited room on your Netflix queue. Their review of “Gravity” in the Dec 2013 issue, for example, draws connections and parallels from a score of other space-faring features from the last 50 years, as well as going into the depths of research and detail that the film-makers sought when making their movie as scientifically, technologically, and heart-poundingly realistic as possible… while, at the same time, not really making it about space at all.
Published by the Creative Planet Network, this monthly magazine is geared more towards the behind-the-scenes aspects of movie-making. Drawing on the popularity of recent Oscar-contenders “American Hustle” and “Wolf of Wall Street,” for example, the January 2014 issue of Digital Video focuses on the story-boarding, design efforts, cinematography, post-production work, and editing that made these movies successful.
If you have questions about these, or any other periodical titles in our VAST collection, please don’t hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk and ask. We will be glad to help you, because that is what we’re here for.
See you at the movies!
In NE Library, Periodicals Spotlight
If you couldn’t guess from my super-clever title, the theme of these blog posts will be all about the Periodicals collection at the J. Ardis Bell Library at the NE Campus of TCC. That includes newspapers, popular magazines, academic journals, newsletters, and much more…
TCC Students have a variety of reasons for studying a different language… Do you love dining on French cuisine, and want to order your own escargot like an expert? Perhaps your dream is to travel across Europe, climb the Alps and put your German skills to the test? Are you looking to brush up on your Spanish before a job interview? Or are you someone who just loves to try new things?
In any case, the TCC Northeast Campus Library carries subscriptions to several magazine titles in other languages, available to help our students (and the community at large) get more in touch with the language and culture of those other countries.
If French is your forte, we have issues of France-Amerique, which connects the French and American cultures through current events, art, politics and more. We also carry a French children’s magazine entitled, J’aime Lire (I Like to Read), with short stories, comics, jokes, and other entertaining ways to help both adults and kids learn a new language.
Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
For anyone interested in learning more about the German language and culture, we carry two popular magazines to help you out. Merian is an international tourism magazine, covering different travel sites and attractions, all over the world, from a German perspective. We also have Bunte – a popular weekly celebrity and entertainment magazine (similar to People) that covers all the gossip, from Berlin to Hollywood, CA!
Whether you are studying Spanish for the first time, or if you just need a quick refresher, many of our students will enjoy thumbing through the library’s issues of Spanish-language magazine titles like Vanidades – a fashion and beauty magazine, similar to Vogue or Vanity Fair. Every issue is full of beautiful fashion spreads, exotic photographs, and more. We also carry Prevention en Espanol – a title for the health conscious, similar to the English-language magazine, Prevention.
For more information, or if you need assistance in locating any of these titles, please don’t hesitate to ask a library staff member for help. That’s what we’re here for!
In Periodicals Spotlight
Review of Ayana Mathis’s The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
Some say that the most important relationship in a child’s life is the one he or she has with their mother. For those
who have memories of their mother being as close to perfection as 1980’s iconic television mom Claire Huxtable, there are stories of intimate bonding. However, for those who have a less perfect and more challenging connection with their mothers, often there is the shadow looming over that relationship of what could have been. Author Ayana Mathis explores the fragility that often marks the tenuous relationship between mothers and children in her masterfully written debut novel The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. Set against the backdrop of the Great Migration, the time period from 1910’s – 1970’s when millions of African Americans left the South for dreams of prosperity in the North, the novel provides a peak into the life of Georgia born Hattie Shepherd, her husband and their eleven children as they struggle to survive in Philadelphia.
Each chapter of this Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection focuses on a specific time in the lives of each of Hattie’s children. The book starts with the riveting and tragic deaths of her two oldest children. Mathis weaves the lives of the dysfunctional family into each chapter showing Hattie’s unsuccessful attempts to process her grief. Hattie takes out her frustration, sadness, anger and hostility out on her surviving children. As a result, each child is impacted by what appears to be the unpredictable outbursts and bizarre behavior from their mother.
In Periodicals Spotlight, Spotlight on Reviews
Written by Amy Adams, Periodicals Manager at the J. Ardis Bell Library
Learning a new language or brushing up on those skills you learned in high school can be difficult or lackluster. If you’d like to spice up your language learning sessions, drop by the library to peruse one of our foreign language magazines. Currently, we have subscriptions to several different titles in three different foreign languages.
If French is your forte, look for France-Amerique, the periodical that links America and France through current events, culture, art, and profiles. You might also be interested in J’Aime Lire, with its short stories and colorful pictures, this is a fun book to entertain adults as they learn French or to get children interested in learning another language. (more…)
In NE Library, Periodicals Spotlight
In most magazines, you absentmindedly flip through the first couple of pages of advertisements looking for the actual content to start. Most magazines range from about 30 to 75 pages. They’re rarely over 200 pages. Vogue’s classic September issue breaks all the rules.
At a whopping 916 pages, you’ll have to leaf through 70 pages before you find the table of contents, and you’ll have to look to page 264 to actually start reading articles. But, this is Vogue’s most important issue of the year, and you’re not going to want to skip any pages! All the big names in fashion—and some of the smaller ones—are featured in this issue.
The articles range from Chelsea Clinton’s political activism to a fashion retrospective. I have two favorite features in this issue. The first is the article on Miuccia Prada, the costume designer for the Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming movie, The Great Gatsby. The second is a collaboration between Colm Toibin and Annie Leibovitz, who partner to produce a stunning spread that reimagines Edith Wharton’s life in the early 1900s.
From Lady Gaga channeling RuPaul on the front to the Target advertisement on the back, you’ll want to look at every page of this fashion-packed issue!
Also note, the most recent issue of Vogue is typically found in the popular reading area, but because the September issue is so large, it is going straight to the shelf, where you’ll find a year’s worth of back issues.
In Periodicals Spotlight