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Review of library film "Remote Access"

Steve Fesenmaier writes "REMOTE ACCESS: Distant Libraries of the World.
24 mins. 2005
A film review by Steve Fesenmaier March 7, 2007

During the last 29 years I have tried to watch every film made by anyone promoting the use of libraries. I have screened them at our state library conferences, and even helped make the single most interesting film I have ever seen about libraries, Julian Samuels's "Save and Burn." (He has made two films on libraries "Burn" and an earlier one, "The Library in Crisis," both available from Filmakers Library.) The San Francisco Public Library has asked me to find an amazing film about the Bibliotheque Nationale made by Alain Renais and I once hoped to screen a series of films at The New York Public Library Donnell Library made by librarian filmmakers. (Plans fell through a year or so ago" .. I am not sure why..)

New film blog by librarian in West Virginia

Steve Fesenmaier writes "I have been writing about West Virginia movies since 1978, first for The Appalachian Intelligencer, an indie newspaper, then The West Virginia Arts News, and since 1989 for West Virginia's largest monthly, Graffiti. It was purchased by Ogden Newspapers in December 2005, and reorganized with a new publisher in December 2006. West Virginia's largest daily, The Charleston Gazette, offered me a blog since no one covers WV films on a regular basis in any WV publication. http://www.thegazz.com/gblogs/wvfilm/

I also have published an annual list of new films on West Virginia and Appalachia, with postings at — http://www.ferrum.edu/applit/bibs/WVFilmIndex.htm

People from all over the world have contacted me because of this AppLit website including major filmmakers such as Lars Von Trier."

The Hollywood Librarian Documentary - Blog

Ann Seidl writes "THE HOLLYWOOD LIBRARIAN A LOOK AT LIBRARIANS THROUGH FILM. The first documentary film devoted to real lives and work of librarians will have its World Premier at ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC this summer. The filmmaker is blogging about the process of post-production, the red carpet premiere event and lots of inside scoop (including AUDIO DIARIES). Come see for yourself!"

Year's End at the National Film Registry

The Chicago Tribune reports on the 2006 additions to the National Films Registry at the Library of Congress; "Rocky" is among them. The National Film Registry list, begun in 1989, now numbers 450.

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Watched The Librarian? You Weren't Alone

"The Librarian", directed by Jonathan Frakes and starring Noah Wyle, debuted Sunday night on the TNT network with a strong 6.2 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. The number was only slightly down from the original installment, THE LIBRARIAN: THE QUEST FOR THE SPEAR, which averaged nearly 7 million viewers in its Dec. 5, 2004, premiere. Even Better News, Although the movie is still slated to air half a dozen more times (this is TNT after all), Return to King Solomon's Mines has been announced for a December 19th DVD release date, meaning you can pick up Flynn Carsen's latest adventure just in time for Christmas.

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Did you watch "The Librarian?"

I tried to be a good sport and watch last night's sequel to 2004's "The Librarian: Quest of the Spear." But, alas, I gave up on "Return to King Solomon's Mines" after about 30 minutes. What little review I have is here at Tinfoil+Raccoon. Let us know if you reviewed it on your blog or leave your review here, if you like.

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Noah Wyle as the Librarian - Tonight

As we've previously determined, he's not really a Librarian, he's an archivist, but nonetheless, the sequel, "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines" is on tonight. And according to this review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by critic Rob Owen, "discerning fans of action-adventure yarns will feel let down. Again."

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<i>The Librarians</i> action flick With a Cameo Appearance by Mark Foley

bean writes "Today's Palm Beach Post reports Foley's role in action flick unearthed. "Filmed in Palm Beach County and released in 2001 as The Librarians, ... it was re-released two years later as Strike Force." The movie didn't attract much attention until a freelance writer recently discovered former Congressman Mark Foley's involvement as an actor. The Librarians is the name of a "noble mercenary group" in the movie."

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Is "Basic Instinct" Too Basic for Arkansas Library?

"Basic Instinct" (1992) has been checked out 22 times since the Rogers, AR library added the racy, donated VHS tape to their collection in December. But the question on the table is, will it stay there? Story from N.W. Arkansas News.

Longitudes and Attitudes

42 years ago, Michael Apted began filming a group of seven year-olds plucked from the extremes of the British class system. Since then, he's followed their lives with a new film every seven years. What began as a one-off BBC program has become one of the most important histories on film, and a prototype for our reality-TV culture. On the occasion of 49Up's opening this weekend, Apted speaks to Bob about the series. Complete transcript here. (Radio show - "On the Media") When you are at the transcript you can click on "Listen Now" and hear the story as well as read it.

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