Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Highlights of New DVDs

Each week CSU Library adds hundreds of new resources to our catalogue, including books, DVDs, CDs, and electronic resources. The following selection highlights some of the new DVDs added to the collection last week. Click on a DVD's title to read more information about the DVD, or click on 'Check Availability' to find the DVD in the Library Catalogue. Click here to view the complete list of new titles.
  • Blow - Based on the true story of George Jung. This is an uncompromising look at the rise and fall of the man who became the largest importer of Colombia cocaine to the United States in the 1970s. Check Availability
  • Fear and loathing in Las Vegas - Fueled by a suitcase full of pharmaceuticals, journalist Raoul Duke and his sidekick Dr. Gonzo set off on a fast and furious ride through nonstop neon, surreal surroundings and a crew of crazy characters in early 1970s Las Vegas. Check Availability
  • Inside Paris - After splitting up with his long term girlfriend, Paul has moved back into the Paris flat his younger brother Jonathan shares with their protective, divorced father. Depressed and lethargic, he remains housebound whilst Jonathan - a devil may care womaniser - walks the streets of Paris chatting up girls. Check Availability
  • The ringer - Pressured by a greedy uncle and a pile of debt, lovable loser Steve Barker resorts to an unthinkable, contemptible, just-crazy-enough-to-work scheme. He pretends to be mentally challenged to rig the upcoming Special Olympics and bring home the gold. But when Steve’s fellow competitors get wise to the con, they inspire him to rise to the greatest challenge of all - becoming a better person. Check Availability
  • Master classes in the Michael Chekhov technique - Michael Chekhov was a teacher and innovator in the art of acting. A student of the famed Stanislavsky and a nephew of author Anton Chekhov, Michael Chekhov developed a psycho-physical technique using an actor’s movement and gesture to show the psychological mindset of a character. Check Availability
  • Enron : the smartest guys in the room - The inside story of one of history’s greatest business scandals, in which top executives of America’s seventh largest company walked away with over one billion dollars, while investors and employees lost everything. Check Availability
  • Pseudoscience : looking for evidence and proof - "Bill Nye shows students how to examine out-of-this-world claims through the eyes of a scientist- by looking for evidence and proof. He exposes techniques used by psychics, demonstrates the science of walking on flaming coals, and considers ’The case of the extraordinary claim." Check Availability
  • Corporate culture - "Corporate Culture is an important and well debated topic in the modern business arena in Australia. Led by three prominent businesses in Australia, Bendigo Bank, Oakley and Salesforce, this program not only discusses how cultures can differ, but also demonstrates how each different style remains fundamentally important to each business. The program provides an excellent understanding of this important concept in the management of large organisations in Australia." Check Availability
  • Genetically modified foods : benefits and risks - "Is genetic engineering safe? It may be too soon to tell, but that doesn’t stop Bill Nye from exploring the benefits and risks. Students will hear from traditional wheat breeders, from researchers who analyze organic and pesticide-free crops, and from corporations engaged in genetic engineering." Check Availability
  • Dali, maestro de sueÌños (Dali, master of dreams) - An intimate portrayal of the life and times of Gala (Elena Dimitrievna Diakonova Gala), a woman ahead of her time and one of the 20th century’s most enigmatic women. As the wife and muse of Salvador Dalï, she had a great influence on the male-dominated art world of her time. Through its examination of her life, the documentary provides an insight into the lives of some of the 20th century’s greatest artists and thinkers. A combination of archival material and interviews helps complete this revealing biographical portrait. Check Availability

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