October 16, 2012

Are you being served?

There's plenty of laughter when an unbelievably quirky contingent of sales clerks makes shopping at Grace Brothers the comic experience of a lifetime.
Special features: "Funny turns: John Inman"; "Funny women: Mollie Sugden"; "A life on the box: Wendy Richard"; "Are you being confused?"; "The best of Are you being served?"; "Celebrating Mollie Sugden"; special episode "Are you being served? Again!"; Who's who; trivia; trailers.

If you are a fan, I need not type another word. If you are not this is one of the funniest and absurd television series dealing with interdepartmental relations and customer service. Every character is "over-the-top" in their way. Whether customer or employee we can all relate to the humorous daily operations of Grace Brothers Department Store. The series ran on PBS, in Michigan from the late 1970's to the mid 1980's, from 11:00pm to 11:30 leading the way to the Benny Hill Show and Monty Python. Yes it set up a nice late night BBC experience. "without commercials" ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 58203-D
Originally broadcast as episodes of the television series on BBC1 between 1972 to 1985.

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March 01, 2012

Requiem for Detroit?

'More than a requiem, this documentary touches on issues relevant to all students of American history and society by using Detroit as a window into many sociocultural aspects of American life. Major topics include industrialization, the birth of suburbs and consumerism, black migration and white flight, race relations, unionization, economic decline, and community renewal--all set to a sound track by famous Detroit musicians. Director Julien Temple effectively weds scenes of poverty and urban collapse to cheerful archival footage, infusing the film with an energy that is wry, hip, and gritty. The program ends on a hopeful note as images of decaying architectural gems and feral homes give way to citizen activists converting weedy lots into community gardens. With commentary by Grace Lee Boggs, Martha Reeves, and John Sinclair."- Unedited summary from container.

Its historical understanding is much appreciated. The archival footage, new footage and video projections onto vacant buildings are inspired to say the least. The message of hope is wonderful. The editing is very manipulative. BBC uses sound to reinforce the point while reusing some of the sound effects to add to the nervousness of the viewer. Many large industrial cities have suffered tremendous changes over the last 30 years. Detroit does stand out since it has its own version of celebrity. However post industrial decline and community rebirth if evident in many locations around the world.

Askwith Media Library 56613-D 60 minutes 2010

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April 06, 2011

The Red Riding Trilogy

"After a failed attempt to crack Fleet Street, a cynical journalist returns to his homeland of Yorkshire and finds himself assigned to report on the case of a local girl who has gone missing. But after her bizarrely mutilated body is discovered, he is thrown into a sleaze infested, nightmarish world of corruption. As the killer's identity remains a mystery, savage events spiral out of control, spanning generations and leading to a shocking climax".

Another great from British television. However you may need to activate the subtitles. ~Mike

Released in 2009
Based on the novels by David Peace.
Trilogy written by Tony Grisoni ; 1974 directed by Julian Jarrold ; 1980 directed by James Marsh ; 1983 directed by Anand Tucker.

Askwith Media Library 52000-D 3 discs 308 minutes

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March 21, 2011


A contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories, Sherlock is a thrilling, funny, fast-paced adventure series set in present-day London. The iconic details from Conan Doyle's original books remain: they live at the same address, have the same names, and, somewhere out there, Moriarty is waiting for them. And so across three thrilling, scary, action-packed, and highly modern adventures, Sherlock and John navigate a maze of cryptic clues and lethal killers to get at the truth.

A new interpretation of the great Conan-Doyle series: with much more crime solving and much less fighting/explosions than seen in a recent Hollywood movie.

Released 2010

Askwith Media Library 53388-D
Season 1, 2 discs, 270 minutes

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March 23, 2010

Art Safari

In search of great contemporary art, Ben Lewis travels the world interacting with artists, dealers, collectors, and critics.

Maurizio Cattelan : how to get a head in the art world -- Gregor Schneider : house of horrors -- Matthew Barney : the church of Cremaster -- Relational art : is it an ism? -- Wim Delvoye : is this shit art? -- Santiago Sierra : art v. globalisation -- Sophie Calle : conceptual heart -- Takashi Murakami : toying with art.

Askwith Media Library 49922-D

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