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Dec 14

Book Notes 12/13/2021

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on December 14, 2021 at 1:44 PM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

12/13/2021


New Movie Arrivals! Many new releases and recent film favorites have arrived at the library this past week. Check out the full list here!


Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown

Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience // Over the past two decades, Brown's extensive research into the experiences that make us who we are has shaped the cultural conversation and helped define what it means to be courageous with our lives. This book draws on this research, as well as Brown's singular skills as a researcher/storyteller, to lay out an invaluable, research-based framework that shows us that naming an experience doesn't give the experience more power, it gives us the power of understanding, meaning, and choice.

971.004 LP THISTLE
Campbell Book Club Feb '22 Selection


Space Jam: A New Legacy directed by Malcolm D. Lee

LeBron James and his son are trapped by a rogue AI in a Warner Bros.-themed digital universe where their only chance to free themselves is to form a basketball team out of Looney Tunes characters and compete against the AI's own team.

PG | Family Sports Comedy // Available in Blu-ray and DVD


A Rainy Day in New York written and directed by Woody Allen

When Ashleigh gets an assignment from the school paper to interview celebrated film director Roland Pollard in Manhattan, Gatsby seizes the opportunity to show Arizona-bred Ashleigh his favorite haunts in his home city. But when the city's weather turns quickly from sunshine to showers, the two part ways, experiencing chance meetings and comic misadventures.

PG-13 | Romantic Dramedy // Available in Blu-ray


Knives Out written and directed by Rian Johnson

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death.

PG-13 | Dark Comedy Mystery // Available in Blu-ray and DVD


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Nov 01

The Magical World of [Stop-Motion] Animation by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 1, 2021 at 1:31 PM by Genesis Gaule

Combine the right story with animation and it can transport you to another world outside of the confines of reality. Animators and directors make a multitude of artistic choices--colors, lighting, character design, and even what type of animation to use--to how best to tell their story.

3D computer-generated imagery (CGI) is the go-to tool for today’s animated film market and it does have its place in storytelling. However, CGI it’s just one way to tell a story. Below are a few solid examples of the "original" 3D animation: stop-motion. 

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Behind the scenes of Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Stop-motion animation is photographed one frame at time, with physical objects (models, clay, and even legos!) that are moved between frames. When you play back the sequence of images rapidly, it creates the illusion of movement. I am continually amazed at the dedication and time it takes to create a finished story in stop-motion. From the tiniest quirk of an eyebrow to fast paced fight sequences, each element of motion is done by hand--frame by painstaking frame. In many cases, you can literally see the fingerprints of the artisans peppered throughout the work!

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Behind the scenes of Kubo and the Two Strings

Interested in this art form? Stop by the library to check out these movies for yourself:

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

DVD | PG | 2006

One of my first introductions to stop-motion were Aardman Studio's original Wallace & Gromit shorts (which are also included on this disc). I instantly fell in love with their madcap antics, distinctly British humor, and the unique animation. Their first feature length film finds our bumbling hero and his competent sidekick on the chase of a mysterious Were-Rabbit causing havoc through out Tottington. A making-of behind the scenes rounds this feature out nicely.

If you are a fan of this style, checkout these other Aardman creations: Chicken Run (DVD | G | 2000), The Pirates! Band of Misfits (DVD | PG | 2012), and Early Man (DVD | PG | 2018).


The Nightmare Before Christmas

Blu-ray | PG | 2023

When Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king, becomes bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the "real world", he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus. Tim Burton's signature visuals and haunting catchy music make this a creepy cult classic perfect for Halloween or Christmas.

Love the Burton's creepy atmosphere? Also check out Frankenweenie (Blu-ray | PG | 2012) and James and the Giant Peach ( DVD | PG | 1996)


Coraline

DVD | PG | 2009

LAIKA's first feature length film about an adventurous girl who finds a parallel world behind a secret door in her new home. But little does she know that this idealized "perfect" world contains a dark and sinister secret. A true dark fantasy film, the stop-motion animation enhances is other-worldly feel and is a perfect fit for its chilling visuals.


Kubo and the Two Strings

DVD | PG | 2016

This captivating quest film is one of my favorites on this list. When 12-year-old Kubo accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past, he must battle gods and monsters--armed only with a magical instrument and the help of unexpected companions--to set things right. LAIKA’s stunning, beautiful animation features a foundation of hand-created stop-motion animation layered with just the right amount of CGI to give this film extra atmosphere and polish. Be sure to check out the special features to get an inside look at its incredible creation process. The scale of their rigs and models--both big and small--is astounding!

If LAIKA's captured your imagination as they have mine, check out their newest feature Missing Link (DVD | PG | 2019)