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Liberating DVDs from Butler

For several years, cinephiles hoping to use Butler’s growing DVD collection (now over 10,000 titles) were forced to watch the DVDs inside the library, without being able to borrow them. But last year’s otherwise-unfortunate demise of Kim’s Video and Music has finally yielded one big benefit: parts of its collection have made it into the […]

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Three Movies to Help You Get Down with the Sickness

   Image courtesy of BestDirect.tv A few days ago, Columbia was kindly informed about an outbreak of meningitis at our beloved weekend trip destination, UPenn. Well, the week has ambled onwards, and still the dirge of meningitis hums over us. Meanwhile, a graduate student at the UPenn petri dish has reportedly contracted measles and our […]

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From Netflix’s Heart to Yours

Picking out a date movie can be tough, and with Valentine’s Day weekend here already, you don’t have too much time left to select something the two of you will both enjoy. Bwog knows as well as you do that the right movie can make all the difference, and since she has no date this […]

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Navigating the Netflix Streams

Now that Netflix streaming movies are available to Mac users, far greater numbers of Columbia students have begun exploring the wonderful “Watch Instantly!” world. They’re also probably learning — as PC users did months ago — that Netflix’s catalog of streaming content is largely a grab-bag of B-movies and obscure television series sprinkled with the […]

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FrancoWatch: Movie Alert!

Remember how James Franco is actually an actor?  Well, it’s time to get your holiday cheer on early because Franco is starring alongside Sean Penn in Milk, the story of California’s first openly gay elected official.  Franco is playing a hippie (for a change) who becomes Milk‘s campaign manager.  The film, opening today, will be […]

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Secrets About That Action Movie: Revealed

Several tipsters have sent in sightings of a film crew that’s been causing quite the stir outside the Bon French Cleaners. Bwog Daily Editor Justin Vlasits was on the scene earlier today, and he believes it to be a “low budget action movie.” (Note the old-timey green police car after the jump.) Vlasits also reports […]

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Movie Rental Guide: Three Movies Sarah Palin Might Want to Ban from Your Video Store

Bwog’s guide to Movie Rentals has returned! We’re not sure where you’re going to actually rent these films (Butler?), but we hear the Internet has a nice selection for downloading. Film correspondent Mark Hay reports. Every time I launch Firefox, I cannot escape the face persistently plastered all over my homepage. Sarah. Palin. Palin, Palin, […]

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Ferris Reel: the Return

The good people at Ferris Reel want you to know that Ferris Reel is back, again, but really! There’s “new leadership” and “lots of fun ideas,” according to Colin Drummond, who is one third of the new leadership. The first screening of the semester is Thursday at 9 PM, and it’s going to be WALL-E, […]

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Kim’s, Butler, and You

You may remember that almost-dearly-departed Kim’s bequeathed its media collection to Columbia. Some have wondered whether this huge collection (40-50,000 titles) will lead to Butler actually allowing students to take DVDs and videos out of the library. Currently, the Butler media desk keeps your ID instead, and free rentals haven’t been allowed in at least a […]

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Kim’s Moves to Butler

Exciting news for heartbroken Kim’s devotees: Bwog just spoke to a lady at the Butler reserves desk, and it seems many movies from the ill-fated video store are being re-located to Butler’s media collection.  The Butler employee says she’s not sure what exactly they’re acquiring and when, but does think it’s going to be “a […]

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Weekend Rentals: Olympics Edition

Happy Olympics, Columbia! It’s that time again for (undangerous) nationalism and spectacle and sport. To help get you in the spirit, Weekend Rental correspondent Brandon Hammer has suggested three Olympics films. GO USA! Chariots of Fire (1981): [Cue the theme music.] Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Chariots of Fire is perhaps the […]

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Weekend Rentals: All the News That’s Fit to Print

As I was without an Internet connection for the past week, I ended up watching a lot of television news. And while hearing about Barack Obama’s every move and every analyst’s baseless prediction of the day is fun for… well, really not all that long, here are some movies about the news are much more […]

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Weekend Rentals: Fete de la Federation Edition

This past Monday, francophiles and French citizens celebrated Bastille Day. And since gossiping about President Sarkozy and his wife is no way to celebrate the holiday — and Film Forum is no longer featuring its wonderful series on Godard — here are a few suggestions for some French films worth renting. The Rules of the […]

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Weekend Rentals: Baseball Edition

In honor of the Yankee Stadium’s final season, this year’s MLB all-star game will take place in the Bronx on Tuesday. To remember some of baseball’s most interesting historical moments, Bwog Film Rental Analyst Brandon Hammer suggests you check out one (or two or three) of the following movies.  The Pride of the Yankees (1942): […]

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Weekend Rentals: July 4th Edition

Though this weekend many of your fellow Americans will be doing such celebratory things as eating hamburgers in an outdoors setting and watching fireworks, we know that 1. it is hot out, 2. many of you are vegetarians, and 3. there’s an argument to be made that if you’ve seen one firework, you’ve seen ’em […]

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