Need a Break from Studying? Refresh with a Good Movie!

As you find yourself writing term papers, completing final projects, and studying for finals during the last few weeks of the Fall semester, keep in mind that a restful, entertaining break from the rigors of school work awaits you at the Library.  Should you find the opportunity to take a breather from studying, if only for a couple of hours, check out the feature films available in the Library’s Media Collection.  Selections range from drama to comedy, romance, biographical, historical, musical, and more.

Below are titles, DVD and VHS, available at Yuba College Library that are sure to provide a refreshing break from the stress normally associated with the end of the semester. For more information on any of these films, please consult the Library’s online catalog (Polaris) or a librarian.

Title: All the President’s Men
Description: 2 videodiscs (DVD), 138 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: PG
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0065
Summary:  True story of the Watergate break-in that led to the political scandal of the decade.

Title: Almost Famous
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 124 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: R
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0066
Summary:  It’s the opportunity of a lifetime when teenage reporter William Miller lands an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine. Despite the objections of his protective mother, William hits the road with an up-and-coming rock band and finds there’s a lot more to write home about than the music.

Title: Carousel
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 128 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: N/A
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0004
Summary:  A carny barker falls in love with a sweet millworker, but his wayward ways don’t change enough to prevent his early death.

Title: Erin Brokovich
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS), 132 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: R
Type: Video Material – 1 day
Call Number: VT 2088 CC
Summary:  Erin Brockovich is a feisty young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a law case against a giant corporation for water pollution. Erin’s determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. The two begin a legal fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.

Title: Gosford Park
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 138 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: R
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0018
Summary:  Drama set at the country estate of Sir William McCordle in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a hunting party weekend when one of the group is murdered.

Title: The Insider
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS), 158 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: R
Type: Video Material – 1 day
Call Number: VT 2087 CC
Summary:  When former executive Jeffrey Wigand is fired by his employer, one of the largest tobacco companies in America, Wigand agrees to become a paid consultant for a story by veteran 60 minutes producer Lowell Bergman, regarding alleged unethical practices within the tobacco industry. But what begins as a temporary alliance leads to a lengthy battle for both men to save their reputations and more.

Title: The King and I
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 133 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: G
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0008
Summary: An English schoolteacher finds herself at odds with the King when she is the teacher at the royal court in the 1860s.

Title: Oklahoma!
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 145 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: G
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0006
Summary:  A cowboy wins his girl despite the intervention of a sinister hired hand.

Title: Primary Colors
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 144 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: N/A
Type: Video Material – 2 hours; Video Material – 4 hours
Call Number: DVD 0062
Summary:  N/A

Title: Romeo & Juliet
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 120 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: PG-13
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0039
Summary:  Unconventional adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Set in a futuristic urban backdrop of Verona Beach, this is a contemporary re-telling of the tragic love between youthful star-crossed lovers.

Title: Saving Private Ryan
Description: 2 videocassettes (VHS), 169 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: R
Type: Video Material – 1 day
Call Number: VT 2085 CC
Summary:  Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds, the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? Surrounded by the brutal realities of war each man searches for his own answer and the strength to triumph over uncertain future with honor, decency and courage.

Title: Shakespeare in Love
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 122 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: R
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0036
Summary:  When Will Shakespeare needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer’s block, a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola starts the words flowing like never before!

Title: The Sound of Music
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 175 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: N/A
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0003
Summary:  A young novice, uncertain about becoming a nun, becomes governess to 7 children of an autocratic ex-naval captain. Her charm wins over the rebellious children and the unbending captain.

Title: South Pacific
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 150 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: N/A
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0007
Summary:  Musical about life on a Pacific island during World War II.

Title: State Fair
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 100 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: N/A
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0005
Summary:  Musical about the adventures of the Frake family at the Iowa State Fair.

Title: Wag the Dog
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 92 min.
Target Audience Note: UK cert 15
Type: Video Material – 2 hours; Video Material – 4 hours
Call Number: DVD 0060
Summary:  When the President is caught in a sex scandal less than 2 weeks before the election, “Mr. Fix-it” decides they need a war to distract the public’s attention and he calls on Hollywood’s top producer to create it.

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