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Movie Review: Black Christmas

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011


Black Christmas


I first saw Black Christmas after hearing that it was the predecessor to the modern slasher film.  Having seen all ten Halloween films, twelve Friday the 13ths, and every spawn of A Nightmare on Elm Street, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this film. Thankfully this film doesn’t let you down. While many consider Halloween to be the best slasher, and often held to be the first ‘American Slasher’, I can honestly say without reserve that Black Christmas is the best slasher I have ever seen.   This hidden gem comes to us from our neighbors in the north, and was produced in 1974, just prior to the slasher craze here in the States. The film itself follows a group of women in a sorority as they get ready to leave for their Christmas break. The house has recently been plagued with a plethora of obscene anonymous phone calls which seem harmless… until one of their sisters goes missing.  What follows is one of the best paced horror films I have ever seen. Black Christmas is not only a thrilling film, thick with atmosphere, but a mystery. Unlike most slasher films this film does an amazing job developing its characters through subtle interactions, without any lewd stereotypes that are just waiting to be killed. Each character is explored rather equally, brushing the surface of their lives without delving so deeply in that it takes you out of the film. For those of you who are a bit squeamish, this is not a gory movie; it doesn’t rely on a lot of blood, or disturbing scenes and jump scares. Admittedly Black Christmas does fall victim to some of the common tropes most horror films poses, however it also breaks a lot of them, so you don’t get that déjà vu you feel with most films in the genre. I’d recommend this film to anybody who is interested in the Horror genre, and it is a great starter if you haven’t seen many horror films, but just want to see something scary.

-Andrew Goetschius

Persistent Link: http://voyager.uvm.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=2174074

The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox by Nina Burleigh

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Follow Amanda Knox’s case from her arrest for the murder of roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007 through her tumultuous years in an Italian prison. The author examines this contested story of crime, corruption and punishment in painstaking detail. The truth, it seems, was lost in translation.

Animal Sightings

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Barbara Zucker, sculptor and UVM professor emerita, will talk about her first book, Animal Sightings, at 5:00 pm on November 10 in the Special Collections reading room.

Published this year in a limited edition of ten, Animal Sightings is a colorful, abstract visual rendering of Zucker’s three-year odyssey driving back and forth between Vermont, New York and Philadelphia as she took note of all the animals she glimpsed along the roadside.  Zucker writes, “Each [brush] stroke is flocked and soft, evoking the wonder of catching sight, albeit briefly, of the marvelous creatures that appear at the edges of our roads and highways, there to greet us in our peripheral vision.”

Barbara Zucker is known primarily as a sculptor. She has also done performance, installation, and print editions. Zucker has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is in collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Robert Hull Fleming Museum, and the Kresge Art Museum, among others.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, call 656-2138 or email Special Collections

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A Conversation about John Dewey–October 13

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 4:30 pm
Special Collections Reading Room

Join educators David Conrad, Dean Corrigan, and Charles Rathbone in a conversation about John Dewey, the esteemed philosopher and educational theorist who graduated from UVM in 1879. Items from the library’s collections of Dewey papers, photographs, publications and other items will be displayed.

Free and open to the public.  For more information, call 656-2138 or email uvmsc@uvm.edu.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Rebecca Skloot will be speaking on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on Tuesday October, 11 2011 at 5:30 pm in the Ira Allen Chapel.

Our guide to the book includes audio and video interviews with Skloot, as well as podcasts, radio shows and videos about Lacks, her life, medical ethics, and the role of HeLa cells in research; links to book reviews from a wide variety of publications; and a list of related books from our collection.