Movie Reviews: Buried

Movie Reviews: North By North LesBuried

Five stars.

2010, 95 mins., directed by Rodrigo Cortes.


Inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock films, Rope (1948) and Lifeboat (1944), director Cortes succeeds with this debut effort due to the excellent performance by Ryan Reynolds (who is on screen during the entirety of the film), the suspenseful screenplay by Chris Sparling, and the all so tight and effective editing. Paul Conroy (a US truck driver played by Reynolds) finds himself bound and gagged, buried in a coffin, with only a Zippo lighter and a Blackberry. He gradually reconstructs that his and several other convoys were ambushed by insurgents, and that he is the sole survivor of the attack. After several attempts, he eventually contacts his wife and employer, and leaves messages for them. He then contacts the FBI, who determine he has been kidnapped. The kidnapper calls and demands a ransom of $5 million for his release. The suspense builds, with several plot twists, as he attempts to negotiate his release. The entire film is shot from within the interior of a coffin, and never repeats a single camera shot. An incredible experience!  See the record for Buried.

Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection.  The opinions expressed are his alone.


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Register for Freshman Workshops

Didn’t make the first round of Freshman Workshops? Not to worry – round two starts November 4th!

Come learn essential skills for college-level research. Registration is required, and all workshops must be attended in sequence.

Register here.

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CSUSB Modern China Lecture Series Presents:

xiaoboDr. Perry Link

The Thought of Liu Xiaobo, China’s Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

November 4, 2014

Noon-2p.m. in PL-4005

Talk Description: Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize and advocate of non-violence, sits in a prison in northeast China serving an 11-year prison sentence for “inciting subversion of the state.” Although Liu is best known for his political stands, especially his advocacy of human rights and an end to authoritarian government, his writings reach deeply into history and culture in both China and the West. His book, “No Enemies, No Hatred,” includes essays on law, corruption, humor, sex, the world-view of farmers, the rise of the Internet, ancient Chinese thought, the weaknesses of Western civilization, and much more.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Perry Link is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages at the University of California, Riverside. Link has a B.A. in philosophy, M.A. in East Asian Studies, and Ph.D. in Chinese history from Harvard University and has taught Chinese language and literature at Princeton University (1973-77 and 1989-2008) and UCLA (1977-1988). He has published in the fields of modern Chinese language, literature, popular culture, intellectual history, art, and politics. Among his many books are “An Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics” (Harvard, 2013), and he is co-editor of Liu Xiaobo’s “No Enemies, No Hatred” (Belknap, 2013).

If you have questions or would like to know more about the upcoming event, please contact Jeremy Murray, Assistant Professor, History Department California State University, San Bernardino at  (909) 537-5540 or

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Breast Cancer Awareness Information Table

Breast-Cancer-Awareness-1-This year’s Library Breast Cancer Information table can be found by the north entrance of the library.  We invite the campus community to stop by, visit the table, and pick up educational handouts that include fact sheets, self-examination flyers, and more.   And pick up a free breast cancer awareness pen, pencil, or bracelet too!    Use the blank paper provided on the table to write a message to a loved one and post on the 8-foot-tall pink ribbon.  October is Breast Cancer awareness month.  Please show your support by wearing PINK at least one day during the week!

We appreciate your support.

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Dia De Los Muertos

Two Dia De Los Muertos Skulls with Colorful BackgroundPresented By The Association Of Latino Faculty, Staff &  Students

At California State University, San Bernardino

Saturday, November 1, 2014

4p.m. – 9p.m. at RAFFMA

5500 University Pkwy. San Bernardino, CA 92407


Come celebrate with the Association of Latino Faculty, Staff & Students (ALFSS) and The Robert & Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA)

* No Charge * Live Music * Aztec Dancers * Calaveras  Auction * * Family Activities * Food Vendors * Community Altar * And More * Free Parking*

For more information, contact RAFFMA at (909) 537-3373 or visit

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Dando Vida a la Muerte

altarGiving Life to Death: Building a Dia de Muertos Altar

With Presenter: Enrique G. Murillo, Jr., Ph.D.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Noon – 1 p.m. in PL-4005

See Kiosk for FREE Parking

This session will speak to facts and misconceptions about Día de Muertos as it is observed throughout México and United States. The various indigenous traditions and celebratory aspects will be explored. Particular focus will be paid to ceremonial and funerary practices, including building altars (ofrendas) to honor the deceased.

About the Presenter: Dr. Murillo is an educational and cultural anthropologist and professor in the Teacher Education and Foundations Dept. here at CSUSB. He is a first generation Xicano, born and raised in the greater east side of Los Angeles, and a native bilingual speaker of Spanish/English. His Native American lineage is Tahue Yoreme from Sinaloa, México. He is the recipient of the prestigious Ohtli Award- which is the highest honor presented by the Mexican government bestowed to a civilian- for the dissemination of Mexican culture abroad and exceptional contributions to the well-being, prosperity, and empowerment of Mexican communities living outside of México.

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Print from your laptop

There’s no need to wait for a library computer in order to print! If you have your own laptop, you can set it up for wireless printing on Printer 3, the printer than faces the elevators. (Laptops that you check-out from Pfau Library are already set up.)

Check the Wireless Printing page for links to the setup instructions for Mac or Windows. You only need to do the setup once, and you’re good to go.

When you look for your job on Printer 3, it might be identified by your laptop’s name, but more often it will show up as your IP address. To find out your IP address, just open up your web browser and go to


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Reminder! Workshop for Grad Students!


In this hands-on workshop, students enrolled in a CSUSB master’s program will download free software and learn to use Zotero, a free citation management tool.

Tuesday, October 21, 4:30 – 5:50 pm


Register now on our workshop calendar.

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Movie Reviews: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Movie Reviews: North By North LesExtremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Four-and-a-half stars.

2011, 129 mins., directed by Stephen Daldry.


Based upon the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, this film is centered around nine-year-old Oskar (played by an excellent Thomas Horn) and his search around New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father (Tom Hanks, seen in flashbacks), a victim of the 9/11 attack. Along the way, he befriends an elderly mute man (played by Max von Sydow, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance). Also starring Sandra Bullock (as the mother), this is a sensitive portrayal of a family coping with the aftermath of 9/11 and loss.  See the record for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close in Blu-ray format or the record for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close in DVD format.

Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection.  The opinions expressed are his alone.



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Reminder! Junior Bootcamp!

Are you a new transfer student? Or, have you been here since you were a freshman but you’ve never been to a library workshop? This is your chance to learn how to do research at CSUSB, using the library’s amazing resources.

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

 Pfau Library 2005

 Register now on our workshop calendar!

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