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Vargas, Jacob

Works: 53 works in 131 publications in 4 languages and 11,397 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Fiction  Biography  Humor  Personal narratives  Film and video adaptations  Music 
Roles: Actor, Performer
Classifications: PN1997.2, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Jacob Vargas
Jarhead by Sam Mendes( Visual )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 1,932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Follows "Swoff," a third-generation Marine enlistee, from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty, sporting a sniper's rifle and a hundred-pound ruck on his back through the Middle East deserts. There is no cover from intolerable heat or from the Iraqi soldiers, who are always potentially just over the next horizon. Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain themselves with sardonic humanity and wicked comedy on blazing desert fields in a country they don't understand, against an enemy they can't see, for a cause they don't fully understand. Sergeant Sykes, a Marine lifer, heads up the scout/sniper platoon, while Troy, Swoff's friend and mentor, is a die-hard member of STA - the elite Marine Unit
Selena ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 1,502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shot dead on March 31, 1995 at the age of 23, Selena Quintanilla was poised to become the first female singer to cross over from Spanish to English markets successfully. For a little girl from Corpus Christi, Texas, Selena's accomplishments were remarkable. She conquered the Spanish charts, had No. 1 hits, dominated Mexican-American pop music, won both acceptance in Mexico (despite shaky Spanish) and a Grammy. This biopic presents Selena as that rare popular girl who's not especially rich, cool, or perfect looking but is bubbly and warm and genuinely at ease. Nurtured by her family, Selena never pretended to be anything other than Mexican-American, which made her a cultural icon, while she continued to reach out to everyone. Her life was brutally cut short, but her example--working her way through obstacles with grace and grit--lives on
Heaven is for real ( Visual )
5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. He recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth
Bobby by Emilio Estevez( Visual )
6 editions published in 2007 in English and German and held by 1,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Revisits the night presidential-hopeful Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in June 1968. Tells the stories of a variety of people present on that fateful night, ranging from Kennedy's campaign staff and volunteers to the hotel owner, employees such as kitchen staff, and various guests
Dragonfly by David Seltzer( Visual )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in English and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Joe, is a physician mourning the death of his wife Emily who died in South America, where she was providing medical outreach. Wracked by grief, Joe feels obligated to check in on his wife's pediatric patients, fulfilling a promise he made before she left. Visiting the ward, Joe starts to believe that Emily is using the near-death experiences of her terminal patients to communicate with him, through images the children report seeing in their dreams, and the symbols they are compelled to draw
Devil ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Trapped in an elevator high above Philadelphia, five people discover that the Devil is among them, and no one can escape their fate. This chilling, supernatural thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to a heart-stopping ending with a truly wicked twist
Cesar Chavez ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. He inspired millions of Americans who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual's ability to change the world
Mi vida loca by Allison Anders( Visual )
7 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Gang members Sad Girl and Mousie, once best friends, are now enemies as they have both become pregnant by the same man, Ernesto, a local drug dealer. But when Ernesto is murdered, the balance of power on the street brutally changes and it's time to take sides"--Container
The hills have eyes 2 ( Visual )
6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Two years after an innocent family was attacked by flesh-eating mutants in the New Mexico desert, a group of National Guard trainees on a routing mission face the same killer freaks. But this time the mutants want more than just blood. They need female breeders to continue the family line."--Container
Sleep dealer by Alex Rivera( Visual )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Memo Cruz siempre ha soñado con dejar su pequeño y huir a las grandes ciudades fronterizas del Norte. Pero cuando ocurre una tragedia imprevista y se ve obligado a huir, Memo descubre un nuevo mundo mucho más salvaje de lo que había soñado. El futuro próximo de Sleep Dealer es un mundo lleno de drones asesinos, fábricas de tecnología de punta, vendedores de memorias y una salvaje batalla contra los 'aqua-terroristas' emitada por televisión
The Wendell Baker story ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wendell Baker is a dreamer and schemer whose latest scam lands him in jail and leaves him alienated from his longtime girlfriend, best friend, and even his dog. Eternally optimistic, Wendell makes the most of his time behind bars and vows to turn his life around. Upon release, he gets a job at a retirement hotel, where he befriends some of the colorful residents. Wendell's new friends advise him on how to win back his girl, while he helps them battle the hotel's evil head nurse and his right-hand man
Traffic by Steven Soderbergh( Visual )
2 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traffic is a mural of a war being fought and lost. In a culture devoted to instant gratification and the quick fix, it poses unanswerable questions about greed, corruption, economic inequity, pleasure, self-medication, dependency, and addiction. The stories of a well-meaning politician with a wayward daughter, a rich suburban homemaker who sees her comfortable life hijacked by two earnest DEA agents, and a conscientious and honorable Mexican police officer illustrate the difficulties of waging this war against people who are essentially members of the family. How do you combat human frailty, human nature, and the basic human desire to take the edge off? Are we all not just doomed to repeat our mistakes, but--perversely--willing?
Bobby Z ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Marked for death by a biker gang, ex-Marine convict Tim Kearney just got one last chance to walk out of jail alive. A scheming DEA agent needs somebody to impersonate recently deceased druglord Bobby Z and Tim happens to be a dead ringer. It's a risky proposition, but if Tim plays his part right, he may be able to claim Bobby's hot ex-girlfriend and a cool fortune in illegal profits. Unfortunately, taking on Bobby's name also means taking on his bloodthirsty enemies. Caught in the crossfire, Tim runs for his life as he tries to find a way out of his deadly masquerade
RFK ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The final five years of Robert F. Kennedy's life are looked at in this drama, starting with JFK's assassination in 1963, to his own tragic death in 1968
It calls you back [an odyssey through love, addiction, revolutions, and healing] by Luis J Rodriguez( )
4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Growing up on the streets of East L.A., Luis Rodriguez narrowly escaped a serious jail term and then struggled to overcome his powerful addiction to heroin and alcohol. He describes with heartbreaking honesty his challenges as a husband and a father and his difficulty leaving his criminal past completely behind. Most disturbing is the terrifying realization that he cannot save his own son from the deadly lure of gang life
Love lies bleeding by Keith Samples( Visual )
2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
During a shootout in their apartment, a young couple finds dirty money and decide to take it to start a better life, with a corrupt DEA agent on their trail who wants his money back, and a detective determined to find out the truth
Rick Najera's Latinologues a comedy about life in America ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Created by writer and actor Rick Najera, this production captures the Latino experience and mocks the stereotypes
Rick Najera's Latinologues 2 a comedy about life in America ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This award-winning collection of gut-busting monologues from a broad range of characters brilliantly captures the Latino experience with outrageous humor and touching poignancy
National Lampoon's TV the movie a very special kind of stupid ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A spoof of some of television's best shows, including Cops, Miami Vice, Sex and the City, and more. Features Jackass stars Steve-O, Preston Lacy, Chris Pontius, and Weeman
Road dogz ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Three life long friends from East L.A. must fight in order to survive in a neighborhood ruled by gangs and drugs
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English (77)
Spanish (5)
French (2)
German (1)