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Departures (DVD)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Departures isn't the name of a travel agency, as an out-of-work cellist eventually realizes after answering an employment ad.  What he also eventually realizes is that the job he is hired to do is filled with beauty and dignity and compassion.  I recommend this Japanese movie that won the 2009 Academy Award for Foreign Language Film.

Doris, Reference

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Four Christmases (DVD)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A married couple who normally go on vacation during Christmas are forced to spend it with their families.  I enjoyed that it wasn't as predictable as most movies - an entertaining comedy.

Janice, Youth Services

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Dulcinea del Toboso (DVD)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Attention Russian speakers and students of Russia!  The delightful movie Dulcinea del Toboso is a follow-up story to Don Quixote.  But wait!  I don't know if it truly is delightful because I don't know a word of Russian and there are no subtitles.  I can tell you that it's fun trying to figure out what is going on and some of the costumes are very interesting.

Doris, Reference

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Taking Chance (DVD)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

This is a true story of the journey home of a fallen soldier.  Lance Corporal Chance Phelps who was killed in Iraq in April 2004.  Kevin Bacon portrays Lt. Col. Michael Strobl who volunteers to escort the body of Chance Phelps to his hometown in Wyoming.  On the journey he experiences many moments of the mourning of strangers.  The respect shown to a fallen soldier is truly touching.  I found this to be a very interesting movie and highly recommend it to all.

Jan H., Technical Services

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20 Million Miles to Earth (DVD)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Love those old sci-fi creature features?  Then check our 20 Million Miles to Earth.  The start of this flick is a rapidly growing humanoid lizard who develops a mean streak.  Learn more about Dynamation films and their creator by viewing bonus features.

Doris, Reference

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Invictus (DVD)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Excellent! Inspirational! Motivating!

This is an exceptional film that will inspire you to beat insurmountable odds. The film is based on a true story. Mandela is elected president of South Africa and seeks to forgive the past, unite two cultures and move the country forward. The Afrikaners love their rugby team; the blacks hate it. What happens next is truly inspiring. Two thumbs up!

Donna O., Reference and Technical Services

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Burlesque Beat (DVD)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Don't let the title keep you from checking out Burlesque Beat. The most scandalous part of this exercise DVD is the (male) instructor's costume. The moderate-intensity routine he teaches is actually a good workout.

Doris, Reference

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Ken Burns

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Since I love nature, I wanted to watch the Ken Burns series on the National Parks. At first, I didn’t want to start with episode 1. I wanted to see the scenic views of the most recent parks that I thought would be in the later episodes (6 episodes). I did start with episode 1 that tells the history of the National Parks. I knew that John Muir (also the founder of the Sierra Club to which I belong) and Teddy Roosevelt were instrumental in preserving the natural areas of America, but there were so many other preservationists. Unfortunately, there were also gold-diggers that wanted to profit from America’s splendor. The documentary took 6 years to make, many historians make comments during the production. After being impressed with the first 2 episodes, this year I plan on journeying and becoming part of the National Parks in the west. John Muir sojourned to many of America’s natural phenomenon on foot, even walking on the glaciers!

Geralyn B., Technical Services

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Saving Grace (DVD)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

This movie is a laugh-out-loud, silly, light-hearted British comedy.It won the Audience Prize in the World Cinema section at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.Craig Ferguson plays an aimless Scottish gardener who tries to help Grace, the lady of the manor house, when her husband unexpectedly dies and leaves her deep in debt.They use Grace’s green thumb and her green house to grow a crop of marijuana with the intention to sell it to pay off Grace’s debts.Most everything goes awry and that is where the comedy lies.The characters are all likeable if not lovable, even the “bad” guys.It is rated R because of the subject matter and the language, so I would not recommend it for children.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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Jesse Stone: Night Passage (DVD)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Made-for-TV starring Tom Selleck and based on the book by Robert B. Parker.Following his divorce and loss of his job as a LAPD homicide detective, Jesse Stone travels across the country to take a job as the Chief of Police in the sleepy fishing village of Paradise, Mass.All is not heavenly in Paradise.A domestic violence call leads to a money-laundering case and possibly murder.Jesse Stone is wrestling with his own demons - the major one being a drinking problem – the cause of his job loss in LA.There are some dirty secrets in Paradise, but also some dedicated staff in the Police Dept.The acting, directing and screenplay are excellent.This is one of five made-for-tv movies with Tom Selleck starring as Jesse Stone.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

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