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Burnt (DVD)

Monday, February 8, 2016
Burnt (DVD)

Starring Bradly Cooper, Rated R

The basic plot of this movie is a two star Michelin chef’s road to redemption so he can earn another culinary star. Bradly Cooper is in the starring role as a rock star chef who had to disappear from the culinary scene because of a drug addiction. This movie had potential with this story line. Sadly, the character development is lacking and the story is boring and predictable. There are some good performances here and there by Cooper, Emma Thompson and Sienna Miller, but the story just doesn't come together. My time watching this movie would have been better spent in the kitchen, and I HATE TO COOK!

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Barb C., Tech Services

 

After Words: Everyone Deserves a Love Story (DVD)

Saturday, January 30, 2016
After Words

After Words is one of the best movies I have watched in a long time. It is all about a librarian who is having issues after losing her job, but resolves all with great choices.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

I'll See You In My Dreams (DVD)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
I'll See You In My Dreams (DVD)

This is a really nice movie. Blythe Danner stars in this lovely story about a lady who lives alone and is trying to improve her fun social life. She has a sweet dog as well. A feel good movie.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

W.E. (DVD)

Monday, January 25, 2016
W.E. (DVD)

Wow, this is a really, really great story based on the intrigue of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, all captured by a young lady who becomes fascinated with their story and her life!!! It focuses more on the Wallis side of the story.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

Breaking Bad

Monday, December 21, 2015

Walter White is a well-liked, mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher. He leads a typical suburban lifestyle. He has a wife, teenage son, and baby on the way. Then comes a cancer diagnosis, and Walter wonders how his son will be able to go to college, let alone his family live comfortably without his salary. What does a decent man who’s dying do? He makes a plan. Only in this situation the plan is indecent. The acting and writing are so spot-on in this drama series you can’t help but empathize with Walter. But beware—aberrant and fantastic circumstances abound in every episode of this television series! Check our catalog

Doris, Reference

Little Boy Believe the Impossible

Monday, September 21, 2015
DVD
Little Boy Believe the Impossible

This is a marvelous and heartwarming family movie. Seen through the eyes of  a seven year old boy,it  reminds us of hope in the face of adversity. Little Boy is willing to do anything, even make friends with a hated Japanese neightbor, to try to get his father home from the war.
All the family members are memorable also.

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Sue N., Youth Services

Grey Owl

Friday, September 18, 2015
DVD
Grey Owl

I was intrigued when I saw Pierce Brosnan dressed as a Native American on the cover of the movie, “Grey Owl.” After watching the DVD, I learned that the movie was based on a true story. When I researched the life of Grey Owl by borrowing books through MeL, I learned that he was born in England with the birth name of Archibald Belaney. Grey Owl traversed the Atlantic Ocean and took residence in Eastern Canada. While in Canada, Grey Owl took on the persona and life style of a Native American. He was a trapper, an author and lecturer of conservation issues, and a ranger of a national park. When animals became scare (overtrapping) for their hides, he advocated for the plight of beaver by creating sanctuaries. He actually had beaver as pets that had part of their home inside Grey Owl's cabin! Life in the wilderness was very grueling of time & energy. Transportation in all seasons included canoeing/portaging, hiking in mud, snowshoeing, and sometimes travelling by train. A trapper may stake out an area to set traps after travelling 100 miles, buying his “grubstake” on credit, building a rustic home with items found in the wilderness, and returning empty handed. I read a book, “Devil in deerskins” that was written by his wife, Anahareo. She wrote about living off the land while being a wife, a mother and a prospector. I enjoyed learning about people that subsisted on bannock.        Check our catalog

Geralyn B., Technical Services

McFarland USA

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
DVD
McFarland USA

Kevin Costner plays the part of Jim White, who is a high school coach and a teacher.  He keeps getting fired from his jobs and his family is forced to move to McFarland, California.  He ends up coaching the school's first cross country team.  The team ends up running better than White can imagine.  This was a good up-lifting movie about the real McFarland cross country team.  Check our Catalog

Jeremy E., Administration

American Sniper

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
DVD
American Sniper

 “American Sniper” (the autobiography of the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history) This true story/movie is based on SEAL officer Chris Kyle’s 4 tours in the Iraq War. He was so dedicated to his “war life” that it overtook his “family life.” He was more connected to his comrades until he decided that “he had enough.” In one scene, he could detect the enemy’s #1 sniper, “the Butcher,” from over a mile away. That sharpshooter was no more. In the movie, when Chris returned, he slowly became the husband & father that he wanted to be with minimal residual effects from the war. He even visited returning soldiers in VA hospitals. Unfortunately, he was killed in America by a returning soldier at a shooting range. The movie showed the multitude of appreciative U.S. citizens that honored Chris Kyle by lining the streets with waving flags as his funeral procession passed by. Unlike “Saving private Ryan” “American Sniper” was a war movie that I could tolerate, but I had to take a break in watching it because was over two hours long. Check our Catalog

Geralyn B., Technical Services

Wild

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
DVD
Wild

Reese Witherspoon delivered a good performance in this movie based on a true story.  Reese plays a woman who chooses to do a 1,100 mile solo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail to help her find a way to move forward with her life.  The movie showed flashbacks of the reasons she needed to have this time to reflect and finally forgive herself.  I thought this was a decent movie and would recommend seeing it. Check our Catalog

Jeremy E., Administration

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