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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

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
DVD
Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman:  The Secret Service
Another action packed Marvel Comic that has been successfully brought to the big screen, in this case DVD.  
The story revolves around a super -secret British spy organization that is so secret that even the CIA has never heard of them.  Gary "Eggsy" Unwin is a working-class British youth who has gotten in some scrapes with the law. The one unusual thing about him is that when his father died under classified circumstances, a mysterious man named Harry Hart (Colin Firth) left him with a medal, a phone number, and a code phrase to use if he ever needed help.  Eggsy is picked up by the police for stealing a car so he calls the phone number and Hart appears and recruits him as a Kingsman Agent.  Using a Saville Row tailor shop as a cover, the organization recruits young men from Britain's best families and trains them to become proficient, well-mannered and deadly assassins. 
Samuel L. Jackson is superb as the evil billionaire tech wizard Richmond Valentine, who is malevolent and hilarious at the same time.  It is up to the Kingsman to put a stop to Valentine’s sinister plot to take over the world though global genocide. 
WARNING TO PARENTS:  This is NOT your typical Marvel Movie!  While this movie is action packed and entertaining it is VERY violent. While the director attempts to “animate” some of the violence, many of the scenes are very graphic.   There is also excessive mature language and themes.  In addition, Samuel L. Jackson is definitely not the good guy in the movie and that may be very confusing to younger viewers.   Check our Catalog  

Barb C., Tech Services

Foyle's War

Friday, June 19, 2015
DVD Series
Foyle's War

I stumbled onto this wonderful English TV series on Netflix. The Library has the full 8 seasons on DVD. The story is set in Hastings, England during World War II. Each episode is a mystery solved by the head detective, Christopher Foyle, and his team of interesting staff including a woman driver and a veteran turned policeman. Each episode has turns and twists that keep you quessing until the end. The actors are great and it really gives a picture of life during the War in England. This police force is trying to maintain order and life around them when the War is invading  their town and disrupting their life. If you are looking for something interesting and engaging to watch I think you will enjoy this series. Check our Catalog

Jan K., Youth Services

Serendipity DVD

Friday, May 22, 2015
Serendipity DVD

Serendipity:Destiny with a Sense of Humor

Jonathan and Sara meet at a glove counter at Christmas time and even though they are each seeing someone else decide to go ice skating together, hit it off and then she decides they must let fate determine if they are to be together. Is there really such a thing as destiny that will eventually reunite true soul mates separated by time and distance? Years later, they are both engaged to others but cannot give up the dream that – despite time, distance and the obstacles that conspire to keep them apart – they will one day meet again. This is a charming light romantic comedy which I enjoyed!

 

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The Rewrite (DVD)

Friday, May 1, 2015
The Rewrite (DVD)

This is a very, very nice movie starring Hugh Grant. Hugh Grant is maturing and aging very gracefully and is still a pleasure to listen to and watch. I enjoyed this DVD and I think you will too.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

Serendipity:Destiny With a Sense of Humor

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
DVD
Serendipity

Jonathan and Sara meet at a glove counter at Christmas time and even though they are each seeing someone else decide to go ice skating together, hit it off and then she decides they must let fate determine if they are to be together.  Years later, they are both engaged to others but cannot give up the dream that – despite time, distance and the obstacles that conspire to keep them apart – they will one day meet again. This is a charming light romantic comedy which I enjoyed! Check our Catalog

Betsy H., Reference

Redwood Highway (DVD)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
 Redwood Highway (DVD)

This is a lovely story about a retired lady in Oregon who is a tad restless and bored with her life. She decides to hitchhike to join her family on the Oregon coast to join in on her granddaughter's wedding. Her adventures with people are so interesting. The scenery is wonderful. If you have never been to the Redwoods then watch this movie!

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Marilyn S., Circulation

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