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The Grand Seduction (DVD)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The Grand Seduction (DVD)

A brilliant and funny story of a small fishing village on an island that needs to "recruit or procure" a new doctor for the residents. So they locate a Big City doctor who they talk into taking the position. The story of how he relates to such extreme living and practicing medicine there is great. The scenery is gorgeous.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

Men Women and Children

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
DVD
Men Women and Children

Men, Women and Children follows the lives of several characters and how social media connects and them with each other and impacts their lives.    They include a couple mutually uninterested in their own marriage, each leading separate affairs (Rosemarie DeWitt and Adam Sandler,) their porn-addicted son (Travis Tope,) a mother (Jennifer Garner) who tyrannically monitors every movement her outcast daughter (Kaitlyn Dever) makes, who falls hard for a similar outcast (Ansel Elgort) who is disgusted with his home life. A progressive parent (Judy Greer) created a website for her daughter, an aspiring actress (Olivia Crocicchia,) when she may be doing her daughter more harm than good. Domestic violence, eating disorders, teen suicide, mental and physical abuse, class struggle and social alienation are some of this film’s many conversation-starting themes.

This movie is quirky and a bit slow placed but funny, and the topics are very relevant and the characters are interesting.  The actors do an amazing job of drawing you in to the story.  Some of the best scenes in the film are shot with a voice over by Emma Thompson, who describes real life social media scenarios in a tragic, yet hilarious way.  I give this movie a thumbs up.  After you watch it, turn off the electronics and go spend some quality time with your family. Check our Catalog

Barb C. Technical Services

 

Ice Bridge:Mackinac Island's Hidden Season

Friday, January 2, 2015
DVD
Ice Bridge

This DVD gives a perspective not only on summer on Mackinac Island but what spring, fall and especially winter are like there.  The scenes of the three mile long ice bridge from Mackinac Island to the mainland, marked with discarded Christmas trees, is fascinating. You will see a brat roast on the ice, an old man riding his bicycle across the ice bridge and a snowmobile pulling a cart with lots of empty baskets used to bring back supplies for the local grocery store. The photography is beautiful! I want to go back, but maybe not live there in winter. Check our Catalog

Betsy H., Reference

God's Not Dead

Friday, September 19, 2014
DVD
God's Not Dead

DVD review: God’s not dead. This movie involves conflict & resolution in a religious realm. A professor of a philosophy class “told his class” to write on a piece of paper, “God is dead” and sign their name. He said doing this would allow that student to pass the class. Josh was the only student that could not even remotely participate in this “assignment.” The professor was not happy with the student’s reluctance at “doing what he was told.” Josh had to “debate” 3 lectures to support his reasoning. The professor threatened Josh that if he continued to “win over the students” and disbar the professor’s authority, he would prevent Josh from being admitted to pre-law. His lectures affected other skeptics. Two students had strict fathers of either oriental or middle eastern descents. The students did convert. Two other couples went through changes. One woman had cancer & her partner didn’t want to be hampered with her dilemma. The other involved the professor’s partner ending their relationship because she didn’t like not having her freedom & being “told” what she can and cannot do. The end of the movie left a positive resolution. Check our catalog

Geralyn B., Technical Services

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Thursday, September 11, 2014
DVD and BluRay
Captain America

This movie is a great sequel to the first Captain America feature.  Steve Rogers (AKA Captain America, played by  Chris Evans,) is still acclimating to modern life after having been frozen since WWII, and is working under the orders of Nick Fury and SHIELD. Already having doubts about SHIELD's motives Rogers finds himself at the center of a conflict festering within SHIELD and must fight alongside other agents to stop a villainous plot to establish a new world order.  He partners with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) who was  in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers.   We are introduced to The Falcon (another Avenger character).   Along the way Captain America will have to face a dark figure which may be connected to his past. This movie has a great plot as it takes its story line from possible world terrorism scenarios and makes you think about what freedom truly stands for.  This movie has action, special effects and a message.  Check our Catalog

Barb C., Administration

The Railway Man

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
DVD
The Railway Man

Colon Firth plays a former British Army officer, who was a prisoner of war duing the Pacific theater of WWII.  Colon's character finds out that the Japanese officer responsible for his torture is still alive and travels to confront him.  This movie is based on the best selling book, about his experiences, by Eric Lomax.  I enjoyed this movie because of the history background and the main actors.  If you enjoyed Colin in "The King's Speech" you will enjoy this movie as well.

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Jeremy E., Administration

Noah (DVD)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Called a blockbuster, this Russell Crowe movie is just a bust. Yes, it has a larger-than-life feel, but unfortunately the story is too fantastic and fantastical (rock creatures help build the ark!). And worse, the movie doesn’t follow the traditional Bible story. Noah director and writer Darren Aronofsky told The New Yorker magazine that his movie is “the least biblical biblical film ever made." I couldn’t agree more, and I couldn’t be more disappointed.  I expected a retelling of the Genesis tale. Instead, I and other viewers meet a deranged Noah who is determined to end humankind. My advice: don’t waste your time. Check our catalog

Doris, Reference

Titanic: Blood and Steel

Friday, June 6, 2014
3 part DVD
Titanic: Blood and Steel

The movie “Titanic: Blood & steel” is a 3 part dramatic rendition of the events prior to the Titanic’s  demise.  You get to examine the workers, administrators, & the financial backers that could have been accountable for the sinking incident. The “blood” part of the movie is in reference to the number of people that died because of the political & religious conflicts that took place in Ireland where the ship was built. The steel part of the title refers to the possibility that the steel wasn’t tempered hot enough and that there was a steel strike in effect during the construction of the Titanic. Watching this movie encouraged me to learn more about this tragic incident. One of the books that I read was “Gilded lives, fatal voyage.” Narratives of the “rich and famous” were “scrupulously” researched and very fascinating to read. One such passenger, named Elinor Glyn wrote the book, “Three weeks” which launched a new publishing genre—the erotic romance novel.  

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Geralyn B. Technical Services

The Book Thief (DVD)

Friday, June 6, 2014

I usually try to stay away from films made from books that I love…too much disappointment.  Either the story changes significantly (My Sister’s Keeper) or the cast is just a mismatch (think Russell Crowe in Les Mis).  However, I was most pleasantly surprised by The Book Thief.  The film is about a young girl living with a German family during the Nazi era. Taught to read by her kind-hearted foster father (played by the incomparable Goeffrey Rush), the girl begins "borrowing" books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee (played exquisitely by Ben Schnetzer) being sheltered by her foster parents in their basement.  But the star, the absolute star of the movie is Sophie Nelisse - Liesel Meminger herself. Whoever cast this young French Canadian saved this movie from obscurity.  If you read The Book Thief, give the movie a try – and if you haven’t, and just want to see a sad but beautiful and understated movie - that’s okay too. Check our Catalog

Kathleen M., Administration

Breaking Bad

Monday, May 19, 2014
TV Series DVD
Breaking Bad

Don’t have cable or satellite TV at home? Then you might want to check the library’s catalog for the shows your friends are talking about. One I’d heard buzz about was Breaking Bad, and I wasn’t disappointed with either finding it at the library—or the show itself. 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! Check our Catalog

Doris M., Reference

 

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