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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

 

Amazing Stories DVD

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Steven Spielberg's foray into television, Amazing Stories, was based loosely on a pulpy sci-fi magazine from the '40s and '50s. Yet despite the retro concept, Amazing Stories brought high gloss and state-of-the-art production values to their yarns of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. Spielberg directed many episodes and wrote most. Part of the fun of this collection is seeing if you can recognize the stars under all that 80's hair and big glasses!  Many "names" worked either in front of or behind the camera, including Martin Scorsese, Sam Waterston, Tim Robbins, Clint Eastwood, Harvey Keitel, Brad Bird, Burt Reynolds, Kyra Sedgwick, David Carradine, Patrick Swayze, Jon Cryer and John Lithgow. The storytelling is crackerjack, and the trip down TV memory lane priceless.  Check our Catalog.

Diane, Admin

Adventures of the Penguin King

Friday, April 25, 2014
DVD
Adventures of the Penguin King

Adventures of the Penguin King traces the life and adventures of a King Penguin, beginning just as he ends three years of swimming in the sea as a youth.  Rex and his cousins, Larry and Moe return to Penguin City on South Georgia Island, not far from frozen Antarctica, to find a mate and raise a family. The photography is beautiful and Tim Allen does a great job pf narrating his adventures. Along the way we learn about the life cycle of King Penguins and have fun at the same time.  This was a great DVD. I enjoyed it even though it is a jDVD.  I like anything involving nature! Check our Catalog

Betsy H., Reference

The Way, Way Back (DVD)

Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Way, Way Back (DVD)

I’ve noticed that not too many movies have made their way onto the staff blog, so I’m here to change things around a little.

In a way, the plot of this film is very simple. A shy boy named Duncan goes with his mother to her boyfriend’s beach house for the summer. By coincidence, Duncan meets an unlikely friend named Owen who steps in right when Duncan has no one. Those sentences can sum up the plot, but it’s the characters that make this movie so completely nostalgic and wonderful. In particular, Sam Rockwell pulls off the charming and hilarious Owen who sees humor in everything, and Steve Carell convincingly plays a villain (not his usual choice in character) who deserves a well-aimed punch to the face in the very first scene.

It’s hard to explain why this film is hilarious, quirky, and relatable when it needs to be watched to be experienced. All I can say is if you like heart-warming comedies, or like cheering for the underdog, or even if you just really miss summer, this movie should bring a smile to your face. 

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Jada B., Circulation

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