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Transformers DVD

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Transformers DVD

Since some of the Transformer movies will be filmed in Detroit and I saw the setting near Comertica Park, I decided to step out of the box and watch the first Transformer DVD. It was definitely not my kind of movie but I enjoyed the action, the amazing transformers, and the actors and actress. If you plan to see the one filmed in Detroit, you might want to see this first one as I did. Check our catalog

Sue N. Youth Services

Optimizing Brain Fitness - The Great Courses DVD

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Professor Richard Rustak
Optimizing Brain Fitness

There are two DVDs plus a 65 page booklet. I enjoyed learning about the brain and how to keep mine functioning at its maximum. Some of the things I learned are that there is no such thing as multitasking. (Therefore don’t drive and talk on the phone and/or text at the same time) Naps are a good thing and it reinforced how important a good night’s sleep is to your memory. Various mental games are suggested to help keep us mentally sharp and it also included the importance of physical exercise and eating healthfully.

The Dvds are divided into 12 thirty minute lectures:
1. How Your Brain Works
2. How Your Brain Changes
3. Care and Feeding of the Brain
4. Creativity and the Playful Brain
5. Focusing Your Attention
6. Enhancing Your Memory
7. Exercising Your Working Memory
8. Putting Your Senses to Work
9. Enlisting Your Emotional Memory
10. Practicing for Peak Performance
11. Taking Advantage of Technology
12. Building Your Cognitive Reserve

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Betsy H., Reference

In Darkness

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
In Darkness

This is a beautiful film.  It is based on the true story of a small group of Jews that survived the liquidiation of the ghetto by the Germans in Poland.  Leopold Socha is a the sewer inspector with a dubious moral character that begins a business relationship with the Jews.  He will protect them and provide food for a daily fee.  As the story progresses there are daily decisions to be made about whether or not he will abandon them, turn them in for a reward, or continue to care for them.  The Jews spend 14 months living in the labyrinth of the sewers.  Unique to this film, love and sex are portrayed in a way that shows the Jews not just surviving, but living.  The film was nominated in 2011 for Best Foreign Language Film.  Hearing the characters speak in the languages of the time brought an even richer depth to the film.  For example, Socha spoke in a Polish dialect of the lower class of the time.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ.

Before I Say Goodbye DVD

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Mary Higgins Clark Collection
Before I Say Goodbye DVD

I like suspense DVD's and this was a thriller. I knew it would be having read so many Mary Higgins Clark's books over the years. Nell is groomed to run for Congress and her husband, whom she loves, is not being supportive. When he is blown up in a boating accident, a lot of hidden agendas open up about his architect department and the people he works with. Quite a good viewing. Check our Catalog

Sue N. Youth Services

Ultimate Kettlebell: Workouts for Beginners

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Ultimate Kettlebell: Workouts for Beginners

This DVD is a great introduction to using kettlebells to sculpt your body. The exercises in the step-by-step workouts are largely familiar moves but with the added benefit of handheld weight. Instruction is clear and at a comfortable pace. Even long-time kettlebell lifters will find this DVD useful. Check our catalog.

Doris, Reference

Our Hospitality (DVD)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Our Hospitality

Buster Keaton stars in this silent movie from 1923. It has drama. It has suspense. It has romance. And it has the funniest train and railroad I've ever seen. It's a wonder the passengers ever made it to their destination. But there's more! A harrowing waterfall scene where the hero is trying to save himself, and then sees the fair maiden being swept down the river toward him. I highly recommend this movie, which may be the best silent movie I've seen. Check our catalog.

Doris, Reference.

The Five Year Engagement

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Jason Segel, Emily Blunt

“The Five Year Engagement” is a movie about love and perseverance.   The main characters, Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) become engaged.  He is a chef in San Francisco; she gets accepted to grad school at the University of Michigan, delaying their wedding plans.  Tom agrees to follow Violet to Ann Arbor and thus begins the adventure.  Violet fits right in to life at the U.  She thrivesunder the tutelage of the suspiciously charming Prof. Winton Childs and makes new friends with her crazy study group. Tom, on the other hand, flails mightily in trying to fit into his new surroundings, eventually landing a lowly job at a sandwich shop (Zingerman’s Deli) and turning into a grizzly-looking house-husband who takes up hobbies like deer hunting and sweater knitting.  For anyone who is familiar with Ann Arbor you will find this movie more engaging as it was shot on location.  The movie also pokes fun at the world of academia and university politics.  Most of the supporting cast is hilarious and the dialogue is filled with humor and emotion.  Not a movie for kids, this is a mature chick flick movie.   

Friends with kids

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DVD title: Friends with kids. This drama is about 3 groups of couples. Two of them have children. Whenever the groups get together at each others homes or restaurants, there is chaos involving the children. The drama also shows the stress on the husband and wife’s relationship. The couple that does not have children are “single” and they decide to “get pregnant” and co-parent their child. They want to prove that parenting can be done in a positive manner. When the “single” couple have their friends over, the “married couples” (one set has since been divorced) are astonished how well the single couple are coping. Discussion between the friends question the ethics of raising a child in separate homes. Will the child adjust to having a mom and a dad that are not married? What if the “single” couple get married to different partners? Will the child miss out on a normal “family life”? I gave the movie a “thumbs down”. Check our catalog. Geralyn, Technical Services

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (DVD)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Jeff, Who Lives at Home" is a quirky indie-type film that centers on Jeff, who lives at home.  Jeff is 30, unemployed, lives in his mom’s basement, smokes pot all day and is fixated on the movie “Signs”.  He imagines that he sees “signs” that will reveal his ultimate destiny.  His mom and his brother, who have their own problems, just think he’s a slacker and needs to get his act together.   The entire film takes place in one day of these characters’ lives, but a lot happens on that particular day.   At one point Jeff wonders if maybe his ultimate destiny is pretty ordinary.  It proves to be extraordinary.  If you liked “Little Miss Sunshine” then this is something you will enjoy- a real family dealing with real issues in a very real way.  The actors are great- Jason Segel and Ed Helms are believable as brothers, and their mom is played with understated exasperation by Susan Sarandon.  This film is a small gem.  Check our Catalog!

Pat P.

Lone wolf ; The grey

Monday, July 9, 2012
Jodi Picoult

“Ahh woooo, ahh woo woo woo” Can you decipher what that means? Well, maybe if you read the book, Lone wolf: a novel by Jodi Picoult or watch the movie, “The grey”, starring Liam Neeson,  you might be able to communicate with wolves. Both stories are about survival after traumatic accidents. Luke, the main character in “Lone wolf” reminisces about his life with his family of wolves and his “biological family” that includes a 17 year old daughter that was in the accident with him; an adult son that he’s been estranged from for over 6 years; and an ex-wife, while in a coma. The book is narrated by each family member as they cope with the possibility of “unplugging a life.” Through Luke’s narration, it’s evident that he prefers his wolf family. The characters in the movie are stalked by menacing wolves as the men try to survive in a harsh environment hoping that they will be rescued. Check our catalog for the book Check our catalog for the DVD. Geralyn Technical Services

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