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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

Legends of the Fall DVD

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
TriStar Pictures
Legends of the Fall DVD

I really enjoyed this story of 3 brothers and one woman who is loved by all 3 of them.  The movie takes place during WWI and part of it is very graphic scenes of the war.  The Montana scenery is beautiful.  The characters are excellent and the story line is compelling.  I strongly recommend this fascinating DVD.

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Sue N. Youth Services

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.

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