MAD MEN Seasons 1-4 DVD

Thursday, June 28, 2012

This is quite simply, in my humble opinion, one of the finest tv series that has ever been broadcast.  It has been worth all the hype surrounding the recent airing of season 5 on AMC.  Howell Carnegie Library owns the first four seasons, so I decided to catch up and watched a marathon of episodes (52!) over a period of about two months.  It was fabulous- the costumes, the sets, the cars, the attention to even the smallest detail.  You are transported back to the 1960's.  More importantly, though, the story itself and the superb actors portraying the characters are so superior to most other tv dramas.  You really care about these characters.  The writers have done an incredible job of putting this group of people at the fictional advertising agency Sterling Cooper and immersing them in the social upheaval of the '60's.  I cannot recommend this series highly enough.   Check our catalog      Pat

Dolphin Tale

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Dolphin Tale

This DVD is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin caught in a crab trap and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. What a great DVD for anyone who who likes natures related stories. It is more than than a nature documentary -  with lots of human interest thrown in. It held my attention all the way through. I highly recommend it for all ages! Check our catalog.

Betsy H., Reference


Monday, June 11, 2012

I am intrigued, I need to go digging in the 921 section to find out what we think we know about William Shakespeare. Anonymous poses the hypothesis that a nobleman, an earl, was actually the author of the works we attribute to William Shakespeare!!  Evidently, the evidence is lacking to support that an illiterate, who could not write his own name and would not have had the means to travel to Italy, coud have written works we have all come to love.  The movie is full of political intrigue and romantic scandal as one expects from the English Royal Court. Check our catalog

Cindy A.  Circ. 

The African Queen

Thursday, May 17, 2012
African Queen

While in Florida a few weeks ago, we were able to see the old boat from the 1951 movie The African Queen. Since I had never seen it, I borrowed it from the library and really enjoyed it.  Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn  took a  trip on a river with all sorts of dangers.  Bogart is a crusty old drinker but in the end there is romance.  Quite an adventure and good historical movie to enjoy.  Check our catalog

Sue N., Youth Services 

Midnight in Paris

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Woody Allen
Midnight in Paris

(DVD & Blu-ray) Woody Allen at his best.  A beautifully written story about life once we “go with” who we truly are. The story is centered around an engaged American couple in Paris where all things magical are possible.  Love it!  Two thumbs up! Check our catalog.

Donna O., Reference

Take Shelter (DVD)

Saturday, March 24, 2012
Jeff Nichols
Take Shelter

Michael Shannon’s portrayal of Nelson Van Alden, a tortured soul and FBI agent, in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, led me to the independent film “Take Shelter.” I’d heard there was an outcry in some circles because Shannon was not nominated for an academy award for his role as a father and husband in a blue-collar Ohio town who believes he is slowly slipping into schizophrenia. After watching “Take Shelter” I would have to agree. I think that the writer and director, Jeff Nichols, should also have been nominated. While “Take Shelter” wasn’t easy to watch, it was easy to marvel at. Nichols is a masterful storyteller. Shannon’s slow march toward madness and Jessica Chastain’s weary devotion as his wife took this movie to the top of my list of recent favorites.  Check our catalog.

Cyndi L., Reference

The Muppets (2012)

Monday, March 19, 2012
Jason Segel, Amy Adams

"The Muppets" rule!  This is a great movie for kids and adults.  If you are looking for a hilarious, hart warming movie the entire family will enjoy, this is it!

The story line centers on the adventures of two brothers.  Gary ( a human, played by Jason Segel) and Water (a Muppet ) grow up together in a small town.  Walter is the world's biggest Muppet fan.  Amy Adams plays Gary's girlfriend, Mary.    When the trio heads to Los Angeles for a vacation, they uncover the diabolical plot of a greedy oil millionaire to destroy the Muppet Theater. Now, the Muppet-loving trio must reunite Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and their friends to stage the greatest Muppet telethon ever and save their beloved theater.

The film is loaded with surprise cameos and many of the sub plots are skits that pay homage to The Muppet Show.  Fans of the Chickens, Gonzo and Animal will not be disappointed.  Fozie Bear is also in prime comedic form.  If you are a fan of The Muppet Show, you will appreciate this movie even more.   If you are not a fan, or have not seen The Muppet Show, this movie will make you a fan!   

Buck (DVD)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The way Buck Brannaman sees it; he helps horses with “people problems."Brannaman is the man Nicholas Evans had in mind when he wrote “The Horse Whisperer” and his expertise helped Robert Redford shoot pivotal scenes in that movie. Now, Brannaman is the star of “Buck” a documentary about his work with problem horses. He spends 40 weeks a year on the road. Filmmakers followed Brannaman as he crisscrossed America visiting stables that hosted his highly-sought after workshops.  Along the way, the Brannaman’s history as a trick-roping child rodeo star with a horribly abusive father comes out. He says the abuse he suffered as a child helps him instantly connect with the horses he works with. After watching this film it is easy to understand why it took the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011, it is full of compassion and heart with beautiful scenery and horses. Check our catalog.

Cyndi L., Reference


Monday, March 12, 2012

Mighty is an award winning DVD based on the teen book Freak the Mighty.  The book is popular and the movie was excellent.   Two boys, one handicapped and one a loner who is picked on at school, form a friendship.  They bond and discover strengths as a unit in spite of many problems with a group of unruly teens.  The book is thought provoking and very emotional.  I strongly recommend it.  Check our catalog

Sue N. Youth Services 

The First Grader

Monday, March 12, 2012
The First Grader

A man in his eighties in Kenya, a former fighter for independence, receives a letter from the Kenya President announcing a free education for all Kenyans. The man is illiterate and shows up the first day of school to learn to read and write. The determination of Kimani Maruge should make all of us appreciate education more than we do! This is based on a true story. An interesting fact is that the adults in the town have a hard time accepting an 84 year old man at the school but the childen are very accepting!  Available via MelCat

Jan K., Youth Services


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