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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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