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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
Buck

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

Mighty

Monday, March 12, 2012
Mighty

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

The Big Year

Monday, March 12, 2012
The Big Year

I love birds and have 2 as pets and feed the birds in my yard year-round so that may be why I loved this film so much but I do think it will appeal to anyone.  It tells the story of 3 men played by Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Steve Martin, who race to see who can find and count the most birds in one year-and have a "big year". The story also tells the personal story of the 3 men. Even though Owen Wilson's character wins the race it could be said that the other 2 men are the ultimate winners because of the events in their personal life and the life lessons learned from their experiences in the race. The story follows the race through North America, the scenery and the birds are beautiful! The book The Big Year: A Tale of Man Nature and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik  is also available-598.07Obm. The DVD is based on this book. Check our catalog for the DVD

Jan K., Youth Services

White Collar

Monday, March 12, 2012
White Collar

This is fun TV.  New York is wonderfully portrayed in large postcard shots framing the action.  Neal Caffrey , our beautiful conman is on an electronic leash to help Peter Burke, the FBI agent in charge of white collar crime.  Each episode has a new crime that needs to be solved or stopped by this pair that have fantastic chemistry.  Each season has the larger mystery to solve and relationships to untangle.  If you are looking for CSI this isn't the show for you , but if you liked the movie Catch Me If You Can you will love this.  Check our catalog

Cindy A. Circ.

The War of 1812 - DVD

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Brian McKenna
The War of 1812

Since we are remembering the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, and I know I have ancestors who fought in it, I thought I would review my history.  This is a very well-done portrayal of the war events by the National Film Board of Canada.  The actors are fantastic, and the war is shown through the viewpoint of Native Americans, the British and Americans.  I like that it shows the war from all angles; not just the American view.  This is a 2 disc set divided into 4 parts, and has won numerous awards.  Catch up on a forgotten piece of history with this DVD - and make sure you watch the moving ending. Check our catalog.

Margaret, Reference

Thurgood

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Thurgood

Thurgood is a one man play about the life journey of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.  Laurence Fishburne gives a captivating performance.  Thurgood takes us on his journey from boyhood to retirement and all the battles in between.  Because he was so integral to so many major law cases that shaped our society we are given a history lesson as to how our society moved into and then out again of segregation.  His story, and more importantly, our story is told with grace and humor..  The movie being filmed at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater brings the story full circle.   Even if you are not looking for a biography or a history lesson you will enjoy Thurgood as it is told in the old tradition of magical storytelling.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ. 

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