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Amistad

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Alexs Pate
Amistad

Recently, my son checked out library materials regarding slavery as they were studying it in school. It brought to mind Amistad, which I had watched years ago. While I waited to get the movie thru MeL, I read the book by Alexs Pate that was based on the movie. At first, I was disappointed because I didn't feel like I was getting my normal reading enjoyment as the book was based on the movie vs. the other way around. I thought the author was taking short cuts in the imagery. The movie arrived; I love the performances of these powerhouse actors bringing this story to life. Having now read the book and watched the movie, I can tell you they are both worth your time. They tell the same story, but each in a different way using the strength of its medium. They tell the true story of a group of enslaved Africans that gain control of their ship and try to return home. This is the beginning of the tale; the other part is the political and legal maneuvering for justice and how it was instrumental in bringing us closer to civil war.

Cindy A., Circulation

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Warehouse 13

Friday, February 3, 2012
Warehouse 13

This is a fun, light hearted series.  A secret department of the secret service snags, bags, and tags powerful artifacts found through- out the world and time.  It's a very tame version of the X-files.  Instead of aliens and other paranormal reasons, artifacts have taken on personalities and characteristics from their original owners.  If you are tired of lawyers and crime scenes and vulgarity and too much DRAMA, Warehouse 13 is a cute escape.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circ.

You Kill Me

Saturday, January 14, 2012
You Kill Me

This is a great pairing of Tea Leoni and Ben Kingsley.  Kingsley is a Buffalo hit man that is sent to rehab in San Francisco by his mob family because his drinking problem is getting in the way of his work.  Leoni meets him over the dead body of her stepfather at the funeral home Kingsley works at part time while going to AA.  She encourages him to get back to work, with a few fun scenes of her learning the ropes.  This was a fun movie that really let these two actors play.  Check our catalog

Cindy A,. Circulation

Temple Grandin (DVD)

Friday, January 6, 2012
Temple Grandin (DVD)

Temple Grandin is a story of a young woman's life with autism and how she and her family worked with it. Quite amazing, a tadge disconcerting when she visits the stock yards and slaughter houses and how she addresses the issues of how the animals should be treated with care and respect. Actually, a couple of our patrons at the library met her when she was attending university. A great enlightening movie.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

 

Soul Surfer (DVD)

Friday, January 6, 2012
Soul Surfer (DVD)

A VERY nice family movie, actually based on a true story, so well done. The Soul Surfer is about a young girl that had her arm bitten off by a shark--a great portrait of family life in Hawaii and how the family coped with the devastating accident and over came everything.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

The Queen (DVD)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

This DVD of a British television series combines documentary film with dramatized scenes to give us a behind-the-palace-doors look at England's reigning monarch.

Five British actresses portray the queen from the time before her coronatin to the present day.  We see her first crisis as monarch when her headstrong sister, Margaret, wants to marry a divorced man, Peter Townsend, against the queen's wishes.  Margaret agrees to give up the man she loves, with far-reaching consequences.
 

The queen's relationship with her prime ministers through the years is shown (she and Margaret Thatcher did not get along).  She was not especially close to her children -- this had an effect on her relationship with Diana, and now with her new daughter-in-law, Camilla Parker-Bowles.  One of her former staff said that Elizabeth seemed to care more about her Corgi dogs and horse racing than anything else in her life.
 
This was fun and interesting to watch.  It reveals the monarch as we've never seen her before.
 
Catherine T., Reference

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Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (DVD)

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (DVD)

This is about the SWEETEST movie I have watched!! Just a LOVELY story, and the young chap who plays the lead OH MY! Be still my heart!! What a kind, enchanting, character inside and out.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

Tears of the Black Tiger (DVD)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

HA! HA! HA! (Diabolical laughter!) Gunslinger cowboys (in a modern setting)! Revenge killing! Killing for killing's sake?! A police lieutenant sworn to get the evil Black Tiger. The forbidden love between the governor's daughter and the handsome Black Tiger, who by chance fell in with the gang of gunslinger cowboys--and seems to have found his calling. He's a darn good shot and has no qualms about killing. (Yes, there's lots of spurting blood.) And then the complication . . . the arranged marriage of the lieutenant and governor's daughter.  Now guess which country this movie was made in. That'd be Thailand!

Doris M., Reference

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Math for Children Telling Time (DVD)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

It's August and I'm worried about my kids going back to school having forgotten everything they learned last year. The Math for Children DVD series is a good fit. The video was only about 24 minutes long, so good for a quick dose of math in a fun way. The video doesn't go in-depth, but it covers the basics. You can always pause to talk about the specific topic or watch it again for review. I wouldn't say the series was the best way to teach the topic, but a great way to reinforce. A real positive is the material is presented by kids, so my kids at least, responded positively.

Cindy A. Circulation

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A Soldier's Story (DVD)

Thursday, July 28, 2011
In 1944, when a black sergeant is murdered off-base in Louisiana, the Klan is quickly blamed. But could someone else have killed this unlikeable fellow? True to the jacket copy, the story "is both a spellbinding mystery and a superb drama that transcends race."
 

Doris, Reference

 

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