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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. 

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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