Movie

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

 

Cider House Rules (DVD)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Cider House Rules (DVD)
This movie, based on the book by John Irving, tells the story of Homer, who has lived nearly his entire life within the walls of an orphanage in rural Maine and has been trained by its proprietor, Dr. Wilbur Larch to be Larch's successor. Wally Worthington brings his pregnant girlfriend, Candy Kendall, to the orphanage because Dr. Larch provides medically safe, albeit illegal, abortions. Homer leaves with them to work on Wally's family apple farm. When Wally leaves to fight in World War II, Homer falls in love with Candy. The story involves abortion, addiction and incest. It won two Academy Awards for best supporting actor and best adapted screenplay (by John Irving). I was very glad I watched it and will think about its themes for some time to come. It is a classic as is the book. The scenery and music are lovely and the acting very good. I recommend this DVD for adults.
 
 
Betsy H., Reference

The Warriors Way (DVD)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

This is not a movie I would normally choose. I went through the new acquisitions list, read the description and said why not? My tax dollars have already purchased it, if we don't like it after 20 minutes we'll turn it off. After 5 minutes I was ready to be done, but... it actually was quite good. The visual style was quite unique and stunning-a blade slicing thru rain drops. Suspend reality a bit, and enjoy. If you enjoy martial arts you are probably on the hold list already. If you aren't a big fan of that genre I still recommend seeing this very particular love story wrapped inside the martial arts. One scene involves the love interest in a beautiful dance of swords.

Cindy A. Circulation
 

The Dilemma (DVD)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I like very few Vince Vaughn movies and even fewer of Kevin James-this one was excellent. Vaughn's character catches his best friend's wife cheating. The dilemma is if, how, and when to tell his best friend. Standing in line at the bank he engages others in the hypothetical of it happening to professional team mates, do you tell-yes, well.... is it before a big game? Jenifer Connelly and Winona Ryder make the movie work. It would be a great movie to see with your favorite couple!

Cindy A. Circulation
 
 
 

Planet Earth (DVD)

Friday, July 1, 2011

My father gave me the full collection of Planet Earth and The Blue Planet for Christmas after he saw it and loved it. It has sat on the shelf waiting for me -taunting me with the number of hours I would need to devote to watching it. I am no where near done with Planet Earth, but now I'm stealing time from other responsibilities--it is Beautiful:. If you enjoyed March of the Penguins you will love this series. Don't get overwhelmed by the series, just pick a disc. The images of wildlife and their habitat are incredible. The narration tells a story of the animals that strikes a balance between strict documentary and great story telling.

Cindy A., Circulation
 
 
 

Life as We Know It (DVD)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Life as We Know It (DVD)
I expected Life as We Know It starring Katherine Heigl to be a light romantic comedy. I saw it with the girls; we really enjoyed it, but it was fairly serious. Baby Sophie's parents die and name their best single friends as guardians--the two single friends they had set up on a blind date years before that ended before they even started the car to go to the restaurant. It is a cute movie and has humorous scenes like the classic "not knowing how to change a diaper." More than that, it was about these two people taking on a huge responsibility and falling in love with Sophie and each other.

Cindy A., Circulation

The Secret in Their Eyes (DVD)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Twenty-five years ago an unsolved rape and murder case was closed. But the criminal court investigator who worked the case can't get the horrific crime out of his mind. After retiring he decides to write a novel about the case. His research leads him to an unexpected discovery.

 
Doris, Reference
 
 
 

The Science of Disney Imagineering (DVD)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My boys and I have watched a couple DVD's in the new series The Science of Disney Imagineering. This past week we watched Energy, a few weeks ago we watched Newton's 3 Laws of Motion to help my 3rd grader prepare for his science test. It is an amazing series. The topic is presented by a fun young man and they use several rides at Disney parks to illustrate the topic. In Energy they use the Mad Tea Party spinning teacups to show how work is applied to an object and how energy conservation is demonstrated.

The series is designed for upper elementary, but it is a very fun way to see the topic in action. They also have two great additional items. There is a quiz covering the material. If you get the incorrect answer it plays the segment form the video as a review. They also include a try at home experiment-in Energy - it is how to make your own Newton's Cradle to demonstrate conservation of energy. My boys ask to see these DVD's numerous times-how often does that happen? You and your kids will learn a lot and have fun.

Cindy A. Circulation

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The Namesake (DVD)

Thursday, June 16, 2011
The Namesake (DVD)

This movie is based on the best-selling novel by Jhumpa Lahiri. I enjoyed this story which begins in India with the marriage of Gogol’s parents, continues in America with the birth of Gogol and his sister and moves on to Gogol’s life as a teen and young adult as he tries to fit in as an American but is pulled by the traditional values of his Indian parents. The end brings it all together. It is beautifully done. I heartily recommend this DVD for your enjoyment.

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Betsy H., Reference

 

 

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (DVD)

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (DVD)
I really enjoyed this story of Ben Carson, staring Cuba Gooding, growing up in a broken home with never enough money and facing prejudice. His single mother kept the family together with her love, wisdom, and hard work. How Ben overcomes great odds to become the world’s leading pediatric neurosurgeon is an inspirational story. This is based on a true story.
 

Betsy H., Reference

 

 

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