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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)

Friday, August 12, 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)

Sunday, August 7, 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)

Sunday, August 7, 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)

Friday, July 29, 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)

Thursday, July 28, 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)

Friday, July 22, 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)

Friday, July 22, 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)

Saturday, July 2, 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)

Thursday, June 30, 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

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