Boyhood on DVD

Director Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is one of my favorite films of 2014. People seem to either love it or hate it, but it’s been one of the most talked about films of the year.

Boyhood follows a young boy named Mason through ages 5 to 18. The film was shot over 12 years using the same cast. So not only do we see the boy grow up over those years, we see his parents, sister, and the rest of the cast grow and change as well. They filmed for a few weeks per year every year during the film’s making, often writing the script as they went from year to year.

It’s a groundbreaking concept and it was truly maginificent to see on the big screen. To watch a precious 5 year old turn into an awkward teen and then into an adult right before our eyes. Normally after a 3 hour film, I’m ready to go. But once we see Mason at age 18 and off on his next adventure… well, I wanted to keep following him.

Surviving Hitler: A love story

Directed by John Keith Wasson, Surviving Hitler: A love story is an inspiring account of war, resistance, and survival in Nazi Germany. Jutta is a teenager in a country that is on the threshold of war when she discovers that she is Jewish. Struck by this discovery, and faced with the atrocities of war, she joins the German resistance and meets a wounded soldier named Helmuth. The two quickly form a romantic attachment and join the Valkyrie plot to assassinate Hitler. Though there are tragic elements to the story (inevitable when it is set in Nazi Germany), there is a happy ending.

This film is a combination of interviews with Jutta and original 8mm footage shot by Helmuth. According to GQ magazine, these “home movies, which miraculously survived the war in Helmuth’s mother’s apartment, are reason enough to watch Surviving Hitler, providing a rare and intimate glimpse of relatively ordinary life carrying on in Berlin despite the encroaching horror.” (read the whole review here)

Surviving Hitler premiered at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and has won 3 awards including the Full Frame Inspiration Award, Ojai Festival Theme Award, and the Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film.

TV Spotlight: Pee-wee’s Playhouse

Mekka-lekka-hi, Mekka-hiney-ho! Pee-wee’s Playhouse, Seasons 1 – 5 are now available at AADL! This cult classic stars Paul Reubens and aired from 1986-1990. Created by Reubens, it was designed to be an educational show for children and adults and was influenced by 1950s television shows such as Captain Kangaroo and Howdy Doody. With its quirky characters and colorful playhouse set, the show was a hit and remains a classic. The show features the zany Pee-Wee Herman and his many silly friends, including Cowboy Curtis, Conky the Robot, and Reba the Mail Lady. For more Pee-Wee, check out Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway.

TV Spotlight: Hinterland

If you’re looking for some new series to settle into cold temps with and are a fan of crime dramas, give Hinterland a try.

Hinterland is a noir crime drama set in Wales featuring DCI Tom Mathias as an intense detective searching for redemption while solving hate crimes along with his band of detective colleagues. He falls in line the current slew of brooding Scandinavian detectives just fine. While filming the show, each speaking scene was shot twice -- once in English and once in Welsh! The discs we have are in English. Hinterland is to Wales as The Killing is to Denmark and Wallender is to Sweden - both shows I love, so I just had to give it a try.

AADL has Series 1, which is four 90 minute episodes. Series 2 will air in 2015.

The Wild Truth; the untold story behind Into the Wild

Many of us are familiar with the fascinating story of Chris McCandless, told so fantastically by Jon Krakauer in 1996’s Into the Wild. Krakauer reports the true story of Chris’s desertion of his wealthy family, abandonment of his car and other possessions, donation of the $25,000 he had to his name to charity and ensuing adventures hitchhiking to Alaska and his life completely off the grid there. Months after his departure, his emaciated body was found in the Alaskan wilderness by a moose hunter.

Chris’s story was a controversial one, as many readers wondered how he could justify deserting his family and friends, leaving them to worry and wonder for months, and ultimately mourn his death. Other readers admired and often envied him for his courage and dedication to following his own path. The book enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the late 2000s, when it was made into a movie by the same title.

Now, Chris’s beloved sister Carine McCandless has written a revealing new book about her brother and about their childhood that offers vast amounts of insight into the reasoning behind Chris’s decision to leave his loved ones. In The Wild Truth: The Untold Story of Sibling Survival, Carine describes in vivid detail the realities of McCandless family life when she and Chris were growing up. “Carine was Chris's best friend, the person with whom he had the closest bond, and who witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional and violent family dynamic that made Chris willing to embrace the harsh wilderness of Alaska,” reads the book jacket. “In the many years since the tragedy of Chris's death, Carine has searched for some kind of redemption. In this touching and deeply personal memoir, she reveals how she has learned that real redemption can only come from speaking the truth.” Fans of Into the Wild will surely be interested in reading this insightful look into the nuances of Chris’s story.

TV Spotlight: The Following

In the television drama The Following, serial killer Joe Carroll escapes from death row and starts a new murderous rampage, and the FBI calls the reluctant Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) back into service to help find him. Hardy was the was the one who locked up Carroll nine years ago, and is tied up psychologically with both Carroll and Carroll's ex-wife. The FBI soon discovers that Carroll had been communicating with his “followers” while he was in prison, setting up a network of cult-like serial killers ready to do anything Carroll desires.

The Following is an intense and suspenseful show that has you wanting to watch another episode immediately. It’s also a total mind game that has you questioning everyone on the show, for it seems like all the good guys are doing Carroll’s dirty work. I watched all of season 2 last weekend and was not disappointed. But talk about a cliff hanger! The show has been renewed for another season.

Check out season 1 and 2 now at the library!

New TV Shows on DVD @ AADL

Another stack of new TV shows on DVD hit the catalog! This batch features nurses, cops, vikings, psychopaths, monsters, and Dracula. The library is always acquiring additional TV shows and new seasons of them, be they hot and new, or oldies but goodies. Good news comes with these particular new DVDs! You can now get the entire season in one check-out! Hello, binge watching! All the discs are in one case with an extended check-out period. Here are some new series on their way to AADL:

The Wonder Years, Season 1
The series depicts the social and family life of a boy in a typical American suburb from 1968 to 1973, covering his ages of 12 through 17.

Getting On, Season 1
Set in a women's extended-care unit of a California hospital, the story follows the daily lives of a ragtag staff assigned to care for elderly patients who are, well, getting on.

Extant, Season 1
An astronaut with International Space-Exploration Agency (ISEA) is assigned a 13-month solo mission aboard space station Seraphim. She returns home to her husband, a robotics engineer who created their son Ethan, a prototype android called a "humanich". When she mysteriously becomes pregnant, she begins a search for answers.

Dracula, Season 1
Centuries after the Order of the Dragon cursed him with immortality and murdered his wife, Dracula arrives in Victorian London to wreak his revenge. Posing as an American industrialist who intends to bring modern science to England, Dracula sets out to destroy the sect, only to fall in love with a woman who strongly resembles his dead wife, an obsession that threatens to thwart all his plans.

Blue Bloods, Seasons 1-4
Follows a multi-generational family of cops who are dedicated to New York City law enforcement.

Vikings, Season 1 and 2
An epic new series about history's bravest and most brutally fearsome warriors; Vikings. Ragnar, a would-be Viking chieftain, longs to fulfill his destiny as an explorer and conqueror, alongside his ambitious brother Rollo and loyal wife Lagertha. But as Ragnar leads daring raids in distant realms across the ocean, treacherous forces in his Norse homeland conspire against him.

Fargo, Season 1
The Coen Brothers Best Picture Oscar Nominee transforms into the season's most talked about TV debut. It features a new "true crime" story and new characters, all chilled in the trademark dry wit, murderous mayhem and "Minnesota nice" of the original classic film. Lorne Malvo, is a manipulative master criminal who changes the life of insurance salesmen Lester Nygaard. Gus Grimly and Molly Solverson are the small-town police officers who join forces to uncover Lester's secrets.

Hemlock Grove, Season 1
In the shadows of a rusted Pennsylvania steel town, the mangled body of a teenage girl is discovered. As they hunt for a monster among them, rumors mount and many of the eccentric residents become suspects, from the newly-arrived gypsy family to the wealthy Godfrey clan.

In the Flesh, Season 1 and 2
Zombie teenager Kieren Walker isn't comfortable in his 'undead' state. He didn't want to come back, he wanted to be dead. After his suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they'd never see him again. But then, shortly after his funeral, thousands rose from the dead; and after a catastrophic war, imprisonment, months of rehabilitation and medication, the zombies are gradually being returned to their homes.

Bates Motel, Season 1 and 2
A modern day re-imagining of, and prequel to, the classic film Psycho. The story follows Norman Bates' teenage years, delving into his intricate relationship with his mother, and how she helped forge the most infamous serial killer of them all.

Penny Dreadful, Season 1
An erotically charged, profoundly unsettling new saga that completely reinvents literature's most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein, and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul, even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.

Broad City, Season 1
The show follows two best friends in their twenties navigating their way through everyday life in New York City. The show is centered around the lives of low income, struggling women and their friendships.

Fore more TV shows, be sure to check out AADL’s lists for HOT TV shows, as well as NEW TV shows.

New TV Shows @ AADL

More new TV shows have hit the catalog! This variety features a judge, cops, doctors, Reagan, a headless horsemen, and even Detroit. The library is always acquiring additional TV shows, be they hot and new, or oldies but goodies. We also often get the new seasons of shows already available at AADL! Good news comes with these particular new DVDs! You can now get the ENTIRE season in one check-out! (Hello, binge watching!) So if you notice this in the catalog, it’s not an error. All the discs are in one case with an extended check-out period. Here are some new-to-AADL series on their way:

Chicago P.D., Season 1
At the helm of the Intelligence Unit is Sergeant Hank Voight, a man not against crossing legal and ethical lines to ensure the safety of the men and women of the Chicago Police Department's District 21 who put it all on the line to serve and protect the security of the city he loves.

Cedar Cove, Season 1
Judge Olivia Lockhart who is considered the community's guiding light in the picturesque, coastal town of Cedar Cove, Washington. But like everyone else, Olivia fights the uphill battle of balancing career with family and finding love, all while doing her best to care for the township she calls home.

Low winter sun, The complete series
A contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred. Set in Detroit, this gritty, edgy and provocative crime drama begins with an act of retribution: the murder of a dirty cop by two fellow Detroit detectives, Frank Agnew and Joe Geddes. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever later Agnew's life, and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. Filmed in Detroit!

Arrow, Season 1 and 2
After being marooned for five years on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in this hard-hitting action series. After suffering unimaginable ordeals on the island, Oliver returns to Starling City a new man, determined to right the wrongs of his father and sworn to bring justice to those who've corrupted his city.

The Goldbergs, Season 1
Reagan was in the White House, the malls were filled with New Wave fashionistas, and the Goldbergs were living large in the '80s. Documenting his hilariously combative, yet loving family with a video camera nearly as big as he is, eleven-year-old geek Adam is witness to all kinds of insanity from his over-protective, over-the-top mom, quick-tempered dad, rebellious sister, high-strung brother, and super suave grandfather.

Sleepy Hollow, Season 1
Ichabod Crane, a British expatriate who dies in the American Revolution, is revived in upstate New York during the time of the cell phone - as is the evil Headless Horseman, who plans to annihilate mankind! Teaming with a feisty police lieutenant, Crane races to vanquish the newly unearthed dark forces - or face the impending apocalypse.

Death in paradise, Season 1 and 2
British cop Richard Poole is a fish out of water when he is sent to the tiny island of Sainte Marie to solve a mysterious murder. Awaiting Richard is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing.

Childrens hospital, Seasons 1 – 4
Comedy television series that parodies the medical dramas that occur in a children's hospital featuring a group of self-absorbed doctors.

About a boy, Season 1
Successful songwriter and bachelor Will Freeman lives a carefree life as the 'ultimate man-child.' His perfect world is turned upside down when single mom Fiona and her eleven-year-old son Marcus move in next door.

Scott and Bailey, Season 1 and 2
A thrilling investigative drama series exploring the personal and professional lives of two female detectives. Despite their differences, impulsive, funny and single Rachel and reflective, married mother-of-two Janet, have a great partnership. Thrown together in the toughest of murder cases, they have become the best of friends, ready to support each other both in and away from the incident room. An honest and powerful crime drama series.

Fore more TV shows, be sure to check out AADL’s lists for HOT TV shows, as well as NEW TV shows.

New Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album: Hypnotic Eye

Did you know that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers came out with their 13th studio album just a couple of months ago? Titled Hypnotic Eye, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. You may have heard some of the singles from the album on the radio over the past couple of months; “American Dream Plan B,” “Red River,” and “U Get Me High” have all had their share of time on the airwaves. Hypnotic Eye shows that age has far from deterred Tom Petty and his crew from making great music. The AADL just added the album to our collection, and you can join the hold list of eager fans waiting to give it a listen!

Of course, Hypnotic Eye isn’t the extent of our Tom Petty collection. We have nearly all of the other Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers albums, including 1994’s Wildflowers, 1979’s Damn the Torpedoes, 2006’s Highway Companion, and their 1993 Greatest Hits album. Interested in learning some Tom Petty music of your own? We have the sheet music and lyrics for his entire solo album, Full Moon Fever.

We also have the fascinating movie Runnin’ Down a Dream, which follows Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from their early beginnings in Gainesville through their 30th anniversary celebration. The DVD features lots of amazing footage and information from over three decades of the experiences of this wonderful band.

Legendary Washington Post Editor, Ben Bradlee, Dies at 93

Legendary editor Bill Bradlee, who took over the Washington Post in 1965 and served as its executive editor during the Watergate Era, died yesterday of natural causes. Best remembered by many of us in the guise of a wily Jason Robards in All the President's Men, Bradlee was known for his leadership style: recruiting talent and encouraging aggressive investigative journalism. We have a few books by and about Bradlee, including 2012's Yours in Truth: A Personal Portrait of Ben Bradlee, and his work is featured in Katherine Graham's Washington.

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