New TV Shows @ AADL

More new shows are soon to hit the shelves! 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! Here are some new series on their way to AADL:

Ray Donovan, Season 1
Ray Donovan is the go-to guy who makes the problems of Los Angeles celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls disappear. This powerful family drama unfolds when his father is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core.

True Detective, Season 1
In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart are brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked in 1995. As the inquiry unfolds in present day through separate interrogations, the two former detectives narrate the story of their investigation, reopening unhealed wounds, and drawing into question their supposed solving of a bizarre ritualistic murder in 1995. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson.

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

The Fault in Our Stars on the Big Screen

Okay, Nerdfighters and John Green fans… Are you ready? For the past year and half John Green’s newest book, The Fault in Our Stars, has been insanely popular. And the book has reached peak buzz since the MOVIE adaptation comes out this Friday, June 6!

Hazel is a teen fighting terminal cancer. She meets and falls in love with Gus at a cancer support group. The book and movie tell the story of their romance along with their various health issues. It sounds like a downer, and it is – I went through a box of tissues reading the book. But the story celebrates being alive and being in love and I smiled as I cried and their endearing story.

Author John Green has been on set, and has been tweeting and Instagramming over the past year during filming and he and the film crew are very excited about the outcome. If the author loves it, will we? Of course when books you love get turned into movies you have to wonder… Will it be any good? Will it compare? Will the characters live up to your expectations?! We’ll find out Friday! Drop a comment and let us know what you think after you see the film!

New TV Shows @ AADL

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! There are a lot of new-to-AADL series making their way to the library. Check the list and place your holds!

Under the Dome, Season 1
The small town of Chester's Mill is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent barrier. The epic story of a town in peril unfolds as the residents struggle to maintain control and ultimately figure out the truth about the dome.

The Paradise, Season 1
Set amidst the Victorian splendor of Britain's first department store, The Paradise is a rags-to-riches story of a young girl who falls in love with the intoxicating charms of the modern world. As Denise finds her feet as a lowly shop girl, she must navigate her way through power struggles, intrigues, and affairs. When the shop's dashing and reckless owner, John Moray, spots her talents, she knows she can use this opportunity to rise to great things. BBC.

The Following, Season 1
When a notorious serial killer Joe Carroll escapes from death row and embarks on a new killing spree, the FBI calls former agent Ryan Hardy, a psychologically scarred veteran who captured Carroll nine years earlier, after Carroll murdered 14 female students on a college campus where he taught literature. Knowing Carroll better than anyone and close with Carroll's ex-wife, Claire, Hardy works closely with an FBI team, which includes no-nonsense agent Jennifer Mason and sharp upstart Mike Weston, and soon discovers that Carroll was not only communicating with a network of killers in the outside world, but has much more planned than just a prison escape - and there's no telling how many additional killers are out there. (Starring Kevin Bacon!)

Hannibal, Season 1
FBI Agent Will Graham hunts the most notorious serial killers. He is both gifted and cursed with an extraordinary ability: he can think, see, and feel like his prey. What he doesn't know is that his new partner has an extreme past. While pursuing a cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford teams Graham with a psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Dr. Lecter tests Graham every step of the way, playing a game all his own, while they work to unravel the mystery and catch the killer.

Da Vinci's Demons, Season 1
In a world where thought and faith are controlled, one man fights to set knowledge free. Leonardo Da Vinci is tortured by a gift of superhuman genius. He finds himself in a conflict between truth and lies, religion and reason, past and future. His quest for knowledge nearly becomes his undoing, but Da Vinci's genius prevails and he emerges as an unstoppable force that lifts an entire era out of darkness and propels it into light.

Devious Maids, Season 1
Meet five women bonded together by their jobs, their dreams and the dirt they sweep under the rug: Aspiring singer Carmen; Rosie, who longs to be reunited with the child she left back in Mexico; Marisol, whose outward identity masks a desperate hidden agenda; and Zoila and her daughter Valentina, both employed by unhinged Genevieve Delatour. Before it's over, illicit affairs will be revealed, depraved secrets exposed, and the sordid details behind a shocking murder are discovered.

Rogue, Season 1
Grace is a morally and emotionally-conflicted undercover detective who is tormented by the possibility that her own actions caused her young son's mysterious death. In her quest for the truth, Grace goes rogue and falls deeper into a forbidden relationship with Jimmy Laszlo, head of the city's most powerful and dangerous crime family. To stay alive, Grace must help Jimmy find the traitor in his midst, while knowing he may have played a role in her own tragedy.

Graceland, Season 1
It seems like a sweet deal when new FBI agent Mike Warren's first assignment lands him in a beautiful L.A. beachfront mansion with other young undercover government agents, including his idol, legendary FBI agent Paul Briggs. But loyalties are tested and lives are put on the line when Warren is ordered to secretly investigate Briggs.

Atlantis, Season 1
Washed up on the mysterious shores of Atlantis, Jason searches for his missing father and stumbles into deadly rituals that test his quick reactions and physical strength. Perilous trials, from leaping over charging bulls and fighting the dreaded Minotaur, to surviving the rites of Dionysus and the temptations of a snake-headed goddess, ensue. No matter how great the danger, Jason can count on his two new friends, studious Pythagoras and portly Hercules, to lighten the battle with a laugh.

Fore more TV shows, be sure to check out AADL’s lists for the HOTTEST TV shows and the NEWEST TV shows.

Cutie and The Boxer

In the late 1960s, nineteen year old art student Noriko fell in love with 41 year old artist Ushio Shinohara. She put her own art career on hold to support his rising career in the bustling alcohol infused Manhattan art scene. The documentary Cutie and the Boxer tells the story of their long relationship and how they have struggled and survived together for over forty years, wondering if Ushio’s art will sell or if they’ll be able to make rent.

In his 80s Ushio continues with his “boxing” paintings, while Noriko has found a new voice in her own modern work as they embark on a joint exhibition. It’s a delightful documentary about what relationships can sustain over time, and how art can induce a magical atmosphere that can foster love. The film was nominated for a 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

New TV Shows @ AADL

The library is always acquiring additional TV shows, be they hot and new, or oldies but goodies. Here are some new series on their way to AADL:

Orange is the New Black, Season 1
Brooklynite Piper Chapman's wild past comes back to haunt her 10 years later and results in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates. The critically acclaimed show is from the creator of Weeds and premiered as a Netflix-only TV show. The show is based on the memoir.

The Returned, Season 1
A seemingly random group of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return home. What they don't know is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. Buried secrets emerge as they grapple with reality, struggling to reintegrate with their friends and families. But they aren't the only ones back from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders that resembles the work of a serial killer from the past.

Maverick, Seasons 1- 4
There were never more charismatic cowboys than Bret and Bart Maverick. Right from the beginning of the very first episode, Bret cons and card-sharks his way from town to town, followed later in the first season by Bart, who knows all his brother's tricks and then some. The Maverick boys, equally adapt with six-shooters as they are with a deck of cards, run up against poker cheats, outlaws, bandits, Indians, sheriffs, cattle hustlers, fortune hunters and even ghosts.

Ripper Street, Seasons 1 and 2
Haunted by the failure to catch London's most evil killer, Jack the Ripper, Inspector Edmund Reid now heads up the notorious H Division, the toughest police district in the East End. Reid and his men find themselves fighting to uphold justice and the rule of law, always fearing the Ripper is coming back for another reign of terror.

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

The Grand Budapest Hotel on DVD & Blu-ray

Mastermind director Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, (also written by Anderson) is set in a completely made up place. And with Anderson at the helm, every bit of the film is created from scratch. Every sign, newspaper, cake box, etc. are all original works created specifically for the film. Talk about design heaven! Here is a great interview with the graphic designer that worked with Anderson on the film to help get every bit just to his liking.

As for the film… It tells the story of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a grand European hotel. He befriends the young lobby boy and takes him along on an adventure when a close friend dies. Gustave is knee deep in the battle for the family fortune, which allows for much comedic adventure as he is chased by rivals.

While this is not my favorite Wes Anderson film, it features an all-star cast of Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman, and is an amazing visual treat that will surely please fans.

Babette's Feast - don't watch it when you're hungry.

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Based on a short story by Isak Dinesen, the Academy Award-winning, Danish-language film, Babette’s Feast, is a slow, atmospheric exploration of the choices and sacrifices we make in life. Set in the late nineteenth century, in a small village on the coast of Jutland, it follows the lives of two sisters, daughters of the stern village minister, devoted to their simple faith and good works. Beautiful and talented, and pursued by numerous suitors, both give up their dreams to serve their father and his small flock of pious, but quarrelsome, followers.

Years pass and their father has died and one stormy night the sisters rescue a mysterious French woman seeking asylum from the wars in France, in which she has lost everything. Babette becomes cook and housekeeper to them and they teach her to make their simple, austere meals of salted cod, thin soup and alebrot. Over the years, Babette finds a kind of peace in the village, quietly serving the sisters.

Many more years pass, and just before the 100th anniversary of the minister’s birth, Babette has a financial windfall, enough to leave Denmark, return to Paris and live independently. Instead, she asks if she can prepare an authentic French dinner for the small remnant of the minister’s followers, to honor the sisters who saved her and the memory of their father. (Yes, this meal ends up costing her the entire amount of her winnings.) The sisters cannot refuse her, so they reluctantly agree to the plan, but they and their friends are wary of being seduced by the worldly influence of French food, and they all secretly vow to resist any hedonistic pleasure the meal might offer. Nice try.

Now we come to the really good bit, as we watch Babette plan, prepare and serve the finest meal in movie history. I won’t tell you what she serves, but the menu reveals all the secrets of Babette and her past. The 12 guests, try as they might to remain immune to the seductions of the food and wine, are unwittingly brought under the spell of the elegance, richness and pure artistry of the meal and their resolve melts. They feast and smile and sigh, toast the memory of their sainted minister and celebrate the sensual pleasures of the food and drink and company. An old romance is revived. An old grudge forgiven. Old songs are sung under the stars. In the end, they recognize the artistic genius and selflessness of the hidden saint in their midst, Babette, who, with quiet grace, pours out her love and gratitude in the form of a meal, which transforms all who partake of it.

Avatar, the Last Airbender

If you're looking for a fun TV show that appeals to both kids and adults, check out Avatar, the Last Airbender. This cartoon has a great plot that will keep you interested until the very end.

The wold is divided into four nations (Earth, Water, Fire, and Air). Each nation’s people are able to manipulate their specific element. This manipulation is called “bending” and each nation’s bending is based off of a specific martial art (for example, water bending is based on tai chi, and fire bending is based on Northern Shaolin). There is one person who is born with the ability to bend all of the elements called the “Avatar,” this person is also in charge of keeping peace between the nations. However, when the Fire Nation decides to attack, the Avatar disappears.

A hundred years later, the Fire nation is now on the verge of dominating the entire world. But two siblings from the water tribe, Katara and Sokka, have just found the missing Avatar, a twelve-year-old boy named Aang, and his flying bison frozen in an iceberg. But can Aang learn to master all four elements and restore peace in time?

While this cartoon is not technically considered anime, it is heavily influenced by anime in it’s character designs. The fighting sequences are incredibly entertaining to watch and there are plenty of humorous moments which makes this cartoon a hit with the young and not-so-young.

If you enjoy the TV show, you should also check out the books, graphic novels, or even The Last Airbender movie that was directed by M. Night Shyamalan (disclaimer, if you are a big fan of the cartoon, this movie may miss the mark).

Mystery Science Theater 3000

If you enjoy watching bad movies and are unaware of Mystery Science Theater 3000 you are missing out. But don’t worry, AADL has a large number of MST3K films to keep you busy for a while. Along with his robot friends Joel (or Mike depending on the season) is shot into space and forced to watch terrible movies. They cope and retain their sanity by jesting throughout these terrible, terrible films. Here are just a couple of the nuggets that exist in the amazing history of this television show.

Volume 18, Disc 4: Jack Frost: In this unique Russian fairy tale, two lovers must conquer the most bizarre ordeals of the supernatural.

Volume 10.2, Disc 2: Swamp Diamonds: With an undercover cop in tow, a gang of female prison escapees hunts for hidden diamonds in a Louisiana swamp, kidnapping a geologist along the way. Includes short: "What to do on a date."

Volume 26, disc 2: Alien from L.A.: This is perhaps the bad movie to end all bad movies. In this 1980's twist on Journey to the Center of The Earth, Kathy Ireland plays an awkward teen in search of her missing archaeologist father, only to stumble into a deeply underground civilization unaware of life on the surface. Adventure ensues.

Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell, a documentary directed by the accomplished Sarah Polley, showcases the idea of storytelling as an art form. Intrigued by the life of her deceased mother, she interviews members of her family and others linked to Diane Polley to uncover the truth. Sarah was born to older parents, and her family often joked that she looked nothing like her father. While researching Diane's past as an actress in Montreal, she finds more than she bargained for... and opens the door to a new reality.

The film takes viewers on an emotional ride that gradually reveals the relationship of each storyteller to Polley, who layers their raw emotion with staged footage and family photos. Each person has their own version of the story that weaves into the others for a nearly complete tapestry. As said in the film, many of the best stories come from within one's own life rather than outside of it.

"Stories We Tell" first debuted at the Venice Film Festival, and has since played at the Toronto Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival. It was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2013. Sarah Polley directed Away from Her and Take This Waltz, and is known for her acting work in Splice, The Secret Life of Words, and My Life Without Me.

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