Michael Moore in Ann Arbor Today

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Michael Moore will be at the Michigan Theater today to talk a bit then premiere his latest film "Slacker Uprising". The film is about Moore's tour of the US during the 2004 presidential campaign.

Doors open at 4 p.m. Film at 6:20. Admission is free.

Wall Street and You

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Brokerage Accounts, Money Market Funds, Insurance Policies and Market Turmoil--

If you have a brokerage account at Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers or elsewhere your assets are kept separate from the firm’s assets, are protected by SIPC and Securities and Exchange Commission rules. Your holdings are not subject to any liquidation that the company possibly would go through. Merrill Lynch did not go bankrupt and the merger with Bank of America creates a much stronger financial position for the firm. Lehman Brothers Brokerage Unit also did not file for bankruptcy, it was their parent company, brokerage assets there are safe, accessible and protected also.

New dvds mentioned on Amazon coming soon to your library!

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The following three dvds are currently on order. Holds are piling up quickly, so get your name on the list:

The Promotion. Two managers in a Chicago supermarket vying for the same promotion (Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly) each show their ugly side in this low-key but very funny take on one side of the corporate world.

Then She Found Me. Helen Hunt both directs and stars in this film about a divorced woman (Hunt) who meets her birth mother (Bette Midler) after her adoptive mom dies. Also on the scene are Matthew Broderick (her ex) and her divorced dad (Colin Firth). Hunt does a great job portraying April who must deal with enormous changes, showing all her rough edges.

Married Life. Chris Cooper plays Harry who decides he must kill his wife played by Patricia Clarkson so that she will not suffer when he leaves her for a younger woman. But the plot thickens when Harry's friend, Richard falls for the same woman and plans go awry.

Comic Masters Film Series Playing at the Michigan

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The Comic Masters Film Series playing at the Michigan Theater features select comic works by some of Hollywood’s master comedy directors. The series is starting off with films by Woody Allen, and will eventually feature films by Mel Brooks, Blake Edwards and Hal Ashby. The remaining Allen films are Annie Hall, Manhattan, Stardust Memories, Purple Rose of Cairo, Radio Days, and Zelig. Be sure to check the theater’s website for the full schedule of all films playing by all directors between now and mid-December. (Including Young Frankenstein and Harold & Maude!) What a great way to celebrate some of our greatest directors of comedy.

Moliere

Straightaway we are introduced to the main character, Moliere, and quickly find that he is a playwright and actor in debt. Enter the wealthy and married Jourdain who seems a godsend to Moliere as he offers to pay all Moliere's debt.

However, Moliere soon learns there is a catch: He must use his theatrical talents to help Jourdain win the heart of a beautiful young widowed marquise. Moliere quickly comes up with a plan. He decides to disguise himself as a priest and become a guest in Jourdain's home.

As a "priest" he begins teaching Jourdain all things theater. This is much to the annoyance of his wife Elmire, and Elmire butts heads with Moliere. The tensions between Elmire and Moliere soon turn seductive. Jourdain, too obsessed with the widowed marquise to notice, continues on his quest for the young widows' heart.

This is a wonderful comedy that exposes human nature and accurately portrays just how far one will go for love. (Which may include being embarassed in front of many strangers whilst trying to impress the object of desire).

September Books to Films

Man on Wire is based on the book To Reach The Clouds: My high wire walk between the Twin Towers(2002) by Philippe Petit

One August 7th, 1974,@7:15 a.m. a young Frenchmen stepped out on the high wire and walked (Oh, he more or less danced!)across the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, 1350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan. It is about Petit’s 6-plus years of dreaming, 8 months of planning, and the actual spell-binding feat itself. Terrific and terrifying!!!

Based on the author's memoirs(1995), (And)When Did You Last See Your Father? is an unflinching exploration of a father/son relationship. Blake Morrison's memories of his childhood are interspersed with scenes in the present, as he struggles to come to terms with his father, and their history of conflict. With a star-studded cast - humorous and heartbreaking at the same time.

Monica Ali's novel Brick Lane (2003) is now a feature film. Nazneen is forced into an arranged marriage to an older man, exchanging her Bangladeshi village home for a block of flats in London’s East End. As she pines for her home and her sister, she struggles to do her duty by her husband until the day a hot-headed local man, bursts into her life. A truly contemporary story of love, cultural difference, and ultimately, the strength of the human spirit. A visual feast.

The film Elegy is based on The Dying Animal (2001), a brutal, short novel by Philip Roth. David Kepesh is an eminent 70-year-old cultural critic (played by Ben Kingsley) who's womanizing ways were ended by a devastating affair he had eight years before with a voluptuous graduate student (Penelope Cruz). Check out the New York Times review.

King Corn on DVD

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If you don’t already have a hold on a copy of the documentary King Corn: You are What You Eat, then, well, you should. As in the style of Super Size Me, it is both funny and educational. Ian Cheney and Curtis Ellis, two best buds from college, decide to answer the question “how did corn get in my hair?” Not literally corn, but how did corn come up so high in the test results when a strand of hair was tested. Wondering how they were unknowingly taking in so much corn, Ian and Curtis head out to Iowa to grow their own acre of corn and learn from finding out where their self-grown corn ends up in the food chain. The results they found were a little more than they expected. Grab this DVD and a snack (perhaps challenge yourself to find one that doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup) and enjoy the film's flavor. Sidenote: Halfway through watching the film I realized the irony of me doing so while gobbling a bowl of popcorn.
FYI: On September 25, AADL will present this as a Film and Discussion.

Today in History: August 25, 1984 - R.I.P. Truman Capote

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Today marks the anniversary of the death of American icon Truman Capote whose short stories, novels, plays and non-fiction are recognized literary classics. The AADL is bursting at the seams with Capote reading materials including his first novel Summer Crossing (1943), his bestseller/semi-autobiographical novel Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948), possibly his best-known novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a "non-fiction novel". In our DVD department, try Humphrey Bogart in Beat the Devil (1953 screenplay), yummy Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), and In Cold Blood (the original 1967 version, filmed at the actual home of the murdered family).
For those of you not familiar with Capote's jet-set, controversial, and often reckless celebrity lifestyle (think "southern gothic homosexual meets Andy Warhol's Studio 54"), check out George Plimpton's Truman Capote : in which various friends, enemies, acquaintances, and detractors recall his turbulent career or Infamous, the film adaptation of the book. True Capote fans will also appreciate his uncredited cameo in Woody Allen's Annie Hall (listen for Allen's character to say something like "Oh, there goes the winner of the Truman Capote Look-Alike Contest" and watch for Capote himself to walk by).

Fearless Vampire Killers... on DVD

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In the tradition of old-school capers and sleuths let me present to you a chestnut from 1967- Roman Polanski’s The Fearless Vampire Killers, Or Pardon Me But Your Teeth Are In My Neck. Professor Abronsius and his bumbling Assistant Alfred (played by Roman Polanski himself) are off to a remote Transylvanian village to prove their theory that vampires really exist. Soon Alfred falls for the innkeeper’s daughter Sarah (played by Sharon Tate), who of course ends up being kidnapped by a vampire count. (The film marks the beginning of the real-life Polanski-Tate romance.) Abronsius and Alfred set off to rescue her and prove their theory at the same time. In doing so… they move into the count’s castle, freeze up when trying to kill him, chase vampires on skis, lose the cherished suitcase containing their supply of garlic and crucifixes, and the count’s son falls in love with Alfred. Talk about fun. Do they get to prove their theory? Do they get out of Transylvania with their necks intact? There’s only one way to find out…

New Collection: Blu-ray Discs

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The Ann Arbor District Library is pleased to announce the establishment of a new collection, Blu-ray movies. Blu-ray Discs are similar to DVDs, but display their content in stunning high-definition resolution, which is up to 5 times as detailed as standard-definition DVDs. A Blu-ray player is required to view Blu-ray discs, however since most Blu-ray players also play standard DVDs, you don’t have to worry about replacing your DVD collection anytime soon. Stop by any AADL location to check them out, or click here to browse the collection and place holds online. The Blu-ray discs are categorized by genres, providing a more rewarding browsing experience.

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