Dvd new releases on Amazon

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Following are three films acquired by the Library that were recently listed on Amazon's new releases. Get your name on the waiting list now. Holds are piling up!

Across the Universe. The political turmoil of the '60's and a powerful love story are conveyed through a multitude of Beatles songs.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Based on the novel by Ron Hansen, the movie is about James late in his career a few hours before his last train robbery. Brilliantly acted by Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Cate Blanchett plays the fiery Virgin Queen in this sequel to Elizabeth. Later in her reign, the Queen must contend with bothers like the Spanish Armada and the betrayal of Mary Stuart as well as an attraction to the dashing Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen).

Sherman Alexie on DVD

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Native American Author Sherman Alexie’s words, thoughts and poetry read like butter. Among his many books he has written two screenplays based on his books, both dealing with surviving life on the reservation and with struggling interpersonal relationships.

He wrote Smoke Signals based on his novel of short stories The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. The film follows two Native American men, Victor and Thomas-Builds-the-Fire, who are cousins that are anything but friends. Growing up together on “the rez” was rough. They had both good times and bad, and eventually those on the reservation could only take so much of Thomas’ stories. An event happens in Victor’s life and he needs help and Thomas steps up to help his cousin in an unforgettable way.

The Business of Fancydancing is based on his poetry and it is wonderful to see how Alexie translates written poetry into visual poetry with plot. Aristotle and Seymour attended college together. Aristotle left and went back to the “the rez” not doing much of anything, while Seymour stayed and later became an accomplished writer. A funeral brings Seymour “home” and he and Aristotle together again for the first time in fifteen years.

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This Valentine's Day make romantic movies part of your special evening!

French Film Girl would like to share her top ten absolute "romantilicious" film faves with you...

Titanic....Haunting
Chocolat.....Delicious
Dr. Zhivago.....Yearning
Henry & June........Exotic
The Notebook...........Dreamy
Cold Mountain.............Chivalrous
The Lover........................Passionate
Wuthering Heights..............Obsession
The English Patient.................Lovesick
Like Water For Chocolate.............Steamy

Many accoutrements are available to you so you can create the perfect ambiance for your Valentine evening... candles, champagne, flowers, and chocolate are always fantastique!

Stardust

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Best movie of 2007 (in my opinion anyway) now available at the library! It's based on the illustrated novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman. If you haven't seen it, put it on hold or rent it from our Zoom Lends today!

I was expecting to be supremely disappointed by this movie, but watching an interview with Neil Gaiman coaxed me into seeing it. I'm glad I did. I loved this movie. This was one of the best fantasy movies I've seen in years. Period. I really shouldn't have doubted Neil. Of course, to be fair, it was actually Hollywood I was doubting which I think is entirely fair. The God of movies is often fickle and cruel, but every so often true gems fall to Earth from his devilish workshop and Stardust is one of those gems.

Amazon DVD new releases now at Library

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Following are three new dvds highlighted on Amazon's "Hot New Releases" that are available at the Library:

Night at the Museum. Ben Stiller stars as Larry Daley, who, low on funds, takes a job as night watchman at New York City's Museum of Natural History. What the soon-to-retire guards (Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, Bill Cobbs) don't tell him is that an ancient pharaoh's tablet in the museum causes everything on display to come to life at night. (edited from Amazon).

A bit of Australian Cinema

Australian movies set in boarding schools! Who knew! (Both part of the Australian New Wave movement in cinema.) One of them is Flirting (1991). It’s set in 1965 where the laid back, brooding and edgy Danny is trapped in an oppressive “yes sir” boarding school. He is an outsider in his class and he soon befriends the beautiful Ugandan Thandiwe from the girls’ school across the lake. Sparks fly and they spend time sneaking rowboats across the lake to see each other, and soon their young love gets them into trouble.

A bit of a contrast, though also set at an Australian boarding school, is Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975). Peter Weir’s film is more quiet, mysterious and artistic in nature. A group of girls set out for a picnic at Hanging Rock on Valentine’s Day in 1900 and four of them go missing, never return and the mystery is never solved- which makes the film even more compelling. (This film is based on Joan Lindsay’s novel of the same name.) Need more Aussie films?

Wuthering Heights

Our gray rain filled skies bring to mind one of my favorite stories of all time...

Wuthering Heights, the only novel written by Emily Bronte, was published in 1847.

Generally considered a classic, this is a tale about a passionate, turbulent, and ultimately engulfing love affair.

The symbolic setting of the story, which takes place on the Yorkshire Moors, adds an air of apprehension and foreboding to the story. The continually turbulent weather, gives us a glimpse into the romance between Heathcliff and Catherine Linton.

The love affair between Heathcliff and Catherine is brilliantly illumated by Bronte to show us the power of true love. This power can bring about obession, destruction, and misery just as easily as it can bring about euphoria, lust, and bliss.

Neverminding the rain, make yourself a cup of tea, or pour a nice glass of wine. Snuggle down under the softest blanket you can find, and read the novel or watch the DVD. Don't be alarmed if you hear scratching at your window pane or see a beautiful rain soak woman looking in desolately.

Bergman films at Michigan Theater

The Michigan Theater presents another in the Great Director Series. This time up: Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. To quote Bergman, “Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”

The following films will be shown at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor: Wild Strawberries (1957) on January 14, Through a Glass Darkly (1961) on January 21, and Fanny & Alexander (1982) on January 29. See the theater’s website for film details and schedule. (The first film shown in the series, The Seventh Seal, was shown on January 7.)

Lost in...lack of translation

Three years after the birth of my son and I'm still trying to catch up on the great movies I've missed. So last week I sat down to watch two from last year--Volver and The Lives of Others--but after about 20 minutes, after realizing a good 30% of the dialog was missing, I gave up. You watch two characters talk for a full minute, with grand gestures, meaningful facial expressions, even a couple interruptions, and the translation ends up something like, "How are you?" "Fine." Gone are the days when I'd happily trudge to campus to squint through the faded yellow subtitles of a Bergman film; now we get to watch from the comfort of home on large-screen TVs and high resolution DVDs and they don't even give us something to squint through. Argh! I hope it's just an annoying characteristic of Sony Pictures DVDs and not an industry trend.

Amazon's new dvd releases

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Following are several titles of dvd's now available at the Library that were recently listed on Amazon's new releases:

Bourne Ultimatum
High School Musical 2
Simpsons Movie
Stardust
Underdog

Put your name on the hold list now!

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