The latest album from Kelly Chen.

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2008年,陳慧琳全面回歸,繼年初上演了她與黎明合拍程小東的古裝浪漫大作《江山美人》之後,闊別了紅館四年的Kelly將於6月舉行第五次個人演唱會《陳慧琳Love Fighters演唱會08》,並推出年度全新廣東大碟Kellylicious. 率先曝光新作「抱歉柯德利夏萍」為一首中板的情歌,由黃偉文譜詞,舒文的編曲傷感中卻帶節奏時代感。接力主打歌「有時寂寞」則由好拍檔雷頌德一手包辦作曲、編曲及監製,詞中談及寂寞的樂趣,Kelly一改以往情歌的曲式,以懶洋洋的心情來演繹。

已兩年沒有出廣東碟的Kelly,今次還找來七大監製合作,包括王雙駿、C.Y. Kong、 Alex Fung及雷頌德等,務求令樂迷耳目一新的音樂元素。碟內還收錄了Kelly在2007年中秋節主打的廣告歌「最好給最好」,以及她與黎明為電影《江山美人》合唱的國語主題曲「隨夢而飛」等11首新作。隨碟附上的DVD特別加送四首新歌MV。 Review courtesy of yesasia.com.

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Union Jacks

History Boys is a wonderfully entertaining movie which is an amalgamation of wit, comedy, drama, and philosophy. The story centers around eight intelligent, outspoken, and highly spirited students in the U.K. They are all striving to learn as much as possible to procure admittance to England's most prestigious universities.

They are facilitated on their quest by two teachers. One is a practical, young, and conservative newbie. The other is an inspiring older eccentric. The eccentric teacher is a great inspiration to the boys as he pushes them through philosophical challenges to motivate them. This helps them begin to examine the true meanings of education, happiness, and success.

What is cool about this movie is that it is adapted from the original Tony Award winning play written by Alan Bennett, AND stars the original Tony Award winning cast! So these chaps are believable and know their characters inside and out.

After this movie, you want to have a pint at the pub with these blokes! The official FFG rating of this movie is a 9.

Indian Language Books

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Ann Arbor District Library has a number of Indian language books in our Foreign Language collection that you may not be aware of. There are books in Hindi, Gujarathi, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi ,Malayalam, Bengali, Telugu and Tamil. Please tell your friends and neighbors about this impressive collection at the Ann Arbor District Library!

Amores Perros

Amores Perros is a wonderful film that was nominated for an Academy Award in 2001. Three individual stories combine to make up this movie, and they are all connected by one chance accident. Set in Mexico City, all three separate stories involve love, loss, and dogs. Gael Garcia Bernal, who has also starred in Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Crime of Padre Amaro, and The Motorcycle Diaries is the main character of the first story. (He is one of our most favoritest foreign actors). His character finds himself in a traumatic car chase with another dogfighter. The second story involves a married man and his model girlfriend and her dog, and the third revolves around a homeless killer and his dog. This movie pulls the viewer in and puts them on a roller coaster ride. Hang on tight, this is one not to miss. The official FFG rating is an 8.

P.S. No dogs were hurt during the filming of this movie.

Jean De Florette

Jean De Florette is a wonderful French film. Making its debut in 1987, the film stars Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil. The beautiful setting for this movie is 1920's Provence, France.

Jean De Florette, the main character, is played by Depardieu. Jean makes his living as a tax collector in the city, until one day he inherits a plot of land in Provence. Only too happy to make a move to the country for a new beginning, he arrives in Provence with family in tow. He is joyously looking forward to working a garden and raising small livestock, all the while utilizing a wonderful fresh water spring that is located on the property.

Unknown to Jean De Florette, his "new" neighbors have long had their eyes on his newly inherited piece of heaven. They scheme against Jean and begin to make his life of farming unbearable. They are motivated by their belief that if they can discourage Jean enough, he will fold like a cheap card table, and sell his land to the first buyer. They block the natural spring, conceal its location from Jean, and sit back to see what happens.

I'll be the first to admit that a story about the tribulations of a rural farmer in 1920's France doesn't sound that interesting. However, that's not really what this film is all about. This film is an interesting study in human nature. Jean De Florette is a must see film for anyone interested in exploring the realm of French Film. This movie is as much a staple to French cinema, as baguettes are a staple to French cuisine.

The official FFG rating of this film is 8.

DVD Bits - World War II

Two gripping films of World War II Europe can be found in the Library Collections. Sophie Scholl: Die Letzten Tage is the trial and "final days" of Sophie Scholl, her brother, and another member of the White Rose, who became synonymous with civil courage through their resistance and protest against the Nazi regime. Another is Louis Malle's film Au Revoir Les Enfants based on the director's childhood experience in boarding school during the German occupation of France in World War II. If you would like to read a memoir of the Holocaust, the library has more excellent choices.

White

"White" is the second of movie in the Three colors, trilogy by Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowki. This is a movie of irony, tragedy, and comedy.

This movie tells the story of Karol Karol, a Polish immigrant, who has found himself barely treading water in the scum pond that has become his life. His gorgeous wife Dominique, played Julie Delpy, is totally unsatisfied in her marriage to Karol. So, she decides to file for the big D.

Once divorced Karol finds his bank accounts frozen, and his worldly possesions fitting into one trunk. Understandably so, he becomes desperate to get out of France and go back home to Poland. Coming up with what he believes to be a brilliant scheme, he succesfully convinces a fellow Pole to smuggle him back to his homeland in a suitcase.

Just when we think things couldn't get any worse for Karol, they do! The suitcase he is being smuggled in gets stolen from the airport!! Once the thieves find out they have gotten a middle aged Pole instead of gold bars their frustrations are taken out by the fistfuls on Karol. After finding himself dumped into a gravel pit, broken down emotionally, mentally, and physically he finds all there is left to do is plot his revenge.

Karol picks himself up, dusts himself off, and determinedly goes forth. Finding himself strolling through a field of good luck after working hard to refuel his career, he finds a most opportune time to begin his revenge.....

Blue

"Blue" is the first of three films in the "Colors Trilogy" directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski.

This is a 1993 French film set in Paris, and stars Juliette Binoche as Julie de Courcy.

"Blue" is a very intense film dealing with deep human emotion. The title is very à propos.

The story begins with an automobile accident that devastates the 33-year-old Julie's life. Although she is only injured, the crash proves fatal for her husband and daughter. In the blink of an eye her world, as she knows it, has come to a precipitous end.

Although Julie makes a full physical recovery, her mental state is fragile as she grapples with an emotional recovery. She tries to deal with her immense grief and find some sense of closure so she can begin life anew.

Julie's husband was a famous composer, and was working on a commissioned concerto at the time of his death. The piece is left unfinished, and his music haunts her. Julie also learns her late husband has had a lover for years. She finds herself now entangled in a passionate mix of love/hate emotions.

As if that were not enough, Julie's husband's assistant, Olivier, has been in love with her for a long time. So she is soon faced with deciding whether she is ready to risk emotional intimacy, and move on with Olivier in her life.

This is a powerful film that evokes thought and emotion in the viewer. It is definitely a must see film. The official FFG rating for this movie is a 10.

RED

This 1994 French film is part three of the Three Colors Trilogy directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. The trilogy includes the movies "Blue", "White" and "Red". The movies coincide with the three colors of the French flag.

"Three Colors, Red" stars Irene Jacob as a young model named Valentine. She experiences a chance meeting with a bitter older man, and soon realizes the man has a penchant for spying on his neighbors.

The man is lonely, and although he lives vicariously through the lives of others, she comes to understand him.

As her understanding of this man deepens, she discovers an unbelievable link that binds them together.

This knowledge takes her on amazing journey.

This is a fabulous movie, and is a perfect example of why I love this type of film making. Check it out, and maybe you will realize you're a French Film Fanatic too!

Johnny Depp: On the Cutting Edge

If you love Johnny Depp, wait no longer for your fix. Get to the theater and see him and Tim Burton create cinemagic.

Sweeney Todd, originally a Broadway musical, tells the story of Benjamin Barkerd. Benjamin is sent away for a crime he did not committ, and once freed, opens up a barber shop in downtown London. Using the barber shop as a cover, he vows vengence upon those who wrongfully made him suffer.

Below the barber shop is Mrs. Lovett's Meat Pie Shop. Upon meeting Mrs. Lovett, Helena Bonham Carter, a mutually beneficial partnership blooms.

This wonderfully sinful Tim Burton version of Sweeney Todd won 2 Golden Globe Awards. Depp & Burton are magnicient together. Be ready for a movie that promises "The closest shave you will ever see..."

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