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Staff Pick: Upstream Color

Picture of JohnUpstream Color unfolds in an elliptical manner, inviting viewers to deduce the narrative with limited dialogue and an absence of exposition.  However, it would be a mistake to dismiss this as some gimmicky puzzle film:  Amy Seimetz’s outstanding lead performance reveals the powerful emotional heart at the center of this ecological sci-fi love story.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on May 26, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by John, Staff Picks

Movies and TV: The Paradise

Cover of The ParadiseIt’s 1890. Britain’s first department store, The Paradise, has opened up on the streets of Newcastle led by the ambitious Mr. John Moray. Coming from poverty with big dreams and bigger ideas, Denise has begun work as a shopgirl in the dress department at the store. While her innovative ideas make a splash, drawing attention from Moray himself, the road isn’t easy for Denise as she navigates a jealous peer, a fearful boss, and divided loyalties. The Paradise is a Victorian drama filled with swirling secrets, majestic dresses, matters of the heart and fierce competition where nothing is too grandiose.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on May 21, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV

Movies: Rewarding Slower-Paced Films

Taste of Cinema has explored the idea of intentionally watching films that are paced slowly, in their list 20 Slow Films From This Century That Rewards Patience. These films might not have an immediate payoff or packed to the brim with action, but their in-depth look at characters, life, and the surrounding world allow for a different kind of film watching experience. Try one and let us know what you think at the Fiction/AV/Teen services desk on the second floor.

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By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on May 8, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV

Staff Pick: Now, Voyager

Cover of Now VoyagerDiane of Fiction/AV/Teen services suggests Now, Voyager

Hollywood cranked out women’s pictures, or weepies, with excessive emotional fervor from the 1930s to 1950s. For many historians, 1942’s Now, Voyager starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, and Claude Rains, is the definitive weepie. Davis portrays Charlotte Vale, a dowdy Boston spinster, oppressed and driven to a nervous breakdown by a domineering mother. She recovers with the help of a kindly psychiatrist, played by Claude Rains, who runs a mental health sanitarium. After leaving the doctor’s care, Charlotte takes an ocean voyage where she finds self-confidence and love through a romance with an unhappily-married man, played by Paul Henreid, and ends up taking his emotionally troubled daughter under her wing.


For more movies featuring Bette Davis as the headstrong lead try

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Dark Victory follows the life of a fast moving Long Island socialite who skids to a stop when she discovers that she has less than a year to live.

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Set on a rubber plantation in Malaya, The Letter centers on a woman’s reasons for killing a man who was a close family friend.











Cover of The Old MaidHeadstrong, beautiful Tina has nothing but disdain for her Aunt Charlotte, in The Old Maid, but unloved, unlovable Aunt Charlotte is really Tina’s mother, whose romance with a Civil War soldier that didn’t return resulted in Tina’s birth.

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World War II has separated pianist Christine Radcliffe from her great love, cellist Karel Novak. Thinking Karel has been killed in action, she is unexpectedly reunited with him. Pulling off the ultimate Deception, she’ll lie to keep her shameful past as the mistress of a wealthy composer a secret.

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In The Great Lie, tempestuous and ambitious concert pianist Sandra shares a bond with down-to-earth Maggie and her little boy, Pete. No one knows that Pete is Sandra’s son – the son of the heroic aviator both women love.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on April 27, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Diane, Staff Picks

Movies and TV: Enchanted April

Enchanted April DVD coverAn irresistible invitation:  To Those Who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine, a Small Medieval Italian Castle on the Shores of the Mediterranean to be Let Furnished for the Month of April. Four ladies, previously strangers to one another, answer the call to escape to Italy for one glorious Enchanted AprilIt is 1920s London, and the dreariness of unfulfilling routine contrasts starkly with the promise of a brightly-lit, languid holiday in the countryside. It doesn’t take long in this restful place for the visitors to shed their cares, form new friendships, and rediscover the beauty in both themselves and their other lives. Be inspired by a welcome respite and a fresh perspective, even if your own getaway is simply a vicarious one.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on April 13, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV

Staff Pick: The Children of Huang Shi

Picture of JoyceFind a hero in The Children of Huang Shi ! This true story takes journalist George Hogg behind the lines in war-torn China. With the help of a partisan leader, an Australian nurse, and a former aristocrat, Hogg attempts to save 60 orphans through their perilous trek over the mountains.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on March 31, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Joyce, Staff Picks

Movies and TV: British Literature Adaptations

Looking to immerse yourself in the world of British literature turned television? Genevieve Valentine over at The AV Club shares “10 Period Pieces to Cheat English 205: British Literature on TV“. She notes what specific value the adaption brings and how each title plays an important role in the larger canon. Below check out some of her top ten as well as her bonus extra credit titles:


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Alice in Wonderland (1966)
Middlemarch (1994)
Persuasion (1995)

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Return to Cranford (2008)
The Way We Live Now (2001)
Pride and Prejudice (1995)

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Wives and Daughters (1999)
The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003)
North and South (2004)

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996)
Bleak House (2005)
The Woman In White (1997)

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on March 27, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV

Staff Pick: Dazed and Confused

Picture of DianeIt’s 1976, the last day of school in Austin, Texas, the music is rocking, the keg is tapped, and Matthew McConaughey is “All right, all right, all right.”  Join the party in Dazed and Confused, the coming of age cult comedy film written and directed by Boyhood’s Richard Linklater.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on March 10, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Diane, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: John From Cincinnati

Picture of JohnDavid Milch’s brilliant, confounding HBO series John From Cincinnati defies easy classification – the closest most come is “surf noir” – but ultimately, it’s about the same thing as his previous series (the all-time classic Deadwood):  how strange and damaged people come together to form unlikely communities.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on March 3, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by John, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Skeleton Twins

Picture of BarbIn the dark comedy The Skeleton Twins, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play estranged twins that reunite after ten years. Wow, can they act! Wiig’s and Hader’s fabulous performances are absorbing, as we follow their heartbreaking journey to repair their lives and learn the key lies in their own relationship.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on February 24, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Barb B., Staff Picks