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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

Nonfiction: Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies

Past Imperfect book coverAcademy Award Best Picture runners-up Selma, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and American Sniper have something else in common. Though each claims to be based on actual events, all have come under fire for taking too many liberties with the facts. These are hardly the first dramatizations to cause a stir. In Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies, enthusiastic experts consider how specific films have skewed our understanding of historical events. From Gandhi to Malcolm X, Gone with the Wind to JFK, and even Jurassic Park to Dr. Strangelove, films have the power to change what we think we know to be true. Don’t know much about history? Watch a movie! Just bear in mind that events may have unfolded a bit differently than as portrayed.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on February 23, 2015 Categories: Books, Movies and TV, Nonfiction

Movies and TV: The Wind Rises

The Wind RisesWind Rises DVD cover is a flight of fancy worthy to be the swan song of master animator Hayao Miyazaki. All of his hallmarks are on display: sweet yet dramatic storytelling, artful scenes, and an underlying whimsy that bubbles with imagination. It is the history of Jirô, a young man with a genius for designing aircraft, who often takes inspiration from imagined jaunts with an Italian aviation pioneer. A recurring line of poetry, “The wind is rising!  We must try to live!” quivers with thematic resonance not only against the backdrop of war, illness, and natural disaster, but also in the tentative steps toward selfless love. Both ambitious and intimate, this Academy Award nominee is at its brightest when celebrating the small moments that lead to epiphanies.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on February 2, 2015 Categories: Historical Fiction, Movies and TV, Romance

Movies and TV: Films on Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights

An Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Selma is just one of many fascinating movies exploring Martin Luther King, Jr. and the principles he fought for. Below are six movies for those wanting to immerse themselves further in the legacies King drew from, and the legacies he left behind.

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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

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Mississippi Burning
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
In the Heat of the Night


Interested in what else there is to offer? Stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk on the second floor for help with finding something suited to your taste, or peruse some of the lists found below!

Fandago’s “8 Great Movies to Honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Film Racket’s “Top 10 Best Film About Racism Ever Made
Forbes’ “Top 10 Best Films to Watch for MLK Day



By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on January 16, 2015 Categories: Lists, Movies and TV

Staff Pick: The Beatles Anthology

Picture of ColleenThe Beatles Anthology is a must-watch for any Beatles fan.  Filled with interviews and rare live performances, this is a comprehensive collection of the history of The Beatles.  Be prepared to binge watch: once you start, you won’t want to stop!

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on January 6, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV, Music, Picks by Colleen, Staff Picks