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Staff Pick: Big Eden

Diane D. staff picks photoI was a member of the audience for the premier of Big Eden at the world famous Castro Theatre in June 2000 and happily joined in the thunderous 10 minute standing ovation. Big Eden is a winsome gay romantic comedy which turns stereotypes upside down with humor and a heart-warming romance.

By MPPL on June 17, 2014 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Diane, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Gosford Park

Diane D.Are you hooked on Downton Abbey? Did you know the series was inspired by Robert Altman’s film Gosford Park? Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, won the Oscar for Best Screenplay for Gosford Park. Check out Maggie Smith as Countess of Trentham before she became Downton Abbey’s Countess of Grantham!

By Readers' Advisor on February 25, 2014 Categories: Historical Fiction, Movies and TV, Picks by Diane, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: One Goal II: The Inside Story of the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks by Bob Verdi

One Goal 2 book coverDiane of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends One Goal II: The Inside Story of the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks by Bob Verdi:

From the streak to the Stanley Cup, One Goal II and the 53 minute long DVD 17 Seconds (which comes with the book) portray the inside story of the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks. The hardcover book and DVD provide an all-access pass inside the locker room party in Boston, the airplane ride home with the Cup following Game 6, and interviews with the players. Through full color photos, fans ride along on the players’ buses during the championship parade and follow the Blackhawks as they spend their Cup days with family and friends, sharing the greatest trophy in sports with their communities.

Additionally, the book contains an innovative, mini video screen. It plays the Blackhawks’ two goals in 17 seconds to win the Cup and a five-minute feature with interviews about those two goals and the ensuing celebration.

By Readers' Advisor on February 3, 2014 Categories: Books, Movies and TV, Nonfiction, Picks by Diane, Staff Picks

Staff Pick: Winter’s Bone

Diane staff picks photoMy favorite film of 2010 was Debra Granik’s haunting Winter’s Bone. This unflinching reworking of Daniel Woodrell’s novel, with astonishing performances from Jennifer Lawrence as a 17-year-old struggling to save her family and John Hawkes as her meth-addicted uncle, deserves the many accolades heaped upon it.

By Readers' Advisor on November 26, 2013 Categories: Books, Movies and TV, Picks by Diane, Staff Picks

Diane’s Pick: A Simple Life

Diane's staff picks photoDirector Ann Hui’s exquisitely realistic A Simple Life, starring Andy Lau and Deanie Yip, won the awards for Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor, and Actress at the 2012 Hong Kong Film Awards. Roger Ebert wrote, “It expresses hope in human nature. It is one of the year’s best films.”

By Readers' Advisor on August 27, 2013 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Diane, Staff Picks

Diane’s Pick: The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Diane D.Number 23 on the list of 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die, The Eyes of Tammy Faye offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of televangelist Tamara Faye LaValley Bakker Messner before and after her fall from grace. Check out this sympathetic portrait of the 80s pop icon.

By Readers' Advisor on May 28, 2013 Categories: Movies and TV, Nonfiction, Picks by Diane, Staff Picks

Diane’s Pick: Roger Ebert


Diane D.Chicago Sun-Times
film critic Roger Ebert has been writing about movies since 1967. He’s described by Forbes as “the most powerful pundit in America” and is the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Check out his books, his fascinating memoir Life Itself, and his reviews online.

By Readers' Advisor on March 12, 2013 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Picks by Diane, Staff Picks

Diane’s Pick: Master and Commander

Diane D.Sail the seven seas on the HMS Surprise with Captain Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) and Doctor Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany). Nominated for ten Academy Awards, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, based on Patrick O’Brian’s naval series, will supply enough thrills for even the most adventurous viewers.

By Readers' Advisor on December 25, 2012 Categories: Historical Fiction, Movies and TV, Picks by Diane, Staff Picks

Diane’s Pick: Chicago Blackhawks: 2010 Stanley Cup Champions

Diane D.With talks stalled and a NHL lockout looming, the only hockey we might see for a while is on DVD.  Remember Patrick Kane’s brilliant overtime goal? Relive the glory of the Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup victory with the five disc set Chicago Blackhawks: 2010 Stanley Cup Champions.

By Readers' Advisor on September 4, 2012 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Diane, Staff Picks

Diane’s Pick: C’est la Vie, Mon Chéri

Diane D.1993 Hong Kong Film Awards Best Picture, the tearjerker C’est la Vie, Mon Chéri (Xīn bù liǎo qíng), tells the story of vivacious Min (Anita Yuen), and the life-affirming lessons of love, friendship, and joy she teaches to embittered jazz musician Kit (Lau Ching-Wan).

By Readers' Advisor on July 10, 2012 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by Diane, Staff Picks