South Branch Staff Picks Category: Film

The Impossible (DVD)

The Impossible-coverThe movie, The Impossible, was recommended to me by a friend in Spain as the happiest sad movie she had seen in a very long time, and I have to say she was right.

The Impossible is a fictionalized account of the true story of a Spanish family vacationing in Thailand in 2004 when their resort is washed away by the massive Tsunami that devastated that entire region of Asia. The family, happily playing in the pool and oblivious to the pending disaster, is suddenly separated as the ginormous waves wash over the resort, tearing trees out from their roots, washing away entire buildings and creating a landscape of chaos. The cinematography of this movie is outstanding, and it must have been amazing to see it on the big screen. However, even on my 47″ TV, it was still breathtaking, and the story of what happens when the family is separated and the effects of the devastation inflicted on the region by this once-in-a-lifetime disaster will keep you on the edge of your seat. Even knowing the ending (no spoiler here – you’ll have to watch it to see for yourselves) didn’t ruin my enjoyment of this movie and if you want a movie that combines action, adventure and drama all rolled into one, don’t miss The Impossible.
Review by Rachel L.
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Una amiga española me recomendó la película, Lo Imposible, como la película alegre más triste que había visto desde hacía mucho tiempo, y tengo que reconocer que tenía razón.
Lo Imposible cuenta de manera ficticia la verdadera historia de una familia española que está de vacaciones en Tailandia en el 2004 cuando su hotel es arrastrado por el sunami masivo que devastó esa región entera de Asia. La familia, que está jugando todos contentos en la piscina y no tiene la menor idea del desastre que está por venir, de repente está separada cuando las olas gigantescas sacan los árboles por sus raices, arrastran edificios enteros, y crean un terreno de caos. La cinematografía de esta película es impresionante y debería haber sido increíble verla en la pantalla grande. Sin embargo, incluso en mi tele de 47″, fue impresionante, y la historia de lo que pasa cuando la familia está separada y los efectos de la devastación infligido por este desastre único les tendrán al filo de sus asientos. Incluso sabiendo cómo acababa la historia (y no lo voy a revelarlo aquí – tendrán que verla ustedes mismos), todavía disfrutaba ver esta película, y si quieren una película que combina la acción, la aventura y el drama, no se pierdan Lo Impossible.

Spare Parts (DVD)

Cover of DVD: Spare PartsCalling all teachers, outreach personal, social workers, counselors, and just about anyone who wants to feel inspired. This must-watch movie focuses on four Hispanic boys (based on a true story) with different challenges in their lives that find that innate desire to succeed. All they needed was the push from one teacher that saw their abilities and holds them to nothing more than the highest standards. George Lopez acting as Dr. Fredi Cameron is a substitute teacher that through the mist of his own personal problems finds a way to connect with these four high school students and pushes them to compete amongst the elite colleges in the United States in a robotics competition. The journey to this competition is a success on its own, whether or not they win or come in last I will leave for you to find out.

Review by Maria R.

 

 

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The Fantasia Anthology

The Fantasia anthology

The Fantasia Anthology

Revisit Disney’s 1940 animated film Fantasia featuring music performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Enjoy Mickey Mouse in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and other classic animated shorts set to pieces of classical music including those of Bach and Stravinsky. Included in this 2 disc set is Fantasia 2000, which includes music of Gershwin and Beethoven.

You may also like: The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins

The Devil Wears Prada

 

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

A delightfully hilarious film about how can someone hate their boss so much. Andrea Sachs landed a job “a million girls would die for” and this job might be the death of her! Miranda Priestly, is a high-profile, fabulously successful editor of Runway magazine and is Andrea’s boss. Watch how Andrea is sorely tested each and every day by Miranda. Some of Andrea’s tasks are unfeasible but she still finds a way to get them done in order to get a stellar recommendation from Miranda. That can open many opportunities for a better top job in any magazine of her choosing. Starring Academy Award winner Meryl Streep and Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway.  

 

By: T. Tovar

Paper Heart

Paper Heart

Paper Heart

Paper Heart is about Charlyne Yi who is an artist and comedian makes a comical documentary about what is fairytale love. Yi travels throughout the U.S. looking for anyone who will talk to her about their life lessons about love. During her journey, she meets some amazing people, including older folks, children, and even celebrities. Yi’s skepticism about love is shaken when she meets actor Michael Cera. Shy but curious about one another, Cera and Yi have an unscripted hook up or so we think.  It’s hard to know exactly where the line is between documentary and fiction in this film, but in a way it doesn’t matter just enjoy Yi’s creative cardboard-cutout puppetry.If you like Paper Heart you may also like Sunshine Cleaning, Juno and Larry Crowne.

 

By T. Tovar

Daria

Daria

Daria

Daria, which aired on MTV between 1997 and 2002, Daria does not care about been popular in high school, establishing long time friendships, or join the glee club in high school…whatever.  Daria Morgendorffer is cool in her own way she funnily explains over and over why she is called “the misery chick”. Her yuppie parents or her younger sister do not get her and the inhabitants of her hometown easily fall prey to her hilarious sarcasm. Watch and laugh out loud how Daria tries to survive high school with as little human contact as possible. This dvd includes all five seasons and plus both TV movies such like “Is it Fall yet?” and “Is it College Yet?”.

By ttovar

Alamar (DVD)

 

Alamar

Alamar

Alamar, directed by Pedro González-Rubio, is the story of five-year-old Natán, during the weeks that he lives with his father, Jorge, before leaving to be with his mother in Rome.  Jorge takes his son to Banco Chinchorro of Mexico, the second largest coral reef on the planet, where he teaches him the rhythm of the life of a fisherman, and the beauty of the sea.  The movie often has the feel of a documentary, and we experience this life alongside Natán—reveling in magnificent vistas above and below the water, and learning about the harmony that these fishermen create with the world around them.  In Spanish with optional English subtitles, the gentle pacing and emotional depth of this movie is truly refreshing.

 Alamar, dirigida por Pedro González-Rubio, sigue la vida de Natán, un niño de cinco años, durante las semanas que vive con su padre antes de salir para vivir con su madre en Roma.   El padre lleva a su hijo al Banco Chinchorro de México (el segundo arrecife de coral más grande del mundo), donde le enseña el ritmo de la vida de un pescador y la belleza del mar.  En momentos la película se muestra como un filme con características de documental, mientras experimentamos la vida por los ojos de Natán.  Disfrute de las maravillosas escenas arriba y abajo del mar y aprenda sobre la harmonía en que viven los pescadores con el mundo natural. Está doblado al español con opción de subtítulos en inglés.

 By asmith

Doctor Who. The complete first series

Doctor Who. The complete first series

Doctor Who. The complete first series

The new series of Doctor Who returns and is based on the science fiction program Doctor Who that originally ran from 1963 to 1989. Dr. Who is an alien that is wise, funny, a loner, brave and is detached to logic. That is why he needs a human companion to complement each other. The Doctor always travels with his companion through time, space and encountering new adversaries. The series hold 13 episodes that strike excitement, and imagination, with engaging performances from Christopher Eccleston who portrays the Doctor and Billie Piper as his human companion. By the end of this series you will know what is a “Dalek”, the meaning behind the words of “Bad Wolf” and how a blue British police box is bigger from the inside.  

If you like the Doctor Who series you may also like Torchwood, Being Human and Once Upon a Time.
 

By atovar

Milk

Milk

Milk

The film is based on Harvey Milk the first openly gay man elected to major public office. Harvey Milk changed history and his courage changed lives. This film follows Milk’s powerful journey to inspire hope and fight for equal rights during a least tolerant times in our nation’s history. Academy Award winner Sean Penn portrays Harvey Milk and delivers a stellar performance. With a stunning all-star cast including Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna and James Franco.

 

By atovar