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The Hunger Games, Songs from District 12 and Beyond

The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond

The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond

If you can’t get enough of the Hunger Games, even after all the books and the movie, check out this CD!  This album stands out among soundtracks as it varies from the typical collection of epic scores that fill a movie.  Instead, this becomes another look into the world itself, bringing together the voices and talents of several modern artists and groups such as Arcade Fire, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, The Decemberists (and more!) showing off songs that were not in the movie.  All of the songs on this album were created especially for this project, and each one brilliantly captures a moment from the first book/movie, often told from a new perspective.  Lovers of genre-blending will appreciate the mix, as most songs blend folk and pop/rock, but with a little grit and grunge on the fringe, echoing your favorite characters’ struggles, triumphs and heartache.

 

By asmith

By MPPL on October 26, 2012 Categories: Adult, Music, Young Adult

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

By MPPL on September 30, 2012 Categories: Adult, Film, Nonfiction

Sudden Fiction Latino

Suddent Fiction Latino, an anthology is a veritable smorgasbord of short fiction and even shorter micros.   The authors are a wide mix of U.S. Latinos and Latin Americans, from the iconic: Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, Jorge Luis Borges, to the acclaimed: Junot Díaz, Sandra Cisneros, Roberto Bolaño, and the talents of the future: Andrea Saenz, Daniel Alarcón, Alicita Rodriguez.  All of the pieces are in English, whether originally written so, or translated from Spanish.  The collection flows intuitively, as opposed to being linked by any central themes, jumping from pieces that are hilarious to heart-breaking, fantastical to earthy.  It is an enjoyable read not only for Latin Americans and Latinos, but for anyone who appreciates an honest look at our shared humanity, and a transcendent glimpse at literature emerging in the 21st century.

 

By asmith

By MPPL on September 3, 2012 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction

Tunel

Tunel jest nie tylko okresleniem podkopu miedzy Berlinem Zachodnim a stolica NRD, ale tez metafora opisujaca przejscie z systemu komunistycznego do demokracji. Ksiazka jest “tunelem” do rodzinnych i politycznych tajemnic. Magda, jedna z bohaterek wyjezdza na stypendium do NRD i zakochuje sie we Franzu. Akcja ksiazki dzieieje sie w czasach wspolczesnych lecz czesto wraca do lat osiemdziesiatych. Zachecam do lektury.

By mariag on August 23, 2012 Categories: Adult, Fiction

Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Perez

 

 

If drama and action are films you enjoy, then these ‘picks’ are for you.  The year is 1944 and the U.S. is at war.  Follow Private James Ryan and his fellow troops in Saving Private Ryan  as they try to survive the invasion of Normandy. 

With a similar title, Saving Private Perez is a Mexican comedy parody of Saving Private Ryan but with contemporary issues like drug trafficking in Mexico as well as the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Join Julian Perez as he treks his way to Iraq to save both his life and his brothers with some unlikely heros. 

 

 

By hmarroquin on August 6, 2012 Categories: Adult, Fiction, Film

Adele: Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Adele: Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Adele: Live at the Royal Albert Hall

If you love great love songs and want to watch a stunning performance, watch Adele performed live in Adele: Live at the Royal Albert Hall.  Watch her sing those memorable songs like “Rolling in the Deep” or “Hometown Glory”. This DVD let’s you vividly explore Adele in concert and it gives you the opportunity to experience her classical singing voice.

By MPPL on July 23, 2012 Categories: Adult, Film, Nonfiction

Arráncame la vida por Ángeles Mastretta

 

Arráncame La Vida

Arráncame la vida es la historia de Catalina Guzmán de Ascencio, una mujer de Puebla viviendo en México durante los años 1930 y 1940.  Catalina relata sobre su matrimonio a los dieciséis años a un hombre  político veinte años mayor que ella. A través de los años, revela la vida compleja de ser esposa de un hombre ambicioso y la miramos transformarse desde una joven ingenua hasta una mujer madura y sabia. 

 El estilo narrativo de Mastretta toma un ritmo sutil. No es un libro de acción, sino de observación e intriga lenta. En un mundo y época dominado por los anhelos de los hombres, vemos como Catalina y sus amigas van realizando sus deseos.  Sobre todo los de Catalina, que a través de la tragedia se convierte, sin desearlo en una política aun mas sabia que su marido.  

 La película (del mismo nombre) sigue a los eventos principales del libro con gran fidelidad.   ¡Además, conviene verla por el escenario y vestuario magnifico!

By MPPL on July 11, 2012 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction, Film

The New Rules of Lifting for Abs

Get your body ready for the beach with The New Rules of Lifting For Abs.  Author Lou Schuler will show you step by step ab training (with photos) including stabilization exercises to strengthen your core and give you pain-free results.

By jperez on July 1, 2012 Categories: Adult, Books, Nonfiction

Afrodita : cuentos, recetas y otros afrodisíacos

 

Como su  título nos dice: cuentos, recetas y otros afrodisíacos son lo que encontraras en este libro de Isabel  Allende. Isabel Allende con ayuda de Carmen Balcells, su madre y Robert Shekter;  aportando “afrodisiacas” recetas y sensuales ilustraciones respectivamente. Nos traen este libro que hombres como mujeres disfrutaran.

By hmarroquin on December 14, 2011 Categories: Adult, Books, Food and Drink, Nonfiction

Silver Sparrow

Silver Sparrow

Silver-sparrow Dana is just six years old when her father tells her that she is a secret. Specifically, she and her mother are a secret from her father’s other wife and daughter who live a few miles away. Even as she has to keep a distance from her sister she grows up in her shadow, always having to enroll at a different school and try to avoid her at social events. As the years go on, curiosity gets the better of her and she meets and befriends her sister, in spite of the potentially devastating effects on both families.

By jchristen on July 20, 2011 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction