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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

By jperez on November 18, 2013 Categories: Fiction, Film, Music, Youth

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

By MPPL on June 3, 2013 Categories: Adult, Fiction, Film

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

By MPPL on April 15, 2013 Categories: Adult, Film

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

By MPPL on February 1, 2013 Categories: Adult, Film

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

By MPPL on December 31, 2012 Categories: Adult, Film

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

By MPPL on December 14, 2012 Categories: Adult, Fiction, Film

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

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