Nov 03

Maudie

Nova Scotia fans alert. From Sony Pictures,

Maudie, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

Find Maudie in our library catalog.

Jun 07

The Salesman

From Cohen Media Group,

Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the center of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant. Directed by Asghar Farhadi, who also helmed the Oscar-winning feature A Separation.

The Salesman takes an ambitiously complex look at thought-provoking themes, and the well-acted results prove another consistently absorbing entry in writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s distinguished filmography.

Find Iranian film The Salesman in our library catalog.
In Persian and English with subtitles.

Apr 26

Toni Erdmann

The Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film this year went to Germany’s Toni Erdmann. From Sony Pictures Classics,

Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn’t help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What’s worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter flashy “Toni Erdmann”: Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn’t hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.

Find Toni Erdmann in our library’s catalog.
In German with English subtitles.

Feb 06

Kevin Hart: What Now?

What comedian’s stand-up film makes 23 million at the box office? Kevin Hart, that’s who. From Universal,

Hart takes center stage in this groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance of “What Now?” filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field – marking the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.

Find Kevin Hart: What Now? in our library catalog.

Jul 14

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

thetrialsofmuhammadaliFrom PBS,

The Trials of Muhammad Ali explores the extraordinary and complex life of the legendary athlete outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, from his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality to his global humanitarian work, Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure.

Jun 21

Embrace of the Serpent (El Abrazo de la Serpiente)

The international (Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina), film, Embrace of the Serpent  releases on DVD this week. The movie features many languages including Spanish, Portuguese, German, Catalan, and Latin.

embraceFrom Rotten Tomatoes,

Embrace of the Serpent features the encounter, apparent betrayal and finally life-affirming friendship between an Amazonian shaman (the last survivor of his people) and two foreign scientists.

Find Embrace of the Serpent in the catalog.

Jun 17

Hello, My Name is Doris

dorisThe new Sally Field film, Hello, My Name is Doris arrives on DVD and the critics love it. From Rotten Tomatoes,

When Doris Miller meets John Fremont, her company’s hip new art director, sparks fly-at least for Doris. In the cluttered house she shared with her late mother, Doris mines the Internet for information on her one-and-only, guided by the 13-year-old granddaughter of her best pal Roz. When Doris begins showing up at John’s regular haunts, she wins over his Williamsburg friends. Her new life brings Doris a thrilling perspective, but also creates a rift between her and her longtime friends and family, who believe she’s making a fool of herself over a guy half her age. Eager for all the experiences she has missed out on, Doris throws caution to the wind and follows her heart for the very first time.

Find Hello, My Name is Doris in our catalog.

May 05

Throwback Thursday: Y Tu Mamá También

y tu mama tambienFor Cinco de Mayo, may we suggest a contemporary Mexican film, Y Tu Mamá También (2001) directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men) and starring Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle, The Motorcycle Diaries), Maribel Verdú (Pan’s Labyrinth), and Diego Luna (Milk). From Rotten Tomatoes,

Alfonso Cuarón directed and co-wrote this sexy art-house hit from Mexico. The funny and moving coming-of-age story centers on two immature teens who get an education in love when they take a sexy road trip with a liberated, unhappily married woman

Check out Y Tu Mamá También from the library’s catalog.

 

Apr 21

Victoria

victoriaMany filmmakers have attempted to create a film using only one cut. Hitchcock managed only ten edits in Rope. Alexander Sokurov mastered one 96 minute take in his 2002 Russian Ark. Alejandro Iñárritu created the illusion of one take in Birdman. And now we are treated with Sebastian Schipper’s German film, Victoria who ups the ante in his 2 hour and 20 minute epic film all shot in one take. From the film’s website,

A movie shot in a single take about Victoria, a runaway party girl, who’s asked by three friendly men to join them as they hit the town. Their wild night of partying turns into a bank robbery.

Love the film’s tag line: “One city, one night, one take.”
Check out Victoria from our library’s catalog.