Jul 28

Modern Classic Television on Blu-ray

With the continued popularity of television series in our collection, we added a number of classics on Blu-ray. Included in mix are:

Breaking Bad: The Complete Series
Games of Thrones: Seasons 1-6
Sopranos: The Complete Series
The Wire: The Complete Series

Click on the title to view the series in our library catalog.

Idris Elba as Stringer Bell on The Wire.

Already in our Blu-ray collection:

Downtown Abbey: The Complete Series
Prime Suspect: The Complete Series

 

Jun 28

Get Out

With a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Get Out shatters the fright night horror genre into a million delicious pieces. From Variety,

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” meets “The Stepford Wives” in “Get Out,” in which a white girl brings her black boyfriend home to meet her parents, whose superficially warm welcome masks an unthinkably dark secret. Blending race-savvy satire with horror to especially potent effect, this bombshell social critique from first-time director Jordan Peele proves positively fearless — which is not at all the same thing as scareless. In fact, from the steady joy-buzzer thrills to its terrifying notion of a new way that white people have found to perpetuate the peculiar institution of slavery, “Get Out” delivers plenty to frighten and enrage audiences. But it’s the fact that Peele doesn’t pull a single one of his punches that makes his Blumhouse-backed debut a must-see event.

Find Get Out in our library catalog.

May 02

I Am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck’s timely and must-see documentary, I Am Not Your Negro gets its DVD release this week. From Magnolia Pictures,

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends – Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Find I Am Not Your Negro in the library catalog.

 

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.

Sep 12

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson

americancrimestory_s1peoplevsojsimpson_dvd_eThe ten-hour mini-series, The People v. O.J. Simpson starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Courtney B. Vance, John Travolta, Sarah Paulson, Sterling Brown, and David Schwimmer is now available on DVD. From A.V. Club,

It’s a bold choice to start out a series with the video of the Rodney King beating and the race riots, but it’s a choice that’s necessary for American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson (a title that I definitely will not be typing out in full after this). This first scene in the first episode was put in so viewers can draw parallels from the early ‘90s to our current tumultuous racial climate — especially when it comes to the tensions between police officers and black citizens. It’s a way to draw in the audience, to let us know that this series will be, at times, far more about racial tension than it is about the well-known basics of the O.J. Simpson trial. Because we already know what happened: We know about the barking dog, the white Bronco, and the acquittal. What we don’t know — unless you have heavily researched everything — is what happened outside of the media coverage and speculating articles. What we don’t know, and what remains important, is how race played such a huge role in the “trial of the century” and not just in black and white terms.

Find American Crime Story: The People v. O.J.Simpson in our library catalog.
Find the ESPN four-part documentary, O.J.: Made in America also in our library catalog.

Aug 17

2 New Docs: O.J. Made in America & Weiner

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Two new high-profile documentaries are out on DVD. ESPN’s O.J.: Made in America and the Anthony Weiner political scandal documentary, Weiner. Both films touch on race, scandal, and the media’s role in how stories are shaped in our culture.

Find O.J.: Made in America in our library catalog.
Find Weiner 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.

Sep 11

Nightingale

nightingaleDavid Oyelowo (Selma) stars in the HBO film Nightingale. AV Club gave solid marks to the film calling it, “David Oyelowo’s bravura performance anchors HBO’s unsettling drama Nightingale.” From Rotten Tomatoes,

A man’s mental health deteriorates at a rapid pace after an unspeakable tragedy inside his mother’s home on a quiet suburban street.

Find Nightingale in our library catalog.

Jul 02

Happy 4th of July: Patriotic Movies

From several compilation lists online, here are some American films sure to put you in the patriotic spirit, with links to find the titles in our library catalog:

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Air Force One
All the President’s Men
An American Tail
Apollo 13
Argo
Captain America
Dazed and Confused
Forrest Gump
Glory
How the West was Won
Independence Day
John Adams
Legally Blonde 2
Lincoln
Miracle
National Treasure
Patton
Rocky
Saving Private Ryan
Tall Tale
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Patriot
The Right Stuff
The Sandlot
To Kill a Mockingbird
Top Gun
United 93
Zero Dark Thirty

Jun 03

Top Five

top fiveFascinating new Chris Rock film, Top Five about the industry. From Paramount,

Pulsing with the rhythm of his greatest stand-up, Chris Rock’s TOP FIVE takes things to the next level, reveling in the high and the low, and blending a star-studded comedic romp with an irresistible romance. TOP FIVE digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black and famous today-holding it all up to the light in the way only Chris Rock can. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory with the energy of Kanye West and Jay Z, TOP FIVE is an original and radically new kind of American movie. Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, TOP FIVE tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career-and the past-that he’s left behind. Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah. The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.

Find Top Five at both branches in our library collection.