Sep 05

The Last Man on the Moon

last man on the moonThe Last Man on the Moon reveals a fascinating story of Eugene Cernan, the last human to walk on the moon. From Richard Roeper,

In Mark Craig’s beautiful and breathtaking and stirring documentary “The Last Man on the Moon,” the 81-year-old Cernan comes across as an articulate, thoughtful, even philosophical man of pure courage, warm humor, strong emotions and more than a touch of vulnerability.

Find The Last Man on the Moon 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.

Jul 01

Happy Independence Day: Patriotic Movies

A re-post from last July 4th. Happy Independence Day! Get your red, white and blue on!

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

May 23

The Mine Wars

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From PBS,

In the first two decades of the 20th century, coal miners and coal companies in West Virginia clashed in a series of brutal conflicts over labor conditions and unionization. Known collectively as the “Mine Wars,” the struggle included strikes, assassinations, marches, and the largest civil insurrection in the United States since the Civil War.

Coal was the engine of American industrial progress at the beginning of the 20th century. It powered locomotives, factories, and home furnaces, and it helped to purify the steel used in erecting skyscrapers all over the U.S. Nearly three quarters of a million menacross the country spent 10 to 12 hours a day in coal mines blasting, hand-picking, shoveling, and loading the indispensable rock onto railway cars bound for destinations across the country. Miners everywhere suffered deplorable working conditions, but between 1890 and 1912, miners in West Virginia suffered the highest death rate in America. Local business management was also not favorable to the miners; coal operators ran both the mines and the local towns, or camps, and often paid workers in company currency, forcing mining families to shop exclusively at the local company store, where operators set the price of everything to assure a profit.

Find The Mine Wars in our library catalog.

May 17

In Defense of Food

defense of foodMichael Pollen’s incredible and accessible documentary, In Defense of Food for PBS on how to eat. No diets, no fasting, no starving. Just eat: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”  From PBS,

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” With that seven-word maxim, US-based journalist Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) distills a career’s worth of reporting into a prescription for reversing the damage being done to people’s health by today’s industrially driven Western diet. In Defense of Food debunks the daily media barrage of conflicting claims about nutrition. Traveling the globe and exploring the supermarket aisles to illustrate the principles of his bestselling “eater’s manifesto,” Pollan offers a clear answer to one of the most confounding and urgent questions of our time: What should I eat to be healthy?

Find In Defense of Food in the library catalog.

Apr 26

The Kennedy films of Robert Drew & Associates

kennedy filmsCriterion recently released The Kennedy films of Robert Drew & Associates. From Criterion,

Seeking to invigorate the American documentary format, which he felt was rote and uninspired, Robert Drew brought the style and vibrancy he had fostered as a Life magazine correspondent to filmmaking in the late fifties. He did this by assembling an amazing team—including such eventual nonfiction luminaries as Richard Leacock, D. A. Pennebaker, and Albert Maysles—that would transform documentary cinema. In 1960, the group was granted direct access to John F. Kennedy, filming him on the campaign trail and eventually in the Oval Office. This resulted in three films of remarkable, behind-closed-doors intimacy—Primary, Adventures on the New Frontier, and Crisis—and, following the president’s assassination, the poetic short Faces of November. Collected here are all four of these titles, early exemplars of the movement known as Direct Cinema and featuring the greatest close-up footage we have of this American icon.

Check out The Kennedy Films from our library catalog.

Feb 29

When do the Oscar films gets released on DVD for the library?

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Now that the awards have been handed out, the big question remains, when do those films get released? Here’s a quick list of all the nominated films and their release dates. ? simply means a date has not been announced yet.

45 Years (?)
The 100-Year Old Man (?)
Amy (available)
Anomalisa (?)
The Big Short (3/15)
Boy and the World (?)
Bridge of Spies (available)
Brooklyn (3/15)
Carol (3/15)
Cartel Land (3/29)
Cinderella (available)
Creed (3/1)
The Danish Girl (3/29)
Embrace of the Serpent (?)
Ex Machina (available)
Fifty Shades of Grey (available)
The Hateful Eight (3/29)
The Hunting Ground (available)
Inside Out (available)
Joy (?)
The Look of Silence (available)
Mad Max: Fury Road (available)
The Martian (available)
Mustang (5/10)
Racing Extinction (3/7)
The Revenant (?)
Room (3/1)
Shaun the Sheep Movie (available)
Sicario (available)
Son of Saul (?)
Spectre (available)
Spotlight (3/22)
Straight Outta Compton (available)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (?)
Theeb (5/17)
A War (?)
What Happened, Miss Simone? (?)
When Marnie Was There (available)
Winter on Fire (?)
Youth (3/1)

Dec 20

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

montage of heckIn Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,

Filmmaker Brett Morgen uses material from the Cobains’ personal archives in an in-depth examination of the Nirvana frontman’s childhood, music career and untimely death.

Kurt Cobain, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Nirvana, remains an icon 20 years after his death. (Rotten Tomatoes 97% rating)

Here, we take a journey through Cobain’s life and his career with Nirvana through the lens of his home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, and journals. (Google)

Find the DVD at either location.