May 14

Searching for Sugar Man

Malik-Bendjelloul-199x300Tragic news today. Oscar winning Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul died yesterday at the age of 36. The cause of death was suicide. Bendjelloul won Best Documentary for his film, Searching for Sugar Man in 2013. From Sony Pictures,

Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.

Bendjelloul’s film won in a year packed with outstanding films including How to Survive a Plague, The Invisible War, 5 Broken Cameras and The Gatekeepers.

Check out the award-winning Searching for Sugar Man in our catalog.
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May 02

Director spotlight: Alfred Hitchcock

hitchcock iconPerhaps no other director in the history of cinema captured the hearts and scared the wits out of movie goers more than Alfred Hitchcock. Beginning with his first British film in 1925 and continuing through an illustrious career including Shadow of a Doubt, Suspicion, Spellbound, Notorious, Rope, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Trouble with Harry, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, and Marnie, film goers marveled at his expertise for nearly a century. In total Hitchcock directed 58 films spanning most of the 20th Century through his death in 1980. To this day, no one can match the suspense of Hitch nor can they elicit the fright of an audience simply by implying rather than showing the terror or gore. Alfred Hitchcock was one of a kind and his films really are timeless classics.

Check out our list of Hitchcock films and books in the library catalog.

Feb 11

Woody Allen

woody allenFor better or worse, Woody Allen’s been in the news these past few weeks.  His personal life has been all over social media and this past weekend he came out of seclusion to refute 20 year-old claims of abuse.  He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Golden Globes.  His new film, Blue Jasmine has just released on DVD and most agree it’s his best work in years.  Cate Blanchett is nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Jasmine.

Find Blue Jasmine in the library catalog.
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Feb 03

Philip Seymour Hoffman, 1967-2014

philip seymour hoffman

The acting world lost a giant this past weekend.  Philip Seymour Hoffman died on February 2, 2014 at the age of 46. Hoffman amassed a daunting list of incredible character performances in film and on stage in his 20 year career. The following are a few of our personal favorites,

Boogie Nights 
Happiness
Flawless
Magnolia
Capote
The Savages 
Doubt
A Late Quartet

Check the library catalog for over 30 films on DVD from Hoffman’s illustrious career.