Find out what everyone’s talking about – J.K. Simmons’ Best Supporting Actor Oscar winning performance as Terence Fletcher in Whiplash. From Sony Pictures,
Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability-and his sanity. (C) Sony Classics
Find Whiplash in our library catalog.
A new film Begin Again from the director who brought us the music-infused movie that turned into the smash Broadway show Once. From Rotten Tomatoes,
The latest film from writer-director John Carnery (ONCE), BEGIN AGAIN is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.
Check out the movie Begin Again in our catalog.
Check out Carnery’s earlier work Once in our library catalog.
Any day a new Helen Mirren film gets released is cause for celebration. Last week the library received the new film, Phil Spector. From Rotten Tomatoes,
A drama centered on the relationship between Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden while the music business legend was on trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson.
HBO’s Phil Spector can be found in our library catalog.
Tragic 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.
Find library resources on suicide.
We’ve added a number of classic films to our growing Blu-ray collection such as,
Panic in the Streets (Elia Kazan)
Ben-Hur (William Wyler)
Gigi (Vincent Minnelli)
North By Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock)
Mrs. Miniver (William Wyler)
Maltese Falcon (John Huston)
Grand Hotel (Edmund Goulding)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962 – Lewis Milestone/Carol Reed)
Casablanca (Michael Curtiz)
Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan)
An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Irwin Allen)
If you’ve been keeping up with the human rights news from Russia, you’ve probably already heard of the band, Pussy Riot. Two of the young women from the band were arrested and imprisoned for 21 months. After their release in late 2013, they spent time in the States touring prisons and meeting with human rights activists. This past weekend the women were detained again by Russian police.
We’ve got the new DVD, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer for you to check out as well as the new book, Words Will Break Cement : the Passion of Pussy Riot written by Masha Gessen.
Follow news on the band through U.K. newspaper The Guardian.
Read the band’s bio on Wikipedia.
See both the DVD and new book in our catalog.
Did the Grammys make you hungry to watch more music performance? Browse our DVD collection on the first floor for musical concerts and documentaries on great songwriters, performers and entertainers throughout history including Mozart, Gilbert & Sullivan, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, and The Dixie Chicks.
Find the music section under Dewey Decimal System number 780.
Looking for some fun escapist entertainment that doesn’t sacrifice story? Love the Motown Sound from the 1960s? If so, check out The Sapphires, a new film based on a true story about an Australian Aborigine girl group for the 60s who tours Vietnam. A feel good movie with heart, all wrapped up with the best 60s soul soundtrack since The Commitments, check out The Sapphires.