Jul 19

Eye in the Sky

eye in the skyThe big budget Hollywood drone film, Eye in the Sky starring the luminous Helen Mirren and featuring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and Alan Rickman’s final performance hovers onto DVD and streaming this week. From Metacritic,

Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” toThrough remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of US and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.

Find Eye in the Sky in our library catalog.

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

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 31

Phoenix

phoenixGerman director Christian Petzold’s Phoenix releases on DVD today. From IFC,

A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany in the stunning new film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (Barbara, Jerichow). Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn’t recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Evoking the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin, Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation’s tragedy and a woman’s search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax.

Find Phoenix in the library’s catalog.

 

May 26

Throwback Thursday: Easy Rider

easy riderEasy Rider recently got remastered and released by Criterion. We didn’t own a copy so we added the newly minted classic to our collection. From Roger Ebert’s website,

But it’s hard to identify with the Fonda and Hopper characters. So Hopper and his co-writers Fonda and Terry Southern write in a brilliant character, Old George (played magnificently by Jack Nicholson). And when this alcoholic, tragic ACLU lawyer from a small Southern town enters the picture, suddenly that’s us there on the bike with Fonda. And the movie starts to work.

If you follow the story closely in “Easy Rider,” you find out it isn’t there. The rough-cut of the movie reportedly ran over three hours, and Hopper edited it to a reasonable length by throwing out the story details and keeping the rest. So the heroes are suspended in an invisible story, like falcons on an invisible current of air. You can’t see it, but it holds them up.

All of this divests a motorcycle movie of its weak point (the story) and develops its strong point (the role of the self-proclaimed rebel in a conformist society). It’s not just bike freaks who get in trouble when they challenge the establishment — it’s everybody, even Old George.

And yet, “Easy Rider” suggests, it’s not as simple as that. We almost forget that the Fonda and Hopper characters have also sold out.

Does it hold up? Are you watching it for the first time?
Find Easy Rider in the library’s catalog.

May 10

Deadpool

Deadpool drops today on Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming. I know, I know… another super hero movie. But even if you’re not a fan, Deadpool is the one to watch. Think Guardians of the Galaxy humor delivered in a HBO environment. Lots of trash talk, lots of violence, and lots of fun. No wonder it’s the highest grossing R-rated film of all-time. From Rotten Tomatoes,

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Find Deadpool on both formats in both libraries.

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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.