Sep 19

Wonder Woman

The colossal comic book adaptation of the summer, Wonder Woman lassos onto DVD and Blu-ray September 19, 2017. The film grossed a whopping 800 million dollars at the U.S. box office alone making Patty Jenkins the highest grossing female director of all time. Girls rule. From Warner Brothers,

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

Find Wonder Woman on DVD and Blu-ray in our library catalog.

Sep 04

After the Storm (Umi Yori Mo Mada Fukaku)

From Film Movement,

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

Find After the Storm in our library catalog.

Aug 29

My Cousin Rachel

Rachel Weisz stars in My Cousin Rachel. From the website,

Philip is a young Englishman who finds his cousin Ambrose dead after traveling to Florence, Italy. He vows revenge against Ambrose’s missing wife Rachel, blaming her for his untimely demise. When Philip meets Rachel for the first time, his mood suddenly changes as he finds himself falling for her seductive charm and beauty. As his obsession for her grows, Rachel now hatches a scheme to win back her late husband’s estate from the unsuspecting Philip.

Find My Cousin Rachel in the library catalog.

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.

Jun 14

Throwback Thursday: They Live By Night

From Criterion,

Legendary director Nicholas Ray began his career with this lyrical film noir, the first in a series of existential genre films overflowing with sympathy for America’s outcasts and underdogs. When the wide-eyed fugitive Bowie (Farley Granger), having broken out of prison with some bank robbers, meets the innocent Keechie (Cathy O’Donnell), each recognizes something in the other that no one else ever has. The young lovers envision a new, decent life together, but as they flee the cops and contend with Bowie’s fellow outlaws, who aren’t about to let him go straight, they realize there’s nowhere left to run. Ray brought an outsider’s sensibility honed in the theater to this debut, using revolutionary camera techniques and naturalistic performances to craft a profoundly romantic crime drama that paved the way for decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come.

Check out the remastered They Live By Night in our library catalog.

Jun 07

The Salesman

From Cohen Media Group,

Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the center of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant. Directed by Asghar Farhadi, who also helmed the Oscar-winning feature A Separation.

The Salesman takes an ambitiously complex look at thought-provoking themes, and the well-acted results prove another consistently absorbing entry in writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s distinguished filmography.

Find Iranian film The Salesman in our library catalog.
In Persian and English with subtitles.

Apr 21

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The newest Star Wars film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is finally here on Blu-ray and DVD. The Star Wars franchise continues to be extremely popular with library patrons. And lovers of all things Star Wars consider the newest film to be one of the best in the canon.

From Star Wars Wikia,

Approximately six years after the formation of the Galactic Empire, research scientist Galen Erso is forcibly recruited by Imperial Director Orson Krennic to complete the design of the Death Star, a space station capable of destroying entire planets. Galen’s wife, Lyra Erso, is killed when she shoots and injures Krennic to stop him from taking her husband. Their daughter, Jyn Erso, goes into hiding.

Thirteen years later, Bodhi Rook, a defecting Imperial pilot, smuggles a holographic message from Galen for the Rebel Alliance. An adult Jyn is freed from Imperial captivity and brought to rebel leaders by Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor. They convince her to rescue Galen so that they can learn about the Death Star. However, Cassian is covertly ordered to kill Galen, rather than extract him to prevent the weapon from being built.

Find Rogue One in our library catalog.

 

Mar 23

Throwback Thursday: Howards End

Cohen Media Group reissued a brand-new 4K version of Merchant Ivory’s classic, Howards End for theaters this past year. Cohen released a new (non-4K) DVD version of the film which the library carries. From Hal Erickson’s All Movie Guide,

One of the best Ismail Merchant/James Ivory films, this adaptation of E. M. Forster’s classic 1910 novel shows in careful detail the injuriously rigid British class consciousness of the early 20th century. The film’s catalyst is poor relation Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson), who inherits part of the estate of Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave), an upper-class woman whom she had befriended. The film’s principal characters are divided by caste: aristocratic industrial Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins); middle-echelon Margaret and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter); and working-class clerk Leonard Bast (Sam West) and his wife (Nicola Duffett). The personal and social conflicts among these characters ultimately result in tragedy for Bast and disgrace for Wilcox, but the film’s wider theme remains the need, in the words of the novel’s famous epigram, to only connect with other people, despite boundaries of gender, class, or petty grievance. Filmed on a proudly modest budget, Howards End offers sets, spectacles, and costumes as lavish as in any historical epic. Nominated for 9 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, the film took home awards for Thompson as Best Actress, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s adapted screenplay, and Luciana Arrighi’s art direction.

Howards End is being adapted once again for the screen by Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea).
Until then, find the glorious Merchant Ivory Howards End in our library collection.

Feb 23

2017 Oscar Films on DVD

Want to know when your favorite Oscar-nominated films are due in our collection? Check out the alpha-listing below for all the nominees:

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – IC
13th (UNK)
20th Century Women – March 28
Allied – February 28
Arrival – IC
Captain Fantastic – IC
Deepwater Horizon – IC
Doctor Strange – February 28
Elle – March 14
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – March 28
Fences – March 14
Fire at Sea – March 21
Florence Foster Jenkins – IC
Hacksaw Ridge – IC
Hail, Caesar! – IC
Hell or High Water – IC
Hidden Figures – UNK
I Am Not Your Negro – UNK
Jackie – March 7
Jim: The James Foley Story – IC
The Jungle Book – IC
Kubo and the Two Strings – IC
La La Land – UNK
Land of Mine – UNK
Life, Animated – IC
Lion – March 21
The Lobster – IC
Loving – March 7
A Man Called Ove – IC
Manchester by the Sea – IC
Moana – March 7
Moonlight – February 28
My Life as a Zucchini – UNK
Nocturnal Animals – March 21
O.J.: Made in America – IC
Passengers – UNK
The Red Turtle – UNK
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – UNK
The Salesman – UNK
Silence – UNK
Star Trek Beyond – IC
Suicide Squad – IC
Sully – IC
Tanna – March 7
Toni Erdmann – UNK
Trolls – IC
Zootopia – IC

IC = already released/in collection
UNK = unknown release date

 

Jan 12

Staff Favorites 2016

Here’s a list of our favorite films from 2016:

Staff Movie Picks 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane
The 13th
Bad Moms*
Captain America: Civil War
Deadpool*
The Edge of Seventeen
Fantastic Beasts …*
Finding Dory
Florence Foster Jenkins
Free State of Jones
Girl on the Train
Jane Got a Gun*
Hail, Caesar!
Kubo and the Two Strings*
The Lobster
Manchester By the Sea*
Me Before You
Midnight Special
Miss Peregrine’s Home…
Moana
Moonlight*
The Nice Guys*
Pride and Prejudice & Zombies
Remember
The Secret Life of Pets
Sing Street*
Star Wars: Rogue One*
Suicide Squad *
Sully*
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
War Dogs
The Witch

 

*more than one vote