Mar 31

Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions for You

ormanWith the Income Tax deadline looming, you might want to take some time to look at your financial situation. We have a great book selection at both branches. We also just received the new money DVD Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions for You. From WVPT,

We all have financial issues and problems. Suze Orman’s latest special sharply focuses on her helping individual viewers “find financial solutions for you.” As always, Suze’s advice is based not just on numbers, but on a critical understanding of ourselves and our emotional needs.

The special’s central theme is that our financial decision-making should be guided by an understanding of “the goal of money.” As Suze perceptively defines it: “The goal of money is to make you feel secure.” Our financial solutions should work to fulfill that goal. In addition, Suze stresses the importance of making financial decisions that you feel comfortable with. Financial problems are caused when you do things with money that do not seem “right” to you, despite pressures and advice from others.

In the show, taped in Washington, DC at American University’s beautiful Greenberg Theatre, Suze gives her up-to-date advice on a broad set of financial issues – and responds with savvy, humor and empathy to specific questions from the enthusiastic audience. She insightfully covers a wide range of topics that will resonate with television viewers including: how to invest; whether to buy a home or rent; saving for retirement; what kind of life insurance to buy; reverse mortgages; wills and trusts; student loans; and more.

Find Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions for You in our library catalog.

Mar 24

Rosewater

rosewaterJohn Stewart’s (The Daily Show) feature film directorial debut is finally out on DVD. From Open Road Films,

Rosewater is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” written by Maziar Bahari. The film marks the directorial debut of “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal. Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the prime challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Mousavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed, Bahari endured personal risk by sending footage of the street riots to the BBC. Bahari was arrested by police, led by a man identifying himself only as “Rosewater,” who tortured and interrogated him over the next 118 days. With Bahari’s wife leading an international campaign to have her husband freed, and Western media outlets keeping the story alive, Iranian authorities released Bahari on $300,000 bail and the promise he would act as a spy for the government.

Find Rosewater in our library catalog.
Read the book Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival by Maziar Bahari in our library catalog.

 

Mar 12

Throwback Thursday: My So-Called Life

my so-called lifeBefore Claire Danes starred in the outstanding Homeland. Before Jared Leto won the Oscar last year for Dallas Buyers Club, there was My So-Called Life. The series debuted in 1994. It lasted only one season. 20 years later it’s considered a modern classic paving the way for more realistic portrayals of teenagers in television. From Wikipedia,

It was the first teen drama that didn’t feel like an after-school special. No one ever learned a very important lesson or uttered the phrase ‘I love you, Dad.’ Angela acted like a real 15-year-old, with all the crying jags and Buffalo Tom concerts that implies. What’s even more impressive is that anyone who watched the show back in the ’90s, when angst and Manic Panic felt totally of the moment, can now enjoy it on a very different level. Suddenly, Angela’s parents are relatable.

Find My So-Called Life at both library locations in our catalog.

Mar 10

Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds

sesame

Our branch library Fairfield Woods boasts an amazing seed library collection. Part of the branding of our branch comes from a focus on the environment and sustainability. Woods’ DVD collection reflects that in films like the new release Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds. From the distributor,

One of the world’s most precious resources is at risk. This film will help others learn what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food: SEEDS. While the price of gold and oil skyrockets the fate of our most priceless commodity is ignored. Seeds provide the basis for everything from fabric, to food to fuels. They are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink… but given far less attention. Over the past one hundred years, seeds have steadily shifted from being common heritage to sovereign property. This film tells the story of seeds by following the challenges and triumphs of some of their most tireless stewards and advocates.

Find Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds in our library catalog.
Patrons can pick up films like this at Fairfield Woods or have them sent over to our main library for you to pick up in the center of town.

Mar 06

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1

mockingjay dvdThe Hunger Games continues its franchise with the first part of the final book in the trilogy, Mockingjay. From Lionsgate,

The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

Find The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 in our library catalog.
Read The Hunger Games books located in our library system.

Mar 04

Foxcatcher

foxcatcherFoxcatcher may not have won any Oscars, but it garnered five nominations as well as snagging an Independent Spirit Award, a Gotham Award, and a whole lot of critic and audience praise this year. From Sony,

FOXCATCHER is a psychological drama directed by Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller (MONEYBALL) and starring Golden Globe winner Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna Miller. The film was written by E. Max Frye and Academy Award nominee Dan Futterman. FOXCATCHER tells the story of Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum), who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Ruffalo) and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (Carell) to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Desperate to gain the respect of his disapproving mother, du Pont begins “coaching” a world-class athletic team and, in the process, lures Mark into dangerous habits, breaks his confidence and drives him into a self-destructive spiral. Based on actual events, FOXCATCHER is a gripping and profoundly American story of fragile men who pinned their hopes for love and redemption on a desperate obsession for greatness that was to end in tragedy.

Check out Foxcatcher at both branches on DVD.

Feb 25

Whiplash

whiplashFind 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.

 

Feb 20

Life Itself

life itselfRoger Ebert’s documentary just got released. From Magnolia Pictures,

Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America. (C) Magnolia

Find Life Itself in our library catalog.

Feb 20

Oscar Nominated Film DVD Release Dates

OSCARThe Oscars are upon us this weekend.  You may be wondering when we will be getting your favorite films on DVD at the library.  Here is a run down of the nominated films and their video release dates on DVD and Blu-ray:

Already in our collection:
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gone Girl
Ida

2/24: Whiplash

3/3: Foxcatcher

3/6: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

3/10: Nightcrawler

3/17: The Theory of Everything

3/24: Into the Woods

3/31: The Imitation Game
Interstellar

4/28: Wild Last Days in Vietnam

Coming Soon (no release date yet): American Sniper Mr. Turner Selma Still Alice Two Days, Two Nights Unbroken