Dec 31

No

Gael García Bernal stars as real-life Chilean advertising executive René Saavedra in Pablo Larraín’s smartly executed film No.  Following the 1988 referendum by Augusto Pinochet to determine if the country wanted him to continue as president, no one expected the election to be fair.  So the left decided to go out on a limb and hire a creative, sophisticated ad man to oversee the 15 minutes of airtime each side had every evening for 27 days prior to the election.  Shot in as Slate.com called, “a deliberately scruffy visual aesthetic,” Larrain enlists cinematographer Sergio Armstrong to give the film a washed out 80′s style that adds authenticity and grit to compliment the intense story.  This film has a very modern feel to it.  In Spanish with English subtitles.
Click to see No in the catalog.

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Dec 30

Shadow Dancer

Enjoy PBS dramas from the U.K.?  Shadow Dancer is an Irish production starring Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and Clive Owen (Second Sight):

When single mother Collette McVeigh is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA plot in London, an MI5 officer (Owen) offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison or return to Belfast to spy on her own family. With her son’s life in her hands, Collette chooses to place her trust in the MI5 and return home. When her brothers’ secret operation is ambushed, suspicions of an informant are raised and Collette finds both herself and her family in grave danger.

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Dec 30

Blu-ray at FPL

Planet-EarthWe have a growing collection of Blu-ray disks at both locations.  The usual hugely popular Hollywood films comprise most of the collection.  However you’ll also find films we feel are so visually stunning, they deserve the Blu-ray experience. David Attenbough’s Planet Earth series from the BBC is a great example.

Planet Earth in the library catalog.
More information on Attenborough’s outstanding series.