It was a quiet day at the DVD factory this week. No big releases.  As always, here’s the link to place a hold.


A Farewell to Fools – Once upon a time, during WWII, somewhere in Nazi occupied Romania, a night of comic misadventures ensues when a boy discovers a dead soldier. The German authorities demand that the perpetrator must be identified or the town leaders will be shot the following morning. In their desperation, led by Father Johanis (Harvey Keitel), their salvation seems to lie in convincing the town “fool”, Ipu (Gérard Depardieu), to agree to confess, and save them all with his sacrifice. The comedy and darker sides of human nature race toward the deadline where one cannot help but wonder who, in fact, is the actual “fool”?  This was filmed in Romania, but it is in English.  Watch the movie trailer here.  

The Good Witch’s Garden - Cassandra Cassie Nightingale has settled into Middleton and is busy making a home of Grey House. Her boyfriend, Sheriff Jake Russell, and his kids are happy to have Cassie in the neighborhood, but she has yet to gain the trust of some people in town. Before long, a stranger rolls into town with papers entitling him to legal ownership of Grey House. Before she knows it, Cassie is left without a home and is convinced Middleton isn’t where she belongs. This is a Hallmark Channel movie, originally released in 2009.

Madea’s Neighbors From Hell: The Play – Madea’s neighborhood takes a turn for the worse when a foster mother moves in with her unruly kids. Suspicious activity leads Madea to take justice into her own hands. With Aunt Bam by her side, Madea uses her unique wit and wisdom for unforgettable results.

Shuffleton’s BarbershopTrey Cole, now famous singer, returns to his hometown to find Charlie Shuffelton, a small town barber who acted as a father to Trey when he was a young boy. Though Trey learns that Charlie has died, he is haunted by memories of Charlie which seem to be encouraging him to face his past and make peace with his estranged family.  This is also a Hallmark Channel movie that was originally aired in 2013.  This movie is also titled Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop.

Here’s a little something to help you get past the pain of filing your taxes.  And seeing it snow in April.  As always, here a link to place a hold.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – starring Ben Stiller.  Walter Mitty is actually a fictional character created by James Thurber in his short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, first published in The New Yorker in 1939. (Read that story here.)  Thurber then added the story to his book My World and Welcome to It in 1942.  If you read it, you will find that Mr. Stiller took quite a few liberties with Thurber’s original story. Oh, well. This is actually one of the few movies I saw in the theater and it was enjoyable. Certainly a good enough film to watch on a free DVD from your public library.  Only complaint I had was, “Really? He could get cell phone service there?”  but you’ll understand if you watch the movie.

Philomena -  A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.  Stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and was nominated for 4 Oscars.

Flowers in the Attic – After the sudden death of their father, four children face cruel treatment from their ruthless grandmother.  This movie is based on the V.C. Andrews’ controversial cult-classic novel, “Flowers in the Attic” which was published in 1979.

The Gabby Douglas Story – The story of the international gymnastics phenomenon who overcame overwhelming odds to become the first African American ever to be named Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games.

Ride Along – Security guard Ben must prove himself to his girlfriend’s brother, top cop James. He rides along James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta. Stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. This is an action/comedy.

The Nut Job – An  incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang’s bank robbery.  This is an animated film rated PG.

The Bletchley Circle, season 2 – During WWII, men and women working at Bletchley Park played a vital role, breaking the codes used by the German military. Now in post-war London, four seemingly ordinary women with razor-sharp intelligence skills become unlikely investigators. This is a PBS series.


Today we’ve got:

August: Osage County – We’re coming to the end of DVD releases of Oscar nominated films.  This one was nominated in 2 categories: best performance by an actress and supporting actress. Synopsis: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Barbie: The Pearl Princess – Barbie as a mermaid.  Children’s animated film.

Grudge Match – A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout — 30 years after their last match.  This film also features Rich Little as a boxing announcer.  Mr. Little is 75 years old. Who knew he was still working?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug  – the 2nd in the Peter Jackson’s trilogy.  Starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellan.  It is a hoot to read the message boards and comments about this film.  Seems there is a number of people who were rooting for the dragon.  Considering the title of the film, doesn’t seem like a good bet.

Justin Bieber: Believe – A backstage and on-stage look at Justin Bieber during his rise to super stardom.  You’ll find this in our DVD Biography section.

Paranormal Activitiy: The Marked Ones – Jesse begins experiencing a number of disturbing and unexplainable things after the death of his neighbor. As he investigates, it isn’t long before Jessie finds he’s been marked for possession by a malevolent demonic entity, and it’s only a matter of time before he is completely under its control.  Here’s some trivia for you:  Due to the longer production, filming didn’t wrap until late July 2013 resulting in the original release date of October 25, 2013 being pushed to January 3, 2014. Making it the only Paranormal Activity film to not be released in the month of October.

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We’ve added some high-demand DVDs and a quite a lot of hmm, that looks interesting. Hope you find something you would like to watch.  As always, here’s the link the place a hold. 

If you ever need any assistance placing a hold or just curious about what is on our shelves, just give the library a call.  We’ll be glad to help.  (913) 724-2828

12 Rounds 2 – Reloaded – adventure thriller starring WWE wrestler Randy Orton

47 Ronin -  A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.  This is the seventh cinematic adaptation of the 47 Ronin incident.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Ron Burgundy returns

At Middleton – Two parents fall in love over the course of a single day while playing hooky from their children’s college tour.

Breakout – A pair of criminals try to track down the kids who witnessed them commit a murder in the woods. Brendan Fraser (probably) saves them.

Girl on a Bicycle – Paolo, an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love Greta when a young French beauty pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle. In short order, Paolo finds himself with a German fiancée, a French “wife”, two Australian children who call him “Papa”, and his life upside-down.

God Save Our Farm – Dove approved family viewing – 13-year-old David tries to save his family farm from a land developer.

Gordon Family Tree – Dove approved family viewing – Freemont Gordon is dissatisfied with his architecture job in Los Angeles, so he goes on a road trip. Along the way, he meets amazing and generous people. To shows his thanks, he builds secret tree houses for the families.

Nicky’s Family – Nicholas Winton, an Englishman (today 102 years old) organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II.

Vera – seasons 1, 2 and 3  – Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope solves crimes with her  trusted and long suffering colleague is Sergeant Joe Ashworth.  A British TV series.

Walking with Dinosaurs – When dinosaurs ruled the Earth. A story where an underdog dinosaur triumphs to become a hero for the ages.  Rated PG.

Psych, season 8

Veep, season 2

New nature films:


Great Migrations

Secret Life of Predators

Untamed Americas




American Hustle – Con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. The film is a fictionalized telling of the Abscam (short for Arab scam) scandal of the late 1970s and early 1980s, an FBI operation that began as an investigation of trafficking in stolen property, but was later expanded to include political corruption. This was nominated for 9 Oscars and won a Golden Globe.

Book Thief – While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by Liesel’s adoptive parents. The movie was based on the (fantastic!) book by Mark Zusak.  It was nominated for one Oscar (Original Score).

Broken Circle Breakdown – Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial. This movie was also nominated for an Oscar (Best Foreign Film). Has English subtitles.

Frozen – Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Animated, Disney film.  Frozen won Best Animated Film and Best Original Score for the song “Let It Go.”  This statement is near the end of the credits. “The views and opinions expressed by Kristoff in the film that all men eat their own boogers are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Walt Disney Company or the filmmakers. Neither The Walt Disney Company nor the filmmakers make any representation of the accuracy of any such views and opinions.”

Homefront – A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord.

Inside Llewyn Davis – This is a Coen brothers’ film and shows a week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. The cat in the movie has more screen time than some of the human actors.  (Read more about the cats.) As Joel Coen explained at the Cannel Film Festival last May, “The film doesn’t really have a plot. That concerned us at one point; that’s why we threw the cat in.”

Kill Your Darlings – A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. Stars Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Idris Elba who plays Mandela is also known for his role as DCI John Luther in the BBC series Luther.  You can check out Luther here at the library.

Out of the Furnace – When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn’t follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice. Stars Christian Bale.

Saving Mr. Banks - Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks.  Laura here : I have read and re-read Travers’ Mary Poppins many times. They are nothing like the Disney movie except for having the same characters.  This is a movie I really want to see. I’m #75 on the holds queue. Ugh.

  • 12 Years a Slave – This film took home 3 Oscars including Best Picture. 
  • Oldboy – Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for 20 years without reason.  This film is a reinterpretation of the Park Chan-Wook cult classic ‘Oldboy’ (2003) by Spike Lee.
  • The Grandmaster – This film was nominated for two Oscars, Best Achievement in Costume Design and Best Achievement in Cinematography.  This is a biopic of the martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
  • Girl Rising – The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they’re able to break barriers and create change. Each girl’s story was written by a renowned writer from her native country. Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchette, Selena Gomez and other A-list actors contribute voice performances to the film.
  • Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor – BBC TV series – Christmas with the Doctor.

On Friday, March 7th – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.Place a hold now!

  • Thor: The Dark World – or -”You just can’t stop a man with a big hammer.”  When Jane Foster is possessed by a great power, Thor must protect her from a new threat of old times: the Dark Elves.
  • Nebraska – An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.  This is from the director Alexander Payne, who also did Sideways and The Descendants.  This movie has been nominated for 6 Oscars.
  • Gravity – Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.  The entire cast is made up of 7 people and 5 are never seen on camera, only their voices are heard.  (See below for an interesting article about the challenge of portraying space physics in the movie.)  However, the credits for Visual Effects is HUGE.   This movie has been nominated for 10 Oscars.
  • Adventure Time, season 3 -  An animated TV series about a human boy named Finn and his best friend Jake, a magical, talking dog, and their adventures in the magical Land of Ooo. This is not a kid’s show. It just looks like it.
  • Pulling Strings – After a night of drinking, Rachel, a diplomat working in Mexico City finds her world turned upside down after she’s saved by Alejandro, a Mariachi singer whose visa was rejected the day before – by Rachel.  This movie has a nice soundtrack. So if you like your romance (yes, it is a romance) Mariachi style, this is the one for you.
  • The Secret Policeman’s Ball – USA – What has come to be known as the “Secret Policeman’s Ball” series had its roots in four Amnesty International benefit shows produced between 1976-1981 in England. Coinciding with the commemoration of Amnesty’s fiftieth anniversary, the 2012 edition of the show took place outside of the  United Kingdom for the first time on Sunday March 4, 2012 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The DVD is the film of this show.
  • Blue is the Warmest Color - (France) Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss. This is a lesbian romance. This film has received numerous awards including Best Foreign Film from the Kansas City Film Critics Circle.

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Gravity – “For Cuarón (director and writer)  accuracy was paramount. He wanted the film to feel like a space documentary gone wrong and for everything to be rooted in reality wherever it could be. “There was an awful lot of research to be done in the way things look and the way things work in space, the way things move” says Webber. “We had to retrain the animators to an extent as they are so used to portraying weight. It’s one of the hardest things to portray and our animators have it in their blood. Then suddenly there is no weight. The physics of outer space are completely different, it’s not just the zero gravity, it’s the zero air resistance, so once something starts moving it will keep moving and it won’t ever slow down. Things like that. We had little physics lessons with a whiteboard and discussed the implications of the physics with Alfonso.” http://www.framestore.com/work/gravity


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