Archive for April, 2014

Serial killer books are usually about serial killers. This sounds self-evident, but a closer look at the genre yields numerous books that manage to glamorize the killer and make the victims (often female) no more than bodies in bags.  Lauren Beukes doesn’t do this. She’s said that she set out to write a book that focused on the promise and strength of the female victims (who are more than just “victims”), and painted the killer as the monster he really was. In doing so, she averts the trope of the sexy psychopath: We are often drawn to and fascinated by charismatic killers in fiction (see: American Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs, etc.), but Beukes refuses to go there. The Shining Girls isn’t quite like any other serial killer thriller out there (and not just because it includes time travel, either). Beukes gets major feminist points for resisting the urge to construct depthless female victims, and building a more complex narrative instead.

Read more:  http://www.bookish.com/articles/tropes-reimagined-harry-potter-the-bell-jar-and-the-goldfinch 



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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.

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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.


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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




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