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Archive for June, 2014

After a slow month so far, we have a bumper crop today.  As always, here’s the link to place a hold.

Vampire Academy – Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human-half vampire, a guardian of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discreetly within our world. Her calling is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi.  This is based on the 6-book young adult series by Richelle Mead.
3 Days to Kill – A dying CIA agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment. Stars Kevin Costner and Hailee Steinfeld.  Steinfeld was also in True Grit, Ender’s Game and Romeo and Juliet.
The Monuments Men – An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.  Based on a true story.  If you would like to learn more, you might want to read the book.    If you would like to read more about the Nazi-seized art, I recommend the fictional book Love and Treasure.
In Secret – Set in the lower echelons of 1860s Paris, Therese Raquin, a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille, by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin. Therese spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and her evenings watching Madame play dominoes with an eclectic group. After she meets her husband’s alluring friend, Laurent, she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences.  Based on the novel Therese Raquin by Emile Zola.
About Last Night – Follow two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world. Kevin Hart has been nominated for a BET award for Best Actor for his role in this film.
Pompeii – A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him. This stars Kit Harington who also portrays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.
Grand Piano – Moments before his comeback performance, a concert pianist who suffers from stage fright discovers a note written on his music sheet.  I have no idea how good this movie is, but it has been nominated by two different organizations for Best Make-up and Hairstyles.  That may be reason enough to check this one out.
Garage Sale Mystery – This is a Hallmark Channel TV movie.  Jennifer Shannon can always find a diamond in the rough, when it comes to garage sales, that is.  When a string of burglaries hits her town, Jennifer’s keen eye for detail and her natural problem solving instincts even help her see the connection between these burglaries and local garage sales.

Call the Midwife, season 3 – The lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late 1950s.

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Here’s a combined list for the last 2 Tuesdays.  As always, here’s a link to place a hold.

Endless Love –  This is a remake of an adaption of a book.  This story has got some legs.  The original novel by Scott Spencer was  published in 1979 and was  hailed as “one of the best books of the year” by the New York Times.   Then came the 1981 film starting Brooke Shields.  The film was a moderate box-office success, but its theme song by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, also called “Endless Love,” became a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and was the biggest-selling single in Ross’ career. Billboard magazine chose it as “The Best Duet of All Time” in 2011, 30 years after its debut. It spent 9 weeks at #1, received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for “Best Original Song”, along with 5 Grammy nominations. The DVD I’m telling you about today is latest version and stars Gabriella Wilde and Alex Pettyfer. What is is about?  Two young kids having a love affair despite the protestations of parents.

In the Blood – When her husband goes missing during their Caribbean vacation, a woman sets off on her own to take down the men she thinks are responsible.

Lone Survivor – Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. This was nominated for 2 Oscars, Best Achievement in Sounding Mixing and Sound Editing. How accurate is the movie?  Here’s a Wikipedia article, and a USA Today article.  The overall opinion is that Lone Survivor is very accurate, praised for its realism and some have even named it one of the most realistic war movies of all time.

Parts per Billion – The story of three couples dealing when a reality-shaking event, a human-made biological disaster, that threatens to tear them apart.

Robocop – In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy – a loving husband, father and good cop – is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.  The first Robocop was filmed in 1987 and has spawned a franchise that includes merchandise, two sequels, a TV series, two animated TV series, a television mini-series, video games, comic book adaptations/crossovers and now this movie.

Son of God – The life story of Jesus is told from birth through his teachings, crucifixion and resurrection. The actor portraying Jesus, Diogo Morgado, also played Jesus in the TV mini-series The Bible.  Richard Roeper of the the Chicago Sun-Times wrote “It is the story of the faith in which I was raised, and it is a story told here with great reverence and extremely faithful renditions of scenes from the New Testament. But, alas, it’s not a good movie.”  Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News wrote “lacks the complex rigor of Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ” and the fury of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”

New TV Series
Covert Affairs, season 4

Pretty Little Liars, season 4

True Blood, season 6

 

 

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