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