Archive for August, 2014

Something new for your Labor Day viewing.  Place a hold here.
Belle – The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.  This movie has been well reviewed and received a 83% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes.  Please note:  I was only able to get this movie as a Blu-Ray.  It did not come out on DVD.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return – Animated – Dorothy wakes up in post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow, the Lion, the Tin Man and Glinda from a devious new villain, the Jester. Rated PG.

Lucky in Love – Mira finds herself promoted to the perfect job, dating the perfect man and living in the perfect home. When these seemingly positive changes result in big challenges, Mira realizes that the pursuit of perfection is a fool’s errand. Mira must let go and chase what brings her true happiness.  A Hallmark movie.

My Gal Sunday – A newlywed couple proves their crime-solving prowess when their political ties and successful private-eye business suddenly puts them in grave danger. When their parents are taken hostage by a vengeful kidnapper looking for justice for the wrongful murder conviction of his brother, the duo must work together to uncover the clues that will save their parents’ lives — and put their own on the line.   A Hallmark movie.

Susie’s Hope – A survivor of a pit bull attack, Donna Lawrence, adopts a pit bull-mix puppy, Susie, that has been beaten, set on fire, and left for dead. Together, they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection for all animals. This movie won Best Family Film at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival. This is based on a true story and the filmmakers worked closely with the North American Pit Bull Terrier Association. Dove approved.

Blended – I am not able to get this movie from my regular vendor.  I’ll be purchasing it later today. Watch for it Wednesday.

TV Series

Sons of  Anarchy, season 6

Community, season 5

Elementary, season 2

Haven, season 4

The Musketeers, season 1

Once Upon a Time, season 3

True Detective – Won 4 Emmys and was nominated for another 5.

The Walking Dead, season 4


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Here’s a treat for you!  We added some new DVDs this morning.

Great Expectations – A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. This is Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Here’s some fun facts.  Jeremy Irvine plays Pip, the central character.  Jeremy’s little brother Toby plays “young Pip.”   Helena Bonham Carter plays Miss Havisham, but Meryl Streep was approached first for the role.

The Lunch Box – A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. In Hindi with English subtitles.

The Quiet Ones – A university professor and a team of students conduct an experiment on a young woman, uncovering terrifyingly dark, unexpected forces in the process. This movie is “inspired by actual events.”  Here’s a report which examine the actual events vs. the movie events.

The Railway Man – A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him. Stars Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. This one also has Jeremy Irvine (of Great Expectations) playing “young Eric.”

TV Series

Last Tango in Halifax – season 2

Non-Fiction DVDs

DisneyNature Bears

When I Walk – A memoir & documentary about  Jason DaSilva who was diagnosed multiple sclerosis in 2006. He loved art and filmmaking, so he picked up the camera, turned it on his declining body, and set out on a worldwide journey in search of healing, self-discovery, and love.  He also keeps a blog.

Calorie Killer Yoga

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  •  The Amazing Spider-man 2 – Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of super villains against him.  The critics gave this film mixed reviews, but ordinary folks (like you and me) liked it.  The comments ran the gamut from “overlong and repetitive” to “AS 2 is MOST FUN of the five Spiderman movies so far.” 
  • Fading Gigolo – Fioravante (John Turturro) has lost his business and decides to enter the world’s oldest profession. He sets out to fulfill a menage-a-trois request with the dermatologist Dr. Parker (Sharon Stone) and her friend Selima (Sofia Vergara).   With Murray (Woody Allen) acting as his “manager”, the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money. This sounds like the plot of a bad porn film and Rotten Tomatoes says it is “admittedly vulgar and ludicrous.” However, the chemistry between Allen and Turturro is reported to be good and the movie received middling reviews. This is rated R.
  • Only Lovers Left Alive – This is a horror romance. Adam  (‘Tom Hiddleston), an underground musician reunites with his lover for centuries (Tilda Swinton) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by her wild and uncontrollable little sister (Mia Wasikowska). Although Adam and Eve are vampires, the word vampire is never used in the film.

New TV Series

  • The Good Wife, season 5
  • The Mindy Project, season 2
  • Parks and Recreation, season 6
  • Revolution, season 2 (final season)
  • Parenthood, season 5


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  • Bad Words – A spelling bee loser sets out to exact revenge by finding a loophole and attempting to win as an adult. Directed by and stars Jason Bateman. This is rated R.
  • Haunted House 2 – Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.
  • Locke – Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his careful cultivated existence.  Ivan is played by Tom Hardy (Bane in The Dark Knight Rises).  Hardy is also the producer of Poaching Wars, a documentary about illegal rhino poaching in Africa. It looks like you can watch at least the first episode of his documentary on You Tube.
  • Mercy Rules –  a Christian baseball adventure film starring Kirk Cameron and his wife, Chelsea.
  • Muppets Most Wanted – While on a grand world tour, the Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.  How many movies can you watch today with a “dastardly sidekick?”  There should be more.
  • The Trip to Bountiful – Carrie Watts begrudgingly lives with her busy, overprotective son, Ludie, and pretentious daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae. No longer able to drive and forbidden to travel alone, she wishes for freedom from the confines of the house and begs her son to take her on a visit to her hometown of Bountiful. When he refuses, Mrs. Watts is undeterred and makes an escape to the local bus station, where she befriends Thelma, a young woman traveling home. When Ludie and Jessie Mae discover she is gone, they call in law enforcement to help, but Mrs. Watts is one step ahead of them and convinces the local sheriff to help her on her journey home to Bountiful.  This has been nominated for 2 Emmys and 3 Critic Choice Television Awards.


  • Blacklist, season 1 – Former government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has eluded capture for decades. But he suddenly surrenders to the FBI with an offer to help catch a terrorist under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone), a young FBI profiler who’s just barely out of Quantico.
  • Bitten, season 1 – When she left Stonehaven – ‘for good this time’ – Elena Michaels thought she had left the world of supernatural behind. Until the night she got a mysterious call from her pack leader asking her to come back. So now she is heading back, away from her normal life as a photographer in Toronto and back into the world of werewolves, full of rules about protect the pack and a man she had spent years trying to forget. As if things were not bad enough, Elena also happens to be the only living female werewolf left.

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Divergent – In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.  This movie is based on the book trilogy by Veronica Roth.  The movie stars Shailene Woodley.  Her other movie The Fault in Our Stars comes out on DVD September 16th.

Doctor Who, Series 4, Part 1 – The fourth series marked David Tennant’s third and final full series as the Doctor.  Part 2 will be here in September.

God’s Not Dead – College philosophy professor Mr. Radisson’s curriculum is challenged by his new student, Josh, who believes God exists.  The film contains mature themes, brief domestic violence, a potentially upsetting accident scene and vaguely implied cohabitation. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may be not suitable for children.

Need for Speed – Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins. This stars Aaron Paul who played Jesse in the Breaking Bad TV series.

Oculus – A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon. This film won 2nd place in the People’s Choice award at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

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