Movies

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Treme (Season 1, 2010)

Watch a motley collection of New Orleans residents try to pick up the pieces of their post-Katrina lives in this HBO drama that begins three months after disaster hit.  It's worth watching for the music alone (check out the soundtrack on CD), but you will also be drawn into the stories of the people and the unique culture of the city.

Sword of Honour (2006)

This two-part WWII drama based on a trilogy by Evelyn Waugh is sort of like a British "Catch-22" in the way it satirizes military culture during wartime.   Englishman Guy Crouchback joins up out of idealism and a sense of honor, both largely shattered by the end of his war, which takes him to France, Scotland, Crete, Egypt, Croatia and Italy. Stay with the story through part two, when it becomes especially engaging and moving.

Trollhunter (2011)

Filmed in a style similar to The Blair Witch Project, this movie claims to be the found footage of several student filmmakers who had set out to make a movie about bear hunters and ended up making a movie about a secret their country has been keeping from the public. Troll hunter Hans is bitter about the lack of recognition he gets for putting himself in such danger and allows the students to follow him.

Holiday Inn (1942)

Two song and dance men: one (Fred Astaire) loves being in the business, the other (Bing Crosby) is ready to chuck it all in.  Bing decides to buy a picturesque farm in Connecticut.  He soon finds out he's not the farming type.  Instead, he'll open an inn and offer singing, dancing and dining, only on the holidays.  Bing finds the perfect partner in Marjorie Reynolds.  Everything is working out beautifully until Fred decides to set his sights on Bing's girl and make her his new dancing partner.  Great holiday film for the whole family with amazing music by Irving B

The IT Crowd (Season 1, 2006)

This hilarious series will make you laugh uncontrollably.  Two computer geeks who work in the basement IT department of a giant British corporation are assigned a new boss who knows nothing about computers.  The computer guys are the slovenly, lazy Roy, and the super nerdy, socially inept Moss.  Their new boss Jen sees her job as a relationship manager who will get the IT department noticed and appreciated by the rest of the building.  It takes an episode or two for the show to get its rhythm but after that  it's impossible to stop laughing.  And the best part is

South Riding (2011)

It's 1934 and the wounds of the Great War are still fresh when 30-something Sarah Burton returns to her small Yorkshire hometown to run the local girls' school, encountering poverty, local politics, hypocrisy--and a handsome local landowner with a tragic past.  Is there romance in store for Sarah?  Yes, but the story doesn't go the way you think it will. Based on the novel by Winifred Holtby.

Island at War (2003)

This suspenseful period drama depicts life on the Nazi-occupied Channel Islands during World War II, focusing on three local families and several German soldiers. It's an absorbing series that shows how different human beings respond to the stress of being occupied by a hostile force--or being a hostile occupier. Check Our Catalog

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

Two boys seek adventure and excitement; escape from their monotonous midwest home town.  Lo and behold, the carnival is coming to town.  Not just any carnival....Dark's Pandemonium Carnival.  Mr.

Win Win (2011)

A slightly schlumpy elder law attorney on the verge of bankruptcy and a sullen teen runaway end up in an unusual blended family in this funny and touching comedy. Paul Giamatti stars as the lawyer who makes a bad professional mistake but has a chance to redeem himself in the end.

The Uninvited (1944)

You may notice by my reviews this month that I'm partial to Haunted House stories.  This is a wonderful Haunted House film.  Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey play a brother and sister who, while on vacation, discover a grand house for sale at a ridiculously low price.  They make an offer and it is immediately accepted, much to the dismay of the owner's granddaughter.  But...all is not well in this house....why does the one room upstairs feel so damp and filthy??  Why does their dog Bobbie run away?  Can they cleanse this house of it's evil past?

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