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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?

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

It's October...and my thoughts turn to Halloween.  I'll be reviewing several classic horror movies this month and here is the first.  The "House on Haunted Hill" is one of my classic favorites!  Vincent Price and his wife host a party where each guest, who agrees to stay the night in a haunted house, will earn $100,000.

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Barbara Stanwyck plays Elizabeth Lane, a journalist who writes a column for a woman's magazine all about her perfect life on a farm in Connecticut with her husband and baby. She even throws in a recipe or two.  So impressed is the publisher of her magazine that he asks her to entertain a war hero for Christmas. Too bad she's really a single New Yorker who doesn't know how to cook. To keep her job she enlists the aid of several friends to make her pretend life a reality.

The Apartment (1960)

In this precursor to Mad Men, C. C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) lets the executives at his insurance company borrow his apartment for trysts with their mistresses.  It pays off nicely with promotions until the reality of a discarded mistress left at his apartment causes C.C. to rethink his arrangement.

Stagecoach (1939)

Any fan of Western movies knows that "Stagecoach" is a must watch.  One of the first movies to introduce the adult Western, a complex story with complex characters and beautifully shot by director John Ford.   Each character has his/her own story to tell, intertwined with concepts of class differences and prejudice.  Be sure not to miss the commentary by Scott Eyman.  The special features offer a lot of insight to the Ford/Wayne relationship.

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