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Sep 27, 2011 by deirdres

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. Check Our Catalog

Sep 24, 2011 by deirdres

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. Check Our Catalog

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. Check Our Catalog

Sep 17, 2011 by megana

I recently discovered this British period drama cum mystery series and can't praise it too highly. Start with the first episode ("The German Woman") and meet Detective Chief Inspector Foyle (Michael Kitchen) as a modest yet razor sharp British policeman trying to do his crime-fighting job on the homefront during World War II. The series begins in May 1940 and ends 22 episodes later in August 1945 and incorporates many actual historical events. Michael Kitchen makes the series with his performance as DCI Foyle.  Check Our Catalog

Sometimes Hollywood strikes gold without meaning to.  If "True Grit" and "The African Queen" married and had a baby, this film would be it.  Rooster Cogburn, the one-eyed marshall from "True Grit" is back and protecting the prim minister's daughter, Eula Goodnight (played by Katherine Hepburn).  The Studio, no doubt, thought only about pairing two money-making stars.  What the audience got was a great adventure story with award-winning performances!  Don't miss Strother Martin as McCoy..."Seen Everythin', Done Everythin'...That's how come I know people are SO miserable!" Check Our Catalog

Whether you're with Charlie Brown, trick or treating ("I got a rock") or Linus in the Pumpkin Patch ("Just wait till next year!") or the WWI flying ace making his way across the French countryside...this is the Halloween Special the defines all Halloween Specials!!! Check Our Catalog

Probably Miyazaki's best film!  Spirited Away is the story of young Chihiro and her quest to save her parents from the spirit world.  A classic hero story, Chihiro (or Sen as she is called in the spirit world) braves her way through many adventures to set her parents free and prove herself as an independent soul in this story of adversity and strength. Check Our Catalog

As a fan of classic horror films, this is as close as it gets without being an actual "monster" movie.  The young heiress falls prey to the advances of a dapper piano player.  Their marriage seems to be perfect until small things turn up missing or misplaced.  Is the lady of the house just forgetful or is she losing her mind....or are more sinister minds at work?  Watch this film and find out! Check Our Catalog

A mysterious voyage, an island surrounded by mist, a high wall built by ancients which is maintained to this day by fearful natives...if that isn't enough to get you to check out this classic film, how about dinosaurs and a great big, angry ape!!!  This film was revolutionary in its time.  Who could have imagined a romance involving a beauty and a beast...oh wait.  In any case, you'll root for the beast in this film. Check Our Catalog

Sep 1, 2011 by amandap

A unique look through Russian history as a man wanders through the Winter Palace where each new room brings a new time period. While the history is fascinating, what makes this movie unique is that it's all one long first person shot so the audience becomes the traveler. Sometimes the subtitling is a little confusing but if you can make it past that the movie is well worth watching for the visuals, the history and the knowledge of just how much work must have gone into making it. Check Our Catalog

The story of a young John Lennon.  Raised by his rigidly strict Aunt Mimi, John struggles to find his place in the world.  Watching the girls swoon at the sight of Elvis inspires him to start a rock and roll band but John's strained relationships with his mother and aunt are the real focus of the film and offer insight into the character of the man who formed the Beatles. Check Our Catalog

Not for the squeamish!  What kind of childhood could create a grown-up Hannibal Lecter?  The answer is believable but unsettling, and gives new meaning to "war is hell."  This one might give you nightmares. Based on the novel by Thomas Harris.  Check Our Catalog.

Jul 30, 2011 by megana

Samurai Champloo is one of the most entertaining adventures in the samurai genre. Three unwilling companions set out on a journey across Edo period Japan.  A young woman looking for a possibly nonexistent samurai that smells like sunflowers,  a wild swordsman looking to challenge absolutely anyone who irritates him, and a taciturn ronin with a hidden past forge an unlikely bond. Though set in the 17th century,  Samurai Champloo has a hip-hop sensibility, with many modern references and themes.  The dialogue is extremely witty and the characters endearing.  The artwork is modern and full of clever effects. This is not your typical factory-generated anime. Check Our Catalog

Jul 25, 2011 by megana

Hmmm, a comedy about a serial killer? Yes, it's clever and funny and has a killer indie music soundtrack while spoofing hipsters, filmmakers and the media. Definitely different but very entertaining! Check Our Catalog

Jun 10, 2011 by megana

This three-part series picks up a few years after the old Upstairs, Downstairs television series left off, circa 1936.  The maid, Rose (Jean Marsh) returns and there's lots of nostalgia throughout.  A bit on the sugary side but fans of the 1970s series will enjoy the trip down memory lane--and the full color production. Check Our Catalog

May 11, 2011 by megana

Roman history and political skullduggery come alive in this BBC miniseries. Has something of a stagey feel (in a good way), the dialogue is sharp, and the saga of the "half-wit" Roman emperor engaging. If you enjoyed HBO's "Rome" miniseries, this one picks up about where "Rome" left off. Check Our Catalog

Apr 26, 2011 by megana

If you missed this four-season series on Showtime (first season aired in 2007), try it out on DVD from the library. If you like costume soaps about sex, power and political intrique, this one is addictive! Check Our Catalog


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