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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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