Wednesday, August 6, 2008

New at VPL!

Every Thursday evening we put out our new items. This week on the new book truck we have the following DVD’s:

The Band’s Visit

I can’t wait to see this one. It’s about an Egyptian police band that makes a wrong turn on their way to a gig at the Arab Cultural Center in Israel. They end up in a desolate Israeli village where they mingle with the common people. They refer to this as a “cross-cultural comedy” and it sounds just delicious to me!

The Counterfeiters

I saw this one in the theaters and it was very good. In fact it won the Academy Award for best foreign film. This is the story of a “specialist” who is picked up by the Nazis and put in a concentration camp where they order him to counterfeit money to aid in the war effort.

Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay—

It’s Harold & Kumar back (only very recently) from their last adventure. Now they are full of burgers and on the way to Amsterdam, but end up in trouble again! If you loved their first movie you may or may not love this one. I liked the first movie but found this one just too silly and not particularly amusing.

Nim’s Island—

From the book by Wendy Orr, this is the story of a young girl who lives on a remote island and communicates with the author of the book she is reading. This is a kid’s picture but stars Jodie Foster and Gerald Butler so if you’re a fan you might want to catch this one.

Shine a Light—

Martin Scorsese’s behind-the-scenes look at the Rolling Stones. With concert footage and band clips as well as celebrity interviews this film is “Phenomenal” (Stephen Holden, NYT), and “Explosive” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stones). Sounds like a good one!

Under the Same Moon—

This Spanish film is a story of courage as a young mother leaves her son to go to America to find a better life while the son, finds himself in unfortunate circumstances and must make his own way to his mother. This movie will touch your heart.


Director Paul Schrader made some great pictures back in the day (American Gigolo, Affliction) but we haven’t heard much from him lately. Walker is a political thriller/mystery in a scandal ridden Washington, D.C. Sounds good to me!

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