Tuesday, August 26, 2008

This week on the new book truck

Our vender has been very slow with deliveries lately so all the other libraries have received the newest movies and we haven’t. Well, much to my delight, at least some of them came this week so I have a nice crop to report on in the blog.

Caramel is a Lebanese film. I saw it in the theatres, and in fact reported on it earlier in my blog (June 17). I wasn’t crazy about the film but the reason I went to see it was because it was Lebanese and I’ve never seen a Lebanese film before. In that respect, it didn’t disappoint. There was little story but being able to look at the city (Beirut), the people, and to see what their lives are like is always interesting.

Drillbit Taylor. This is a comedy with the ever-lovable Owen Wilson playing a bodyguard to some bullied high school kids.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. I also saw this one in the theatre and it was terrific! Frances McDormand in the title role, is a down-on-her-luck nanny who wanders into a job as social secretary to a young starlet. She sets about putting the young ladies’ life in order and finds a new life for herself at the same time. A total winner!

One Missed Call. This horror film starring Ed Burns and Shannyn Sossamon is a remake of a Japanese film. The plot as described by imdb.com is: People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths. Sounds pretty grim. Not for the faint at heart.

Project Runway, the Complete Second Season. Ok, I admit it, I’m a huge fan of Project Runway. I love watching these creative people making clothing. The win-lose ordeal is rather nerve-wracking but the fashions they come up with are amazing! This is the second season which I heard someone say was the best. I’ll let you know after I watch it.

Sleepwalking. This is a family drama starring Nick Stahl as a young man who is stuck with his 11 year old niece when she is deserted by her mother. Can he stop “sleepwalking” through life and do the right thing? Watch it and find out.

Smart People
is a dysfunctional family comedy. When a widowed professor falls in love with a former student his life is turned upside down. That’s only the beginning though. Much wackiness ensues when his freeloading brother and his smart-mouthed daughter arrive. This is a lighthearted comedy which is smart and enjoyable.

Stop-Loss. Decorated Iraq war hero Sgt. Brandon King makes a celebrated return to his small Texas hometown following his tour of duty. He tries to resume the life he left behind. Then, against Brandon's will, the Army orders him back to duty in Iraq, which upends his world. The conflict tests everything he believes in: the bond of family, the loyalty of friendship, the limits of love and the value of honor. (Written by Paramount Pictures). The film stars Ryan Phillippe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Street Kings.
This film is “a full-throttle thrill ride” says someone. That’s exactly what you expect in a Keanu Reeves film. This is a crime thriller in which “a veteran cop finds himself ensnared in a deadly web of conspiracy and betrayal.” Also starring are Forest Whitaker and Hugh Laurie (Dr. House? In a cop film? I’ve got to see that!)

Put your requests in now. Everyone wants to see the latest films and the sooner you request it, the sooner you’ll be able to see it.

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