Monday, January 19, 2009

New to the library:

Bangkok dangerous
A hitman who wants to retire, goes to Bangkok for his final job.

Big sleep
This is one of the very best of the noir mysteries. The writing is so good--there are numerous memorable quotes. And of course, Bogart is the quintessential detective. This is definitely a desert island film!

Chop shop
Alejandro, a tough and ambitious Latino street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, young Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his 16-year-old sister, Isamar.

Day for night
Winner of the best foreign film Oscar in 1974, this is director Truffaut’s homage to filmmaking. It is about all aspects of moviemaking; about the technical problems, the boredom between takes and about the romances and intrigues. Not only does it offer an accurate behind-the-scenes picture of filmmaking, but it is wonderfully entertaining as well.

Lady from Shanghai
Another noir mystery classic, this may not be Orson Welles’ greatest film, but it’s one of his most fun. Welles plays the patsy and Rita Hayworth the femme fatale. The shootout scene is outstanding!

Pineapple express
A stoner and his dealer are forced to go on the run from the police after the pothead witnesses a cop commit a murder.

Righteous kill
Two veteran New York City detectives work to identify the possible connection between a recent murder and a case they believe they solved years ago; is there a serial killer on the loose, and did they perhaps put the wrong person behind bars?

A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession, a bigoted Army reservist and her strict father during the Gulf War.

It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop. Set against this backdrop, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City, trading it with his unorthodox psychotherapist for treatment, while having a crush on his stepdaughter.

Zorba the Greek
An English writer traveling to Crete on business finds his life changed forever when he meets the dionysian Alexis Zorba. Quinn is unforgettable in the title role. Isn’t this the movie, and this the music that evokes Greece in all of our minds? This is a great film to watch when your life needs a little lift.

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