Thursday, January 7, 2010

New This Week:

Adam is a handsome but intriguing young man who has Asperger's syndrome and has led a sheltered existence. Then he meets his new neighbor, Beth. She is a beautiful, cosmopolitan young woman who pulls him into the outside world, with funny, touching and entirely unexpected results. Their implausible and enigmatic relationship reveals just how far two people from different realities can stretch in search of an extraordinary connection.

Armchair Thrillers
This 4 volume set of psychological thrillers was originally televised in Britain in the 1970’s and 80’s and was a great success. This is the first of two Armchair Thriller series. The four titles included in this set are: Dying Day, starring a young Ian McKellen who plays a lonely man who believes he is about to be murdered; The Limbo Connection where a man’s wife vanishes without a trace; Rachel in Danger about a young girl setting off to meet the father she never knew, and The Victim about a wealthy man who embarks on a hunt for his daughters kidnapper. All of the titles involve ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances with the first two being quite eerie while the others are suspenseful. The production quality is high although a bit dated but on the whole this is a thoroughly enjoyable set. If you are a fan of British mysteries you’ll love these films!

Bell, Book and Candle (1958)
Kim Novak is a witch who casts a spell on a book publisher (James Stewart) to make him fall in love with her. He is most unhappy when he finds out what happened.

Big Night (1996)
The story of two brothers whose Italian restaurant is on the brink of bankruptcy. Their only chance for success is to risk everything they own on an extravagant feast for bandleader Louis Prima. But their big night is complicated by a lovers' triangle, a sneaky restaurant rival, and the hilarious perfectionism of chef Primo.

Lost Souls (2000)
For 2000 years, he has feasted on pain, sown the seeds of chaos ... and waited. But now, the Devil will take human form and plunge humanity into eternal darkness-- unless one woman can stop him. Maya Larkin (Winona Ryder) must race against time and all the forces of evil to convince a born skeptic (Ben Chaplin) that he's the unwitting, chosen pawn in a shocking Satanic conspiracy that will end the world as we know it.

Munyurangabo (Rwandan)
An orphan of the Rwandan genocide travels from Kigali to the countryside on a quest for justice. ““Munyurangabo” considers the genocide in Rwanda entirely through the lives of two adolescent boys…. It is in every frame a beautiful and powerful film — a masterpiece.”—Roger Ebert.

Weather Girl
Sylvia is quickly succumbing to the stresses of work and a romance-gone-wrong with a devilishly handsome newscaster. Sylvia is a Seattle morning weather anchor who has a melt down live on-air. At 35, she is now unemployed and lacks career prospects. She has to move in with her brother, but soon begins dating a younger man - her brothers’ best friend. Now, Sylvia has to reckon with the difference between growing old and growing up.

The Cove

Follows animal rights activist Richard O'Barry as he and his film crew document the abuse of wild dolphins and the poisoning of the waters by fishermen in the coastal Japanese town of Taiji. “"The Cove," a heartbreaking documentary, describes how Richard O'Barry, director Louie Psihoyos and a team of adventurers penetrated the tight security around the Taiji cove and obtained forbidden footage of the mass slaughter of dolphins…. There are many documentaries angry about the human destruction of the planetary peace. This is one of the very best — a certain Oscar nominee.”—Roger Ebert.

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