Friday, June 25, 2010

New this week: (actually last week)

Sorry, I got ahead of myself posting this weeks new DVDs before I posted last weeks.
Book of Eli
Eli walks alone in post-apocalyptic America. He heads west along the Highway of Death on a mission he doesn't fully understand but knows he must complete. In his backpack is the last copy of a book that could become the wellspring of a revived society, or in the wrong hands, the hammer of a despot. Eli keeps his blade sharp and his survival instincts sharper as his quest thrusts him into a savage wasteland.

Arthur is just an ordinary guy by day, but turns into Defendor, a self-made superhero, by night. His quest is to track down his archenemy, Captain Industry, the person he believes is responsible for killing his mother. But before he can do this, he must convince a court-appointed psychiatrist that he is sane enough to be on the streets, and befriending a teenaged prostitute doesn't help.

Professor David Lurie is a man whose world is shattered when he is fired for seducing a college student. He finds peace at his estranged daughter's modest farm in South Africa until a horrific incident of terror and violence forces Lurie to confront his beliefs and the disturbing racial complexities of the new South Africa.

Last Station
In honor of his newly created religion, Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy renounces his title, property, and family in favor of poverty and celibacy. For the Countess Sofya, his wife of nearly fifty years, this is the last straw! After she discovers his plans to leave the rights to his iconic novels to the Russian people rather than his own family, she decides to use every trick of seduction in her considerable arsenal, to fight for what she believes is rightfully hers.

She’s Out of My League
Average guy Kirk can't believe his luck when, against all odds, Molly, a successful and outrageously gorgeous babe, falls for him. Kirk is stunned and so are his friends, his family, and even his ex-girlfriend. Now, he must go to great lengths to figure out how to make the relationship work and prove to himself and everyone else that she is not out of his league.

Shutter Island
When U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels arrives at the asylum for the criminally insane on Shutter Island, what starts as a routine investigation quickly takes a sinister turn. As the investigation unfolds and Daniels uncovers more shocking and terrifying truths about the island, he also learns there are some places that never let you go.

Under the Sea
Transports you to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including Southern Australia, New Guinea, and others in the Indo-Pacific region and allows you to experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea.

When in Rome
An ambitious young New Yorker, disillusioned with romance, takes a whirlwind trip to Rome, where she defiantly plucks magic coins from a fountain of love, inexplicably igniting the passion of an odd group of suitors: a sausage magnate, a street magician, an adoring painter, and a self-admiring model. But when a charming reporter pursues her with equal zest, how will she know if his love is the real thing?

Youth in Revolt
Nick Twisp is a pleasant teen who has trailer trash parents but likes the finer things in life. While on a family vacation, Nick meets and falls desperately in love with the beautiful, free-spirited Sheeni Saunders. But when circumstances continue to force them apart, Nick develops a rebellious alter ego who will stop at nothing to be with Sheeni.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New this week:

Green Zone
During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but stumble instead upon an elaborate cover-up that inverts the purpose of their mission.

Remember Me
In the summer of 2001, New York college student Tyler is still feeling lost from the tragedy that has strained his relationship with his father when he meets Ally, a girl who understands his pain. The last thing Tyler's looking for is love, but through their passionate relationship, he finds new possibilities for happiness. It's an unforgettable story about the power of the heart, the strength of family, and the importance of treasuring every day of one's life.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New This Week:

A Bit of a Do
A British comedy about a wedding and other events full of amorous antics and with a wickedly funny script.

From Paris with Love
A low-ranking intelligence operative working in the office of the U.S. ambassador in France takes on more than he bargained for when he partners with a wisecracking, fast-shooting, high-ranking U.S. agent who's been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack.

Lawrence Talbot is lured back to his family estate to investigate the savage murder of his brother by a bloodthirsty beast. There, Talbot must confront his childhood demons, his estranged father, his brother's grieving fiancée, and a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector. When Talbot is bitten by the creature, he becomes eternally cursed and soon discovers a fate far worse than death.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

New to the library:

This award winning British comedy series debuted in 1989 and ran for two seasons. It is an odd couple story of two dissimilar families brought together by the shotgun marriage of their children. The pregnant brides’ parents are middle-class snobs while the grooms’ parents are working class and proud of it. Fortunately for all, the families only get together at “do’s” (weddings, funerals, etc.). Bringing these two families and their friends together leads to both hilarity and occasionally to heartache. This satire of British snobbery and class consciousness is also a story of familiar personality types and the mischief and troubles in which they can find themselves. Written by David Nobbs and starring David Jason and Nicola Pagett, this series won awards for best television series, best actor and actress. Although it is not as funny throughout as some British comedies, “A Bit of a Do” is an appealing TV series that holds your interest.

What I've Been Watching:

An Education
The story takes place in 1961, England. Jenny is a 16 (almost 17 yr. old schoolgirl) who is eager to enter the world as an adult. When she meets an exciting older man who introduces her to the world of jazz clubs, cigarettes, and sex she begins to question the importance of an education for women. This is a thoughtful film, sympathetically presented, with great acting and story. A Winner!

Bliss (Turkish)
A young woman is found lying on the ground, apparently molested. She won’t say who did it. Tradition demands that she be killed because she is tainted. A young cousin is given the job of killing her. He finds himself torn between following the wishes of his father, of tradition, and the more modern approach of forgiveness. Beautiful cinematography with breathtaking landscapes makes this a truly mesmerizing film.

It’s Complicated
This is a pleasant middle-aged love story starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin as the ex-es who find themselves having an affair. Steve Martin is the other love interest.