Thursday, April 28, 2011

New to the library

Somewhere along the way I missed a week--an important week because we received The King's Speech, the academy award winner that everyone wants to see! I promise that I've caught up now and I'll try to not get behind in my reporting again.

Colors have scent. Sounds possess images. In a future world, where biochemical weapons have changed the game, an unlucky few have their senses blended.

Country Strong
Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star, the pair embark on a career resurrection tour steered by her husband/manager, that includes a beauty-queen-turned-singer. Between the concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1
Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort's immortality and destruction--the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart. Harry's only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him.

Irreversible (French)
Alex and Marcus are a couple whose story is told in reverse-chronological order over the course of a fateful evening in a series of long takes. This film is an emotional odyssey that unspools in reverse from gut-wrenching violence to sweetly observed moments of sublime tenderness.

King’s Speech
The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

Rabbit Hole
Becca and Howie Corbett are returning to their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss. Just eight months ago, they were a happy suburban family with everything they wanted. Now, they are caught in a maze of memory, longing, guilt, recrimination, sarcasm and tightly controlled rage from which they cannot escape. The journey is an intimate glimpse into two people learning to re-engage with each other and a world that has been tilted off its axis.

Tron (1982)
When a brilliant video game maker named Flynn hacks the mainframe of his ex-employer, he is beamed inside an astonishing digital world and becomes part of the very game he is designing.

Way Back
Inspired by an incredible true story beginning in 1940 when seven prisoners attempt the impossible: escape from a brutal Siberian gulag. Thus begins a treacherous 4,500-mile trek to freedom across the world's most merciless landscapes. They have little food and few supplies. They don't know or trust each other. But together, they must withstand nature at its most extreme. Their humanity is further tested when they meet a teenage runaway who begs to join them on their quest.

White Material (French)
Maria is an entitled white woman living in Africa, desperately unwilling to give up her family's crumbling coffee plantation despite the civil war closing in on her. A gripping evocation of the death throes of European colonialism and a fascinating look at a woman lost in her own mind.

Child Sexual Predators: the Familiar Stranger (362.7 CHI)
A bill enacted by the New York State Legislature required the Division of Criminal Justice Services to produce an instructional video to help parents protect their children from sexual predators, and to distribute the video to libraries across the State. This extraordinary program features interviews with four convicted child molesters who reveal what they do and how they do it, and three survivors of childhood sexual abuse. A professor of psychology at the University at Albany takes viewers on a guided tour through the troubled mind of a pedophile, and offers insight into how child molesters operate, how they manipulate children and families, and why, all too frequently, parents refuse to believe their own children. The program is narrated by Tina M. Stanford, Director of the New York State Office of Victim Services.

Great Rift: Africa’s Greatest Story (551.136 GRE)
"The producers of Life, Galapagos and Yellowstone bring us The Great Rift. Visible from space, Africa’s Great Rift Valley runs four thousand miles from the Red Sea to the mouth of the Zambezi – a diverse landscape of erupting volcanoes, forest-clad mountains, spectacular valleys, rich grasslands, vast lakes and mighty rivers. Home to the greatest concentration of animals on earth – lions, crocodiles, elephants, hippos and flocks of flamingos – and pastoralists such as the Maasi – this is a land of constant geographical turmoil. It will take you to another world – a world of exotic extremes, where the forces of nature have shaped the landscape and so created a hotbed of evolution. It is the very cradle of mankind."

Incredible Human Journey (591.38 INC)
"How did we get here? ...Using the evidence from genetics, fossils, archaeology and climatology, Dr. Alice Roberts uncovers five epic routes our ancestors took across the globe and the obstacles and brutal challenges they encountered along the way. It reveals how our family tree grew and spread out across the world, producing all the variety we see in the human species today -- but despite all that diversity, Dr. Roberts reveals how astonishingly closely related we all are."

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