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Agatha Raisin TV Series

Friday, March 17, 2017
Agatha Raisin TV Series
This was such a fun little series to watch.  There is only one season with a handful of episodes.  Each episode is based on one of MC Beaton’s mystery books about an amateur detective named Agatha Raisin.
 
The main character is a successful PR executive who decides to retire early and move to the Cotswolds in England.  As she attempts to make friends and fit in to her new country environment she encounters some resistance from her new neighbors.  To overcome their reluctance to take in a newcomer, she enters the village quiche competition.  Agatha doesn’t let the fact that she can’t cook stop her – she buys a quiche from one of her favorite London shops and enters it as her own. 
 
When the judge of the competition is found to be poisoned by Agatha’s quiche, she is compelled to investigate in order to clear her name and get into the good graces of her fellow village residents.
 
I think you’ll find this murder mystery series to have humor and suspense and a little romance.  What it does not have is graphic violence, gore or terribly strong language.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Check our catalog.
 
Peggy G., Circulation

Captain Fantastic (DVD)

Friday, February 10, 2017
Captain Fantastic
You are going to love Viggo Mortensen in this.  He plays the passionate father of six who is home schooling to the extreme in the mountain forest.  The eldest played wonderfully by George MacKay.  As all teens will do, he challenges the value of the extraordinary physical and intellectual education his parents have been providing to the exclusion of modern cultural values.  For any one who is passionate about preparing their children for the world this movie speaks to the challenges of how we pass on our values.
 
Cindy A. Circulation

A Man Called Ove (DVD)

Thursday, February 2, 2017
A Man Called Ove

The DVD “A man called Ove” is a foreign film (Swedish with English subtitles) that is based on a novel by Fredrik Backman. Ove is a widower who expresses his loss of his wife by being prickly to everyone he meets. He lives in a small neighborhood that has similar rules to a co-op. He takes a routine walk around the complex every morning to check to make sure gates, etc. are in working order. He also buys fresh flowers daily for his deceased wife’s grave and chats with her about the changes in the neighborhood. A new family with 2 girls and another on the way moves in next door. The family’s activities and his reluctant involvement relaxes his attitude. There are flashbacks of Ove and his wife while they were together. A lighthearted story of a neighborhood that comes together to make their lives nicer.  Check our catalog

Geralyn B., Technical Services

Sausage Party (DVD)

Friday, January 20, 2017
Sausage Party

Wouldn’t you think “There’s no preparing for this Sausage Party” and “Rated R” prominently written on the jacket of this movie would’ve been fair warning about its content? Nope. I was sucked (which rhymes with the most used word in the movie) in by the cartoon characters. Makes me wonder when “contemporary community standards” caused the demise of “socially redeeming value.”  Please don’t take home this movie—which should be rated NC-17—for your children.  Check our Catalog

Doris M., Reference

The Durrells in Corfu (DVD)

Monday, December 5, 2016
The Durrells in Corfu (DVD)

I don’t normally watch BBC Masterpiece programs, but I decided to give The Durrells in Corfu a try. I loved the first season so much that I watched the first three episodes in one night. The next morning, I watched the last three. Apparently this series was adapted from Gerald Durrell’s book My Family and Other Animals. The acting of the “family members” and the storylines were superb. The story is about a widowed mother and her four children/young adults with very different personalities that move from Britain to Greece. I hope this series continues!

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Geralyn B., Technical Services

Longmire (DVD)

Monday, October 10, 2016
Longmire (DVD)

I’ve gotten hooked on the TV series Longmire, even staying up until 1 am to finish a series. The show is based on a mystery series by Craig Johnson. The series takes place in Wyoming near an Indian reservation. I like the characters of Sherriff Walt Longmire, his deputies, and his best friend who is a Native American. The storylines are very well written. At times justice isn’t always easily served because crimes against the reservation residents are not represented fairly.

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Geralyn B., Technical Services

Speedy (DVD)

Monday, September 26, 2016
Speedy (DVD)

Like nail-biting action? A sweet love story? A good guy who gets more than his due in the end? A view of bygone days that still feels contemporary? All mixed with humor? Speedy, starring Harold Lloyd, is the movie for you!

When a thug businessman tries to wrench control of the last horse-drawn rail line in New York from his fiancé’s grandfather, Speedy takes the reins. Modern car scenes have nothing on the wild ride undertaken by Speedy as he attempts to get the hijacked carriage back on its track before time runs out. It's amazing it only crashes once. (Be sure to watch In the Footsteps of "Speedy" on the second disc. You’ll find out that a poor horse riding in the carriage kept it from overturning. Wonder what the Humane Society would say about that today!)

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Doris M., Reference

Chuck (DVD)

Monday, August 22, 2016
Chuck (DVD)

I recommend watching the Chuck TV series. It features a man named Chuck who works at an electronics store as a "computer nerd". Chuck is dragged into the CIA life when he opens an email from an old friend and becomes a walking government computer. The series is action-packed, hilarious, and romantic all at once. I would watch it all over again!

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Bree K., Circulation

Knight of Cups (DVD)

Monday, August 15, 2016
Knight of Cups (DVD)

Starring Christian Bale, this film has very little dialogue throughout the movie. You would think that a film such as this would be boring, but I was mesmerized while watching it. No violence or bad language. There was a plot that showed vivid imagery and party scenes. It’s almost like reading a picture book that has no words. The special features explained how they filmed the movie. There wasn’t much of a script. Actors were put into a situation/scene and were told to ad lib including body language and facial expressions. I think other films directed by Terrence Malick may be of the same essence.

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Geralyn B., Technical Services

Concussion (Blu-ray and DVD)

Monday, July 11, 2016
Concussion (Blu-ray and DVD)

This is a super interesting movie about a brilliant young forensic doctor who discovers the reprecussions of closed head injuries in the game of football and makes it his life to let people know. He struggles with all the political issues from the football industry, which tries to curtail his want of informing the public. Very good flick!! Will Smith plays the doctor, who is an immigrant from Africa, but the education that he has acheived from all over the world is amazing. This film was based on true story. Watch it please!!!

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Marilyn S., Circulation

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