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Yes, I know the Stanley Cup starts tomorrow, Winnipeg is regaining their NHL team, and that in about 20 days the Stamps have their first pre season game. But if all this still isn't enough sports for you try some of the following:

Eight Men Out- ""say it ain't so Joe". The true story of the eight men who conspired to throw the 1919 world series.

The Natural- with Robert Redford and Glenn Close. Depression era feel good baseball story.

The Fighter- 2010 winner for a couple of well-deserved best supporting Oscars- for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. Not just a story about boxing---it also serves as a cautionary tale. And if you occassionaly think your family is disfunctional, wait till you get a load of these guys!

Remember the Titans- a wonderful movie with Denzel Washington as the man assigned to take on the head coaching duties for a high school footaball team during the first year of racially intergrated play. This is good for everyone about 9 and up.

The Longest Yard- the original with Burt Reynolds, not the Adam Sandler remake. Despite being from 1974 the story stands up well. You will see why Burt was so popular back in the 70's. Currently on re-order, but mark it for later consumption.

Million Dollar Baby- I've recommended this before under a Paul Haggis post. Big cast, big winner from a few years back- big heartbreaker as well. Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank in her 2nd Oscar winning role.

Field of Dreams and A League of their own--- just in case you missed either of these any of the nine thousand times they have been on t.v.

Sandlot- one for the whole family-this is funny and sweet.

No matter how Rocky ended up after far too many sequels, their is no denying it started out well. For a more realistic look at the the brutal world of boxing try Requiem for a Heavyweight with Anthony Quinn. This is also a real gut wrencher.

And because I have yet to see a movie about hockey that is any good, revisit the real thing. We have a 5 disc set that recaptures all the wonderful moments (and there were many) from the2010 Vancouver Olympics---including the exciting overtime Crosby goal in the men's gold medal final against the USA.

by Moe

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Way Calgary

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The Stampede looming and high gas prices encouraging stay-cations have me thinking about local viewing. A few posts back in a review of films starring Don McKellar ("Don McKellar Jubilee"), I mentioned Waydowntown. We do have this dvd in the collection! Set in Calgary's Plus-15 system, this comedy by Gary Burns features downtown office workers who wager to see who can live indoors the longest, using our series of walkways to obtain provisions. Burns also directed the must-see mocumentary Radiant City, examining life in Calgary's sprawling suburbs. It feels like a real documentary.

GEF 13

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I was quite surprised to see it is over 6 months since I have done a Guaranteed Embarrassement Free post. So without further ado, here are some more titles for the whole family to sit down and watch---together.

Flipped---a really sweet story about two eighth graders who start to have feelings for each other despite being total opposites. Based on the novel "Flipped" by Wendelin Van Draanen. This is really charming.Blu Ray

Despicable Me---another charmer and very funny as well. When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. Animated.Blu Ray

Ramona and Beezus---follows the misadventures of young grade schooler Ramona Quimby from Beverly Cleary's popular children's book series.Blu Ray

Megamind---the supervillain Megamind finally conquers his nemesis, the hero Metro Man... but finds his life pointless without a hero to fight. Animated. Blu Ray

Justin Beiber-Never Say Never---as a parent you probably were quite happy to drop off your tween at the theatre and not have to endure all that Bieber Fever. But the movie is actually kind of fun. CPL has lots of copies coming, but holds are already starting to build.

Tangled---new version of the Rapunzel fairy tale. I am reliably informed by my co-workers 4 year old that 'this is the greatest movie ever made'. Blu Ray

How To Train your Dragon---a hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

CONGRATS to all our lucky KUNGFU PANDA 2 winners-the interest was extremely high and all the tickets are gone. Thanks to everyone who entered and remember to check back regularly for new contests.

by Moe

Kung Fu Panda 2

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Thanks to everyone who entered "The Bang Bang Club" contest- interest in this film was high and we had a good response. Just waiting to hear back from some of our winners as to what they actually think of the film.

And now onto another contest, with a lot of lead time. If you respond quickly chances are good I can send them to a library near you for easier pick-up. On offer are the usual double passes---this time for KungFu Panda 2. The advanced screening is on Saturday May 21 at 10:30 at Chinook Theatres... your question is to give me a name of anybody who was in the original movie---and as always, don't forget to leave me your name and a contact number.............................

The Bang Bang Club

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We have some double passes available to win for an advanced screening on Thursday May 12 at Eau Claire Cinemas at 7:00.

The Bang Bang Club was the name given to four young photographers whose photos captured the final bloody days of white rule in South Africa during the break up of apartheid. Two of the men eventually went on to be awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their work. Enter through the Comments field at the bottom of this post and don't forget to leave us your name and phone number so we can contact you if you win. You don't even need to answer any questions this time- just enter and good luck.

Think you might like to turn your hand to photography? Drop in and have a look at CPL's Photography Club blog where you can find lots of excellent book recommendations, hints and help and even a club to join.