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Sherlock, Downton and Selfridges

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If you are as rabid a fan as I am of the new Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman you will know that episode one of Season Three aired on January the 19th. If you need a reminder of what happened at the end of Season Two -- a whole two years ago -- grab it here. Not a fan yet? Start at the beginning with Season One and it won't be long before you're hooked. And would you believe you can already place holds on Season Three although it is not on our shelves yet?

I came across an interesting article on IMDB that says thanks to the incredible North American popularity of Sherlock, Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge, PBS Masterpiece Classics has been pulled back from the brink. It lost its major funding and was close to the edge when Exxon Mobile withdrew. You know all those commercials with the incredibly thin beautiful women in the incredibly exotic beautiful gowns? And all those fantastic looking cruises? Well, thanks to Ralph Lauren and Viking Cruises, Masterpiece Classics is fully funded right through to the end of 2014. I might just have to buy one of those fur hats to wear while I cruise up the Volga to express my gratitude. Seriously, thanks Ralph and Viking!

And if you look around town you just might see Sherlock's co-star Martin Freeman as he is currently in Calgary shooting “Fargo” for FX. The original Fargo is one of the Coen brothers more quirky offerings and if you know the Coen brothers that's saying something. It is an extremely violent but nonetheless exceptional film that won two Oscars including Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Original Screen Play for the Coens.

Good Bets for Your Two Hours

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I like clever movies and Side Effects is certainly that. A well-constructed plot unfolding at a good pace, and solid performances by Rooney Mara, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta Jones make this a good bet for your two hours.





Grabbed a couple of older titles off the shelf and hit the jackpot on both of them:



From 2004, Something the Lord Made stars one of my perennial faves, Alan Rickman, and hip-hop artist turned actor Mos Def. Don't let this put you off; Def can act and the two of them are really good in this. A dramatization of the relationship between surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas, the first to defy the unwritten rule against operating on the heart and as a result invent by-pass surgery.





Next up is Some Mother's Son from 1996 with Helen Mirren. Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. The film focuses on the mothers of two of the strikers, and their struggle to save the lives of their sons.

And the Nominees Are...

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The Academy has announced this year's nominees. Find out who's in and who's out for this year's awards on their website. Everything Oscar can be found here: fun trivia, bloopers, gowns, glam shots, and all you need to get you ready for the show on Sunday March 2.

The event will be hosted by popular Ellen DeGeneres—her second time at the helm. The theme this year is movie heroes and I would hope that it's more than just super heroes—there certainly should be a lot of other iconic heroes from which to choose.

Of course a lot of the nominations are films that are currently just in theatres, but you can rest assurred that Calgary Public Library has you covered. As soon as they are available to order we will do so and once they are ordered and turn up in the catalogue they are ready for you to place your holds.

In fact, “Academy Award Nominations 2013” as a subject heading in our catalgoue will bring up all records of the current Oscar Nominations that we have in our collection (or on order).

And yes, I was sorry to see that Prisoners wasn't up for anything (other than cinematography), especially Jake G. But then I have a really lousy track record at guessing Oscars nominations and winners.

Enjoy a Movie On Us

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More free passes courtesy of eONE and Movie Maniacs! This one is on January 23rd at Scotia Bank Theatres Chinook. The demand is high so claim them right away---they'll be gone in about 15 mintues!

Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. In a war determining the fate of humanity only Frankenstein’s creature holds the key to protecting mankind.

Follow this link to an external site and enter the following promo PIN code to claim your two free passes:

Calgary Public Library

Gotta admit I'm a sucker for Frankenstein stories, but this looks like a seriously different take on the big guy. Check out the trailer:


Crowfoot Library Film Night

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This month kicks off our third year of Film Nights at Crowfoot Library. On the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. we offer a movie in our program room. These are always current, new to DVD releases and very often have high numbers of holds on them. This is a great way to beat that wait.

So join us this Thursday when we will be showing Red 2 with Willis, Malkovich, Hopkins, Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary Louise Parker and Byung-hun Lee. A plausible enough plot, with a great ensemble cast. No, it is not Shakespeare, but it is funny, has some well choregraphed fight scenes and the actors do look like they are enjoying themselves. So suspend disbelief and come along and be entertained.

No registration is required and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the show starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. It's rated PG-13 for pervasive action and violence including frenetic gunplay, and for some language and drug material.

Free Advanced Screening Passes

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Short notice but if you are free tonight enjoy an advanced screening at Eau Claire Market Cinemas courtesy of Movie Maniacs and eOne.

The movie is Lone Survivor and stars Mark Wahlberg. Follow this link to request your tickets and print off at home. The password required is:



Best Thriller of the Year

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Sometimes a movie just comes and goes without a lot of noise and if you aren't watching for it you don't know what you've missed. This is especially true of Prisoners which just had its theatrical release in September and has already gone to DVD. This wasn't on my radar either and I am so glad that fellow Movie Maniac Mat steered me towards it.

The acting in this is tremendous. Often I find when a movie is an ensemble with a bunch of well-known names it just doesn't come together like it should. This is not the case here. Everybody's performances are controlled and hit all the right marks. I've never seen a better performance from Hugh Jackman--this is not gruff but lovable Wolverine, nor heroic Jean valJean singing his heart out. This is a man absolutely driven by his certainty, past the point of all reason. Jake Gyllenhaal is pitch perfect, and the two of them deserve any awards thrown their way. Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Maria Bello, and Viola Davis round out the very good cast.

This is the best thriller I have seen all year, maybe even a couple of years. There's no denying it is dark and there are some very disturbing scenes that I actually had to look away from, but what a story. Tightly woven interconnecting threads come together for an explosive ending that leaves you reeling. Don't wait to put your hold on this one.

If this doesn't get some Oscar nods I will be seriously disappointed.