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Halston's Legacy

by Melanie - 1 Comment(s)

I promised to keep up with the fashion DVD reviews, and while searching to see what we had on Liza Minelli (how great was that blue streak at the Oscars?!), I came across the 2012 Tribeca film Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston.

Ultrasuede positions Halston as the first American designer to be accepted in Europe as a major player. Travelling with an entourage of models, Halston was so influential, he ended up in song lyrics by Chic and Billy Joel. Halston was the first to entertain a mass market line in nation-wide department stores. Ultimately, the documentary shows, this was his undoing. Although common now, designer clients then saw it as brand dissolution and walked away, while the average consumer found the line too pricey and didn't buy. Coupled with a turbulent relationship and the AIDS epidemic, this career move led to Halston's decline which parallelled or perhaps even caused the end of the disco era. What really endures, as Ultrasuede points out, is Halston's minimalist, draped designs and their influence on American fashion design.

You might also enjoy the feature film The Last Days of Disco and for books, the biography Simply Halston: The Untold Story. We also have Studio 54.

Enjoy a Free Film—On Us!

by Moe - 1 Comment(s)

SORRY FOLKS- ALL GONE

Check back often as tickets come up regularly and without notice

So here's the link to get free advanced screening passes to Jason Bateman's directorial debut — Bad Words.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 Show Time: 7:00 PM Eau Claire Market Cinemas

Your password/PIN code is MovieManiacsBadWordsCal

Guy Trilby (Bateman) is a 40-year old who finds a loophole in the rules of the National Quill Spelling Bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition. Contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders are no match for Guy, as he ruthlessly crushes their dreams of victory and fame. As a reporter attempts to discover his true motivation, Guy finds himself forging an unlikely alliance with a competitor: awkward 10-year old Chaitanya, who is completely unfazed by Guy's take-no-prisoners approach to life.

Rotten Tomatoes gives it 81%, IMDB rates it at 8/10 and it was a popular entry at TIFF this year. Comments range from unapologetically dark and hilarious, to vulgar and unnecessary. Judge for yourself...

THOR: The Dark World

by Moe - 2 Comment(s)

Join fellow movie lovers at Crowfoot library on Thursday March 20th at 6:30. This month we will be showing the new to DVD release THOR: The Dark World. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, and Tom Hiddleston. It is directed by Alan Taylor who up until now has mostly directed television series, but ones with good credentials like Mad Men, Nurse Jackie and Game of Thrones. They must think he can manage the job because he's also at the helm of Terminator: Genesis, due for release in 2015.

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some minor suggestive content. Action-packed, cool looking bad guys, good CGI, tons of other-worldly gizmos and Tom Hiddleston once again stealing the show as Loki.

No registration required and doors open at 6:00. Do what our regulars do---stop for a slurpee on the way in, bring a bag of popcorn and beat the holds list which curently stands at around 500 plus!

See you on the 20th..............................

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The 86th Oscars Have Come and Gone

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

The 86th Oscars are now in the record books and the awards season winds down for another year. If you were one of the tens of millions (I have always doubted their bloated world wide estimate of one billion viewers) who watched you by now have formulated your own opinions on wins, losses and near misses. I found the ceremony rather boring this year, but they may have been trying to gain back a little dignity after Seth McFarlane last year. Ellen is a fine host and there were some good but no great moments. I thought Glenn Close, Sally Field and Bette Midler very good---John Travolta, Goldie Hawn and Kim Novak scary and without exception all the major's speeches rambling and longgggggg.

Now on to what really matters which is what does CPL have and how can I get my hands on it? Here's a quick tutorial for you that will help you narrow your search in our catalogue.

From our home page go into either Catalogue or Search the Catalgoue and in the All Fields drop down menu choose Subject and then enter a category that you are looking for such as;

Academy Awards Best Actress; Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor; Academy Awards Best Cinematography; Academy Awards Nominations 1964 etc, etc etc. Any film that we carry that meets these search terms will be displayed.

So of course for this year you would look for Academy Award Nominations 2013. This is a dynamic list and changes as new fims are released to DVD and become available. Also the 's' on Award can be something of a moving target, so try it both with and without.

March movies Central

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Join fellow movie lovers every Thursday in March in the John Dutton Theatre at the Central Libray from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

MARCH 6th The King and Four Queens (1956, 86 min) Not Rated. Adventure, comedy, mystery

CAST: Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Jean Willes, Barbara Nichols. PLOT: An opportunistic con man ingratiates himself with the cantankerous mother of four outlaws and their beautiful widows in order to find their hidden gold.

MARCH 13th Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, 93 min.) Rated PG-13. Drama, fantasy.

CAST: Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly. PLOT: Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

MARCH 20th Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012, 105 min) Rated PG. Comedy, drama, fantasy

CAST: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, C. J. James. PLOT: A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.

MARCH 27th Reap the Wild Wind (1942, 123 min) Not Rated. Action, adventure

CAST: John Wayne, Ray Milland, Paulette Goddard, Susan Hayward. PLOT: The captain of a salvage busines rescues valuables from the merchant ships wrecked by pirates.

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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Top Gear

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

Not many series can stand the test of time like Top Gear has. This British series has remained at the top of its game for 21 seasons and shows no signs of slowing down. It is the most popular car show in the world.

Join the highly knowledgeable and thoroughly engaging hosts Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May as they explore 'everything car' and I do mean everything. Smart, fast paced, and often just hilarious, this BBC series has it all. They are joined by a steady stream of A-listers who drop by to try their luck on the test course and talk about their favorite cars.

Among some of their better stunts: contraptions they make themselves like a limo so long it requires a rope and pulley to get to the back end; their own versions of "Bond" cars with rocket launchers and flame throwers; being the only people to successfully drive to the magnetic North Pole.

You'll learn things you never thought you needed to know about cars, you'll gasp at some of the prices, and you'll laugh often at the absurdity of their stunts. What's not to like?

Doc Martin Season 6

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The surprisingly lovable misanthrope Doc Martin is back for Season 6 in this very popular Britcom of the same name. If you are not yet acquainted with the surly London surgeon forced to relocate to a Cornish fishing village give the early seasons a look, but do watch them in order.

If you are already a fan check out and see who could possibly be left for him to offend this time round. Like the jacket says it is sweet, stirring and completely addictive. It is also hilarious.

Enjoy a Free Movie—On Us!

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

THAT'S IT FOLKS. ALL 25 OF THE DOUBLE PASSES ARE GONE

CHECK IN REGULARLY AT MOVIE MANIACS-PASSES COME UP OFTEN AND WITHOUT NOTICE

Posted 2:20 PM THURSDAY 20th.

FIVE MORE PASSES AVAILABLE. PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK AND USE THE NEW CODE

CLG_NOCLUE

When these are gone that's it folks!

Movie Maniacs and eONE Films have teamed up to bring you advanced screening passes to NO CLUE starring Brent Butt of Corner Gas fame.

"When a beautiful and mysterious woman bursts into Leo's Vancouver office and begs for his help in finding her missing brother, it's just another day in the life of a hard-boiled detective. The problem is, Leo's not a detective -- hard-boiled or otherwise. He sells novelty advertising across the hall from the detective, and the woman just opened his door by mistake. "

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1kM4-HeKvM

The showing is Monday February 24th at Chinook Theatres. Sign in here to get your free double passes and use the code CPLNOCLUE. Managed to negotiate some extra passes so you can also use the code CPLNOCLUE2. Tickets are fully transferable so it you request them and can't use them, please pass them on. The trailer looks very funny and actor/writer/comedian Brent Butt will be in attendance after the filming for a Q&A.

And if you see it drop me a ilne through comments and tell me what you think.

Crowfoot Monthly Film Night

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

On Thursday February 20th Crowfoot will be hosting its usual Film Night at 6:30. And what a movie we have lined up for you! We are showcasing Captain Phillips, starring everybody's favorite guy next door, Tom Hanks. Worthy of all six of its Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing and Best Writing, Adapted ScreenPlay .

Rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use. If you are trying to see all the Oscar nominated Best Pictures ahead of the Oscars on March 2nd, here's a great way to catch one.

Behind the Scenes Fashion

by Melanie - 0 Comment(s)

Since you liked Diana Vreeland so much, here are some more fashion documentaries to inspire:

Lagerfeld Confidential

Controversial? Yes, but I still have to give credit to the man who invented a perfume that smells like books. Also who can rework the same core inspiration pieces and make something new every season? Karl can. Watch him in action.

Valentino, The Last Emperor

Follow Valentino Garavani, one of the last of the big 20th century couturier's, in this DVD which covers a season about 10 year ago and compare it to today.

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorfs

Founded in 1899, Bergdorf Goodman is one of Fifth Avenue New York's famed fashion hawkers. Enjoy this documentary glimpse at its comings and goings, including the window displays.

L'Amour Fou

Yves St. Laurent's elegant, streamlined work has enjoyed a resurgence lately. Witness sheer blouses, and tuxedo dressing for women. The DVD is in French, but this is un pays bilingue, n'est pas? If your crazy love for fashion requires, English subtitles are available.

You will also enjoy The September Issue, and Bill Cunningham New York, reviewed earlier.

 

 

 

 

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