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Summer Fun in the NorthWest

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The Northwest branches are joining together to plan fun activities over four consecutive weeks. Among the other things offered are family movies each week. There is no registration required but seating is limited.

Crowfoot Thursday July 11 11-3 403-221-4122

Nosehill Thursday July 18 11-3 403-221-2030

Bowness Thursday July 25 11-3 403-221-2022

Riley Thursday Aug 1 11-3 403-221-2046

For more detail as to what is being offered at each branch (specific activities, name of the movie) please phone the appropriate branch.

Film Night at Crowfoot Library

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Join us at Crowfoot on Thursday June 20th for our monthly film night. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. This month's choice is a little longer so you will need to set aside two hours and 15 minutes. It is rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and intense action sequence, so please do not bring the kids!

As usual I can not give you the title here due to copyright restrictions, but give us a call at 221-4122 and we will give it to you. I can tell you that the lead actor was up for a Best Actor at this years Oscars. It's a very good movie, still with lots of holds, so this is a great way to beat the wait.

It's a bird! It's a plane!

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The newest incarnation of Superman is set to hit the theatres on June 13th and no doubt will be hugely popular. The trailers actually look quite good for this one and I'm sure it will do very well for itself and spawn all sorts of lunch bags, giant drinking cups and kid's pajamas. Superman is actually one of my more favorite Superheroes and I am likely to go see it. But thinking about the new Superman got me thinking about the old Superman and that of course got me thinking about Christopher Reeve.

Now he didn't have a chance to make a lot of movies before his terrible horse riding accident in 1995 which left him a quadriplegic. But what he did do I liked a lot. All of the 1, 2, 3, 4 Superman films that he made were not equally good, but I enjoyed the first one very much. However I do have two other films of his to recommend. One is Deathtrap starring another of my favorite actors, Michael Caine. This one is just unexpected fun with some good twists and turns. The next one is the bittersweet Somewhere in Time with Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer. I just re watched this one recently and it still makes me cry---I give it a 3 out of 5 in the soggy hankie category. And you would be hard pressed to find a more lovely sound track. He also had some small roles in a couple of Ivory and Merchant films, including Remains of the Day and The Bostonians.

Confined to a wheel chair for his last 10 years he lived a life of meaning, using his fame and his own circumstance to advocate on behalf of spinal cord injuries and stem cell research.

After he died in 2004, a number of memorial cartoons were Superman-themed. Many artists drew Reeve as Superman flying away from the wheelchair. In one picture, Superman came to Reeve's grave with flowers. In another picture, a grief-stricken Superman reads the news of Reeve's death in The Daily Planet newspaper and says to the reader, "He was my hero." In another, Captain America, Spider-Man, and Batman come to Reeve's grave with Batman, commenting, "He really was a super man." In another, a young boy in a wheelchair tells the reader, "He was the Man of Steel. He had incredible vision. He used his powers to save people. Nothing could stop him. And I think before that he acted in some Superman movies."

You can also read two book written by Reeve, including Still Me and Nothing is Impossible: reflections on a new life. There is also a pretty inspirational DVD from 2002 which follows his life after the accident and his stunning ability to regain partial muscle control; Hope in Motion.

2013 Oscar Nominees and Winners

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Anna Karenina

With the single exception of Amour, CPL now has all of this year's major Oscar nominees and winners. Because there is always lots of cross over, even if it was nominated in more than one category, I've only listed it once here.

Best Picture: Les Mis; Argo; Life of Pi; Beasts of the Southern Wild; Lincoln; Silver Linings Playbook; Django Unchained; Zero Dark Thirty

Actor: Flight; The Master

Actress: The Impossible; The Sessions

Animated: Brave; Frankenweenie; ParaNorman; Pirates- Band of Misfits;

Wreck -it- Ralph;

Best Documentary Feature: Searching For Sugar Man.

Costume Design: Anna Karenina

The Impossible with Naomi Watts

 

And with the exception of the Animated films, there was actually a lot of really gritty adult themes / language / nudity / and violence in this year's nominees -- some more so than others. I'm thinking in particular of Django Unchained, The Master, The Sessions, and Zero Dark Thrity, so take the ratings seriously.

 

 

 

"The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland"

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I am happy to say that we now have Portlandia Season One available in both DVD and Blu-ray, recommended to me by a Library Story Van staffer.

As Moe mentioned in her last post about gentle viewing, we sometimes need a break from the heavy stuff and the thrillers. Mind you this parody of free-range coffee house cyclista culture in heart of Oregon state is not that gentle.

The comedy duo Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen play nearly every Portland-dwelling character and poke fun at a lot of West-Coast stereotypes, from the womyn-centered bookstore owners to the young couple drawn into a back-to-the-land cult. My favorite character is the tribal pierced cyclist/activist outraged by absolutely everything.

Enjoy the ridiculousness of Kyle Maclachlan as Mayor outed by the press as the member of a roots Reggae group. Musicians Aimee Mann (theme music from Magnolia), Sarah Mclaughlin and Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) also make guest appearances.

You don't have to be hiding a tattoo under your sock to enjoy this fast-paced laughapalooza.

Gentle Viewing Part 1

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There's no doubt that we here at Movie Maniacs can lean towards grittier fare—our murder mysteries, psychological thrillers, monsters, mutants and miscreants.

A co-worker made a great suggestion—how about some gentle viewing for people who want to avoid the language, the violence, the sex and the mayhem and just want a really good movie to watch. One usually thinks of the Classics for such fare, but there really is a lot from which to choose. Here are a few to start you off:Pride and Prejudice

Period Pieces: Versatile Emma Thompson is a good bet in any of these three: The Remains of the Day, Sense and Sensibility and Howard's End.

You can't go wrong with Pride and Prejudice. We have three from which to choose- the tremendous mini series with Colin Firth , before North American audiences really knew who he was; the excellent classic with Sir Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson- an absolute charmer; and the 2005 release with Keira Knightley. Why not watch all three and compare?

Rear WindowClassic Hitchcock: Murder, but not bloody or violent, just Hitchcock at his suspenseful best. Rear Window, Dial M for Murder and Witness for the Prosecution.

Bogart and Adventure: African Queen, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Casablanca, Caine Mutiny

Capers: The Sting

All of the movies are either Oscar winners or nominees and well worth your two hours; Colin Firth and company cleaned up on the Emmies that year. With the single exception of Keira K's P&P, I rate everyone of these in my top 50. Thanks for the suggestion Dawn!

More Commissario Brunetti

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If you have been following this really well crafted series you will be happy to know we have four more titles. Episodes 15/16 and 17/18 are just arriving on the shelves and don't have too many holds on them.

Never heard of it? Read our previous post about this very popular series based on Donna Leon's Italian detective.

Not the Movie About the Doctor

by Melanie

The Awakening is a 2011 ghost story/suspense feature. It is set in England, post World War I , in a manor house converted to a school. Naturally, there are unexplained deaths and an extra student body who appears blurrily in the yearly group portait.

Enter Florence Cathcart, played by hot ticket actress Rebecca Hall (The Prestige) a non-believing ghosthunter hired to expose fakes and chicanery. Lucky for her, and us, one of the teachers is played by Dominic West (The Wire, The Hour) and romance ensues! Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake, Cranford) plays the over-friendly schoolmistress.

There's plenty of make-you-jump-scenes, but be forewarned, this is a psychological thriller for those who enjoyed The Woman in Black, and The Village and movies of that ilk, not horror movies like Saw. The "awakening" in the movie is downright psychiatric, but I'll leave it at that. Fans of Midsomer Murders and period British fare such as Downtown Abbey might enjoy this one, too.

Daniel Day-Lewis

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LincolnDaniel Day Lewis as LincolnI took another look at Lincoln with Daniel Day Lewis recently. He was so good (he received his third Oscar for Best Actor) I wanted to savour his acting skills a second time round.

Roger Ebert called him the best actor of his generation, bar none. Sir John Guilguld said of him: "He has what every American actor wishes for: talent; and what every British actor wishes for: looks." He is considered by many to be the British Robert de Niro, but to me that is not an apt comparison. I like de Niro (especially the earlier years) but DDL to my mind is far superior.

A method actor extraordinaire he is well known for his total immersion into a character. For the role of Christy Brown (his first Oscar win) in My Left Foot he learned about his paralyzed character by taking up residence in a wheelchair, even off-camera,requiring the crew to move him around.

For the role of one of the most memorable and heinous of villains, Bill the Butcher from Gangs of New York, he rarely got out of character and took actual lessons as an apprentice butcher. He could even be seen sharpening his knives at lunch. Yikes!

My Left FootDuring The Last of the Mohicans (1992) he built a canoe, learned to track and skin animals, and perfected the use of a 12-pound flintlock gun, which he took everywhere he went, including a Christmas dinner.

For the eight month shoot for Unbearable Lightness of Being, he learned to speak Czech.

In preparing for his role in The Boxer, he sparred a total of 350 rounds, acquiring a broken nose in the process. The consultant for the fight scenes was alarmed and told him, "Daniel, it doesn't have to be this tough." DDL replied "I want to understand what a fighter goes through. I want to in some way simulate what it has to be like." Along with the amazing boxing scenes watch for the scene where he is jumping rope.

Gangs of New York

He was repeatedly offered the role of Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and repeatedly turned it down. Much as I love Viggo Mortenson in the role I would have loved to see DDL's perspective.

Following The Boxer, Day-Lewis took a leave of absence from acting by going into "semi-retirement" and returning to his old passion of woodworking. He moved to Florence, Italy, where he became intrigued by the craft of shoemaking, eventually apprenticing as a shoemaker. So if this whole acting thing doesn't work out for him, he's got a fall back career. But being the only person to ever win three Oscars for Best Actor I think his career is safe.

Watch him also in There will be Blood, his second Best Acting Oscar and a truly amazing performance. My Beautiful Laundrette, The Name of the Father, The Crucible are three more worth seeing. Well, actually everything he does is worth seeing.

 

There Will Be BloodThe Boxer

 

 

Crowfoot's Monthly Film Night

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Did you know that Crowfoot shows a movie on the third Thursday of every month? We started this in January of 2012 and have shown some really excellent films in the past 16 months. We typically showcase items that are brand new releases to DVD/Blu-Ray and very often have a high number of holds on them already. So this is a great way to get around the potential wait.

No registration is required so go ahead and set the following dates down now---all Thursdays---May 16, June 20, July 18 and Aug 15th. We typically start at 6:30 p.m. UNLESS the film is extra long and we need to start earlier to be out by closing time of 9:00 p.m. If that is the case we'll tell you the correct time when you call the branch. Why do you need to call the branch you ask? Why not just put it here?

Two reasons: because we are always trying to get the latest and greatest new releases we sometimes don't have the title in our hands until the first of the new month. Also public viewing licensing agreements limit CPL to what we can put down here, but a quick phone call to Crowfoot at 221-4122 and we will be happy to tell you the actual title of the film.

But I can give you a great hint for this month's choice. The movie won the Oscar for Best Actress. It is rated 14A for language and some sexual content. Doors open at 6:00, show starts at 6:30 p.m.

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