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Steve Carell is Despicable

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Despicable Me 2 is in theatres at the moment and blowing the doors off all the other summer blockbusters. I found the original, Despicable Me to be one of the funniest and most endearing movies I have seen in a long time. If you haven't yet seen it borrow it here from CPL. It's always fun in these movies to try and place the voices and Steve Carell does a wonderful job as 'Gru', the gruff, lovable anti-villain.Maxwell Smart Sit down and watch this one with the whole family.

There's no denying Carell is funny, talented and versatile. From his early days on SNL and the Daily Show, he shot to fame opposite Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty. While being offered more and more roles in films he maintained a successful career in television, starring as Michael Scott in the American remake of the British comedy, "The Office". He received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in Television Comedy for this role in 2006, and earned both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations each consecutive year until he departed in 2011.

The 40 year old virginAmong my favourite of his many films are; The 40 year old virgin, which he co-wrote; Little Miss Sunshine, a movie populated with quirky characters, including Alan Arkin in a well deserved Oscar winning performance for best supporting actor; as Maxwell Smart in the 2008 remake of Get Smart; Date night with Tina Fey and Mark Wahlberg---silly light hearted fun; Seeking a friend for the end of the World---we've blogged this one more than once---for an end of the world movie it's remarkably uplifting; The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey (Carrey in a role that intrigued rather than annoyed me, as he usually does).

With two movies in post-production and two more in pre- production, we can expect to see Carell's talents at play for hopefully many more years. He has a real everyday 'guy next door' appeal--you'd like to go out for a beer with him.

Free Advanced Screening Passes

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All 80 passes have been scooped up! Remember to check Movie Maniacs often.

Tickets come up regularly and without any advance notice!

It's time to dust off your GoFoBo account and claim yourself a free double pass to an advanced screening on Monday, July 22.

It takes place at Scotiabank Chinook at 7:00 PM.

The movie is called "The Way Way Back" and stars Steve Carrell, Toni Collette and Sam Rockwell. It is rated PG 13 -parents strongly cautioned. Follow this link to the GoFobo site, where you'll see our Movie Maniac logo. You will need to enter the following password to claim two tickets CPLMMM9TY.

Just a couple of reminders. You are being redirected to an external site, so judge your own comfort level in providing the information they ask for. If you don't have an account yet set one up, but these tickets do tend to get claimed pretty fast- but if you miss out this time, you'll be ready for next time.

And lastly, if you claim a ticket and find you can't use it, please go back into GoFoBo and release it so that somebody else can use it.

Join us at Crowfoot or Nose Hill or both!

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Join us at Crowfoot on Thursday July 18th 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 PG13 for violence, language and some drug use.

As usual I can not reveal the title here due to copyright restrictions, but give us a call at 221-4122 and we will give it to you. But here's a huge hint: it features an A-Lister and is based on the very popular Lee Child novels...

ALSO on Thursday July 18th, pop into Nose Hill Library and join them for the Summer Fun in the NorthWest kids' program. This runs from 11-3 p.m. and is drop in: no registration required. Among other things they will be showing a family movie. If you want this title or to see what else they have lined up in the way of games/crafts/fun, give them a phone call at 403-221-2030.

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.

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