New DVD List: Spielberg & More

Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

Spielberg DVD coverSpielberg
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Steven Spielberg has built an unrivaled catalog of groundbreaking films over the course of nearly 50 years. In the exclusive HBO documentary, Spielberg steps out from behind the camera to open up about his directorial influences and motivations, while sharing little-known stories behind some of his most iconic films. Acclaimed producer/director Susan Lacy charts the evolution of this iconic filmmaker in this film. Continue reading “New DVD List: Spielberg & More”

Sounds & Substances: Docs Featuring Musicians Dealing With Addiction

Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

photo of musician singing into microphone

Musicians who have problems with substance abuse often make tragic headlines with their struggles. Documentaries can provide a unique view of these individuals not only in their lowest moments with drugs, but also at their heights as they triumphantly take the stage to perform. Check out these documentaries featuring musicians dealing with addiction.

Last Days Here DVD coverLast Days Here” (2012)

A look at the life of Bobby Liebling, lead singer of seminal hard rock/heavy metal band Pentagram, as he battles decades of hard drug addiction and personal demons, to try and get his life back. The film chronicles the triumphs and downfalls of this underground icon who finds himself at the crossroads of life and death. Continue reading “Sounds & Substances: Docs Featuring Musicians Dealing With Addiction”

New DVD List: Unrest, Black Panther & More

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

Unrest
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Journalist Jennifer Brea documents her struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After spiking a 105 degree fever shortly after being accepted to a PhD program at Harvard, Brea manifested a mysterious cluster of symptoms, including extreme weakness, fatigue, full-body pain and mental confusion. After being dismissed by doctors, she discovered a community of patients similarly struggling with the mysterious disorder.

Black Panther
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Based on the Marvel Comics series, this film follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.

Little Women
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Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, this three-part adaptation was originally shown on PBS. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, and while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage.

Other notable releases:
Annihilation” – Website / Reviews
Call Me By Your Name” – Website / Reviews
Channel Zero” – Season 3Website / Reviews
Dark Matter” – Season 3Website / Reviews
Detectorists” – Season 3Website / Reviews
Do Not Resist” – Website / Reviews
Girlfriends” – Season 1Website / Reviews
I, Tonya” – Website / Reviews
In the Dark” – Season 1Website / Reviews
LA 92” – Website / Reviews
Phantom Thread” – Website / Reviews
The Post” – Website / Reviews
The Shannara Chronicles” – Season 2Website / Reviews
The State” – Website / Reviews
Suits” – Season 7Website / Reviews
Wait for your Laugh” – Website / Reviews

The Write Stuff: Docs About Authors

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

City of Gold image

Writers face many struggles in their chosen craft. How do they get inspiration and explore their chosen subjects? How do they portray themselves to get an audience? Check out these documentaries about writers.

City of Gold dvd coverCity of Gold” (2016)

Acclaimed food writer Jonathan Gold sets off on a journey to explore the panoply of regional cuisines and trademark dishes to be found within the vast urban sprawl of Los Angeles. With eternal curiosity, razor-sharp intellect, and existential longing, Gold is a culinary geographer taking us where no critic has gone before. Continue reading “The Write Stuff: Docs About Authors”

Act Long & Prosper: Docs Featuring Actors From Star Trek

Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Still from For the Love of Spock documentary

The Star Trek franchise launched in the 1960s, giving viewers a unique view of our culture as reflected through science fiction. The actors who have portrayed characters on Star Trek have themselves lived interesting lives due to the cultural influence of their work. Check out these documentaries featuring actors from the Star Trek franchise.
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New DVD List: Bombshell, Dolores & More

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

Bombshell dvd coverBombshell
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When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star Hedy Lamarr decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly accuracy. The secret communication system she creates is groundbreaking and eventually changes the course of history. Continue reading “New DVD List: Bombshell, Dolores & More”

Fool Me Once: Docs Featuring Fakers

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

ambassador-image

People create fake identities for various reasons. In the case of the documentary films below, these fakers wish to expose something to the audience through their trickery. Check out this list of docs that feature various kinds of fakers.

The Ambassador” (2012)

This is a darkly comic, genre-bending piece of gonzo journalism from international provocateur Mads Brügger. He disguises himself as a European ambassador to expose the business of selling diplomatic titles that allows wealthy businessmen to exploit the resources of Third World nations.

Kumare” (2013)

Follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Instead, he finds himself forging profound connections with people from all walks of life — and wondering if and when to reveal his true self.

Czech Dream” (2007)

Documents the largest consumer hoax the Czech Republic has ever seen. Two of Eastern Europe’s most promising young documentary filmmakers set out to explore the psychological and manipulative powers of consumerism by creating an ad campaign for a super store that didn’t exist.

New DVD List: Faces Places, Handmaid’s Tale & More

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Faces Places film

Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

Faces Places DVD coverFaces Places
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This Oscar-nominated documentary showed earlier this year at Ragtag Cinema and focuses on two unique French artists. 89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR team up to co-direct this enchanting road movie. Together the artists travel and meet locals in French villages, learning their stories and produce epic-size portraits of them. Continue reading “New DVD List: Faces Places, Handmaid’s Tale & More”

Northern Lights: Docs Featuring Canadian Cities

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Still from Seth's Dominion

Cities can inspire hopes and dreams, so it’s no surprise that they also can inspire fantasy lives as well. This collection of documentaries offers up a unique blend of facts and fantasies involving cities in Canada.

Seth's Dominion dvd coverSeth’s Dominion” (2016)

Director Luc Chamberland sheds light on the cartoonist Seth, mixing insightful biography with vivid animation and exploring his model city named Dominion that Seth has been building for the last 10 years. In this deft portrait, Seth proves to be a wry and engaging narrator of his life story and artistic process. Continue reading “Northern Lights: Docs Featuring Canadian Cities”

New DVD List: Quest, Motherland & More

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Still from Quest dvd

Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

Quest dvd coverQuest
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Playing at the True False Film Fest in 2017, this film is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency a married couple raise a family while nurturing a community of hip-hop artists in their home music studio. It’s a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can’t always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Continue reading “New DVD List: Quest, Motherland & More”