Country Life: Docs Featuring Rural Missouri

Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by Dewey Decimal Diver

If you primarily have lived in Missouri cities, you might not be that familiar with your rural neighbors. While not all people in rural areas are the same, the documentaries below might help introduce you to a few of the folks you might encounter in the country. Check out these documentaries that take a look at residents in rural Missouri:

Stray Dog” (2014)

The film follows Ron “Stray Dog” Hall as he caravans on his Harley with fellow vets to pay tribute to their fallen brothers at the Vietnam Memorial. Meanwhile, back home in southern Missouri where he owns and operates an RV Park populated by a community on the margins, he forges a new life of domesticity with his Mexican wife Alicia. Continue reading “Country Life: Docs Featuring Rural Missouri”

New DVD List: Apollo 11 & More

Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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

Apollo 11
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Playing at this year’s True False Film Fest, this documentary takes viewers straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission, the one that first put men on the moon. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future. Continue reading “New DVD List: Apollo 11 & More”

“Game of Thrones” Is Dead. Long Live “Game of Thrones”!

Posted on Monday, May 20, 2019 by Melissa

"A Game of Thrones" Book CoverThe last season of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” (based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series) has been controversial at times, but I think we can all agree on one point – it’s over. But don’t despair – your library is here to fill the dragon-shaped hole in your life.

If you want to stay in the realm (heh) of acclaimed fantasy novels adapted for prestige television, read the Philip Pullman series “His Dark Materials.” There are no dragons, but there are polar bears and prophecies, and Lyra is one of the most memorable characters you’ll ever spend time with. The first season of the show will premiere on HBO later this year. Lin-Manuel Miranda is in it!

Maybe you want to start another fantasy series with superb world building and a villain you can love to hate. “The Kingkiller Chronicle,” by Patrick Rothfuss, is well-written and propulsive and you’ll want to pick up the second book as soon as you close the first. However, this series and “A Song of Ice and Fire” have something else in common – neither series has had a book published since 2011. “The Kingkiller Chronicle” is also being adapted into a movie. Lin-Manuel Miranda is writing it! Continue reading ““Game of Thrones” Is Dead. Long Live “Game of Thrones”!”

New DVD List: My Brilliant Friend & More

Posted on Friday, May 10, 2019 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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

My Brilliant Friend
Season 1
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Based on the bestselling Neapolitan novel series by author Elena Ferrante. When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship.

Bumblebee
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Charlie Watson, a teenager trying to find her place in the world, discovers and repairs a battle-scarred robot named Bumblebee, who’s disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle. As the Decepticons hunt down the surviving Autobots with the help of a secret agency led by Agent Burns, the transformer and Charlie team up to protect the world in an action-packed adventure that’s fun for the whole family. Continue reading “New DVD List: My Brilliant Friend & More”

New DVD List: Free Solo & More

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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

Free Solo
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Playing last year at Ragtag Cinema, this film is a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock… the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park… without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Continue reading “New DVD List: Free Solo & More”

New DVD List: Makala, Can You Ever Forgive Me? & More

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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

Makala DVD coverMakala
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Shown previously at the True False Film Fest, this documentary focuses on a 28-year-old man living in Congo with his wife and daughters who dreams of purchasing a plot of land on which to build his family a home by selling charcoal. Featuring stunning cinematography, the film is a powerful testament to one man’s commitment to his family, and his endurance in working to provide them with a brighter future.

Can You Ever Forgive Me DVD coverCan You Ever Forgive Me?
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Playing last year at Ragtag Cinema, this film is inspired by the true story of author Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn & Tallulah Bankhead. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack. Continue reading “New DVD List: Makala, Can You Ever Forgive Me? & More”

New DVD List: Brimstone & Glory & More

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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

Brimstone and Glory DVD coverBrimstone & Glory
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Shown previously at the True False Film Fest and Center Aisle Cinema, this documentary focuses on the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico. For the three-quarters of Tultepec residents who work in pyrotechnics, the festival anchors their way of life. It is an explosive event with unrestrained delight and real peril. Plunging headlong into the fire, this film honors the spirit of Tultepec’s community and celebrates celebration itself. Continue reading “New DVD List: Brimstone & Glory & More”

New DVD List: McQueen, Support The Girls & More

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by Dewey Decimal Diver

McQueen fashion

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

McQueen
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Playing last year at Ragtag Cinema, this film is a personal look at the extraordinary life, career and artistry of fashion icon Alexander McQueen. Through exclusive interviews with his closest friends and family, recovered archives, exquisite visuals and music, it is an authentic celebration and thrilling portrait of an inspired yet tortured fashion visionary. Directed by Ian Bonhôte and co-directed/written by Peter Ettedgui. Continue reading “New DVD List: McQueen, Support The Girls & More”

Imitation Game: Docs That Inspired Feature Films

Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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The Loud family from the documentary “An American Family” (left) and actors portraying the Loud family in “Cinema Verite” (right).

Some documentaries are so compelling that you don’t want them to end. Fictional films can expand upon a documentary in unique and surprising ways, including scenes and people that didn’t make it into the original. Check out these docs that have inspired feature films:

An American Family dvd coverAn American Family” (1973)

First debuting in 1973 over twelve episodes, viewers were introduced to the William C. Loud family and the dramatic life events that unfolded during seven months of documentary shooting. This DVD edition is a two hour compilation of the series’ best moments. The documentary series inspired the fictional film “Cinema Verite” released in 2011. Continue reading “Imitation Game: Docs That Inspired Feature Films”

New DVD List: Long Strange Trip, Blackkklansman & More

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by Dewey Decimal Diver

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

Long Strange Trip
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Playing at the True False Film Fest in 2017, this film examines the long career of the Grateful Dead featuring new interviews with the surviving members of the group and never-before-seen footage of the group’s performances. This is the first full-length documentary to explore the fiercely independent vision and perpetual innovation that made the Bay Area band one of the most influential musical groups of their generation. Continue reading “New DVD List: Long Strange Trip, Blackkklansman & More”