New DVD List: May 2024

Posted on Friday, May 10, 2024 by Decimal Diver

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

” – Limited SeriesWebsite / Reviews 
This is a dramatic eight-part series based on the bizarre Missouri true crime story. It explores the tragic relationship between young Gypsy Blanchard (Joey King) and her overprotective mother Dee De (Patricia Arquette).

” – Season 1 – Website / Reviews 
From producers Taylor Sheridan and David Oyelowo, this fictional series inspired by real-life events follows Bass Reeves’ rise from enslavement to law enforcement as one of the first Black U.S. Deputy Marshals.

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A documentary that views the Cold War through the lens of TV network ABC as it narrowly succeeds in producing the most watched, most controversial made-for-TV movie, “The Day After,” in 1983.

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This is a restored release of Béla Tarr’s 2000 dramatic Hungarian film. The story unfolds in an unnamed village, where, one day, a mysterious circus arrives and appears to awaken a kind of madness in the citizens.

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In this Danish historical drama set in 1755, Captain Ludvig Kahlen sets out to tame an uninhabitable land and build a colony in the name of the King, but he comes in conflict with the ruthless lord of the region. Continue reading “New DVD List: May 2024”

New DVD List: April 2024

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2024 by Decimal Diver

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

” – Website / Reviews
This Oscar nominated film is the tale of a woman brought back to life by a brilliant and unorthodox scientist. Seeking the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off on a whirlwind adventure across the continents.

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Based on the stage musical of the same name, which in turn draws inspiration from Alice Walker’s 1982 novel, this film is a decades-spanning tale of one woman’s journey to independence.

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In this comedic drama, an ordinary family man (Nicholas Cage) finds his life turned upside down when millions of strangers suddenly see him in their dreams and his newfound stardom takes a nightmarish turn.

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From the director of “The Wrecking Crew,” this documentary follows legendary 1970s session musicians who found success while performing with iconic singers Phil Collins, James Taylor, Carole King and others.

” – Season 1Website / Reviews
A comedy series that follows an aspiring London filmmaker trapped in his recruitment job. When an old friend fixes him an opportunity, he must decide between going all in or giving up his dream entirely.
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Hitchcock Film Fest on Kanopy

Posted on Friday, March 22, 2024 by Abbey Rimel

Kanopy cover image of the documentary film, "Hitchcock/Truffaut." A Quirky red font on a black background with the title and the two directors posing together. Hitchcock stands and gesticulates with his right hand. Truffaut sits looking up at Hitchcock and leans on his chin with his left hand.

Pop some popcorn and kick off your very own Hitchcock film fest with this documentary that centers on the famous week-long interview of Alfred Hitchcock by fellow filmmaker Francois Truffaut: “Hitchcock/Truffaut The Timeless Legacy of Alfred Hitchcock.” While revealing a lifelong friendship between the two directors, the film makes some interesting points about the work of Alfred Hitchcock. For instance, his status as an auteur was granted him by the filmmakers of the French New Wave, his silent film career informed his style as cinema transitioned to talkies, and his vision was singular and highly controlled with only a few collaborators allowed into his process.

 

Kanopy cover image for Hitchcock's film "Blackmail." This vintage poster has a mostly yellow background and shows a detective in an art studio, pulling a red curtain aside to see a canvas study of the female form on an easel. The text reads: MYSTERY, DRAMA, SUSPENSE, ACTION. Featuring Anny Ondra, Cyril Ritchard, John Longden, Donald Calthrop, Sara Allgood. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.Once you’ve gotten a little background knowledge on this famous director, Kanopy is loaded with a considerable sampling of his work, most notably his early silent films. You’ll also find “Blackmail,” Hitchcock’s first talkie, and you’ll see his budding talent for suspense in “Jamaica Inn” and “Dial M for Murder.”

Finally, I wouldn’t be a worthy librarian if I didn’t also mention that this interview between Truffaut and Hitchcock also spawned a classic text, often considered a seminal work in the study of cinema. You can check out “Hitchcock/Truffaut (Revised Edition)” right here at your local library!

If the Truffaut documentary and other Kanopy holdings tempt you to explore more of the Hitchcock catalog, you can easily find films that show the director in full mastery of his art at the library. Classic films like “Vertigo,” “Rear Window,” “The Birds,” and “Notorious” are waiting for you on our shelves. Sure, you could pay for them on streaming platforms like Apple TV or Amazon Prime, but why?

Kanopy’s Hitchcock Films

The Ring,” 1927
Silent Film
A young boxer gets revenge in and outside of the ring.

Champagne,” 1928
Silent film
This film was panned by critics and later dismissed by Hitchcock himself as a movie searching for a plot.

The Farmer’s Wife,” 1928
Silent film
Local landowner seeks a wife.

Kanopy cover image of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Manxman," in black and white. This close up of a young couple leaning into each other is typical of the silent era, with thick drawn on makeup presumably to highlight the expressiveness of the actor's faces. The Manxman,” 1929
Silent film
Fisherman Pete and lawyer Philip vie for the heart of Kate, the landlord’s daughter.

Blackmail,” 1929
Feature film
Hitchock’s first talkie.

Murder!,” 1930
Feature film
A former juror seeks to exonerate the woman he convicted of murder.

The Skin Game,” 1931
Feature film
Landed gentry defend tradition.

Rich and Strange: East of Shanghai,” 1931
Feature film
Money breaks apart a married couple.

Number Seventeen,” 1932
Feature film
Thieves attempt to elude a determined detective.

The Man Who Knew Too Much,” 1934
Feature film
A young Peter Lorre does his creepy best in this film about an ordinary couple whose child is kidnapped in Switzerland. Hitchcock would later remake this film (1956) with bigger Hollywood names and an altered plot (but he still hired Lorre the second time around!).Kanopy cover image for "Jamaica Inn," which appears to be a movie still featuring Maureen O'Hara and Charles Laughton in costume. Large yellow font with the movie title and director.

Jamaica Inn,” 1939
Feature film
Based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier. A young woman discovers she’s surrounded by criminals, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to foil their evil ways!

Dial M for Murder,” 1954
Feature film
A slimy ex-tennis pro plots to have his wife murdered and spends the rest of the time trying to cover up his misdeeds.

New DVD List: March 2024

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2024 by Decimal Diver

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

” – MiniseriesWebsite / Reviews 
Completing the Planet Earth trilogy, this documentary series follows the world’s most amazing animals, telling stories that are dramatic, thrilling, funny and sometimes heart-breaking, but always full of hope.

Part I, D’Artagnan” – Website / Reviews 
This French language adaptation of the classic book is Part I of a two-part epic. The film follows D’Artagnan, a spirited young boy who is left for dead after trying to save a young woman from being kidnapped.

Waitress: The Musical” – Website / Reviews 
The Tony-nominated Broadway musical comes to the big screen. It features composer-lyricist Sara Bareilles as a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage.

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A deep-dive documentary on the founder and lost creative genius of The Rolling Stones. Featuring candid interviews and never-before-seen footage, it explores how Jones was left behind in the shadows of history.

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In this True False documentary, a teenage girl faces the challenges of growing up in the misty mountains of Vietnam. In her traditional culture, girls marry young, but at school she learns there are alternatives.
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New DVD List: February 2024

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 by Decimal Diver

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

” – Website / Reviews 
This Oscar nominated comedy follows a curmudgeonly instructor at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go.

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A 2022 True False documentary that intimately chronicles the lives and music of a band made up of five young metal heads whose burgeoning fame is set against the backdrop of the Lebanese revolution.

I Am A Noise” – Website / Reviews  
Following the legendary folk singer on her final tour, this documentary delves into her extraordinary archive, including newly discovered home movies, diaries, artwork, therapy tapes, and audio recordings.

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An Iranian American woman strives to find balance and embrace her opposing cultures in this comedic drama. It’s a a heartfelt story about family, belonging, and the undeniable influence of pop music.

” – Season 1Website / Reviews 
Inspired by an actual US Military program, this Taylor Sheridan spy thriller series follows Joe (Zoe Saldaña) who leads an undercover operation to take down a terrorist group from within. Continue reading “New DVD List: February 2024”

New DVD List: January 2024

Posted on Monday, January 8, 2024 by Decimal Diver

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

” – Website / Reviews 
In this horror film a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand — they become hooked on the thrill, until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story” – Website / Reviews 
This comedic satire explores every facet of the musician’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like “Eat It” and “Like a Surgeon” to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle.

” – Website / Reviews 
A documentary following a team of Ukrainian journalists from The Associated Press (AP) trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol as they struggle to document atrocities of the Russian invasion.

” – Website / Reviews 
In this black and white drama, an Afghan refugee who works in a fortune cookie factory struggles to put her life back in order.  In a moment of sudden revelation, she decides to send out a special message in a cookie.

” – Season 1Website / Reviews 
A fantasy show based on Neil Gaiman’s comic series. After years of imprisonment, Morpheus — the King of Dreams — embarks on a journey across worlds to find what was stolen from him and restore his power. Continue reading “New DVD List: January 2024”

New DVD List: December 2023

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2023 by Decimal Diver

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

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Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, this dramatic film thrusts audiences into the mind of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, whose landmark work on the Manhattan Project created the first atomic bomb.

” – MiniseriesWebsite / Reviews
The TV series continues based on Elmore Leonard’s book “City Primeval.” Fifteen years after Raylan Givens left the hollers of Kentucky, chance encounter on a desolate Florida highway sends him to Detroit.

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A Ken Burns documentary telling the story of an improbable, shaggy beast that has found itself at the center of many of the country’s most mythic and heartbreaking tales.

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Based on the graphic novel of the same name, this comedy-drama focuses on a California filmmaker who contemplates his romantic future when his girlfriend moves to New York for an internship.

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This dramatic mystery film based on the Agatha Christie book “Hallowe’en Party” is set in eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve featuring the return of the celebrated sleuth, Hercule Poirot.

Continue reading “New DVD List: December 2023”

New DVD List: November 2023

Posted on Monday, November 13, 2023 by Decimal Diver

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

” – Website / Reviews
Directed by Greta Gerwig, this comedy follows Barbie and Ken as they step out of the seemingly perfect Barbie Land and into the real world where they discover the joys and perils of living among humans.

” – Season 1Website / Reviews
In this dramatic time travel series, three generations of strong women living together in a small farm town embark on an enlightening journey as they learn how to find their way back to each other.

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The Predator franchise continues in this action-thriller set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. When a fierce and highly skilled young warrior sets out to protect her people, it leads to a vicious showdown.

Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning, Part One” – Website / Reviews 
In this action-adventure film, Ethan Hunt and his IMF team embark on their most dangerous mission yet: To track down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands.

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This documentary is the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines to utterly revolutionize how we produce and listen to music today. Continue reading “New DVD List: November 2023”

New DVD List: October 2023

Posted on Monday, October 9, 2023 by Decimal Diver

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

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Two childhood sweethearts, after decades apart, are reunited for one fateful week in New York as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life in this dramatic modern romance.

” – Season 1Website / Reviews 
A 10-episode mystery-of-the-week series following Natasha Lyonne’s “Charlie”, who has an ability to determine when someone is lying. She hits the road and encounters strange crimes she can’t help but solve.

” – Website / Reviews
In this animated film, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence.

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A dramatic film revealing the partnership between a then-rookie Michael Jordan and Nike’s fledgling basketball division which revolutionized the world of sports and culture with the Air Jordan brand.

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In this documentary literary icon Joyce Carol Oates, author of more than 100 novels, provides rare insight into her life and creative process. Featuring readings by Oscar winner Laura Dern. Continue reading “New DVD List: October 2023”

New DVD List: September 2023

Posted on Friday, September 8, 2023 by Decimal Diver

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

” – Website / Reviews 
This is a fictional account of the story of Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the two men that charted the course of the spectacular rise and catastrophic demise of the world’s first smartphone.

” – Season 1Website / Reviews 
A prequel to “Yellowstone” and a sequel to “1883,” this TV series introduces a new generation of the Dutton family as they explore the challenges of Western expansion, Prohibition, and the Great Depression.

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Edgar Wright’s debut documentary is a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers/bandmates Ron and Russell Mael celebrating the inspiring legacy of their band Sparks.

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A sharply observed comedy from director Nicole Holofcener about a novelist whose long-standing marriage is suddenly upended when she overhears her husband give his honest reaction to her latest book.

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In the latest from director Wes Anderson, world-changing events spectacularly disrupt the itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention in an American desert town circa 1955.

Continue reading “New DVD List: September 2023”