Death At A Funeral

September 11, 2008 at 10:45 am | Posted in DVD Film, Reviews, Suggestions | Leave a comment

The plot of the movie fits the title of it – DEATH AT A FUNERAL.

This film takes place mostly at a funeral.  It begins with the arrival of family and friends that are mostly reserved middle-upper-class people.

Chaos erupts when romance, jealousy, in-laws, hallucinogens, dark secrets, life-long yearnings and a spot of bold blackmail all collide at one funeral.

Really enjoyed this movie – it gave me more than a few laughs. A fabulous British comedy! Well worth watching. I just loved Alan Tudyk and Kris Marshall but then the rest of the cast were great as well.

Crazy plot, which at several points during the film seemed just plain silly or, worse, inane. But what makes this film a real joy to watch is the acting – every character is played to perfection.

Another strength – the film portrays beautifully the chaos underlying all our lives. Each character is totally immersed in their own drama and is basically oblivious of other peoples’ situations/experiences.

The characters are like colliding universes. Clever! I thought this film was a cross between “Borat” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral” .

I haven’t laughed so much for a very long time. The film is full of unbelievable mishaps and old fashioned slap-stick. It is a clever movie and well worth seeing.

Shona (Bookmad)

AV Advocate (Central Library)

New DVDs for Kids

September 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm | Posted in Children's, DVD, e-resource, Library_News, Suggestions, Website | Leave a comment

Wow there’s a bunch of new titles just in and now available for issue.

Check out the list and place a hold on our website today!

La Vie en Rose – DVD Review

May 15, 2008 at 1:11 pm | Posted in DVD, DVD Film, Reviews | Leave a comment

Marion Cotillard delivers a multi-award winning performance (Academy, Bafta, César, Golden Globe) as French singer Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose.

The film is about Piaf’s journey from a poverty-stricken Parisian street singer to a French icon and singer of international renown.

Special features include a documentary called The Passionate Life of Edith Piaf which discusses the history and influences of Piaf’s style of singing, and a CD, titled “La Môme”, containing all the songs that appeared in the film.

Read more about Piaf from our collection.

Posted by Colleen, Collection Advocate.

Seen any good movies lately?

February 20, 2008 at 2:46 pm | Posted in DVD, DVD Film, Library_News, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Evan AlmightyWhen was the last time you heard that question?

If you are looking for a new film to watch look no further than our extensive list of movie titles available on DVD.

We’ve just posted a selection of new titles that have hit our shelves and update this page regularly so check it often.

Documentary DVD’s – New Titles

February 11, 2008 at 12:24 pm | Posted in DVD, Library_News, Non-Fiction | Leave a comment

Alistair Cooke’s AmericaThe U.S. vs John Lennon

Are you a fan of documentaries? Check out our selection of new titles on our website.

Clicking on the image covers will take you to their online catalogue details.

Live forever : the rise and fall of Britpop

December 23, 2007 at 4:00 pm | Posted in DVD Music | Leave a comment

Live forever : the rise and fall of Britpop takes a look at the 90’s love affair with Cool Britannia and the English music scene. Beginning with the glorious Stone Roses and continuing through to the demise of Oasis, the documentary follows the fortunes and misfortunes of some of the big names.

Rivalling the American grunge scene Britpop was influenced by the laddish working class culture of the day. It reflected the post Thatcher air of optimism – the sigh of relief and unbuttoning of the masses. The film explores this political climate and the way in which Tony Blair and the New Labour Party aligned themselves with the musicians in a rather blatant attempt to win over younger voters.

Director John Dower suggests that the movement died with Diana whose passing over shadowed the release of the third and final Oasis album. But the priceless interviews with the Gallagher brothers, Jarvis Cocker, Damien Hurst and others suggest that the over indulgence and subsequent apathy of some of the bands may have had more to do with it.

If you are a fan of the music you might want to check a couple of our newer aquisitions….

‘The Stone Roses’

‘Pulp – Different class’

The Good Shepherd

September 14, 2007 at 5:00 pm | Posted in DVD Film | Leave a comment

‘The Good Shepherd’, directed by Robert De Niro, tells the story of the early years of the CIA as seen through the eyes of the young and idealistic Edward Wilson. As a young Yale student Wilson is recruited into the Office of Strategic Services (the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency). He grows within the agency to become a seasoned veteran operative. The plot centres on what he must sacrifice both personally and morally to become so heavily involved in this world of espionage and distrust.
The plot is slow moving but intense. The story is laid out as a series of flashbacks which culminate with the Bay of Pigs incident. Wilson must uncover the source of a leak but whilst doing so he is forced to confront his own actions and choices. The Good Shepherd is packed full of big names including Michael Gambon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin and Robert De Niro. Matt Damon plays the role of the quiet and disturbingly self contained Wilson brilliantly. However the make up used to age him isn’t all that convincing and is somewhat distracting.

Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)

July 6, 2007 at 2:31 pm | Posted in DVD | Leave a comment

By December 1914 the First World War on the western front had settled into its own bloody routine. One side would launch a raid at their enemy’s trenches and be repelled by machinegun fire, and then the other side would do the same. Those not on the front lines – senior officers and the public at large – were indoctrinated with the propaganda of hate.

Joyeux Noel tells the remarkable true story of how a few companies of French, Scottish and German soldiers came to a truce for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This was not something planned in advance and it is heartening to see them overcome their distrust, if only for a little while.

Filmed in French, German and English, there are some subtitles. It’s definitely worth seeing. The director, Christian Carion, has made a film that transcends nation and language.

The Ascent of Man.

June 6, 2007 at 11:19 am | Posted in DVD Documentary | Leave a comment

The Ascent of Man. Based on the book by J Bronowski.
The Ascent of Man, now available on DVD, is one of the best television documentary series that I have ever seen. I remember watching this when it was first broadcast on TV in the 1970s. Who could forget Dr Jacob Bronowski’s impassioned style of communication, his gnomic stature, and his wonderful ties? He describes the series as a “personal journey through intellectual history.” He was first a mathematician, later a biologist, and a lover of poetry and the arts. The series was filmed in locations that spanned the globe – Jericho, Basel, Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Vienna, and humankind’s nadir, Auschwitz. He covers cultural achievements from stone tools to horsepower to quantum physics. This series is a jewel in the BBC’s crown and not to be missed.

Memoirs of a geisha

June 1, 2007 at 5:19 pm | Posted in DVD Film | Leave a comment

This stunning movie is a must see for anyone who enjoyed Arthur Golden’s ‘Memoir’s of a geisha : a novel’. The novel was published in 1997 and sparked a renewed interest in the hidden world of the geisha. It tells the story of a young girl Sayuri who is sold to a geisha house in Gion in the 1930’s. Sayuri finds herself the target of the jealous and cruel Hatsumono played in the film by the fantastic Gong Li who really brings out the characters malicious cat like qualities. The story follows Sayuri’s struggle to become a geisha and win the attentions of the man she has fallen in love with.
‘Memoir’s of a geisha’ won Academy awards for cinematography, costume design and art direction and is worth watching simply for this reason. It reflects the ideal that a geisha should be like a living work of art, the scene with the spring dances is superb. It does however disappoint by making unnecessary changes to the novel.

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