Warbirds over Wanaka 2010

February 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Posted in DVD, DVD Documentary, Reviews | Leave a comment

Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow 2010 – with bombs exploding, soldiers running around with rifles and aircraft above you engaging in an aerial dogfight, you would think you were in a war zone. But no, you would be in little old New Zealand.

It may not be in the top ten on many a girl’s list – but it is for me.

Again the Wanaka Airshow has outdone itself in 2010. It has death defying aerobatics, military displays, aerial dogfights and historic military machinery.

Aircraft on show included: Mitsubishi Zero, Harvard’s, La-9’s, Yak 3, the Aussies new F/A-18’s and my all time favourite fighter aircraft the Spitfire, I just love the deep, throaty sound of it.

If you have a love for military aircraft, whether you are a male or female, you will love this DVD – especially with surround sound.

Reviewed by Shona

Greenzone (DVD Review)

September 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Posted in DVD, DVD Film, Reviews, Suggestions | Leave a comment

One of Bruce Springsteen’s songs a few decades ago was about war, he sung the words ‘War – what is it good for – absolutely nothing’.

Every war movie has their fans and their enemies. I love my war movies and always will, but some people are against any type of war.

Greenzone has a mix of both really.

It is set during the Iraq War and involves the American troops. The movie is based on the book Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rujiv Chandreasekaran.

I enjoyed the movie but all the way through it felt like déjà vu.

After watching all the Bourne series I was interested to see if Matt Damon could pull this movie off.

He plays the part of Chief Warrant Officer Ray Miller who follows orders until those orders really start to become a problem and he goes off on a bit of a bender. His character is a lot like Jason Bourne from the Bourne series of movies, and of course the director is Paul Greengrass who directed the Bourne series.

It is a really good political thriller mixed with war type movie but I felt it didn’t really reach its full potential.

Reviewed by Shona

‘Go Slow France’ by Alastair Sawday

September 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Posted in Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Go Slow France by Alastair Sawday is a visual feast.

This travel guide celebrates the Slow philosophy of embracing all that is local, natural, traditional, sensory and gratifying.

It provides a selection of special places to stay and includes tips for walking and bike riding in France and exploring the national and regional parks.

The guide is broken up into regions and provides detailed information on special places to stay in each region. Each entry is comprehensively described and illustrated with tantalizing colour photographs of not just the properties but also the owners, their families and their pets.

Each entry provides a vignette of the owners and their interpretation of the Slow movement.

Whether you are about to embark upon a trip to France or are just after an ‘armchair experience’ this book will be a welcome addition to your travel reading.

Reviewed by Robyn

Kevin Mc Clouds’ Grand Tour of Europe

September 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Posted in Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Kevin McClouds’ Grand tour of Europe is a wonderful romp following in the footsteps of the wealth young English men of the 17th through to the 19th century ‘on grand tour’.

The author is interested in uncovering the tour experience’s of Britain’s foremost architects of the age – Inigo Jones, Christopher Wren and the Scottish Adam family and the mark they left on the architectural face of Britain.

He visits Paris, Genoa, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and Athens looking at the works of Michelangelo and Palladio among others.

Visits of the opera and a chance to make Parmesan cheese take place in Parma while along the way he also explores the brothels, bathhouses and drinking dens frequented by the ‘grand tourist’.

Among the ancient Greek ruins of Athens the author experiments with a camera obscure and explores the excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii.

He completes his journey by traveling  back to London via the Italian Alps perched atop a not so comfortable sedan chair.

Reviewed by Robyn

Where The Wild Things Are DVD

July 2, 2010 at 8:51 am | Posted in Children's, DVD, Reviews | Leave a comment

I grew up with the book this movie is based on, in fact I still have it sitting on a bookshelf at home, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

Would it be a true representation of the book, or would it take some liberties – as movies sometimes do (to keep us interested?)  And would the murmuring I had heard be true – was Max really being portrayed as a hyperactive, annoying, badly behaved child?

But tried to put any pre-conceived ideas out the window, and I’m glad I did – I really enjoyed the 97 minutes I spent watching it!

Max was definitely a naughty kid – and this was perhaps a bit over-emphasised – but I couldn’t help but look at him and see a normal, imaginative boy underneath the costume.

However on the whole the movie was as close to the book version as it could get and the parts that did change (particularly the fact that Max runs away, instead of simply being shut in his room and imagining the world away) were very well adapted.

I loved the fact that you could find little similarities between the real world and the imaginary lands – the big balls of sticks, the model city and more and more each time I looked.  Even some of the sayings echoed each other, particularly the line “You’re out of control!” which is said by Max’s Mum to him, Max to Carol and KW to Carol.

The soundtrack to the movie was a high point for me, it really tied the whole thing together and gave context to the scenes.

I loved the fact that it was actually quite believable – even though it wasn’t realistic – and I could lose myself in it.

The only bit I found utterly irritating was Max’s teacher, near the start of the movie, who told the children the world would end!  And I must admit to having tears in my eyes near the end, but I won’t say much more – don’t want to spoil things for anyone!

This is admittedly an adults view on a children’s movie, but I think it would be enjoyed by young and old alike (although maybe not too young.)

Make sure you check out the Special Features too – I wouldn’t normally comment on them, but these ones are quite enjoyable to watch.

Enjoy!

Check and see if it’s available at the moment here.  See if we have any other items relating to this title available at the moment here.

Reviewed by Joy

500 Days Of Summer DVD

July 2, 2010 at 8:49 am | Posted in DVD, DVD Film, Reviews | Leave a comment

Before I begin, a word of warning:  I always try to watch a variety of movies, and like everyone, I have certain genres I like and others I don’t – comedys and romances rank somewhere near the bottom.

I live in hope that the movie will turn out to be an enjoyable watch, and sometimes I am pleasantly surprised.  Other times, not so much.

So please take this into account – you may love this movie.  I, on the other hand, am incredibly relieved I didn’t pay good money to watch this at the cinema.

The 500 days are not running concurrently – we jump from one day to another with no semblance of order.  Yes, it’s done to show the way relationships can change, but it becomes frustrating very quickly and makes it easy to lose focus.

Zooey Deschanel’s character, Summer, is morose and annoying – almost as annoying as the character her sister Emily plays on ‘Bones’ (Temperance Brennan), but without any of the likeable quirks.

Maybe I’m just a total romantic – I believe in love and she sure doesn’t seem to!  On the plus side, it showed a new and interesting side to Matthew Grey Gubler, who plays Paul (friend of lead character Tom, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.)   I’ve only ever seen him on Criminal Minds, and the two characters are really quite different!

This movie also ruined some perfectly good music – for example ‘She’s Like The Wind’ or ‘Every Rose Has It’s Thorn’ (okay, these 2 songs – which are now stuck firmly in my mind – may not be the best ever, but they were looking a lot better before I saw them being mutilated by bad singing or cheesy scenes.)

And as for the ULTRA-cheesy musical number following their first intimate encounter…  My eyes were wide in disbelief!

Tom falls asleep in a movie theatre at one point during this DVD and really that mirrored how I ended up feeling.

However, I do think that if romantic comedies are your thing you’ll enjoy it!  It just wasn’t my cup of tea!

Check if it’s available at the moment here.

Reviewed by Joy

CD Review – Mika – The Boy Who Knew Too Much

July 2, 2010 at 8:48 am | Posted in Music, Reviews | Leave a comment

What a fantastic piece of music this CD is.

I loved this from start to finish – reminds me so much of the 80’s band ERASURE, who had hits like ‘Oh L’Amour’ and ‘A Little Respect’.

Mika’s latest CD – The Boy Who Knew too Much follows his debut album ‘Life in Cartoon Motion’ which sold 6 million copies.

‘We are Golden’ is the lead single on the disc. His hit ‘Rain’ was also sung at the 2009 Royal Variety Show. There are also feature guest inputs from Imogen Heap, Owen Pallet, Stuart Price and Arcade Fire.

There is really a big influence on the CD from pop albums from the 80’s and 90’s.  It is an eclectic piece of work, a cross between pop and disco. Well worth listening to if you like this sort of music.

Reviewed by Shona

Movie Review – The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

July 2, 2010 at 8:47 am | Posted in DVD, DVD Film, Reviews | Leave a comment

All I can say is be ready with a very large box of tissues.

The movie is based on a novel written by John Boyne.  Bruno is an 8-year old German boy whose father is an officer in the German Army. He ends up moving from Berlin to a remote area when his father gets a promotion.  His father  is now the kommandant of a Nazi prison camp.

One day Bruno discovers what he thinks is a farm with farmers that wear very funny clothing (striped pyjamas).  He goes to investigate the farm and soon becomes friends with a little boy named Shmuel.

The film pulls at the old heart strings and is well worth watching. It shows the way that the Jews were treated by the Germans. It showed how an 8 year old boy viewed the situation, which was totally different than an adults view. The only thing that I did not like about the film is that all the actors had British or American accents – when they were supposed to be Germans.

During the film you can see the huge differences in lifestyles of both the boys.  The way they live, dress, sleep, and the way that they are treated. I will not tell you anymore – because I don’t want to ruin the movie.

Reviewed by Shona

NB Issue 09 – May 2010

May 10, 2010 at 9:30 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Children's, City Library, e-resource, Fiction, Heritage, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, Reviews, Suggestions, Waikouaiti, Website, Young Adult | Leave a comment

The latest issue of Dunedin Public Libraries publication NB is now available at any branch of the DPL network and also online as a downloadable .pdf document.

NB Issue 08: March 2010

March 2, 2010 at 9:47 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, Children's, City Library, e-resource, Fiction, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Recent Updates, Reviews, Suggestions, Teenspace, Waikouaiti, Website, Young Adult | Leave a comment

The latest issue of Dunedin Public Libraries publication NB is now available at any branch of the DPL network and also online as a downloadable .pdf document.

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