Flick Picks 4/30/13: Silver Linings Playbook, The Guilt Trip, History of The Eagles

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ENTERTAINMENT: We're now received all of the the major Oscar winners, as Silver Linings Playbook finally arrives on DVD and Blu-ray. Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for her role as a depressed woman who becomes involved with the recently diagnosed as bipolar Bradley Cooper. Though advertised as a romantic comedy this movie is emotionally deep, dealing with serious issues related to mental health. Robert De Niro also stars while director David O. Russell also brought us the excellent Three Kings and The Fighter. Also this week, Seth Rogan is the son and Barbra Streisand is the mother in the road-trip comedy The Guilt Trip. This is Streisand's first starring role since 1996 and it's an essentially a vehicle for the two actors, who play characters who discover that they have more in common than they realized. In Broken City, Mark Wahlberg is a disgraced former cop who is hired by the mayor (Russell Crowe) to follow the wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who he believes is cheating on him. Sure enough, Wahlberg soon finds himself in a little too deep.
The comedy The Details stars Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks as a married suburban couple who become obsessed with eradicating a family of raccoons that wrecks their beautifully manicured yard. This one disappeared from the theaters quickly so it's a great time to pick it up on DVD! We've also got a couple of fun indie picks this week. David Chase, who created The Sopranos, brings us his first feature film, the coming-of-age music drama Not Fade Away. In Not Fade Away, three friends see the Rolling Stones in on tv in the mid-sixties and decide to form a rock band. It's a loosely based on Chase's adolescent years in New Jersey and co-stars his Sopranos compatriot James Gandolfini. Also this week, the always-enjoyable Colm Meaney stars in Parked, about a man living out of his car who forms a relationship with the carefree 21-year-old who lives in the car next door.

DOCUMENTARIES: One of the best-selling rock bands of all time gets their own DVD set, as History of the Eagles lands at the library. Originally produced for Showtime, this two-part documentary gives us many musical and personal details of the iconic 1970s rock band's history. It also includes a 1977 concert. Wagner & Me explores Stephen Fry's love of Richard Wagner's music, as well as the complexities of feeling this love as a Jew. Also, explore how the Texas State Board of Education is changing public education to fit their cultural and religious views in the chilling The Revisionaries.

SERIES: New from England is the drama The Syndicate, which follows five supermarket employees whose lives are changed after they win big in a lottery pool. Also this week you can finally find out who killed Rosie Larson as season 2 of AMC's The Killing arrives.

You can find all of our upcoming and recently released DVDs and Blu-rays in Bibliocommons.

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DVDs on a Train

The recent Glencoe Historical Society program on Glencoe's interurban trains got us thinking - did you ever consider how many great movies there are that take place on a train? They seem to be the ideal setting for mystery, film noir and more! Check out this list for some great train rides on DVD!
  • Strangers on a Train is the classic Alfred Hitchcock story of two men who meet on a train and agree to swap murders. The Lady Vanishes is an early Hitchcock gem, this time in a story of espionage on an European train.
  • Nazi spies pursue a Czech scientist and his daughter in the Swiss Alps in 1940's Night Train to Munich. This film feels very similar to The Lady Vanishes as it was written by the same pair of writers.
  • The 1974 tale adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express has an all-star cast of Albert Finney (as Hercule Poirot), Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, John Gielgud and many more.
  • Though perhaps not as quaint as the above films, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is certainly just as atmospheric, as it tells the story of a subway train held hostage. It stars Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw and was later remade with Denzel Washington and John Travolta.
  • Many people consider From Russia With Love to be one of the best Bond films and it's hard to find fault with its exhilarating climax on the Orient Express.
  • Wes Anderson's Darjeeling Limited stars Adrian Brody, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman as three brothers exploring family relationships as they travel through India.
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