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Flick Picks 6/26

New this week!
ENTERTAINMENT The moment that we've all been waiting for since the last Academy Awards broadcast is finally here as the Oscar winner for Best Picture The Artist hits DVD and Blu-ray! Jean Dujardin stars in this near-silent tribute to Hollywood's past. Get your holds in so you can see what the buzz is about!

Another major release this week is the surprisingly well-reviewed comedy 21 Jump Street, which stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as police officers going undercover as high school teens. Unlike many of the old tv show remakes this one has some real laughs (as well as some surprising cameos). We have it on DVD and Blu-ray.
Rounding up the major releases are Wrath of the Titans, the sequel to 2010's Clash of the Titans, on DVD and Blu-ray. Sam Worthington returns Persues as does Liam Neeson as his dad, Zeus. Meanwhile, Mirror Mirror provides family fun as it retells the Snow White story with Julia Roberts in wicked stepmother mode. Finally, you might not have heard of the based on a true story Oranges and Sunshine but it's a sensitive drama starring Emily Watson as a social worker who uncovered the mass deportation of children from the UK to Australia.
TV SERIES The major tv series release this week is the fourth season of Damages, starring Glenn Close as a ruthless lawyer. In the meantime, you've probably heard about the tv show House M.D. but if you haven't had a chance to see it yet we've picked up seasons 1-7!
SUBTITLED The Hedgehog, the much anticipated adaptation of Muriel Barbery's The Elegence of the Hedgehog, tells the story of a disillusioned young French girl who learns about life from her building's prickly concierge. For those of you looking for something a little grittier, Bullhead is about a young cattle farmer who is approached to make a shady deal that eventually leads to violence. It was Belgium's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards last year. The Turkish Oscar entry Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, a long, quiet thriller telling the story of a murder investigation, also comes out on DVD this week. 
You can see and place holds on all of our new and forthcoming releases in our Bibliocommons catalog.

Criterion means quality

Would you like to watch an interesting classic, documentary or subtitled film? Why not look for the Criterion label? Since 1998 The Criterion Collection of DVDs has included some of the finest transfers of cinematic gems as well as informational booklets and commentaries. We own over 100 Criterion titles, and the following are some of the essentials:

Criterion also releases films that were only recently in the theaters, such as Tiny Furniture and Life During Wartime. Check out the entire list of the Criterion DVDs that we carry!



Flick Picks: Ernst Lubitsch and a Hollywood Golden Age

There might not have been one Hollywood golden age so much as several. Certainly, a great number of film comedies produced in the 1930's constitute one such age. This was particularly the case in the period between the adoption of the Production Code (also known as the Hays Code) in 1930 and the beginning of its enforcement in 1934. Hollywood films of this brief window in time achieved a level of candor and sophistication not to be seen for decades.

One of the giants of 1930's and 40's film comedy was German immigrant Ernst Lubitsch.  So polished were the director's comedies of manners that they were eventually and rightfully heralded as having "the Lubitsch touch."

Miriam Hopkins

The Glencoe Library has recently acquired two great Lubitsch comedies from the years before the crackdown of the Production Code. Both star Miriam Hopkins, an actress little known today but one of the great screwball comediennes of the 30's and beyond.  

In Design for Living, Hopkins is in the middle of a Parisian love triangle between Gary Cooper and Frederic March. This lasts until the menage a trois becomes too much for everyone and Hopkins' character runs off to America and marries a staid businessman played by Lubitsch regular Edward Everett Horton. Neither Cooper nor March can stand for this and the sanctity of marriage is in for an irreverent assault, the laughs courtesy of a typically sharp script by Ben Hecht, based on a play by Noel Coward.  



Flick Picks 6/19

New This Week!

ENTERTAINMENT The Duplass brothers are a promising pair of writers/directors whose Cyrus was a pleasant surprise in 2010. This week we see the release of their quirky Jeff Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segal and Ed Helms as brothers, one of whom refuses to move out of his parents' house. Another funny little film this week is Wanderlust, which stars Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston as a couple who lose their high-powered New York City jobs and then decide to move to a commune dedicated to nudism, veganism and free love. Finally, the kids will want to see Big Miracle, the "based on a true story" film starring Drew Barrymore as a Greenpeace worker who helps free whales that are trapped in ice in the Arctic Circle.

If you're looking for an unusual indie film from a director with a proven track record you might want to try Guy Maddin's Keyhole. Previous Guy Maddin films, such as The Saddest Music in the World and Twilight of the Ice Nymphs combine surrealism and humor and perhaps make him a Canadian David Lynch. Keyhole stars Isabella Rossellini and Jason Patric in the story of a gangster who returns home.

TV SERIES Web Therapy is an interesting new Showtime comedy starring Lisa Kudrow as a therapist in a mostly improvised show. It has a long list of guest stars including Lily Tomlin, Conan O'Brien and Rosie O'Donnell. Also, set 5 of the English police drama Trial and Retribution arrives this week as well.



Flick Picks 6/12

New This Week!

Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes is back this week as he and Watson (Jude Law) battle Holmes's insidious arch-enemy Moriarity in Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. It's an action packed sequel to the 2010 hit and we have it on both DVD and Blu-ray. If you're looking for a quality smaller film try Thin Ice, which stars Greg Kinnear in a charming Fargo-esque comedic caper set in winter Wisconsin. Also, Too Big To Fail, based on the bestselling story of the Lehman Brothers collapse, is another well-made made-for-HBO movie. With a cast that includes William Hurt, James Woods, Paul Giamatti, Billy Crudup and many more great actors you know that this has got to be worth seeing, especially if you are a fan of true-life big business dramas like Margin Call.

Vince, Ari and the rest of HBO's fun-loving Hollywood gang of buddies returns for a final season of Entourage. If you find yourself going through Entourage withdrawal we've got a funny new Showtime series called Episodes, which stars Matt LeBlanc playing himself as the manipulative new star of British-import series. LeBlanc won a Golden Globe award for this role in a series that is like a cross of Ricky Gervais's Extras and Entourage. Also, worth checking out is ABC's Scandal, a tense political drama about a crisis management consultant (Kerry Washington) in Washington DC. It was created by Shonda Rhimes who also brought us Gray's Anatomy and Private Practice, so it has an excellent pedigree!

The Polish drama In Darkness tells the true story of how a Catholic businessman saved Jews during the Holocaust by hiding them in the town's sewers. This powerful and visually striking film shows how despite being at first motivated purely by money he eventually discovers his conscience.



Flick Picks 6/5

New This Week

John Carter: underrated intelligent sci-fi popcorn flick or overstuffed bomb? This week you can judge for yourself as Disney's adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's classic story comes out on DVD and Blu-ray. Then come back to earth for the tense thriller Safe House, about CIA agents in South Africa. It stars Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds and is also available on both DVD and Blu-ray.

There are some big TV series releases coming out this week with season 8 of Curb Your Enthusiasm leading the pack. In this season Larry heads to New York and discomfort ensues. AMC's Breaking Bad is as addictive as the crystal meth the characters produce and the fourth season hits the shelves this week.

BBC fans have some good options this week too. Everyone's favorite surly doctor Doc Martin is back for a fifth season, and now he's got a baby with him! Also from the Beeb, New Tricks is back for a seventh season!



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