Flick Picks 9/17/13: World War Z, Behind the Candelabra, The Bling Ring

New at the Library on DVD and Blu-ray!

ENTERTAINMENT: There are LOTS of new DVDs for you to enjoy this week! Don't forget to ask us for recommendations! Leading off the list is big budget loose adaptation of the Max Brooks zombie novel World War Z. Brad Pitt stars as a retired United Nations investigator who must bring the zombie epidemic under control before we all become food. Don't be scared off by its horror origins as it's really just an action film (and rated PG-13). We've got it on DVD and Blu-ray. A little more intimate is the Michael Douglas and Matt Damon Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, which probably could have gone to the theaters but ended up as a high profile HBO flick. Also this week, Emma Watson expands her acting chops in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring. Beautifully shot like all of Coppola's flicks, The Bling Ring is based on the true story of teens who rob from Hollywood celebrities. A Crash for the iPhone generation, Disconnect features Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Alexander Skarsgard and many other talented actors in a number of interconnected stories about the issues surrounding the way we communicate in our constantly wired life.

Skarsgard has been busy as he also stars in The East, a spy flick in which Brit Marling finds herself developing romantic feelings for the leader of the anarchist group that she has been tasked to infiltrate. Director Carl Franklin, who brought us Devil in a Blue Dress and One False Move, makes a welcome return with Bless Me, Ultima, the gorgeously shot adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya's novel in which a young boy in the 1940s must wrestle with good magic, bad magic and religion in small town New Mexico. Rock music lovers aren't neglected this week as it brings us Greetings From Tim Buckley in which the now deceased Jeff Buckley must deal with his rise to stardom while coming to terms with his father's legacy. Finally, we've got a wacky little comic indie pick with Somebody Up There Likes Me, starring Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman as half of a pair of longtime slacker friends who are in love with the same woman.

SERIES: New this week is The Hollow Crown, an adaptation of four Shakespeare plays (Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2 and Henry V) made for the BBC by director Sam Mendes. Originally released as part of the celebration surrounding the British Summer Olympics, it went on to win two BAFTA awards (the British Emmys). From closer to home we get the new hit Nashville, about competing country singers, and Bates Motel, which tells the story of a young Norman Bates. They're both good choices particularly since the female leads of these two shows, Connie Britton (Nashville) and Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), are competing against each other for Lead Actress Emmys this year! Also this week is season 5 of the Timothy Hutton comedy-drama Leverage.

SUBTITLED: In the Fog is a drama set in 1942 USSR and involves the choices made by a captured rail worker and the German officer who decides to set him free. The French Augustine explores the relationship between a young 19th century woman suffering from "hysteria" and the psychiatrist who treats her.

All of our forthcoming DVDs and Blu-rays can be found in Bibliocommons!

Talking Pictures
We will be screening Woody Allen's To Rome With Love at our next Talking Pictures program on Thursday, September 20th at 1:00. It will be followed by a discussion led by Susan Benjamin. All of our Talking Pictures films are screened in the Hammond Room of the library and are free and open to everyone!

Your Opera Favorites on DVD!

The new season of Lyric Opera begins next month! Brush up on the offerings beforehand, watch an old favorite or discover something new in the comfort of your living room! The Lyric Opera shows that we have on DVD are:

And if you'd like to enjoy these or any operas even more, be sure to take out How to Listen and Understand Opera, from The Great Courses series.
 
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