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Countdown to the Oscars

OscarsBased on the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarap, the film Slumdog Millionaire built on its positive buzz at the 2008  Toronto Film Festival to become this year's favorite underdog.

Antonio Gaudi

The 1st of this 2-disc video set about Spanish Architect, Antonio Gaudi, (1852-1926), is accompanied by music and is almost entirely without narration.  The viewer experiences Gaudi's unique forms unencumbered by analytic information, so their beauty, fluidity and integration with nature are abstracted from their utility. The 2nd disc provides biographical information about Gaudi’s life and work.

Countdown to the Oscars

Best known for her long running role in the acclaimed TV series Homicide, life on the street, veteran character actress Melissa Leo has been nominated as Best Actress for her role in the independent film Frozen River.

The Ben Carson Story

Ben CarsonAiring this Saturday February 7th on TNT, don't miss the TV movie "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story" starring Cuba Gooding Jr.  Dr. Carson's  incredible life story is that of a young and poor black boy who overcame poverty and racism to become a world-renown pediatric neurosurgeon.

International Language Documentaries

Please vote for me dvd coverThese new dvd’s are flying off the shelves. But, don’t despair. Grab one of the International Documentary bookmarks we created, or check our catalog under the subject Documentary Films (all subdivided by language) to place some holds. And they all have English subtitles!

He's Just Not That Into You

This same-titled-book-turned-movie is based on a line delivered by one of the characters in a Sex and the City episode, "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little," from 2003. It makes a single-woman wonder: if I like the guy, why is he sending me mixed messages?

Countdown to the Oscars

Based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has been nominated for thirteen Academy Awards.  The film tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who is born in New Orleans at the end of World War I as a man in his eighties and proceeds to age backwards into the 21st century. The multiple nominations include Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actress (Taraji P. Henson), and Best Director (David Fincher).

L'Amour, toujours l'amour!

February is the month for romance so why not brush up on your French language skills by using our International Language collection. Date night can be spent snuggling at home, practicing your "je t'aime" and watching a movie like Amelie or Jean de Florette.

Countdown to the Oscars

Nominated for five Academy Awards, Frost/Nixon stars Michael Sheen and Frank Langella in the film version of the Broadway production of the same name.

Marriage on fire!

Looking for something inspirational to boost your marriage relationship? "Fireproof" is the definite date night movie that brings realism and enlightment to what a marriage is all about. Take it one step further and check out the book "Love Dare", the guide used in the movie to restore a broken marriage.

Consumer Reports

With the upcoming conversion to digital TV, a brief review of the March/09 edition of Consumer Reports might prove beneficial.

Defiance

This extraordinary tale of three men who led a heroic group of resistance fighters during World War II opened in theaters last month.

Countdown to Digital TV

HourglassBeginning February 17, 2009, TV stations serving all markets in the United States will begin airing digital television programming. At that point, they will cease broadcasting on their current analog channels. If you own an analog television and do not purchase a new digital model, you may buy a converter box which will change digital signals back to analog. More information is available at dtv.gov

2009 Academy Awards

Nominations for the 2009 Academy Awards have been announced, and many of the nominated films are already here at the Library.

Year 2008 Top Movie Picks

Across the universe
(Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess) This Beatles-inspired musical follows the arduous journey of star-crossed lovers Jude and Lucy as they are swept up in the volatile counterculture movement of the 1960s. The film’s soundtrack consists exclusively of songs made popular by the Beatles during this time period.

"The Namesake" will be showing here on February 18th

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri"The Namesake" is our choice for the February movie/book discussion, known as "From Page to Stage." Click on the link to find a copy of the book.  A sound recording of the book might also be available. Register online to be able to attend.

From Page 2 Stage will Discuss "The Kite Runner" on January 21st

"The Kite Runner" is the story of two boys growing up in Afghanistan, their unique friendship,  how it is tried by sibling rivalry, torn apart by the Soviet Afghan War, and later by the Taliban. It is also about the redemptive courage and power to make things right once they have gone horribly wrong in a terrible world. Come join us as we view and discuss it in our meeting room at 2 o'clock on January 21st.

food expert Michael Pollan on Bill Moyers

In Defense of Food by Michael PollanBill Moyers recently interviewed food expert Michael Pollan about the ideal candidate for Secretary of Agriculture as President-Elect Obama names his cabinet. If it were up to Moyers, Pollan would be named, but Pollan disagrees.