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Seeking a friend for the end of the world DVD Seeking a friend for the end of the world


DVD SEEKING

As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

Sweet and chilling all at once!

Suggested by Dawn




Miss representation DVD Miss representation


DVD-ED 302.2308 MIS787

Discusses ways in which the media openly degrades women. Features commentary from many influential women in media and politics.

Very thought provoking! Anyone with a daughter should watch this.

Suggested by Dawn




Toast DVD Toast


DVD TOAST

A delicious love letter to the tastes and smells that a young boy associates with his journey into adulthood. Nigel's Mother was always a poor cook, and her addiction to all things canned isn't helping. Nigel, on the other hand, laps up cookbooks as if they were porn, and spends all his free time gazing longingly at the delights offered at Percy Salt's grocery shop.

Sad story of a chef's young life.

Suggested by Dawn




The secret world of Arrietty DVD The secret world of Arrietty


DVD SEC8555

In a secret world hidden beneath the floorboards, little people called Borrowers live quietly among us. But when tenacious and tiny Arrietty is discovered by Shawn, a human boy, their secret and forbidden friendship blossoms into an extraordinary adventure.

A beautiful animated feature from Studio Ghibli.

Suggested by Dawn




The decoy bride DVD The decoy bride


DVD DEC9811

When the world's media descend on the remote Scottish Island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent.

While this got a low rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I found it to be charming, sweet and slightly awkward...just how I like my romantic comedies. Plus, it stars David Tennant (of Doctor Who fame) and Kelly MacDonald (Trainspotting, Brave), who are both delightful.

Suggested by Dawn




Bridesmaids DVD Bridesmaids


DVD BRI5600

Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love.

In turns embarrassing, hilarious, foul, and moving.

Suggested by Dawn




The secret of Kells Juvenile DVD The secret of Kells


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In a remote medieval outpost of Ireland, young Brendan embarks on a new life of adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying a book brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide.

A unique animated movie with gorgeous art!

Suggested by Dawn




The ides of March DVD The ides of March


DVD IDE9249

During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency.

Suggested by Dawn




50 DVD 50/50


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Inspired by personal experiences, an original story about friendship, love, survival, and finding humor in unlikely places. Two best friends' lives change when one of them is diagnosed with cancer.

Suggested by Dawn




Kurt Cobain about a son DVD Kurt Cobain about a son


DVD-ED 782.4216 KUR719

A rare and personal portrait of a boy who becomes a musician, a husband, a rock star, a father and a songwriter whose words have touched millions. Cobain's story unfolds through his own narrative assembled from more than 25 hours of audiotaped conversations, never before made public.

Beautiful visual portrait of the Northwest played over the words of K.C. Lovely and haunting. Only disappointment...no Nirvana music! Suggested by Dawn




The interrupters DVD The interrupters


DVD-ED 306.0977 INT3007

The moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who, with bravado, humility, and even humor, try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. Shot over the course of a year, this documentary captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in America's cities.

Suggested by Dawn




Becoming Chaz DVD Becoming Chaz


DVD-ED 305.9086 BEC781

Documents the physical and emotional journey of transformation as Chaz Bono, who grew up as Sonny and Cher's daughter Chastity, undertakes gender reassignment as a male.

Bravely honest and informative...puts a human face on something many folks don't understand and have trouble relating to...I thought it was great.

Suggested by Dawn




Win win DVD Win win


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Mike Flaherty is a lovable yet long-suffering lawyer and high school wrestling coach... When Mike... comes across a teenage runaway who also happens to be a champion wrestler, Mike's luck turns around in spectacular fashion. But his win-win situation soon becomes more complicated than he ever imagined when the boy's family affairs come into play.

As always, Paul Giamatti delivers a nuanced performance about an everyday guy who makes some bad choices and has to face up to them.

Suggested by Dawn




Mister Rogers and me DVD Mister Rogers and me


DVD-ED 791.4502 MIS601

Mister Rogers summered in a modest house on a quiet corner of Nantucket Island. MTV producer Benjamin Wagner's mother rented the cottage next door. Mister Rogers really was his neighbor. On the afternoon of their first meeting, America's Favorite Neighbor asked the young journalist about his job. Wagner expressed enthusiasm tempered with an iota of ambivalence. After Rogers' death in 2003, Wagner and his brother, Christofer, set out to learn more about the man himself.

Another lovely documentary about my hero, Mr. R. - Suggested by Dawn




A woman, a gun and a noodle shop DVD A woman, a gun and a noodle shop


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When an older, abusive husband discovers his younger wife is having an affair, he devises a scheme to murder her. This sets off a series of revengeful activities.

Strange and weirdly humorous Chinese remake of classic Coen Brothers movie Blood Simple.

Suggested by Dawn




Blood simple DVD Blood simple


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When Marty, the owner of a Texas backwoods bar, hires a man to kill his cheating wife and her boyfriend, he opens a door into the criminal world that he'll never be able to shut. The sleazy hit man decides instead to shoot Marty, thereby collecting his unearned fee and eliminating the only person who could implicate him-- or so he thinks.

Coen Brothers classic! Dark, but fascinating.

Suggested by Dawn




Fred Rogers America's favorite neighbor DVD Fred Rogers America's favorite neighbor


DVD-ED 791.4502 FRE32

A 2-hour commemorative program celebrating the life of Fred Rogers of the long running children's television program, Mr. Rogers' neighborhood. Hosted by Michael Keaton, the program covers Fred Rogers' life in children's television and his affect on people around the world.

Suggested by Dawn




Afghan star DVD Afghan star


DVD-ED 781.6309 AFG1124

In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing. After thirty years of war and five devastating years of Taliban rule, pop culture is beginning to return to the country. Since 2005, millions have been tuning in to Tolo TV's wildly popular American idol-style series, Afghan star. Like its Western predecessors, people compete for a cash prize and record deal. More surprisingly, the contest is open to everyone across the country despite gender, ethnicity, or age.

Suggested by Dawn




For my wife-- DVD For my wife--


DVD-ED 346.7301 FOR1104

A culturally important documentary film that brings reason and substantive merit to the national dialogue on marriage equality. Faced with tragedy and humiliating discrimination at her partner's deathbed, Charlene Strong rose to prominence as an advocate for LGBT equality. Her journey inspires on a deep level, bringing a sense of triumph through unimaginable sorrow.

A heartbreaking love story that brings a human face to the subject of marriage equality.

Suggested by Dawn




If a tree falls a story of the Earth Liberation Front DVD If a tree falls a story of the Earth Liberation Front


DVD-ED 363.325 IFA38

The remarkable story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat,' told through the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry weaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF.

Suggested by Dawn




Last train home Gui tu lie che DVD Last train home Gui tu lie che


DVD-ED 331.1279 LAS1133

Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as an astonishing 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the largest human migration on the planet, an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades.

Informative, fascinating, and a bit heartbreaking exploration of families struggling for the next generation in the modern age.

Suggested by Dawn




The September issue DVD The September issue


DVD-ED 741.65 SEP6902

A behind-the-scenes look at Vogue magazine (U.S.) as editor-and-chief Anna Windtour and her staff prepare the September 2007 issue.

Did you enjoy the movie The Devil Wore Prada? Now you can see what the editor the book and movie were based on is really like! Also a great peek at the fashion industry, designers, and some great clothes!

Suggested by Dawn




A town called Panic DVD A town called Panic


DVD TOW1127

A stop-motion animated film about toys come to life, based on the Belgian television series with the same title. Cowboy and Indian give Horse a homemade brick barbecue for his birthday, but too many bricks arrive and they destroy their house. Surreal adventures follow as the trio travels to the center of the earth, treks across frozen tundra, and discovers a parallel underwater universe where dishonest creatures live. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier-ma?che? town, will Horse and his girlfriend ever be alone?

One of the crazies, but most fun and innovative things I have watched recently. I loved it!

Suggested by Dawn




A murder of crows : birds with an attitude DVD A murder of crows : birds with an attitude


DVD-ED 598.864 MUR2802

New research has shown that crows are among the most intelligent animals in the world, able to use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, able to recognize each other's voices and 250 distinct calls. Crow experts from around the world sing their praises, and present us with captivating new footage of crows as we have never seen them before.

Suggested by Dawn




Phil Ochs there but for fortune DVD Phil Ochs there but for fortune


DVD-ED 781.62 PHI4741

Over the course of a meteoric music career that spanned two turbulent decades, Phil Ochs sought the bright lights of fame and social justice in equal measure, a contradiction that eventually tore him apart. From youthful idealism to rage to pessimism, the arc of Ochs's life paralleled that of the times, and the anger, satire, and righteous indignation that drove his music also drove him to dark despair. A timely and relevant tribute to an unlikely American hero.

Suggested by Dawn




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