Sorry I’ve missed the past couple of weeks. First there was this little storm that came our way, you’ve probably heard of it – Sandy, I think it was called? The library was without power for two days – chances are, many of you were also dealing with some misfortune due to the storm, and I hope everything has returned to normal for you. My only excuse for missing last week is that I took a couple of days off. On the positive side, I have actually gone to a couple of movies. My husband and I saw Argo and really liked it – a good mix of edge of your seat thriller with a motley crew of characters and a thoughtful exploration of an event in American history. I also went with a colleague to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I hadn’t read the book, though I’d heard mixed reviews. But the movie was well-acted and captured the anxiety of teenage life.
Now on to new DVD releases:
Safety Not Guaranteed: an indie flick about a man who places a classified ad for a time travel companion and the journalists who seek to interview him.
Dark Shadows: Johnny Depp stars in this remake of the classic TV series.
First Position: a documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix dancing competition.
Ruby Sparks: written by one of its co-stars, this quirky romance is about a writer suffering from writer’s block who writes his dream girl into existence.
The Campaign: the latest Will Ferrell comedy about two competing candidates – also stars Zach Galifianakis.
Coma: a made for TV about something sinister going on in a hospital.
Americano: a man returns to Los Angeles to deal with his mother’s estate and then sets out in search of the mysterious woman named in her will.
Elena: a gripping Russian film about a married couple in their sixties; when he becomes ill and her inheritance is threatened, she comes up with a desperate plan.
America’s 58 National Parks: a tour of all 58 national parks.
Copper – Season 1: BBC America’s first original scripted TV series about the Irish in 1860’s New York – similar to Gangs of New York, but TV style.
Arthur Christmas: an animated childrens’ film about Santa’s youngest son who has an urgent mission on Christmas night.
Your Sister’s Sister: Mourning the death of his brother, Jack’s goes to his friend Iris’s cottage and meets her sister Hannah.
The Amazing Spider-man: the newest spiderman movie with Andrew Garfield.
Trishna: a retelling of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of D’Urbervilles set in India.
Rescue: an Imax movie about disaster response.
Chernobyl Diaries: a horror movie set in the nuclear disaster area of Chernobyl.
The Queen of Versailles: a much lauded documentary about a billionaire couple whose empire fails when the real estate bubble bursts.
Savages: Oliver Stone’s latest about Mexican drug cartels.
Brave: the animated Pixar film about a headstrong Scottish princess who must undo a curse.
The Watch: a comedy starring Ben Stiller about a neighborhood watch group.
2 Days in New York: French actress Julie Delpy stars with Chris Rock in this film about a Manhattan couple who deal with relatives visiting from France.
Natural Selection: an indie film about a woman who goes on a road trip to meet her husband’s son, forming an unlikely relationship.
The Island President: President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives which is the lowest-lying country in the world, fights to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea.
Call the Midwife – Season 1: Super popular in England, this series is about a group of midwives based in East London in the 1950s.