Is anyone else a Masterpiece Theatre junkie? Do you look forward to Sunday nights with the cast of Downton Abbey and Inspector Lewis? I had been enjoying three hours of bliss on Sunday nights – from Call the Midwife to Selfridge to the Bletchley Circle and I was momentarily bereft this last Sunday when there were ONLY REPEATS and FILLER, but then I discovered that there is a new series starting next Sunday – The Escape Artist starring David Tennant. It’s only one show, but it should fill the void. In fact, there is a whole new list of Masterpiece Mystery productions coming our way this year that sound so good (yes, there’s a new Inspector Lewis season!)! In the meantime, if you haven’t been obsessively watching the above series, we have them here at the library – a Masterpiece Summer awaits.
WEEKLY MOVIE REVIEW: My fellow Indie Int’l Film Series participants and I watched Asghar Farhadi’s The Past last week and I was mesmerized. A detailed domestic drama that documents the hold that the past has on us, it was beautifully acted with no easy answers. Farhadi’s highly acclaimed A Separation is a must-see as well!
New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases for –
Jack Ryan: Shadow Pursuit – DVD and Blu-Ray: When Ryan believes he’s uncovered a Russian plot to collapse the United States economy, he goes from being an analyst to becoming a spy and must fight to save his own life and those of countless others.
Omar – DVD: a Palestinian film about a young man who is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia.
The Missing Picture – DVD: Explores filmmaker Rithy Panh’s quest to create the missing images during the period when the Khmer Rouge ruled over Cambodia between 1975 and 1979.
Tim’s Vermeer – Blu-Ray: Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts figure out how seventeenth century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer managed to paint so photo-realistically, 150 years before the invention of photography?
Ray Donovan – the First Season – DVD: This powerful family drama unfolds when Ray Donovan’s father is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the family to its core.
Rizzoli & Isles: Complete 4th Season – DVD
True Detective – the Complete 1st Season – DVD: Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey star in this series about two detectives who are brought in to revisit an unusual homicide case they worked on in 1995.
The Lego Movie – DVD and Blu-Ray: an animated family film…with LEGO characters!
The Grand Budapest Hotel – DVD and Blu-Ray: Wes Anderson’s latest creation, it’s about the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
Joe – DVD: Nicholas Cage stars as an ex-con who meets a troubled fifteen-year-old homeless boy in need of help from a violent and destitute father, and must choose between redemption or ruin.
2 Autumns, 3 Winters – DVD: this French romantic comedy finds Arman resolving to change his life, find a job and start exercising. Then he runs into the cynical but lovely Amelie. BONUS: We are showing this at the Indie Int’l Film Festival on July 14th in the Auditorium at 6:30!
House of Cards, the Complete 2nd Season – DVD: Kevin Spacey returns to his conniving ways.