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Memorial Day Movies

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Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the men and women who have died in service to our nation. Many movies have been filmed about our fallen heroes and their surviving brethren and watching them can help us better understand the circumstances of their lives and keep us from reliving past atrocities.

Will Your Favorite Show Return Next Season?

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Which television shows are returning in the Fall 2010 season? Which ones aren't? Did your favorites make the cut? Need to catch up on the last season or start over from the very beginning? The library has a plethora of TV shows, new and old, so it's phenomenal that you can check out up to 10 at a time.

They check out for 3 weeks and can renew as long as no one is waiting for them, so you have time to dissect each frame of LOST in slow-motion.

Renewed*

Work Getting You Down?

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During an economic crunch, the workplace can seem more arduous than ever. Why not celebrate this Wednesday with a comedic film that pokes fun at the work-a-day world. When I'm feeling blue, these gut-busters grant me some perspective and much appreciated laugh therapy.

 

  • Office Space - A funnier film has yet to be created that deconstructs the cubicle jungle that embodies the daily life of a majority of office workers. If you've ever fantasized about simply stopping going to work, this is the film for you. "Did you get that memo?"
  • Brazil - Terry Gilliam's masterpiece features a daydreaming bureaucrat set against a dystopian future where no one is truly safe.

Book to Movie News

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Three bestsellers are in various stages of film pre-production and are sure to be blockbusters - The Life of Pi, On the Road and The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel was a Man Booker Prize recipient in 2002. M. Night Shyamalan was going to direct the fillm, but dropped out in 2002. Now set to be directed by Ang Lee, the 3D film is due out in 2012. Stars have not yet been announced. Who would you like to see play Pi?

Iron Man 2 Rocks On

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Iron Man 2 soars this weekend making a reported $7.5 million on midnight sales alone. 

Falling short of overtaking the highest grossing comic book movie of all time (so far), The Dark Knight, Iron Man 2 has been well received by the public and critics alike.

Lynn Redgrave's Final Bow

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Lynn Redgrave passed away in her home among family on May 2, succumbing to her battle with breast cancer. Her courage and poise is only outshined by her stellar acting career.

Lynn Redgrave has publicly battled cancer since being diagnosed 7 years ago. Her book, Journal: A Mother and Daughter's Recovery From Breast Cancer, documents her courage and close relationship with her family. Ms. Redgrave first entered the public eye in 1963 at the age of 20, and is part of an acting royal family spanning 4 generations.

Her Filmography (owned by the Denver Public Library) includes:

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose

Friday Night Lights

I discovered the Friday Night Lights series recently and was immediately hooked. Despite the unifying narrative of high school football, a subject for which I have little interest, the great writing and interesting story lines kept me moving through the episodes quickly. And yes, after awhile I even started rooting for the Dillon Panthers to win their games! 

With its fourth season beginning Friday, May 7 on NBC, you'll have to work hard to catch up, but you can get started by placing holds on season one, season two (the weakest link in the series, due in part to the writer's strike) and season three.

Eddie Izzard - Dress To Kill

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Dress to Kill may be the single best reason to live.  If you have to go thru all the stupid hard stuff in life, it is worth setting aside some time to enjoy the ridiculous and absurd.  Eddie Izzard is the master of making the absurd stand out in the most reasonable ways.  

Confused, just watch this video from his "Glorious" tour to understand the brilliance of his comedy.  (Warning, while gut bustingly hilarious, this video does contain some inappropriate language.)

The Cove

The Cove

I watched The Cove last week and am still thinking about it. I was aware of the premise of The Cove - the hunting of dolphins in Japan - but was not prepared for the intense emotional impact of seeing how this "hunt" was actually carried out.

Richard O'Barry, the man who started as as the trainer of TV's Flipper in the 1960s, had a change of heart after working with bottlenose dolphins for many years. He leads a special ops-like team to photograph and show the world the herding and slaughter of thousands of dolphins in the Japanese coastal town of Taiji. What we see in the film is remarkable, and indescribably sad. However, the senseless killing of these intelligent animals is only part of the tragic story, and will lead to horrible repercussions for many years to come.

Winter Sports Films

Not enough winter sports on TV for you? Check out this list of seriously cool winter sports films. Featuring the best and funniest of hockey, ice skating, curling, and skiing films.

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