DPL Staff Movie and TV Picks: January

Though the days are getting longer, our committed staff close the curtains and light up their screens to come up with the best recommendations for you! We've got Rush for rock fans and Thunder Soul to funk it up, and a visit to the Ramen Shop for foodies. Put that library card to good use, and make your own popcorn.

Erin W.
The Up Series  (2006) DVD and Kanopy (English)
This documentary series has followed the same 14 people since 1964, checking in on them every 7 years to see what their lives are like. Participants are now 63 years old, and the result is a mixture of commentary on class systems and a rumination on the life events that we all share as humans.

Claire W.
The Royal Tenenbaums - (2002) DVD and Blu-ray (English)
Ostensibly based on a non-existent novel, this absurdist dramedy follows the eccentric members of a dysfunctional family who reluctantly gather under the same roof for various reasons. This ridiculous story involves themes of dysfunctional families, lost greatness, and redemption and retains its ironic sense of humor through the film.

Caitlyn C.
Rush: Time Stand Still  - (2016) DVD (English)
This 2015 documentary captures moments from the band’s 40th anniversary tour. Time Stand Still is as much a tour documentary as it is a fond farewell from a retiring band to their die-hard fans. Full of hilarious and surprisingly heartwarming stories from band members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart (who passed away on January 10), as well as fan interviews and live concert footage, this documentary is a must-watch for any music lover.

Kristen A.
Ramen Shop - (2019) - DVD (Japanese with English subtitles)
After his father dies, a young ramen chef in Japan begins to realize how little he knew of his mother. He sets out on a trip to Singapore seeking to reconnect with and reconcile his personal and culinary history there. A sweet, moving story of family and the places food holds in our lives, heritage, and heart.

Daniel M.
The Mustang (2019) - DVD and Blu-Ray (English)
A convict (Matthias Schoenaerts) is selected to participate in a rehabilitation program therapy program taming wild mustang horses.  As the weeks pass, he becomes close with his mustang, who, in some ways is like him, and forms a relationship with a fellow inmate who is the top horse trainer.  Filmed on site at a real prison, and based on a real program (with some actual prisoners having minor/background roles in the movie), the story feels very authentic with some excellent acting.  

City Librarian
The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) - DVD and Blu-Ray (English)
My favorite movie in a long time. Funny, sad, joyful.

Andrew W.
Thunder Soul (2010) PG - DVD (English)
Alumni from a Texas high school return 35 years later to pay tribute to their beloved band leader, who turned their struggling jazz band into a world-class funk unit in the early 70s. Join us for a free screening at Central Library.

Lainie
Killing Eve (DPL currently has the first 2 seasons; 2018-2019) - DVD (English)
None other than girl-of-the-moment Phoebe Waller-Bridge created this female-forward BBC series -- and from its dark, deadpan humor, it’s easy to tell. I watch this show purely for Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a psychopathic Russian assassin with incredible fashion sense and comedic timing to match, though Sandra Oh, who plays the MI6 agent on her tail (and maybe also falling in love with her?), is a delight as well. Based on the book series by Luke Jennings.

Written by Dodie on January 18, 2020