Reviews and Blog Posts: Drama

The remains of the day

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There's something about wasted time for life opportunities, and missed chance in love. Brilliantly written and with great psychological and analytic insight. Although there is little action in the novel, it somehow transports you to a place where you, and the protagonist butler Stevens, realize that you can't live in...

Clouds of Sils Maria

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I liked this film so much that I watched it a second time, right after I finished it. In fact, I looked through the Library's catalog to find all other films we had by the same director and binge watched those as well.


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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Addicted by Zane, so I was excited to view the movie. However, I must warn you, if you plan to watch this movie, I urge you to read the book first!! This adaptation of the book falls depressingly short; not only did it give the appearance...

Addicted : a novel

by Zane

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I enjoy books that entertain and give me something to sink my teeth into, this is why I thoroughly enjoyed reading Addicted by Zane.  Zoe Reynard has it all: a great marriage, three beautiful children, and a thriving company. But, Zoe has a dark secret…..she is addicted to sex.  Zoe...

Boys don't cry

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This movie is based on a true story of the life and death of a transgender man Brandon Teena.  I feel the director beautifully accomplished telling the story of the violent crime against him as well as a glimpse into the person Brandon Teena was said to be. The movie...

Still star-crossed

by Melinda Taub

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Romance, adventure, and political intrigue abound in this delightful riff on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.  The novel picks up where the play ends: street brawls and suicide among Verona's youth have left the city with uneasy peace.  When Juliet's statue is defaced, tensions between the feuding Montagues and Capulets...

Put On Your Thinking Cap

Pop Quiz

There's no better way to ease into the new school year than with a pop quiz. For every tagline below, guess the corresponding movie title. No pencil or paper needed for this challenge but please, do keep your eyes on your own screen.

To get started, click the link for the title and place a hold for those you haven't seen or wish to view again for extra credit. (The Library doesn't give extra credit but it sure sounds motivating.)

Hint: all movies feature middle school or high school angst without one John Hughes film in the mix.

Between you & me

by Marisa Calin

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Phyre wants to be an actress, and this book is written as her diary-style screenplay of her life. Taking place over the fall semester of the school year in which Phyre develops a massive crush on the new drama teacher, Mia, gets the lead in the school play, and has...

Happy Birthday, Dame Maggie Smith!

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, aka Maggie Smith, was born December 28, 1934 in Essex, England. She is a highly respected actress, winner of 2 Academy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmy Awards, 2 SAG Awards, and a Tony. Her films have ranged from the serious to the comedic. She currently stars in the television series Downton Abbey. Check out one of the titles from her vast filmography today!

Othello (1964)

The V.I.P.s (1963)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

Travels with My Aunt (1972)

Death on the Nile (1978)

Friday Night Lights: Best TV Series You Were Not Watching

Clear eyes.  Full Hearts.  Can't Lose.  In the first episode of the critcally acclaimed series, Friday Night Lights, this mantra pulls you into a world that feels all too familiar, but holds your breath barely and steadily because this world is all too magical.

How often are you enamoured by a television series's cinematography?  How often is your gut clenched just waiting for the next visceral image?  I would assume this is a rare occurrence.  What is even more surprising is this was not an HBO, Showtime, or AMC series.  Friday Night Lights barely made it through its five seasons due to low ratings, though it possessed extreme critical acclaim.  It has heart and it can be appreciated by any group:

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