Archive for February, 2010

New Release Tuesday

Monday, February 22nd, 2010


New releases for Tuesday, February 23:

* Bliss

* The Box

* Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

* The End of the Line

* Everybody’s Fine

* The Informant

* Ghost Hunters Season 5

* Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers

* Motherhood

* The People Speak

* The September Issue

* Sorority Run

* The Wiggles: Hot Poppin’ Popcorn

Foreign Films New to View – February 2010

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

February 2010 Vol. 4, No. 2

The Foreign Films New to View newsletter is a monthly publication designed to keep you up to date on some of HCPL’s latest foreign films on DVD. The selections in this newsletter are just a sample of the rich variety of films available to you through your library.

Buddenbrooks
directed by Franz Peter Wirth

(In German, with English subtitles)

The sweeping tale of the rise and fall of a wealthy German merchant family, Buddenbrooks dramatizes the conflict between family loyalty and personal freedom. Whether it is Thomas’s blind embrace of running the family business, Toni’s acceptance of her father’s will that she marry the clownish Grunlich, or Christian’s purposeful decision to be the ne’er-do-well of the family, each conflict seems to bring the family and its fortunes closer to ruin. This adaptation of Thomas Mann’s most famous work is brought to life with period costumes, stunning settings, and unforgettable performances.

Departures
directed by Yojiro Takita

(In Japanese, with English subtitles)

Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved. Now out of a job, he decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. When he answers a classified ad entitled “Departures,” he thinks it is an advertisement for a travel agency. Only later does he discover that the job is actually for a ‘Nokanshi’ or ‘encoffineer,’ a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art, acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed.

Desierto Adentro
directed by Rodrigo Plá

(In Spanish, with English subtitles)

Aureliano tells the story of how his father Elias dedicated his life to building a church in order to gain God’s forgiveness for a great sin he thought he had committed. In the early 20th century, when Mexico was in the midst of revolution, the military put down any hint of rebellion in whatever ruthless manner it chose. It is not surprising then that Elias sees his hometown devasted when government troops mistake his family and friends’ procession to his baby’s baptism as the advance of rebel troops. As Elias flees the troops, he experiences a heavenly vision that opens the way for him to make amends. This quest for atonement is manifested through his building the church in the desert. His children see matters differently, however, and Aureliano’s story brings into question when it is that heavenly quests turn into earthly madness.

Island Etude
directed by Chen Huai-en

(In Mandarin, with English subtitles)

Before graduating from college, a young man with a serious hearing impairment decides to cycle around Taiwan, following the full perimeter of the coast, where he rediscovers his roots, makes new friends, and falls in love.

Lake Tahoe
directed by Fernando Eimbcke

(In Spanish, with English subtitles)

From the director of Duck Season, this film follows the young Juan, who has just crashed a car, a gift from his father. With the engine in disrepair, Juan walks about town, trying to get the car fixed. His journey on foot brings him, and the viewers, closer to an understanding about his life and his family.

Like Stars on Earth
directed by Aamir Khan

(In Hindi, with English subtitles)

Eight-year-old Ishaan can’t seem to get anything right in class and gets into more trouble than his parents can handle. They pack him off to a boarding school to be disciplined and to pull his energetic imagination under control. While Ishaan finds that despite the school change, he is still does not fit in, his art teacher, Nikumbh, realizes that something is wrong and sets out to discover what it is. With time, patience, and care, Nikumbh helps Ishann find himself.

One Day You’ll Understand
directed by Amos Gitai

(In French, with English subtitles)

As the 1987 trial of Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie unfolds on television, Victor Bastien reviews old family documents and finds a distressing “Aryan declaration” authored by his late father. This new discovery throws Victor’s conception of his family’s history into darkness. His mother, Rivka, keeps a stubborn silence about the past, while Tania, his sister, defends their father’s declaration. At the same time, Victor’s wife and children grow concerned about his increasing distraction. Burning with the need to unearth the truth, Victor takes his family to the tiny village where Rivka’s parents were forced to hide during the war.

A Woman in Berlin
directed by Max Färberböck

(In German, with English subtitles)

Women were the victims of the Red Army invasion of Berlin in 1945, with mass rape and no protection from law or society. One of them, the anonymous lead character, decides to look for an officer who can protect her. A complex symbiotic relationship develops between her and Russian officer Andrej that will force them to remain enemies until the bitter end.

New Release Tuesday

Monday, February 1st, 2010

New releases for Tuesday, February 2:

DVD

* Dora Let’s Explore

* Love Happens

* More Than A Game

* Ong Bak 2: The Beginning

* Zombieland