Archive for February, 2011

New Release Tuesday

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

New Release Tuesday, February 22:

Due Date

Get Low

Last Train Home

New Tricks Season 3

Nurse Jackie Season 2

Weeds Season 6

New Release Tuesday

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

New Release Tuesday, February 15:

Game of Death

Glorious 39

Jump into Spring

Kites: The remix


Veggie Tales: Kindhearted Kids

Waiting for Superman

Wiggles: Let’s Eat

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

New Release Tuesday

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

New Release Tuesday, February 8:

Beauty and the Briefcase

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Life as We Know It

Middle Men

My Soul to Take

Nickelodeon Favorites: Sisters and Brothers

The Romantics

Tamara Drewe

You Again

Foreign Films

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

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. Use the sign-up box above to have this newsletter sent directly to your e-mail every month, with new, recommended movies for you to view.

Vol. 5, No. 2

Alamar, directed by Pedro González-Rubio

(In Spanish, with English subtitles) Natan is a blessed boy. Born from a passionate, loving relationship, he lives with his mother in Rome but spends time with his father, a fisherman, in Mexico. It is here that we follow Natan and his father, as father teaches son the ways of life on the water. They snorkel together at the Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral reef in Mexico. They fish with hooks and lines. They work and eat and sleep together, befriend an egret, play, and explore land and sea as father and son. This idyll is filmed in a semi-documentary fashion, where story and fact intermingle in a poetry of life.

Altiplano, directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth

(In Spanish, Quechua, English, French, and Persian, with English subtitles) Peru possesses a stark beauty that is captured in Brosens and Woodworth’s film, as the story unfolds before us. Grace, a Belgian widow, seems out of place in this stunning and alien land, as she explores the altiplano to find out why her husband died. Grace’s physician husband has been killed in a riot of Peruvian villagers, who are struggling to understand why their people are going blind, falling sick, and dying. They sense their tragedies are related to the massive mining that is going on in the mountains surrounding their high plains. In fact, it is the careless spilling of mercury into their streams by the miners that is causing these injuries, but all Grace knows is that her husband is dead. Saturnina, as well, is suffering the loss of her beloved fiance, who has died of mercury poisoning. The two women’s lives touch in their sorrow, while images of the mysterious Peruvians make the viewer ask, “Did I really see that?” Brosens and Woodworth directed Khadak , a film also about the clash of the more powerful against the meek.

Army of Crime, directed by Robert Guediguian

directed by Robert Guédiguian (In French, with English subtitles) In our age of action video games, where the heroes sport super weapons and aim to kill as many aliens/enemies/monsters as posible, it is just a tad refreshing, if you can call it that, to see a movie about real life heroes, who sacrificed themselves in their fight against oppression. Army of Crime takes a look at partisans in Paris fighting the Nazis. They were mostly young adults, some barely out of high school, who took enormous risks to subvert the work of the occupiers wherever they could. The most prominent among these otherwise obscure but heroic people is the Armenian poet, Missak Manouchian. Despite his hesitation to take a human life, the evils of the occupiers and the willing Vichy government compell him to rethink his moral misgivings and thus to take action. From there, the little group of saboteurs work together to do as much damage as they can to these real-life monsters of evil.

Les Aventures de Tintin, Vol. 1

(In French, with English subtitles) Since most of the Tintin fans I know are about my age, I’d venture a guess that the viewers of Les Aventures de Tintin will be adults. Sit back and prepare for hours of entertainment, as we go through one animated adventure after another, from “Destination Moon” to “The Broken Ear.” Tintin, Captain Haddock, the Thompson twins, and, yes, even Snowy, Tintin’s faithful ( and skilled) pooch, all join in the adventures. If you like Volume I, be sure to check out Les Aventures de Tintin, Vol. 2 .

Dancing Dreams, directed by Anne Linsel

(In German, with English subtitles) What teenager doesn’t want to find an outlet of expression to allow for that touch of creativity in us all? So the lucky German teens in this documentary find out what it is to create a living work through the choreography of Pina Bausch in her piece Kontaktof (“Contact Zone”). Bausch worked with forty teenagers, most of whom had never danced on stage before, to demonstrate her basic philosophy that each piece changes innately and fundamentally with different dancers. Her young charges work with her every week over the course of a year, until they are ready to perform this dramatic and dynamic work. We the viewers watch the dance develop and the young performers grow in their ability and confidence, all the while perhaps wishing that we might have been so fortunate as to be allowed to blossom under the guidance of so wise a woman as Bausch.

Heartbreaker, directed by Pascal Chaumeil

(In French, with English subtitles) Alex is a professional heartbreaker. Worried parents hire him to break up what they perceive to be unhealthy relationships between their daughters and ne’er-do-well partners. He does this through seduction – with limits. He pulls out all the stops to convince a young woman that he is perfect in every way, drawing her into his web of deceipt, complete with all sorts of heartstring-pulling scenerios, and when he gets her just to the point of seeing himself as the perfect guy, that is, what a guy perfect for her should be, then he lets her go, a wiser woman. But when his assignment is to break up the relationship between wealthy Juliette and the clearly flawless Jonathan, he has extra work on his hands. After all, Jonathan is true perfection in human form. Who would give him up for the scruffy, if cute, Alex? Alex does have standards and wouldn’t even be taking on this job if it weren’t for an accumulation of debt that has to be paid or else he might find himself dropped off a balcony or beaten to a pulp by a giant Slavic thug. Complicating matters is his increasing personal interest in Juliette, in fact, his love for her. Will he find himself the one with the broken heart at the end of the day? He might just come close….

Lebanon, directed by Samuel Maoz

(In Hebrew, with English subtitles) The first war with Lebanon in 1982, in the on-going Arab-Israeli conflict, led to a great deal of trauma, certainly for the invaded but even for the invaders. Watch Waltz with Bashir to sense the depth of confusion and horror felt by some of the Israeli troops. In Lebanon, four young, inexperienced Israeli soldiers are on tank duty. They must pass through a Lebanese town, already bombed to smithereens, offering support to ground troops, and finally proceed to a destination of relative security – simple enough. Instead, what follows is a nightmare. Since the young men are lacking in experience, their deficient skills combine with their lingering sense of mercy and humanity to cause errors that could prove fatal to those inside the tank and outside. The set of the film is the interior of the tank so that the audience sees only what the soldiers can see through the limited view of the periscope. And limited it is, as they struggle to understand their mission in particular and the war in general.

Soul Kitchen, directed by Fatih Akin

directed by Fatih Akin (In German, with English subtitles) Zinos has a problem – well, several problems, in fact. His restaurant, Soul Kitchen, isn’t doing so well. His criminal brother, Illias, is out of jail on a kind of semi-parole and demanding a job in the restaurant. His girlfriend, Nadine, is off to seek her fortune in Shanghai. Oh, yes, Zinos also hurt his back, causing him to hobble around throughout the film. Throw into this a ruthless real estate tycoon who will stop at nothing to get hold of the restaurant property and also a disagreeable, tempermental chef, who doesn’t mind threatening customers if they dislike his meals. Zinos has to hold it all together, feed the hungry masses, placate his brother, and not hurt his back any more than it’s already been damaged. This light comedy is very different from Akin’s other film owned by HCPL, The Edge of Heaven , but it’s worth a view and will draw some laughs as well.