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The secret of Kells



J DVD SEC2902

In a remote medieval outpost of Ireland, young Brendan embarks on a new life of adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying a book brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide.

A unique animated movie with gorgeous art!

Suggested by Dawn


The ides of March



DVD IDE9249

During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency.

Suggested by Dawn


50/50



DVD 5059250

Inspired by personal experiences, an original story about friendship, love, survival, and finding humor in unlikely places. Two best friends' lives change when one of them is diagnosed with cancer.

Suggested by Dawn


Kurt Cobain about a son



DVD-ED 782.4216 KUR719

A rare and personal portrait of a boy who becomes a musician, a husband, a rock star, a father and a songwriter whose words have touched millions. Cobain's story unfolds through his own narrative assembled from more than 25 hours of audiotaped conversations, never before made public.

Beautiful visual portrait of the Northwest played over the words of K.C. Lovely and haunting. Only disappointment...no Nirvana music! Suggested by Dawn


The interrupters



DVD-ED 306.0977 INT3007

The moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who, with bravado, humility, and even humor, try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. Shot over the course of a year, this documentary captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in America's cities.

Suggested by Dawn


Becoming Chaz



DVD-ED 305.9086 BEC781

Documents the physical and emotional journey of transformation as Chaz Bono, who grew up as Sonny and Cher's daughter Chastity, undertakes gender reassignment as a male.

Bravely honest and informative...puts a human face on something many folks don't understand and have trouble relating to...I thought it was great.

Suggested by Dawn


Win win



DVD WIN346

Mike Flaherty is a lovable yet long-suffering lawyer and high school wrestling coach... When Mike... comes across a teenage runaway who also happens to be a champion wrestler, Mike's luck turns around in spectacular fashion. But his win-win situation soon becomes more complicated than he ever imagined when the boy's family affairs come into play.

As always, Paul Giamatti delivers a nuanced performance about an everyday guy who makes some bad choices and has to face up to them.

Suggested by Dawn


Mister Rogers and me



DVD-ED 791.4502 MIS601

Mister Rogers summered in a modest house on a quiet corner of Nantucket Island. MTV producer Benjamin Wagner's mother rented the cottage next door. Mister Rogers really was his neighbor. On the afternoon of their first meeting, America's Favorite Neighbor asked the young journalist about his job. Wagner expressed enthusiasm tempered with an iota of ambivalence. After Rogers' death in 2003, Wagner and his brother, Christofer, set out to learn more about the man himself.

Another lovely documentary about my hero, Mr. R. - Suggested by Dawn


A woman, a gun and a noodle shop



DVD WOM5923

When an older, abusive husband discovers his younger wife is having an affair, he devises a scheme to murder her. This sets off a series of revengeful activities.

Strange and weirdly humorous Chinese remake of classic Coen Brothers movie Blood Simple.

Suggested by Dawn


Blood simple



DVD BLO285

When Marty, the owner of a Texas backwoods bar, hires a man to kill his cheating wife and her boyfriend, he opens a door into the criminal world that he'll never be able to shut. The sleazy hit man decides instead to shoot Marty, thereby collecting his unearned fee and eliminating the only person who could implicate him-- or so he thinks.

Coen Brothers classic! Dark, but fascinating.

Suggested by Dawn


Fred Rogers America's favorite neighbor



DVD-ED 791.4502 FRE32

A 2-hour commemorative program celebrating the life of Fred Rogers of the long running children's television program, Mr. Rogers' neighborhood. Hosted by Michael Keaton, the program covers Fred Rogers' life in children's television and his affect on people around the world.

Suggested by Dawn


Afghan star



DVD-ED 781.6309 AFG1124

In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing. After thirty years of war and five devastating years of Taliban rule, pop culture is beginning to return to the country. Since 2005, millions have been tuning in to Tolo TV's wildly popular American idol-style series, Afghan star. Like its Western predecessors, people compete for a cash prize and record deal. More surprisingly, the contest is open to everyone across the country despite gender, ethnicity, or age.

Suggested by Dawn


For my wife--



DVD-ED 346.7301 FOR1104

A culturally important documentary film that brings reason and substantive merit to the national dialogue on marriage equality. Faced with tragedy and humiliating discrimination at her partner's deathbed, Charlene Strong rose to prominence as an advocate for LGBT equality. Her journey inspires on a deep level, bringing a sense of triumph through unimaginable sorrow.

A heartbreaking love story that brings a human face to the subject of marriage equality.

Suggested by Dawn


If a tree falls a story of the Earth Liberation Front



DVD-ED 363.325 IFA38

The remarkable story of the rise and fall of the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat,' told through the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry weaves a chronicle of McGowan facing life in prison with a dramatic investigation of the events that led to his involvement with the ELF.

Suggested by Dawn


Last train home Gui tu lie che



DVD-ED 331.1279 LAS1133

Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as an astonishing 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the largest human migration on the planet, an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades.

Informative, fascinating, and a bit heartbreaking exploration of families struggling for the next generation in the modern age.

Suggested by Dawn


The September issue



DVD-ED 741.65 SEP6902

A behind-the-scenes look at Vogue magazine (U.S.) as editor-and-chief Anna Windtour and her staff prepare the September 2007 issue.

Did you enjoy the movie The Devil Wore Prada? Now you can see what the editor the book and movie were based on is really like! Also a great peek at the fashion industry, designers, and some great clothes!

Suggested by Dawn


A town called Panic



DVD TOW1127

A stop-motion animated film about toys come to life, based on the Belgian television series with the same title. Cowboy and Indian give Horse a homemade brick barbecue for his birthday, but too many bricks arrive and they destroy their house. Surreal adventures follow as the trio travels to the center of the earth, treks across frozen tundra, and discovers a parallel underwater universe where dishonest creatures live. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier-ma?che? town, will Horse and his girlfriend ever be alone?

One of the crazies, but most fun and innovative things I have watched recently. I loved it!

Suggested by Dawn


A murder of crows : birds with an attitude



DVD-ED 598.864 MUR2802

New research has shown that crows are among the most intelligent animals in the world, able to use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, able to recognize each other's voices and 250 distinct calls. Crow experts from around the world sing their praises, and present us with captivating new footage of crows as we have never seen them before.

Suggested by Dawn


Phil Ochs there but for fortune



DVD-ED 781.62 PHI4741

Over the course of a meteoric music career that spanned two turbulent decades, Phil Ochs sought the bright lights of fame and social justice in equal measure, a contradiction that eventually tore him apart. From youthful idealism to rage to pessimism, the arc of Ochs's life paralleled that of the times, and the anger, satire, and righteous indignation that drove his music also drove him to dark despair. A timely and relevant tribute to an unlikely American hero.

Suggested by Dawn


Being human. Season one



DVD BEI3051

Follows three housemates as they do their best to live their lives as normally as possible despite their strange and dark secrets. Lovable George battles with his double identity as a mild mannered hospital porter who for one night of the month turns into a flesh hungry werewolf, Mitchell is a good looking and confident vampire trying to go cold turkey from his blood sucking urges and recently deceased Annie is a chatty yet underconfident ghost whose ex-fiance is the landlord of the house the three of them share. All this on top of the usual issues faced by young people surrounding love, work and mates and the only thing they have to rely on in their heightened world is each other.

Suggested by Dawn


Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious



DVD ALF578

A beautiful woman with a tainted past is enlisted by American agent Devlin to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex. Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he's loved her all along.

Suggested by Dawn


Dr. Horrible's sing-along blog



DVD DRH9320

Billy, AKA Dr. Horrible, is a budding supervillain whose plans for world domination continually go awry.

If your home computer is too slow to watch videos (like mine), now here is your chance to watch this short treasure with an awesome cast, and hilarious extras

Suggested by Dawn


Summertime



DVD SUM60

The story of a witty but lonely secretary who takes a vacation in Venice, hoping to fall in love. She does - with a very handsome but very married Italian man.

Katherine Hepburn is marvelous, but Venice is the true star of this bittersweet romance. Take a mini-vacation in glamorous 1950s Italy!

Suggested by Dawn


Away we go



DVD AWA5959

Burt and and his pregnant girlfriend Verona embark on a road trip to decide where they want to raise their baby.

Sweet and thoughtful, I enjoyed getting to know these characters as they struggled with life's questions.

Suggested by Dawn


Cuttlefish: kings of camouflage.



DVD-ED 594.58 CUT899

More accomplished masters of disguise than any chameleon, cuttlefish are able to change their skin color and their shape to blend into almost any background. They have the largest brain-to-body ratio of all invertebrates.

I recently met some cuttlefish while diving in Japan. They were really neat, but I had no idea just how amazing these things are!

Highly recommended by Dawn


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