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Fiction DVDs Ordered (week of 11/10/14)

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The first phase, aka the “Out with the Old” phase, of our big DVD section project (more on this in an upcoming post) is complete.  We can now move into the second phase, which is filling the shelves back up with new and popular materials.  This cart focuses mainly on getting some more TV titles into the collection, both replacements of copies that have been here for as long as we’ve had a DVD section, as well as some titles we’ve never had here before.  There’s some other stuff thrown in for good measure too.  Check it out:

  • Agatha Christie’s Poirot (Series 1-13)
  • And So It Goes
  • Archer (Seasons 1-4)
  • The Calling
  • Chicago Fire (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • The Code
  • DCI Banks (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • DCI Banks – Aftermath
  • The Expendables 3
  • Gamer
  • Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
  • Judge Priest
  • Last Man Standing (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • Major Crimes (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • Oz (Seasons 4-6)
  • Portlandia (Seasons 1-4)
  • Sin City – A Dame to Kill For
  • Team America: World Police
  • Training Day
  • True Blood (Seasons 1, 2, 5, & 7)
  • Under the Dome (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • Walking Tall – The Trilogy

Locke and the Brilliance of the One-man Show

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Last night I took home the movie Locke, starring Tom Hardy, and it’s one of those movies that makes you want to share it with people around you, if only just so they can feel the same way you did while you were watching it.  The still frame above is pretty much the only visual you get throughout the movie, as it consists primarily of Ivan Locke (Hardy) driving away from his normal life to address a certain other situation.  That situation, and the people it impacts, is revealed to us over a series of phone calls made and received over the course of the trip.

That one actor, alone, in one setting, can arouse the level of anxiety, worry, relief, tension again, joy, pain, and so many other emotions that the watcher experiences with Locke, got me thinking about other movies we have in the collection that primarily feature one actor or actress throughout.  If you decide to pick up a copy of Locke, or if you’ve seen it and liked it, you might be interested in these others:

Gravity (Sandra Bullock)
Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. On a seemingly routine spacewalk, the shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left, and the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

All is Lost (Robert Redford)
An open-water thriller about one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling, and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.

127 Hours (James Franco)
The powerfully uplifting true story of one man’s struggle to survive against mountainous odds. Aron Ralston has a passion for all things outdoors. But when a falling boulder traps him in a remote Utah canyon, a thrill-seeker’s adventure becomes the challenge of a lifetime. Over the next five days, Ralston embarks on a remarkable personal journey in which he relies on the memories of family and friends as well as his own courage and ingenuity to turn adversity into triumph!

Buried (Ryan Reynolds)
Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up six feet underground with no idea of who put him there or why, life for the truck driver and family man instantly becomes a hellish struggle for survival. Buried with only a cell phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and ability to piece together clues that could help him discover his location are maddeningly limited. Paul has only ninety minutes to be rescued before his worst nightmare comes true.

Moon (Sam Rockwell)
Astronaut Sam Bell is completing a three-year contract with Lunar Industries to mine Earth’s primary source of energy on the dark side of the moon: Helium-3. His declining health is causing headaches and hallucinations that lead to a near-fatal accident, rendering him unconscious. After recuperating, an unexpected discovery leads him to doubt his sanity, his identity, and the integrity of the company. Believing he is alone on his mission, his sole purpose is getting back home on his own.

Cast Away (Tom Hanks)
Chuck Noland is a FedEx systems engineer whose personal and professional life are ruled by the clock. He has a girlfriend, Kelly, with whom he is deeply in love with and family he hardly sees. When work intrudes on Christmas Eve, Chuck has a quick gift exchange in the car and kisses Kelly goodbye. He boards a delivery plane going overseas which gets caught in a horrendous storm and crashes onto the shores of a deserted tropical island in the Pacific. First, frustration gets to him and then he realizes how little his chances are to ever get back to civilization. After four long years, Chuck has learned very well how to survive on his own. He even has a way of predicting the weather with a self-made calendar. When Chuck finally sees his chance, he rafts out onto the ocean and fortunately is spotted. After a bittersweet welcome-back reception, Chuck finds Kelly has married another man. For four years, it was survival. Now Chuck is compelled to live.

Life of Pi (Suraj Sharma)
A young Pi Patel, overcoming a cataclysmic shipwreck, finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with the last survivor, a ferocious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

Fiction DVDs Ordered (week of 10/13/14)

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Watch these movies or I’ll burn this place to the ground!

The bulk of this order is made up of Tyler Perry reorders.  Anything he makes instantly becomes one of the most popular items in the DVD section, and many of his most popular movies and plays are seriously showing their age.  Nearly every title of his has been reordered.  The best part is, this gives us a chance to re-catalog some items to get all of his movies in the same place together, helping patrons and staff find them faster.

The cart also contains some very cool new releases, and a few patron requests.

Tyler Perry Reorders:

  • Laugh to Keep from Crying
  • No Good Deed
  • Madea Goes to Jail (Play)
  • Madea’s Class Reunion (Play)
  • Madea’s Family Reunion (Play)
  • Meet the Browns (Play)
  • The Marriage Counselor
  • What’s Done in the Dark (Play)
  • Why Did I Get Married? (Play)
  • Diary of a Mad Black Woman (Play)
  • I Can Do Bad All By Myself (Play)
  • A Madea Christmas (Play)
  • Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned (Play)
  • I Don’t Want to Do Wrong (Play)
  • Madea Gets a Job
  • Madea’s Big Happy Family
  • Madea’s Family Reunion
  • Madea’s Witness Protection
  • Meet the Browns
  • Meet the Browns (Seasons 1-7)
  • Temptation – Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
  • The Haves and the Have Nots
  • Why Did I Get Married Too?
  • Why Did I Get Married?

New Releases and Suggestions:

  • Are You Here
  • The Canyons
  • Enemy
  • Into the Storm
  • Jersey Boys
  • Joe
  • Let’s Be Cops
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • The Normal Heart
  • The November Man
  • Third Person
  • This is Where I Leave You
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Season 4, Vol 2)
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones

Fiction DVDs Ordered (week of 9/22/14)

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This order continues a new project to rid the collection of unused items, and replace them with the titles that are already popular with patrons, or which are widely requested.

If you see some empty shelves in the DVD section, or if I’m out there pulling titles off the shelf like crazy, don’t worry, those areas will soon be filled with new TV and movies, as well as some other things that we’re thinking about that we’ll talk about later.  Oh, and Midsomer Murders will return!  We’re just trying to combine episodes where we can.

For now, here’s the list this week.  Again, it mostly includes things we already have, but that we needed more copies of.  Let us know on Facebook or Twitter which ones you’re most excited about!

  • August, Osage County
  • The Blacklist (Season 1)
  • Body of Proof (Seasons 1 & 3)
  • Forrest Gump
  • The Gatekeeper (This was by far our most-checked-out item in the collection.  Who knew?)
  • Go For It!
  • How I Met Your Mother (Seasons 1-7 & 9)
  • The Ice Harvest
  • Inspector Lewis (Seasons 4-6)
  • M*A*S*H (Season 2)
  • Men of Honor
  • Midsomer Murders (Series 1-11)
  • The Proposal
  • Revolution (Seasons 1&2)
  • Rockford Files (Seasons 1-6)
  • Scott & Bailey (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • Sex and the City (Season 2)
  • Supernatural (Seasons 1-9)
  • The Vikings (History Channel, Seasons 1 & 2)
  • Weeds (Seasons 1-8)
  • Wild Hogs

Fiction DVDs Ordered (week of 9/08/14)

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seinfeld1List of DVDs!  You look scrumptious!

You know that episode of Seinfeld where Elaine ruins Frank’s TV Guide by dripping gyro sauce all over it?  And then the ever-so-creepy Ricky (played by Sam Lloyd) brings her a bouquet of flowers made from a TV guide and proclaims, upon seeing Twilight Zone on TV, “oh, this is a good one!”  Yeah, he could have just as easily been talking about this order (which is actually like 6 orders all smushed together).

The List:

  • 24: Live Another Day
  • 24 (Seasons 1 & 3)
  • 30 Rock (Seasons 1, 2, & 5)
  • Alias (Season 2)
  • American Horror Story (All Seasons)
  • The Americans (Season 1)
  • Army Wives (Seasons 1 & 3)
  • Barney Miller (Seasons 4 & 5)
  • Bates Motel (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • Battlestar Galactica (The newer one, All Seasons)
  • Being Human (Sci-Fi version, Season 2)
  • The Big Bang Theory (All Seasons)
  • Breaking Bad (All Seasons)
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Family Guy (All Seasons)
  • Fargo (Season 1)
  • Game of Thrones (All Seasons)
  • Grey’s Anatomy (Seasons 6, 10)
  • Grown Ups 1 & 2
  • The Hangover, Part 2 and 3
  • Law and Order: SVU (Years 4 & 14)
  • Louie (All Seasons)
  • Lucky Louie
  • Janky Promoters
  • The Marsh
  • Mom’s Night Out
  • Nurse Jackie (Season 4)
  • Orphan Black (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • Person of Interest (Season 3)
  • The Purge (The first one)
  • Revenge (Seasons 2 & 3)
  • Roseanne (Season 2)
  • Seinfeld (All Seasons)
  • Sons of Anarchy (Seasons 3 & 6)
  • Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman (The Movie)
  • The Walking Dead (Season 1)
  • Wish I Was Here
  • White Collar (Season 4)
  • The World’s Fastest Indian

 

There Can Never Be Too Much Sports

sportsdisplayWith the smell of grilling meats, flavorless beer, and the sounds of tens of thousands of your closest friends all cheering for your favorite team as our inspiration, this month’s featured DVD display is all about sports.  You’ve got your Thursday-Monday entertainment all planned out: Football, Football, Football, Football, and Football.   But what do you do on Tuesday and Wednesday when ESPN isn’t showing some far-away school play some other far-away school? That’s right, you come to the library and check out a sports-themed DVD to hold you over.

We’ve got most of the ESPN 30-for-30 and Nine-for-Nine DVDs, as well as some classics like Bull Durham and Jerry Maguire, and some TV like Necessary Roughness.

So stop by the featured cart this month and fill out the rest of your week with sports.

Fiction DVDs Ordered (week of 8/18/14)

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This week is (almost) all about TV, and new TV at that.  From patron favorites like Bones and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, to new shows like Sleepy Hollow, Penny Dreadful, and The 100, we’ve got you covered here at MCLIB.

I mean, how can you not get excited about this:

Here’s the list (with “Two Brothers”-levels of  excitement!)  YEAHHH:

  • The 100 (Season 1)
  • About a Boy (Season 1)
  • Bates Motel (Season 2)
  • Bones (Season 9)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 1)
  • Defiance (Season 2)
  • The Following (Season 2)
  • God’s Pocket
  • Grimm (Seasons 1, 2, and 3)
  • Homeland (Season 3)
  • Hours
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 9)
  • Jersey Boys
  • Law and Order: SVU (Year 15)
  • Mike and Molly (Season 4)
  • Modern Family (Season 5)
  • Mom (Season 1)
  • Mr. Selfridge (Season 2)
  • Necessary Roughness (Season 3)
  • Penny Dreadful (Season 1)
  • Rick and Morty (Season 1)
  • The Rover
  • Royal Pains (Season 5)
  • The Signal
  • Sleepy Hollow (Season 1)
  • Willow Creek

Welcome to the Wild, Wild DVD Section

Western DVDs? Sure! And here’s a little something extra!

Westerns displayGet your spurs on and head down to the library where we’ve got westerns on the DVD cart this month.

If you’re the Hoss Cartright type, we’ve got plenty of classic western TV.  If looking for something from the Duke, well we’ve got that, too.

If you’ve never read western fiction before, I’ve added a few titles from our collection that might be of interest as well.

 

Fiction DVDs Ordered (week of 8/04/14)

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Yes, this awful thing is coming to the library.

Buy an extra bag of Cheetos and get out your finest sweat pants, because there’s going to be a lot of wonderful things to watch when these movies arrive.  From new releases, to this year’s batch of Halloween horror and suspense, there’s a lot to be excited about:

New Releases:

  • Brick Mansions
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Deliver Us from Evil (bonus: also a scary movie!)
  • Draft Day
  • Godzilla
  • Hercules
  • Lucy
  • The Purge: Anarchy
  • Sex Tape
  • Sharknado 2 (bonus: also a terrible, terrible movie!)
  • Snowpiercer
  • Tammy
  • Think Like a Man, Too
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

Horror/Suspense:

  • 28 Weeks Later
  • 6 Minutes of Death
  • Absence
  • American Horror Story Season 3
  • Blackout (2007)
  • Blair Witch Project
  • The Broken
  • Camp Dread
  • Cheap Thrills
  • Halloween
  • Open Grave
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • Solo
  • The Stand
  • The Zombinator

Fiction DVDs Ordered (week of 7/14/14)

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I’ve heard your cries for Arrested Development Season 4.

Just sent in a new cart of DVDs this week.  It’s mostly TV, and quite a bit of it is just reordering things that we had but now don’t have for one reason or another.  What reasons are those you ask?  Well, I don’t know exactly, but if I had to guess:

  • Someone didn’t have a soft cloth  to clean the disk with, so they just used sandpaper instead.
  • Someone thought they were more important than everyone else that uses the library and decided not to bring back the movie.
  • Someone accidentally stored their DVDs in the cabinet marked “Narnia”.
  • Someone was running late for ultimate frisbee practice and just grabbed the first disc-shaped thing they could find.
  • Someone gave the disc to their baby/dog/rabid wolverine.
  • I discarded a movie because it had never checked out, and then instantly became the most popular movie in the world.

Here’s hoping none of these titles suffer any of those fates:

  • 2 Broke Girls (Season 3)
  • 3 Days to Kill
  • Angel (Season 2)
  • Arrested Development (Season 4)
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • Big Love (Seasons 1, 2, and 5)
  • The Blacklist (Season 1)
  • Bowfinger
  • Doc Martin (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • Flashpoint (Season 5)
  • The Glades (Season 3 & 4)
  • The Green Mile
  • Haywire
  • Hot in Cleveland (Seasons 3 & 4)
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back
  • The Hunger (Season 1)
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 8)
  • Longmire (Season 2)
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats
  • Midsomer Murders (Sets 22, 23, and 24)
  • NCIS (Season 11)
  • Once Upon a Time (Season 3)
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Sanctuary (Season 2)
  • Scandal (Season 3)
  • The Searchers
  • Sniper
  • Spies Like Us
  • Tombstone
  • Treme (Season 3)
  • Walker Texas Ranger (Season 6)
  • Weeds (Season 4)
  • White Chicks