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Let’s Get Caught Up on New Orders


It’s been a while since I posted a new order, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t made new orders.  There are at least 3, maybe 4 represented here, but I’m going to smush them all together into one long list.

Many of these were ordered so long ago that they’re actually here on the shelf.

No more fluff, here are the titles:

  • 12 Angry Men
  • 100 Rifles
  • 24 (Season 2)
  • 50-to-1
  • 7 Men From Now
  • Adam-12 (Seasons 2-7)
  • Addicted
  • Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple (Seasons 2-3)
  • The Alamo
  • Alias (Seasons 1-5)
  • Ambush at Dark Canyon
  • Amen
  • American History X
  • Amira and Sam
  • Armageddon
  • Atlas Shrugged Part 3
  • Ballykissangel (Series 4 & 5)
  • Beauty and the Beast (Seasons 1-2)
  • Before I Go to Sleep
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Beyond the Lights
  • The Big Land
  • Black Moon
  • Black or White
  • Black Sea
  • Bleak House
  • Blue Bloods (Season 1)
  • Bonanza (Seasons 1-8)
  • Boss
  • Breaking Bad (Season 5)
  • Broadchurch (Season 2)
  • Cahill: U.S. Marshall
  • Cake
  • Californication (Season 4)
  • Call of the Wild
  • Call the Midwife (Season 4)
  • Carlito’s Way
  • Castle (Season 6)
  • Cedar Cove (Season 1)
  • Chappie
  • Cinderella
  • City of God
  • Coherence
  • Columbo (Season 1)
  • Cougar Town (Seasons 2-3)
  • Covert Affairs (Seasons 1 & 5)
  • Curse of Chucky
  • Dalziel & Pascoe (Season 11)
  • Defiance (Season 1)
  • DCI Banks (Season 3)
  • Dead Leaves
  • Deadwood (Seasons 1-2)
  • The Departed
  • Digging Up the Marrow
  • Disclosure
  • Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited (5-11)
  • Duck Dynasty (Seasons 5-7)
  • Elementart (Season 2)
  • Ex Machina
  • Fargo
  • Father Brown (Season 2)
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Fireproof
  • Focus
  • For Colored Girls
  • From Paris with Love
  • Frontera
  • Frozen (definitely not the Disney version)
  • Furious 7
  • The Gambler
  • Game of Thrones (Season 4)
  • The Garden of Words
  • Garfunkel and Oates (Season 1)
  • George Gently (Series 6)
  • Get Hard
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • The Gospel
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • The Gunman
  • Hairspray (John Travolta)
  • Hairspray (John Waters)
  • Halt and Catch Fire (Season 1)
  • Hart of Dixie (Season 2)
  • A Haunted House
  • Hello Ladies (Season 1)
  • Here’s Lucy (Seasons 1-6)
  • Hot Tub Time Machine 2
  • House of 1000 Corpses
  • The Hundred Foot Journey
  • The Hunger (Season 2)
  • The Identical
  • In a Dark Place
  • The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • It Follows
  • Jericho (Seasons 1-2)
  • Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
  • Jinn
  • Justified Season 6
  • The Killing (Seasons 2-3)
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • Lady from Louisiana
  • La Femme Nikita (Seasons 1-4)
  • Laggies
  • The Last Ship (Season 1)
  • Law and Order (The 18th Year)
  • The Lazarus Effect
  • Leviathan
  • The Living
  • The Loft
  • The Longest Ride
  • Lost Girl (Season 4)
  • Magic in the Moonlight
  • Magical Universe
  • Manhattan (Season 1)
  • The Man With the Iron Fists 2
  • Masters of Sex (Seasons 1-2)
  • McFarland, USA
  • The Mentalist (Seasons 6-7)
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Mr. Turner
  • Murdoch Mysteries (Season 7)
  • New Worlds
  • Night Court (Seasons 4-5)
  • North and South
  • The Notebook
  • Nurse Jackie (Season 6)
  • An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Of Mice and Men (1992 and 1939)
  • Orange is the New Black (Season 2)
  • Outlander (Season 1)
  • Paprika
  • Paranormal Activity 2 & 3
  • Parenthood (Seasons 5-6)
  • Parks and Recreation (Season 7)
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • Places in the Heart
  • A Place to Call Home (Seasons 1-2)
  • Power (Season 1)
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Quiet Gun
  • Rage
  • Ray Donovan (Seasons 1-2)
  • Redline
  • The Red Road (Season 1)
  • Revelation Trail
  • Ripper Street (Seasons 2-3)
  • Rogue (Seasons 1-2)
  • Royal Pains (Season 6)
  • Run All Night
  • Rush (Season 1)
  • Save the Last Dance
  • Saw 2
  • Saw 3
  • Saw – The Final Chapter
  • Schindler’s List
  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Serena
  • Set it Off
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Skeleton Twins
  • Skins (Volumes 1-4)
  • So I Married an Axe Murderer
  • Son of a Gun
  • Stranger at My Door
  • Suits (Season 4)
  • Tekkonkinkreet
  • Time Changer
  • Top Five
  • Turn: Washington’s Spies (Season 1)
  • Unfinished Business
  • Vikings (Season 1)
  • The Virginian (Seasons 2&5)
  • The Voices
  • The Walking Dead (Seasons 1-3)
  • When Calls the Heart: Trials of the Heart
  • While We’re Young
  • White Collar (Season 6)
  • Whitney
  • Witches of East End (Season 1)
  • With This Ring
  • Woman in Black 2 – Angel of Death
  • Woman in Gold
  • Zorba the Greek

Fiction DVDs Ordered (week of 2/2/15)



The February order contains lots of blockbusters and well-known TV series, including, of course, Clint Eastwood’s telling of the story of Chris Kyle, American Sniper.  Also headlining this order is the also-Oscar-nominated Inherent Vice, starring a personal favorite actor, Joaquin Phoenix and the movie that would probably be more accurate if Michael Bay had written the Bible, Exodus: Gods and Kings.

      • American Sniper
      • Big Eyes

    • Blackhat
    • The Boy Next Door
    • The Captive
    • Everly
    • Exodus: Gods and Kings

  • The Immigrant
  • Inherent Vice
  • Mortdecai
  • Mr. Selfridge (Season 3)
  • Silicon Valley (Season 1)
  • Taken 3
  • Veep (Season 3)
  • The Wedding Ringer

Fiction DVDs Ordered (week of 1/19/15)



birdmanOr, the unexpected virtue of this awesome DVD order.

The 2015 Oscar nominations just came out (more about my thoughts on them in a future post), so this order makes sure the library is fully stocked on all major nominees.  I’ve also begun to work through some of the more popular patron requests that I have received (there’s something like 150-160 titles in my requests file), as well as ordering new releases.

Here’s the first order of 2015:

  • Archer (Season 5)
  • As Above, So Below
  • The Best of Me
  • Better off Ted (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • Birdman, or, the unexpected virtue of ignorance *Oscar nominee
  • Black Sails (Season 1)
  • Boardwalk Empire (Season 5)
  • Bones (Seasons 4 & 6)
  • Boyhood *Oscar Nominee
  • Boyz N the Hood
  • Coyote Ugly
  • Dear White People
  • Doubt
  • Dracula Untold
  • Dumb and Dumber To (oddly, not an Oscar nominee)
  • Heroes (Season 1 & 2)
  • Horrible Bosses 2
  • The Imitation Game *Oscar nominee
  • Interstellar *Oscar nominee
  • The Interview (don’t tell North Korea I ordered this)
  • John Wick
  • Kill the Messenger
  • Memphis
  • Nightcrawler *Oscar nominee
  • Ouija
  • Pet Sematary 2
  • Roseanne (Seasons 2 & 6)
  • Selma *Oscar nominee
  • Sons of Anarchy (Seasons 1, 2, 4, 5 & 7)
  • Soylent Green
  • St. Vincent
  • Still Alice *Oscar nominee
  • Taken
  • Taken 2
  • The Theory of Everything *Oscar nominee
  • Unbroken *Oscar nominee
  • Vera (Set 4)
  • Whiplash *Oscar nominee
  • Wild *Oscar nominee

Let’s Get Dystopian


Young adults have all the post-apocalyptic dystopian hellscape fun these days.  So, I thought it would be nice to go back and find some movies in our collection that would appeal those of us that have a need in our hearts to experience life at the end of civilization.

The Omega Man (1971)
Welcome to the future where biological warfare has decimated life on Earth. Los Angeles is a windswept ghost town where Robert Neville tools his convertible through sunlit streets foraging for supplies. He fends off attacks by The Family– sinister neopeople spawned by the plague. He also becomes a man with a mission after meeting Lisa, another infected survivor, and guardian of some healthy children representing our species’ hope.  See also: I Am Legend (2007)

Mad Max (1979)
In the desolate near future, road cop Mad Max tires of chasing after vicious roving gangs and quits. When his wife and child are murdered by a motorcycle gang he returns to seek revenge.

Blade Runner (1982)
Los Angeles, 2019: Rick Deckard of the LAPD’s Blade Runner unit prowls the steel & microchip jungle of the 21st century. His job is to track down and eliminate assumed humanoids known as ‘replicants.’ Replicants were declared illegal after a bloody mutiny on an Off-World Colony, and are to be terminated upon detection. He wants to get out of the force, but is drawn back in when 6 “skin jobs,” the slang for replicants, hijack a ship back to Earth. The city that Deckard must search for his prey is a huge, sprawling, bleak vision of the future.

The Road (2009)
A father and his son are two of the last remaining people on earth after an unexplained tragedy has destroyed most of life. As the two head south, they are faced with many trials and tribulations along the way. An intense bond between the father and son is formed as together they strive to not only survive, but to retain humanity as they help the people they encounter along the way.


The Book of Eli (2010)
Eli walks alone in post-apocalyptic America. He heads west along the Highway of Death on a mission he doesn’t fully understand but knows he must complete. In his backpack is the last copy of a book that could become the wellspring of a revived society. Or in the wrong hands, the hammer of a despot. Eli keeps his blade sharp and his survival instincts sharper as his quest thrusts him into a savage wasteland.

V for Vendetta (2005)
Set in a future where Germany has won World War II and Britain has become a fascist state, this is the story of a young working-class woman, Evey, who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man known only as ‘V.’ Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, ‘V‘ ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression. As Evey uncovers the truth about ‘V’s‘ mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself. She becomes his ally in his plan to bring freedom and justice to a cruel and corrupt society.

4:44 (2011)
Tomorrow at 4:44 AM the world is going to come to an end. As panic hits the Earth’s population, two lovers seclude themselves in a Manhattan high-rise and decide to spend their last moments in existence together. Accepting their doomed fate, the pair discovers more about themselves and each other in a few short hours than most do in an entire lifetime.

Waterworld (1995)
In a future where Earth is covered with water, the human race struggles to survive on dilapidated boats and makeshift floating cities called atolls. When a mysterious drifter/adventurer known as the Mariner gets caught up in the struggle between the evil Deacon and a young girl and her adoptive mother, he finds himself catapulted into an explosive war of good vs. evil.

Escape from New York  (1981)
A chilling vision of the future, when New York has become an enclosed, maximum security penitentiary. Air Force One crash lands inside and the President is held hostage. Only one man can bring him back.


Children of Men (2006)
Theo Faron is a bureaucrat in a Britain gone despotic. It is 2027 and the entire planet has gone infertile. Women no longer have babies, and chaos has erupted: war, rebellion, mass destruction, and a huge refugee problem, with the imposition of martial law. One day, Theo is kidnapped. His ex-wife Julian has a proposition for her former spouse, and because of their relationship, she thinks Theo will acquiesce. Theo is about to be tossed into a web of intrigue involving the very fate of humanity.

Fiction DVDs Ordered (week of 12/29/14)


gone-girl-DF-01826cc_rgb.jpgYou know what’s not missing? Great DVDs at the library!

This order is all about quality over quantity.  Just 11 titles, but each one of them is a movie or TV show that you do not want to miss.  Most, if not all, of these titles will show up on award nomination lists in the near future.

  • Annabelle
  • Downton Abbey S5

  • Foxcatcher
  • Fury
  • Game of Thrones S4
  • Get on Up
  • Gone Girl
  • The Homesman
  • The Judge

  • Rosewater
  • The Theory of Everything

Coming of Age in the DVD Section

tumblr_n19yklI8KY1rey868o1_500The Adult Services DVD section has undergone a few changes lately.  First, the purge: old, damaged, and unpopular movies were weeded out to allow the newer and more popular materials to shine through and to make room for phase two.  Second, thousands of Young Adult DVDs made their way downstairs.

That shift is almost complete, and in celebration of “teen” movies making the journey to the “adult” section, I’ve compiled a list of some coming-of-age/becoming-the-person-you-were-meant-to-be movies that we have in our collection.  We all know about the classics like Stand By Me and The Breakfast Club, but there may be a few here you haven’t seen, and should definitely check out:

Stand By Me
Four young friends set out on an adventure to find the body of a missing local teenage boy.

Raising Victor Vargas
Victor doesn’t have much, but he knows that he wants Judy, the prettiest girl in the projects. His grandmother doesn’t approve, his siblings don’t want to believe him and Judy seems to have other plans in mind.

The Breakfast Club
They are five high school students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday morning detention together in their school library. At 7 a.m. they had nothing to say to each other, but by 4 p.m., they had bared their souls and become good friends.

Girl in Progress
Grace is a single mom. She is too busy juggling work, bills, and the very married Dr. Hartford, to give her daughter, Ansiedad, the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad’s English teacher introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, she is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker, Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita.

Moonrise Kingdom
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore, and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A high school freshman, always watching from the sidelines, is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.

An Education
In the early 1960’s, 16-year-old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in a London suburb. She is smart, pretty, and working toward her goal of being accepted into Oxford. Her life will take a big turn when she meets David, a man twice her age. Now she must decide if she will pursue an education at Oxford, or if she will choose to learn all that a charismatic older man can teach her.

October Sky
The true story of Homer Hickam Jr., a high school student in rural West Virginia, who seemed destined to repeat his father’s harsh life in the coal mines, until he turned his attention to the skies.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
A high school student is determined to get a day off, but the principal has other ideas.

Life of Pi
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.

Kick Ass
Ordinary teenager and rabid comic-book geek Dave Lizewski captures the imagination of the public when he becomes the no-nonsense vigilante, Kick-Ass. After he teams up with the fearless father-daughter crime-fighting duo, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, the three work together to take down the criminal empire of local Mafioso Frank D’Amico. But when D’Amico’s son Chris is reborn as Red Mist, the showdown between the forces of good and evil will force Kick-Ass to live up to his name, or die trying.

Fiction DVDs Ordered (week of 12/1/14)


Oh Harry, I don’t even know who you are anymore.

It’s time for another DVD order!  There’s some weird ones, as you can see from the Horns trailer above, plus Kevin Smith’s Tusk, and the always-bizarre TV show Shameless.

There aren’t many DVD movie releases in December and early January, so this includes mostly patron requests and a few new seasons of TV.

Spoiler alert: the next order (coming later this month) will include the new seasons of Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones, due to be released in late January and early February, so keep your eyes open.

Here’s the list:

  • The Americans (Season 2)
  • Cavalry
  • Dallas (new series, Season 3)
  • Doctor Who (Series 8)
  • The Drop
  • The Equalizer
  • Extant (Season 1)
  • Family Guy (Volume 13)
  • Girls (Seasons 2 & 3)
  • Horns
  • House of Lies (Season 3)
  • Justified (Season 5)
  • Left Behind
  • Mad Men (Season 7, Part 1)
  • The Newsroom (Season 2)
  • The Note
  • Raising Hope (Seasons 1-3)
  • Shameless (Season 4)
  • Three Men and a Baby
  • Tusk
  • White Collar (Season 5)

The Cart Was Full!


The DVD display cart is  full of Christmas movies this month.  Well, at least it was when I set it up, these things are super popular.  Come on down and see what we’ve got.

Even though this is the DVD blog, I should mention there’s also Christmas books on display, including some cookbooks from which you could make your favorite librarians a tasty Christmas dessert.

Anyway, don’t shoot yer eye out, and be sure to save the neck for me.

Our Fall TV Lineup

SEINFELD-FESTIVUSA DVD display for the rest of us.

November’s DVD cart features our newest copies of some of our most popular TV shows.  Whether you’re wanting to go back and watch your favorites like Seinfeld or Breaking Bad, catch up on the latest seasons of Fargo or Vikings, or you’re a cord-cutter looking for something to replace live TV, our little DVD cart has everything you need.

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


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