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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

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.

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

Locke and the Brilliance of the One-man Show


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)


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