17 Mar 2012
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Tags: america, american, birth, boxing, brother, chief, criminal, darby o'gill and the little people, Daughter, double life, dowry, enemy, falls in love, far and away, film, films, films to watch on St. Patrick's Day 2012, finian's rainbow, gold, headstrong, identity, informer, Irish, irish tenant farmer, irish town, irish-american, irishman, journey, killing, land, leprechauns, list, mob, mole, old, organized crime, police, police department, poor, rogue, Saturday Cinema, south boston, special investigation unit, spoiled, state police, stolen, The Departed, The quiet man, town bully, train, undercover cop, war, wealthy landlord, wed, What to Watch, wife
Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959) Rated G
An old Irishman tries to steal the gold of the leprechaun’s.
The Departed (2006) Rated R
In South Boston, the state police force are waging a war on Irish-American organized crime. Undercover cop Billy Costigan is assigned to infiltrate the mob syndicate, which is run by gangland chief Frank Costello. Billy quickly gains Costello’s confidence. Colin Sullivan is a hardened young criminal who has infiltrated the police department as an informer for the syndicate. Colin is rising to a position of power within the Special Investigation Unit. Each man becomes deeply consumed by his double life, gathering information about the plans and counter-plans of the operations he has penetrated. But when it becomes clear to both the mob and the police that there’s a mole in their midst, Billy and Colin are suddenly thrust into danger. Afraid of being caught and exposed to the enemy, they each must race to uncover the identity of the other man in time to save himself.
Far and Away (1992) Rated PG-13
A poor but proud Irish tenant farmer accompanies the spoiled and headstrong daughter of a wealthy landlord to America in a quest for land.
Finian’s Rainbow (1968) Rated G
An Irish rogue journeys to America with a stolen crock of leprechaun gold, his spirited daughter in tow.
The Quiet Man (1952) Rated NR
Sean Thornton is an American who swears off boxing after accidentally killing an opponent. Returning to the Irish town of his birth, he finds happiness when he falls in love with the fiery Mary Kate. Though he is sorely tempted to pick up the gloves against her brother, the town bully, Sean is determined not to use his fists. Mary Kate and Sean wed but her brother refuses to pay the dowry. Sean would rather walk away than accept this challenge. Even when his new wife accuses him of cowardice, Sean stands firm. But when she boards a train to leave, he is finally ready to take matters into his own hands.
18 Nov 2011
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Tags: book, chemistry, christoph waltz, cinematography, circus, costumes, depression, film, film-reviews, films, mad man, married, movie, Movie Reviews, movie-reviews-2, movies, performance, performer, reese witherspoon, reviews, robert pattison, Saturday Cinema, student, veterinary, Water for Elephants, What to Watch
Veterinary student Jacob Jankowski runs away and joins a circus during the depression. Along the way he falls for the married performer, Marlena.
Having not read the book, I will say, this film lived up to the hype of the book. It was wonderfully done. The cinematography is beautiful. The costumes were amazing. Sure, the chemistry between Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattison wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worse. The lack of chemistry sure didn’t take away from they’re acting and it helped heighten Christoph Waltz’s performance as a mad man. If you enjoyed the book, I wouldn’t shy away from the movie.
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02 Nov 2011
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Tags: Academy Awards, accident, adaptation, bears, bed, bill cosby, boy, chair, childless, college students, danielle steel, death, Death in the family, dennis hines, department, diagnosed, Director, family, fatal, father, film, films, futures, Gilbert Cates, girl, golden hair, goldilocks and the three bears, imagination, inner-city, investigation, james agee, library, list, love, money, mother, movies, obsession, October 31st, porridge, prince, Producer, professor, pulitzer prize, rapunzel, Saturday Cinema, shows, sickle-cell anemia, steals, television, the promise, theater, to all my friends on shore, tower, tv shows, ucla, What to Watch, winning novel, witch, woman
Gilbert Cates was a renowned Producer and Director of films and tv shows. He was most notable as the producer of some of the Academy awards shows. He, also, was a professor at UCLA where he founded their department of Theater, Film and Television. He passed away a couple of days ago on October 31st. His death is under an investigation. Here is a list of his films that the library owns:
Death in the Family (2002) Rated NR
A television adaptation of James Agee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the effect a freak accident has upon a little boy and his mother.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1983) Rated UR
It’s hard to find porridge, a chair and a bed that’s “just right” nowadays, as a little girl is about to find out. Goldilocks, a little girl with a big imagination, has her life changed forever when she wanders into the home of some furry, but friendly, bears.
The Promise (1979) Rated PG
Two college students find their love changed forever when a dangerous accident forces them to choose between their love and their futures.
Rapunzel (1982) Rated NR
A childless witch steals a baby girl and whisks her away to a tall tower to raise as her own and calls her Rapunzel. Rapunzel turns into a lovely but lonely young woman with the longest golden hair in the land. When a handsome Prince sees her, it’s love at first sight. He begs her to let down her hair so he can use it as a ladder and come face to face with the woman of his dreams. Will it be curtains for Rapunzel when the Witch finds out about the Prince?
To All My Friends on Shore (1972) Rated NR
Bill Cosby stars as Blue, an inner-city father struggling to save enough money to buy a house for his family. His obsession with money causes him to neglect his family. When his son (Dennis Hines) is diagnosed with fatal sickle-cell anemia, Blue realizes his priorities need to change.
20 Nov 2010
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Tags: alzheimer's, america, england, farmer, film, fims, financial difficulties, first thanksgiving, fruitcake, idaho, lower east side, movies, National Lampoon's Holiday reunion, new york, Old fashioned thanksgiving, Pennsylvania, pieces of april, pilgrims, squanto: warrior's tale, Thanksgiving films, thanksgiving movies, time to remember, widow, writer
National Lampoon’s Holiday Reunion (2004) Rated PG-13
Against the wishes of his wife and kids, Mitch Snider is determined to have a traditional Thanksgiving holiday with all the relatives. And it looks like that’s what he will have once he receives an invitation from his long-lost cousin Woodrow in Idaho. However, cousin Woodrow and his family turn out to be nuttier than a holiday fruitcake.
Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (2008) Rated NR
Things are so bad for recently widowed farmer Mary Bassett and her three children that this Thanksgiving they may not even be able to afford a turkey for their dinner. Suddenly, Mary’s wealthy and estranged mother Isabella comes for a visit. Although Isabella finds a kindred spirit in Mary’s eldest daughter and budding writer Tilly, Mary resents her mother’s attempts to help them out of their financial difficulties. It will take more than money to heal the emotional wounds that exist between mother and daughter.
Pieces of April (2003) Rated PG-13
Family outcast April lives in a beat-up apartment in New York’s Lower East Side with her boyfriend, Bobby. In order to spend some time with her dying mother, April invites her conservative suburban family to her place for a Thanksgiving feast. While she frantically tries to complete the meal, the family drives in from Pennsylvania sharing less-than-pleasant opinions about April’s lifestyle. Her dad tries to think positively, while sister Beth flaunts her good-girl status and brother Timmy captures it all on film.
Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale (1994) Rated PG
Indian brave Squanto is kidnapped from America and taken to England to be put on display as a savage. He escapes and when he returns home he brings peace among Pilgrims and a tribe, thus bringing the first Thanksgiving.
Time to Remember (2003) Rated NR
Two estrange daughters return to the family home on Thanksgiving to find their relationship with their mother even more difficult than before. As strong-willed widow Maggie busily prepares for a perfect family celebration, her recently diagnosed Alzheimer’s condition becomes more apparent.