Australian Films

Lantana (2001) Rated R

A woman disappears and four marriages are drawn into a tangled web of love, deceit, sex and death.

Moulin Rouge (2001) Rated PG-13

Christian is an idealistic and impoverished young writer who, newly arrived in Montmartre, is haphazardly inducted into a circle of young Bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec. A comedy of mistaken identities ensues, quickly enmeshing the young poet in a love triangle involving the unobtainable and consumptive Satine, queen courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, and the foppish Duke of Roxbury, his villainous rival for her affections.

Muriel’s Wedding (1994) Rated R

No one ever paid much attention to Muriel and her humdrum small town life, so she and her best friend Rhonda decide to leave it behind and head for the big city… where they end up having the exciting adventure of their lives! What’s more, soon everyone takes notice when Muriel becomes engaged to a handsome and popular sports hero!

The Piano (1992) Rated R

A young mute woman and her child travel to New Zealand in the 1800s for an arranged marriage to a farmer. After the marriage she meets another man, and the competition for her love begins. Just one of the men realizes that her affections can only be won through her beloved piano.

Shine (1996) Rated PG-13

The story of Australian pianist David Helfgott. He suffers as a child under his father’s ambitions and as a young man defies his father’s wishes in order to pursue his dreams. At the beginning of a great concert career, he experiences a nervous breakdown and is hospitalized, but later returns to the concert hall. Tells the story of rebellion and of individuality through the eyes of a pianist whose major form of self-expression is found in the keys of his instrument.


Romantic Films (2012)

Affair to Remember (1957) Rated NR

Nickie Ferrante and Terry McKay meet on an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. Though each is engaged to someone else, they agree to meet six months later at the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other. But a tragic accident prevents their rendezvous, and the lovers’ future takes an emotional and uncertain turn.

Love Actually (2003) Rated R

It’s all about love and holiday cheer in London. The Prime Minister is smitten with his caterer; a widower’s young son nurses the ultimate schoolboy crush; a writer falls for his Portuguese housekeeper; a devoted wife and mother copes with her potentially unfaithful husband; and a lovelorn American is desperately attracted to a colleague.

Moulin Rouge (2001) Rated PG-13

Christian, an idealistic and impoverished young writer who, newly arrived in Montmartre, is haphazardly inducted into a circle of young bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec. A comedy of mistaken identities ensues, quickly enmeshing the young poet in a love triangle involving the unobtainable and consumptive Satine, queen courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, and the foppish Duke of Roxbury, his villainous rival for her affections.

The Notebook (2004) Rated PG-13

Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun meet one evening at a carnival. But they are separated by Allie’s parents who disapprove of Noah’s unwealthy family, and move Allie away. When Allie doesn’t hear from Noah after several years, she meets and becomes engaged to a handsome young soldier named Lon. Allie, with her love still alive for Noah, stops by Noah’s home to check on him. Seeing that their reunion has rekindled a passionate romance, Allie must now choose between true love and the match that her parents approve of.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Rated PG

After hearing a man confess his love for his dearly departed wife on a call-in radio show, a woman falls deeply, inexplicably in love with him. Deciding he is her destiny, she treks across country on a wildly romantic impulse to meet him.

Midnight In Paris (2011)

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What to Watch.

Rated PG-13

In this comedy, directed by Woody Allen, he focuses on a young engaged couple as they travel to Paris for business. What they experience there makes them question their life together. Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kurt Fuller, Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill, Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody

I think this film will surprise many. It surprised me. I’m not a big Woody Allen fan. I’ve only seen a few of his films and nothing has struck me as much as this one. Maybe because I’m at an age that these characters are, or maybe it’s cause I’m a dreamer and often think that living a different life would be better. Allen’s script just flows into the story and makes us all think about life and our dreams. What do what out of life? Where do we expect our life to go? Allen shows us that…

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Library Movies

In honor of Library week, here’s some films with librarians.

Librarian: Quest For the Spear (2004) Rated NR

A geeky librarian is hired by the prestigious Metropolitan Library, keeper of such top-secret treasures as Excalibur and Pandora’s Box. When the Serpent Brotherhood, seeking world domination, steals one of three parts of the magical Spear of Destiny from the library, only this librarian, aided by a gorgeous bodyguard, has the know how to thwart their plan. But does he know how to be a hero?

Desk Set (1957) Rated G

Bunny Watson heads up the research department at the Federal Broadcasting Company, a major TV network. And she does her job very well, thank you very much. Assigned by the network president to introduce computers into some of the department’s functions, Richard Sumner arrives at Bunny’s well-run division to observe daily activities. Unfortunately, however, Sumner is ordered to keep his mission secret. As a result, the whole staff believes they are being replaced. To make matters worse, there appears to be more than a little electricity between Bunny and Sumner, which upsets Bunny’s boyfriend Mike.

Good News (1947) Rated NR

A school librarian falls for a star football player in this lighthearted musical set in the gone-but-not-forgotten college days of the 20’s.

Somewhere in Time (1980) Rated PG

A young writer sacrifices his life in the present to find happiness in the past, where true love awaits him.

With Honors (1994) Rated PG-13

When Harvard senior Monty Kessler loses the only copy of his thesis, it is found by the homeless Simon Wilder. He’ll return it for food, a place to stay, and more–one page at a time.

Japanese Films

Hidden Fortress (1958) Rated UR

A princess must escape across enemy lines with the royal treasure, guarded only by a loyal general and two greedy peasants.

Kwaidan (1965) Rated UR

Consists of four stories of the supernatural based on Japanese folk material. In The black hair, a poor young samurai leaves his first wife to marry a rich woman. When he is unhappy in his second marriage, he returns to his first wife, who at first appears unchanged from when he last saw her. In The woman of the snow, a woodcutter is spared by a mysterious ghost-like woman in the snow, but must promise never to tell anyone what he has seen. In Hoichi, the earless, a blind musician-monk named Hoichi is commanded by a gathering of ghosts to sing the saga of their ancient deeds. The head monk paints Hoichi’s body with prayer verses to protect him, but unfortunately overlooks Hoichi’s ears. In In a cup of tea, a writer wonders what would happen to a person who drinks another’s soul and finds out.

Ran (1985) Rated R

In 16th century Japan, an aging ruler attempts to divide his kingdom among his three sons. They turn against each other and betray their father, triggering events that ultimately shatter the kingdom, destroy the family, and drive their father insane. Based on Shakespeare’s King Lear.

Rashomon (1950) Rated UR

Set in 12th-century Japan, the nature of truth and subjective reality are probed in a series of flashbacks from four viewpoints to present the case history of a man’s murder and the rape of his wife by a bandit.

Seven Samurai (1954) Rated UR

A 16th century Japanese village hires professional warriors to fend off bandits. When the samurai arrive, a spectacular series of battles begins.

Celebrity Deaths

This week we have had a couple of Celebrity deaths. Jane Russell, an actress,  died on February 28th due to a respiratory-related illness and Gary Winick, a director, passed away on February 27th from  pneumonia after battle brain cancer. To honor them here is a list of their films.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Rated NR

A musical comedy about the adventures of two beautiful showgirls–an apparently stupid blonde gold digger and her provocative brunette friend–during a voyage from New York to Paris.

His Kind of Woman! (1951) Rated NR

Hard-luck gambler Dan Milner is in sudden luck. He’ll get $50,000 to hang out at a posh Mexican resort. $5,000 now and the big payoff when the reason he’s been sent there is revealed. Of course, the gangsters making the offer don’t expect him to live long enough to collect.

The Outlaw (1943) Rated NR

One of the most controversial movies of its time. The thrilling tale of Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid and their feud over a fiery woman named Rio.

The Paleface (1948) Rated NR

A timid frontier dentist finds himself gunslinging alongside the fearless Calamity Jane as she fights off outlaws and Indians.

The Tall Men (1955) Rated NR

The Allison brothers, Ben and Clint, are ex-Confederate soldiers now trying their hands at robbery. But one attempt to get rich quick leads them into the company of Nathan Stark, a Texas cattle baron with a huge herd to get to market. Along the dangerous journey both bullets and fists are flying as these rough and ready cowpokes take on anything standing in their way, while Ben and Nathan compete for Nella’s affection.

In 1986, Jane Russell wrote an autobiography My Path and My Detours. You might want to check that out.

13 Going on 30 (2004) Rated PG-13

Jenna makes a wish on her 13th birthday to be 30 and grown up. When she wakes up the next day she finds herself, miraculously, just weeks away from her 30th birthday. The new, older Jenna is a successful magazine editor with friends in high places and a lion’s share of potential suitors. The problem is that her mind hasn’t matured with her body and Jenna finds it a little more terrifying than cool to be living on her own.

Bride Wars (2009) Rated PG

Lifelong best friends Liv and Emma have shared a dream since childhood. Each yearns for the perfect June wedding at the famed Plaza Hotel in New York City. Both find themselves engaged at the same time and go to a wedding coordinator to set up the perfect wedding. A clerical error puts them both down for nuptials on the same day at the same time. One of them will have to switch the date. More than the bouquet goes flying when these desperate brides-to-be fight it out for matrimonial supremacy.

Charlotte’s Web (2006) Rated G

Fern is a young farm girl who rescues the runt, Wilbur. Wilbur the pig is saved from certain death and Fern visits him every day at her Uncle Homer’s farm. But it’s Wilbur’s friendship with Charlotte the spider that ultimately saves him from the “smoke house.” Charlotte’s talent for weaving praiseworthy words about Wilbur into her web turns the Zuckerman farm into a tourist attraction.

Letters to Juliet (2010)  Rated PG

“In Verona, Italy – the beautiful city where Romeo first met Juliet – there is a place where the heartbroken leave notes asking Juliet for her help. It’s there that aspiring writer Sophie finds a 50-year-old letter that will change her life forever. As she sets off on a romantic journey of the heart with the letter’s author, Claire, now a grandmother, and her handsome grandson, all three will discover that sometimes the greatest love story ever told is your own”

Starting Out In the Evening (2007) Rated PG-13

Battling illness and unable to finish a novel that has taken him ten years to write, aging novelist Leonard Schiller is slipping into literary obscurity. At one time a famous author, Schiller has been all but forgotten by the readers, colleagues and critics who once praised his works. When Heather Wolfe, an ambitious graduate student, convinces Schiller that her thesis could reintroduce his writing to the world, the reclusive writer is forced to confront his past regrets.

Romantic Films

It’s February, time to warm up those nights with a little romance. Here’s a list of films to help start the spark:

Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961) Rated NR

Holly Golightly is an eccentric New York City playgirl determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire. Her next-door neighbor, the writer Paul, is himself “sponsored” by a wealthy woman.

Enchanted (2007) Rated PG

The beautiful princess Giselle is banished from the animated land of Andalasia by the evil queen. She finds herself in the gritty streets of the real, modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that does not operate on a “happily ever after” basis, Giselle find herself adrift in a chaotic world that is badly in need of enchantment. Giselle begins to fall in love with the cynical, no-nonsense divorce lawyer who has come to her aid. Little does he realize that this joyful, wide-eyed innocent is about to enchant him.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Rated R

When Joel discovers that his girlfriend, Clementine, has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind through an experimental scientific procedure, he decides to ease his own pain by getting the same treatment. But, as each memory of Clementine is systematically eliminated, Joel suddenly realizes how much he still loves her and desperately attempts to reverse the process.

Good Luck Chuck (2007) Rated R

It all started when Charlie Logan was ten years old. Breaking the cardinal rules of spin-the-bottle, Charlie refused to lip-lock with a demented Goth girl. She puts a hex on Charlie. Now, twenty-five years later, Charlie is a successful dentist and still, well, cursed. He discovers that every woman he’s ever slept with has found true love–with the next guy after him. Before he knows it, Charlie has become a “good luck charm” for women who flock to him for one-night stands. But Charlie is lonely–that is, until he meets Cam. Cam is a beautiful, but accident-prone penguin specialist. When true romance develops, Charlie realizes he has to find a way to break his good-luck curse.

My Fair Lady (1964) Rated G

A Cockney waif is transformed by a linguistics professor into an elegant lady.

Can’t find what you are looking for here’s a link to our catalog of romantic films.

Some timeless romantic films:

10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Rated PG-13

Doctor Zhivago (1965) Rated PG-13

Groundhog Day (1993) Rated PG

Pretty Woman (1990) Rated R

Pride and Prejudice (1995, 2005) Rated NR, PG

Thanksgiving Films

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.