Films in Focus: Blockbusters

Blockbusters: These films are some of the highest-grossing films ever!

Avatar (2009)

A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (DVD AVATAR)

 

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. (DVD AVENGERS)

 

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

A selfish prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life, unless he learns to fall in love with a beautiful young woman he keeps prisoner. (DVD BEAUTY)

 

Black Panther (2018)

T’Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country’s past. (DVD BLACK)

 

Frozen (2013)

When the newly-crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. (DVD FROZEN)

 

Furious 7 (2015)

Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother. (DVD FURIOUS 7)

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)

Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts. (DVD HARRY POTTER #7 PT. 2)

 

Jurassic World (2015)

A new theme park, built on the original site of Jurassic Park, creates a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, which escapes containment and goes on a killing spree. (DVD JURASSIC)

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Three decades after the Empire’s defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Defected stormtrooper Finn and the scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance’s search for the missing Luke Skywalker. (DVD STAR WARS PT. 7)

 

Titanic (1997)

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. (DVD TITANIC)

Films in Focus: Music and Musicians

Music and Musicians: All of these movies feature music and musicians. Some are based on real musicians, others are fictional, but they all have music in common.

Amadeus (1984)

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart’s talent and claimed to have murdered him. (DVD AMADEUS)

 

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985). (DVD BOHEMIAN)

 

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. (DVD INSIDE)

 

 

Once (2007)

A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. (DVD ONCE)

 

The Runaways (2010)

A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored. (DVD RUNAWAYS)

 

The Sapphires (2012)

It’s 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam. (DVD SAPPHIRES)

 

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Spinal Tap, one of England’s loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. (DVD THIS IS SPINAL)

 

Walk the Line (2005)

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash’s life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. (DVD WALK)

 

Whiplash (2014)

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. (DVD WHIPLASH)

Films in Focus: Hallmark Movies

Hallmark Movies: Hallmark Channel plays movies that are feel good romances. While they might be a little cliched, sometimes you just need a Hallmark movie marathon. All of these movies have been on the Hallmark Channel! (And you might spot a famous Duchess in one of them!)

The Birthday Wish (2017)

On her birthday, a woman who desperately wants her boyfriend to propose to her wishes for the opportunity to see into the future, with surprising results. (DVD BIRTHDAY)

 

Campfire Kiss (2017)

Feeling disconnected with her teenage son, a protective mother decides to step outside of her comfort zone and take him camping. But as soon as she arrives, she begins butting heads with her handsome cabin neighbor, a single father and outdoorsman who is also in search of a connection with his teen daughter. Friction soon sparks a flame as these opposites attract. (DVD CAMPFIRE)

Dater’s Handbook (2016)

Cass is a successful business woman that appears unsuccessful in her personal life and decides to try The Daters Handbook at her sisters encouragement and dates several guys to test the process. (DVD DATER’S)

 

Love at First Glance (2017)

After being dumped by her fiancé for being unadventurous, a woman sets out to prove him wrong by tracking down the handsome stranger , whose cellphone she found on the subway. (DVD LOVE)

 

Marrying Mr. Darcy (2018)

Elizabeth, a down to earth school teacher and Donovan, a reserved New York businessman, are very different. Which means their engagement and wedding is nothing if unpredictable. (DVD MARRYING)

 

My Secret Valentine (2018)

A young woman takes advice from the chalkboard notes that her mysterious house rental tenant leaves when a slick sales rep arrives with plans to buy her family’s prized winery. (DVD MY SECRET)

 

Once Upon a Prince (2018)

A prince visiting the U.S. falls for a commoner when he helps her. But his mother isn’t pleased with the match and tries to prove that the American gal isn’t suitable to be a royal bride. (DVD ONCE)

 

Royal Matchmaker (2018)

An NYC matchmaker is hired by a king to find his son a suitable wife in time for a national celebration. As the clock ticks towards her deadline, the matchmaker finds him the perfect wife — only to realize that she’s fallen in love with him. (DVD ROYAL)

 

Very, Very, Valentine

When florist Helen meets a dreamy mystery man at a masquerade ball, she and her friend Henry set out to find him. (DVD VERY)

 

Wedding Bells (2016)

Two people with commitments issues are asked to be best man and maid of honor at their friends wedding. With nothing much in common, they both didn’t expect to find the romance of a life time. (DVD WEDDING)

Films in Focus: Royalty

Royalty: Sometimes it is fun to imagine being a royal, but then reality hits and you realize it is not as easy or as fun as it might seem. All of these movies are about real royals to help you see what it is really like to be a royal!

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments. (DVD ELIZABETH)

 

The Favourite (2018)

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. (DVD FAVOURITE)

 

Grace of Monaco (2014)

The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly’s crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s. (DVD GRACE)

 

Henry V (1989)

In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415. (DVD HENRY)

 

The King’s Speech (2010)

The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer. (DVD KING’S SPEECH)

 

Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution. (DVD MARY)

 

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII. (DVD OTHER BOLEYN)

 

 

The Queen (2006)

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted. (DVD QUEEN)

 

A Royal Night Out (2015)

On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance. (DVD ROYAL)

 

The Young Victoria (2009)

A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria’s rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. (DVD YOUNG VICTORIA)

Films in Focus: Mentioned in Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls: Gilmore Girls was one of my favorite TV shows. It was known as a fast-talking, pop culture filled show. So here are some movies that were mentioned during the show.

An American in Paris (1951)

Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman. (DVD AMERICAN IN PARIS)

 

Cabaret (1972)

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. (DVD CABARET)

 

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform. (DVD COOL HAND)

 

8 Mile (2002)

A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem. (DVD EIGHT MILE)

 

Erin Brockovich (2000)

An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply. (DVD ERIN BROCKOVICH)

 

Flashdance (1983)

A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school. (DVD FLASHDANCE)

 

Hoosiers (1986)

A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship. (DVD HOOSIERS)

 

Kill Bill: Vol.1 (2003)

After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her. (DVD KILL)

 

Out of Africa (1985)

In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter. (DVD OUT OF AFRICA)

 

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000. (DVD TWO THOUSAND AND ONE)

Films in Focus: Happy Birthday Tom Hanks!

Tom Hanks: Today is Tom Hanks’ birthday! In honor of one of my favorite actors, here are some of his movies!

Captain Phillips (2013)

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. (DVD CAPTAIN)

 

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars’ worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor. (DVD CATCH)

 

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity. (DVD DA VINCI)

 

Forrest Gump (1994)

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75. (DVD FORREST)

 

The Green Mile (1999)

The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (DVD GREEN)

 

The Post (2017)

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. (DVD POST)

 

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. (DVD SAVING)

 

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (DVD SAVING)

 

Sully (2016)

The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight’s passengers and crew. (DVD SULLY)

 

Toy Story (1995)

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room. (J DVD TOY STORY)

Films in Focus: Patriotic Movies

Patriotic Movies: Here are some movies in our collection that are perfect for the 4th of July Weekend! Some are based on true events, others are not, but they all share the patriotic spirit. 

Apollo 13 (1995)

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy. (DVD APOLLO)

 

Gettysburg (1993)

In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War. (DVD GETTYSBURG)

 

G.I. Jane (1997)

A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail. (DVD G.I. JANE)

 

Hidden Figures (2016)

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. (DVD HIDDEN)

 

Independence Day (1996)

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive. (DVD INDEPENDENCE)

 

Lincoln (2012)

As the American Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (DVD LINCOLN)

 

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn’t back down. (DVD MR. SMITH)

 

The Right Stuff (1983)

The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program. (DVD RIGHT)

 

The Patriot (2000)

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son. (DVD PATRIOT)

 

Patton (1970)

The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (DVD PATTON)

Films in Focus: 80s

80s Films: Go back to the 80s and watch some of these classic films that were filmed in the 1980s!

Back to the Future (1985)

Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (DVD BACK)

 

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Five high school students meet in Saturday detention and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. (DVD BREAKFAST CLUB)

 

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle. (DVD DIRTY DANCING)

 

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. (DVD FAST TIMES)

 

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that. (DVD FERRIS)

 

Footloose (1984)

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace. (DVD FOOTLOOSE)

 

The Goonies (1985)

A group of young misfits who call themselves The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on a quest to find a legendary pirate’s long-lost treasure. (DVD GOONIES)

 

The Karate Kid (1984)

A Japanese martial arts instructor agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. (DVD KARATE KID)

 

Sixteen Candles (1984)

A girl’s “sweet” sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. (DVD SIXTEEN CANDLES)

 

Top Gun (1986)

As students at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom. (DVD TOP GUN)

Films in Focus: Sad Movies

Sad Movies: Sometimes you just need a good cry, so here are some movies to help you.

Atonement (2007)

Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit. (DVD ATONEMENT)

 

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. (DVD BEASTS)

 

Blue Valentine (2010)

The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods. (DVD BLUE VALENTINE)

 

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

Set during WWII, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences. (DVD BOY IN THE STRIPED)

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years. (DVD BROKEBACK)

 

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

A college professor bonds with an abandoned dog he takes into his home. (DVD HACHI)

 

 

Manchester by the Sea (2016)

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. (DVD MANCHESTER)

 

Never Let Me Go (2010)

The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood, when the reality of the world they live in comes knocking. (DVD NEVER LET ME)

 

The Notebook (2004)

A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences. (DVD NOTEBOOK)

 

Still Alice (2014)

A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. (DVD STILL)

Films in Focus: Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation: Here are some movies to watch to get you ready for Summer Vacation! Some are for adults, some are for kids, and some are for families! So there is something for everyone!

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle. (DVD DIRTY DANCING)

 

High School Musical 2 (2007)

School’s out for summer and the East High Wildcats are ready to make it the time of their lives after landing jobs in a wealthy country club owned by Sharpay and Ryan’s family. (DVD HIGH SCHOOL 2)

 

Jaws (1975)

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down. (DVD JAWS)

 

Monte Carlo (2011)

Three young women vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress. (DVD MONTE CARLO)

 

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

The Griswold family’s cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated. (NATIONAL VACATION)

 

The Parent Trap (1998)

Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, later discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together. (DVD PARENT TRAP)

 

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

Four best girlfriends hatch a plan to stay connected with one another as their lives start off in different directions: they pass around a pair of secondhand jeans that fits each of their bodies perfectly. (DVD SISTERHOOD)

 

Stand By Me (1986)

After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (DVD STAND BY ME)

 

Teen Beach Movie (2013)

Two surfing lovers, whose doomed relationship is nearing to a close, find themselves swept into a a dimension traversing wave that sends them into a beach movie musical in the 60’s. (DVD TEEN)

 

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, a group of counselors try to complete their unfinished business before the day ends. (DVD WET)