Eternals (2021)

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

Marvel’s first big flop “Eternals” doesn’t necessarily deserve the bashing it is taking from critics and audiences alike. The casting is star-studded: Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Salma Hayak, Richard Madden are just a few big names on the ticket. The visuals are stunning and battles, as always in Marvel-world, are a highlight. However, all the bells and whistles cannot distract from a mediocre plot, an enemy that is potentially world-ending but who we’ve never heard about before in the MCU and the over-arching factor of just where the heck were these heroes in all the previous battles/movies. As always with Marvel, there is potential for sequel(s) and I admit I’m intrigued by where they left things. Still, for an audience to care about any subsequent movies, a major plot rehaul is in order.

Located in DVDs (DVD ETERNALS)

Demon Slayer, Part 1

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

This anime TV show follows the journey of Tanjiro, a kind boy who comes home one day to find his family slaughtered by demons. Even worse, the lone survivor, his sister Nezuko, has become a demon herself. Determined to avenge his family and save his sister, Tanjiro sets out on a journey to become a demon slayer. His path is dangerous and filled with nightmarish demons to conquer, both inwardly and outwardly. Tanjiro overcomes hardships with grace, training and grit. While not for a young audience, this anime is flawless, the story compelling and the artwork gorgeous. Very bingeable, highly recommend!

Located in Blu-Ray (BLU-RAY DEMON PART 1)

Cobra Kai

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

The unexpected hit of 2020 for me personally was Cobra Kai. Sure, I enjoyed the original Karate Kid movies from the ’80s (although each subsequent sequel dropped in quality) but I wasn’t a huge fan so I greeted the new show with some hesitancy. I’ve never been more happy to be wrong. The show is a joy from moment one–the soundtrack, the sights and dialogue already mimicking the original tone while also making room for the new characters as well. Yes, the show is steeped in nostalgia, but it doesn’t coast on that fact, making you care both about your original favorites (Daniel and Johnny!) while also caring about the next generation (their children). Highly recommend and so binge-able too!

Located in TV Series (TV SERIES COBRA KAI)

Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood (2019)

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

Quentin Tarantino’s latest does not disappoint! I am a quasi-fan of the director, having enjoyed some of his films (Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill, Django Unchained) while disliking others (Pulp Fiction) This film, though, set in the twilight hours of the 1960s in Los Angeles, probably is my most favorite to date. It follows two concurrent stories: the first–that of Rick Dalton, an alcoholic fading Hollywood star and his best friend and stunt double, Cliff Booth. The second story focuses on real-life actress and Charles Manson murder victim Sharon Tate. Since it is Tarantino at the helm, of course there is fantastical violence and a reimagined ending for our protagonists. The troupe of actors, however, are just phenomenal, particularly Brad Pitt. His relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton is the heart of the film and never wavers. The film’s success is due in large part to his quiet, steady presence. Highly recommend!

Located in DVDs (DVD ONCE)

Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

The female led “Terminator: Dark Fate” dives us back into the ongoing story of Sarah Connor, destined to be the mother of the savior of the world, John Connor, who led the resistance against mindless robotic overlords Skynet. This movie picks up where the best movie in the franchise, sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” left off and completely ignores the intervening movies (best that you should too. They are a big yikes.) Although the film slams you with some absolutely incredible action scenes (one particular scene on a bridge comes to mind), the rest of the film is your run of the mill action flick and somehow doesn’t reach the absolutely sky- high bar set by “T2”. Definitely worth a watch but not essential viewing unfortunately.

Located in DVDs (DVD TERMINATOR)

Pavarotti (2019)

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

Although I have always loved his music, Ron Howard’s sublime documentary “Pavarotti”, about the same-named world-famous tenor, was a delightful treat and glimpse into his private life before his untimely death in 2007. Spanning from his childhood on, this movie pulls no punches and talks intimately about its subject, speaking to family members, friends, colleagues, and more. In one particularly compelling bit, his ex-wife speaks on his infidelity and its aftermath, revealing her ultimate forgiveness and ability to move on from tragedy. Of course, his soaring voice and ebullient smile shine the brightest in this wonderful film.

Located in Adult Nonfiction DVDs (DVD 780.92 PAV)

Films in Focus: Long Run-Time

Here are some movies that have long run-times for the long winter nights!

Australia (2008)

Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand. (2h 45 min) (DVD AUSTRALIA)

Ben-Hur (1959)

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (3h 32min) (DVD BEN-HUR)

 

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Eight years after the Joker’s reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane. (2h 44min) (DVD DARK KNIGHT)

 

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (3h 22min) (DVD GODFATHER 2)

 

King Kong (2005)

A greedy film producer assembles a team of moviemakers and sets out for the infamous Skull Island, where they find more than just cannibalistic natives. (3h 7 min) (DVD KING)

 

The Last Emperor (1987)

The story of the final Emperor of China. (2h 43 min) (DVD LAST)

 

 

Seven Samurai (1954)

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (3h 27min) (DVD SEVEN SAMURAI)

 

The Ten Commandments (1956)

The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (3h 40min) (DVD TEN COMMANDMENTS)

 

The Thin Red Line (1998)

Adaptation of James Jones’ autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War. (2h 50min) (DVD THIN RED)

 

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. (3h 14min) (DVD TITANIC)

Can You Keep a Secret? (2019)

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

“I love Sophie Kinsella books; she is one of my favorite chick-lit authors. When I saw that they were making a movie out of one of her books, I was extremely excited to settle in and watch it!

Can You Keep a Secret? follows Emma Corrigan (played by Alexandra Daddario) as she traverses the pitfalls of living a boring life in New York. While she is on a plane she divulges all of her secrets to Jack Harper (Tyler Hoechlin) due to turbulence and the fact that she thinks she is going to die. When they safely land, she goes about her boring life, until the CEO of the company she works for comes to town, and it is Jack Harper. So now she has a new boss who knows all of her secrets…and I mean all of them!

I found this movie to be utterly charming, just like Sophie Kinsella’s books! Emma was completely relatable and Jack was dreamy. If you are looking for a cute romantic movie with a little spice, I would definitely recommend this one!

Available through the Bridges Library System

Films in Focus: Christmas Movies

Christmas Movies

A Christmas Story (1983)

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. (DVD CHRISTMAS)

 

Elf (2003)

After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father. (DVD ELF)

 

Home Alone (1990)

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. (DVD HOME ALONE)

 

Love Actually (2003)

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. (DVD LOVE)

 

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. (DVD MIRACLE)

 

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve. (J DVD MUPPET CHRISTMAS)

 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. (DVD NATIONAL)

 

The Polar Express (2004)

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. (DVD POLAR)

 

Scrooge (1970)

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel about an old bitter miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. (DVD SCROOGE)

 

White Christmas (1954)

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. (DVD WHITE CHRISTMAS)

Films in Focus: Hallmark Christmas Movies

Hallmark Christmas Movies: What is better than a Hallmark Christmas movie during the holiday season? Pick up one of these to enjoy!

A Bramble House Christmas (2017)

Finn Conrad becomes suspicious as to why his father left a nurse, named Willa $100,000, and goes undercover to investigate. When she discovers his true identity, will it keep her from ever trusting him again? (DVD BRAMBLE)

 

Christmas at Holly Lodge (2017)

Sophie Bennett, the owner, tries to convince a developer that the lodge would be a bad investment. (DVD CHRISTMAS)

 

Christmas Homecoming (2017)

A widow of a war hero takes in an injured soldier who has just returned from Afghanistan. Together they help each other heal and find true love. (DVD CHRISTMAS)

 

Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa (2018)

When Lisa takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life. (DVD CHRISTMAS)

Christmas Next Door (2017)

Eric Randall, a famous author who writes about how to stay a bachelor is forced to look after his niece and nephew over the holidays and, with the help of his Christmas-loving neighbor, April Stewart, he learns to find love and the Christmas spirit. (DVD CHRISTMAS)

 

A Gingerbread Romance (2018)

With Christmas just weeks away, the architecture firm Taylor works for enters her in a contest in which the teams will design and build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, Taylor will likely be getting a promotion to a position in another city. (DVD GINGERBREAD)

 

A Heavenly Christmas (2016)

Upon her untimely death, a workaholic who never put much value into the joys of Christmas finds herself recruited to be a Christmas Angel — and is assigned a hard luck case that she accidentally falls in love with. (DVD HEAVENLY)

 

Maggie’s Christmas Miracle (2017)

Maggie, a single mom has to balance between her career and her son, Jordan. Jordan finds a tutor named Casey to help him at school, and Casey becomes like a father figure. Will the three of them find happiness and love once again? (DVD MAGGIE’S)

 

Mrs. Miracle (2009)

Overwhelmed widower Seth Webster is searching for a housekeeper to help him with his unruly six year old twin sons. “Mrs. Miracle” mysteriously appears and quickly becomes an irreplaceable nanny, chef, friend… and matchmaker. (DVD MRS. MIRACLE)

 

The Town Christmas Forgot (2010)

On his way to a luxury resort for the Christmas holiday, banker Charles Benson’s car breaks down, so his family gets stuck in Nowhere, Colorado, a sleepy town which seems to be dying since its mine closed. (DVD TOWN)

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