Staff Pick

BROADCHURCH TV SERIES
Recommendation by Nina Murphy

When a patron checks out a show I have enjoyed I can’t help but get excited for them, particularly when it’s a well done British murder mystery.   Somehow murders taking place across the pond seem less nefarious to me than those taking place stateside. Broadchurch, a three season TV program extremely popular with streaming services is available through Ocean State Library (Season 1 & 2 are available on the shelves at Rogers Free Library with Season three available for request from other libraries.

Broadchurch takes places in a fictional town near Dorset, England. The dramatic landscape of a massive cliff which looms over a wide empty beach provides a forlorn sadness to a very the sad reality: A 14-year old boy has been found dead below the cliff. As we discover with the twists and turns of each episode there are secret lives behind the townspeople which begs the question did those secrets play a part in the tragedy? To add to the tension is the working relationship between DI Alec Hardy, a seasoned detective who has for reasons we will learn later moved to this remote coastal town, and local DS Ellie Miller who is a product of the community and thinks she knows her residents inside and out.

Christ Chibnall was the creator and executive producer behind the series and more importantly wrote all 24 episodes of the series. He has created characters with complicated intersecting lives. Interesting production note which I did not know when I watched the series is the identity of the killer was kept from actors and crew up until the final three episodes. 

Broadchurch is the perfect antidote for a cool fall night along with a large bowl of popcorn. A word of warning: you don’t want to rush through this well-crafted production. Once it’s over you’ll only be frustrated that there are not more programs as well produced as this one.

Staff DVD Review

Disney’s new live action reboot of “Dumbo” is fun for the whole family, but I feel it lacks some of the key elements that deemed it a “classic.” Some of the parts from the original have been edited out to make it more appropriate for modern times, which is great, but I think deviating from the original storyline took away from the film as opposed to adding to it. All in all, it was a great film, but the original animated version from 1941 will always be THE classic. – Children’s Room Staff

Staff DVD Review

The Heiress (DVD)
Paramount 1949

Based on the 1947 Broadway stage play by the same name, which in turn, was based on the 1880 Henry James novel “Washington Square.” The movie, set in 1849 New York, follows Catherine Slooper, (Olivia De Havilland) daughter of a prominent New York City surgeon, (Ralph Richardson) who blames his daughter for the death of his wife; who died in childbirth. Catherine, a plain, overly shy, awkward young woman is pursued and courted by Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift), a near-do well forutne hunter, who jilts her on the very evening they were to elope, when he learnes her father is planning to dis-inherit her.

Years later, he unexpectedly returns and this time she turns the tables on him, which dooms her to a life of comfortable yet lonely spinsterhood. Her wealth was a motivinating factor but, did Morris actually have legitimate feelings for Catherine? Watch the movie and you decide!

Henry James used a contemporary, real life scandal on which he based his novel.

 

– Rei B

Staff DVD Review

 

An excellent movie, that will hold your attention from start to finish! This movie is about the legendary rock band Queen and its gifted singer Freddie Mercury. A definite to put on your “to watch” list. It will leave you wanting to know more about this eclectic and creative band!


Many thanks to our Outreach librarian for sending in this review!

Staff Review – DVD


Captain Marvel is Marvel’s first feature film to have a female superhero as a lead – and it’s about time. I did have some issues with it, like the predictable villain and no, I wouldn’t put it in my ‘Top 5 Marvel Movies’ list (even though Captain Marvel is possibly my favorite female Marvel hero) but it was entertaining. It was funny and heartwarming. There was just a little something missing. Despite that, Brie Larson was the perfect choice to play Carol Danvers and brilliantly brings Captain Marvel to the big screen.

This origin story feels like a coming of age film, where Carol discovers who she is and what she’s capable of (spoiler: it’s a lot). As arguably one of the most powerful superheroes she can accomplish a lot once she embraces her powers and everything that makes her uniquely her. I also love how she is unapologetically herself, whether it’s being an amazing female pilot or an uber powerful superhero. She doesn’t apologize for being stronger, smarter, or more passionate than anyone else – and that’s a great message to take to heart. No one asks the male superheroes to do so, so why should Captain Marvel? There were a lot of elements of feminism in the storyline, which I appreciated.

The supporting characters were the ones that shone for me in this film. We got to see Nick Fury’s origin story, Phil Coulson as a new agent, and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s development from a terrestrial organization to one that realizes there is more out there. Monica Rambeau, Carol’s fellow pilot, and her daughter Maria were the heart of this movie and stole so many scenes. I loved the relationship that Carol had with them and it felt real. And of course, we can’t forget Goose (Chewie in the comics), the orange tabby cat with a secret or two that steals Fury’s heart.

Overall, I cannot wait to see where Carol travels next and how her story intersects with Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., the Rambeau’s, and the other Marvel superheroes in the future. I think she has a bright future ahead of her. 

-Kyera S.

 

DVD Review by Staff

Instant Family (Rated “PG-13)

A “feel good” emotional movie about Foster Parenting, based on director, Sean Anders’ real life story of adopting three children from foster care.

Mark Wahlberg (Pete) and Rose Byrne (Ellie) are DIY home renovation flippers who are missing something in their lives. They decide to foster three siblings, a rebellious teenager, Lizzy, Isabela Moner, her clumsy brother, Juan, Gustavo Escobar, and the younger temper tantrum sister, Lita, Julianna Gamiz.  It’s not as easy as it seems, as case workers, Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro, help the couple through their many trials and tribulations.

Keep a box of tissues nearby; this movie will make you laugh and cry. -Deb

 

Staff Recommends…

“Recommending First Man feels a little like giving a gift at Christmas. It’s a great film with almost real action scenes, skillful camera and cinematographic work that supplies its’ own drama, and a script tethered tightly to the film. The in-cabin perspective makes the experience palpable and believable, shining a light on the Gemini/Apollo missions to reach the moon. Steve recommends the film with four rockets and two boosters out of 5 rockets! Click on the image to find this item in our catalog.