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Funky 70s films I: The Conversation

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Sign out this 1974 Francis Ford Coppola gem if you stumble across it, or place a hold on The Conversation, by clicking on the title. The Conversation stars Gene Hackman as a private surveillance expert with a haunted past. He's hired by a corporate executive, or probably the exec's sinister administrative assistant played by a young Harrison Ford (!), to wire tap his wife (Cindy Williams of Laverne and Shirley!) and her lover in a public plaza. Hackman's hypervigilant Harry Caul starts to unravel as the assignment progresses. There's a great long opening shot and other great film techniques as well as strong acting from the leads and excellent Scott Joplin-esque piano solos by David Shire in the background. Requisite 70s funkiness includes wide ties, the rapid bongo music during the fight scene and the first words heard in the film referring to "getting it on." Be sure to watch the original trailer (love the hammy voice-over) and the short documentary about Coppola's process of filming. For more Gene-Hackmania, check out our earlier blog post "Whose Afraid of Gene Hackman?"

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Foyle Fans Take Note

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If you enjoy actor Michael Kitchen of Foyle's War, we have a new dvd set called The Guilty filmed in the early 90s. Kitchen plays a troubled lawyer, and the extent of the crime he commits is uncertain. The two-dvd drama follows his victim and a seemingly unconnected young man who befriends her.

If you enjoyed the Foyle's War series themes, you might enjoy a new dvd in our non- fiction collection: World War II Crimes on the British Home Front. This documentary chronicles the illegal activities taking place while most of the country was focused on the war effort. Much of the Foyle's War series deals with this subject, so the dvd should provide interesting factual background.

More Midsomer Murders

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Just a quick update for fans.... CPL has the dvd Super Sleuths, which is part of the series but is actually a documentary about the series. We also are getting re-releases of earlier episodes bundled together as sets entitled "Midsomer Murders: Village Case files." These are great for those who are new to the series and want to keep track of what they've watched of the over 80 titles. Take a pass if you've already seen most shows; you will be covering old ground, but the good news for old viewers is we have titles previously not held by the library from set 17, including: The Glitch, The Dogleg Murders, Secrets and Spies and The Black Book.

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Don McKellar Jubilee

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Don't miss our dvds featuring Canada's own writer/actor Don McKeller, co-creator of the Broadway hit and Tony award winning play, The Drowsy Chaperone, which played in Calgary recently. McKellar has worked with Canada's most prominent directors, so his body of work is a partial crash-course in Canadian film history. Place your holds now for the titles on order.

Last Night

Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy) hit the big-time after her quirky role in this humourous last-day-on-earth themed movie also starring Genevieve Bujold and Sarah Polley.

The Red Violin

This beautiful film follows a violin from its creation through the various hands it passes through and dramas it witnesses until it ends in the hands of Samuel L. Jackson's character.

Cooking with Stella

Co-starring Deepa Mehta's lead Lisa Ray (Bollywood Hollywood and Water). McKellar plays an unemployed chef living in India who learns cooking secrets from the head of the household staff.

Highway 61 and Roadkill (dir.Bruce Macdonald)

In the first, Don Mckellar's character is waylayed by a tough gal and driven down to the Southern states...with a body in the car. Roadkill follows a punk band across Northern Ontario.

eXistenZ (sic) (dir. David Cronenberg) Check out the graphic novel as well as the dvd starring Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Willem Dafoe. Imagine a world where you can enter the world of a computer game...Hey, wait a minute!

Not yet at CPL but worth watching:

Way Downtown

Calgary's +15 system of raised walkways is the real star. A group of friends have a contest to see how long they can stay indoors in their workplaces.

Thirty-two short films about Glenn Gould

You don't have to be a concert pianist to figure what this one's all about but the structure is unique and follows the Goldberg Variations. Carlo Rota appears (Little Mosque on the Prairie) and Colm Feore (Bon Cop, Bad Cop) stars as Glenn Gould.

Exotica and The Adjuster (dir. Atom Egoyan)

McKellar does a fine job in his roles but some viewers find Egoyan's work troubling. Exotica features a missing girl, and her babysitter-obsessed father. The Adjuster is brilliantly set in the surburban wasteland of a new home surrounded by undeveloped land and focuses on a woman working for the censor board. Caution: adult themes and disturbing content.