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The Food Issue

by Melanie - 0 Comment(s)

Why wait until New Year's? More and more we're focusing on nutrition, specifically the connection between what we eat and how we feel. The North American diet of the last fifty or so years is under scrutiny for the impact of processed foods. You may have already seen Fast Food Nation and Super size Me, both in our collection. Even if you haven't, check out Forks over Knives in blu-ray or dvd. This documentary was recommended to me by a Louise Riley staffer.

Forks over Knives is refreshingly non-preachy. It focuses on the extensive cancer research of Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Junshi Chen and others beginning in the 1970s and emcompassing data gathered from samples of millions of people over time. The way to go is a plant-based diet (hence no knives needed) of non-processed whole foods. A lot of these kinds of documentaries are kind of scary, but Forks is empowering the viewer to prevent, even reverse cancer and heart disease. It shows real life average middle aged folks who change their destiny. But don't just take it from the blogger or the scientists in the documentary, just ask the Texan firefirefighters (that's right) featured in Forks over Knives.


by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

To judge by the number of things turning 100 years old this year, 1912 must have been a very exciting year. By now you all know that CPL opened its first branch that year, and one hundred years later we are still vibrant, relevant and growing! The Calgary Stampede started that same year as did Calgary Parks and Recreation. The Grey Cup also celebrates its 100th this year and Calgary has sadly only won it 6 times- 1948,1971,1992,1998, 2001 and 2008 (along with being a rabid movie lover, I also am crazy about my Stamps, and I remain eternally optimistic). It is 100 years since the sinking of the unsinkable Titanic and CPL has 6 different DVD's on the topic. Oreos, Life Savers and zippers also share this birthday.

Of interest to Movie Maniacs, this is also the 100th birthday of Paramount Studios. It would be a daunting task to try to list all of the accomplishments in the studio's 100 year history, and even a smaller glimpse is formidable. There are many sites devoted to the birthday but one that is very appealing is the official Vanity Fair photo. Follow this link to see the 116 stars that posed for this shoot. I had great fun trying to name the stars- hover anywhere over a person's picture and it allows you to zoom in and get the name. Enjoy.

Free Advanced Screening Passes

by Moe - 3 Comment(s)



Movie Maniacs has teamed up again with Alliance Films and is pleased to invite you and a guest to the Calgary advance screening of Lawless. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman.

To get your free double passes:

1) Visit the Alliance Films website


3) Print your pass and bring to box office and redeem for your actual admission ticket

Drop me a line through comments if you get to see this one...

More TV series in the House, er... Library

by Melanie - 0 Comment(s)

DexterIt's that time of the year again when many of us start searching the catalogue to place holds on favorite DVDs newly acquired by the library. Here's a short reminder list about the mystery and other series in now and available soon:

  • Lewis, Series 5
  • George Gently, Series 3
  • Doc Martin Series 5
  • Dexter, Complete 6th Season, on order (place your hold now)
  • Weeds, Season 8, and Wallander (featuring Kenneth Branagh): eagerly awaiting these!


Any series we've missed? Add your comments...

Post Olympic Blues

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

I should be using the time to catch up on all the sleep I missed during the Olympics- I can't tell you how many mornings I was up to watch events live at 6:30 in the morning- and yes, I would also watch it again in the evening. Told you I am a bit of an Olympic junkie! But now, I seem to have hours of extra time on my hands, and although I do have cleaning up to do in my yard after Sunday's incredible hail storm, I am somewhat at sixes and sevens for movies. So I pulled out several of my fave book resources (yes, I DO actually read) and now happily direct your attention to the following:

Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2012-- My fave reviewer- the man's output is staggering!

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die- This one is a lot of fun---I surprised myself with how many of them I have seen- how about you?

Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen- this one is also fun, and a fair bit more obscure

Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide 2012

Join us at Crowfoot

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

Time again for Crowfoot's monthly movie night on Thursday the 16th. Join us for this PG rated movie --- as always call us at 221-4122 to find out what the title is---you won't be disappointed. This is a great way to beat that holds list and see it sooner rather than later! Movie starts sharp at 6:30 and runs 106 minutes. Remember to bring your own treats!

Ruby Sparks Free Advanced Screening Tickets

by Moe - 4 Comment(s)

Okay movie lovers, the tickets are now available to claim from GoFoBo for the avdanced screening of RUBY SPARKS. Hopefully you have your account set up and your password ready. If so log on now and request one or two tickets to this event. We've made it easier--- you don't even need an rsvp code this time.The password that they are asking for is YOUR own that you used to create your account. You will see our Movie Maniac Logo and your tickets are a few clicks away! They will be sent to your computer where you can print them off. If you do not have an account yet simply follow the steps in "create an account" found on the above link.

We have quite a few tickets available, but once they are all claimed, that's it. If you find yourself unable to use them after you have claimed them, pass them on to someone else---names are not checked. Can't find anybody? Just go back on to your account and 'release' the tickets for somebody else to use. If you make it to the movie I would love to hear from you- just drop me a line through comments at the top of any MM post. Enjoy!