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Who did Win the Oscar

by Moe - 1 Comment(s)

There they go for another year and although I watched them I thought they lacked any real 'oomph'. Seth M was decent enough as host, better than I was expecting and certainly way better than James Franco and Anne Hathaway in 2011. He has some personality, a decent voice and a share of charm, but the writing was mediocre and the majority of the jokes were flat.

It was nice to see production numbers return, but having the orchestra in another building didn't work. It was supposed to be a tribute night to musicals, but really all they featured was Les Mis and Chicago, and Chicago went on far too long. Streisand was good- when is she not, and the same for Adele and Bassey. The Ted skit was just a nightmare and the sock puppets were lame. Notably missing from 'In Memoriam' was Andy Griffith. The Christopher Plummer skit was fine and I thought the intro with Captain Kirk and MacFarlane worked, but could become a self-fullfilling prophecy (MacFarlane worst host ever! one headline read). But when the biggest thing people are talking about the day after is Jennifer Lawrence tripping on the stairs, obviously they weren't terribly memorable. Best speeches of the night were Daniel Day-Lewis and Ang Lee but they really needed to bring in the hook to get Affleck and company off the stage. As for the Oscar pools I entered, I did well here at work, getting 18 of the 24, then 'rethunk' it all too much and only got 12 out of 24 for my next effort on Oscar night! Oh well, next year! For a complete listing of winners, follow this link.

Now, what does CPL have in the way of nominees and winners? Well as always, we've got you covered. Currently available or on order:

Argo; Skyfall; Les Mis; The Master; Flight; Zero Dark Thirty; The Sessions; Beasts of the Southern Wild; Life of Pi; War Witch; Brave; Frankenweenie; Paranorman; The Pirates! Band of Misfits; Wreck-it-Ralph; Mirror Mirror; Snow White and the Huntsman; 5 Broken Cameras; The invisible War; Prometheus; Marvels The Avengers; Moonrise Kingdom.

And of course as more titles are released to dvd and blu-ray, we will add them to our collection so check back regularly---holds are building even as I write. As soon as you see them in our catalogue they are available to hold, even if they are not yet in.

Who will win the 85th Oscars

by Moe - 5 Comment(s)

In spite of considering myself a movie maniac maniac and in spite of watching 100’s of movies a year, I have a pretty mediocre track record for picking Oscar winners and expect the same will hold true for the 85th’s. Probably because I eschew the pollsters and pundits and go with my gut, or said another way, what I hope will win. So this year I'm doing two choices---what I would like to see win, and what I think will win. Check back next week and we`ll see what actually happened....

Who I’d pick to win

Who I think will win


Les Mis



Spielberg for Lincoln

Spielberg- even though they nominate 10 films for Best Picture, they only nominate 5 directors and Affleck wasn’t one. Go figure.


Daniel Day Lewis----I don’t see them giving him a 3rd. There are 9 who've ever won 2 Oscars for Best Actor---nobody has ever won three.

Bradley Cooper-he is the ‘it guy’ of the moment


Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence


Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones.


Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway








Moonrise Kingdom-charming, original and sweet

Zero Dark Thirty-consider that they had to rewrite the entire script after OBLaden was killed.Please just anybody but Tarantino!


Skyfall- the big shoot out on the estate at the end was worth the price of admission alone

Skyfall-it deserves it plus they are dying to give the Bond Franchise an Oscar

Tom Cruise is Crazy!

by Trevor - 0 Comment(s)

I was watching the special features of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol this weekend and holy heck…Tom Cruise is crazy! I don’t mean crazy in the way most people meant after his Oprah couch jumping incident. I mean the hanging from a skyscraper hundreds of stories in the air crazy! He actually runs down the side of a skyscraper! A lot of actors pride themselves on doing their own stunts but Tommy turns the notch up to 11. Regardless of what you think of the star and his personal life, you have to give him credit for his insane stunts. Here are a few of his better, and sometimes crazier, action films.

Mission Impossibles – All of the films in this franchise are “non-stop thrill rides” (a favorite cliché quote of mine and one that appears on an alarming amount of DVD covers). I recommend watching or re-watching the two most recent as they’re undeniably the best. Though Mission Impossibles 1 and 2 are suitable action fare, number 3 and 4 (Ghost Protocol) are the epitome of modern action films and are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Minority Report – As you’ll come to know about me, I’m a sucker for sci-fi. Great sci-fi flicks like this one are even better. Using psychic prediction to stop all crimes before they happen? What could go wrong there? Jet packs, futuristic guns, and plot twists galore? Sign me up!

Knight and Day – While not the most original of films, Knight and Day is a more than satisfactory romantic action adventure. Tom does his usual super spy thing including some impressive motorcycle scenes.

Collateral – I read that Tom trained extensively with a military instructor so he could fire his gun like a highly efficient cold blooded killer. His cold blood certainly comes through as his villainous take on a hitman is one of his most interesting roles. He doesn’t often play a bad guy but has my vote to do so more often.

Though it’s not going to be out until April, I’m already getting excited for Cruise’s next film, Oblivion. Here’s hoping he can strike sci-fi gold again and do justice to the impressive trailer. I’ve no doubt that Tom will once again be sending his stunt doubles out on coffee runs while he jumps off cliffs and crashes cars.

The BBC strikes again

by Moe - 2 Comment(s)

Time and time again BBC turns out superior miniseries. With a seemingly endless pool of classically trained talent from which to draw, multi award winning directors, and truly original storylines, they just have an excellent product. When you can't take the endless banality of Hollywood offerings, with their regurgitated plots and their cookie cutter actors and actresses, turn your attention across the pond.

Their latest is the excellent "The Hour". This BBC production is actually about a fictitious BBC show. Set in the mid 50's in the early days of television, it follows the launch of a new sixty minute long current events show. With the always excellent Dominic West acting as the show's anchor, it follows their struggles to strike the right balance between informing and entertaining their audience.

We have just recieved season two, and it is even better than the first, and that's saying something. Set aside 5 hours to watch season one. As I so often do, I went to watch episode one, and stayed up far too late devouring the whole show in one sitting.

Excellent acting, compelling three dimensional characters, several tight, well crafted intersecting plots running throughout the 5 hours, and amazing attention to period details. It was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for Best MiniSeries or Motion Picture made for Television.

Join us at Nosehill or Crowfoot Libraries

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Are you one of the fortunate students off onThursday (14th) and Friday (15th)? Are you one of the frazzled parents wondering what to do with them? If so, pop into either of these locations for planned activies, including a movie.

Now, there are copyright restrictions that prevent me from naming the movies, but if you phone the Nosehill branch at 221-2030 or the Crowfoot branch at 221-4122 they'll be happy to tell you the titles.








TIME: 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.


MOVIE STARTS at 1:00 P.M. in the Program Room

Rated “G”, 86 minutes.

Free popcorn!!





10:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.


MOVIE 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. RATED PG


FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15, 10:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.



And because movies are just better when shared with a crowd, on Feb 21st you can come to Crowfoot library for our movie night. We have been showing them once a month for over a year now and always have some fresh new titles on offer---and this month is no exception. Phone us at 221-4122 for our title. I can tell you it is also rated "G" and is third in a series based on some very popular kids books.

Great TV Part 3 - AMC

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It was a while in the making but here's the third list of great shows you just can't find on cable. Just like HBO and FX, AMC produces television that is far better than the majority of shows the basic cable networks put out. Expect all of these shows to be gritty, realistic, and extremely entertaining.

Walking Dead – If you hadn’t noticed, we’re living in a bit of a Zombie renaissance. Like the infectious horde they are, they’ve taken over every media outlet whether it’s film, TV, videogames, or books. Walking dead is a perfect example of why this is a good thing. A Zombie show that is much more about the living survivors than the monsters trying to get them, The Walking Dead positively oozes drama and tension. In a world ruled by the dead, we’re finally forced to start living.

The Killing – I’m cheating a bit with this one as I’ve only seen the first few episodes but this one certainly seems to deserve the praise it’s recieving. The entire series revolves around the murder of a teenage girl and the show pulls no punches when showing the despair such a loss can cause. Far more realistic than the typical Law and Order crime procedural, The Killing looks to be something special.


Breaking Bad – Bryan Cranston has won 3 Emmys for his role as a Nobel prize nominee turned high school teacher turned cancer victim turned meth cook. To say that his acting is phenomenal is an understatement as this is one of the most complex TV characters I’ve ever seen. We root for him while at the same time cringing at the horrible things he does. We hold our breaths as he nearly gets caught, but we know that he deserves to. His motives are crystal clear one minute and inscrutable the next. As exciting as it is emotional, Breaking Bad deserves your attention.

Mad Men is a great show for the same reasons as Breaking Bad: characters that are complicated, nuanced, and realistic. Though the show undeniably belongs to the suave and chauvinistic Don Draper, the supporting characters are just as well developed and intriguing. So well are the characters developed that a single interaction or offhand comment may give insight into seasons worth of wondering. This one will get you hooked.

Check out Great TV Part 1: HBO and Great TV Part 2: FX for more suggestions.

The Screen Actor's Guild Awards

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The 19th annual SAG's (Screen Actor's Guild Awards) were this past weekend and a lot of the people making a trip up to the podium were just up there for the Golden Globes a couple of weeks ago. Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln, Anne Hathaway for Les Mis, Claire Danes for Homeland, Kevin Costner for Hatfields and McCoys.

Once again Argo got top honours under the category 'Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture'. Now I guess that isn't quite the same as winning for best picture, but it certainly is gathering momentum leading up to the Oscars. If you read my earlier post you know that I thought that Argo was marginal at best as a movie, and as anything closely resembling history, sadly lacking. There is a very interesting article in the January 28th Maclean's magazine about the movie, called Movies That Make History (Volume 126 issue 3). There is a quote from the real Ken Taylor (former Canadian ambassador to Iran), who says "the filmmakers stole a good story and gave CIA spy Tony Mendez the credit of Canada's role in engineering the escape of 6 US diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis." Affleck has been insisting that his movie is 'extremely accurate and relevant' but when he heard this he went into damage control mode, made Taylor the guest of honour at a Washington premiere and hailed him as a hero. Then Victor Garber who played Taylor in the movie weighed in, more words were exchanged and on and on.

As I mentioned, the article is very good and well worth the read. Do you know that you don't have to buy the magazine on the newsstand, or even look for it on our shelves. You can get it free on-line with your handy dandy library card. Just go to E-Library from our homepage, then Newspapers and Magazines. Now click on Academic Search Elite (an EbscoHost database). At the top go into Publications, and then click on "M" for Maclean's. Click on Maclean's and then click on "+Jan 2013" on the right, under "All Issues", and there it is: Volume 126, Issue 3, and all the articles from that issue, including Movies That Make History.

Have a read of this very well written article — and now that you know how to find magazines, spend some more time in this great database — one of hundreds that come free with your library card.


6 Degrees of Separation...With a Twist

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Thanks to guest blogger ALEX, who always gives us these great 6 degree posts. She's come up with a real mind bender this time...

It’s been a while since we've done a 6° of Separation, and who better to get us back in the swing of things than the man of the hour, Benedict Cumberbatch! But since it’s a new year, let’s put a new twist on this game… instead of following just Benedict through filmdom, we’re going to follow famous pairings – people who collaborate on flicks with each other again and again – or, for our purposes, Dynamic Duos!

Now I know that Moe just posted about BC a couple of weeks ago, but it's a testament to how popular this guy is that here we are with him again. You won’t be able to turn on a TV or go to the movies in 2013 without seeing him EVERYWHERE. We’d be remiss to mention his popularity without also mentioning his partner-in-crime[solving], Martin Freeman. While both have been heavy on the Brit set for years, they’re enjoying new-found recognition on this side of the pond thanks to the success of their hit BBC serial “Sherlock”. If you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon yet, don’t let knock-off CBS “Elementary” throw you off the scent… it is absolutely worth your time, especially if you’re not necessarily a fan of other recent offerings like the Robert Downey Jr redux.

Cumberbatch’s success in Sherlock no doubt had a hand in his casting in the upcoming “Star Trek: Into Darkness” flick, set for release in May. The movie comes out in five months, and after months and months of rumours about who he'd be playing, we only found out just very recently. Brilliant marketing ploy?! Look to the genius of J.J. Abrams, who’s mastery of suspense has provided such gems as “Lost”, Fringe”, Super 8” and of course, “Heroes”. (AND NEW UPDATE! J.J. has just signed on to do the new Star Wars! BOTH of the Star franchises?? If anyone can mend the rift between Trekkies and Warsies, it would be him...)


Which brings us to our next dynamic duo:

While coupling Cumberbatch with Abrams is an out-of-this-world combo, there is a more fitting Jelly to Abram’s Peanut Butter. I’m talking about Zachary Quinto, who played the horrifying Sylar in “Heroes”, and the wonderful “Spock” in the new Star Treks. These two are friends off-set, and Quinto is reported as having said that returning to Star Trek without Abrams would be unimaginable. Quinto appears in the Star Trek movies with half of another dynamic duo, Simon Pegg (the hilarious Scotty).

It is difficult to think of Simon Pegg without also picturing buddy Nick Frost hovering somewhere nearby. The pair seem to be inseparable when working on comedies, with titles such as “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” being perennial favourites. They have also voice-acted together in “Tintin” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift”. For my next jump I’ll use the rather insignificant “Snow White and the Huntsman” to link Nick Frost with good ol’ Toby Jones, as they both played dwarves.

Toby Jones is memorable for his character-acting and the fact that he takes on a lot of bit roles in a lot of big movies. Also famous for this? Stanley Tucci. These two very talented actors keep taking relatively small roles, which continually surprise and delight me. I always want more of them, so I suppose they’re choosing their roles perfectly after all. Two movies I can use as examples that feature both of these actors are “The Hunger Games” and “Captain America: The First Avenger”.

Another surprising appearance in “Captain America” is Richard Armitage as Heinz Kruger. Richard who? He was only on screen for about three minutes so he was easy to miss. But once you've found him, you'll just want more. For the next three years we’ll be inundated with his glorious, studly face as he plays Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit” trilogy.

And to wrap it all up with a nice little bow, Richard Armitage’s Thorin is the leader of the motley crew including Martin Freeman’s Bilbo Baggins, all setting off to reclaim their loot from the desolation of Smaug—voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch (There is Oscar Buzz for old' Benedict in this role... After studying Komodo dragons to research his role as Smaug, we've heard rumours that his voice-acting is brilliant and might get a nod!)

WHEW—that was exhausting!

All things Python

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I had the pleasure of recently seeing FRC 's (Front Row Centre) production of Spamalot. Familiar as I am with Monty Pythons in general and The Holy Grail in particular, until now I had not seen this musical. I thought it was tremendous- cheeky, funny, just plain silly. To quote Eric Idle "it is lovingly ripped off from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail." Idle, a member of the original Monty Python troupe wrote the musical's book and lyrics and collaborated with John Du Prez on most of the music. If you are a MP fan you will no doubt recognize the "Always look on the bright side of Life"- one of the most hummable tunes ever.

CPL has a huge assortment of all things Python, including the original series, most all of their movies -Holy Grail- and many other productions once the original 6 disbanded, such as Fawlty Towers. We also have a collection of personal faves from all of the members: Terry Jones's Personal Best, Graham Chapman's PBest, Terry Gilliam's PBest, Michael Palin's PBest, John Cleese's PBest, Eric Idles PBEST.

I am reliably informed by FRC people that there are still some good seats left for Spamalot. If you can make it down, you won't be disappointed, but it only runs till the 26th.


2012 Favourites

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Hi guys. Trevor here, telling you about some of my favorite films over the past year. Despite a few disappointments (cough, cough, The Dark Knight Rises), 2012 was a pretty good year for film. Here are a few that stood out for me.

Looper is a smart and exciting time travel flick that stars the always excellent Bruce Willis and the up and coming Joseph Gordon Levitt…who both play the same character. With a tight plot and a concept as original as anything I’ve seen this year, Looper isn’t one to miss.

Or…if you like your time travel quirky and romantic rather than violent and gritty, give Safety Not Guaranteed a try. As much about nostalgia and regret as it is about time travel, this one is just as good as Looper but in completely different ways.

Argo – Ben Affleck once again proves his versatility by both directing and starring in this taut, tense, and true tale of the takeover of the U.S. embassy in the Iranian capital. You’re guaranteed to be on the edge of your seat throughout this one. (I can't link to this one yet as we don't have it in yet, but check the catalogue in the coming weeks to be the first on the hold list).

Avengers – If you haven’t seen the Avengers yet, do so right now! This film set the bar for which all future super hero movies will be judged. And oh my…that bar has been set high. We are now living in a post-Avengers world. We’d better get used to it!

For a change of pace you could also try Chronicle. A super hero film that’s not a super hero film, Chronicle follows the found footage approach to tell the tale of three high school students who stumble upon super powers. Things quickly escalate from fun telekinetic pranks to super powered mayhem. This low budget film really is much better than it has any right to be.

Cabin in the Woods – If you’re a fan of the Avengers, this one might be right up your alley. Written and produced by Joss Whedon of Avengers fame (and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse, and others), Cabin in the woods is a scary, smart, and funny satire of the horror genre. If you liked Scream back in the day, chances are you’ll like this one.

Moonrise Kingdom – This tale of a 1960’s tween-age romance is so captivating, so heartfelt, and so whimsical that it could only have come from the mind of Wes Anderson. It’s poignant and unique in a way few movies can even aspire to. It also doesn’t hurt that you can pause the movie at any point, print off the screen, and frame it as a beautiful work of art!

Were there any of your favorites that didn’t make the list?

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