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The 86th Oscars Have Come and Gone

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The 86th Oscars are now in the record books and the awards season winds down for another year. If you were one of the tens of millions (I have always doubted their bloated world wide estimate of one billion viewers) who watched you by now have formulated your own opinions on wins, losses and near misses. I found the ceremony rather boring this year, but they may have been trying to gain back a little dignity after Seth McFarlane last year. Ellen is a fine host and there were some good but no great moments. I thought Glenn Close, Sally Field and Bette Midler very good---John Travolta, Goldie Hawn and Kim Novak scary and without exception all the major's speeches rambling and longgggggg.

Now on to what really matters which is what does CPL have and how can I get my hands on it? Here's a quick tutorial for you that will help you narrow your search in our catalogue.

From our home page go into either Catalogue or Search the Catalgoue and in the All Fields drop down menu choose Subject and then enter a category that you are looking for such as;

Academy Awards Best Actress; Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor; Academy Awards Best Cinematography; Academy Awards Nominations 1964 etc, etc etc. Any film that we carry that meets these search terms will be displayed.

So of course for this year you would look for Academy Award Nominations 2013. This is a dynamic list and changes as new fims are released to DVD and become available. Also the 's' on Award can be something of a moving target, so try it both with and without.

March movies Central

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Join fellow movie lovers every Thursday in March in the John Dutton Theatre at the Central Libray from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

MARCH 6th The King and Four Queens (1956, 86 min) Not Rated. Adventure, comedy, mystery

CAST: Clark Gable, Eleanor Parker, Jean Willes, Barbara Nichols. PLOT: An opportunistic con man ingratiates himself with the cantankerous mother of four outlaws and their beautiful widows in order to find their hidden gold.

MARCH 13th Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, 93 min.) Rated PG-13. Drama, fantasy.

CAST: Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly. PLOT: Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

MARCH 20th Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012, 105 min) Rated PG. Comedy, drama, fantasy

CAST: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, C. J. James. PLOT: A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.

MARCH 27th Reap the Wild Wind (1942, 123 min) Not Rated. Action, adventure

CAST: John Wayne, Ray Milland, Paulette Goddard, Susan Hayward. PLOT: The captain of a salvage busines rescues valuables from the merchant ships wrecked by pirates.

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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Top Gear

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Not many series can stand the test of time like Top Gear has. This British series has remained at the top of its game for 21 seasons and shows no signs of slowing down. It is the most popular car show in the world.

Join the highly knowledgeable and thoroughly engaging hosts Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May as they explore 'everything car' and I do mean everything. Smart, fast paced, and often just hilarious, this BBC series has it all. They are joined by a steady stream of A-listers who drop by to try their luck on the test course and talk about their favorite cars.

Among some of their better stunts: contraptions they make themselves like a limo so long it requires a rope and pulley to get to the back end; their own versions of "Bond" cars with rocket launchers and flame throwers; being the only people to successfully drive to the magnetic North Pole.

You'll learn things you never thought you needed to know about cars, you'll gasp at some of the prices, and you'll laugh often at the absurdity of their stunts. What's not to like?

Doc Martin Season 6

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The surprisingly lovable misanthrope Doc Martin is back for Season 6 in this very popular Britcom of the same name. If you are not yet acquainted with the surly London surgeon forced to relocate to a Cornish fishing village give the early seasons a look, but do watch them in order.

If you are already a fan check out and see who could possibly be left for him to offend this time round. Like the jacket says it is sweet, stirring and completely addictive. It is also hilarious.

Enjoy a Free Movieā€”On Us!

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THAT'S IT FOLKS. ALL 25 OF THE DOUBLE PASSES ARE GONE

CHECK IN REGULARLY AT MOVIE MANIACS-PASSES COME UP OFTEN AND WITHOUT NOTICE

Posted 2:20 PM THURSDAY 20th.

FIVE MORE PASSES AVAILABLE. PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK AND USE THE NEW CODE

CLG_NOCLUE

When these are gone that's it folks!

Movie Maniacs and eONE Films have teamed up to bring you advanced screening passes to NO CLUE starring Brent Butt of Corner Gas fame.

"When a beautiful and mysterious woman bursts into Leo's Vancouver office and begs for his help in finding her missing brother, it's just another day in the life of a hard-boiled detective. The problem is, Leo's not a detective -- hard-boiled or otherwise. He sells novelty advertising across the hall from the detective, and the woman just opened his door by mistake. "

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1kM4-HeKvM

The showing is Monday February 24th at Chinook Theatres. Sign in here to get your free double passes and use the code CPLNOCLUE. Managed to negotiate some extra passes so you can also use the code CPLNOCLUE2. Tickets are fully transferable so it you request them and can't use them, please pass them on. The trailer looks very funny and actor/writer/comedian Brent Butt will be in attendance after the filming for a Q&A.

And if you see it drop me a ilne through comments and tell me what you think.

Crowfoot Monthly Film Night

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On Thursday February 20th Crowfoot will be hosting its usual Film Night at 6:30. And what a movie we have lined up for you! We are showcasing Captain Phillips, starring everybody's favorite guy next door, Tom Hanks. Worthy of all six of its Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing and Best Writing, Adapted ScreenPlay .

Rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use. If you are trying to see all the Oscar nominated Best Pictures ahead of the Oscars on March 2nd, here's a great way to catch one.

Behind the Scenes Fashion

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Since you liked Diana Vreeland so much, here are some more fashion documentaries to inspire:

Lagerfeld Confidential

Controversial? Yes, but I still have to give credit to the man who invented a perfume that smells like books. Also who can rework the same core inspiration pieces and make something new every season? Karl can. Watch him in action.

Valentino, The Last Emperor

Follow Valentino Garavani, one of the last of the big 20th century couturier's, in this DVD which covers a season about 10 year ago and compare it to today.

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorfs

Founded in 1899, Bergdorf Goodman is one of Fifth Avenue New York's famed fashion hawkers. Enjoy this documentary glimpse at its comings and goings, including the window displays.

L'Amour Fou

Yves St. Laurent's elegant, streamlined work has enjoyed a resurgence lately. Witness sheer blouses, and tuxedo dressing for women. The DVD is in French, but this is un pays bilingue, n'est pas? If your crazy love for fashion requires, English subtitles are available.

You will also enjoy The September Issue, and Bill Cunningham New York, reviewed earlier.

 

 

 

 

Sherlock, Downton and Selfridges

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If you are as rabid a fan as I am of the new Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman you will know that episode one of Season Three aired on January the 19th. If you need a reminder of what happened at the end of Season Two -- a whole two years ago -- grab it here. Not a fan yet? Start at the beginning with Season One and it won't be long before you're hooked. And would you believe you can already place holds on Season Three although it is not on our shelves yet?

I came across an interesting article on IMDB that says thanks to the incredible North American popularity of Sherlock, Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge, PBS Masterpiece Classics has been pulled back from the brink. It lost its major funding and was close to the edge when Exxon Mobile withdrew. You know all those commercials with the incredibly thin beautiful women in the incredibly exotic beautiful gowns? And all those fantastic looking cruises? Well, thanks to Ralph Lauren and Viking Cruises, Masterpiece Classics is fully funded right through to the end of 2014. I might just have to buy one of those fur hats to wear while I cruise up the Volga to express my gratitude. Seriously, thanks Ralph and Viking!

And if you look around town you just might see Sherlock's co-star Martin Freeman as he is currently in Calgary shooting “Fargo” for FX. The original Fargo is one of the Coen brothers more quirky offerings and if you know the Coen brothers that's saying something. It is an extremely violent but nonetheless exceptional film that won two Oscars including Best Actress for Frances McDormand and Best Original Screen Play for the Coens.

Good Bets for Your Two Hours

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I like clever movies and Side Effects is certainly that. A well-constructed plot unfolding at a good pace, and solid performances by Rooney Mara, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta Jones make this a good bet for your two hours.

 

 

 

 

Grabbed a couple of older titles off the shelf and hit the jackpot on both of them:

 

 

From 2004, Something the Lord Made stars one of my perennial faves, Alan Rickman, and hip-hop artist turned actor Mos Def. Don't let this put you off; Def can act and the two of them are really good in this. A dramatization of the relationship between surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas, the first to defy the unwritten rule against operating on the heart and as a result invent by-pass surgery.

 

 

 

 

Next up is Some Mother's Son from 1996 with Helen Mirren. Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. The film focuses on the mothers of two of the strikers, and their struggle to save the lives of their sons.

And the Nominees Are...

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The Academy has announced this year's nominees. Find out who's in and who's out for this year's awards on their website. Everything Oscar can be found here: fun trivia, bloopers, gowns, glam shots, and all you need to get you ready for the show on Sunday March 2.

The event will be hosted by popular Ellen DeGeneres—her second time at the helm. The theme this year is movie heroes and I would hope that it's more than just super heroes—there certainly should be a lot of other iconic heroes from which to choose.

Of course a lot of the nominations are films that are currently just in theatres, but you can rest assurred that Calgary Public Library has you covered. As soon as they are available to order we will do so and once they are ordered and turn up in the catalogue they are ready for you to place your holds.

In fact, “Academy Award Nominations 2013” as a subject heading in our catalgoue will bring up all records of the current Oscar Nominations that we have in our collection (or on order).

And yes, I was sorry to see that Prisoners wasn't up for anything (other than cinematography), especially Jake G. But then I have a really lousy track record at guessing Oscars nominations and winners.

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