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The Eye Has to Travel

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This a great DVD for viewers with the so-called "passion for fashion" and naysayers alike. Those who consider the industry to be made up merely of dictatorial European designers and mal-nourished teenaged models are forgetting about the powerhouses like Diana Vreeland who shaped so much of what we see visually today. She was no fashion victim.

The Eye has to Travel (checkout the book also via this link) stitches together interview footage with Vreeland with film clips of Funny Face and Who are you, Polly Maggoo?, and even animation to bring the woman to life. Vreeland was editor of Harper's Bazaar (available in the library and through our Zinio subscription), then Vogue (in branches), then head of the Fashion Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of New York where she allegedly scandalized archivists by treating 18th Century gowns as wearable clothes.

Interviews with Ali McGraw, Verushka, Diane von Furstenburg, Lauren Hutton and others highlight Vreeland's pioneering approach to life, first as a counter-culture flapper, then as an editor who valued a multicultural outlook and chose models with unique features and personalities, like Angelica Huston, whose careers she helped launch because she saw their inner potential.

Vreeland is ostensibly the spoofed arbitar of fashion in Who are you, Polly Maggoo? and some say also in The Devil wears Prada, not the current editor of Vogue as has been suggested. I'll leave you to decide.

Crowfoot Monthly Film

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

Join us Thursday December 12th at 6:30 p.m. for another blockbuster new-to-DVD release.

As always I can not release the title, but I can tell you it is a 'Super' movie.

Phone us at 221-4122 and we will tell you what it is. This one is rated PG for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction and for some language.

Some related news: come the new year we are going with a different license and I will be able to put the titles in the blog.


So see you at Crowfoot this coming Thursday....

New and Notable

by Moe - 2 Comment(s)

Lots of this past summer's blockbusters are hitting the shelf at the moment. We have the latest Superman incarnation, Man of Steel—which is actually very good. Iron Man 3—good, but I think this franchise may have run its course. Keep Tony Stark for the Avengers and get rid of Gwyneth Paltow—I'm begging you, don't give Pepper Potts her own movie! Pacific Rim is just lots of over the top fun. Star Trek into Darkness has been out for a couple of months and you don't have to be a Trekkie to like this one. World War Z is a Brad Pitt project based on a graphix novel. He threw his heart into this one, and I've gotta say, I loved it. But then I really like zombie movies—especially fast Zombies!

If brain-eating zombies are not your cup of tea, and you want to steer clear of all the CGI wizardry and go with something slower paced and way more cerebral, we've got those too. You can't do any better than Foyle's War Set 7. As the enormously popular mystery series returns, World War II is over, but the Cold War simmers in 1946 London. DCS Foyle has retired from police work when Britain's secret intelligence service compels him to join its ranks. Reunited with his former colleague, newlywed Sam Wainwright Foyle faces new but no less deadly threats in the world of spies and counterintelligence. This remains a truly excellent series.

And speaking of PBS Mystery, many of the Poirots have been digitally remastered and re-released—they look wonderful and Agatha Christie always stand the test of time.

Speaking of Costume Dramas...

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There is no denying the huge popular and critical appeal of the granddaddy of all costume dramas, Downton Abbey. And with good reason: a tremendous cast, a glorious real life manor for a location, attention to period detail like you can't believe, costumes that leave you drooling, love, death, revenge, war, plague — I ask you, what's not to like!

For all those of you eagerly awaiting the start of Season Four on January 5, 2014 why not take the opportunity to catch up on the first 3 seasons. Haven't seen it yet? What on earth are you waiting for? Find out why people have been talking about this series for the past three years.

And because we here at CPL know how tremendously popular this series is, even though it has not yet aired, we have it on order and you can place your holds on Season 4 already! How's that for proactive?

Fan of Period/Costume Dramas?

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Perhaps you are currently watching the new Masterpiece Classic production "The Paradise", which follows the exploits of a fictional early department store in Victorian England — it's really quite good and no doubt we will be adding it to our collection once it is ready for release.

If you are a fan of costume dramas chances are good you will enjoy Mr. Selfridge. This series centers on the real-life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of Selfridge's, a London department store.

This is a brand new release that just wound up its first season. We have the three disc, ten-part-series available, and the good news is there are not a lot of holds on it at this time.


Film Night at Crow

by Moe - 2 Comment(s)


Join us on Thursday November 21st for our regular monthly film night at the Crowfoot branch. As always we are featuring a brand new to DVD release and one that would otherwise take awhile to get via a hold. Beat the wait by joining us at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday. Due to copyright restrictions I can't give you the title here but give us a call at 403-221-4122 and all will be revealed.

I can tell you this much — it is MARVELous and is number three in this very popular superhero franchise.


It is rated PG13 so bring the family. Hope to see you on the 21st!

Try to Watch all These Before Midnight

by Melanie - 2 Comment(s)

It is with anticipation that many of us awaited Before Midnight, the last in a romance trilogy starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Now as old as many of their viewers, they meet again to look back on their past romance and the current status of their lives.

Try to watch Before Sunrise and Before Sunset first—it's not essential as each works as a stand-alone movie. In the first grunge-era film, Hawke and Delpy's characters meet by chance while backpacking in Europe, stay up all night and yes, fall in love but they go their separate ways. Before Sunset is a delight because the lovers meet again.

Now we get to enjoy them in Before Midnight, cast in the sober light of parenting and marriage (but now to each other). These are couples movies both will enjoy. Don't expect romantic comedy, however. This is "life, the universe, and everything" fare, and it's nice to see Richard Linklater's films shot roughly ten years between with the same actors, looking as good as ever. As a bonus, there's armchair travel!


The Versatile Steve Buscemi

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

I did a post on Sam Rockwell not too long ago, and that got me thinking about Steve Buscemi. With his wonderful snaggle tooth and slightly protuberant eyes he doesn't fit the leading man role, but he certainly has screen presence and has forged an excellent career as a character actor. Like Rockwell he takes on some really challenging roles and isn't afraid to play loathsome characters. He has been kicking around a long time and often turns up in Coen Brothers films.

The one most people likely remember him from was Fargo, one of the more twisted offerings from the 'director with two heads' as the Coen's are often referred to. Now I must say this movie creeped me out something terrible, Oscar wins aside, but it turns up on a lot of must see lists. Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski and The Hudsucker Proxy are worth your two hours, and Big Fish is also worth a look.

He had recurring roles in two very popular series, The Sopranos and 30 Rock which have both finished their long runs. But he can be seen headlining in Boardwalk Empire (now in its 4th season), which chronicles the life of fictional gangster/politician Nucky Thompson, the undisputed ruler of Atlantic city. Boardwalk Empire has won numerous awards including a Golden Globe for Buscemi as Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama. Martin Scorcese is involved in this series and we all know nobody does gangstas better than Marty S.

And because he is so darn versatile, he had me howling with laughter in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, playing opposite Steve Carell. This was a lot of fun, and these two guys played off each other very well. Throw in the always good Alan Arkin and the sometimes good Jim Carrey—and he is good here—and this one works.

The role of a lifetime...or not

by Trevor - 0 Comment(s)

Johnny Depp as Edward Scissor Hands, Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. There are some actors who just seemed destined to play certain roles. They embody the character so perfectly that it’s almost impossible to imagine anyone else in the role. Despite that, there are many instances where that seemingly perfect casting decision was the result of the first, second, or third choice actors refusing the role. Here are a few iconic roles that were originally intended for other actors.

Silence of the Lambs
Everyone knows that Anthony Hopkins was phenomenal as Hannibal Lecter. I don’t think his role would have been nearly as good if he didn’t have Jodie Foster’s Clarice to play off of however. It was Michelle Pfeiffer who was offered the role first. When she, and many other A-list actresses, turned down the role, we were left with the perfect onscreen chemistry of Hopkins and Foster.

“I’ll be back” and “hasta la vista baby” are two of the most quoted movie lines of all time. They loose a bit of their charm when you picture Sylvester Stallone slurring them in his mumbled drawl. It doesn’t quite fit does it? Though Schwarzenegger only got the role when Sly turned it down, I think we can agree that Arnie was the better choice in the end.

Die Hard
Speaking of Schwarzenegger, he (and pretty much every other male A-lister in Hollywood) was offered the role of John McClane in Die Hard. I can’t imagine anyone but Bruce Willis Yippee Ki Yay-ing while he blasted away terrorists. Schwarzenegger couldn't even fit through the air vents and Burt Reynolds, another choice, would have been laughable. Without Bruce my favorite Christmas movie would have been ruined!

The Shawshank Redemption
In what was likely the worst career choice of his life, Kevin Costner turned down the lead role in Oscar nominated “The Shawshank Redemption”. What did he turn it down for? At the time the most expensive film ever made, the critically maligned box office bust Waterworld. His loss was Tim Robbins’ gain however as Robbins stepped into the legendary role of Andy Dufresne.

Indiana Jones
Perhaps the most iconic character on the list, Indiana Jones was originally supposed to sport a big bushy mustache! Or at least that’s all I can assume upon hearing the role was initially offered to Tom Selleck. We can thank all that is good in the world that there was a scheduling conflict with Magnum P.I. Don’t get me wrong, Tom Selleck is a great guy; he’s just not Indiana Jones. No one but Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones!

A-List actors get sent a ton of scripts and there are undoubtedly many examples of actors dodging a bullet and avoiding bad roles. As the list above shows however, there are a few great bullets they shouldn’t have dodged. Do these actors regret passing up these roles? Who knows?

All we can say for certain is that it would be decidedly strange to see anyone else play these parts!

Crowfoot Film Night

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Join us on Thursday October 17th for this month's block buster movie. This is a brand new to DVD release and there are 100s of holds on this title, so a trek up to see it at Crowfoot is a sure fire way to avoid the wait. As always we can not put down the title but phone us at 221-4122 to see what the movie is---we don't want to leave you in Darkness. No registration is required, but seating is limited. Doors open at 6:00, show starts at 6:30 and it is rated PG13.

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