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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.

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Film Night at Crow

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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

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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!

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The Versatile Steve Buscemi

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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

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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.

Terminator
“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.

Sam Rockwell

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Moon

Sam Rockwell is one of those actors that quietly goes about the business of acting, seeking challenging roles to perfect his skills, and as a result has amassed a very impressive filmography. If you don't know him or aren't looking for him it sometimes takes you awhile before you say "oh yeah, it's that guy, he was in......"

 

His first role was at the age of 10 in 1979 and he has been busy ever since. He flips back and forth between big budget, Indie films and the theatre, and currently has four movies in post-production. Entertainment Weekly said "he has an excessive interestingness" and grammar aside I think that is as apt a description as any. An excellent character actor, his range is broad and he deftly handles both comedy and drama.

 

On more than one occasion he has played a psychopath and I must say he does it very well. Wild Bill in The Green MileYou'll likely recall him as Wild Bill in the wonderful movie The Green Mile with Tom Hanks. Rockwell described Will Bill as 'Huck Finn meets Satan'. Seven Psychopaths won't be for everyone, but many liked it and I thought it was very good. Big cast including Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, and another perennial 'psycho', Christopher Walken. In Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, he may or may not be a psychopath, but he certainly is strange.

 

Guy Fleegman of Galaxy QuestOne of my fave movies, Galaxy Quest is not so much a spoof as an homage to the Star Trek franchise. He plays Guy Fleegman, one of the numerous expendable security guards. This is a really fun movie suitable for the entire family, and you don't have to be a Star Trek fan to enjoy it.

 

In a lesser known film of his called Moon, he plays a man who has a three year contract to work as the sole employee based on a lunar energy station. There is no direct communication link available between the lunar station and Earth, and strange things start to happen as his time to return home draws nearer. I really enjoyed this.

 

Give Conviction a look...a working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother (Rockwell), who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.

 

He is very good as Tony Stark's competitor in Iron Man 2. Interesting factoid: Jon Favreau initially considered Rockwell for the lead in the original Iron Man when he feared that Robert Downey Jr. might be too difficult to work with. As fine an actor as Sam is it would have been a far less playful Tony Stark with Rockwell inside the red and gold suit.

 

These are just a few of the many films CPL carries that display his fine talents.

 

The 65th Annual Emmys

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The 65th Emmys just aired this past Sunday and you can follow this link to see who won what. A few surprises, but not many. Something that might surprise you is just how many of these series and specials CPL carries. When it comes to television, we've got you covered.

 

Here are just a few of the nominees and winners we carry: Breaking Bad, Modern Family, Downton Abbey, Homeland, Game of Thrones, MadMen, Big Bang Theory, The Newsroom, The Big C, Boardwalk Empire, The Hour, The Good Wife. This is by no means all that we have so if you want to see if we carry your own fave search the show's title in our catalogue. To help narrow your search add DVD to the show's name, as in Boardwalk Empire DVD.

So much to watch, so little time!

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Luther

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Season Three of the critically acclaimed BBC series, Luther, is arriving on our shelves even as I write.

If you have not yet seen this one treat yourself to one of the finest British crime dramas of recent years. And given how very good the British track record for this kind of programming is, that’s saying something.

Superior writing, fine, fine acting and some very unique storylines, this series has it all. They are also very dark and occasionally disturbing. You may know the star Idris Alba from some of his other recent offerings. He had a starring role in this summer's block buster, Pacific Rim and was in Ridley Scott's Prometheus from 2012. He was in the excellent multi award winning American crime drama from several years ago, The Wire. He has even been touted as possibly taking over the helm for the James Bond franchise, after Daniel Craig hangs up his martini glass- a rumour he is vigorously denying. Somebody else who is having their name thrown around? Michael Fassbender, who was also in Prometheus.

Do watch this series in order or you'll be lost. Besides they are that good you really don't want to miss a single episode. His star is definitely on the rise so expect to see a lot more of him.

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