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Friday, January 29, 2016

DVDs available Tuesday, February 2nd...

Bridge of Spies DVDBridge of Spies  -  Based on a true story - James Donovan (Tom Hanks) is a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA send him on a nearly impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Also stars Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda Directed by Steven Spielberg. Co-written by Joel & Ethan Coen and Matthew Charman

Effie Gray Effie Gray - In Victorian England, the virginal wife (Dakota Fanning) of critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) seeks an annulment of their marriage so that she can marry his protege, Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge). Written by Emma Thompson.  Directed by Richard Laxton

Freeheld [DVD + Digital]Freeheld -   Based on the Oscar(R)-winning short documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester [Julianne Moore] and Stacie Andree [Ellen Page] and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. Also stars Michael Shannon and Steve Carell. Directed by Peter Sollett 

Man Up [DVD + Digital]Man Up - When Nancy is mistaken for Jack's blind date under the clock at Waterloo Station, she decides to take fate into her own hands and just go with it. What could possibly go wrong? MAN UP is an honest, heart-warming romantic comedy about taking chances and rolling with the consequences. One night, two people, on a first date like no other. Starring: Simon Pegg, Lake Bell  Olivia Williams. Directed by Ben Palmer

TruthTruth - Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush's military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers. Starring: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid, Elizabeth Moss and Topher Grace. Directed by James Vanderbilt

The Visit (DVD)

 The Visit - Two siblings become incredibly frightened by their grandparents disturbing behavior, while visiting them on vacation.   Starring: Olivia DeJongeEd OxenbouldDeanna Dunagan  Directed by M. Knight Shamalayan

Black Work

Black Work -TV Series BBC America -  Police constable Jo Gillespie (Sheridan Smith) is devastated when her husband, undercover officer Ryan (Kenny Doughty, is killed under suspicious circumstances. As she battles to stay strong for the benefit of her daughter and stepson, Jo is urged by her bosses, DCS Will Hepburn (Douglas Henshall) and Chief Constable Carolyn Jarecki (Geraldine James), to leave it to her fellow officers to find the killer.  Also stars Matthew McNulty.

CHI-RAQ [DVD + Digital]

Chiraq - A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.  Director:  Spike Lee  Stars:  Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes

Monday, January 25, 2016

DVDs available Tuesday, January 26th...

BurntBurnt - Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all and lost it. The former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene had earned two Michelin stars. To land his own kitchen and that 3rd elusive star, Jones will need to leave his bad habits behind. Starring: Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl  Directed by: John Wells

Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 6Downton Abbey Season 6: The Final Season Rejoin the Crawley family for a sixth and final season of the award-winning Downton Abbey, featuring intimately interlaced stories centered on the English country estate. The beloved cast includes Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, and many others

The Intern (Blu-ray + DVD + ULTRAVIOLET)The Intern - 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.  Director: Nancy Meyers Stars: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo
Meet the Patels
Meet the Patels - (Foreign) An Indian-American man who is about to turn 30 gets help from his parents and extended family to start looking for a wife in the traditional Indian way. Directors: Geeta Patel, Ravi Patel  Stars: Chandar AbboyRenita AbboyRishika Advani

Who couldn't use a little bit o' this?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Football, football and Downton Abbey?

Yes! It's all on today and tonight!
3:05pm  Broncos host the Patriots
6:40pm  Panthers host the Cardinals
9:00pm  Downton Abbey, Season 6, Episode 4

What will you be watching? 



Friday, January 22, 2016

Mr. Robot: Season 1
Elliot is a cybersecurity engineer by day, by night a vigilante hacker.  Recruited by the mysterious leader of a group of hackers to help bring down corporate America presents him with a moral dilemma.  No spoilers! You have to watch!

It didn't get a Golden Globe for Best TV Series Drama for nothing.

Season 2 is set to premier 
July/August of 2016.  
Trust me, you won't want to wait that long.
I don't. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Not sure who to call?

Better Call Saul.
Season two premieres 
Monday, February 15 at 10pm on AMC.

Please for heaven's sake, 
catch up with season one--we have it on DVD. 

And let's not forget, 
this guy to the left is the one who started it all.
If you really really want to catch up. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

DVDs available Tuesday, January 19th...

Learning to DriveLearning to Drive - As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own. In each other's company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel.  Starring: Ben KingsleyPatricia ClarksonGrace Gummer  Directed by:  Isabel Coixet
Pawn Sacrifice

Pawn Sacrifice - In a gripping true story, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer finds himself caught between two superpowers and his own struggles as he challenges the Soviet Empire.  Starring: Tobey MaguirePeter SarsgaardLiev SchreiberMichael Stuhlbarg  Directed by:  Edward Zwick 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

On my nightstand or...

in my e-reader right this minute:

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. 
This Census-Taker by China Mieville
After the Parade by Lori Ostlund
The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora
Like Family by Paula Giordano

How about you?


Monday, January 11, 2016

DVDs available on Tuesday January 12th...

Irrational Man
Irrational Man - From director Woody Allen - Soon after arriving to teach at a small town college, Abe (Joaquin Phoenix) gets involved with two women, Rita (Parker Posey), a lonely professor and Jill (Emma Stone), his best student. While Jill loves her boyfriend Roy (Jamie Blackley), she finds Abe's tortured, artistic personality and exotic past irresistible. Pure chance changes everything when Abe and Jill overhear a stranger's conversation and Abe makes a profound choice. But his decision sets off a chain of events that will affect them all forever.

The Martian
The Martian - from the bestselling novel 
A 2-time Golden Globe Winner!- During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Directed by Ridley Scott  Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Jeff Daniels

Mr. Robot: Season 1Mr. Robot (TV Series) Golden Globe Winner! Follows a young computer programmer who suffers from social anxiety disorder and forms connections through hacking. He's recruited by a mysterious anarchist, who calls himself Mr. Robot.  Stars Rami Malek, Christian Slater and Portia Doubleday.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension 
Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension Using a special camera that can see spirits, a family must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan. Directed by Gregory Plotkin Stars: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George
Ted 2

Ted 2 - Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law. Directed by Seth MacFarland Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarland, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi


Aloft - A struggling mother (Jennifer Connelly) encounters the son (Cillian Murphy), she abandoned 20 years earlier. Also stars Melanie Laurent.  Directed by Claudia Llosa 

Lynda, Lynda, Lynda...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What do you want to learn today...?

3,000 courses with 130,000 videos?
From the comfort of your own home?
Say what now?

- Windows 10 
 - Kickstarter Crowdfunding training
 - Business Valuation Fundamentals
 - Apple Watch tips and tricks
 - Basics of Data for Analytics
 - Small Business Marketing Fundamentals

I mean come ON!  
There's so much in the database I truly cannot fit it all in this blog post.

You can brush up on Excel, migrate to Windows 10 from Windows 7, 
create an iMovie, draw cartoons, take photos with your iWatch 
and one of my favorites was the copyrighting course.


Monday, January 4, 2016

DVDs out Tuesday. January 5th, 2016....

Ant-Man (1-Disc DVD)
Ant-Man - Armed with the amazing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang joins forces with his new mentor Dr. Hank Pym to protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from ruthless villains. With humanity's fate in the balance, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a daring heist against insurmountable odds. Stars: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannevale  Directed by Peyton Reed


Ashby - High-school student Ed Wallis enters into a friendship with his neighbor, Ashby, a retired CIA assassin who only has a few months left to live.   Director: Tony McNamara  Stars:  Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, Sarah Silverman

Fargo: Season 2Fargo (TV show) - The Coen Brothers Best Picture Oscar Nominee transforms into the most talked about TV debut. FARGO features a new true crime story and new characters all chilled in Minnesota. Billy Bob Thornton is Lorne Malvo, a manipulative master criminal who changes the life of insurance salesmen Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman). Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks) and Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) are the small-town police officers who join forces to uncover Lesters secrets and stop the relentlessly destructive Malvo.

Infinitely Polar Bear
 Infinitely Polar Bear - A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier.  Director: Maya Forbes  Stars:  Mark RuffaloZoe SaldanaImogene Wolodarsky 

Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser
Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser - When happy family man Joe Dirt finds himself transported to the recent past, he begins an epic journey to get back to his loved ones in the present. Director: Fred Wolf Stars: David Spade, Brittany Daniel, Christopher Walken


Sicario - An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. Director: Denis Villeneuve Stars:  Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro

Sleeping With Other PeopleSleeping With Other People - A good-natured womanizer and a serial cheater form a platonic relationship that helps reform them in ways, while a mutual attraction sets in. Director: Leslye Headland  Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Jordan Carlos 

The WalkThe Walk - In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Director: Robert Zemeckis  Stars:  Joseph Gordon-LevittCharlotte Le BonGuillaume Baillargeon