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New and Featured DVDs for 12/17/13:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new DVDs and materials (or at least new to us) added to our library collection…

FICTION:

Flight

War Horse

Midnight In Paris

The Ice Storm

Creature From The Black Lagoon

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

...and by each crime and every kindness we birth our future.

Cloud Atlas

Sherlock, season 2

Howl’s Moving Castle

Pain & Gain

The Neverending Story

The Stepford Wives

Oblivion

Certified Copy

The closer you look, the less you will see.

Now You See Me

The Squid And The Whale

Django Unchained

Ted

The Flowers Of War

The Shining

They are taking adventure to new lengths...

Tangled

The Black Hole

It

Take Shelter

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Side Effects

Rango

Downton Abbey, season 3

Godzilla

Hereafter

No one cared who I was until I put on the mask...

The Dark Knight Rises

The Rock

My Fair Lady

Tiny Furniture

Identity Thief

NON-FICTION:

Afraid Of The Dark

The Creation Of The Computer

A film by Sarah Polley.

Stories We Tell

Thomas Jefferson

Jesse James

Brain Games

Jesus Camp

The 500 year legacy that shaped a nation.

Latino Americans

Houdini

Herod’s Lost Tomb

A Martin Scorsese picture.

Bob Dylan: No Direction Home

Yoga For Beginners With Desi Bartlett

Yoga For Weight Loss

Dance Off The Inches: Hip Hop Party

10 Minute Solution: Fat Blasting Dance Mix

Secrets Of Body Language

The Science Of Sex Appeal

The future is now!

What Will The Future Be Like?

The Fabric Of The Cosmos

The Medal Of Honor: The Stories Of Our Nation’s Most Celebrated Heroes

Wyatt Earp

Wanted: Billy The Kid, Dead Or Alive

Guns: The Evolution Of Firearms

Creativity can solve anything.

Art & Copy

Harlan Ellison: Dreams With Sharp Teeth

Bully

A Place At The Table

Mythbusters, Collection 2

American Teacher

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Please note that DVDs could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured DVDs:

10/31/13.

10/24/13.

10/05/12.

06/28/12.

Previous New/Featured books:

11/12/2013.

10/25/13.

10/23/13.

10/21/13.

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Reading material for 10/01/12:

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Some reading material from around the internet:

Why the wet dog shake gets mammals dry in no time.

Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes?

11 things Wal-Mart has banned.

Five realizations that will help you write regularly.

How hiring really happens.

The rise of the “friendly” logo.

from here.

Why can’t we spell English words phonetically?

The 10 most amazing library laboratories.

An adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s The Tomb, as done in the style of Dr. Seuss.

75 biographies to read before you die.

Agatha Christie: “Why I Got fed up with Poirot.”

50 books to build your character.

from here.

The compact disc is 30 years old today.

They’re planning on remaking The Rocketeer and Videodrome.

Rian Johnson talks Looper and Breaking Bad.

David Byrne explains How Music Works in his new book.

Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy?

Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield will return for the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man.

Could there be a Downton Abbey prequel?

via Steve McCurry.

Apparently the BMI test doesn’t accurately depict how prevalent obesity is.

Six mysteries that could be solved with time travel.

The man who owns the most land in America.

How to spot hidden problems in older homes.

Can you fire a pistol underwater?

9 of the world’s weirdest museums.

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Previous online reading material:

08/13/12.

08/06/12.

07/23/12.

07/17/12.

07/09/12.

The Fire Rises!

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Tomorrow (or midnight tonight for some folks) is the day that many people have been eagerly anticipating for a while now: the release of The Dark Knight Rises.

And with the release of the newest and final film in director Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman films, quite a few patrons have come in looking to whet their appetite on all things related to the caped crusader…

So we’re happy to remind you that we have quite a few Batman graphic novels, as well DVDs. Hopefully they’ll help you satisfy your hunger for some of the adventures of Gotham City’s favorite characters.

And if you get a chance, let us know what you think of the new movie.

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Please note that books and DVDs mentioned here could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk, OR call us, OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and  we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

Reading material for 04/16/12.

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Some reading material from around the internet:

Brangelina are now engaged.

The LAPD is using computers to predict crimes before they happen.

Kim Jong Un speaks publicly for the first time.

Which fictional character shares your birthday?

Baby found alive in morgue hours after being declared dead.

Whatever happened to the iceberg that sank the Titanic?

Very few drivers admit to being tailgaters.

The Office may get rebooted next season.

Finally, a trailer for Rian Johnson’s Looper, a film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as the same time traveling hitman.

Is Maggie Smith leaving Downton Abbey?

Tom Hanks to possibly star as Walt Disney in a film about the backstory on Mary Poppins.

A doctor reviews the science on House.

Kevin Costner really did ask Princess Diana to be in The Bodyguard.

For more information about this and other deadlines, see here.

Most of the pictures in this post are of “Home,” a recent sculptural art installation by a very talented artist named Miler Lagos. You can find more information about this project here and here.

J.K. Rowling’s post-Potter book for adults has a title now: The Casual Vacancy.

Bad ass contemporary American poets.

Literary classics with slang makeovers.

Antitrust regulation, price fixing, and e-books.

The 10 most frequently challenged library books.

A video of Tao Lin reading a poem of his called, “Whale,” which may be the most annoying, clever, and also annoying poem in the world.

BTW, it’s National Poetry Month!

What do you think of the smell of a used book?

Watch 10 celebrities reading famous poems aloud, including Bill Murray reading a poem called “Another Reason I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House” by Billy Collins to construction workers below…

Watch a corgi get vacuumed.

Pizza Hut introduces hot dog-stuffed crust pizza in the UK.

John Cleese on how to be creative.

How to get tax breaks by doing things in space.

Classic video games reimagined as children’s books.

A guide to finding sunglasses for lesser known face shapes.

How to blog.

from here.

Physicists continue work to abolish time as the fourth dimension of space.

Swedish town rocked by second child exorcism.

What professors earn.

What a new study of the evolution of names  reveals about China.

Scientists count Emperor Penguins from space.

New space propulsion technology could help clean up Earth orbit.

Star making in France.

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Previous online reading material:

04/09/12.

04/02/12.

03/26/12.

03/12/12.

03/05/12.

New and Featured DVDs for 03/15/12:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new DVDs and materials (or at least new to us) added to our library collection…

FICTION:

Sunset Boulevard

The Trip

2010, directed by Michael Winterbottom. A compilation film from a short British television series featuring comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing fictionalized versions of themselves, as friends and rivals, on a road trip to review restaurants in the north of England. But it’s about so much more than that. And it’s hilarious. Check out the trailer below:

And if that’s not enough for you, go to YouTube and check out the clip of Coogan and Brydon’s compete Michael Caine impressions.

Stop-Loss

The Last Starfighter

Vantage Point

To Sir, With Love

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 1

and

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Splice

Where The Wild Things Are

Julius Caesar

1953, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

L’Avventura

Under The Mountain

The Town

The Hidden Fortress

1958, directed by Akira Kurosawa

The first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, was based on this film as a primary influence. But beyond that, this is another great film from Kurosawa, and another great release from the Criterion Collection.

Cousins

Synecdoche, New York

2008, directed by Charlie Kaufman. This is a personal favorite of mine, and partly because of that, I can’t say too much about it. It’s not a film for everyone, mostly because it’s a very difficult movie, with a lot of meanings on a lot of levels. Phillip Seymour Hoffman gives the performance of his career as a playwright trying to capture the sadness and infinitely mundane aspects of every day life in a new work that seems to be growing more and more epic (that’s putting it lightly) with each passing moment. I know that’s a very vague plot description, and I apologize. I’ll just put it this way: This is one of the bleakest and most depressing movies I’ve ever seen in my life, but it’s also one of the best films I’ve ever seen, and one of the most uplifting. Check out Roger Ebert’s review and an interview with writer/director Charlie Kaufman.

NON-FICTION:

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson

How Art Made The World

F For Fake

1975, directed by Orson Welles. This is the last major film by Welles, and it’s partially a documentary, focusing on the life of art forger Elmyr de Hory, and partially an essay work, dealing with the ideas of authorship and authenticity, and the value of art. This is a truly enchanting work, and for proof of that, check out the film’s introduction:

Mysteries Of The Garden Of Eden

Secret Origin: The Story Of DC Comics

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Please note that DVDs could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured DVDs:

02/14/12.

02/07/12.

12/30/11.

Previous New/Featured books:

03/01/12.

02/02/11.

01/27/12.

12/27/11.