Sunday, February 17, 2013
Six Degrees of Recommendation - February
The staff is flexing their filmography muscles to find new ways to explore our fabulous DVD collection and make recommendations. The rules of our game were simple: ONE - only DVDs from Edwardsville; TWO - each selection must be based on something, anything from the previous DVD; and THREE - only 48 hours per choice (get that list moving!). The results are explained below. Links between selections are highlighted in purple.
(1) Ike D.: Victor/Victoria (1982) A comedy film starring Jule Andrews, James Garner and Robert Preston; (2) Denise T.: Young Victoria (2009) A film chronicling the life and times of Queen Victoria starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend; (3) Katherine R.: Sunshine Cleaning (2008) In Order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business - a biohazard removal/crime scene service with her unreliable sister, stars Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin; (4) Zach H.: Anvil (2008) The documentary follow two friends who made one of the most influential heavy metal bands in 1978 and yet failed commercially; (5) Jacob D.: This is Spinal Tap (1984) One of the funniest films of all time, this mockumentary gives a satirical look at a hair metal band much like Anvil; (6) Karen K.: Hard Day's Night (1964) Flashback 20 years and watch a real band deal with Beatlemania - feel free to sing along!; (7) Sara S.: Easy Rider (1969) Going from 'Hard' to 'Easy' within the same decade with classic rock and traditional music, the story down, dirty and dark, follows the mood of the latter years of the decade; (8) Cary H.: The Big Easy (1987) Another 'Easy' title, this is an atmospheric crime drama with great chemistry between conflicted, corrupt cop Dennis Quaid and uptight, by-the-book, district attorney Ellen Barkin; (9) Jacob V.: Barton Fink (1991) John Goodman (DeSoto in The Big Easy) plays Charlie, offering insight into the life of the common man to his new playwright neighbor, Barton Fink (John Turturro).