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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Six Degress of Recommendation: August DVD Picks

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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) Alana T.: Firefly: The Complete Series (2003).  A small collection of misfits, a grundgy & mercenary society and spaceships make for an entertaining TV show.  This an under-appreciated series and not just for sci-fi fans!  (2) Amanda E.: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008).  Also written by Joss Whedon.  An aspiring evil genius tries to juggle crushing his nemesis with impressing the young woman he likes. (3) Evan E.: A Cabin In the Woods (2012).  Also, also written by Joss Whedon.  In this satirical horror movie, a group of twenty somethings find out that their getaway to a friend's cabin is part of a sinister plot.  (4) Katie S.: The Blair Witch Project (1999).  This is also a film that takes place in the woods.  Three film students go missing in the woods while filming a documentary about a local legend and things go terribly wrong and become terrifying!  (5) Zach H.: The Wicker Man (2006).  When a young girl goes missing on a small island, Nicholas Cage is sent in to solve the mystery.  (6) Jacob D.: The Last Picture Show (1971).  Also stars Ellen Burstyn.  This classic film shows the lives of two high school seniors in a small Texas town.  The characters and the town itself are on the verge of big changes, away from the simple life.  (7) Anne W.: True Grit (2010)Also stars Jeff Bridges who plays a tough U.S. Marshall helping a stubborn young woman track down her father's murderer.  (8) Cary H.: Jagged Edge (1985). To see a darker side of Jeff Bridges, watch this still edgy thriller full of psychological twists.  (9) Alana T.:  Return Of The Jedi (1983)  Directed by Richard Marquand, definitely the best of all the Star Wars movies.  It's always time to watch it again.

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