Sunday, April 27, 2014
Six Degrees of Recommendation: April 2014
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.: The Recipe (2010) A Korean movie about a TV reporter who searches out a woman who makes a stew with reportedly magical properties. 2) Jacob D.: Babette's Feast (1987) Two sisters take Babette into their home. They know nothing of her past- they just know she was a refugee in war torn Paris. When Babette prepares an extravagant meal for the sisters, they suspect her of witchcraft and learn her true past. 3) Jill S.: Midnight in Paris (2011) While on a trip to Paris with his fiancé's family, a screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back into the 1920's every midnight. 4) Katherine R.: Blue Jasmine (2013) Also written and directed by Woody Allen. A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, moves to San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks like a million, but isn't bringing in money, peace or love. 5) Allyson G.: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Cate Blanchett also stars in this movie where a man starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. 6) Anne W.: Interview With A Vampire (1994) Set in New Orleans and featuring Brad Pitt, this film is based on Anne Rice's popular novels. It tells the story of how the vampire Lestat lured a young aristocrat into the immortality of the dammed. 7) Cary H.: Supernatural (TV series, ongoing) If you like vampires and all things supernatural, not to mention cute guys and an awesome car, this long-running series is for you! 8) Gwen B.: Person of Interest (TV series, ongoing) A former CIA operative is recruited by an enigmatic billionaire to prevent violent crimes. Sterling Brown, a native of St. Louis plays a character in Supernatural and this series as well. 9) Kristen R.: The House on Haunted Hill (1959) This classic horror film stars Vincent Price, also a native of St. Louis, as a millionaire who offers $10K to five hand-picked guests if they stay the night locked in a haunted mansion. The spooks, plot twists and outdated visual effects will prove to entertain at any movie night!