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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Six Degrees of Recommendation: April 2014

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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.: 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 fiancĂ©'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!

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