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Django Unchained – Coming to DVD Soon!

18 Mar


By Peter Struzziero

The return of Quentin Tarantino to the director’s chair was spectacular, as expected, and FUNNY! In his latest blood-spattered adventure, we are brought back to the years just before the Civil War began, when this free land was in fact not-so-free. The film tells the story of Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave turned bounty hunter, whose sole purpose in life is to seek out his still-enslaved wife. Django’s new mentor and partner is a dentist, also turned bounty hunter. Angry with the slave trade in general, and inspired by the Django’s story, the two join forces, guns ablazing.

In a way that only Tarantino can, he directs a fleet of actors, mostly in roles they’re not accustomed to. Jamie Foxx is out for revenge? Christoph Waltz is bloodthirsty, yet full of compassion? LEONARDO: A BADGUY?

Top notch performances from all the leads, and in fact, from everybody. Samuel L. Jackson in particular earns a tip-of-the-cap for the meatiest Tarantino role he’s had in 15 years.

Missed it in the theater? Get ready to watch it for free on DVD from your local Scituate Town Library. Rated R.

PS – We have a few thousand others DVDs too, for while you’re waiting.


Movies for March Madness, Part 2

16 Mar

By Toni Snee

On the lighter side, try one of these basketball related films:


Celtic Pride

Celtic Pride, staring Damon Wayans, Daniel Stern and Dan Aykroyd

One way to insure your team wins the championship: kidnap the star player of the opposing team.

Eddie,  starring Whoopie Goldberg, Frank Langella

A New York cabbie wins a publicity promotion and is given the position as ‘honorary coach’ for her beloved team, the New York Knicks.  Eddie turns the team around with her honesty and love of the game.  Things get out of control when the owner of the team announces a move to St. Louis.

Air up There, starring Kevin Bacon and Charles Gitonga Maina

College basketball coach, looking for a big promotion, goes on a scouting trip to Africa and he finds his ticket to the big times.

Like Mike, starring Bow Wow, Jonathan Lipnicki and Morris Chestnut

An orphan becomes an NBA star after putting on discarded shoes with the initials M.J. inside.

Space Jam

Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan

Desperate to save his fellow Looney Tune friends from the evil Swackhammer, Bugs Bunny agrees to a game of basketball in a winner take all competition. Michael Jordan to the rescue!

St. Patrick’s Day Films!

15 Mar

By Toni Snee

H A double R I G A N spells Harrigan, proud of all the Irish blood that’s in me . . .

In the mood for a little Irish?  Try one of these great Irish films, available for check-out at the Scituate Town Library:

The Field, starring Richard Harris, John Hurt, Sean Bean

‘Bull’ McCabe will stop at nothing to buy a field that his family has farmed for generations.

Commitments, starring Robert Arkins, Michael Ahern, Angeline Ball

Down and out musicians put together a soul band in early 1970 Dublin.

Evelyn, starring Pierce Brosnan  Sophie Vavasseur

Single father fights system that places his three children in orphanages after his wife abandons the family.

Waking Ned Devine, starring Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Finnula Flanagan

Ned Devine has just won the National Lottery but before he can claim his prize he drops dead.  Local villagers scheme to keep the prize money for the benefit of the village.

Veronica Guerin, starring Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Brenda Fricker

The story of the murder of newspaper writer, Veronica Guerin, after exposing some of Dublin’s’ most powerful crime families and drug lords.

Dancing at Lughnasa, starring Meryl Streep, Michael Gambon, Gerard McSorley

The story of Michael Mundy, a fatherless boy living with his unwed mother and her sisters in 1936 Ireland.  His uncle, a disgraced priest, returns to the family dwelling after ‘going native’ to live out his remaining days.

Angela’s Ashes, starring Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen

Based on the autobiography of Frank McCourt and his family struggling to escape poverty in pre-war Limerick.

Movies for March Madness!

14 Mar

By Toni Snee

March Madness

March Madness was organized by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) in 1939.  Each spring, 68 college teams, play a single-elimination tournament to determine the winner.  The competition begins the 2nd week in March and the final game is played during the 1st week in April.

Here are some great movies for March Madness!

Coach Carter
Coach Carter, starring Samuel L. Jackson  

A successful business man returns to his former high school to coach the basketball team.  He signs a written contract with each player: respect each other, dress code and good grades.   His method turns the team into powerhouse.  When grades begin to slip, he benches the entire team until grades improve.


Glory Road,  starring Josh Lucas, Derek Luke and Austin Nichols

Don Haskins, head coach of the Texas Western Miners recruited the best talent he could find regardless of skin color.  In 1966 he led his team of 7 blacks and 5 whites to the NCAA championship game against Kentucky.

Hoosiers, starring Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper

Small town coach and town drunk lead the high school team to the state championship in 1954.

Mighty Macs



Mighty Macs, starring Carla Gugino, David Boreanaz, Marley Shelton

In 1971 Immaculata College in Philadelphia is looking for a coach for their newly formed basketball team.  Enter Cathy Rush, who would lead her team to three consecutive AIA national titles.

Remarkable Documentaries

21 Feb

By Toni Snee

Scituate Town Library has a sizable collection of documentaries. The list below is a selection of newer documentaries. Scituate Town Library owns a copy of each of these titles, and additional copies are available to you through the Old Colony Library network.  Request a copy to be delivered to Scituate for you and you can return it to Scituate or to any one of the network libraries.

Can you imagine 6 million of anything?  The students of Whitwell Middle School in rural Tennessee had trouble picturing that 6 million people were killed during the Holocaust.  Their solution, which turned into a school project, was to collect 1 paper clip for each person killed.  The documentary Paper Clips is the story of their project.

Among some artifacts loaned to the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center from the Auschwitz Museum was a suitcase.  Written on the suitcase were the name Hanna Brady, the number 625, and the word Waisenkind (orphan).  Intrigued, the museum director began a quest to learn the history of this suitcase and the person it belonged to.  Inside Hanna’s Suitcase is the story of their journey of discovery.

Brownstones to Red Dirt is a remarkable story of kids from the Bed-Stuy project in Brooklyn and orphans living in Freetown, Sierra Leone, who become pen pals.  Dreams of an African savanah full of wild animals and America where everyone lives in mansions with 3 car garages quickly give way to reality.

Herb & Dorothy tells the tale of an unassuming couple, living in a one bedroom apartment in New York City, who build one of the most important contemporary art collections in the world. More impressive is that Herb is a postal worker and Dorothy is a librarian!  Their collection has been donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Jig documents the 2010 40th Irish Dancing World Championships held in Glasgow.  Competitors include a teenager from Sri Lanka adopted and living in Sweden, a troupe of dancers from Russia, an American who’s family moved to England to fulfill his dreams, and ‘locals’ as well.

Becoming Santa follows Jack Sanderson as he transforms himself into Santa for a season.  Jack bleached is hair and beard, went to Santa Claus school in Denver to learn how to be a Santa, and had a Santa suit made.  Jack booked jobs as a sidewalk Santa for the Volunteers of America in NYC; a gig as the Santa for a Polar Express fundraiser in New Jersey; and as the Santa in the Quincy MA Christmas parade.

A List of DVDs for Black History Month

19 Feb

By Toni Snee

Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements of African-Americans.  Begun in 1926 as Black History Week, the federal government expanded it to the entire month of February in 1976.

(* denotes Scituate owns the title. Other titles available through the Old Colony Library Network.)

Raisin in the Sun*


Ruby Bridges*

Red Tails*

Autobiography of Miss Jan Putman*

Remember the Titans*

Brownstones to Red Dust*

Rosa Parks Story*

The Color Purple*


Down in the Delta  

Soldier’s Story

Driving Miss Daisy   


Ghosts of Mississippi   



To Kill a Mockingbird

The Help*  

Tuskegee Airmen    

Miss Evers’ Boys

Men of Honor


Love is in the Air!

14 Feb

By Toni Snee

Looking for some good romantic DVD’s?  Try one of these oldies:

Proposal (Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds)  Faced with deportation back to Canada for an expired visa, a high-powered editor enlists the help of her frustrated male assistant.  Marry her and he gets a promotion!

Sweet Home Alabama (Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas) A rising star in the New York Fashion scene returns home to divorce her slacker husband to marry the man of her dreams.

 Just Wright (Queen Latifah, Common) A physical therapist, hired to work with an injured NBA All-Star falls for her client.  Unfortunately for her, he has eyes for her friend who wants to be a trophy wife.

Hitch (Will Smith, Eva Mendes) Date Doctor falls for a gossip columnist he meets while helping his latest client date the woman of his dreams.

Definitely Maybe (Ryan Reynolds and Rachel Weisz) Ten year old daughter begins to question her father about her mother and why the couple divorced.

My Life in Ruins  (Nia Vardalos and Alexis Georgoulis) Out of work teacher in Athens agrees to help her friend by acting as tour guide for group of Americans on a world-wind 4 day tour of Greece.