Movie: Tosca’s Kiss
“Captures the world of the ‘Casa di Riposa’ in Milan, the world’s first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896. Featuring Giuseppe Manacchini, Leonida Bellon, Salvatore Locapo, Giovanni Erminio Puligheddu, and Sara Scuderi, its inhabitants are singers many of whom had significant careers on the opera stage, re-living and re-enacting their triumphant roles of the glorious past.”
CD: Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti: Christmas Favorites from the World’s Favorite Tenors
A collection of classic holiday songs performed by three of operas brightest and most beloved stars.
A great horror-comedy for those who want a more off-the-beaten-path holiday movie (or just a fun creature flick to watch anytime). A few good scares, lots of laughs, and great practical effects that still hold up today– all with a yuletide backdrop. It’s pure fun!
Audiobook: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
A wonderful fairytale for adults. Equal parts enchanting, frightening, and somberly reflective. You won’t be able to put this one down, and before it’s over it will make you laugh, shiver, and maybe even cry.
Movie: The Muppet Christmas Carol
“Miser Ebenezer Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas and reforms his heartless and money-grubbing ways after being visited on Christmas Eve by four ghosts.”
CD: Christmas Songs by Diana Krall
A collection of Christmas classics performed by Krall, in her wonderful jazzy style.
Movie: Southern Comfort
Walter (The Warriors) Hill-directed cult film pitting perplexed National Guard soldiers against territorial Cajuns in a Louisiana swamp. A game of survival.
Audiobook: Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen
“Murder, politics, and G-strings collide in this caper from the bestselling author of Tourist Season. Hilarity and chaos break out in a strip joint when a bachelor party gets out of hand, making the drunken guest of honor a threat to ‘big money’ and ‘big government.’”
Movie: Santa Claus: The Movie
“This is the story of a master toymaker who discovers a magical kingdom of elves at the North Pole. He is entrusted with special powers to become Santa Claus! He meets Patch, an eager-to-please elf who becomes mixed up with a dastardly toy tycoon’s plans to take over Christmas.”
CD: The Nutcracker by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
The Berlin Symphony Orchestra performs highlights from Tchaikovsky’s timeless holiday classic.
CD: Christmas Classics by Bing Crosby
“Some of Bing Crosby’s greatest holiday classics have come together for Christmas Classics. This collection includes White Christmas from the Frank Sinatra show in 1957, as well as his 1977 collaboration with David Bowie.”
“Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.”
All quoted summaries by catalog.ccls.org .