Staff Picks June 2021

Emily’s Picks

DVD: Maurice
maurice againA sweeping and deeply romantic gay love story, based on the final novel by E.M. Forster. Maurice, a young upper-class man in Edwardian England, must come to terms with his homosexuality and his feelings for a schoolmate in a time when such a love is not only unheard of, but illegal. All the cutting social commentary and lush, breathtaking romance of a Jane Austen story, with an LGBT twist for Pride month!

CD: No Shape by Perfume Geniusno shape
Mike Hadreas (better known by his stage name, Perfume Genius) devotes his fourth album to his longtime boyfriend and the love that they have shared, as well as themes of radical self-love. It is a dreamy, fantastical, almost transcendent album, and the music will transport you somewhere beautiful. Standout tracks include “Slip Away” and “Just Like Love.”

 

Jessie’s Picks

DVD: Fast Five

faster fiveFun and over-the-top, this installment in the series is part car movie and part heist movie.  The characters are what set this series apart from other car movies.

Audiobook: Less by Andrew Sean Greer less cd
This book is one of the few humorous titles to win a Pulitzer!  To avoid truly accepting that his ex is marrying someone else, Arthur travels the world and has humorous mishaps.

 

John’s Picks

DVD: King of Queens
A classic late-90s/early-2000’s family sitcom often overshadowed by the likes of Seinfeld, Friends, Everybody Loves king of queensRaymond, and The Office. This lineup of comedic all-stars included Kevin James, Leah Remini, Patton Oswalt, and of course, the late Jerry Stiller who’s eccentric character, Arthur Spooner, added so much to the storyline. Stiller once commented that this role tested him more than any other.  No longer competing in the primetime, this series is certainly deserving of a fresh look.

CD: False Alarm by Two Door Cinema Club false alarm
The fourth album by the Irish indie rock band delivers a new electric (almost disco-esque) feel—a style much different from the band’s earlier punk vibes. Just a colorful, feel-good album by a fun band. Their earlier albums are certainly worth a listen to as well, especially Tourist History.

 

Kim’s Picks

DVD: Scream and Scream Again
In 1970 this British horror/sci-fi film was considered too disjointed to warrant praise, and Roger Ebert gave it a negative scream and screamreview.  It did make money, however, and nowadays is reckoned something of a mini-masterpiece, an opaque or at least translucent piece of moviemaking applauded by master director Fritz Lang (Metropolis, The Big Heat).  Film historian Tim Lucas provides sharp commentary that illuminates the shenanigans involving composites (read cyborgs) who Vincent Price contends will become a super race, “but not an evil super race.”  Side-note: Price was born on May 27, while two other stars of the film, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, were born on May 27 and May 26, respectively.  How deliciously weird is that?

CD: Cinema Rhapsodies: The Musical Genius of Victor Young
Unless it is MGM house composer Herbert Stothart (Mutiny on the Bounty, Northwest Passage, Mrs. Miniver) the most cinema rhapsodiesunsung movie soundtrack composer of Hollywood’s Golden Age is Victor Young even though in his time he was reckoned the greatest and most prolific of melody makers.  Among his 22 Academy Award-nominated scores include those for My Foolish Heart, Around the World in 80 Days, Samson and Delilah, Shane, East of Eden, The High and the Mighty, and Written on the Wind.  The Uninvited (1944) featured Young’s popular and award-nominated tune, “Stella by Starlight.”  As this roster demonstrates, he was adept at composing for films in various genres.  These movies and more are represented on this CD.

 

Mary’s Picks

DVD: How to Be a Latin Lover
how to be a latin loverEugenio Derbez creates a surprisingly likable and almost heartwarming comedic character, his delivery is priceless. This movie is pretty silly, but really made me laugh.

Audiobook: Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams why we sleepby Matthew Walker  
A must read for everyone. Fascinating and enlighteningly insights on many aspects related to sleeping. Very well researched. In short, make sure you get a full night’s sleep!

 

Stephanie’s Picks

DVD: Young Adult
young adultRaw and honest, funny yet uncomfortable to watch at times, Young Adult is the story of a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart.

Audiobook: I See You see youby Clare Mackintosh 
In this psychological thriller, danger lurks around every corner. You won’t want to stop listening.

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