Jamie’s Staff Picks for December

It’s a Wonderful Life its-a-wonderful-life

Summary: “An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would had been like if he never existed. A Christmas classic.”

This movie probably does not need any promotion, but it is nonetheless one of my favorite Christmas movies and is on my “Required Christmas Movie” watching list every year. I can’t let the holiday go by without seeing the gym floor open up to reveal the pool underneath at the dance, or watching George lasso the moon, and crying at the end when the town comes together to help him. The holidays can be sad just as much as they can be happy, so if you are in need of something life-affirming, this should be on your watch list this month too.

P.S. You can rent this DVD individually using the link at the top of this post OR you can rent it as part of our Holiday Favorites Binge Box! For more information on Binge Boxes, see this post.

Once: music from the motion picture once
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

An excellent soundtrack from this sort-of-musical. If you haven’t seen the movie, I recommend checking it out. This is definitely not your typical musical, and the soundtrack is more of a folksy rock/pop album than a broadway show-stopper. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova are a great pair both on screen and musically; if you enjoy singer-songwriter types, then this will be right up your alley. Their song “Falling Slowly” won an Academy Award, and this soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy.

Images and summaries from catalog.ccls.org.

New to CCL — Binge Boxes!

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The Multimedia Department at Chester County Library has added 17 Binge Boxes to our collection. “What are Binge Boxes?!” you ask? They are mini movie collections of typically 4-6 DVDs set around a theme that you can rent for one week for $3.18. Binge Boxes are great for sleepovers, movie nights, holiday weekends, or building up your film knowledge.

Below is a listing of the Binge Boxes we currently have. Check them out!

  • Biopics — A Beautiful Mind, The Blind Side, Dallas Buyers Club, Julie & Julia, The King’s Speech, and Ray
  • Daniel Craig as 007 — Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre
  • Disney Classics — Bambi, Fantasia, The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Robin Hood, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Disney Princesses — Cinderella, Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog, and Sleeping Beauty
  • Foreign Favorites — City of God, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, A Royal Affair, Rust and Bone, and A Separation
  • Girls Night In — Baby Mama, Bridesmaids, Dirty Dancing, The Heat, Trainwreck, and 27 Dresses
  • Holiday Favorites — A Christmas Story, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Elf, Home Alone, and Miracle on 34th Street
  • The Hunger Games — The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay: Part 1, and Mockingjay: Part 2
  • John Hughes — The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and Weird Science
  • Marvel’s The Avengers — Captain America: The First Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Thor, and Thor: The Dark World
  • Martin Scorsese — Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Aviator, The Departed, Goodfellas, and Raging Bull
  • Page to Screen — The Devil Wears PradaGone with the Wind, The Grapes of Wrath, The Pelican Brief and Silver Linings Playbook
  • Pixar — Cars, Finding Nemo, Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 1, Ratatouille, Toy Story, and Up
  • Sleepover Movies — A Cinderella Story, Clueless, Miss Congeniality, She’s the Man, Sleepover, and 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Sports Favorites — Bull Durham, Hoosiers, Invincible, Miracle, and Rocky
  • Stage to Screen — Grease, Into the Woods, Les Misérables, My Fair Lady, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Sound of Music
  • Star Wars–Han Solo — Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi, and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens