Interesting story about family history, growing love, and bicycle rides. Featuring beautiful Copenhagen and Danish culture.
CD: Beethoven: Complete Sonata for Piano and Violin by Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov
Four discs set includes a short behind-the-scenes DVD. Both Faust and Melnikov are playing the period instruments, Faust a Stradivarius, Melnikov on Steinway, and they created their performance from the original Beethoven manuscripts. Outstanding, and essential listening
DVD: Pacific Rim
What could easily have been a run-of-the-mill “Monsters vs. Robots” movie is instead, in director Guillermo del Toro’s hands, a blockbuster that has as much heart as it has action and fun. Dynamic characters, colorful filmmaking, and an emphasis on the importance of human connection make Pacific Rim a cut above the rest.
CD: Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend
The perfect album for summer– it has a great blend of high-energy bops and slow, chill jams, all with Vampire Weekend’s eccentric, beachy sound. Great for road trips along the coast, or a ‘staycation’ on your day off!
“Leverage follows a team of expert thieves that take down corrupt corporations in elaborate high-tech schemes. Insurance investigator Nate Ford exposed scams and recovered stolen items worth millions. But his life hit the skids when his insurance company allowed his ailing 8-year-old son to die. Years later, Nate gets even as the leader of a specialized team of thieves, computer experts and con artists that right corporate and governmental injustices against honest citizens. To expose corruption, Nate will do wrong for all the right reasons– he will provide leverage.”
Audiobook: Circe by Madeline Miller
“Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.”
DVD: The Last Valley
It is surprising that this 1971 epic has been all but forgotten and until recently unavailable or exceedingly costly. The film features top stars Michael Caine and Omar Sharif, a compelling music score by John Barry (creator of the James Bond sound), and beautiful Tirolean locales. It also touches on a period in history that rarely has been mined: the Thirty Years War that decimated most of Central Europe in the 17th Century. The story: as winter approaches, a band of mercenaries led by “The Captain” (Caine) discovers a hidden and idyllic valley and secure an agreement with the chief burgher and priest to desist from plunder and rapine and live harmoniously until the following spring when the interlopers will return to the bloody fray. If only it were so simple.
Audiobook: Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
This exploration of the universe and our place in it is the last book of the world-renowned and admired British scientist who intrigued the public by surviving and flourishing while combating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease. His A Brief History of Time in 1988 became an international best-seller. In this book, Hawking provides his considered answers to the largest questions: does god exist, is artificial intelligence a danger to future humanity, can the existential threats of nuclear war and climate change be thwarted, is time travel possible, what exactly are black holes? In an epilogue, Hawking’s daughter describes the outpouring of affection attending the funeral cortege moving through Cambridge after her father died in 2018. Only 500 mourners were invited to the service but huge crowds lined the roadway. This is a book about science and an exemplary human being.
I laughed so hard watching this. One of Melissa McCarthy’s funniest, and also a pretty good action movie!
This was a great movie with just as great music. It takes you right to romantic, 1920’s Paris. The very best of Jazz.
Audiobook: I See You by Clare Mackintosh
In this pshycological thriller, danger lurks around every corner. You won’t want to stop listening.
DVD: Young Adult
Raw 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.
All quoted summaries by catalog.ccls.org.