Weekend Picks

Poetry Ed.

Some poetic picks this weekend to further celebrate National Poetry Month, the Library’s Teen Poetry SLAM VI, and the naming of St. Albert’s very first Poet Laureate!

Hope to see you all at the SLAM next Friday!

Dead Poets Society
English professor John Keating, who, in an age of crew cuts, sport coats and cheerless conformity, inspires his students to live life to the fullest, exclaiming … “Carpe Diem, lads! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary!” The charismatic teacher’s emotionally charged challenge is met by his students with irrepressible enthusiasm–changing their lives forever.

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Bright Star
Nineteenth century poet John Keats and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, started out as unlikely lovers who were totally at odds with each other. However, when Brawne offers to help Keats nurse his seriously ill brother, the two soon became involved in an unstoppable romance that only his untimely death at age 25 could bring to a shattering end.

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Paterson
Paterson is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer. He goes home to his wife, Laura. By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing.

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Howl
Dramatizes the events leading up to accusations of obscenity against Allen Ginsberg and his poem “Howl, ” and the subsequent trial where he had to defend his most famous work.

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Reaching for the Moon
Based on the true love story of Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares.This sumptuous English-language ’50s period piece recounts the years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop when she left America to live and write in Rio de Janeiro, where she would fall in love with well-off architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

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Oh, and who could forget the slam poetry scene from 22 Jump Street

 

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Just Dance Ed.

With a solid block of dance compitions and programs at the Arden this weekend, we can’t help but catch the fever to get a rhythem and make a move!

Dancer

Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend.

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All That Jazz

The preternaturally gifted director and choreographer Bob Fosse turned the camera on his own life for this madly imaginative, self-excoriating musical masterpiece. Roy Scheider gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule-mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie at night; and routine of amphetamines, booze, and sex are putting his health at serious risk.

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First Position

Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected. This documentary follows six dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the world of professional ballet.

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Ballet 422

When 25-year-old NYCB dancer Justin Peck begins to emerge as a promising young choreographer, he is commissioned to create a new ballet for the Company’s 2013 Winter Season. With unprecedented access to an elite world, the film follows Peck as he collaborates with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow dancers to create Paz de la Jolla, NYCB’s 422nd new ballet.

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Black Swan

A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet. An insecure ballet dancer wins the lead in Swan Lake but slowly loses her grip on sanity when a seductive newcomer is out to steal her role.

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St. Patrick’s Day Picks

Cheers,

 

Sing Street

See 1980s Dublin through the eyes of fourteen-year-old Conor, who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool Raphina. With the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band yet.

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Brooklyn

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

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In the Name of the Father

A true story of one man’s 15-year struggle and ultimate triumph over a terrible injustice. Gerry Conlon, a petty thief in 1970s London, who is forced to confess to a savage terrorist bombing that he did not commit. When he and his father are both sentenced to life imprisonment as one of the ‘Guildford Four’, he finds a fiercely dedicated lawyer, to help prove his innocence, clear his father’s name and expose the truth behind one of the most shameful legal events in recent history.

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Hunger

Dramatizes the final days of Bobby Sands, a twenty-seven-year-old Irish Republican Army member who went on a hunger strike at Maze Prison to protest the British government’s refusal to recognize him and his fellow IRA inmates as political prisoners.

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Veronica Guerin

Based on the true story of Irish journalist, Veronica Guerin, whose reporting on powerful drug lords cost Veronica her life.

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Once

A Czech immigrant meets an Irish street musician, and together they spend one eventful week writing and recording songs that describe their own unique love.

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The Magdalene Sisters

In Ireland in the 1960s, three women were sent to the Magdalene Sisterhood Asylum because of ‘sinful’ behavior. They all had to work in the laundry, where the strict nuns would break everyone’s wills through sadistic punishment.

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Ondine

Follows the story of a fisherman who pulls up his nets one day to find a woman inside, which his daughter believes to be a selkie, but as they fall in love, a figure from her past threatens to disrupt their happiness.

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The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Driven by a deep sense of duty and a love for his country, Damien abandons his burgeoning career as a doctor and joins his brother, Teddy in a dangerous and violent fight for freedom. As the Irish freedom fighters bold tactics bring the British to a breaking point, both sides finally agree to a treaty to end the bloodshed. But, despite the apparent victory, civil war erupts and families who fought side by side, find themselves pitted against one another, putting their loyalties to the ultimate test.

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The Crying Game

A compassionate Irish terrorist risks his own life to seek out the girlfriend of the hostage he held, and discovers that personal relationships are complex and more satisfying than political commitments.

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Waking Ned Devine

When Ned Devine dies from shock after winning the lottery, two longtime friends, Michael and Jackie, discover the body and agree Ned would want them to benefit from his good luck. They embark upon an outrageous scheme to claim the ticket – but first they must convince the townfolk to go along with their plan.

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90th Oscars Ed.

Here’s a list of how we are doing regarding all things Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Click here for a full list of nominees.

Enjoy the glitz,


Call Me by Your Name

In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen-year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.

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Dunkirk 

A World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold.

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Darkest Hour

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly appointed British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

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Get Out

A young black man meets his white girlfriend’s parents at their estate, only to find out that the situation is much more sinister than it appears.

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Lady Bird

The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.
Set in 1950’s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.
An otherworldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.
After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon, an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.