Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New DVDs in the Library

New DVDs have been added to the collection in the library - see if these highlights strike your fancy, or come explore! 

Oh yeah - I meant to see that documentary . . . 

Waiting for Superman

"Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems." Written by Sundance Film Festival 

Articles about the film:

Grading 'Waiting for Superman' | The Nation
Waiting For Superman: Are Teachers the Problem | Time Magazine

 Exit Through the Gift Shop
The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work. Written by Sundance Film Festival

Interview with Banksy from the blog All Things Wonderful

Get your Bard On - New Shakespeare DVDs

Hamlet - produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company
"It's to director Gregory Doran's incredible credit that his staging of that most familiar of English-language plays, Shakespeare's Hamlet, should be completely reinvigorated by a modern interpretation of the tragedy as a true psychological thriller. This Hamlet, filmed in 2009, presents the inner torment of the Danish prince Hamlet as a believable, relatable controlled explosion of emotions, each more unmanageable than the last. Besides the director, the casting is also brilliant, including the Scottish actor David Tennant (Doctor Who) as Hamlet and Patrick Stewart as Hamlet's uncle Claudius and the ghost of Hamlet's father--who, Hamlet becomes convinced, was killed by Claudius. "  - A.T. Hurley for Amazon.com

"one of the most richly textured, best-acted versions of the play we have seen in years." Guardian UK review

Macbeth - starring Patrick Stewart
An acclaimed filmed version of Patrick Stewart's tony-nominated performance of "the Scottish play"

 New York Times Review


  1. Exit Through the Gift Shop was awesome!

  2. There was a "counter" documentary made called "NOT Waiting for Superman" that was made by an educator, apparently it portrays a more accurate description of education today. Has anyone seen it?