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it’s raining…again….

it’s raining…again….

We might as well face it, it’s gonna rain forever.

As far as I’m concerned, at this point, the one redeeming value in more summer storms is the chance to watch some “must see” movies. At the top of my list are the best picture Oscar nominees that I missed in the theater, a list I’ll finish as soon as I watch Zero Dark Thirty.  So, for those of you – like me- who missed some of the best picture nominees of 2012 and love to watch movies when it’s raining outside, here they are again, in no particular order:

Lincoln, Les Miserable, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Argo (Oscar winner), Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained

All of the U.S. nominees for Best Picture of 2012 are available through the Metro Library Network and in the Media Box at the Ladd Library. Remember, Media Box Blu-rays, DVDs and games can only be reserved at the library and must be picked up within 12 hours of placing your hold.  They are listed in the catalog with all of the other Blu-rays and DVDs, with the words Quick Flick in the item description.

Some family favorites endorsed by staff and available through the Metro Library Network are:

Iron Man and Iron Man 2 (PG-13), To Kill a Mockingbird, Hugo (PG), Brave (PG), Dances With Wolves (PG-13), and Field of Dreams (PG).

Now all you need is popcorn.

Comments (9)

  1. What should we do now that its sunny? Any beach read suggestions?

    Jun 28, 2013 Reply
    • My choice for the beach is anything by Kurt Vonnegut. But for the rest of you who prefer newer titles, how about these: Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris, Bad Monkey by Carl Hiassen, Joyland by Stephen King, Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella and The Hit by David Baldacci. What would you recommend?

      macinthelibrary
      Jun 28, 2013 Reply
      • The style Sedaris writes in is perfect for short bouts of reading–I’ll be sure to bring my copies along next time I hit the beach.

        Gordon
        Jun 30, 2013 Reply
  2. I recommend “Heft” by Liz Moore to go along with rain or sunshine. The story is sad and hopeful at the same time as a recluse is slowly pulled out of his shell, and a teenager with a troubled family life finds friendship and guidance.

    Susanne
    Jun 28, 2013 Reply
    • Thanks, Susanne. Heft is on my list of books to read. Several library patrons have also recommended Heft to me – you’re in good company.

      macinthelibrary
      Jun 28, 2013 Reply
  3. I love your suggestion to watch Dances With Wolves. It is an amazing movie with great actors. Brave is also a wonderful movie!

    Chloe
    Jun 28, 2013 Reply
    • Dances With Wolves is so great, isn’t it? A modern classic that my family has watched a million times. Kevin Costner is one of my favorites, and I think Mary McDonnell is one of the most under-appreciated actresses around – have you seen her in Battlestar Gallactica? We have the whole TV series in our DVD collection at the Ladd Library.

      macinthelibrary
      Jun 28, 2013 Reply
  4. Thank you for the excellent suggestions, Mac! Field of Dreams is a wonderful family film. I also enjoyed David Sedaris, especially Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim…what are some authors that have a similar style?

    Thanks for the suggestions–looking forward to more posts!

    Gordon
    Jun 30, 2013 Reply
    • Have you read The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson? His first travel book opened with the line, “I come from Des Moines. Somebody has to.” He’s hilarious! We have the book and audio book throught the Metro Library Network.

      macinthelibrary
      Jul 1, 2013 Reply

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