Program Notes

All Library locations will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 for a staff development event. We will reopen for regular hours Thursday, December 18.

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Blade Runner (1982)

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No other movie has so formed our ideas about a dystopian future than Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. And its art direction, cinematography & special effects are every bit as good as today's digital dabbling.

Program Notes: All About My Mother (1999)

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With All About My Mother Pedro Almodóvar sends a cinematic valentine to women everywhere. It's a heartfelt examination of the feminine spirit, presented through a tapestry of characters and plots densely woven and flawlessly displayed.

Program Notes: Once (2006)

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The plot of Once mirrors about half the movie musical boy-meets-girl plots ever written. But in the hands of Irish writer/director John Carney and his stars, that time-tested narrative is turned inside out with deeply moving results.

Program Notes: Date Night (2010)

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Date Night has a great setup but it deserved a better director. The pacing is uneven and the action badly staged. But Tina Fey and Steve Carell, at least, are at their comic best.

Program Notes: Odd Man Out (1947)

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Odd Man Out, about the “troubles,” as Ireland’s long-standing friction with the British is often described, is aiming for something less topical and more universal, perhaps even poetic, than a straightforward examination of politically-inspired terrorism.