Multimedia Staff Picks: October 2021

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Emily’s Picks

DVD: The Orphanage
This Spanish-language horror film is chilling and poignant in equal measure. A woman, Laura, moves her husband and orphanageyoung son into the orphanage where she grew up, with the intention of turning the place into a home for sick children. But on the day of the grand opening her son vanishes without a trace, and soon she and her husband start to experience strange phenomena. Laura must uncover the dark secrets of her former home and of the children who once lived there to find her son before it’s too late. The movie is deeply scary, but doesn’t rely on heavy gore or jump scares to instill fear. Instead it expertly builds a sense of palpable tension and dread. Once you’ve watched it, you’ll never forget it!

Audiobook: The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection by Edgar Allan Poe
Perfect for the Halloween season, this collection features many of the early American horror master’s most famous andpoe audio memorable poems and short stories, including “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Masque of Red Death,” “Annabel Lee,” “The Bells,” and more. They are narrated by two Hollywood horror giants, Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone, whose voicework perfectly captures the eerie and sinister tone of Poe’s work.

 

Jessie’s Picks

DVD: The Addams Family
addams famThis classic TV comedy is great to watch around Halloween.  The spooky, and kooky, episodes are fun for all ages.

CD: Ultimate Santana ultimate santanaby Santana
This compilation is a good overview of Santana’s career.  It includes the guitar god’s early hits  (Evil Ways) and his hits around 2000 (Smooth).

 

John’s Picks

DVD: 1408
hello neighbor1408This tense psychological horror film is based on a Stephen King novel. Mike Enslin (portrayed by John Cusack)– an author of a supernatural investigation series –dares to stay in room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel in New York City. Enslin knows that not a single one of the fifty-six guests that have stayed in room 1408 in the last 95 years has survived, yet he insists on spending the night. Does the mysteriously creepy room claim victim fifty-seven or does Enslin walk away with nothing but a new story to share?

Videogame: Hello Neighbor
Sneak into your creepy neighbor’s house to learn all his dark secrets… but don’t get caught!

 

Kim’s Picks

DVD: The Uninvited
Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey play a brother and sister who purchase a seaside Cornwall house that is, guess what, uninvitedhaunted.  Only a granddaughter (Gail Russell) of the original occupants has a handle on the situation.  Film historian Carlos Clarens noted that this 1944 production has a distinctly feminine touch and was one of the first films to present ghosts as malevolent.  The extras on the Criterion Collection restoration are topnotch.

CD: The Definitive Christopher Cross by Christopher Cross chris cross
Unfortunately, multi-Grammy winner in the late 70s plus Oscar winner for “Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do),” Cross chose not to engage with the MTV generation via music videos.  Here are his big hits, including “Ride Like the Wind,” “Never Be the Same,” “Think of Laura,” “Sailing.”

 

Mary’s Picks

DVD: Bedknobs and Broomsticks
bedknobsEnchanting Disney classic featuring Angela Lansbury that takes me back to my childhood. I would get such a magical feeling watching this movie.

CD: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack hpot 1 soundtrackby John Williams
John Williams creates the perfect music to accompany Harry Potter. It gives you the true magical feeling of the books and movies. The Harry Potter theme defines the films and has become iconic.

 

Stephanie’s Picks

DVD: Hocus Pocus
hocus pocus movie“When three outlandishly wild witches are accidentally conjured up by pranksters, they return from 17th century Salem and set out to cast a spell on the town, but first they must outwit three kids and a talking cat.”

CD: stranger thingsStranger Things: Music from the Netflix Original Series
This soundtrack features songs from the hit Netflix series (a great mix of 80’s hits from artists like The Police, Duran Duran, and The Clash) as well as clips of dialogue from the first season. Fans of the series and of 80’s pop music will love it.

 

For previous years’ multimedia staff picks, visit cclsmultimedia.wordpress.com. All quoted summaries come from catalog.ccls.org.

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Emily’s Picks

Libby Audiobook: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
castle movingYou won’t be able to put this breezy, lighthearted, and hilarious fantasy down! It has lots of humor and heart, memorable characters and dialogue, and a perfect happily (or scrappily!) ever after. Plain but spunky Sophie is transformed by a curse into an old woman, and must enlist the help of the cowardly, wizard Howl. They butt heads, and bicker constantly, but there is a spark between them that Sophie can’t seem to extinguish. And Howl may need her help to break a curse of his own…

CD: The First Band on the Moon by The Cardigans
Probably best remembered for its one hit, “Lovefool,” this album boasts a dreamy, psychedelic sound that feels more likeFirstBandOnTheMoon a product of the 70s than of 1996. It’s fun and funky, and easy to listen to over and over. Standout tracks include “Your New Cuckoo,” “Step On Me,” and the band’s very groovy cover of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.”

 

Jessie’s Picks

DVD: Soul
soulPixar once again successfully tackles a big, heavy topic with humor and heart.  Soul is about a Middle School music teacher/Jazz pianist and an unborn soul that grapple with finding purpose and living life fully.  This movie is a must-watch for fans of Up or Inside Out.

CD: Complete Greatest Hits by The Carscar greatest hits
This is a good collection of this New Wave band’s hits.  It includes one of my favorites, “Moving  in Stereo,” which is not included on some of their other greatest hits compilations since it was not released as a single.

 

John’s Picks

DVD: How the States Got Their Shapes
how the states gotEver wonder why Pennsylvania and Delaware share a rounded border?  Or what about all those perfectly square states out west? And why the heck is Rhode Island so tiny?  If these questions interest you, then this History Channel series is perfect for you! It’s a super interesting show that explores why each state in the USA looks the way it does. Combining history, geography, and culture—host  Brian Unger uncovers the stories behind the familiar shapes on our modern American map.

CD: Game of Thrones Season Eight: Music from the HBO Seriesgame of thrones s8 music
Revisit Westeros through the soundtrack to the final season of HBO’s legendary series—Game of  Thrones. Season 8 was when so many storylines we’ve been anticipating finally wrapped up, and these were the songs accompanying the hype.  “Jenny of Oldstones,” “The Last of the Starks,” and “The Night King” may leave you with goosebumps.

 

Kim’s Picks

DVD: The Railway Children
railway childrenBased on Edith’s Nesbit’s 1906 novel of the same name, this 1970 film is a charming and episodic (in the most complimentary way) tale of the numerous childhood adventures of the Waterburys, trying to make due in Yorkshire after the father is falsely accused of spying and imprisoned.

Libby Audiobook: Middlemarch by George Eliotmiddlemarch
This is sometimes considered the greatest novel (1871) in English.  Eliot, nom de plume for Mary Ann Evans, describes life in a 19th century English town on the verge of modernity.  She draws masterful life-like portraits of all its denizens, from bankers and physicians to clerics and politicians, from farmers and auctioneers to stay-at-home biddies and young women waking up to potentialities.

 

Mary’s Picks

DVD: Once Upon a Time
once upon a time s1All the classic fairytales in one place with a new twist. Enchanting and fun to watch for any fan of fantasy and fairytales. Makes for a great girls night; I used to watch this every Sunday in the fall and winter with my roommates and we loved it.

Audiobook: When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pinkwhen perfect timing
An interesting read that can help you plan when to make important decisions in life. Timing  really is everything. Includes such topics as circadian rhythms, time of year, beginnings, endings, motivation, restorative breaks, and group behavior. Will make you look at things you’ve done in the past and things you’d like to do in the future in a different way.


Stephanie’s Picks

DVD: The Hate U Give
hate u give“Starr Carter navigates the perilous waters between her poor, black neighborhood and her prestigious, mainly white private school. This all changes when she finds herself in the middle of racial activism after her best friend is shot by police officers, and she’s forced to make a decision. Allow the media to skewer her friend to protect the status quo, or stand up and tell the truth in memory of Khalil?”

CD: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank by Modest Mouse
After topping the charts with hits off the album Good News for People Who Love Bad News, Wewe were dead Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank brings more of a mainstream vibe without losing any authenticity.



To view our past staff picks, go to cclsmultimedia.wordpress.com. All quoted summaries are from catalog.ccls.org.