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March 2024

Dr. No

Special Agent 007 is sent to Jamaica when two British government agents disappear. James Bond soon finds Dr. No, a scientific genius, building a machine that could destroy the U.S. space launch.  This first in the James Bond films is sorely lacking in gadgets but not in car chases, beautiful women or beautiful scenery.  It’s a great beginning yet so very tame compared to the modern-day James Bond films.  It remains a classic in a great series of 007 films who have seen many actors play James Bond. Sean Connery is featured in this film as the first James Bond.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Library Clerk

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Gojira

Superstitious villagers of Odo Island fear the ancient legend of ‘Godzilla.’ The monster becomes awakened by an H-bomb test and soon begins to terrorize Odo Island and also Tokyo. It’s great to revisit this classic film as ‘Godzilla Minus One’ and ‘Godzilla x King Kong’ are finding new audiences in theaters. I enjoyed this film with my family of many generations.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Library Clerk

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December 2023

1913: Seeds of Conflict

This documentary movie, offers an illuminating look into the history of Palestine. Starting from the year 1913, historians are sat down and interviewed about different aspects of Palestinian civilization and how it changed during the waves of Jewish immigration to the region. The interviews are accompanied by brief re-enactments of important discourse, by notable leaders and residents, that led to the ongoing situation as we see it today.
Recommended by: Ghada Rafati, Patron Service Clerk

Posted in: Adult Nonfiction, Documentary


August 2022

Barakamon

Have you ever been hit with artist’s block? Sei Handa definitely has and he’s at his last wits end. With his artistic career as Japan’s youngest professional Japanese calligrapher spiraling down after a violent outburst, Handa has been sent to Goto Islands in a last hope attempt to be able to redeem himself after his incident. Finding himself in rural Japan in a tight knit community where everyone knows everything about each other will he ever be able to regain his sanity again?

Recommended by: Ayla Franco, Youth Services Assistant

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July 2021

The Message

Anthony Quinn, one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, plays the leading role in a film that will take you back 1500 years to the Arabian Peninsula and how Islam was born. This international film was nominated for best original score at the 50th Academy Awards. I highly recommend this movie for those who have little or no knowledge about Islam, one of the leading religions in our time with two billion followers worldwide.
Recommended by: Ghada Rafati, Patron Services Clerk

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December 2020

COBRA KAI: The Karate Kid Saga Continues

Revisit ‘Karate Kid’ characters as they navigate life 30 years after that infamous karate competition. Successful Daniel owns a car dealership. Johnny has been less successful and takes on new students upon re-opening the Cobra Kai dojo.  It can’t be all about two guys and how they thought their high school days were the best. There is so much more! Daniel and Johnny’s children, who are in high school, have their own storylines which helps set a good story pace. Great karate scenes at Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do studios bring back great memories of the movie franchise. Familiar friends and evil characters also emerge in this saga, plus a season 2 cliffhanger leave us looking forward to Season 3 which is due out in early 2021. This is a binge worthy series for your holiday break.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services, Shelver

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The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 1

Meet Detective Mike Shepherd, new to small town ‘Brokenwood’, who is called in to help solve the murder of a local man in an episode titled ‘Blood and Water.’ The dead man’s history is tied to a hit and run victim from ten years earlier which further intrigues Detective Shepherd. Brokenwood police, along with Shepherd’s new assistant Detective Sims, believe the visiting detective is a bit quirky.  He loves country-western music on cassette tape, talks to the deceased victim, and has a 1971 classic car which he defends from a distraught man with a rifle. The New Zealand wine country setting is beautifully highlighted in each episode. Series 1 contains four episodes and all are movie length. If you have completed most or all of Midsomer Murders or Death in Paradise TV series and enjoyed them, this series might just be your next binge. It has seven seasons for you to enjoy. Also available on Hoopla.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services, Shelver

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November 2020

Supernatural

 Dad’s on a hunting trip and hasn’t been home in a few days is the line that starts it all. Brothers Sam and Dean Winchester embark on a road trip to find their father saving people, hunting things that go bump in the night along the way. But this show is more than that, it is about family ( in all its forms), life, death, and the supernatural. This is definitely a binge worthy series!
Recommended by: Jenna Schwartz, Adult Reference Librarian I

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The Prodigal Son

 Malcom Bright is a criminal psychologist, one of the best in fact. He assists the FBI in solving crimes using his twisted genius. His genius is twisted due to his father, a surgeon and serial killer. This show is very suspenseful and has you at the edge of your seat every time. The acting is phenomenal! You have The Walking Dead’s Thomas Payne, the great Martin Sheen, and the legendary Lou Diamond Phillips.
Recommended by: Jenna Schwartz, Adult Reference Librarian I

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October 2020

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless: Complete Collection

This slice of life comedy anime follows a high school boy named Tanaka who despite the best attempts of his friends still manages to sleep, no matter what is going on. This 12-episode series will put a smile on your face and relax you into a comfortable state of listlessness just like Tanaka-kun.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

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