Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Winter nights are movie nights

On the recent frigid and snowy nights, Warrenton Library circulation staff have spent their after-work evenings popping popcorn and settling in to watch great movies from the library's DVD collection.

Although most of the titles below aren’t Oscar worthy, staff members feel they are wonderful, inexpensive entertainment.

You can never go wrong with the biographies written by Frank Gilbreth. Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on Their Toes, about a husband and wife and how they manage 12 children under one roof, are fun for the whole family.

Cross Creek, the biography of the life of Marjorie Rawlings, is the fascinating story of how Mrs. Rawlings' move to a ramshackele home in the Florida Everglades and subsequent divorce lead her to a successful writing career.

If you are up for something a little quirky but entertaining, try My Family and Other Animals, which recounts the early life of future zoologist Gerald Durrell.

Lark Rise to Candleford is a lovely English piece that showcases the trials between town and country in 19-century Oxfordshire, England. This BBC television series is based on the autobiographical trilogy by Flora Thompson.

Set during World War II, A Canterbury Tale is a lovely movie that was actually a bit of WWII propaganda. It tells why this one special place in England, like all of that wonderful country, was valuable and worth fighting for. Don’t skip the second DVD, there are some great interviews with the cast nearly 60 years after the movie was filmed.

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency videos are fun to watch. The library has the complete first season of the HBO series on three discs. They are based on Alexander McCall Smith’s popular mystery series with characters that are quirky and delightful. The story lines are usually heartwarming, but sometimes quite serious. Find them at DVD MYS MCC.

So curl up and enjoy a great movie!

The Circulation Team @ the Warrenton Library

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