Thursday, March 27, 2014

20 March





Americans
Secrets can be deadly in this suspenseful thriller about undercover Russian spies in 1980s Washington, D.C. Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) seem to be a typical suburban couple, but they're actually lethal KGB agents plotting to bring down America. As the Cold War escalates, Philip and Elizabeth must take extreme measures to continue their mission and keep their true identities hidden. But when an FBI agent moves in across the street, they become ensnared in a pulse-pounding game of cat and mouse.  -- amazon--

Angels Share



In this charming comedy, a band of loveable misfits plot an outrageous heist of a batch of extremely rare whiskey from a fancy distillery.  -- amazon--







 Baggage Claim

Paula Patton leads a hilarious cast in this first-class comedy that'll keep you laughing and make your heart soar! Flight attendant Montana Moore (Patton) is smart, sexy and sick of being single. She's determined to get engaged before her younger sister's wedding, leaving just 30 days to make her connection. Fortunately, her co-worker crew has cooked up a high-flying scheme for Montana to "accidentally" bump into all her exboyfriends, leading to hilarious encounters as she attempts to land the perfect guy!  --amazon--






Black Plague

In the midst of a bloody war, English soldiers inform Queen Mathilda (Game of Thrones Lena Headey) that her husband, the King, has been captured. Fortunately, they also bring back a hostage of their own a mysterious man claiming to be the enemy s prince. However, the man brings with him only death and vengeance as a violent plague befalls the city. With the disease spreading and death coming for everyone, the prisoner s mysterious past and dark powers seem to hold all of the answers.   --amazon--

Case of You

Young writer Sam (Justin Long, Going the Distance) has a crush on Birdie (Evan Rachel Wood, The Ides of March), the cute and quirky barista at his local coffee shop. When his conventional attempts to woo her crash and burn, he takes his efforts online, creating an Internet profile embellished with all of the details that would make him Birdie s dream guy: ballroom dancing, rock climbing, and a seemingly endless, escalating series of wacky and unlikely hobbies. When the harebrained scheme is a surprise success and Birdie falls for his exaggerated alter ego, Sam must keep up the act or lose his dream girl forever. A fresh take on romance in the digital age, A CASE OF YOU is a funny and heartwarming exploration of the oftentimes ridiculous things we do for love.   --amazon--

Don Jon

Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a handsome, good old-fashioned guy known as Don Jon for his ability to bed beautiful women at will. But ironically, even the finest fling doesn't compare to the bliss Jon finds alone-watching porn on his computer. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a gorgeous, good old-fashioned girl raised on romantic movies, and she's determined to find her Prince Charming. Wrestling with expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against false fantasies to find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. --amazon--





Ender's Game
The climactic battle scene that builds to a spectacular crescendo in Ender's Game is at least as thrilling as the overall visual splendor of Gravity. The difference is that Ender's Gamemakes its mark as an all-out science fiction extravaganza as opposed to Gravity's masterful attempt to reproduce science fact. The similarity is the photorealistic sensationalism that both movies deliver...  ...It's probably safe to assume that we'll see Ender again, which is an exciting prospect for his character and the constantly evolving science of moviemaking magic. --Ted Fry --amazon--






Escape Plan

The script is surprisingly well-written. Stallone's methods of escape are explained in intricate detail, all of which are believable and logical. Stallone is still likeable as a lead actor and as usual, you find yourself rooting for him. The action is done old school, not much in the way of CGI (with the exception of a pull away shot of the hi-tech prison).   --amazon--









Monday, February 17, 2014

February 17




                                                           


2 Guns

Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in the explosive action hit 2 Guns. When an attempt to take down a drug cartel blows up in their faces, two undercover operatives are forced to go on the run together, though neither knows that the other is a federal agent. Suddenly, everyone on both sides of the law wants them dead, and their only hope is to trust each other. Filled with non-stop action and suspense, critics are raving “Washington and Wahlberg are at their very best.” – Pete Hammond, Movieline  -Amazon-





Big Star nothing can hurt me

The definitive documentary about the beloved and influential 70s rock band Big Star. Together less than four years, the band flirted with mainstream success but never achieved it. Nonetheless, they produced a body of work of seminal importance to pop and alternative music, influencing major artists like REM, The Replacements, Elliot Smith, Beck, The Flaming Lips and countless others.  -Amazon-







Blue Jasmine
As the film opens, her impeccably dressed character has hit rock bottom after her financial wizard of a husband is arrested and her assets are liquidated. In the throes of a nervous breakdown, she arrives in San Francisco and moves in with her kind-hearted sister Ginger who lives a modest, blue-collar life in a tiny apartment on the edge of the Mission - on South Van Ness near 14th Street to be exact - with her two hyperactive sons. You can tell Jasmine is not only out of her element but quite judgmental about how her sister's life has turned out. The irony of Jasmine's patronizing attitude is that she is a habitual liar who is so angry about her destitute circumstances that she frequently talks to herself. . .


Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips is the story of a 2009 incident that most people probably still remember, when a group of Somali pirates boarded an American cargo freighter, the Maersk Alabama, and after failing to gain control of the ship, took its captain, Richard Phillips, hostage, resulting in the US Navy mounting an intense rescue operation to recover Captain Phillips.





Contest

This was a pretty good movie with a good lesson. The bully turning into a good guy. And people learning to trust unlikely friends. This is also a good anti-bullying film. I liked Kenton Duty in this film. He apparently gained 21 lbs in muscle for this movie and then way more afterwards. That's dedication to the art. The movie was awkward at points but other than that it was good.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Dec 04




The All-girl filling station's last reunion

Fabulous, fun-filled, spanning decades and generations, and centered on a little-known aspect of America’s twentieth-century story,The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is another irresistible novel by the remarkable Fannie Flagg.   ---amazon--

As I lay dying

 Based on the acclaimed American novel by William Faulkner, AS I LAY DYING follows a family through their turmoil-filled journey to bring their mother to her grave-site.  --amazon--




Blackfish

  Killer whales are beloved, majestic, friendly giants, yet infamous for their capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of the notorious performing whale Tilikum, who -- unlike any orca in the wild -- has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. Blackfish expands on the discussion of keeping such ...   --amazon--

Breaking the girls

 After law student Sara is caught stealing and loses her job, she falls into the arms of sultry Alex for a wild night out. During an evening of sexual passion, the two make a pact to murder each other's enemies Nina, Alex's former lover and now mother-in-law; and Brooke, who sabotaged Sara's college career by tattling on her for stealing. When Alex actually follows through on the agreement, Sara finds she must kill Nina or else risk being framed for Brooke's murder. Now with the police closing in, each girl will do whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the other. Sexy, exhilarating, and full of unexpected twists, BREAKING THE GIRLS is a steamy tale of deception that shocks right up to the final frame.  --amazon--



Bridegroom
 On May 7th, 2011 a young man named Shane Bitney Crone tragically lost the love of his life, Tom, to an accident. Because they weren't married or prepared for the unexpected, Shane lost all legal claim to Tom after he died. Tom's family banned Shane from the funeral and he was unable to say goodbye. On May 7th, 2012 Shane posted a video on YouTube, entitled "It Could Happen to You." He created it to honor his partner and show the world what can happen when two people are legally barred from having equal rights and equal protections under the law to marry. Shane's partner was named Tom Bridegroom.  --amazon--



Bridget Jones : mad about the boy  

 “Mark has been gone five years. Children have nits. Mother still difficult. Jude still tormenting Vile Richard. Daniel Cleaver is children’s godfather . . . Good fun, like gathering with friends.” 
Seattle Times



 Broken

 A 12-year-old girl has a startling coming of age as she is witness to a series of events that involve violence, sexuality, hatred and deceit in her own neighborhood.
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Dexter the final season
 DexterT is a crime drama about Dexter Morgan, a man who leads a double life as an incredibly likeable forensics expert for the Miami Police Department and as an emotionless vigilante serial killer. Taught by his foster father to harness his lust for blood and killing, Dexter lives by his own strict moral code - he only kills murderers who can't otherwise be brought to justice. Dexter is a killer who grapples with fitting into society while, at the same time, he struggles with his inability to feel emotion. The irony of Dexter's life is that he works closely as a blood splatter analyst with the very people who hunt his kind - the homicide departments. (English)  --amazon--

Man of steel

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.  --amazon--





 
 The purge

 From the producer of Paranormal Activity and starring Ethan Hawke, comes an inventive thriller that dares you to survive the most dangerous night in America when all crime is legal.  --amazon--







The way way back

Dive into this "smart, imaginative, first-rate comedy" (Karen Durbin, ELLE) featuring an all-star comedic cast, including Steve Carell, Maya Rudolph, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, and Amanda Peet! While 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) is being dragged on a family trip with his mom (Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Carell), he finds a gregarious friend (Rockwell) at a local water park. The two form a powerful bond as Duncan learns to swim through the challenges of life, love, family and friendship, resulting in a vacation he'll never forget.  --amazon--





 White House down

 Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation’s government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.  --amazon--


Friday, November 15, 2013

nov 14


This collection will be at the Scarborough Library until February 1, 2014


Acts of faith

 Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States. Eboo Patel’s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people—and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement.  --amazon--


The Arabian nights

 These stories ... told by the Princess Shahrazad under the threat of death if she ceases to amuse, first reached the West around 1700. They fired in the European imagination an appetite for the mysterious and exotic which has never left it. Collected over centuries from India, Persia, and Arabia, and ranging from vivacious erotica, animal fables, and adventure fantasies to pointed Sufi tales, the stories of The Arabian Nights provided the daily entertainment of the medieval Islamic world at the height of its glory.  --amazon--


 The art of Hajj
 Over the following centuries the experience and importance of Hajj have been evocatively documented in countless ways. Highlighting the pilgrims' journey across time, the sacred rituals of Hajj, and the city of Makkah itself, this beautiful little book features illuminated manuscripts, wall paintings and photographs, as well as calligraphy, textiles, scientific instruments, decorative tiles, maps, ceramics, metalwork and powerful works by contemporary artists.  --amazon--


Broken verses
 Fourteen years ago, famous Pakistani activist Samina Akram disappeared. Two years earlier, her lover, Pakistan's greatest poet, was beaten to death by government thugs. In present-day Karachi, her daughter Aasmaani has just discovered a letter in the couple's private code-a letter that could only have been written recently.
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The butterfly mosque

 The Butterfly Mosque is a riveting personal account, an investigation into what it means to have faith in our broken society. It is a rare and important insight into the evolving relationship between the boundaries of contemporary religion and culture.  --amazon--


The children of Abraham

 F. Peters began writing about all three faiths in the 1970s, long before it was fashionable to treat Islam in the context of Judaism and Christianity, or to align all three for a family portrait. In this updated edition, he lays out the similarities and differences of the three religious siblings with great clarity and succinctness and with that same remarkable objectivity that is the hallmark of all the author's work.  --amazon--


 


The Columbia sourcebook of Muslims in the United States

 Bringing together an unusually personal collection of essays and documents from an incredibly diverse group of Americans who call themselves Muslims, Edward E. Curtis "finds Islam" in the American experience from colonial times to the present. Sampling from speeches, interviews, editorials, stories, song lyrics, articles, autobiographies, blogs, and other sources, Curtis presents a patchwork narrative of Muslims from different ethnic and class backgrounds, religious orientations, and political affiliations. --amazon--


The conference of the birds
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 A marvelous, allegorical rendering of the Islamic doctrine of Sufism - an esoteric system concerned with the search for truth through God - it describes the consequences of the conference of the birds of the world when they meet to begin the search for their ideal king, the Simorgh bird. On hearing that to find him they must undertake an arduous journey, the birds soon express their reservations to their leader, the hope....
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Dreams of trespass : tales of a harem girlhood 

 ... In Dreams of Trespass, Mernissi weaves her own memories with the dreams and memories of the women who surrounded her in the courtyard of her youth—women who, deprived of access to the world outside, recreated it from sheer imagination.Dreams of Trespass is the provocative story of a girl confronting the mysteries of time and place, gender and sex in the recent Muslim world.   --amazon--



House of stone : a memoir of home, family, and a lost Middle East 

 House of Stone is the story of a battle-scarred home and a war correspondent s jostled spirit, and of how reconstructing the one came to fortify the other. In this poignant and resonant memoir, the author of the award-winning Night Draws Near creates a mosaic of past and present, tracing the house s renewal alongside his family s flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America. In the process, Shadid memorializes a lost world, documents the shifting Middle East, and provides profound insights into this volatile landscape...   --amazon--



The house of wisdom

 This book has many merits: it is written in a breezy, accessible style and contains interesting material, recounting a story that is too little known in the West. He brings out the magnificent achievements of scholars and scientists who flourished in the Islamic world during the European Middle Ages and shows how their work layed much of the groundwork for later scientific progress in Europe.  --amazon--


In an antique land

 In an Antique Land is a subversive history in the guise of a traveller's tale. When the author stumbles across a slave narrative in the margins of an ancient text, his curiosity is piqued. What follows is a ten year search, which brings author and slave together across 800 hundred years of colonial history. Bursting with anecdote and exuberant detail, it offers a magical, intimate biography of the private life of a country, Egypt, from the Crusades to Operation Desert Storm.  -- amazon--




In the country of men

 In the Country of Men is a stunning depiction of a child confronted with the private fallout of a public nightmare. But above all, it is a debut of rare insight and literary grace.   -- amazon--





 Islamic art spots

 a presentation of the National Endowment for the Humanities ; in cooperation with the American Library Association ; produced by Twin Cities Public Television ; producer, Jeffrey Weihe.



 Islamic arts

 Islamic Arts, a comprehensive survey covering a thousand years, highlights those characteristics that connect the various arts of the Islamic lands without minimizing the differences. The book is divided into three time periods - 600-900, 900-1500 and 1500-1800 - and each section analyses architecture, the arts of the book, decorative and applied arts. Islamic Arts brilliantly captures the essence of Islamic culture.  -- amazon--


 Koran by heart one chance to remember
This is a beautiful, touching movie. The technique...using the action to drive the narration rather than a "voice of God" narrator, draws us into the lives of these beautiful young children. They are far from home, away from everything familiar, thrust into an international competition. It is really a remarkable piece of documentary filmmaking. The children are drawn from very different countries, yet all devoted to memorizing the Koran. They illustrate through their daily lives the diversity of the world's one billion Muslims. Just a terrific movie. 
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 Leo Africanus
 Written in the form of a memoir, this historical novel explores the meeting of two worlds Islam and Christendom through the adventures of real-life Arab traveler and geographer Hassan al-Wazzan.    -- amazon--



 Minaret

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Minaret is a lyric and insightful novel about Islam and an alluring glimpse into a culture Westerners are only just beginning to understand.   --amazon--





Muhammad : a very short introduction

This Very Short Introduction
 provides a superb introduction to the major aspects of Muhammad's life and its importance, providing both Muslim and Western historical perspectives. It explains the prominent roles that Muhammad's persona has played in the Islamic world throughout history, from the medieval to the modern period.
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      The ornament of the world : how Muslims, Jews, and Christians created a culture of tolerance in medieval Spain
 The story begins as a young prince in exile -- the last heir to an Islamic dynasty -- founds a new kingdom on the Iberian peninsula: al-Andalus. Combining the best of what Muslim, Jewish, and Christian cultures had to offer, al-Andalus and its successors influenced the rest of Europe in dramatic ways, from the death of liturgical Latin and the spread of secular poetry, to remarkable feats in architecture, science, and technology.   --amazon--  






 Prince among slaves

It is not only a remarkable story, but also the story of a remarkable man, who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom. This thirtieth anniversary edition, which will be released to coincide with a major documentary being aired on Ibrahima's life, has been updated to include material discovered since the original printing, a fuller presentation and appreciation of other African Muslims in American slavery-Ibrahima's contemporaries-and a review of new and important literature and developments in the field.  --amazon-- 



 Prince among slaves DVD


Tells the true story of a little known African American hero, an African prince who was sold into slavery in the American South in 1788. His name was Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, and he remained enslaved for forty years, before ultimately regaininh his freedom and returning to Africa.   --amazon--  

 A quiet revolution : the veil's resurgence, from the Middle East to America

... Richly insightful, intricately drawn, and passionately argued, this absorbing story of the veil's resurgence, from Egypt through Saudi Arabia and into the West, suggests a dramatically new portrait of contemporary Islam.       --amazon-- 





Rumi, poet and mystic, 1207-1273 : selections from his writings

 Jalalu'l-Din Rumi was one of the greatest of the Persian mystical poets. In his writings he explored the profound themes of the nature of truth, of beauty, and of our spiritual relationship with God. Professor Nicholson translated this collection of mystical poems shortly before his death. It contains versions of over 100 short passages from Rumi's greatest works, together with brief explanatory notes.  --amazon--


Snow

 Returning to Turkey from exile in the West, Ka is driven by curiosity to investigate a surprising wave of suicides among religious girls forbidden to wear their head scarves in school. But the epicenter of the suicides, the eastern border city of Kars, is also home to the radiant and newly divorced √Ěpek, a friend of Ka’s youth whom he has never forgotten and whose spirited younger sister is a leader of the rebellious schoolgirls. As a fierce snowstorm descends on Kars, violence between the military and local Islamic radicals begins to explode, and Ka finds his sympathies drawn in unexpected and dramatic directions.    --amazon--


 The story of the Qur'an : its history and place in Muslim life 

 This well-researched, informative, carefully written introduction to the Qur'an by a young Muslim scholar is a sign of the times. Mattson (Hartford Seminary) brings to her work an impressive set of credentials. Readers of whatever stripe will find her introduction a welcome addition to the academic literature on the Qur'an. This is an ideal undergraduate text, but also a useful resource for a general audience. Highly recommended.? (Choice Reviews, October 2008)  --amazon--

 When Asia was the world
 
Choice," 11/08
"A unique and wonderful book...The chapters tell vivid stories full of fascinating details...Grounded in sophisticated network theory, Gordon's stories therefore convey a big picture that is interesting, memorable...Brilliant, brief, and beautifully written, this is an instant, teachable classic in world history. Summing Up: Essential." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.   --amazon--