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Black & White Friday

These new and old movies are on sale for the everyday low price of absolutely FREE!

Wings of Desire

Two angels, Damiel and Cassiel, glide through the streets of Berlin, observing the bustling population, providing invisible rays of hope to the distressed but never interacting with them. When Damiel falls in love with lonely trapeze artist Marion, the angel longs to experience life in the physical world, and finds – with some words of wisdom from actor Peter Falk.

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.

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Frances Ha

A woman in her late twenties living in contemporary New York tries to sort out her ambitions, finances, and above all, her tight but changing bond with her best friend Sophie. Frances Ha gets at both the frustrations and the joys of being young and unsure of where to go next.

The Apartment

Bud Baxter is a minor clerk in a huge New York insurance company, until he discovers a quick way to climb the corporate ladder. He lends out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. Although he often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits, one night he’s left with a major problem to solve.

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Stache Cache

Just some guy stuff for Movember.

Enjoy,

The Border

As a border guard involved in drug smuggling along the Rio Grande, Charlie Smith (Nicholson) has crossed the line many times. But when he decides to clean up his act and help unite an “illegal” woman with her baby, he runs afoul of his corrupt department, his greedy wife (Valerie Perrine) and a ruthless neighbor (Harvey Keitel) in this action-packed suspense-thriller.

Star Stache: The Corrupt Crumb Catcher – Jack Nicholson

Gangs of New York

As waves of immigrants swell the population of New York, lawlessness and corruption thrive in lower Manhattan’s Five Points section. After years of incarceration, young Irish immigrant Amsterdam Vallon returns to seek revenge against the rival gang leader who killed his father.

Star Stache: The Butcher’s Special – Daniel Day-Lewis

This Is Spinal Tap

Whether or not you’re a die-hard fan of the group, you’ll love this ‘Rockumentary’ of England’s legendary Spinal Tap. Take a behind-the-scenes look at a band whose time has come … and gone … and come again.

Star Stache: The Metal-Mo – Harry Shearer

No Country for Old Men

When a man stumbles on a bloody crime scene, a pickup truck loaded with heroin, and two million dollars in irresistible cash, his decision to take the money sets off an unstoppable chain reaction of violence.

Star Stache: The Sportsman – Josh Brolin

Joanne’s Mystery Picks

Obsidian
By Thomas King

Thumps Dreadfulwater is at a cross-roads in his life: he cannot move forward until he reconciles himself with his past.  And this means solving the case known as the Obsidian Murders.  He’s just returned to Chinook from a month in Eureka, CA, where the murders took place, hoping to find the answers to this crime that left ten people, including his partner and her daughter, brutally murdered.  

When he gets home he finds that someone has been leaving reminders of the murders everywhere he frequents, as if taunting him to solve the case.  Has the murderer followed him to Chinook and is his life now in danger?  As Thumps goes over everything he knows and remembers about the case, he realizes that the answers have to be in the past, in fact, right at the very start of the whole case.

Again we are entertained by King’s wit and wordplay, with his quirky and colorful  characters and his subtle commentary on social issues.  You can’t help laughing out  loud as you follow Thumps’ investigation, often hampered by one or more of Chinook’s residents, however good their intentions are at the beginning.  But Thumps perseveres and everyone is better off because he does.

Joanne gives this book 5 daggers out of 5!

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Noirvember Picks

The month of November can be as cold, tough, and shadowy as the distinctive characters and plot tangles from one of the most fascinating eras in film.

Trust no one, baby, but believe this… these picks are better than a deck with six aces.

Double Indemnity 

A rich woman and a calculating insurance agent plot to kill her unsuspecting husband after he signs a double indemnity policy. Against a backdrop of distinctly Californian settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance, which pays double if the death is accidental.

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The Killing

Career criminal Johnny Clay recruits a sharpshooter, a crooked police officer, a bartender and a betting teller named George, among others, for one last job before he goes straight and gets married. But when George tells his restless wife about the scheme to steal millions from the racetrack where he works, she hatches a plot of her own.

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Sunset Boulevard

A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

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The Maltese Falcon

After his partner is murdered, private investigator Sam Spade searches for the killer while also involving himself in a mystery surrounding the existence of a jewel-encrusted statue known as the Maltese falcon.

 

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Stories to Remember.

Sergeant Michael Dunne fights in the 10th Battalion, AKA The “Fighting Tenth” with the 1st Canadian Division and participated in all major Canadian battles of the war, and set the record for highest number of individual bravery awards for a single battle

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Flander’s Fields: Canadian Voices From WWI

Originally broadcast on CBC radio in late 1964, this gripping series of 17 programs offers firsthand accounts by Canadian veterans of their experiences during World War I.
Canada’s role is traced from the pre-war years to the development of the A-bomb that finally put an end to the most destructive conflict in history.

Three different men, three different worlds, three different wars – all stand at the intersection of modern warfare – a murky world of fluid morality where all is not as it seems.

Joanne’s Mystery Picks

There’s a Murder Afoot
By Vicki Delany

It’s off to merry old England for Gemma Doyle, co-workers and friends, for a Sherlock Holmes convention.  It gives Gemma a chance to visit with her parents, Anne and Henry, who live in London, as well as to pick up some new stock for the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium.  However, it’s not all tea, scones and Holmes. 

While at the convention, Henry and Gemma encounter Randolph Manning, Anne’s estranged brother and the black sheep of the family.  Thirty years previously he’d disappeared after taking an expensive painting that belonged to his parents.  To say that the meeting was awkward and fraught with tension would be an understatement.  When Henry is later found bending over Randolph’s lifeless body, he is quickly taken into custody.  Gemma is determined to clear her father’s name.

Delany provides us with an interesting plot and enough twists and turns to keep the reader anxious to turn the next page.  Her characters are believable and realistic and the setting is accurately depicted.  I enjoyed the storyline concerning Gemma’s sister, Pippa, and the “hush hush” nature of her job (not unlike Holmes’ brother Mycroft).  A perfect cozy for any kind of day!

Joanne gives this book 4 daggers out of 5!