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Geoff’s Top 10 of 2020

In a year where I read very few books and watched many flicks from our streaming services and of course many more from our deep DVD & Blu-Ray collection, I’m very excited to share these picks!

In no particular order, here they are!

Enjoy,

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? 

Glengarry Glen Ross

I Am Not Your Negro

The Fly

The King of Comedy

The Master

The Age of Innocence 

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

Sunset Boulevard

The Love Witch 

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SAPL Top 10 of 2020

Drum roll please… here they are, the Top 5 circulated movies of 2020!

I hope you all continue to discover more deep-cuts, classics, and entertaining flicks from our shelves in 2021.

#5 |Ad Astra (540 checkouts)

#4|Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (555)

#3 | Once Upon A Time in Hollywood (600)

#2| Gemini Man (758)

#1| Joker (760)

Numbers 10-6

 

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Cold Ones

With this December heatwave we’re having, let’s not forget to crack open a couple of cold ones this weekend.

The Spy Who Came in From The Cold

British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the Cold War during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.

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Force Majeure 

An idyllic family skiing vacation takes a stunning turn when an avalanche threatens the ski lodge restaurant, sending people fleeing and demanding quick decisions that change the course of the family’s dynamics and trust.

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Raised by her father, an ex-CIA agent, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna’s upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one. Sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe, eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own. Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence.

 

 

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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

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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.

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SAPL Scaries Vol. IV

Our job as tastemaker in hair-raising horror is over… until next October!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Be spooky and stay safe.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom…blood red.

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The VVitch

A family in 1630s New England faces destruction by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession. When one of their five children goes missing and their life-sustaining crops fail, they fall victim to paranoia and fear as they begin to turn on one another.

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The Exorcist

The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother’s frantic resolve to save her, and two priests, one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith, joined in battling ultimate evil always leaves viewers breathless. Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn in the two-time Academy Award winner that shocked the world.

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Pet Sematary

Louis Creed and his wife Rachel relocate with their two young children from Boston to rural Maine. The couple soon discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbor Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous of events that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.

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