Article by Missy Chapman, WCPL Cataloging Supervisor
In recent months I’ve noticed that most of the new DVD releases are no longer appealing with most being, dare I say, ho-hum. Maybe it’s because I am getting older and it takes quite a bit to pique my interest. Or perhaps Hollywood is becoming lazy by remaking movies and producing multiple sequels. Can’t we return to the days when films were daring and unique?
Of the several I’ve perused recently, I can only think of a handful that has made it on my “watch it again” list (all titles the library owns). I like to believe I am the Roger Ebert of the library and that I know a masterpiece from a stinker. So with that being said, here are three recent films I feel are worthy of viewing more than once.
Film number one, “Her.” Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is a lonely writer who falls in love with his computer. The year is 2025 and artificial intelligence has just reached the tipping point where humans can no longer tell the difference between a conversation with a computer and a real person. Sounds all too familiar doesn’t it? You might be thinking how on earth can director Spike Jonze make this movie work? He does and “Her” is quietly dazzling. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry! You might even wonder why it didn’t win an Oscar!
Film number two is a black comedy directed by Martin Scorsese. “The Wolf of Wall Street” is the story of a New York Stockbroker (Leonardo DiCaprio) who goes from living the American Dream to living a life of corruption and corporate greed! This film, unlike “Her”, is not a thoughtful feel good movie, at times it can be vulgar, full of debauchery and depravity. However for those who loved the 1987 movie “Wall Street,” they will definitely find “The Wolf of Wall Street” gratifying.
Film number three is “Frozen” which would be excellent for family night. Despite the annoyingly played-to-death theme song “Let it Go,” Frozen is comical, whimsical and delightful. It’s a touching tale of sisterhood with a priceless message, not to mention it has one of the best Disney characters ever created … Olaf the snowman!
So why not save some money on entertainment and check out these three films or just peruse our vast video collection at The Warsaw Community Public Library.
Our hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. You won’t regret it!