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This Just In: New DVDs!

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This Just In!


The Wes Anderson Collection
by Matt Zoller Seitz
with an introduction by Michael Chabon

Photos, artwork, interviews and essays make up this fascinating book that covers quirky and beloved filmmaker Wes Anderson’s career so far.  The book spans almost 20 years, from 1993’s Bottle Rocket to 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom.  Movie lovers of all kinds and Anderson fans especially will find much to entertain and inspire.



Check it out!

Remembering Roger Ebert


Yesterday film criticism lost one of its most prolific voices with the passing of Roger Ebert at the age of 70.  Ebert had been battling cancer for many years and had required several operations to keep his illness at bay.  He had lost the ability to speak, eat, and drink without assistance after having his thyroid and salivary glands, as well as a portion of his chin, removed.  Throughout his health challenges he continued to review movies for the Chicago Sun-Times, where he had worked for over 40 years.

Ebert  was one of America’s most beloved and trusted film critics.  In 1975 he became the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for film criticism. His columns were syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and abroad, and he wrote more than 15 books, many by skillfully recycling his columns. In 2005 he became the first film critic to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  But he is perhaps best known for devising the “thumbs up, thumbs down” rating system with Gene Siskel on the popular television program “Siskel and Ebert at the Movies” .

Ebert’s credo in judging a film’s value was a simple one: “Your intellect may be confused, but your emotions never lie to you.”  His favorite movie of all time?  Citizen Kane.

If you are interested in exploring Roger Ebert’s life and writing, the Library has three of his books in our collection.  We have both volumes of The Great Movies which collects his reviews of essential cinema.  The Library also has a copy of his autobiography Life Itself: A Memoir.

This April: Buena Park Reads Together!

This April, the Library will be holding its third annual community wide event

This year’s selection is When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka. Told from five different points of view, it is a novel chronicling the internment experiences of a Japanese American family during World War II.

This program is designed to get the entire community reading and discussing the same book.  It is our hope that the community will gain an understanding of this event from our nation’s history, and relate it to our present lives by considering our treatment of and compassion towards the “other” in our society.

Check out a copy of this unforgettable story today and join us in April for book discussions, performances, crafts and games, movie screenings, and a special panel discussion with former internees…
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Jay-Z and Jay G


Earlier this month it was announced that Jay-Z would score Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby.  As noted by the Daily Beast, both J Hova and Jay Gatsy share  striking similarities, so the choice seems rather inspired.  Not convinced?  Take this “Jay-Z Lyric or Line From The Great Gatsby?” quiz and revel in the thematic overlap.

The Library appreciates the work of  Jay-Z and Fitzgerald alike, so come in and explore the impressive oeuvre of both artists!