Category Archives: Mary P.

Seasons of My Soul by Rumer (2010)

Rumer has been compared to Karen Carpenter, and I understand why. Her voice is clear, strong, and soulful. She touches your emotional being and moves into your heart.

“Aretha,” “Come to Me High,” and “Take Me As I Am” are favorites, but all the songs provide a mellow, gentle, feel good experience for the listener.

Check out Seasons of the Soul by Rumer from the library today.

Also watch her recent performance at the White House.

Treme: The Complete First Season

Treme: The Complete First Season (2010)
This HBO series is about the human spirit responding to the greatest man-made disaster in American history: Hurricane Katrina and the destruction of New Orleans. Treme is a working class neighborhood of the city. The storylines focus on people trying to cling to their unique culture and trying to put their lives together again after the storm.

The music is amazing. It spans multiply genres. Every episode features at least five performances. The story lines are compelling. Topics range from political corruption, police clashes with the Mardi Gras Indians, public housing problems, bringing tourism back to the city and many more. Highly recommended for an intense experience.

Treme is like Cajun food—it’s spicy, it’s weird and it’s good.” – NY Post

Charlie Wilson’s War

Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) R
The film is based upon the true story of an East Texas minor congressional representative who wielded enormous influence by being on two major foreign and covert ops committees in congress, Charlie Wilson. He learns of the plight of the Afghan people under Soviet rule and with the help of a maverick CIA agent tries to supply the Afghan resistance. Charlie and the cast of odd characters provide an interesting look at our government at work.

Starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Run Fatboy Run

Run Fatboy Run (2007) PG-13
This movie directed by David Schwimmer tells that tale of Dennis, the groom who got cold feet and left his pregnant girl friend at the altar five years before. Now Dennis is wanting her and their son back but has competition in the form of Whit, the American! Both the men enter the Marathon and after some dirty tricks on both sides, Libby sees a new side to Whit that she doesn’t care for. Dennis has help in his quest from his friends Gordon and Mr. Goshdashtidar and proves to be the man Libby always loved.

The Station Agent

The Station Agent (2004) R
Finbar McBride’s passion is trains. When his best friend dies and wills to him a train station, Fin decides to move to it in Newfoundland, New Jersey. Fin is a dwarf and because of being stared at all his life, would like to live in seclusion. But Joe, his Cuban neighbor, sets up a hot dog stand next to his station and tries to promote a friendship to which Fin is reluctant to enter. He is almost run down by Olivia, a woman with deep emotional issues. But they see beyond his dwarfism, and try to forage a friendship with Fin. He finally realizes that he can be an independent man but be friends with people.

See what Roger Ebert said in his review. The film won a plethora of awards, including three at Sundance.

It’s Entertainment!

It’s Entertainment! by Celtic Thunder (2010)
Not the usual Irish group singing Irish songs – Celtic Thunder’s wonderful voices blend together to celebrate (“Hallelujah” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”) and individually to entertain (“Hello Again” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”). The most amazing harmonies will move you, please you, and have you thoroughly entertained.

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009) G
Professor Wilson finds an abandoned dog at the train station one night. No one claims the dog and Wilson keeps him. In doing research, he finds the dog’s bred to be an Akita and names him Hatichko. Hachi, as if knowing this man saved his life, bonds with Wilson and accompanies him to and from the train station every day. One day the professor doesn’t return because he has passed away, but Hachi still waits for him at the station. For the next nine years, the dog’s loyalty never waivers in memory of his friend. He arrives in the morning and waits until late but the professor is not coming back. Based upon a true Japanese story of a loyal dog whose statue sits in the Shibuya train station, this is a beautiful tale of loyalty and kindness.

Starring Richard Gere and Joan Allen.

Ballet Shoes

Ballet Shoes (2007) PG
Based on Noel Streatfeild’s novel of the same name, Ballet Shoes is the story of three orphaned girls adopted by a world traveler and raised by his niece in London in the 1930s. Pauline (Harry Potter’s Emma Watson) wants to be an actress, Petrova, an aviator and Posy, a ballerina. When the benefactor disappears, their money runs out. All have to struggle to meet their goals but survive emotionally and financially and support one another as a family unit. This is an enjoyable light tale of determination with a cast of odd lovable characters.

It’s Complicated

It’s Complicated (2009) R
Jake and Jane have been divorced for 10 years. Jake’s younger second wife is pressuring for a second child and Jake is evaluating what he had and what Jane now offers to his life. Jane’s kids are out of the house; her business is running and she meets a very nice architect who is doing her home remodeling.

Then Jake and Jane spend a dancing, drinking night together and suddenly the affair of the exes begins. Jane becomes a livelier, energetic person but grows closer to Adam, the architect. Finally, when Jake wants to get back with Jane she nixes the idea (it’s complicated) and tries to follow her heart and be true to her own feelings.

Starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin. Check out a funny interview with the trio in USA Today.