New DVDs at Evelyn S. Field Library, June 10 Arrival

The Evelyn S. Field Library offers more than just books.  You can take out DVDs with a valid RVCC ID.  Below is list of the newest offerings from the library, located in the Library/Theater Building on the first floor. DVDs can also be checked out at http://library.raritanval.edu/

Big-Eyes-posterBig Eyes (2014 Rated: PG for thematic elements and brief strong language.)

Director: Tim Burton

Stars: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman.

Music by: Danny Elfman

Awards: Golden Globe, 2015 Won Best Performance by Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Amy Adams & Nominated Best Performance by Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Christoph Waltz & Capri, Hollywood Award, 2014 Won Capri Actress Award: Amy Adams. Tied with Jennifer Aniston for Cake (2014).   

Walter Keane became a worldwide celebrity and talk show fixture in the 1950s after he pioneered the mass production of prints of big-eyed kids, and used his marketing savvy to sell them cheaply. Unfortunately, he claimed to be the artist. That role was played by Margaret, his shy wife. The ruse broke up their marriage and led to a divorce and a dramatic courtroom battle to prove authorship of the paintings.

cherokee_waterThe Cherokee Word for Water (2013 Rated: PG for thematic elements and some language)

Directors:  Tim Kelly, Charlie Soap

Stars: Kimberly Guerrero, Mo Brings Plenty, Steve Reevis.

Awards: Western Heritage Awards, 2014 Won Bronze Wrangler for Theatrical Motion Picture.

The Cherokee Word for Water is a feature film based on the events surrounding the late Wilma Mankiller's life that led to her political career, and ultimately to her becoming the first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation. The film begins with Mankiller returning to Oklahoma from California in the late 1970s, and follows her as she meets her future husband, Charlie Soap, and has a near-fatal car wreck, but the film is centered on the Bell Water Project. Bell is a community in the Cherokee Nation where most residents did not have indoor plumbing. Mankiller, the director of the Nation's Community Development Department at the time, and Soap, who also worked for the Nation, began an outreach program to the community which led to the tribe supplying equipment and assistance for a 16 mile waterline that members of the community dug themselves. The project gained considerable attention as a model of self-sufficiency and self-determination in Indian country. Based on her popularity from the Bell project, Mankiller successfully ran for Deputy Chief in 1983; the position led to her succeeding Chief Ross Swimmer when he was appointed as head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1985.--Indian Country Today Media Network.

foxcatcher-new-quadFoxcatcher (2014 Rated: R for some drug use and a scene of violence)

Director:  Bennett Miller

Stars: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave &Anthony Michael Hall.

Awards: AFI Awards, USA  2015 Won AFI Award  Movie of the Year - Megan Ellison, Bennett Miller, Jon Kilik, Anthony Bregman & Cannes Film Festival  2014 Won Best Director: Bennett Miller & Gotham Awards  2014 Won Gotham Jury Award  Ensemble Performance: Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo & Steve Carell & Hollywood Film Awards  2014 Won Hollywood Film Award  Best Ensemble of the Year: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo & Channing Tatum & Independent Spirit Awards  2015 Won Special Distinction Award: Bennett Miller (director, producer), E. Max Frye (writer), Dan Futterman (writer), Anthony Bregman (producer), Megan Ellison (producer), Jon Kilik (producer), Steve Carell (cast), Mark Ruffalo (cast) & Channing Tatum (cast) & International Cinephile Society Awards  2014 Won ICS Cannes Award Best Actor: Channing Tatum.

Based on true events, the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.

girls-the-complete-first-season-dvd-cover-70Girls. The complete first season (2 DVDs) (2012 TV Series Ratings: The Official Rating on HBO is TV-MA for Adult Content, Adult Language and Sometimes Nudity/Strong Sexual Content. Suggested MPAA rating: Rated R for some graphic sexual content including references, drug use, and language.)

Creator: Lena Dunham

Directors:  Lena Dunham, Jesse Peretz, Richard Shepard, Jody Lee Lipes & Jamie Babbit

Stars: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Peter Scolari, Richard Masur, & Bobby Moynihan

Awards: Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 Won Primetime Emmy Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series: Jennifer Euston & Casting Society of America, USA 2012 Won Artios  Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Television Pilot – Comedy: Jennifer Euston (Casting Director)  & Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Television Series – Comedy: Jennifer Euston (Casting Director)

From writer/director/actor Lena Dunham and comedy veteran Judd Apatow, this scripted half-hour series focuses on a group of 20-something women in New York and their adventures in post-collegiate floundering. Over the course of Season 1's ten episodes, the four girls try to figure out what they want from life, from boys, from themselves and each other.

girls-the-complete-second-season-dvd-cover-05Girls. The complete second season (2 DVDs) (2013 TV Series Ratings: The Official Rating on HBO is TV-MA for Adult Content, Adult Language and Sometimes Nudity/Strong Sexual Content. Suggested MPAA rating: Rated R for some graphic sexual content including references, drug use, and language.)

Directors:  Lena Dunham, Jesse Peretz, Richard Shepard & Claudia Weill

Stars:  Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Rita Wilson, Chris O'Dowd, Donald Glover, Judy Collins, Carol Kane, Peter Scolari, Amy Schumer, John Cameron Mitchell & Colin Quinn.

 Awards: Holly Golden Globes, USA 2013 Won Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy & Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Lena Dunham & BAFTA Awards 2013 Won BAFTA TV Award Best International: Lena Dunham, Jennifer Konner & Judd Apatow & AFI Awards, USA 2013 Won TV Program of the Year & Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) 2013 Won Dorian Award for TV Comedy of the Year

A scripted half-hour series focuses on a group of 20-something's in NYC. Season Two episodes, Hannah forges ahead in her writing pursuits, but her enthusiasm is tempered by the responsibility for Adam; Marnie needs her best friend and former roommate; Jessa returns from her honeymoon in Mexico; Shoshanna takes charge of her new identity; and Ray has an out-of-sight, out-of-mind attitude.

girls-season-3-dvd-422_500Girls. The complete third season (2 DVDs) (2014 TV Series Ratings: The Official Rating on HBO is TV-MA for Adult Content, Adult Language and Sometimes Nudity/Strong Sexual Content. Suggested MPAA rating: Rated R for some graphic sexual content including references, drug use, and language.)

Directors:  Lena Dunham, Jesse Peretz, Richard Shepard, Jody Lee Lipes, Jamie Babbit, Tricia Brock

Stars:  Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Debra Monk, Amy Schumer, Peter Scolari, Jon Glaser, Colin Quinn, Gaby Hoffmann, Patti LuPone.

Awards: Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) 2014 Won Dorian Award TV Comedy of the Year & Young Hollywood Awards 2014 Nominated Best Cast Chemistry - TV

Hannah and Adam are now in a committed relationship and the two are settling into a newfound domesticity in Hannah's apartment. Hannah is also working on her writing career and concentrating on delivering her eBook to her eccentric publisher. Marnie is adjusting to life after a sudden and traumatic breakup with Charlie. Nearing graduation, newly single Shoshanna masterminds a plan to create a healthy (at least on paper) balance between partying and her studies. And, continuing her streak of disrupting the lives of those around her, Jessa resurfaces and strikes up an ambiguous friendship with a flamboyant father figure.

lemony-snicket-s-5638-pLemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004 Rated: PG for thematic elements, scary situations and brief language)

Director:  Brad Silberling

Stars: Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep,  Emily Browning, Catherine O'Hara, Billy Connolly, Luis Guzmán, Craig Ferguson, Jennifer Coolidge, Cedric the Entertainer, Dustin Hoffman & Jane Lynch

Awards: Academy Awards, USA  2005 Won Oscar Best Achievement in Makeup: Valli O'Reilly & Bill Corso & Art Directors Guild  2005 Won Excellence in Production Design Award: Period or Fantasy Film: Rick Heinrichs (production designer), John Dexter (supervising art director), William Hawkins (art director), Martin Whist (art director), Tony Fanning (art director), Eric Sundahl (assistant art director), A. Todd Holland (assistant art director), Bill Boes (assistant art director) & Australian Film Institute  2005 Won AFI International Award  Best Actress: Emily Browning & MTV Movie Awards  2005 Nominated for Best Villain: Jim Carrey

"If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off watching some other movie," warns our narrator, Lemony Snicket. "In this movie," he continues gravely, "not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle." This is the story of the Baudelaire children -- three "clever and reasonably attractive orphans"--Who embark on a shaky adventure after their home burns down, killing their parents. Violet is the eldest, a serious-minded girl with a knack for inventing things. Klaus is a brainy book-lover who retains every word he's ever read. And Sunny, barely more than an infant, has the unique distinction of being very good at biting things -- sometimes right through things.

lesser_blessed_the_headerThe Lesser Blessed (2012 Rated: R for drug and alcohol use, violence, language and sexual content - all involving teens.)

Director:  Anita Doron

Stars: Joel Evans, Benjamin Bratt, Kiowa Gordon.

Awards: American Indian Film Festival 2013 Won American Indian Movie Award Best Supporting Actor: Kiowa Gordon & Monterey Media

An eye-opening account of what it is like to be a vulnerable teenager in the modern world. Through the eyes of Larry Sole, a First Nation teenager filled with bravado and angst, comes the story of three unlikely friends isolated in a small rural town discovering what they can of life and love and racial tensions, in a world by a dark mystery from his past.

tigeereyesTiger Eyes (2012 Rated: PG-13 for thematic material including a violent incident, and some teen drinking)

Director:  Lawrence Blume

Based on novel by: Judy Blume

Stars: Willa Holland, Amy Jo Johnson, Tatanka Means.

Awards: American Indian Film Festival 2012 Won American Indian Movie Award Best Supporting Actor: Tatanka Means (actor) & Boston International Film Festival 2012 Won Jury Award (Feature) Best Actress: Willa Holland - Tashmoo Productions & Palm Beach International Film Festival 2012 Won Best Feature Film: Lawrence Blume (Director)       

Davey is a 17 year-old girl abruptly relocated by her grieving mother to the strange 'atom bomb' town of Los Alamos, New Mexico. With the sudden and violent death of her father, the displaced Davey no longer knows who to be or how to fit in. Everything that once mattered suddenly seems insignificant. But when she meets Wolf, a mysterious young Native-American, while exploring the surrounding canyons, she feels he is able to see past her pain and into her true self.

winter_in_the_BloodWinter in the Blood (2013)

Directors:  Alex Smith, Andrew J. Smith

Stars: Chaske Spencer, David Morse, Gary Farmer.

Awards: Los Angeles Film Festival 2013 Nominated Best Dramatic Feature/Best Film: Andrew J. Smith & Alex Smith.   

"Virgil First Raise wakes in a ditch on the hardscrabble plains of Montana. He stumbles home to his ranch on the reservation only to learn that his wife, Agnes, has left him. Worse, she's stolen his beloved rifle. Virgil sets out to find her, beginning an odyssey of inebriated intrigues with a mysterious "Airplane Man," a beautiful barmaid, and two dangerous men in suits. His quixotic, modern-day vision quest moves Virgil ever closer to oblivion--until he discovers a long-hidden truth about his identity. But is it too late?"--Container.

DOCUMENTARIES

Antarctica A Year on IceAntarctica: A Year on Ice Click on the number to reserve G860.A563 2013   (2013 Rated: PG for mild thematic elements and language)

Director:  Anthony Powell

Stars: Anthony Powell, Genevieve Bachman, William Brotman.

Awards: Bel Air Film Festival 2013 Won Best Jury Documentary: Anthony Powell - Antzworks

A visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a close-knit international population of scientists, technicians and craftsmen. Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth.

bones-stonesBones, Stones, and Genes: The Origin of Modern Humans (2 DVDs) Click on the number to reserve  GN281.B62 2012 (2012)

Director:  Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Stars: Drs. John Shea, Sara Tishkoff, and Tim White.

"When Darwin proposed that humans evolved from a common ancestor with the great apes, he lacked fossil evidence to support his idea. One hundred and fifty years later, the evidence for human evolution is plentiful and growing, including detailed molecular genetics data, an impressive fossil record, and artifacts of early human culture like stone tools. In four presentations, leading scientists John Shea of Stony Brook University, Sarah Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania, and Tim White of the University of California, Berkeley, guide us on a global exploration spanning millions of years to illuminate the rise of modern humans. This DVD set includes detailed chapter search by scientific topic; direct access to animations; English and Spanish subtitles; interviews with the speakers; special features on recent human evolution, the genetics of lactase persistence, comparing genomes, the nature of science; and discussions on science journalism and the genetics of bitter taste perception" --WWW page of biointeractive.org, October 15, 2013.

brother-outsider-posterBrother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin Click on the number to reserve E185.97.R93 B76 2002   (2003 TV Episode Not-Rated Part of PBS series P.O.V.)

Directors:  Nancy D. Kates (as Nancy Kates), Bennett Singer

Stars: Bayard Rustin, Dorothy Jackson, John Rodgers. Liv Ullmann, Bob Dylan, Mahalia Jackson, Lyndon Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, C.C. Owen

Awards: Cinequest San Jose Film Festival 2003 Won Best Documentary: Nancy D. Kates & Bennett Singer & GLAAD Media Awards 2004 Won Outstanding Documentary.   

Chronicles the life of African-American civil rights activist, Rustin Bayard, who was forced to remain in the background during the Civil Rights Movement because he was gay.

cosmos1Cosmos (7 DVDs) Click on the number to reserve QB44.2.C67 2000 (1980 TV Mini-Series Not-Rated)

Directors:  Adrian Malone, David F. Oyster, Rob McCain, David Kennard, Richard Wells, Geoffrey Haines-Stiles, Tom Weidlinger, Richard J. Wells

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn

Awards: Hugo Awards 1981 Nominated Best Dramatic Presentation: Carl Sagan (written by/director) & Ann Druyan (written by/director) & Peabody Awards 1981 Won Carl Sagan  & Adrian Malone (executive producer)

Host Carl Sagan takes viewers to the edge of the universe aboard the spaceship of the imagination in this 13-part series. Through beautiful special effects, viewers witness quasars, exploding galaxies, star clusters, supernovas, and pulsars. Returning to the solar system, viewers enter an astonishing recreation of the Alexandrian Library, seat of learning on Earth 2000 years ago.

day mesozoic diedThe Day the Mesozoic Died Click on the number to reserve QE861.6.E95 D392 2012 (2012 Rated: This film is intended to engage all students in all science classes.)

Director: Sarah Holt

Stars: Sean B. Carroll.

Awards: 2014 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, Finalist, 2013 Telly Awards; Silver, 2013 Medea Awards; Highly Commended

"The disappearance of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period posed one of the greatest, long-standing scientific mysteries. This three-act film tells the story of the extraordinary detective work that solved it. ... Representing a rare instance with which many different scientific disciplines--geology, physics, biology, chemistry, paleontology--contributed to a revolutionary theory, the film is intended for students in all science classes"--Container excerpt.

Evolution Constant Change and Common ThreadsEvolution: Constant Change and Common Threads (2 DVDs) Click on the number to reserve QH366.2.E852 2006 (2006 Rated: Not- Rated Documentary)

Director:  Howard Hughes Medical Institute

"Join two leading biologists on an exploration of how key developmental genes, natural selection, and time fuel the evolutionary process"-- back cover

Evolution Fossils, Genes, and MousetrapsEvolution: Fossils, Genes, and Mousetraps Click on the number to reserve QH366.2.E8525 2007  (2007 Rated: Not- Rated Documentary)

Director:  Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Leading evolution educator Ken Miller discusses the controversy surrounding the teaching of evolution, presents compelling evidence for evolution and reasons why "intelligent design" is not scientific. The presentation features Dr. Miller's responses to questions from a live audience of high school students.

The making of the fittest the complete seriesThe Making Of The Fittest: The Complete Series Click on the number to reserve QH375.M355 2013  (2013 Rated: Not- Rated  Documentary)

Director: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Five short films on evolution in action:  Natural selection and adaptation -- The birth and death of genes -- Natural selection in humans -- Evolving switches, evolving bodies -- Got lactase? The co-evolution of genes and culture

The origin of species dvdThe Origin of Species Click on the number to reserve QH366.2.O75 2013  (2013 Rated: Not- Rated  Documentary)

From back of container: Our planet has millions of species, including thousands of mammals, fish, birds and reptile, and even more butterflies, beetles, and other animals, each adapted to one of an enormous variety of habitats. The Richness and diversity of Life raises two of the most profound questions in biology: How do new species form? And why are there so many species? The Origin of the Species series tells the stories of the intrepid naturalists who traveled the world, from the famed Galapagos Islands to the Malay Archipelago, in search of evidence and answers.

APathAppears-640-EventA Path Appears (2 DVDs) Click on the number to reserve HV6250.4.W65 P38 2015 (2015 Rated: Not- Rated TV Documentary)

Director:  Maro Chermayeff

Stars: Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn, Malin Akerman, Jennifer Garner, Mia Farrow, Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, Ronan Farrow, Regina Hall, Blake Lively,  nd Alfre Woodard

"A unique and essential 4.5-hour documentary series addressing the roots of gender inequality, the devastating impact of poverty and the ripple effects that follow, including: sex trafficking, teen-pregnancy, gender-based violence, child slavery and the effective solutions being forged to combat them. An edge-of-your-seat dramatic encounter which travels across the United States and to Haiti, Colombia and Kenya."--Container. This film premiered on January 26, 2015 on Independent Lens on PBS

wwi_the peoples storyWorld War One: The People’s Story (2 DVDs) Click on the number to reserve D521.W67 2015  (2015 Rated: Not- Rated Documentary)

Director:  Paul Copeland

Stars: Matthew McNulty, Romola Garai, Brian Cox, James Norton, Olivia Coleman

An outstanding cast of acclaimed British actors bring the First World War to life in this stirring documentary created to commemorate the conflict's centennial in 2014. This unique four-part series mixes archival footage with reenactments by actors playing real participants in the war and performing excerpts from their original letters, memoirs, and diaries of the time.

Edited and credits added by Ben Auletta

Featured image caption: HBO Series "Girls" Season 1 to 3 is available at RVCC's library.

Kathy Tenzer
Technical Services Associate / Evelyn S. Field Library

Kathy Tenzer is the Technical Services Associate at The Evelyn S. Field Library at Raritan Valley Community College.