Are you a fan of romantic comedy movies?

If your answer is ‘yes’, I am going to introduce you to two romantic comedy movies I like.

The first one, which you may have heard of , is called ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ It is a play written by William Shakespeare about 400 years ago and was adapted into a movie in 2004 by BBC. The romantic comedy is about four warring couples, a donkey’s head, and a gaggle of fairies. It is magical and delightful. I like it because it is very funny, and very meaningful. The movie tells us what true love is and tells us about life. If you are interested in this movie or the original play, come into the Library and ask one of our friendly staff members, I am sure they will be glad to help you find a copy. You can also find the DVD and reserve a copy on the catalogue here.

Work experience student - Jessie

The other  is a French movie with English subtitles called ‘Amelie.’ Amelie Poulain is the main character who lives in Paris, she is introverted, but with an extroverted imagination. She is passionate about the small pleasures of life; skimming stones over water and cracking the top of her creme brulee with a spoon. Amelie decides to change the lives of people around her for the better. She gives a new lease on life to the lonely or unloved, and punishes her nasty neighbours. However, when she has a crush on Nino she struggles with her own situation. I think Amelie is kind, cute, warm hearted and interesting –  she says “It’s better to help people than garden gnomes.” In fact, if Amelie was a real person, I would like to be friends with her. This movie is also interesting, lovely and funny.

Written by Jessie – work experience student @ City of Tea Tree Gully Library

Video Dominoes Clip Hits 10 000 Views!

Just over two years ago, we made the decision to debit our video cassette collection. Since 2005, no new films had been released worldwide on video cassette, and the space the collection occupied could be better used to accommodate the ever-growing number of DVDs in the collection.

As part of the collection’s “send off” we decided to play dominoes with the deleted cassettes. The domino line made its way around the entire library, passing every major collection before finishing up in front of the DVD shelves. The spectacular was filmed and uploaded to YouTube and I am pleased to say that last week, it hit the milestone 10 000 views!

Why not check it out for yourself?

Did you know…About Richard Castle?

Richard 'Rick' Castle (Nathan Fillion)

Did you know that the fictional author, Richard Castle (played by Nathan Fillion in the TV show Castle) has actually released three books in real life?
The novels Heat Wave, Naked Heat and Heat Rises have been released under the name Richard Castle as part of the promotion for the TV Show.  In addition, a graphic novel entitled Deadly Storm,  based on one of Castle’s earlier works was released by Marvel Comics in 2011.

Heat Wave made the New York Times Bestseller list, peaking at #6 in it’s fourth week of publication, while Naked Heat debuted at #7. Not bad for an author who doesn’t exist!

The  Library has copies of Heat Wave, Naked Heat , Heat Rises and the Deadly Storm graphic novel as well as DVDs of the Castle TV series available for loan. Why not check them out?

Did You Know…About Professor Moriarty?

Professor James Moriarty as illustration by Sidney Paget which accompanied the original publication of "The Final Problem".

The forthcoming film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows will see the great detective face off against the evil Professor James Moriarty, but did you know that although he is often presented as Sherlock Holmes arch-nemesis, Moriarty and Holmes only ever encountered one another in a single short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

Entitled The Final Problem, the story has Holmes revealing that the professor (whom Holmes admits is his intellectual equal) sits at the centre of London’s underworld, like a spider in a vast web. Holmes considers the eventual capture of Moriarty and dismantling of his network to be the single greatest moment of his career. The two finally face off in a duel to the death atop Reichenbach Falls.

Moriarty did go on to appear in one other story, The Valley of Fear which although written after The Final Problem, actually takes place before it. However, the Professor and Holmes do not meet during the story.

Holmes does make reference to Moriarty in five other stories: The Empty House (the immediate sequel to The Final Problem), The Norwood Builder, The Missing Three-Quarter, The Illustrious Client, and His Last Bow, but they only ever encountered one another directly the one time.

With the adaption of the Holmes stories to feature film and television, many writer/director/producers have chosen to use Moriarty as the ongoing villain or a threat working in the shadows behind the main mystery, much as the early James Bond films made use of SPECTRE and its leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld as ongoing villians, even though the character and organization only appear in three and four books respectively.

The library has the complete adventures of Sherlock Holmes as well as DVDs and a new novel featuring Moriarty and his right hand man, Colonel Sebastian Moran as the main characters.

Until the Light Takes Us

It came as a pleasant surprise to me that the City of Tea Tree Gully Library holds this DVD in its collection.

A somewhat underground form of music: ‘Black Metal’ is a style with heavy, gritty and even dirty sounding riffs, often with fast drumming that incorporates blast or thrash beats.
While there are a wide variety of themes attached to different Black Metal bands, the main focus of the genre is atmosphere: creating music that evokes a certain feeling.

Until the light takes us features Frost (Satyricon), Fenriz (Darkthrone) and the infamous Varg Vikernes (Burzum), a Black Metal musician who was released from prison in 2009 after serving almost 16 years. He was convicted of murdering fellow musician Øystein Aarseth (Mayhem) in 1993.

The main body of the DVD is interviews and explanations about the music, using still photography and old footage. It goes through the grim early days of the Norwegian scene, with emphasis on the murders and church burnings, and helps explain how the mistakes of its pioneers have (for better or worse) shaped the present day scene.

I personally listen to Black Metal for the atmosphere, rather than the often anti-christian or satanic themes, and contrary to the image that is often thrust into the public’s view, there are many great Black Metal bands that have no such controversial viewpoints. (Immortal) is one such example, a Black Metal band whose lyrics centre around ‘Ravendark’, a mythical king of cold and ice.

Viewer Warning – R18+ DVD containing strong themes that may distress some viewers.

Soundwave is coming!

This Saturday will see punk, heavy metal and rock music fans (including a few librarians) descending on Adelaide for Soundwave Festival. Held in Bonython Park, this year’s lineup is led by legendary rock band Iron Maiden.

You can do your research on the band before seeing them in concert, with the DVD Iron Maiden and the new wave of British heavy metal, or listen to some of the other bands that will perform on the day. The Library CD collection contains titles by Queens of the Stone Age, 30 Seconds to Mars, New Found Glory, Slash, Coheed and Cambria and more.

Mmm… scones anyone?


Tea Tree Gully Library staff have becomes fans of my scones.  I add a special touch and make sultana or chocolate chip scones. ;o)

The secret is a simple recipe from the book 4 Ingredients.
Some of you may be aware of the popular, simple cookbook series, 4 Ingredients, 4 Ingredients 2,
4 ingredients : gluten free
4 ingredients : fast, fresh & healthy
Kim McCosker and Rachael Bermingham.  There is even a 4 Ingredients in the large print collection.
I wasn’t aware until recently that there is also a DVD.

Check out their website, where you can download recipes and an iPhone application via iTunes.

Currently in Coles and Bi-Lo supermarkets when you buy any two of the fresh Gourmet Garden herbs and spices tubes you can receive a free limited edition of 4 Ingredients cookbook  (offer valid until 9th March 2011).

Tip: Scones need a hot oven, bake in a preheated oven at 220C (425 F) for 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Get cookin’…!

It’s the week for love

"Must Love Dogs"

Have you ever had beloved family or friends arrange a blind date for you?
Ever wondered about online dating?  Some of you may have your own amusing tales about the search for love.

Must Love Dogs is an entertaining romantic comedy about Sarah Nolan,
a newly divorced women, rediscovering romance with help from her enthusiastic, often misguided, well-meaning family.
(Check out the trailer!)

Starring Diane Lane, John Cusak and Elizabeth Perkins,  Must Love Dogs is adapted from the novel by Claire Cook.

80’s cult cinema on DVD

Any child of the 80’s would remember the style of films that dominated that decade. The John Hughes teen films, the B grade actions that normally starred Arnold, great sci-fi films of Cameron and Scott, and the cringeworthy comedies often starring Chevy Chase and John Candy. Films that brought brat packers like Molly Ringwald and the two Corey’s to shortlived fame and cemented directors like Cameron and McTiernan as leading names of the 90’s. 

The Library has recently stocked up on DVDs from the era, including Hughes’ classics like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles as well as action favourites Predator and the Die Hard films. Cult Sci Fi series Alien (and its three sequels) as well as a variety of Vacations featuring the Griswalds and Uncle Buck are also now available. So why not borrow a disc of nostalgia, and tell us what your favourite 80’s films were?

Our most popular item.

Black Hawk Down DVD CoverWe were recently fossicking around in the back-end of our Library System and discovered the identity of the Library’s most popular item. It happens to be a DVD copy of Black Hawk Down and it has been borrowed a whopping 367 times! That is not to say that some very popular books and DVD’s with multiple items haven’t been borrowed twice this much, but this individual copy of Black Hawk Down is our hardest working item.

Remarkable in a way, that a $35 DVD has been reused 367 times … that is quite an investment. It’s a good movie too!