DVDs at your local public library
Library dvd selections offer endless living room film festivals
Tonight, I watched the director's cut of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I've been wanting to revisit this film since I saw it at the Dublin 6 for my birthday party in 1979. Due to the heady, sci-fi ideas in this first Star Trek theatrical film (it tries to be more of a 2001 than a Star Wars) none of the kids at my party understood the movie, myself included. Several fell asleep. But I've always been curious to revisit the film, and finally cranked it out tonight, thanks to the DVD I checked out from the Hercules branch. I'm also checked out the HBO series The Corner, from the makers of the outstanding, acclaimed series The Wire. And I checked out the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's classic The Hidden Fortress (1959), often recognized as being a main source of inspiration for Star Wars. And I checked out the director's cut of Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan, for a full dose of awesome.