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    The Man With the Keys - Concierges and Hotels in Fact and Fiction

    The Grand Budapest Hotel poster
    "How does one come by front-row aisle seats for a first night at the Opera Toscana with one day's notice?  How does one arrange a private viewing of the tapestry collection at the Royal Saxon Gallery?  How does one secure a corner table at Chez Dominique on a Thursday?" -- M. Gustave in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel about The Society of the Crossed Keys During Ramsey County Library's recent Facebook Movie Advisory Day, MPR's Cube Critic Stephanie Curtis called ... Read More »

    Tags: Fiction, Movies, Nonfiction

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    Facebook Movie Advisory Day with Stephanie Curtis--Recap!

    Stephanie Curtis
    As promised, here’s the transcript from our recent Facebook Movie Advisory Day conversation with MPR’s Movie Maven and Cube Critic (and all-around movie genius) Stephanie Curtis! (Please note that we’ve removed our patrons' names since the Internet is a bit less private than Facebook.) On to the recap (complete with convenient links to our catalog)!  Lights, camera, ACTION! Love movies? Looking for your next favorite movie? Join us RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW with the fabulous Stephanie Curtis. Comment on this thread with your favorite film or genre and Stephanie will use her excellent movie knowledge to hook you up! Ramsey County Library (RCL):... Read More »

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    If You Liked ... Saving Mr. Banks

    Saving Mr. Banks
    Have you seen Saving Mr. Banks yet?  If you loved the behind the scenes look at the filming of Mary Poppins, here are a few more items in our collection you might enjoy (and a little more backstory). Although wildly popular and starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, Disney's fictionalized version of the making of Mary Poppins and Walt Disney's relationship with the prickly author P. L. Travers is from all reports a bit sanitized.  Check out Vulture's... Read More »

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    Facebook Movie Advisory Day - March 27, 2014

    Stephanie Curtis
    Have you checked out our amazing Facebook Reader's Advisory Days, where our staff recommends titles just for you, based on books you've loved in the past? Join us tomorrow, Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., for Facebook Movie Advisory Day, guest starring the fabulous Stephanie Curtis, MPR's Movie Maven and Cube Critic! Tell us a genre or a movie or a director that you love, and we will help you find your next favorite movie!  From Anderson (Wes) to Zemeckis (Robert), romances to spaghetti westerns, foreign to cartoons, we are here to help you fill up your request queue at the library (popcorn not included)! Happy... Read More »

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    Read More About It - Twelve Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave Movie Poster
    With Steve McQueen's movie Twelve Years a Slave just released in theaters, it's already getting tons of Oscar buzz. Read more about this fascinating story before it sweeps the Oscars in March.  Twelve Years a Slave is the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man, and the father of three children, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.  As Christopher Orr in The Atlantic writes: "Twelve Years a Slave is likely the most painful, clear-eyed feature ever made about American slavery. In that light, it almost seems faint praise to add that it will... Read More »

    Tags: Fiction, Movies, Nonfiction