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Daily Staff Recommends of books and other stuff accessible from home during our time of social distancing
What producer would have thought that a television show about metal detector hobbyists in the UK would be a hit? I don't know but I want to thank them. If you're looking for a show that's heavy on plot or fall-out-of-your-chair funny, move along. We're talking three seasons of quiet and quirky here. And the cast of supporting characters is the side of ice cream to your main characters' slice of cake that makes it even better, especially the two detectorists from a rival detecting club!
Especially meaningful in these times of social distancing and home confinement!! Nursing home resident, Allan, faced with the prospects of a community celebration of his 100th birthday decides he doesn't want to attend the party. Instead he escapes via an open window and embarks on adventures filled with hilarity and underlying political and social meaning. Based on a novel by Jonas Jonasson.
This is the latest movie by famed Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. It centers on a young and idealistic aspiring writer who tires to get his first book published, but he is hindered by his father's gambling debts. It's a rich film, embellished with deeply Turkish concerns about art, politics, religion and the social divide between cities and rural towns.
Slings & Arrows is a beloved critically acclaimed Canadian TV series that aired in the early 2000's. The show centers around life at a fictional Shakespearean theatre festival in New Burbage, Canada. Each season focuses on The New Burbage Festival’s production of a different play. It is both hilarious and heartfelt, and there are only 3 seasons, so easily bingable! With live performance put on hold during these Social Distancing Times, it's a great way to scratch your theatre itch.
"Time Regained, by the Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz, is an adaptation of the final volume of In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. The plot is about the anonymous narrator of In Search of Lost Time who reflects on his past experiences while lying on his deathbed.
Salvatore is a boy growing up in a small Sicilian village post-WWII who's of love of movies sparks a life-changing friendship with Alfredo, the projectionist of the village's only movie theatre, the Cinema Paradiso. It's charming, funny and bittersweet. The film is made all the more sentimental by Ennio Morricone's (of "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" fame) musical score.
Beautiful heartfelt movie about finding the courage to move past your comfort zone that takes place right here in Boston! One of the best performances of Robin Williams career that earned him an academy award for best supporting actor. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck also earned an academy award for best original screenplay.
Headfort is the only boarding school for elementary-aged children in Ireland. This is a warm, absorbing and beautifully photographed look into the life of the school and 2 teachers who have taught and lived there for 50 years.