Staff Picks

The Law Library's staff loves movies. Here are some of our recommendations if you're looking for something to watch tonight and are having a tough time finding something.

Ben Doherty

Research Librarian

Hanna

Nice addition to the girl-trained-as-assassin genre.

Whale Rider

Great story and beautiful backdrops.

Cecilia Brown

Archivist

El Secreto de sus Ojos

Interesante y escalofriante película sobre la vida de un argentino. Hay que verla.

Elizabeth Ladner

Research Fellow

Spy Game

proves that a retiring CIA operative can outwit the agency in this thriller to gain the release from a Chinese prison of his one-time protege Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt). The best part about this movie is that very minor events, memories, and sayings made throughout the movie become relevant at its conclusion. Plus, if you're a government / spy guru, it's good entertainment.

Deadwood

HBO original television program set in a small, 1880s western outpost. Pretty raw at times, but highly entertaining with a great performance by Ian McShane. Complete with saloons, card games, gun-fights, this program pits ex-lawman Wild Bill Hickok against local head honcho Al Swearingen to show that the lines between legally right, morally right, and questionably wrong become blurred on the frontier where everyone is just trying to survive.

Sam Thomas

Digital Collections Assistant

Taken

Every time I watch this movie I have the exact same thought: This can’t be the same dude as the guy who played the sappy dad from Love Actually! But it is! Liam Neeson is just THAT convincing as a bad-ass ex-CIA agent trying to rescue his daughter from some seriously uncool Albanian kidnappers. Once I get over the whole Love Actually thing, the only thought running through my mind for the rest of the movie is: Did that seriously JUST happen?! Yes, Sam. Yes it did.

Elf

Everything about this movie is so ridiculously ludicrous that you can’t stop watching and laughing. Even after multiple viewings I STILL catch new Elf expressions and mannerisms that leave me giggling for days while slowly working their way into my every day existence. I haven’t walked across a crosswalk like an adult in years. And I think my father is more than just vaguely annoyed with the fact that I now call him Papa after a solid 24 years of Dad. Thanks, Elf!

Taylor Fitchet

Library Director

The Tango Lesson

Is she God? He thinks so, perhaps because of her ability to create. Sally Potter is a filmmaker who suffers writer’s block and turns to the Tango to rejuvenate her creativity. Dancer Pablo Veron is the willing teacher who asks for a part in her film in exchange for dance lessons. As the couple dances, their relationship develops. This 1997 film that Potter created and starred in was widely panned by critics as being passionless, flat and slow. So what do I see in it? Okay, I will watch any dance movie. Top Hat to Dirty Dancing, I’ve seen them all. The Tango Lesson dissects the dance in a way that could squash its passion if you want to feel the Tango. This film asks you to see the Tango and in so doing separates the dancer from the dance, a really big choreographic no-no. But if you view the Tango as a metaphor for life you will see that the film explores religion, sexuality, feminism, and a host of human emotions from jealousy to joy through the lens of an artist. View alone with glass of vino.