For those of you come into the Rogers Public Library and check out our DVDs I’m the Guy-in-the-Suit and among other things I select the DVD and Blu-rays for the Adult collection. My philosophy on purchasing DVDs is to buy the best DVDs I can with the money and space I have available. I’m always trying to think of new and different ways to analyze the collection so that I can find the very best to put on our shelves. Hopefully there is something there for everybody. Right now I’m going through a list of the three hundred best movies by decade published by Filmsite.org. Filmsite has pretty good lists although they limit their l to English language films. Sometimes when I run across a ‘top ten list’ I can tell the age of the person making the list, but the Filmsite lists are relatively objective. Right now I’m in the 70’s and I’ve found a few things I didn’t already have.
In case you didn’t already know, for this year’s Summer Reading Program each Sunday the Library is showing free movies. The Sunday movies were selected by the Reference staff and each movie selected was supposed to a Groundbreaking Film. I chose Disney’s Snow White and Ray Harryhausen’s Jason and the Argonaut’s. I chose both these movies because I thought they’d look fabulous in Blu-ray on our 184 inch screen. Snow White is of course one of the greatest movies ever made. It was the first Technicolor movie, the first feature length animated film, and it’s DISNEY! ON BLU-RAY! ON WIDE SCREEN! I know it’s supposed to be a kids movie but c’mon it’s still on Filmsite.orgs too 100 list. I chose Jason and the Argonauts because it’s got to be one of, if not the best special effects movie made before CGI. Ray Harryhausen was the master clay-mation and with the exception of King Kong he was involved in making just about every great special effects movie prior to 2001 a Space Oddesy. George Lucas, Stephen Spielberg, James Cameron and Peter Jackson all claim Ray Harryhausen was an inspiration for their work. Come join us on Sundays this summer to see what the Rogers Public Library staff members think are movies you just can’t live without. See you there!