Norfolk Library and Information Service Films & Music Newsletter October 2017

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All new release DVDs are available from Norfolk libraries on the day of release for just £2 for a two night loan



If big budget Hollywood blockbusters that have taken millions at the box office are your thing, then October is the month for you. Surprisingly perhaps the biggest of all was Fast & Furious 8 with a whopping 38 million in the UK alone. The scale of the success of this franchise is incredible, and whether you’ve seen the previous films or not, this is the definition of a popcorn movie. Superhero films have proven to be the big success stories of the past ten years, but there’s no denying that most superheroes are male, so it was pleasing to see how popular Wonder Woman proved to be over the summer. Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, with a sequel already confirmed, this film delighted those of us who grew up watching the TV series.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge once again took big money, proving that there is still an appetite for Jack Sparrow and his merry band of undead sailors. No modern day franchise has divided critics and audiences more, but Transformers: The Last Knight once again pulled in the crowds and even features Sir Anthony Hopkins. Also, in what is hoped will be the start of a new series of Universal monster movies, Tom Cruise features in The Mummy. Set in modern day London, and featuring an appearance by Russell Crowe as Doctor Henry Jekyll, this could see the return of a whole host of classic characters to the big screen. Plot details for these films aren’t strictly necessary - you know what you’re going to get and we’ll have all of them available to rent on day of release.


Of course it’s not just crash, bang and wallop there are also some slightly quieter selections coming your way this October. The brilliant Brian Cox is the latest actor to portray Churchill on film, and here we see events leading up to D-Day in 1944 as Churchill faces big decisions about committing his remaining forces to counterattack the Germans. Another film set during WW2 is Alone In Berlin which stars Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thomspon. They play a couple who anonymously wage a propaganda war against the Nazi regime in 1940s Berlin. Look out too for a new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s classic novel My Cousin Rachel starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin. Claflin plays a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.


All of these DVDs, along with many more can be borrowed for just £2 for a two night loan.



October’s new CD releases see the return of some of the biggest names in music. After a hiatus of 15 years Shania Twain finally returns with a brand new album, Now. Tori Amos hasn’t been away for quite so long, but her new album, Native Invader, has been getting rave reviews. Pink hasn’t released a new album in five years so her latest album, Beautiful Trauma, has a lot of high expectations to live up to.

Liam Gallagher releases his debut solo album after the demise of his group Beady Eye. Never short of an opinion and one of Twitter’s most followed celebrities, whilst we’d all still prefer it if Oasis reformed, this is the best we’re going to get until then.


David Gilmour is one of the world’s greatest guitarists and his new Live At Pompeii album showcases these skills perfectly. Recorded on the Rattle That Lock tour it sees Gilmour returning to Pompeii, the scene of the legendary Pink Floyd concert film made in 1972. Van Morrison may have a reputation of being grumpy, but he still releases new music on a regular basis and his new album (his 37th) has been getting brilliant reviews. Earnest US indie rockers the National, UK indie sensations Wolf Alice and recent Cambridge Folk Festival performer Jake Bugg have also all got new albums arriving in libraries throughout October.

Our CDs are just 80p to borrow for one week and can be reserved and delivered to your nearest library free of charge.

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