New on DVD: Boychoir

Posted on September 18, 2015. Filed under: Library News | Tags: , , , , |

boychoirThe film Boychoir follows the story of Stet, an angry young boy who is forced to attend a Boy Choir school after the death of his mother leaves him an orphan. He is challenged by the school’s choir master who recognizes the boy’s talent. The film stars Dustin Hoffman and new comer Garrett Wareing. This film premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Place a hold on the DVD today!

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Spotlight on… The Toronto International Film Festival!

Posted on September 5, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

tiffThe Toronto International Film Festival is an exciting event in Toronto where a number of films from around the world are premiered. Cast and crew of the film are in attendance to discuss the film and answer audience Q&As. You might even bump into your favourite star walking the streets of Toronto. The festival highlights both Hollywood and foreign films. It is a great time to catch some interesting films that may never make it to your local theatre. This year’s festival runs from September 4th – 14th.

Do you want to experience a taste of TIFF? Like Oxford County Library on Facebook and Twitter and throughout the month of September comment, like and share our film blog posts to be entered to win a pair of tickets to see a regular movie screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (Note: this does not include access to the festival).

Oxford County has a number of past TIFF choices for you to take home and enjoy. Put a hold on a copy today!

12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave

Silver Linings Playbook (2013)

silver linings playbook

August: Osage County (2013)

August: Osage County

Fifth Estate (2013)

fifth estate

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)


Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

dallas buyers club

Devil’s Knot (2013)

devil's knot

Don Jon (2013)

don jon

Prisoners (2013)


Gravity (2013)


Labor Day (2013)

labor day

Argo (2012)


Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

hyde park on hudson

Looper (2012)


Midnight’s Children (2012)

midnight's children

What Maisie Knew (2012)

what maisie knew

Anna Karenina (2012)

anna karenina

Cloud Atlas (2012)

cloud atlas

End of Watch (2012)

end of watch

Frances Ha (2012)

Frances Ha

The Impossible (2012)

the impossible

The Master (2012)

The master

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

place beyond the pines

Quartet (2012)


Rust and Bone (2012)

rust and bone

Stories we Tell (2012)

stories we tell

To the Wonder (2012).

to the wonder

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Posted on August 18, 2009. Filed under: Recommended Reading | Tags: , , |

Didn’t manage to attend the Toronto International Film Festival?

In addition to the star-studded autumn event, the TIFF Group hosts an annual Top Ten festival, a nine day event “devoted to celebrating and raising awareness of Canadian cinema”. (See

The OCL dvd collection includes 5 of the 2008 titles:

“Heaven on Earth” by Deepa Mehta; “C’est pas moi, je le jure!” by Philippe Falardeau; “Mama est chez le coiffeur” by Lea Pool; “Ce qu’il faut pour vivre” by Benoit Pilon; and “Lost Song” by Rodrigue Jean.

The French language films have English subtitles, of course.

The London Free Press reviewed “Ce qu’il faut pour vivre” (The Necessities of Life) earlier this year. It captivated my attention. Here’s the dvd blurb: “The film uses the 1950s-era tuberculosis epidemic in the far north as its starting point. The spread of the disease forced many Inuit to go to various Canadian cities for treatment. Tivii is taken to a sanitorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, far from his loved ones and faced with a completely alien world, he finds himself unable to communicate with anyone.”

Those familiar with Deepa Mehta’s filmography will welcome “Heaven on Earth”. A powerful story of an arranged marriage and its sudden violent turn.

Top Ten Canadian films from previous years are also available for loan: 3 by Guy Maddin: 2003’s “The Saddest Music in the World” (very strange!); 2005’s “The Life and Times of Guy Terrifico”; and 2007’s “My Winnipeg”.

Two personal favourites: Deepa Mehta’s “Water” (2005), and Sarah Polley’s “Away From Her” (2006)

Don’t overlook 2007’s “Amal” by Richie Mehta, and “L’Age des Tenebres” by Denys Arcand.

And while it didn’t make a Top Ten list, be sure to see Sarah Polley’s 2005 film, “The Secret Life of Words”.

If you want something different from the usual Hollywood offerings, consider checking out a Canada’s Top Ten.

– LM

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