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Kathy Vetter's Top 10 Documentaries

Kim's Favorite Musicals

21 Dystopian Classics

Ashley Birbal's Favs

Top 10 Film Noir DVDs

Top 10 Rock Films on DVD







                              Kathy Vetter's Top 10 Documentaries on DVD         


Kathy has lived in Glen Head since 1964, had 8 children, and retired almost 5 years ago. She appreciates the books and programs offered by the library and especially the helpfulness of the library staff.



"A documentary, to me, is food for the brain and can run the gamut from oppression, to bizarre, to funny.  It enlightens and broadens your vision and gives you new ways to look at and understand situations or events.  The following is my documentary list - in no particular order. These films have taken me on many diverse adventures." 


1.   Worst In Show - Behind the scenes look at the World's Ugliest Dog contest.

2.   Vidal Sassoon - The story of a self-made man who revolutionized the art of hairstyling and left an indelible mark on popular culture.

3.   Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry - A profile of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions.

4.   Khodorkovsky - The story of the former head of a Russian oil company who was arrested, tried, and convicted on charges of tax evasion and fraud.

5.   Crumb - An intimate documentary portrait of underground artist Robert Crumb.

6.   Make Believe - Six teenagers compete to be named Teen World Champion at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.

7.   Jiro Dreams of Sushi - Sushi lovers from around the globe shell out top dollar for a coveted seat at 85-year-old Jiro Ono's sushi bar.

8.   Beauty Is Embarrassing - The irreverent and inspiring story of one-of-a-kind visual artist and raconteur, Wayne White.

9.   Bobby Fischer Against The World - The complex life of the chess Grandmaster and troubled genius Bobby Fischer.

10. Paper Clips - Students at a Tennessee middle school collect 6 million paper clips to better understand the the concept of 6 million Holocaust victims.





Kim Barbour, a former librarian trainee at the Gold Coast Library, is now a Children's Librarian at the Rocky Bluff Public Library in Ellenton, Florida.

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1.  42nd Street - When the leading lady of a Broadway musical breaks her ankle, she is replaced by a young unknown actress, who becomes the star of the show.

2.  Bye Bye Birdie - Rock star gets drafted so his manager organizes a nationwide contest in which one lucky girl will win a goodbye kiss.

3.  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - An eccentric professor invents wacky machinery but can't seem to make ends meet.

4.  Gypsy- The story of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, her rise to stardom from vaudeville and her volatile relationship with her ambitious mother.

5.  Mary Poppins  - An English nanny with magical abilities takes over the household of a proper London banker and changes the lives of everyone.

6.  My Fair Lady - Audrey Hepburn plays a sassy, working-class London street vendor, whom an arrogant professor attempts to turn into a sophisticated lady.

7.  Singin’ in the Rain - A Hollywood actor who has risen from vaudville to become a silent film star must make the difficult transition to sound.

8.  The Sound of Music - Julie Andrews lights up the screen as a spirited young woman who leaves the convent to bring love and music to the home of Captain von Trapp and his seven children.

9.  West Side Story - Romeo and Juliet set against a backdrop of the rivalry of two street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets, in New York of the 1950s.

10. The Wizard of Oz - During a tornado in rural Kansas, a young girl is swept away to a magical land and embarks on a journey to see the Wizard who can help her return home.




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Ashley Birbal's Favs

  Ashley is currently the Children's Librarian at the Bayville library and formerly the Young Adult librarian at Gold Coast Library.




1.   The Big Lebowski - Join the "Dude" and his bowling buddies on their journey that blends unforgettable characters, kidnapping, a case of mistaken identity and White Russians. Remember: The Dude abides.

2.   Office Space - When layoffs affect his two best friends at work, Peter Gibbons conspires to plant a computer virus in the company's system that will embezzle corporate funds into a secret account.

3.   Finding Nemo -  A young clownfish is captured and taken to a dentist's office aquarium. It's up his father, and a friendly-but-forgetful blue tang to make the epic journey to bring Nemo home from Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

4.   Forrest Gump - Tom Hanks gives an astonishing performance as Forrest, an everyman whose simple innocence comes to embody a generation.

5.   Dirty Dancing - Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, "Baby" falls in love with the camp's dancing teacher.

6.   Back to the Future - Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in the time machine created by Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and finds himself in a time-shattering situation that jeopardizes his future.

7.   Ace Ventura: Pet Detective - Jim Carrey is on the case to find the Miami Dolphins' missing mascot and quarterback Dan Marino.

8.   Clueless  - Cher's (Alicia Silverstone) tidy world starts to unravel with the sudden appearance of a sexy and stylish new classmate (Justin Walker), and Cher's square but cute "ex-stepbrother" (Paul Rudd).

9.   Fight Club - Sick of his dead end, white-bread existence, Jack encounters an intriguing stranger who alters his relationship with reality.

10. The King’s Speech - The true story of King George VI's quest to find his voice. 






Top 10 Film Noir DVDs 

 compiled by Rich Brower, media librarian at Gold Coast Public Library


  film noir - a movie that is marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace, and cynical characters; film noir was applied by French critics to describe American thriller or detective films in the 1940s.


1.  Touch of Evil - Orson Welles’ 1958 masterwork is a study of corruption and morally-compromised obsessions. With Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Marlene  Dietrich.

2.   Out of the Past - Quintessential film noir. Inspired direction, expressionist cinematography, and legendary performances by Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer.

3.   Nightmare Alley - Few '40s films ventured as deeply into cynicism as Nightmare Alley, or dealt so frankly with sexuality and power-tripping. With Tyrone Power.

4.   Ace in the Hole - A cynical reporter seizes on the plight of a man trapped in a mine shaft to promote his career. Kirk Douglas' best role.

5.   The Big Sleep - Phillip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) takes on a blackmail case and a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the the spoiled rich.

6.   Sweet Smell of Success - Burt Lancaster stars as barbaric Broadway gossip columnist J. J. Hunsecker, and Tony Curtis plays Sidney Falco, the unprincipled press agent he ropes into smearing the up-and-coming jazz musician romancing his beloved sister.

7.   The Killing - Stanley Kubrick’s account of an ambitious racetrack robbery is one of Hollywood’s tautest, twistiest noirs. Aided by razor-sharp dialogue from pulp novelist Jim Thompson, and a cast including Sterling Hayden, Timothy Carey, and Elisha Cook Jr.

8.   Double Indemnity - The tale of a desperate dame and a greedy man, of murder for sordid profit and sudden, violent betrayal. With Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray.

9.   Kiss Me Deadly- Robert Aldrich’s surreal film noir is a weird yet compelling exploration of urban paranoia. From a novel by Mickey Spillane.

10. The Third Man - The fractured Europe of the post-World War II era is perfectly captured in Carol Reed's masterpiece, set in a Vienna still shell-shocked from battle. With Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten.