If you enjoy film and want to stay in touch with the coolest flicks of all time then your local library is the place to go.Last years Sight and Sound top ten films of all times featured Hitchcock's Vertigo as number one.This was the first time that Orson Welles's Citizen Kane was knocked from top notch where it reigned from 1962 to 2002 to second place .This list is compiled every decade by top film critics from around the world. We are proud to say that Dublin City Public Libraries have six of the best top ten in stock with the other four on order.We take our promise of bringing you the best in culture and entertainment very seriously!If you want to explore the list further into the Best 100 Films Of All Time you will find we stock at least 60% of that list.If you like Citizen Kane then I suggest you watch The Magnificent Ambersons, in my opinion it gives Kane a run for its money however Welles was upset as the studio took control of the final edit, cut out an hours worth of footage and gave it a happy ending. The film is based on a 1918 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Booth Tarkington.Two Stanley Kubrick films made it into the top 100, "2001: a Space Odyssey" at number 6 and "Barry Lyndon" at number 55.I would recommend "Barry Lyndon". It was based on a Thackeray novel ("The Luck of Barry Lyndon") which follows the exploits of an eighteenth century Irish adventurer. A significant amount of footage was shot here in Ireland and looks very beautiful. It's also worth a look for Ryan O'Neil's attempt at an Irish accent! Order a copy of the book via BorrowBooks.ie. So during this hibernation type weather work your way through the best films ever in Dublin City Public Libraries.
Doc Watson was the best American Folk guitarist that lived. He died on the 29 May 2012 at the age of 89. He was born into a musical family and lost his sight before his first birthday. Although he never had a hit record or was in the American Billboard chart, he was a leader of the American folk music that became commercially popular particularly through the Coen Brothers film, "O Brother Where Art Thou?". His distinctive style was born out of playing fiddle parts in a country swing band. Before that the guitar was a background instrument to the ukulele and fiddle. His lightening quick finger and flat picking style is a pleasure to listen to as it accompanies his mellow voice filled with sincerity.He has won seven Grammy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award.The Album Trouble in Mind is a compilation of performances and background of the earliest folk and blues songs that inspired him while growing up.I think if you are new to his music then The Essential Doc Watson Volume 1 is a great place to begin. Both of these titles and more are available in the Music Library. There is also a biography available called Blind But Now I See.If you are a fan of the Robert Plant and Alison Krauss album Raising Sand, then you are familiar with an original Watson song, Your Long Journey. Just go to www.youtube.com, and type his name in, enjoy!