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Something, Something, DANGER ZONE!!!

If you’re not yet a fan of the TV-MA hijinks of FX’s animated spy comedy Archer, then now is the time to get recruited: KPL has just acquired all four seasons of the series that are currently available on DVD. The show follows the misadventures of the titular character, Sterling Archer, who works as a spy for an agency called ISIS. He’s handsome, charismatic, dangerous, and skilled at his job—but he’s also egotistical, crude, laden with vices, and prone to causing as much trouble as he prevents. He’s like a more cartoonish version of James Bond—literally. His cohorts in espionage are quite the characters themselves: his boozy mother is also his overbearing boss; the number two field agent is also his femme fatale ex-girlfriend; the research scientist may be a clone straight out of criminal Nazi war experiments; and the eccentric human resource director has a penchant for dolphin puppets, drift car racing, and bare-knuckle brawling.

Born from the brain of Adam Reed (who also helmed a short-lived and little-seen gem for Adult Swim called Frisky Dingo—seek it out!), Archer has one of the most talented voice casts ever assembled, including the ubiquitous H. Jon Benjamin, the hilarious Aisha Tyler, Arrested Development’s priceless Jessica Walter & Judy Greer, SNL’s Chris Parnell, and the unparalleled Amber Nash. The show is packed with running gags and catchphrases galore, so slip on a Tactleneck, wash up those man-hands, and enter the Danger Zone: If quoting Archer doesn’t make you a hit at your next eeeeeeeelegant dinnah paaaahty, then at the very least you’ll understand all of the references that just confounded you.


Archer, seasons 1-4

Let's Pretend It's Summer

If you're anything like me, this weather has you daydreaming about sunny days and summer vacation--making it the perfect time to watch summer-themed movies while wrapped up in a warm blanket on the couch.  One of my favorite summer movies, The Sandlot, a coming-of-age story about a group of neighborhood kids who spend the summer of '62 playing baseball, always makes me think of a time when summer vacation felt like FOREVER.  We don't have The Sandlot in our collection (it is available to resident borrowers through MeLCat) but we do have another summertime movie that gives me that same sense of nostalgia: Stand by Me.  Though a bit darker than The Sandlot, this Stephen King classic definitely evokes a summery mood and would be a perfect fix for those winter doldrums.   

Here are a few other summery suggestions:

 Moonrise Kingdom

 Wet Hot American Summer



 Dirty Dancing


Stand By Me