It’s Oscar time again!

The nominations for this year’s Oscar contenders have just been released. (Full list available here)
Although most of the nominated films are yet to be released on DVD, we do have The Dark Knight featuring Heath Ledger in his Oscar nominated role as the Joker.

While waiting for the current round of nominated films to be released to DVD, why not take advantage of the Libraries’ new 4 for 3 DVD offer and check out some previous Oscar winning films.

TV at the library

Impossible 3 Some of your favourite TV shows of the past 5 decades are available on DVD from the library. Whether you prefer British comedies, American spy shows, or classic New Zealand shows, you can find them at Wellington City Libraries.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve added a number of new titles spanning the past 40 years of television. Some would be considered classics of their era, others you wish could be forgotten.

Mission: Impossible is the classic spy show from the 60s which paved the way for iconic television sayings to enter the English language. “This MP3 player will self-destruct in 60 seconds” doesn’t quite have the same menace as “This tape will self-destruct in 60 seconds”. As hard as I try to forget Lenny and Squiggy, they continue to rear their greasy hairdos when least expected. For those who don’t know these characters, have a look at Laverne & Shirley. A “Happy Days” spin-off from the 70s that was set in the 50s and featured 2 women room mates who worked in a bottle-capping factory. Surprisingly the show ran for 8 seasons.

Moving from the 70s to the 80s, we have 21 Jump Street. A show that gave us Johnny Depp, and the premise “American teenagers look like 30 year olds”. The 90s are a decade we’ll avoid for the moment. Not that there weren’t any good shows, just they haven’t released them on DVD yet.

From the 00s (or noughties) we have the latest Emmy darling from the US sitcom scene. 30 Rock is a comedy show about the making of a comedy show. Devised by Tina Fey from “Saturday Night Live” fame, the show centres around Liz Lemon. “Liz Lemon, head writer of the sketch comedy show ‘TGS with Tracy Jordan’, must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful TV show without losing her mind. “–IMDb.

These are just a few of the TV shows available. What are some of your favourite/forgettable shows of the past 5 decades?