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We'll Always Have...

I recently saw a new book that was added to the HCPL collection.  The title caught my attention because it references one of my all-time favorite movies.  In fact, I consider it one of those perfect films, where everything works together.  Story, setting, performances, direction.  It’s one that I’ve seen over and over again and I still find myself drawn to it.

The book is We’ll Always Have Casablanca by Noah Isenberg.

Moving Pictures

We’ve all done it.  At one time or another, we’ve had to pack up and move.  No matter what situation or location we’re moving to, it can be a stressful time.  And not just the packing and moving part.  There’s always the question of adjusting to a new place and new people and maybe an entirely new job.  Whether across town or across the country or even another part of the world, a move is exciting and frightening and invigorating and frustrating – all at once.

2017 Oscar Nominations: Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor

This year has given us an interesting mix of Academy Award nominees.  In the Actor categories, we have previous winners, previous nominees, and a strong showing by first-time nominees.  There are critics’ choices, sentimental favorites, and a few who make us think “it’s about time he got noticed and awarded.”

The movies featuring these actors are also a mix of comedy-drama, drama, thriller, and even musical.  But what I find most heartening is that most of the films are about challenges faced at various times of our lives.  Standing up for what we believe.  Caring about family and friends.  Looking out for others.  Making big mistakes.  Deciding where your future and your passions lie.

Football for All Ages

There’s no doubt about it.  All eyes are on Houston this weekend as we get ready for some football.

The 51st (or LI) Super Bowl will be played at NRG Stadium here in Houston on Sunday, February 5th.  People will tune in to see the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons -- although some will tune in just for the commercials or the half time show featuring Lady Gaga.

New Year’s Expectations…

It happens every year.  Somewhere or another you’ll find a cartoon depicting the old year as a very old man with a long beard – and the new year as a baby.

The idea of using a baby to represent a new year goes back to the 19th century.  Maybe even further back.  And it’s easy to understand why.  Babies are a new beginning.  A new life.  And for those involved in that life, a new way of looking at the world.  New joy.  And challenges.

Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016) and Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)


It was a shock to those of a certain age.  Maybe to everyone. 

Christmas Angels

It’s a moment we remember in the Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life.  Guardian angel Clarence Odbody laments the fact that he does not have wings.  And his big chance to earn his wings is by showing George Bailey that life is worth living, no matter what.  Clarence tells George, “Every time a bell rings, an angel get his wings.”

Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Folklore – Revisited and Retold

We all grew up with the stories, so we know them backward and forward.  But in the past few years, some writers have taken those stories and turned them inside out, upside down, and sideways.

Usually when Hollywood decides to make or remake (or remake and remake!) a fairy tale or fantasy novel or folklore, the story stays basically the same.  Walt Disney stayed close to original sources, though he softened some parts of the stories and even introduced some original characters.

Politics and Elections and Comedy

On Tuesday, November 8, the United States will elect a new president.  It’s a big day for our country.  And it’s been a long, winding, doozy of a campaign this time.  No matter what happens, this election will make history.

But, as I said, this has been a long campaign.  Even though it will be over soon, maybe you can use a break from all the drama and -- inadvertent comedy -- of this past year with some actual real comedy about politics and politicians -- and sometimes their families.

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