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Winter Chillers

As we settle in for another round of chilly temperatures here in Houston, I’m trying to imagine what it must be like for our family and friends in the North.  But my imagination falls short.  I really can’t fathom living and working in an environment where I’d have to face snowdrifts and icicles on a daily basis – much less driving in minus 0 weather. 

And those musings led me to think about movies set in those climes.  And if we’re talking about cold weather, why not concentrate on those films that might send a chill down the spine – whether in summer or winter.  Or maybe just make you glad you live in southeast Texas.  Some of my favorites are listed below.  I’ll bet you find some of yours, too.

In Memoriam 2013 – Part 2

Shortly after I posted an In Memoriam 2013 a few weeks ago, I realized that I had not included all the people that I should have listed.  Below I’ve listed other talented people we lost this past year.  Some you might remember very well.  Others you may never have heard of.  But I do hope you take the opportunity to check out some of their films or TV series or maybe music CDs – and discovered why they counted among those whose talents we’ll miss.
 

... and a Happy New Year!

Another year has come and gone.  Well, almost gone.  And in the spirit of the holidays and parties and old friendships and new beginnings, I thought I’d offer a list of some movies that gave us memorable New Year’s Eve parties.  I hope you might find something fun or exciting or dangerous -- or any combination of those -- among the choices.

Santa's Helpers

Let’s get real here.  There is no way one guy could circle the world bringing toys and games and other goods on one sleigh in one night all by himself.

Not without some help.

Seriously, Santa Claus needs a lot of help with such a monumental task.  Thank goodness he has it.  I mean, without the elves and the reindeer and especially Mrs. Claus, Santa wouldn’t have a chance of accomplishing all he’s got to do. 

And every now and then, Hollywood remembers those who help make our Christmas holidays more fun.  Check out some of the movies and TV specials that give us a peek behind the scenes at the North Pole.

Peter O’Toole (1932-2013)

Tall, slender, blond, blue-eyed, Peter O’Toole definitely had matinee idol good looks, as well as a beautiful voice.  But without the talent to take on any role and excel at it, he may never have been the leading man we came to admire.

In Memoriam 2013

Paul Walker was not the kind of person who saw a problem and said, “Somebody should do something.”  He was the somebody who did something. 

President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Fifty years ago this week, the world was shaken by the death of then President John F. Kennedy.  He was assassinated during a visit to Dallas, Texas.  It was the Friday before Thanksgiving, when people were anticipating the start of the holiday season and visits with friends and family.  The last thing anyone expected was the sudden, violent death of the President.
 

Veterans Day in Hollywood

Next Monday we will take some time to honor veterans of United States Armed Services.  Throughout the history of our country, men and women alike have given a part of their lives to the defense of America.  Whether through the draft or through voluntary service, they devote themselves to us.  And we should all be grateful to them.

Witches -- and a Few Wizards and Warlocks

When I was very young, I knew of only two witches in TV or movies.  Actually, the same movie: The Wizard of Oz.  There was lovely Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, who had a lilting voice and traveled in a bubble.  And there was the hideous (and green!) Wicked Witch of the West.  I loved Glinda.  I was terrified of the Wicked Witch, especially when she’d laugh in that ear-splitting shriek.  But there was one thing that made her a little less frightening: she was in Oz.  And Oz was a magical place.  Not just an ordinary neighborhood such as where I lived.

The Beauty of Black & White Movies

It’s hard to believe that I began writing this blog over four years ago.  Yet it’s true.  My first blog entry for the library was posted on September 2, 2009.  The title was The Awesomeness of Black & White Movies.  In it, I listed some of my favorite films, all in glorious black & white.  And the last line of the entry was, “What classics would you recommend to the person just discovering the beauty of black & white movies?”

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