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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?”

Bob Newhart

The award came a few days before the big show on Sunday, September 22.  Bob Newhart won an Emmy for his guest star role on The Big Bang Theory.  And it’s about time.  In a career that began over 50 years ago, this was Newhart’s first award for acting.

Brotherly Love

When it comes to stories of brothers, TV has given us some of the best examples of brotherly love – and, yes, sometimes big-time rivalry.  On sitcoms, we’ve seen the almost idyllic Cleaver brothers of Leave it to Beaver, the always-fighting-but-always-sticking-up-for-each-other brothers of Malcolm in the Middle, and the “I’m-only-putting-up-with-you-because-we’re-brothers” pair of Two and a Half Men.  Westerns gave us officially-half-brothers-but-who-cares Cartwrights on Bonanza.  Brothers fight crime on

There Were Never Such Devoted Sisters...

Often it starts with a story like Beezus and Ramona. After that, we might find Ballet Shoes. Then we move on to Little Women.

Doctor in the House

Now that the 12th Doctor Who has been decided, I thought we'd take a look at some other doctors – and nurses -- of primetime TV.

Medical drama has been a staple of television from the beginning.  I have vague memories of the series Ben Casey and Dr. Kildare.  In the late 60s and early 70s, I faithfully watched Medical Center, Marcus Welby, M.D., and The Bold Ones: the Doctors.  The 80s brought St. Elsewhere.  The 90s gave us ER.  The 21st century ushered the brilliant but deeply flawed Dr. Gregory House into our homes. 

2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Drama

Let’s face it.  Some of us go for comedy.  Others go for drama.

I freely admit to being a drama fan. 

Most of the nominees this year have been honored at previous Emmy Award shows.  A few are newcomers to the Primetime Emmys.  All of the actors and actresses listed have given performances that made viewers sit up and take notice.


The Canadians Among Us

Yep.  They’re here.  In fact, they’ve always been here.  From the earliest days of movies and television, Canadians have been a big part of our entertainment. 

If you’ve read my previous blog entries, it should not come as a surprise that I love Canada.  It’s my second favorite country.  I’ve visited there several times.  My best friend is Canadian.  And while most people may not claim friendship with a citizen of Canada, there’s little doubt that many of our favorite actors and actresses have come from there.

Richard Matheson (1926-2013)

Richard Matheson might not be a household name, but he has influenced storytelling in movies and television since the 1950s. 

Celebrate!

This week we celebrated the founding of America.  We had parades and ate hot dogs (one person won a contest eating 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes!).  We listened to patriotic songs and watched fireworks.  We spent time with family and friends and thought about how fortunate we are to live in America.

Swordplay

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had fun watching some favorite old movies.  They included The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Princess Bride, and Scaramouche.  And one of the reasons I love these films is that they include a particular event that has enthralled audiences since the earliest days of theatre and then movies: a great sword fight.

In my last blog entry, I wrote about women archers in movies.  This time, I thought I’d feature swordsmen.  In the past, sword fighting was not only a part of war, it might also be used in a duel to settle a matter of honor.  These days swordsmanship is most often on display as a sport, with special gear to protect the participants.

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