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2014: A Movie Retrospective

box office signThe New Year is a time not only for looking ahead and setting goals for the upcoming year, but for reflecting on the year left behind. Since January at the movie theater generally tends to be much quieter, I usually spend part of it evaluating my movie experiences from the year before.

Last year at the movies was fairly typical. It was full of the movies we have all come to expect: superhero movies, movies based on popular books, animated offerings, comedies, action thrillers, and Oscar favorites. Big budget action movies ruled the box office, but there were plenty of quieter, more contemplative films for those who weren’t attracted to the spectacle.

Below I have listed the top ten movies at the domestic box office in 2014, as well as my own list of favorite movies. There is some crossover, because I admit to loving the blockbusters as well as the independent films. Did your favorite movie of 2014 make either list? If these kinds of movies just aren’t your cup of tea, stay tuned for our awards season coverage, starting in the next couple of weeks!

Birthday Book Bargains

booksThis month at the Tomball Library, we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary in our beautiful building on the Lone Star College-Tomball campus. We will be kicking off celebrations with a book sale, hosted by the Friends of the Tomball Library. We have been hard at work, sorting books in all genres and for all age levels, so stop by and see what goodies are waiting to be read!

The book sale will be held in the front lobby on Saturday, January 10th between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Check back for more updates on fun birthday activities, and don’t miss the big celebration on Saturday, January 31st!

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.

Post-It Note Murals

post it notesBattle the winter blues and help us make a post-it note mural in the Teen Room! For teens & tweens 10 & up. Meet in the Teen Room on Monday, January 5 from 1:00-2:00 pm.

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.

A Made-for-TV Christmas

christmas sceneI love Christmas! As the song says, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” and I’m not one to argue. With brightly colored lights and decorations everywhere, familiar Christmas carols playing on the radio, and sugary treats baking in the oven, Christmas is a feast for the senses.

As a child, I grew up in a household that embraced everything about Christmas. We had many wonderful holiday traditions, but my favorites all involved watching Christmas movies together. Each year, we would watch all of the classic Christmas movies like White Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I still love those movies and watch them every year, but recently, I have added a few new movies to my seasonal viewing: made-for-TV Christmas movies.

Holiday Button Battle

buttonsHey teens! It’s time for another button battle, this time with a holiday theme! Who do you think stole the holiday better: The Grinch or Jack Skellington? Stop by the library anytime this week, December 8-13 and make your button choice at the Reference Desk! Buttons are available for teens and tweens ages 10 and up.

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.
 

Thanksgiving Hours

thanksgivingThanksgiving, arguably the biggest holiday meal of the year, is almost upon us! In observance of the holiday, the Tomball Library will close early at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 26th. The library will remain closed through the rest of the week, and reopen for business on Monday, December 1st at 8:00 am.

A Holiday for Feasting

thanksgiving feastLast night, I finally had a chance to watch Chef, a movie I had missed in theaters this past summer despite my best intentions otherwise. In this movie, Jon Favreau plays a chef who, after receiving a scathing review from a powerful food blogger, opens a food truck and drives it across the country, stopping in food-famous cities along the way. A thoughtful, well-acted film about reigniting creative passions and rekindling family relationships, Chef also offers countless scenes filled with mouth-watering regional foods.

With Thanksgiving in less than a week, movies about food feel particularly appropriate. Although the holiday is ostensibly about spending time with loved ones and giving thanks for what we have, no Thanksgiving celebration is complete without a proper feast. Whether the feast includes traditional Thanksgiving dishes or more exotic fare, the food is what brings families and friends together in celebration.

Alright, Alright, Alright!

matthew mcconaugheyThis past weekend, Interstellar, a movie I have been looking forward to since first seeing the teaser trailer last December, finally released in theaters. An intelligent and ambitious science fiction epic about a group of scientists who travel through a wormhole in space in search of a new habitable planet, Interstellar is the newest feature film from critically-acclaimed director Christopher Nolan. The film was as visually-stunning, emotionally-moving, and intellectually-stimulating as I had hoped, and, as Gravity did last year, does much to further our view of space in cinema. But although the cinematography and visual effects of Interstellar are stunning, the driving force behind the plot is Matthew McConaughey’s fantastic performance as Cooper, the everyman chosen to pilot the mission into space.

Halloween Screams

halloweenWith Halloween only a week away, this weekend is the perfect time to stay in and have a scary movie marathon. Personally, I don’t watch many of the horror films that have come out in recent years. There is too much gore for me and, frankly, I’m just too easily spooked. Ever since watching The Ring while home alone and almost having a heart attack from all the scares, I just can’t handle most contemporary horror movies.

Teen Read Week Button Battle

buttonsNext week is Teen Read Week and we are celebrating with a book-themed button battle! Which dystopian world would you rather live in: Divergent or The Maze Runner?

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