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I Now Pronounce You Husband & Wife!

wedding cake topperSpring is in the air! It’s time for greenery and colorful blooming flowers, a few weeks of perfect weather before the blistering heat of a Texas summer, and weddings. Whether formal or intimate, elegant or hipster chic, weddings are usually some combination of romance and stress. In movies, weddings are often presented as days where anything that can go wrong, will. Although this probably isn’t how anyone would want their wedding day to go in real life, it provides plenty of laughs on film!

If you’re planning a wedding or just in the mood for some wedding hijinks, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today.

Kimberly's Wedding Movie Picks:

2013 Oscar Nominations: Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor

academy awardsThis Sunday, a hotly contested awards season will come to a close with the 85th Academy Awards ceremony. This year, the nominated actors appear in comedies, biopics, musicals and dramas, but all offer strong performances. Between the ten, they have thirty-five Oscar nominations and ten wins.  All but two of the actors have previously received Oscar nominations, and seven have won at least one statuette. While the Best Actor competition seems uncontested, the field is wide open in Best Supporting Actor. It will be interesting to see which nominees actually take home the award on Sunday!

Best Actor:

Tragic Love Stories

broken heart

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I decided to take a break from Oscar blogging and focus on a more holiday appropriate theme. A couple of February’s ago, I blogged about the twitterpated, lighthearted side of love. Unfortunately, most of us have come to the sad realization that not all love stories end with happily ever after. Some stories are tragic and heart wrenching, while others end with quiet sadness. Yet despite their unhappy end, these movies are, at their core, stories of love found and love lost. And even though we know the relationship playing out on screen will end poorly, we continue watching, a box of tissues by our side and a pint of ice cream at the ready.

If you’re in the mood for a tragic love story this February, browse the HCPL catalog and request a DVD today! Or if you want a lighter love story, browse these posts on classic love stories and romantic comedies!

Kimberly’s Tragic Love Story Picks:

Oscar Trivia

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After last week’s post regarding the oldest and youngest winners of acting awards at the Oscars, I was curious what other Academy Awards-related trivia I could find. Below, I have compiled a list of some of the most interesting bits of trivia I discovered about the films and people nominated and awarded Oscars.

  1. 1) At the 1st Academy Awards, Best Picture was awarded to Wings, to date the only silent film to win.
  2. 2) At the 2nd Academy Awards, Best Picture was awarded to The Broadway Melody, the first film with sound to win.
  3. 3) At the 12th Academy Awards, Best Picture was given to Gone with the Wind, the first film in color to win. Gone with the Wind also holds the record for the longest film to win Best Picture.
  4. 4) Only two sequels have won Best Picture: The Godfather Part II and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

2013 Oscar Nominations

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This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards. Honoring achievements in film, the Oscars are highly anticipated by Hollywood and movie goers alike. The most prestigious of the movie awards, it is always exciting to see how the nominations stack up. This year’s nominees are a mix of the expected and the unexpected, with some heavy hitters and fan favorites passed over for relative unknowns. There are also a number of names familiar to annual watchers of the Academy Awards. It will be interesting to see how the newcomers do against seasoned veterans.

So far this awards season, I have only seen one of the nominated films. Most of these films are still in theaters, but if you’re like me and don’t have time to visit the movies, browse the HCPL catalog and request other movies featuring these nominated actors and actresses!

A Classic Christmas

christmas treeChristmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year…
- Christmas Time is Here, Vince Guaraldi

We are now halfway through December and there is no denying it: Christmas is in the air! Since I was a little girl, Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. I have fond memories of “helping” to decorate the tree, writing letters to Santa (and sometimes getting responses!), and making special Christmas cookies with Mom.

I also remember all the wonderful Christmas movies my parents showed me. There were claymation classics when I was young and, during my teenage years, black and white movies and holiday-themed musicals. Now that I am older, I have added many recent movies (Elf and A Muppet Christmas Carol, for example) to my holiday viewing, but these more traditional movies will always be my Christmas favorites.

If you’re in the mood for more traditional holiday fare, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

People's Sexiest Man 2012

Channing Tatum

Amidst the chaos of preparing for Thanksgiving, People announced their Sexiest Man Alive 2012. In case you missed the announcement, this year’s pick is rising star Channing Tatum. I first saw Tatum in the dance flick, Step Up, but he had already acted in several other movies prior to that. Since that time, Tatum has kept busy, moving from supporting to starring roles in a variety of box office hits. Although the Sexiest Man Alive title tends to be pretty divisive and opinions always seem to differ, there is no denying the acting talents of each year’s winner. Tatum may not often offer deep insights through his acting, but he does excel at both physically demanding and comedic roles. No matter the role, Tatum’s charming personality never fails to win viewer approval.

If you’re in the mood for a Channing Tatum film, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

A Channing Tatum Retrospective:

The Vampire Invasion

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Today, November 8th, is Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday. Since Dracula, Stoker’s classic Gothic novel, was published in 1987, vampires have evolved on the page and on the screen. Vampire lore has changed time and again and the creatures have been presented in every possible way: terrifying, appealing, deadly, mesmerizing, campy, and even sparkly. The huge success of the recent Twilight films, the last of which is set to release in theaters next week, proves that vampires are just as popular now as they were when Dracula first appeared in print.

If you’re in the mood for a classic vampire movie or you just want to catch up on the Twilight Saga, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Spooky Halloween

jack o' lanternsIt’s the end of October. The time of year when, theoretically, we dust off our jackets, watch TV while curled under a blanket on the couch, eat soup every night, and plan the outdoor excursions we didn’t want to take at the height of summer. The end of October also brings with it the first of the fall holidays: Halloween. Although Halloween isn’t one of my favorite holidays, I do love certain aspects of it. Candy is highest on that list, but I also adore Halloween themed movies, particularly those appropriate for the whole family. This year alone, three new movies in the spirit of Halloween (Paranorman, Hotel Transylvania and Frankenweenie) were released in theaters, proving that the market for family friendly Halloween movies is growing.

If you’re in the mood for a family friendly Halloween movie this fall, browse the HCPL catalog and check out a DVD today!

Kimberly’s Halloween Movie Picks:

Backwards & in High Heels

Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers

In 1933, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers first danced their way across the silver screen as supporting characters in Flying Down to Rio. Over the next seven years, Astaire and Rogers would partner in eight more movies, easily dancing their way into moviegoers’ hearts. After The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle in 1939, Astaire and Rogers went their separate ways, each establishing their own solo careers. Rogers quickly won an Academy Award for Best Actress in the movie Kitty Foyle (1940), then continued on to act opposite stars like Cary Grant in Monkey Business (1952). Astaire, on the other hand, continued dancing in movie musicals like Holiday Inn (1942) with Bing Crosby and Easter Parade (1948) with Judy Garland, each with enduring universal appeal.

In 1949, Astaire and Rogers collaborated one last time in The Barkleys of Broadway after Judy Garland had to step down. (Incidentally, this was their first and only picture shot in Technicolor.) Over the course of their careers, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced together in only ten films, but they will forever be remembered as the most iconic dancing duo in Hollywood.

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