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Truth, Justice, & the American Way

superman statueMan of Steel, the highly anticipated reboot to the Superman movie franchise opens in theaters today. Although I love the complexity and grittiness of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, the snark of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, and the cleverness of X-Men, Superman will always be my favorite superhero. He is the superhero who flies around in a bright red cape, hides his identity behind a pair of glasses and a reporter’s pen, and dodges bullets and sees through walls. He is the superhero who goes out of his way to protect human life despite his own position as an outsider. In every incarnation, whether live action movie, long running TV series, or children’s cartoon, Superman stands for hope.

If you can’t make it to the movie theater this week but want to catch up on Superman’s adventures, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

The Miniseries

CranfordOne of my favorite television forms is the miniseries, a single story told over a limited number of episodes. Because most miniseries are several hours long, they provide more freedom to delve deeper into the plot and the characters than a single two-hour movie. At the same time, they are generally much shorter than an average American TV season, allowing viewers to see a complete story from beginning to end.

In my last blog post (From Classic Page to Screen) I included several miniseries in the list of movies based on classic literature. Although the classics often provide inspiration, the miniseries is a popular vehicle for all genres, from westerns and love stories, to battlefronts and documentaries. It is interesting to see how the miniseries has evolved through the years and speculate on what viewers can expect from producers in years to come.

If you’re in the mood to become engrossed in a miniseries (or two!) this summer, browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

From Classic Page to Screen

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Books, particularly the classics, have always been a huge source of inspiration for screenwriters. Some of the most enduring novels have inspired many film and TV adaptations, each approaching the story in a different way. Sometimes the adaptations are spot-on, true to both the story and the emotion of the source material. Often, screenwriters and directors take liberties to update the story for modern audiences or translate page to screen.

Last week, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby, hit theaters in a glitzy Baz Luhrmann production. Its success at the box office is further proof that some of the best movie plots are waiting in the pages of classic literature.

If you’re in the mood for classic literature on the screen, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie or mini-series today!

A Mother's Love

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it seemed appropriate to not only celebrate our own mothers, but also make note of favorite TV moms. Since June Cleaver served dinner to her family in high heels and pearls on Leave It to Beaver, TV moms have been an integral part of any family comedy or drama. Through the years, TV moms have evolved and now you’re as likely to find a single mom, a working mom, or a meddling mother-in-law, as you are a stay-at-home mom in your favorite TV show. But no matter what they do or how they do it, TV moms continue to touch the lives of viewers and TV families alike.

If you’re in the mood for some motherly attention this weekend, browse the HCPL catalog and request a TV show today!

Sports Biopics

42

Last weekend, 42, the highly-anticipated biopic about baseball legend Jackie Robinson, was released in theaters. A sub-set of the sports film genre, biopics focus on the lives, challenges, and successes of heroes in various sports arenas. Although most take some liberties, a worthwhile biopic tries to present the facts and emotions, the good and the bad, of the subject’s life. While some sports biopics are simply for entertainment, in recent years, many actors in sports biopics have received nominations and awards for their performances (e.g., Christian Bale and Melissa Leo in The Fighter, Robert De Niro in Raging Bull, Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side). The success of biopics at the box office and the continued interest in inspirational sports figures promise a strong future for this particular movie genre.

If you’re in the mood for a biopic of a sports figure this weekend, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

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On Thursday, April 4th, famed film critic Roger Ebert died at the age of 70 after a long struggle with cancer. Over the course of his 46-year career, Ebert became the everyman’s film critic. His informative, opinionated film reviews, in print and on the TV show he co-hosted (first with Gene Siskel and later with Richard Roeper), were accessible and enjoyable to all movie-goers, whether passionate or casual.

Throughout his career, Ebert attained many firsts. In 1975, he became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize. Later, he became the first film critic to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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

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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.
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