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2012 Primetime Emmy Winners

emmy awardLike many TV enthusiasts, last Sunday I watched the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards.  I have to confess, I wasn’t overly thrilled with the complete list of winners, but all of the nominees were deserving of recognition for their work in television. Even if my some of my favorites didn’t take home the statue, the telecast itself was enjoyable with moments both funny (an intentional speech mix-up in the Lead Actress in a Comedy category, and the faux In Memoriam to Jimmy Kimmel as sung by Josh Groban) and touching (a standing ovation for Michael J. Fox, and Ron Howard’s heartfelt tribute to Andy Griffith).

If you missed the nominations, check out these blog posts to find the complete list in the Drama and Comedy categories. And if you missed the ceremony on Sunday, the winners in Drama, Comedy and Miniseries or Movie are listed below.

Are You Ready for Fall TV?

tvSeptember is a month of beginnings: The beginning of school, the start of football season, the official first day of fall and, most importantly, the season premieres of many fall television shows. With many cable channels taking advantage of network reruns to air TV shows of their own, the summer months are no longer the TV dead zone they were previously. But there is nothing quite like favorite shows airing new episodes just in time to help push viewers through the slog towards Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. This fall, I’m most anxious to see how the huge cliffhangers at the end of The Vampire Diaries and NCIS are resolved. What shows are you most looking forward to watching?

If you’re out of the TV loop, or just want to catch up on previous seasons of current TV, browse the HCPL catalog and see what we have to offer! And if you’re still trying to prep the DVR for the upcoming seasons, check out this handy guide to all the primetime network shows.

Kimberly’s TV Picks:

A Thrill A Minute

north by northwestThis past weekend Premium Rush, an action-packed film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bike messenger in New York City, opened in movie theaters. The movie wasn’t thought provoking and certainly didn’t inspire introspection, but after spending ninety minutes watching chaotic bike chases through the busy streets and back alleys of NYC, I did leave the theater with phantom pains and an elevated heart rate. In 2001, the American Film Institute unveiled a list of the 100 Most Thrilling American Films. The list is a mix of silent and CGI, psychological thriller and high action. I’m not sure I agree with every movie on the list, but it is worth browsing. Did your favorite thriller make the list?

If you’re in the mood for a thriller this Labor Day weekend, watch an old favorite or browse the HCPL catalog and request a new movie today!

A Few Films on the AFI 100 Thrillers List:

2012 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Comedy

emmyIn my last post, I blogged about the Emmy nominations in the dramatic categories. This week’s post is dedicated to the more lighthearted side of television: the comedies.  Last year, the big winner of the night was Modern Family and it looks like this year is shaping up to be the same, particularly in the supporting acting categories. It will be interesting to see if there are any upsets, or if Modern Family sweeps its categories yet again. 

2012 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Drama

EmmyA few weeks ago, the nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmys were announced. I did see the list when it was first released, but I was too caught up in anticipation for The Dark Knight Rises to fully process. Now that I have had time to browse the entire list, I’m happy to see that some of my favorites (including a few surprises!) were nominated. Although I don’t care quite as much for the Emmys as I do for the Oscars, I do have firm opinions about who I think should win in each category (and who I think should have been nominated). Below, I have listed all the nominees in the Drama categories. Who would you like to win?

Christopher Nolan Retrospective

Inception

Today The Dark Knight Rises, the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s enormously successful Batman trilogy and the movie I have been waiting to see for months, finally opens in theaters. I have closely followed Christopher Nolan’s writing and directing career since first seeing Batman Begins in 2005, and I am constantly astonished at his incredible world building, complex plots, and depth of character. Since his first full length film in 1998, Following, Nolan has continued to experiment and grow as a director and as a screenwriter with his brother, Jonathan Nolan. Now, when the majority of summer releases are purely popcorn movies, Nolan has managed to perfect the art of the intelligent blockbuster.

Kimberly’s Thoughts:

Season of the Superhero

bat signalIt’s the season of the superhero! Lately, it seems as though all the biggest and best superhero movies hit theaters during the summer months. This summer was no different, with highly anticipated continuations and reboots (including The Avengers in May, The Amazing Spider-Man this week and The Dark Knight Rises just around the corner) opening with great fanfare and big ticket sales. 

I have always adored superhero movies. I love the costumes and the sweet romances, the big plots and the action sequences. Mostly, I love the battle between good and evil, where the hero prevails. Whether the hero of the hour wears a cape and flies, has mutant or alien abilities, or uses science and smarts to replicate super powers, they are always on the front line, saving the world from the dastardly villain.    

If your cape is at the dry cleaners and the Bat-Signal is dark, take the night off, browse the HCPL catalog and request a superhero movie today!

Kimberly’s Superhero Movie Picks:

The Armchair Traveler

plane wingWhen I was little, summer often meant piling people and luggage in the car and going on vacation. Many of our vacations were spent visiting extended family, but there were some epic road trips across the United States to see state parks, historical landmarks, and the occasional theme park.

Summer vacation is one of the things I miss the most, now that I’m all grown up. I would love to get in my car and head out on a two week drive, or fly across the ocean and visit other countries, but anything more than a quick weekend trip isn’t in the plans this summer. Fortunately, there are a number of movies that have a strong sense of place. Movies set in exotic (or, not so exotic) locales, where the setting is such a crucial part of the story, that by the end you feel as though you were actually there. A mini vacation, all from the comfort of your couch!

If you’re dreaming of a vacation this summer but just can’t make it work, browse the HCPL catalog and check out a movie today!

1.21 Gigawatts!

flux capacitorAs the school year winds down and the heat outside climbs higher, Men in Black 3, the first of the big-budget summer blockbusters, hits theaters. Unbelievably, it has been fifteen years since Men in Black introduced Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as wildly popular agents keeping tabs on alien life on Earth. I am absurdly fond of Men in Black and can’t wait to see the newest addition to the franchise, where Agent J time travels back to the year 1969 to work with a younger, but delightfully recognizable, Agent K.

Time travel is just as much a science fiction trope as alien invasion and sentient robots, and it’s one I particularly love. Ever since I was a little girl, watching reruns of the Fourth Doctor gallivanting through space and time in his TARDIS, I have had a weakness for a good (or, frankly, bad) time travel plot. Fortunately, there are plenty to choose from, ranging from depressing (The Butterfly Effect) to hilarious (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure). Although I don’t want to tempt fate and sneak a peek at my own future, I wouldn’t turn down a ride in the DeLorean!

Picture This

wild thingsOn Tuesday, May 8, Maurice Sendak, beloved children’s author and illustrator passed away at the age of 83. Although Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak’s most beloved book, was never a favorite of mine as a child (I preferred the rhyming stylings of Dr. Seuss and the collage art of Eric Carle), I do have fond memories of Max and the wild things. I’m sure most of us can probably recall a favorite book or character from either our own childhood or from reading out loud to a child.

Picture books are an integral part of childhood. They introduce concepts and themes, visually stimulate the eye, and invite interaction between adult and child. It is not surprising that many of them have been the inspiration for films. A number of these picture books, like Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny and Don Freeman’s Corduroy, have been made into short films released through Scholastic Storybook Treasures and similar companies. Some, however, have been given the red carpet treatment and released in theaters. Either way, there is something magical about seeing a beloved picture book re-imagined on screen.

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