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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.

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:

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