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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.

The Show Must Go On

tap shoes

When I was growing up, musicals were an important part of my movie education. I adored Mary Poppins, cried over Fiddler on the Roof, and spent many an afternoon daydreaming about a pair of ruby slippers. Then, during my teenage years, I discovered Singin’ in the Rain and fell in love. I watched that movie every single day for an entire week. There was just something so winsome and happy about it. Could life really be all that dreadful when people were bursting into song and dance numbers during a rainstorm?

When Moulin Rouge hit the silver screen in 2001, it reinvigorated a fading genre and ushered in a new age of movie musicals. Musicals over the past decade have been an eclectic mix of charming, timeless, quirky and irreverent, but each one draws its essence from the classic movie musicals of the mid-1900’s. The runaway success of a recent string of Disney musicals and hit TV shows like Glee and Smash means that the movie and TV musical has a new generation of eager viewers.

Things That Go Bump in the Night

spooky full moon

In my last post, I wrote about HBO’s stunning high fantasy series Game of Thrones. I adore Game of Thrones and would firmly classify it as one of a kind, but I also have a long standing appreciation for supernatural television dramas. Filled with vampires, werewolves, magic, apparitions and other fantastical beings, supernatural dramas often create stories out of folklore, myth and urban legend. Television that falls within this genre can be whimsical, romantic, serious, or scary, but most all of them feature forces for good battling against evil.

If you’re in the mood for a supernatural TV series, browse the HCPL catalog and request a season today!

Kimberly’s Supernatural TV Picks:

Game of Thrones

game of thrones mapLast year, HBO premiered Game of Thrones, a new television series based on George R. R. Martin’s high fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice. After a slow start, the show swept the fantasy world, garnering praise from critics and fans alike. This Sunday, Game of Thrones returns with its highly anticipated second season. I, for one, have been counting down for months, excited to see where the series leads. (I know, I know. If I had read the novels in the break between seasons, I wouldn’t be so anxious about what’s in store for the characters I love and loathe.

Green, Green, Green

four leaf clover

St. Patrick’s Day, the day when everyone is just a little bit Irish, is just around the corner! Last year for St. Patrick’s Day, I blogged about movies produced, directed, written or acted by Irish citizens that showcase Ireland as it really is. This year I decided to take a more whimsical approach to the holiday: Movies with green in the title. Most of these movies have nothing to do with Ireland, but St. Patrick’s Day can always use an extra bit of green!

If you’re in the mood for a movie with a green title this St. Patrick’s Day, browse the HCPL catalog and request one. And don’t forget to wear green tomorrow!

Kimberly’s Movie Picks:

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