Kimberly C's blog

Villainous Villains

DalekIn movies, I often think the villain is the most interesting character. This interest in movie villains started when I first saw Maleficent change into a dragon in Sleeping Beauty and, ever since then, I have been fascinated. I’m not trying to imply that I think all heroes are boring and one-dimensional, but there is just something about a well-written and well-acted villain. Villains invite audiences to dissect their motives, what drives them to do evil. Sometimes, as in Dexter, villains are surprisingly likeable and sympathetic characters. Other times, as in The Silence of the Lambs, the villain is simply deliciously evil. In either case, the villain is essential to the shaping of the hero.

Girl Power! (Part II)

kapow!A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on female action heroes in movies and highlighted how prevalent they have become in the past decade. Fortunately, this character trope isn’t limited to film, but has carried over into television with great success. The female action hero isn’t a new phenomenon in television, but she is certainly more popularly utilized now than in past decades. There is something immensely satisfying about watching a female action hero take charge of difficult situations and evolve emotionally, mentally and physically over the course of a long-running television series.

Girl Power!

Last weekend I went out with a group of friends and saw Hanna, a movie about a sixteen-year-old girl trained by her father to be a survivalist and assassin. Since seeing the movie, I have thought a lot about the main character, a young girl who is smart enough and tough enough to take care of herself.

I adore most all action movies – throw in a few choice explosions and I’m hooked – but I am particularly fond of those featuring a woman as the hero. Although there always seems to be at least one action flick playing at the movie theater, only occasionally do those films feature female action heroes. That number has gone up considerably in the last few decades (due, in large part, to the sweeping success of Sigourney Weaver in Aliens) and we now have a wide array of stunning women playing tough action roles.

Alien Invasion

alien on moon

In the past month, two very different movies featuring aliens have been released in theaters. Paul has a friendly alien stuck on Earth, while Battle: Los Angeles has a group of violent aliens trying to wipe out the human race. If I were to ever actually meet an alien, I hope it would be the friendly kind (think E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial), but I prefer watching movies about alien invasions. There is something exhilarating about the action scenes, the explosions and the fear of the unknown that makes alien invasion movies so watchable. Ultimately, these movies are about the human race triumphing over a frightening, and often technologically superior race.

If you’re in the mood for an alien invasion movie this weekend, browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

Kimberly’s Alien Invasion Movie Picks:

When Irish Eyes are Smiling…

Irish landscapeSt. Patrick’s Day is nearly here, but you don’t have to be Irish to appreciate the holiday. In fact, everyone is at least a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

I think it is easy to fall into the habit of romanticizing Ireland - imagining the green hills, dancing leprechauns and pots of gold, enchanting accents, and charming small towns. But there is far more to Ireland than the pretty picture Hollywood has painted for us. Fortunately, Ireland has a number of well-respected movie producers, directors, screenwriters, and actors striving to show the rest of the world the Ireland they know. It is not always the idyllic picture we expect, but it is brimming with history and passion.

And the Oscar Goes To...

Hollywood

Like many movie (or fashion!) buffs, I spent last night watching the Academy Awards. Voted on by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscars are the crowning moment in a hotly contested awards season. Even when all the awards seem like sure bets and the broadcast runs long, there is something so effortlessly romantic about the Oscars.

Every year, I join a group of friends, fill out my ballot, cross my fingers and hope my favorites win. There is oohing and aahing over the dapper men and elegant women on the red carpet (and the inevitable gasps of horror when someone makes a fashion misstep), cheering when my favorite wins and frustration when they don’t.

A Lot Like Love...

love locksValentine’s Day has come and gone, but February is still the month of love! Last week, in the spirit of the month, I wrote about classic love stories in film. Full of grand gestures and promises, these films make viewers long for a sweeping romance of their own.

But not all love stories have to be tragic and passionate. Some of my favorites are light-hearted romantic comedies. These movies are often looked down upon by critics and labeled as too “girly”, but the genre is constantly expanding and pushing the boundaries of what makes a watchable, believable romantic comedy. There is certainly something to be said about love with a dash of screwball humor, a sprinkling of witty banter, and a pinch of awkward situations.

If you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy, browse the HCPL catalog and request one today! 

Kimberly’s Romantic Comedy Picks:

Love Is In the Air...

heartValentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air! Although there is a part of me (all right, it’s a pretty big part) that adores movies with huge explosions and impossible stunts, there is an even bigger part that loves sappy love stories gloriously rendered on film. In some ways, these love stories are just as improbable as the action-packed thrillers, but that doesn’t seem to matter. What does matter is that they are grand and sweeping, sweet and funny, sometimes sad, but always hopeful.

In 2002, the American Film Institute unveiled a list of the 100 Greatest Love Stories of all time. I don’t know if I agree with the entire list, but it is worth a look. Where did your favorites rank?

On a Musical Note...

musical score & batonOne of my favorite aspects of a movie, beyond the plot and the characters, the dialogue and the costumes, is the orchestral soundtrack. I love how a skilled composer can use the score to build emotion, foreshadow danger, identify characters, establish setting and, most important of all, pull the viewer into the heart of the movie. I firmly believe that a film without a score to support it would fall apart. At the very least, the movie would lack the added emotional depth a successful film score provides.

Movies & Music: A Holiday Tradition

origami ornamentChristmas is my very favorite holiday. I love everything about it. I love that Christmas lasts all month and one radio station plays nothing but Christmas music. I love trimming the tree and hanging stockings, baking cookies and eating them, too! I love giving presents (and receiving presents), dreaming of a white Christmas, and spending time with family. Most of all, I adore singing all my favorite Christmas songs and curling up on the couch and watching all my favorite Christmas movies.

Syndicate content