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One-Two Punch

boxing glovesThis weekend, a movie I have been looking forward to for months finally arrives in theaters: Warrior. The story of two estranged brothers meeting in the Mixed Martial Arts arena, Warrior promises to be an intense addition to the inspirational sports movie genre. I always appreciate a good inspirational sports movie, but those featuring fighting are some of my favorites. I can remember watching Jean-Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport on TV repeatedly as a teenager and, to this day, it remains one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies.

School Day Blues...

dorm roomIt’s official! Summer is over and the school year has begun. Like most Americans, I went to a public high school, but I always wondered what it would be like to attend a boarding school. I didn’t actually want to live away from home, but boarding school always seemed so exotic. Fortunately for me and all the other kids stuck in public schooling, there are plenty of movies set at boarding schools in America and abroad. Most of these movies are realistic depictions of boarding schools now, but some are firmly set in a fantasy world. (I know I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter!) Sometimes boarding school really does look like the exciting place I imagined as a kid, but most often it has the same drama as a regular high school.  

Whether you went off to boarding school each September or took the bus to a public high school, there are plenty of great movies set at boarding schools. Browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

Kimberly Boarding School Movie Picks:

2011 Primetime Emmy Nominees

EmmyLast Thursday the nominees for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced. Amidst all the Harry Potter pandemonium of last week, I missed the initial announcement, but I’m glad to see that some of my favorite shows, actors and actresses have been nominated for awards this year. 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). A number of categories this year seem to have obvious frontrunners. It will be interesting to see if the safe choices win, or if there are any upsets.

Brrr!

snow

It’s the height of summer and, boy, is it hot! When the daily temperature is in the triple digits and walking from the car to the door has me covered in a sheen of sweat, I can’t help but wish for cooler climes. When beach days and migration aren’t an option, I like to curl up on the couch and watch cold weather movies. I can’t honestly say that watching movies with snow makes me feel less like I’m about to suffer heat stroke, but it’s always worth a try. If nothing else, I am inside with the AC while the movie is playing!

If you’re in need of colder weather but stuck in Texas, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Kimberly’s Cold Movie Picks:

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

baseballsIt’s the middle of summer and halfway through baseball season. I’m not a huge baseball fan myself, but I do enjoy a good baseball movie. Baseball movies remind me of sitting in the nosebleed section at the ballpark, eating hot dogs and peanuts, singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch, watching fireworks after the game, and cheering on my favorite team.

If you’re like me and can’t make it out to Minute Maid Park to watch the Astros play, there are plenty of baseball movies to get you through the season. Browse the HCPL catalog and request your favorite today!

Kimberly’s Baseball Movie Picks:

Villainous Villains: The TV Edition

televisionA few weeks ago, I wrote about my love for movie villains. Today’s post focuses on some of my very favorite bad guys – TV villains. One of the reasons why I adore TV villains is that exposure over a long period of time tends to allow for more multi-dimensional characters. Instead of one two-hour movie, the villain is often a constant throughout most or all of a television series (e.g., Red John on The Mentalist). The hero and the villain both evolve (and, sometimes, devolve) until, by the end of the series, each have changed because of their interactions. This longer time frame allows for an in-depth progression that simply isn’t possibly in a movie.

Even when the villain is present for a single season (e.g., the Ice Truck Killer, who only appears in season one of Dexter) or, in some instances, only a few episodes (e.g., Foyet, who is in four episodes of Criminal Minds), their impact on the hero continues.

Heroic Heroes

superhero dogIn my last blog post, I wrote about the villains on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Heroes & Villains. This week’s post focuses on the heroes. It is easy to imagine that all heroes in movies fly around in capes and tights, saving the world with superpowers and fancy equipment, but that isn’t always the case. Often, the hero is a regular person working against extraordinary odds to stand up for what they believe is right. Most heroes aren't perfect, but it is their flaws that make them interesting.

Do you agree with the 50 heroes AFI picked, or was your favorite left out?

Kimberly’s Movie Hero Picks from the AFI Heroes & Villains List:

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.

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