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A Film Feast

chocolate pastaWith Thanksgiving a day away and the Christmas holidays just around the corner, my thoughts have, quite naturally, turned in one direction: food. This season, more than any other time of the year, seems to revolve heavily around food. Families gather to eat sumptuous meals, the good china is dusted off, kitchens are noisy with chatter and the clanging of pots and pans, and overeating is practically a requirement.

Although there aren’t many movies specifically about Thanksgiving, filmmakers, particularly those working outside Hollywood, have realized the importance food plays in relationships and incorporated it into films. If the Thanksgiving feast just isn’t enough this season, browse the HCPL catalog and request a food movie today!

Kimberly’s Food Movie Picks:

Movies for Veterans Day

American FlagEach year on November 11th, Americans celebrate Veterans Day. On this day, we honor all men and women who have served in the armed forces, whether in times of peace or war. Over the years, Hollywood has produced a number of movies that center on wars fought by the American military. Many of these films have won major awards, and they all offer insightful and, often, harrowing views of life in combat.

If you are in the mood for a war movie, browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

Kimberly’s Movie Picks:

Family Friendly Halloween

pumpkinsI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I adore fall. I love it not only because the leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping, but because fall is packed with holidays. I confess that of all the fall holidays, Halloween is my least favorite, but it certainly has its advantages. Candy is, naturally, the best part of any Halloween celebration, but the movies are a close second. My personal favorite Halloween movies aren’t the gory ones or the scary ones. I love the classics and the cartoons – the ones that adults and kids can enjoy together.

Movies & TV for a Vacation

Big BenHave you ever had an experience that vividly reminds you of a particular movie or an episode from a TV series? Something that makes you want to curl up on the couch as soon as you get home and watch the movie? I recently spent two weeks in England, Wales and Ireland and it seemed like everything I saw reminded me of one movie or another. After the first few days, I started keeping a mental list of movies and TV shows in my head, things to watch when my vacation was over and normal life had resumed. By the end of the two weeks, the list was quite extensive!

Below is part of my mental list of movies and TV shows, along with what I saw that made me think of each one.

Kimberly’s Vacation List:

Fall = New TV

autumn leavesDespite the scorching temperatures today, it is, as of September 22nd, officially fall! I love this time of year. In Houston we may not have the multitude of changes that sweep over other parts of the country, but we do have our own version of fall. The temperatures will (slowly) start to drop and the leaves will (eventually) change color. There will be acorns and dry leaves for crunching, pumpkins for carving and pie-making, and bonfires for marshmallow roasting. Most important of all, there will be new episodes of my favorite television shows!

If you are like me, each new TV season brings not only old favorites, but new shows I wish I had time to watch and returning shows that suddenly spark my interest. If I watched everything I wanted to, I’d never do anything else!

Football, Football, Football!

footballs on a fieldFootball season is here! At least that’s what the radio tells me. This morning while I was sitting in traffic, I quickly noticed that every single station was discussing opening weekend, speculating on how the Texans will do this season, or finalizing fantasy football teams. I admit, this wasn’t my favorite thing to listen to during my commute, but it did get me thinking about movies. I may not be the world’s (or even the library’s) biggest football fan, but I do like good football movies. They make me think of fall and marching bands, team spirit and hot dogs, and standing on the bleachers at

college, cheering on my team.

If you are in the mood for a football flick, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Kimberly’s Football Movie Picks:

When Nature Strikes Back

thundercloudHave you ever stopped to consider just how many types of disaster movies Hollywood has produced over the years? The Earth has almost come to an end because of natural disasters, epidemics, meteors, aliens, man-made disasters, and giant monsters – just to name a few. Why does the movie-going public have such an obsession with disaster movies? Perhaps we simply like to watch humanity battle some powerful force and, ultimately, triumph? Or maybe we just like the special effects?

If you are in the mood for a natural disaster flick, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Kimberly's Natural Disaster Movie Picks:

Back to the Chalkboards!

School LockersDespite the excruciating temperatures, summer break is coming to a close and the school year is beginning. High school is such a defining period in any teenager’s life that Hollywood directors have shot countless movies set in their halls. John Hughes and the Brat Pack are notable for some of the most iconic movies about American teenagers, but the genre has touched on all aspects of high school life. My high school days have come and gone, but I still nurture a deep appreciation for all movies set in high schools. (In fact, I think I love them more now that I don’t actually have to go to school myself the next day!)

If you are feeling nostalgic about high school, getting ready to start school, or trying to convince your summer-obsessed teenager that high school is necessary, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Kimberly’s High School Movie Picks:

Dancing Across the Screen

dancing on a benchThis Friday, August 6th, the movie I have been waiting for all summer finally opens in theaters: Step Up 3D. I know what you’re all thinking; I can practically hear the groans. The fact of the matter is that I adore silly teenage dance movies. My love for this film niche began years ago when Patrick Swayze danced his way into my pre-teen heart, and it has grown over the years. There is just something about dance movies. I love the drama that always leads up to the big final performance, the inevitable romantic plot and, most important of all, the dancing. I will probably never be able to dance like the actors in my favorite dance movies, but I can certainly appreciate their talents and do a little dance in my seat!

Set Sail with a Movie

boatsTwo weeks ago, I blogged about the perfect movies for a hot summer day: beach movies. But sometimes I want more than a beach. Sometimes I want to be out on a boat with the waves gently knocking against the hull, the sea birds flying above, and the wind rushing through my hair. Sometimes I want to push out to the middle of a lake and spend all day idly floating. Sometimes I want to navigate down a river, tube through rapids, and watch the trees on the banks as I float past.

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