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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.

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.

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