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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.

Day at the Beach

beach

As July speeds by and temperatures continue to soar, there are quite a few things I wish I could do. Eat ice cream for every meal, go on a road trip with the windows down and the wind roaring by, run through a sprinkler, or go to the beach. On a hot summer’s day, there are very few things better than reading on the beach and riding waves back to shore.

Out of This World Television

adorable robot guyOne of my favorite television genres is science fiction. It’s a genre that is underappreciated by the masses, but the people who love it are often fanatical enough to make up the difference. It’s unfortunate that so many people dismiss the entire genre without even giving it a chance (it’s not all Star Trek, you know) because science fiction has so much to offer.

World Cup Fever

soccer ballThe World Cup is in full swing and it seems like everyone I know has developed a strong case of soccer fever. Even though I haven’t mustered quite as much enthusiasm for the World Cup as some of my friends, I have seen a few games and monitored my favorite team’s progress.

If you are one of the many people living, breathing and eating World Cup, or if you just don’t understand and want to see what the big deal is, there are plenty of great movies centered around soccer. Take a break from the World Cup (or fit in a movie while South Africa sleeps!), browse the HCPL catalog and request a soccer movie today!

Kimberly’s Soccer Movie Picks:

That's Entertainment!

red curtainEver since I was a little girl trying to dance around the house in plastic dress-up heels, I have loved movie musicals. There is just something so charming in the calculated spontaneity of a group of strangers bursting into song or dancing down the street together. Sometimes movie musicals are bursting with glitz and glam, like 42nd Street, and sometimes they lean more towards angst, like Fiddler on the Roof. No matter the type of musical, there is always a strong thread of human emotion binding the story together.

It's a Mystery

old television setI am particularly fond of procedural crime shows. Unrealistic they may be, but I still enjoy them. I love how reliable they are. Whenever I turn on an episode, I know there will be a crime of some sort to solve and that 95% of the time the bad guy will get what’s coming to him. I love trying to figure out which suspect is the red herring and which one actually committed the crime. I love the wacky methods some TV detectives (agents, crime scene investigators…) will devise to try to catch the bad guy. Most of all, I love it when I think I’ve solved the crime, only to discover it was someone else completely.

With most current TV shows over for the season, it’s the perfect time to get hooked on a new show! Browse the HCPL catalog and request a crime show today!

Kimberly’s Crime Show Picks:

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Superhero Movie!

casual superheroLast weekend I was one of the thousands of people across the country who flocked to the theater to see Iron Man 2, the much anticipated continuation of the Iron Man movie franchise. It was excellent, everything a superhero movie should be. Of course, even if the movie had been terrible, I still probably would have enjoyed it. I have a (not-so) secret love of all superhero movies – even the cheesy ones (Fantastic Four). I can’t help it! There is just something about that particular genre. The movies almost always feature great characters, a little bit of romance, a lot of heart, a battle between good and evil and, most importantly, plenty of improbable action sequences. What could be better?

Iron Man 2 may still be in theaters, but there are equally wonderful superhero movies already on DVD. Browse the HCPL catalog and request your favorites today!
 

Kimberly's Superhero Movie Picks:

I Can’t Give You Anything but Love, Baby…

Cary Grant statueWhen I was in college, I had a roommate who loved old black and white films. When she realized that my classic movie knowledge didn’t extend beyond old movie musicals, she told me that we were going to fix that. We made a list, set up a classic film night once a week and steadily made our way through some of the best old black and white movies. I quickly discovered that my favorites were the screwball comedies starring Cary Grant, usually as the slightly confused, but always debonair love interest.

The Doctor is Back!

TARDISWhen I was little, I remember watching this old British sci fi show on PBS with my parents. It had a spaceship shaped like a police box that traveled through time, a mechanical dog that spoke, metal aliens that shouted (mechanically) “EX-TER-MIN-ATE!”, and a man with giant hair and scarf longer than he was tall.

First airing in 1963, Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction show on television. It has taken a few breaks over the years, but it always comes back better than ever. This Saturday the new series, starring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor (the Doctor regenerates after traumatic experiences, allowing for new actors to take over) premieres on BBCA. I know I’ll be watching!

Confessions of a Nora Roberts Movie Addict

I have a confession: I love Lifetime movies based on Nora Roberts' novels. I can practically hear you all groaning, but I just can’t help it. They are so wonderfully ridiculous! Watching one is a little bit like watching a train wreck – you know you shouldn’t watch, but you just can’t seem to look away.

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