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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?

Teen Crafty Tuesday: Valentines

craft supplies and valentinesHey, teens! Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Stop by the library and make awesome Valentines to give to your friends! All supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, February 8 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Flickr CC: Valentine's Cards 2010 | Marin 365; Day #42 Photo by: cproppe

 

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.

Teen Game Day!

Wii Remote

Need a break from the new semester? Come to the library for Teen Game Day! Challenge your friends to a Mario Kart race, show off your dance movies with Just Dance, or be a Guitar Hero. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, January 11th from 4:00-5:00 pm.

For more information, please call the library at 832-559-4200.

Flickr CCDunny Moofia Wii Party - Bring a Wrist Strap! Photo bye: _mubblegum

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.

Teen Holiday Craft

Christmas TreeGet in the holiday spirit with a craft! Stop by the library and make an awesome holiday ornament out of puzzle pieces (and a bunch of other stuff, too). All supplies provided. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room (L129) on Thursday, December 9 from 4:00 to 5:00pm.

For more information, please call the Library at 832-559-4200.

Flickr CC: snow flake bokeh christmas tree Photo by: jgodfrey

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:

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