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Movie night

This Friday, July 14 is teen movie night at High Meadows Branch Library. Join us at 3:00 for films, frivolity, and fun.

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We'll Always Have...

I recently saw a new book that was added to the HCPL collection.  The title caught my attention because it references one of my all-time favorite movies.  In fact, I consider it one of those perfect films, where everything works together.  Story, setting, performances, direction.  It’s one that I’ve seen over and over again and I still find myself drawn to it.

The book is We’ll Always Have Casablanca by Noah Isenberg.

Asian Pacific Heritage Month at Northwest

May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month. To celebrate, Northwest staff would like to shine a spotlight on the New Zealand film industry. Here is a small selection of films currently availabe in the Harris County Library's collection.

Women's History Month: Female Directors

kathryn bigelowIn 2009, Kathryn Bigelow made history by becoming the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director. She won for her film The Hurt Locker, about an army bomb squad unit during the Iraq War. Since her win in 2009, no woman has received a Best Director nomination. In fact, in the history of the Academy Awards, only three other women received nominations for Best Director: Lina Wertmuller for Seven Beauties in 1976, Jane Campion for The Piano in 1993, and Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation in 2003.

Although this minimalistic showing of women in the Best Director category does present, women’s involvement in the film industry as directors is not quite as dire as the Academy Awards would suggest. For years, women have fought to hold as strong a presence behind the camera as they have had in front of it. They have directed cult classics and blockbusters, genre-setters and award winners, visual masterpieces and character-driven films. In short, women have been breaking down barriers in film as they have in every other profession, and they will continue to do so until there are no barriers left. 

Women’s History Month (celebrated annually each March) may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy an excellent movie ably directed by a woman. Below, I have listed just a few of the women working in the field, along with some of their most well-known films. Check out the list to see a fraction of what women have contributed to film over the years.

Moving Pictures

We’ve all done it.  At one time or another, we’ve had to pack up and move.  No matter what situation or location we’re moving to, it can be a stressful time.  And not just the packing and moving part.  There’s always the question of adjusting to a new place and new people and maybe an entirely new job.  Whether across town or across the country or even another part of the world, a move is exciting and frightening and invigorating and frustrating – all at once.

89th Academy Awards


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Last night, this year’s movie awards season concluded at the 89th Academy Awards. The ceremony opened with a burst of energy with Justin Timberlake singing his Oscar-nominated and catchy hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling”. Host Jimmy Kimmel carried the momentum along with good natured jokes about the attendees (including initiating a sympathy standing ovation for Meryl Streep, a “lackluster actress”), pre-taped gags (nominees reading mean tweets about themselves), and tiny parachutes carrying snacks and candy periodically falling from the ceiling.

The funniest segment of the telecast came when Kimmel surprised a group of tourists on a Hollywood tour bus by bringing them into the theater, walking them along the front row, and introducing them to the A-list celebrities. I think we all wanted to be Gary from Chicago as he met Denzel Washington and took a selfie with Mahershala Ali’s brand new Oscar.

The biggest surprise of the night came at the end of the telecast when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who were there to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bonnie & Clyde, came out to announce the Best Picture winner. After opening the envelope and stalling for a minute, they announced La La Land as the big winner of the night.

2017 Oscar Nominations: Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress

Academy AwardsThe Academy Awards are less than a week away, so it is time to take a closer look at the ten women nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. (If you missed Donna’s post earlier this week about the men nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, go here!) This year, the winner for supporting actress seems to be a lock, but there could still be some room for surprise in the best actress category.

This year, this is the first Academy Award nomination for three of the women (Isabelle Huppert, Ruth Negga, Naomie Harris). Of the remaining seven, three have not previously won (Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Michelle Williams), three have previously won once (Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Octavia Spencer), and one (Meryl Streep) has won three times.

Many of these films are still in theaters, so not yet available in HCPL’s catalog, but make sure to browse through previous works by the actresses. And don’t forget to tune in to the Academy Awards telecast this Sunday, February 26th on ABC!

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2017 Oscar Nominations: Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor

This year has given us an interesting mix of Academy Award nominees.  In the Actor categories, we have previous winners, previous nominees, and a strong showing by first-time nominees.  There are critics’ choices, sentimental favorites, and a few who make us think “it’s about time he got noticed and awarded.”

The movies featuring these actors are also a mix of comedy-drama, drama, thriller, and even musical.  But what I find most heartening is that most of the films are about challenges faced at various times of our lives.  Standing up for what we believe.  Caring about family and friends.  Looking out for others.  Making big mistakes.  Deciding where your future and your passions lie.

Watch & Learn with African American History movie nights.

Learn about African American history through film at High Meadows’ Black History Month movie nights. Monday, February 13 was fun and educational. We hope to see you Wednesday, February 15 and Monday, February 20 for more monumental movie madness and lighthearted learning.

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