Movies

The Beauty of Horses

They have worked the fields and across the range. They have provided transportation. They have been part of sports and entertainment. They’ve been companions and part of our leisure time. They are one of humankind’s best animal friends.

Horses.

Kick off Your Sunday Shoes

dancing sculptureA high school dance is a rite of passage for many teenagers. Whether it is Spring Fling, the Homecoming Dance, a Winter Formal or Senior Prom, most people probably have a story or two from their own high school dance. These dances seem so important to the high school experience that they appear as turning points in many movies. In movies that feature a dance, relationships are made and broken on the dance floor, impassioned speeches are delivered, and the mean girls always learn their lesson.

Unfortunately, none of my high school dances involved spontaneous choreographed dancing, elaborately decorated ballrooms, or happily ever after like they do in the movies. But they also didn’t include buckets of blood, tears or murder, so I suppose I can handle the memories of uncoordinated dancing.

Below, I have put together a list of movies that feature a school dance. Although most of the movies don’t revolve around the dance, it does play a crucial part in the plot and the developing relationships of the characters. Which movie dance do you wish you could attend?

Suspense in Black & White

I don’t know about you, but I love a good suspense movie.  Not a horror film, though sometimes I watch those.  No, I like a wonderful psychological or crime thriller that borders on a good mystery and that leaves you on the edge of your seat, not really knowing what will happen next.  And usually without a lot of violence.

In Theaters This Friday—AND on your Apple or Android, Too!

This Friday, May 8, for the first time ever, your HCPL library card will let you stream a new movie to your Apple or Android device on the same day it opens in theaters--courtesy of Hoopla, HCPL’s streaming movie and music service.

That’s right. The comedy, Welcome to Me, produced by Will Ferrell and starring Kristen Wiig, will open in theaters and on your smart phone, tablet, or home computer at the same time, and it is free! No $8 popcorn. No trek across the mall parking lot. You don’t even have to silence your cell phone if you don’t want to.

Book Hunters in Brief #72: Happy Birthday, Orson!

The mass market wine ads and way too many appearances on the Tonight Show aside (not to mention the famously prodigious appetites and the girth to go with them), Orson Welles was not the peaked-by-thirty, riding-on-his-younger self's-coattails punch line that many seem to remember him as these days.

Or maybe he was...

Avengers Assemble!

avengersThis weekend The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly anticipated next installment in Marvel’s blockbuster superhero movies, hits theaters. Unlike many superhero movies that focus on the origin story of one particular hero, The Avengers brings together a massive cast of actors and actresses. Some of the actors, like Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey Jr, are well-known veterans of film, while others, like Elizabeth Olsen, are relative newcomers not only to the Marvel universe, but to Hollywood.

But one thing all of these actors and actresses have in common is talent and charisma. Below, I have compiled a list of some of the moves and TV shows this group has done outside their work as Marvel superheroes. If you can’t make it to the movies this weekend to see The Avengers: Age of Ultron, or you just want to see what your favorite superhero does in his or her downtime, check out some of these other titles!

Paul Bettany (Jarvis/Vision) A Beautiful Mind; A Knight’s Tale; Inkheart; Master & Commander: The Far Side of The World

Don Cheadle (James Rhodes/War Machine)Crash; Flight; Hotel Rwanda; House of Lies; Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve & Thirteen; Traffic

Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man)Chef; Home for the Holidays; The Judge; Sherlock Holmes; Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America)Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer; The Losers; Snowpiercer; Sunshine; TMNT; What’s Your Number?

Vroom, Vroom...

deloreanTwo weeks ago Furious 7, the highly anticipated addition to The Fast & The Furious movie franchise, released in theaters to huge box office numbers. Much of this box office success is, of course, generated by fans of the series. But a far more solemn reason behind Furious 7’s success is that it was the last movie filmed by Paul Walker before he passed away in a tragic accident last year. The success of this movie stands as a testament not only to the draw of action movies in general, but to Walker’s enduring legacy as a respected and beloved actor.

Movies revolving around cars had long been a staple in Hollywood before The Fast & The Furious premiered in 2001. That franchise is, perhaps, unique in its success, but it is not unique in its portrayal of the culture of cars and the people who drive them. However, a movie doesn’t necessarily have to be about cars for it to feature a recognizable vehicle. In fact, some movie cars are so iconic, like the DeLorean in Back to the Future, that, even though they are not the central plot of the film, they almost become an extra character in the movie.

Below, I have listed a few movies that prominently feature cars. Some of these are firmly entrenched in car culture, while others simply feature an iconic car. Which is your favorite?

Made in Canada

On April 18, the third season of Orphan Black premieres on BBC America.  As a fan, I’m excited enough for two or three

Inconceivable!

ferris buellerThe Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Napoleon Dynamite, A Christmas Story, Mean Girls, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Mummy, Airplane!, Pitch Perfect and Clueless.

A seemingly random assortment of movies that all have one thing in common: They are all extremely quotable. They are so quotable that lines from these movies have made their way into everyday conversation. (In fact, one of my younger brothers still retorts, in true Napoleon fashion, “your mom goes to college” when provoked.)  Movie quotes are as important to the longevity of a movie as the acting, the plot, and the visual effects. They are so important, in fact, that the American Film Institute released a list in 2005 of the 100 best movie quotes.

Below, I’ve picked out a few of my favorite quotes from the AFI’s list, 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes. Which quote from the list is your favorite? Is there a quote you think should have been on the list?

  • I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse. The Godfather (#2)
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  • Here’s looking at you, kid. Casablanca (#5)

Senior Class 2: The Americans at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

This past weekend, I went to see The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the sequel to one of my favorite movies in recent years, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  (which I wrote about two years ago under the title Senior

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