Movies

A Sweet Treat

baked gingerbreadThis past weekend, I was recruited to bake for an annual bake sale. While I like to bake a few dozen cookies here and there, I discovered as the big day got closer that I was going to need a little extra motivation to become a super baker.

Brittany Murphy (1977-2009)

It was a shock to read that Brittany Murphy died on Sunday. Like most people, I remember her best in Clueless, where she stole scenes from star Alicia Silverstone. But I heard her more than I saw her in movies. She was the voice of Luanne Platter, niece of Hank and Peggy Hill, on King of the Hill.

Jennifer Jones (1919-2009)

Jennifer Jones passed away this week at the age of 90.

The Reason for the Season

As much as I enjoy Christmas comedies and movies about Santa Claus, I also love films that remind us of the beginning of the holiday. Below I’ve listed movies that remember the reason for the season. Many of these are on my must-see holiday list.

 

My Classic Movie Evening

movie cameraI was watching TCM the other night when they offered their monthly guest programmer's favorite movies on the schedule.  This month's programmer was Neko Case, whose favorite movies included two on my personal list, Radio Days and The Third Man.  As I watched the in-between-movie short "Dogway Melody," I wondered what movies would make my list if Robert Osborne

On the Shelf: Incendiary

I enjoy a good movie as much as anyone, but I haven’t been to a movie theater in nearly a year. Instead, I’ve watched every movie (and TV series) on my “must see” list (free of charge, in the comfort of my own home!), compliments of the Harris County Public Library’s vast collection of DVDs. I’ve also happened upon movies (and TV series) that weren’t on my list, most recently the British film, Incendiary.

Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah begins at sundown this Friday. I became curious about what videos and DVDs we have here at the library for this holiday. And I did find a few.  Most are for children but all have meaning. Even the Adam Sandler movie.

 
 

"Come On and Let It Show..."

Richard Curtis is not a name that most movie-goers would recognize. He’s not in front of the cameras. He’s a British writer/director/producer and is responsible for some of the most popular romantic comedy movies in recent years. Curtis has a new movie out – Pirate Radio – and I’m looking forward to seeing it because I’ve yet to be disappointed in anything he’s done.

Many of the series and movies that I cite here include a Christmas theme, so they on my list of must-see holiday viewing.

Curtis on TV
 

Countdown to Christmas

Recently I told a friend about my list of required holiday viewing. There are certain movies I look forward to watching every Christmas. I don’t think I’m the only person who does this.

The most enduring of Christmas stories came from Charles Dickens. Hardly a year goes by without some new take on A Christmas Carol being produced for television or big screen movie release. This year is no exception. Disney has released a new animated version starring Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge and all the Ghosts.

Native American Heritage at the Movies

According to another blogger here, November is Native American Heritage Month. I had no idea. I started looking up movies I’d seen that featured Native Americans and was pleasantly surprised to find several of them in our collection. For the most part, I’ve concentrated on movies and television series that feature recent generations of Native Americans and the choices they face.
 

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