Movies

Thanksgiving & TV Show Marathons

thanksgiving cranberriesI don’t get network or cable television at home and watch most of my favorite television shows online or on DVD, but whenever we visit family for the holidays it is always a perfect opportunity to catch up with shows I never otherwise get to watch (well, in addition to catching up with family, obviously).  While Dad and my uncle watch football, I’ll be huddled around another TV basking in the glow of holiday marathons, watching hours of consecutive episodes.

A Thanksgiving Movie Feast

DVD Cover art of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away. I am already daydreaming of all the goodies that my family will be cooking for the big day. And what’s the perfect remedy for overindulgence of sweet potato casserole? Sitting on the couch watching movies!

There are many great Turkey Day movies. Let’s start with the timeless classic A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

Fathers and Daughters

A friend of mine played a trick on me. I didn’t want to watch the TV series Castle. Just looked too “cute” for me. However, she kept after me and I promised to watch an episode or two. Now one of the things my friend likes about the show is the interaction between the main character, writer Richard Castle, and the female police detective, Kate Beckett. That’s not what hooked me. What got me and made me a fan is the interaction between Richard Castle and his teenage daughter Alexis. I love movies and TV series that show a close, positive father-daughter relationship.

Happy Birthday Neil Gaiman

Today is critically acclaimed author and Dream King, Neil Gaiman's birthday. He is a literary "Jack of all Trades" with works in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic novels, Horror, children's literature, and so on.  Listed below are some picks from "the most accomplished and influential figure in modern comics as well as one of the most gifted of contemporary fantasists." Click here to see all Gaiman's work in our catalog.

Many of his works are adapted from novels to illustrated books and to movies so look out for extra links for other adaptations.

Graphic Novels

Veterans' Day

Next Wednesday is Veterans’ Day here in the U.S. In Canada and the United Kingdom the day is known as Remembrance Day. Before that, it was Armistice Day, to commemorate the end of World War I.

When I was a child, I remember the Veterans of Foreign Wars selling artificial poppies to commemorate the day. The poppies were small, to be worn on the lapel or like a brooch, as a symbol of remembrance for the service – and sacrifice – of our military.

I'm Thankful For...

The films of Spike Lee. Ever since I saw 4 Little Girls, which chronicles the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, the young lives lost in the tragedy, and the impact the attack had on the community and the nation, I’ve been a fan of Spike Lee. Controversial, hard-hitting, and thought-provoking, I count some of his movies as among my favorites.

It's Halloween!

Why do we like to be scared? Do you think it might all go back to that first jack-in-the-box encounter? We turn the crank, the clown jumps out, we get scared, and then we laugh. That little thrill just gets us every time.
When Halloween comes around every year, we start thinking about dressing up in costumes and snacking on tiny boxes of candy and miniature candy bars – and what movies we can watch to scare the daylights out of us! Or make us laugh. Or maybe even make us cry.

I’m sticking with a ghost theme this year, and I’ve divided my viewing into three categories.

Ghosts That Make Me Laugh

Gerard the Great

Cover Art for the movie 300I’ll start by saying that Gerard "Gerry" Butler is currently one of my favorite actors. Who could resist that handsome grin and Scottish charm? Ok, so my grandmother tends to disagree with me, but I like to think she’s an exception. So you can imagine my delight when I was able to see Butler’s latest action film Law Abiding Citizen at the theater this past weekend. I can’t wait to see the film again when it’s released on DVD. In the meantime, there are plenty of other movies with Gerard Butler in the library catalog to keep me busy. Who are some of your favorite actors or actresses?

It's a Small Town After All

I grew up in a town of approximately 2500 people. In fact, there are still about that many people there. Perhaps for that reason, I have an affinity for movies and TV series set in small towns. Occasionally the movies still pop up. But we have fewer and fewer TV shows set in locations outside major cities.

Now I could bounce all over the map and find movies and TV series to fit the criteria. But I’m going to stick close to home and talk about films and series where the action is set in Texas.

Hidalgo the Mighty Mustang!

 Before there was Seabiscuit and Red Pollard, there was Hidalgo the mustang and Frank T. Hopkins. Never mind that Frank T. Hopkins may be the biggest teller of tall tales this side of Timbuktu, and a shameless and tireless self-promoter. 

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