Movies

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.
 

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.

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