Movies

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. 

Guilty Pleasures

tea cup and saucerAs my partner works at the Texas Renaissance Festival every year, my weekends in October and November are spent alone with the dogs, who don’t typically pass judgment over what I choose to watch for fun. This past weekend I finished knitting a scarf, drank endless cups of tea, and watched Murder, She Wrote. There’s something reassuring about Jessica Fletcher – she seems to know everything (from making a good lobster to poisons), she always solves the case, and she ends each show throwing her head back in laughter – that gal knows how to have a good time. 

What are your guilty pleasures?

1939 - A Magical Year in Movies

Seventy years ago was a magical year in movies.  1939 arguably saw more movies released that still resonate as classics than any other year before or since.  Who can forget classics such as Gone with the Wind, The Wizard Of Oz, Mr.

Appaloosa: the Hollywood version

It's the interplay between Viggo Mortensen (Everitt Hitch) and Ed Harris (Virgil Cole) that makes the movie version or Robert Parker's novel work at all. And Jeremy Irons makes a pretty good bad guy.

TV Series Favorites

tv and chip bowlDid you know that Harris County Public Library has many of your favorite television series available for check out? The library has a number of past season DVD sets of television series including The Big Bang Theory, Desperate Housewives, Ghost Whisperer, 30 Rock, Criminal Minds, Fringe, CSI, Gossip Girl, Grey's Anatomy, How I met your Mother, and Private Practice.

If you’re saving money by cutting down on your cable bill,you can still watch past seasons of HBO or Showtime series.

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Does anybody really care? Yes! I do! Because I’m a sucker for time travel stories. Have been since I was a kid. I like watching the time traveler cope with a land in which the familiar is suddenly unfamiliar. And maybe they learn a thing or two along the way.

 

 

Cartoons: Not for Kids Only

The 12th season of the Simpsons was recently released on DVD and, while I’m certainly going to date myself here, I grew up watching the Simpsons. I remember having a Bart Simpson toothbrush holder and watching each new episode Sunday night before a heated playground rehashing the next day. As I’ve been collecting my favorite seasons on DVD and watching them again as an adult, I began realizing that my elementary school self was not getting all the jokes! Some cartoons really are not just for (or meant specifically for) kids. What are your favorite cartoons?

Fans of Chaplin

I heard a story this morning on NPR about an Indian doctor who prescribes Charlie Chaplin movies as a cure for depression, leads a Chaplin fan club, and dresses up as the Little Tramp for performances.  I am not in his league, but I am a huge fan.  One of my dogs is even named Charlie, since his walk is a four legged version of the Tramp's.  For those of you who hesitate to watch a black and white movie, let alone a silent film, I challenge you to resist the magic of one of Chaplin's best films.  His personal favorite was City Lights, a poignant story about the Tramp falling in love with a blind flower girl, that still managed to be very funny.  My favorite is

Hispanic Heritage Month

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I began thinking of some DVDs and videos we have here at the library. We have many Spanish language movies and telenovelas, but I considered the idea of heritage in a slightly different way. I chose some movies that focus on second and third generation Hispanic Americans and their lives and choices. These titles are well worth checking out.

 

Water Cooler Comedy

Today is Monday. Monday isn’t really my most favorite day of the week (I’m pretty partial to Thursdays and Saturdays) but as I was getting ready for work this morning, I was thinking about all the office comedies I have seen over the years. What do you talk about around your water cooler?

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