Movies

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?

Patrick Swayze (1952-2009)

While talking with a friend on the phone last night, she told me that Patrick Swayze had died.

Your Day in Court

I’ve mentioned growing up watching TV on a black & white set.  Well, one of the first shows I remember watching is Perry Mason.  (Yes, I’m old.  Not older than dirt.  Just as old as dirt.) Now I was very young and don’t recall if I really followed the storyline; but since the rest of my family was glued to the tube, I watched, too.  Hey, I was a kid of the 50s-60s.  It was TV.  I was gonna watch.

San Diego Movie Marathon

San Diego While on vacation in San Diego, I discovered that some great movies were filmed there. Back in Houston, I began requesting movies mentioned during the trip from the HCPL catalog.

Talkin' Art

I feel incredibly lucky to live in Houston with its superb galleries and art museums – I could spend hours @ the Menil, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, or the Contemporary Art Museum. But whether or not I make it down to one of the museums, I can check out a number of DVDs through the Library:

BON LIRE AND BON APPETIT

MY LIFE IN FRANCEJULIA &JULIAI saw Julia and Julia over the weekend at the movies.

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