Movies

Films that Make You Go "Hmmm..."

Have you ever seen a movie that, when asked about it, made you go “hmmm….”? There have been several movies that I’ve enjoyed, but when I stopped to really think what any of them were “about” I couldn’t say – was it that I just didn’t get the depth of “meaning” or was I trying too hard to make the movies fit some formula that they obviously disrupted? I was looking at the list of All Time 100 Best Films (trying to generate some ideas) and noticed that Brazil,

Father of the Brat Pack Passes Away

"Don't mess with the bull, young man. You'll get the horns."

How many of you can recite quotes from movies such as The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller's Day Off? If you are like many movie buffs who grew up in the eighties, you most likely recognize a line from a John Hughes movie before the quote is even finished. Movie producer, director, and screenplay writer John Hughes passed away on Thursday, August 7, 2009 of a heart attack in New York City. He will be remembered for making his mark in Hollywood and in the hearts of thousands with comedic "teenage angst" movie classics including The Breakfast Club that is quoted above.

Bob Dylan @ the Movies

Bob Dylan performed at the Woodlands' Pavilion last Sunday and, while I was not able to attend, I have seen him live six times (by himself, with Paul Simon, at the Houston Rodeo after chuck wagon racing).  But for those times I've missed him when he's been in town, I can pull out a DVD and see live concert footage on a whim:

Traipsing through Sherwood Forest

Adventures of Robin HoodWith the latest Robin Hood movie in production starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, and being rather a Robin Hood groupie, I recall the time when the Kevin Costner Robin Hood came out and a local TV station where I lived at the time ran a poll asking people who their favorite Robin Hood was: Errol Flynn or Kevin Costner.  Of course, they left out plenty of other Robin Hoods as well.  Wh

Mad Men @ the Emmy Awards

I felt a little torn when I saw this year's Emmy nominations.  My husband and I have just recently become obsessed with the AMC series Mad Men about early 1960s advertising executives in NYC.  Mad Men has been nominated for several awards, including "Outstanding Drama Series" and "Outstanding Lead Male Actor in a Drama Series."  But House and Hugh Laurie, respectively, have both been nominated in the same categories!  Whose a girl to root for!?!

Based on the Book

So I've put myself on the request list for The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger in anticipation of the movie (coming to a theater near you on August 14th).  I'm the sort of person who likes to read the book before seeing the movie.

Cool Librarians on Screen: a Top Ten List

librarianYou'll find no hysterical spinsters (see It's a Wonderful Life) or scary shushers (see Ghostbusters) on this list.  These librarians of the big and small screens are much more like the real thing.  We like to think so, anyway.

Inkheart

Saw Inkheart last night and really enjoyed it. It's based on a children's book by Cornelia Funke and tells the story of a "silvertongue" who brings books to life when he reads out loud. This means unicorns, flying monkeys, and other fictional creations come into our world. Unfortunately, this means the villians come too, and this leads to all kinds of complications.

But What Happens to the Dog?

Ever since a childhood trauma involving a sobbing fit in the lobby of the Malco Theatre after viewing the climactic scene of Old Yeller, I have never been able to finish a book or a movie that featured the death of a beloved pet.  Many times, I have been lulled into a false feeling of security, only to be mentally cast back to that empty theatre lobby.  I don't want to produce any major spoilers, but who remembers The Yearling?  What about

Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films

The movies on this list are an assortment of classic and contemporary, foreign and domestic, films with varying thematic references. The Arts & Faith website originally developed this list in 2004 and it is updated annually.  Titles were selected with a combination of anonymous voting, open debate, and expert jury selection. The list is copyright Arts & Faith, all rights reserved, used by permission.

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