Movies & TV

Star Trek

Fifty years ago, a phenomenon was born.  A television series embraced and enjoyed to this day.

Star Trek.

There’s probably not much new about this series that I could relate here.  It’s known around the world.  But for those who may not be as familiar with the Original Series and its numerous spinoffs, here’s a bit of background.

Fall Into TV

fall leafIt feels cliché to admit this, but fall is my favorite time of year. After a long, hot summer, I can’t wait for the slightly cooler temperatures that herald fall and all it has to offer. Wearing cardigans without roasting, grilling outside without melting, eating pumpkin spice everything, and, most important of all, prepping the DVR to record all my favorite television shows.

That’s not to say that I haven’t watched any TV at all this summer. In fact, I have spent all summer binge watching random TV shows and it has been fantastic. I’ve discovered shows I never knew existed (all crime shows, because I’m obsessed with them), fallen in love with shows I originally passed over without a second glance, and caught up on shows I’d previously abandoned. Despite that, I miss my usual shows. I miss familiar settings and plots that feel comfortable while still moving the plots forward. But most of all, I want to catch up with my favorite characters and see how they fared after last season’s cliffhangers!

If you’re looking to pick up a new TV show this season, or just want to binge watch old episodes of a favorite series, check out the list below and see what HCPL has to offer. You just might find a new favorite show!

Fall TV Picks:

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" 4:30 Monday Sept.12

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" movie on Monday, September 12 @ 4:30 PM in the Octavia Fields Library Meeting Room. All are welcome.  Free Popcorn from Deerbrook Movie Tavern.

Gene Wilder (1933-2016)

It doesn’t matter if there was a remake a few years ago.  For most of us there’s only one Willy Wonka. 

Gene Wilder.

I Am A Librarian!

librarianIn 1999, the action-adventure film The Mummy was released in theaters. It opened to middling critical reception, but, ultimately, was a box office success. I remember seeing it at the movie theater shortly after it was released and enjoying it immensely. Since then, it has become one of my favorite movies and is, in my opinion, a perfect genre film.

In The Mummy, Brendan Fraser plays Rick O’Connell, an erstwhile adventurer who agrees to lead Evelyn, a librarian and Egyptologist played by Rachel Weisz, and her brother to the lost city of Hamunaptra. Of course, things don’t go as planned – they never do when you accidentally raise a cursed mummy from the dead. One of my favorite pieces of dialogue in the movie occurs while Evelyn is talking to Rick:

  • Evelyn: Look, I... I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O'Connell, but I am proud of what I am.
  • Rick: And what is that?
  • Evelyn: I... am a librarian!

As a librarian myself, I have always loved this piece of dialogue. Librarians don’t often show up in movies, and when they do, they are generally written to the old stereotype: stuffy, staid, and grouchy. Evelyn isn’t like that at all, and it makes for a refreshing change of pace. While I don’t necessarily want to go off and battle reanimated mummies, I do appreciate that someone thinks that I could with my librarian know-how.

Below, I have put together a list of movies that feature a librarian or other library staff member. Some of these movies hammer straight through the stereotypes, while others embrace them. Either way, it is fun to see what Hollywood imagines my job!

Take a Break from the Heat with these Cool Titles!

Here in Harris County, we know August is the hottest month.  Why don’t you check out some of these movies from our collection and cool off!


    Christmas Vacation- Spend some time with the Griswolds as they celebrate the holidays with family.                                It’s sure to be a disaster!

75 Years Ago...

When you’re a classic movie fan, there’s one bit of common knowledge that is universally accepted: 1939 was a best year for movies.  There’s a lot to be said for that year.  Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith goes to Washington, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Wuthering Heights, and so many others.

Here Comes the Bride

heartsLast weekend, I attended the wedding of one of my younger siblings. It was a crazy weekend full of unexpected issues, but, ultimately, the wedding was beautiful for all involved. This wedding was only the latest in a string of ceremonies and receptions I have attended in the last six months. Love is definitely in the air!

Weddings, both the planning and the actual event, have long been a favorite topic in film. They can be the overarching theme of a movie, as in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, or simply a pivotal part of the plot, as in The Princess Bride. The wedding day in movies is often one where anything that can go wrong, will. While no one wants their wedding day to be a catastrophe (or even a little bit bumpy) in real life, it provides plenty of laughs on screen!

If you’re in the mood for a movie this weekend (and, let’s face it, it’s far too hot to be outside!), check out one of these wedding favorites.

Garry Marshall (1934-2016)

Garry Marshall didn’t win Oscars.  He didn’t win an Emmy, although he was nominated several times.  He was also nominated for Writer’s Guild awards, but didn’t win.  In later years he received honorary awards from the Guild.  But by and large, those accolades we associate with successful writers and producers and directors eluded him.

However, it’s safe to say that his work is among the most enjoyable, fun, and crowd-pleasing that movies and TV have to offer.

The Heart of the Game, a documentary film will be screened @ 6:30 pm on August 2nd, 2016 in the Earl Elliot Room.

This passionate and inspirational  documentary goes up close and personal to capture the Roosevelt Roughriders girls'  basketball team during six turbulent  seasons, taking us far beyond the court to the unbridled desire to make history.

SHOWTIME
Date: August  2nd,  2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Earl Elliot Room (1st floor)
Rating: PG-13

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