Movies & TV

Olivia de Havilland

The golden age of Hollywood produced so many stars we remember and enjoy even today.  Most of those actors and actresses have left us.  But one lovely, talented actress is with us still: Olivia de Havilland.  And on July 1st, she turned 100 years old.

Senna, a documentary film will be screened @ 6:30 pm on July 19th, 2016 in the Earl Elliot Room.

Spanning his years as a Formula One racing driver from 1984 to his untimely death a decade later, Senna explores the life and work of the triple world champion, his  physical and spiritual achievements on the track, his quest for perfection and the  mythical status he has since attained.



Anton Yelchin (1989-2016)

When talented people are lost to us, it’s always sad.

When that person was so young, it’s even worse.

A Murder of Crime Dramas

police lightI am a huge fan of TV - particularly of procedural crime dramas. For years, my favorite TV show has been Criminal Minds and I’ve watched the series so many times that I can pretty much place any episode within the first five minutes. (I honestly don’t know whether that’s a silly skill to be proud of, or if I need to find a better use for my time.) During the regular television season, I spend most of my TV time watching the whole gamut of network crime shows: NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Criminal Minds, Person of Interest and Elementary. But once the season finales air, I have to explore new TV options to fill the summer hiatus.

Although crime dramas are hugely popular on TV, they don’t all fit the same mold. Some are fairly formulaic, yes, but many bring something extra to the viewing experience. Sometimes it’s a plot full of twists and turns or a case that lasts the whole season; at other times it’s a unique detective or interesting setting. Last night, in my quest, I started watching Longmire, which features a Wyoming county sheriff who solves major crimes. With its rural setting, sweeping landscapes, and a sheriff reminiscent of classic Westerns, it’s a compelling show that fills the gap in my TV schedule.

If you’re looking for a new show to watch this summer, I have listed out some non-network crime dramas below. Each of these shows has multiple seasons and would make for a great summer binge session.

Man on Wire, a documentary film will be screened @ 6:30 pm on July 5th, 2016 in the Earl Elliot Room.

On August 7th, 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center's Twin Towers. After dancing for nearly an hour on the wire, he was arrested, taken for psychological evaluation, and brought to jail, before finally being released. This extraordinary documentary incorporates Petit's personal footage to show how he overcame       seemingly insurmountable challenges to achieve the artistic crime of the century.

Date: July 5th, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Earl Elliot Room (1st floor)
Rating: PG-13

When We Were Kings, a documentary film will be screened @ 6:30 pm on June 28th, 2016 in the Earl Elliot Room.

It's 1974, Muhammed Ali is 32 and thought by many to be past his prime. George Forman is ten years younger and the Heavyweight champion of the world. Promoter Don King wants to make a name for himself and offers both fighters five million dollars apiece to fight one another, and when they accept, King has only to come up with the money. He finds a backer in Mobutu Sese Suko, the dictator of Zaire and the "Rumble in the Jungle" is set.


80 Years Ago...

A funny thing happened on my way to this week’s blog.  I was mulling over writing about some old movies, because I like to suggest/encourage/urge people to see more of the past treasures of Hollywood.  Whenever I tune into Turner Classic Movies, as long as the film is black & white, I’ll stop to see what it is, who is starring in it, and what it’s about.  And very often, I’ll find a new old treasure to enjoy.

Dogtown and Z-Boys, a documentary film will be screened @ 6:30 pm on June 21st, 2016 in the Earl Elliot Room.

Dogtown and Z-boys is a 2005 documentary about a group of kids who virtually revolutionized skateboarding with an aggressive style,  awe-inspiring moves and street smarts, and in the process, transformed youth culture forever. Captures the rise of the Zephyr skateboarding team from Venice's Dogtown, a tough "locals  only" beach with a legacy of outlaw surfing, who used abandoned swimming pools to sharpen their skills.



Partners in Crime

It should come as no surprise that I have a great fondness for mysteries and, particularly, cop shows and movies.  From lighter fare to dark thrillers, I’ve enjoyed watching the good guys take on the bad guys.  That might come from my earliest years watching Perry Mason.  Then moving on to The Streets of San Francisco, Dragnet, Adam-12, Columbo, the original Hawaii Five-O.  Of course all of those series have one big thing in common: all the crime solvers were men.

Undefeated, a documentary film will be screened @ 6:30 pm on June 7th, 2016 in the Earl Elliot Room.


No hope. No future. Until a football season united a team and revealed the character that turned them into heroes. Undefeated is the   inspiring and moving tale of three   underprivileged student-athletes from  Inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach, Bill Courtney, trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field.

Date: June, 7th 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Earl Elliot Room (1st floor)
Rating:  PG-13


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