Movies & TV

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.

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

68th Primetime Emmy Nominations

emmy Last week the nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmys, which honor excellence in television, were announced. Like every year, the nominations in the drama and comedy categories are a mix of familiar names and newcomers. Since the television shows nominated in these categories run for multiple seasons, it makes sense that there would be repeat nominations each year. It is refreshing, however, to see new faces and titles added to the nominations list.

Although the nominations in the drama categories remain similar to last year, there are few new additions. New favorite Mr. Robot received multiple nominations for its first season, as did The Americans, finally recognized for its stellar fourth season. Game of Thrones also did well this year, with five acting nominations for Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, and Maisie Williams.

The comedy categories also showcase a few new faces. Nominated for outstanding comedy series, black-ish and Master of None also received additional acting nominations. Additionally, new actors in shows like Veep and Transparent received nominations for their work this past season.

Below, I have listed the nominees in the drama and comedy categories for Outstanding Series, Lead Actor and Actress, and Supporting Actor and Actress. With the mix of old and new in each category, it will be interesting to see which way the votes fall at this year’s Primetime Emmys. Who would you like to see win an Emmy?

The Endless Summer, a documentary film will be screened @ 6:30 pm on July 26th, 2016 in the Earl Elliot Room.

The Endless Summer is a 1966 documentary on the search for the perfect wave, in which two Californians take off with their surfboards for Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii.  The Endless Summer originally ran as a motion picture  directed by Bruce Brown.

 

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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.

   

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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.

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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.

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