Movies & TV

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

True Blood Obsession

Dead and GoneI'm a big fan of the Sookie Stackhouse paranormal mysteries by Charlaine Harris.  Her latest - Dead and Gone - was released in May and the new season of True Blood, airing Sunday nights on HBO, started on June 14.

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