Movies & TV

Adult Movie Mania "IT"

Adults ages 17 and up are invited to join us for this month's Adult Movie Mania movie: IT, the 2017 film adaptation based on Stephen King's 1986 novel of the same name. In a small town in 1989 Maine, seven bullied kids discover that a malevolent force is preying on the local children. Soon, they band together to destroy the monster, a killer clown called Pennywise, in this nerve-shredding horror film. Make sure to stop by the library this Friday, February 23 at 1:30 PM to view this suspenseful film.

Adult Movie Mania: The Dark Tower

If you love action, adventure, fantasy, and westerns, you won't want to miss our Adult Movie Mania feature this month at the South Houston Branch Library. The Dark Tower is a 2017 film based on Stephen King's series of books and is set in both our modern world and in Stephen King's old west-style Midworld. Make sure to join us next Friday, January 12 @ 1:30 PM for this exciting feature film. 

For Great Cinema, HCPL & Kanopy Have You Covered

 

Thousands of Independent and Classic Films from the Criterion Collection Now Streaming Free with your Library Card

Your selection of videos at Harris County Public Library has just grown by over 25,000 titles. HCPL recently added the streaming video service, Kanopy, to its digital roster. Kanopy focuses on independent films, critically acclaimed documentaries and classic cinema from the renowned Criterion Collection. Now all the movies you see on those 100 Greatest Films of All Time lists, but have never seen on-screen are available to you free of charge 24/7 with your HCPL library card.

Reading, Learning, and Community Involvement: Gulf Coast Reads @ Jacinto City Branch Library

Jacinto City Branch Library is hosting two programs this week as part of the Gulf Coast Reads series of events. This endeavor provides an opportunity to participate in a community-wide discussion by reading and sharing views about the same book. Sharing this goal encourages community members to make reading, learning and community involvement a lifelong pursuit.

Saturday Family Movie at Jacinto City Branch Library

Join us

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 1:00 pm

for the Saturday Family Movie!

Movie Reel PNGIn honor of Hispanic Heritage Month we are showing the movie Cesar Chavez, starring Michael Pena as the inspiring Hispanic hero.

Movie night

This Friday, July 14 is teen movie night at High Meadows Branch Library. Join us at 3:00 for films, frivolity, and fun.

film reels

Photo courtesy of Bill Smith

We'll Always Have...

I recently saw a new book that was added to the HCPL collection.  The title caught my attention because it references one of my all-time favorite movies.  In fact, I consider it one of those perfect films, where everything works together.  Story, setting, performances, direction.  It’s one that I’ve seen over and over again and I still find myself drawn to it.

The book is We’ll Always Have Casablanca by Noah Isenberg.

Asian Pacific Heritage Month at Northwest

May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month. To celebrate, Northwest staff would like to shine a spotlight on the New Zealand film industry. Here is a small selection of films currently availabe in the Harris County Library's collection.

Women's History Month: Female Directors

kathryn bigelowIn 2009, Kathryn Bigelow made history by becoming the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director. She won for her film The Hurt Locker, about an army bomb squad unit during the Iraq War. Since her win in 2009, no woman has received a Best Director nomination. In fact, in the history of the Academy Awards, only three other women received nominations for Best Director: Lina Wertmuller for Seven Beauties in 1976, Jane Campion for The Piano in 1993, and Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation in 2003.

Although this minimalistic showing of women in the Best Director category does present, women’s involvement in the film industry as directors is not quite as dire as the Academy Awards would suggest. For years, women have fought to hold as strong a presence behind the camera as they have had in front of it. They have directed cult classics and blockbusters, genre-setters and award winners, visual masterpieces and character-driven films. In short, women have been breaking down barriers in film as they have in every other profession, and they will continue to do so until there are no barriers left. 

Women’s History Month (celebrated annually each March) may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy an excellent movie ably directed by a woman. Below, I have listed just a few of the women working in the field, along with some of their most well-known films. Check out the list to see a fraction of what women have contributed to film over the years.

Moving Pictures

We’ve all done it.  At one time or another, we’ve had to pack up and move.  No matter what situation or location we’re moving to, it can be a stressful time.  And not just the packing and moving part.  There’s always the question of adjusting to a new place and new people and maybe an entirely new job.  Whether across town or across the country or even another part of the world, a move is exciting and frightening and invigorating and frustrating – all at once.

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