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Your Mind: Prison or Paradise?

Sucker Punch Movie Image

After recently watching Sucker Punch, I was struck with the similarities and differences with another recent and complex film, Inception.

In Sucker Punch, Baby Doll's reality is that she has been unfairly institutionalized by her stepfather. But in her mind, she transports herself to a world where instead of an institution, she is sold into a brothel/nightclub but at least has the friendship of her fellow dancers/inmates. Even within that world, she must escape further into her mind as she dances - this time into a world of action and adventure, swords and machine guns.

Happy Birthday Steve Carell!

Born on August 16, 1962 in Massachusetts, Steve Carell turns 49 today! Carell spent 6 years as Michael Scott on the TV show, The Office, and was also a correspondent for The Daily Show with John Stewart. Carell continues to make audiences guffaw with his comedic films.

Remembering 9/11

A Decade of Hope

A flatbed truck escorted debris from the World Trade Center into Denver today. Donated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the remnants will be used to create memorials to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of September 11, 2001.

Denver's memorial will be one of thousands located in all fifty states and in seven different countries. Many books have been written to pay tribute to those that lost their lives that day, the heroes who responded, and those that miraculously survived.

Vote for the Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

NPR asked their audience to nominate titles and series for a Top 100 list of Science Fiction and Fantasy. They were sent almost 5,000 nominations! They have narrowed down the list to a few hundred and need your help to find the 100 most popular titles. The results will be published on August 11.

From their list, my Top 10 choices are:

ThunderCats, Ho!

They say you can never go back, but I guess you can reboot. Two of my favorite childhood TV shows return to the big and small screens this summer. In addition to The Smurfs film, Cartoon Network has relaunched ThunderCats! While the beloved Rankin & Bass animation has changed, many improvements have been made to the storyline and plot.

I must admit, I tried re-watching the original series a few years ago and was shocked that I could ever have enjoyed such a melodramatic, strange series. I thought that even as a child, my preferences were witty and urbane, emotionally complex, even. Re-watching the original series left me feeling old, disillusioned, and newly aware of just how golden memories of times gone by can really be. The updated series, based on the pilot alone, is a significant improvement and was delightful to watch.

Amy Winehouse Joins the 27 Club

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse died in London over the weekend at the age of 27. She tragically joins the ranks of many notable musicians that passed away at this young age. Winehouse's albums include Back to Black and Frank.

More Famous Musicians Dead at 27

Breaking Up with Netflix?

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Are you one of the Netflix customers affected by the recent rate increase? Instead of switching to another movie-by-mail service, consider all the free films the library offers!

In addition to our DVDs, the library also has a collection of eFlicks that can stream on your computer or mobile device.

I prefer the library to Netflix because:

Happy Birthday Mel Brooks!

Mel Brooks, born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28th, 1926, turns 85 today! Brooks has been the recipient of the Oscar, Emmy, Tony and the Grammy. What is your favorite Mel Brooks' film?

Mel Brooks is the writer and/or director of these great films:

Welcome Baby Portman

Baby Names 2012

Natalie Portman has given birth to a healthy baby boy! So far, no name has been released for the young son of Portman and Benjamin Millepied who met on the set of the Black Swan. What do you think she will name her baby? Just in case you are also having a hard time picking a name for your offspring, the library has many books of name suggestions for you!

Lilian Jackson Braun 1913-2011

Popular mystery writer, Lilian Jackson Braun passed away earlier this week in South Carolina at the age of 97. Her "The Cat Who ..." series began in 1966 with The Cat Who Could Read Backwards and includes 29 mystery novels and at least 2 short story collections.

The most recent books in the series included:

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