Movies Blog

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.

Che

Yes, there are many books, essays, articles, and poems written about Che Guevara's life. So, how about a movie portrayal?

When I first saw the movie Che, parts 1 and 2, I was taken by the location, the cinematography, Benicio del Toro's performance, and the screenplay. We pretty much understand Che's legacy. What was intriguing about the movie, aside from the portrayal's of Che's life, is how the cinematographers captured the richness of the land. The hardships of a revolutionary's life embedded in fighting for the soil beneath their feet.

Come with us on a journey through time and space!

mighty boosh season one

Once upon a time I discovered a wonderful little show called The Mighty Boosh, and now I just can't get enough.

I had been enjoying the Flight of the Conchords when a patron suggested that I try The Mighty Boosh and boy were they right.

This wacky show is about Vince Noir, the King of the Mods and, well,... and Howard Moon. These two will rock your socks with their strange musical montages which pepper every episode.

Don't miss the last films of the Film Fiesta!

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Don't miss the last night of the Film Fiesta: "It's All about the Food!" on Wednesday, July 27. See the films Tortilla Heaven and Like Water for Chocolate at Su Teatro at The Denver Civic Theater, 721 S. Santa Fe Dr.

Arrive early for the tortilla feast! Doors open at 5:30 p.m., movie begins at 6:30 p.m. seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis. All events are FREE and open to the public, except for parking in some cases. Free parking is available on the street for those that arrive early. Lots are available for $3.00 on the north and south sides of the theater.

Su Teatro at The Denver Civic Theater--303-296-0219.

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:

Three Film Fiestas left in July!

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Three free Film Fiestas remain in July at Su Teatro at the Denver Civic Theater! On the remaining Wednesdays in July--July 13, 20 and 27--see movies, performers and food related to various Latino cultures.

Plus, Byers Branch Library has related book displays and some children's activities during their regular hours.

All events are FREE and open to the public, except for parking in some cases. Free parking is available on the street for those that arrive early. Lots are available for $3.00 on the north and south sides of the theater.

Speleologically Speaking

National Park Service Pictogram for Spelunking

Looking for something a little closer to home than touring the caves of France?  There are resources available at the Library for vicarious spelunking enthusiasts.

If the 3-D film, The Cave of Forgotten Dreams had you wishing for a sequel, try the following films:  

Movies that Tell the Story of America

Fourth of July fireworks

The holiday weekend promises to be a hot one! Stay cool inside with a movie about American history and culture.

As a child, I looked forward to the Fourth like it was Christmas in July. I wasn't especially patriotic or anything, it was just that the Fourth of July was the one day in the whole year when all of the kids ruled the neighborhood. We had a bike parade, an ice cream social, a block party that took up the whole street, and we shot off fireworks from the time we woke up until midnight, starting with caps and snakes in the daylight and ending with the most dramatic, colorful, and highest-flying for a nighttime spectacle (I didn't grow up in Denver so I wasn't breaking any laws!)

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:

Ridiculous martial arts movies!

poster for the good, the bad, and the weird

I love martial arts films, but sometimes, I want to laugh too. These films have amazing action scenes and are funny/cheesy to boot!

Some of my favorite martial arts movies of late are remakes of American films, or Asian westerns. Here are a few of my favorites:

The Good, the Bad, and the Weird
Always wear a diving bell for protection in an gunfight!

Dynamite Warrior
A Thai Western with some amazing fight scenes and fireworks as the ultimate sidekick.

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