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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.

Hot Roddin'

Toyko Drift

Sure hitting the blacktop with your bike is good for the environment but sometimes you have to answer the call of a souped up hot rod.  Motor to the couch and jump behind the wheel of a custom ride adventure.

The Library has a variety of resources from hot rod flame painting to building your own but sometimes chillaxing with a good movie can be the best way to enjoy a hot rod.  Interested only in NASCAR?  Click here.

Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood!

Clint Eastwood

Born on this day in 1930, Clint Eastwood has wowed audiences for decades with his acting and directing talents. Proving that age is not a deterrent to success, Mr. Eastwood was not nominated for an Academy Award, as an actor or a director, until he was 62.

Climbing Mount Everest

Everest season 1

The short climbing season for Mount Everest is coming to a close in the Himalayas, and here in Denver my family has become totally hooked on the Discovery Channel's Everest: Beyond the Limit series.  We have blazed through both Season One and Season Two in less time than it takes to climb the mountain itself.

The climbers literally risk life and limb in their attempts to reach the top of the world.  I especially liked the recognition and appreciation shown for the amazing Sherpas who risk their own lives to help these climbers not only make it up the mountain, but perhaps more importantly make it back down alive.

Apocalypse Now...maybe..

Some say that the Rapture will be happening in a few days. Those of us who are still here are in for a pretty rough ride, apparently. Here are some movies that might help distract you from the inevitable worrying....

 It got me to thinking about all my favorite dystopian movies and how many bad endings can be imagined..there is The Rapture, starring Mimi Rogers, that might make you think twice about wanting to be one of the elect who get "raptured." Terry Gilliam directed Brazil, in which we all drown in bureaucratic paperwork, and in Idiocracy we all drown in our own

REBELS REMEMBERED: “TO EARN AN INCOME”

Rebels Remembered

You’re invited to the premiere of:

REBELS REMEMBERED: “TO EARN AN INCOME”

This fourth and final film addresses 100 years of African-American employment discrimination in Colorado.

Monday, June 6, 2011, 6-8 p.m.
Blair Caldwell African-American Research Library

Reception at 6 p.m. Film to follow. Free to the public.

 

Previous Rebels Remembered films documenting the history of the civil rights movement in Colorado will be available for purchase.

For additional information:
Jane Wasson: janewasson@comcast.net
Dick Alweis: dafilm@quest.net

Happy Birthday Carol Burnett!

Cover to Carol Burnett Sings Album

Born April 26, 1933, Carol Burnett turns 78 today! In her recent biography, This Time Together: Laughter and Reflections, the comedienne and singer discusses her successes on hit television programs such as The Carol Burnett Show as well as on stage while shedding light on personal tragedies she has endured and conquered.

Selected Filmography:

Films for Earth Day

Wall-E

After you celebrate Earth Day today, hopefully by enjoying the beautiful weather we are experiencing, check out some of the many films that honor Mother Nature, either by demonstrating her raw power, or by investigating environmental issues.

Civil War Sesquicentennial Anniversary

Glory Movie Poster

The Civil War began on April 12, 1861 when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumtner. This year marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of this iconic event in American history. Though long past, films are still being made to memorialize the heroes who lost their lives to build the country we have today.

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