Faye Dunaway's portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest has become a cult classic. Fresh City Life presents this weird, absurd biopic as our KnitFlix movie for October.
It was meant to be a faithful film rendition of Christina Crawford's book of the same title, but Mommie Dearest quickly became a midnight showing cult film. In fact, during its initial release, it developed a following as loyal as The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
I'm not a film academic, so I can't know with any certainty why Mommie Dearest moved into the realm of cult classic. But some of the reasons I love it might be contributing factors. In no particular order:
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.
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!)
Don't you just love it when you stumble upon a book that you really want to take your time to read? Slowly and mindfully placing yourself in the right frame of mind and chair as you peel each page open with indulgence.
An Object of Beauty, Steve Martin's latest novel, is just that book. Tucked in its pages are color copies of both fine and contemporary art that accompany the story of the central character, Lacey Yeager, a young and ambitious woman who craves to make a name for herself in the art world. Similar to his previous book, Shopgirl, Martin develops a female character navigating her way towards what she feels is most important.
Parks are wonderful places to play, hike, skateboard, play with a dog, take a walk, spend time with a significant other or do a variety of other activities. With many trees just beginning to flower, it is a great time to plan a visit so you can dream of summer. DPL has books and DVDs about state and national parks here in Colorado.
Have you wondered what tools we librarians use to find books and movies?
Have you ever tried unsuccessfully to find a book or movie in Denver Public Library’s catalog at midnight? Common websites often prove to be enormously helpful. We use Amazon at www.amazon.com to find titles and authors. The Internet Movie Database at www.imdb.com is what we use to find movie titles. Mid Continental Public Library has created a useful database for finding the order of children’s series.
La Academia Mexicana de Ciencias y Artes Cinematograficas has been recognizing the best in Mexican film since 1947 with the Ariel awards. Given the price of gas, you'll be happy to know the best cinema is available closer to home from your Library.
Loss, redemption, and love with a smattering of the supernatural is just a sample of what is available. My film club recently screened La ley de Herodes / Herod's Law and we were amazed how the dark humor surrounding political corruption clearly communicated across the language barrier.
So pull out your readers or practice your Spanish with a sample offering of Mexico's best films!