Reviews and Blog Posts: movies

Feeling Crafty? How About Wizardly?

Whether you like to make things by hand or craft spells a la Harry Potter, Fresh City Life My Branch has an event for you on Saturday, August 4!

Start your day with Fun in the Sun T-Shirt Embellishing at 10 a.m. at Schlessman. Bring your own t-shirt, and be amazed by the transformation it will undergo! Show off your summery new look later! Please register: 720-865-0000 or fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org.

5 Great Zombie Movies

In honor of Zombie Appreciation Month, here are some amazing zombie movies. We may have an entire year to wait before the movie adaptation of World War Z is unleashed, but these should help pass the time until then. Keep them on hand in your bunker.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Director George Romero is the granddaddy of the classic school of slow, creeping, persistent zombies. Although some of his later “Dead” movies are arguably superior in quality, this is the one that started it all. It deserves your undying respect.

Learn Something New by Watching these Great Documentaries

Marwencol

If you're like me, you love learning about new ideas and people by watching documentaries. I'll admit it, I am a documentary nut! Here are just a few of the documentaries that I have seen lately that I think are noteworthy.

Marwencol is about a man who is brutally attacked outside of a bar and suffered severe brain damage. Unable to afford therapy, he builds a scale model World War II-era town called Marwencol, where he lives out his fantasy life. When I was watching this documentary, I couldn't help but feel how real the movie felt. Many times, when I watch documentaries about people, I feel that they sugar-coat the darker side of peoples' lives.

Hugo Nominees Announced!

Among Others

The nominees for the Hugo Award, given in 15 categories by the members of the World Science Fiction Convention, were recently announced. For the complete list, check the Hugo website.

Here are some of the nominated novels, works of nonfiction, and films that the Denver Public Library owns:

Best Novel:

Among Others, Jo Walton

A Dance With Dragons, George R. R. Martin

Deadline, Mira Grant

Embassytown, China Miéville

Thanks for a Successful Novel Night--Come to More Programs!

Paper flower & book candle holder

Thanks to everyone who attended, staffed, and volunteered at our first annual Novel Night (2012)! We were overwhelmed with the positive responses, and are already starting to plan for 2013!

From feasting on food donated by Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant to making over a dozen crafts with recycled books, Novel Night was lively and fun-filled--a great time was had by all! Many thanks to our sponsors: Rio Grande, King Soopers, Starbucks, Parisi, Ingram, Midwest Tape, Ceylon Pearl Tea, Tattered Cover, MoonDance Botanicals, HarperCollins, the DPL Friends Foundation, and Old Navy!

Are You Ready for The Hunger Games?

The Hunger Games Movie Companion

The Hunger Games movie opens Friday, March 23! Are you ready?? What are you doing to celebrate?

Teens and adults alike have been captivated by Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy. If you haven't had enough of the Hunger Games books, and want more books with similar themes, check out the If You Like The Hunger Games page on DPL's Teen Website, eVolver! I recently did a poll of my colleagues who enjoyed The Hunger Games for their ULTIMATE Hunger Games read-a-like.

Chew It, Craft It, Learn the Law

Atonement

Another week begins, and Fresh City Life My Branch has programs this week that will stimulate your creativity and your mind!

Tuesday, March 6 at 5 p.m. marks the debut of Read It, View It, Chew It! at the Ross-University Hills Branch! Have you read Ian McEwan's Atonement? Want to compare it to the movie version? Join us for film, popcorn, and discussion!

Couples collaborating: Woodward and Newman

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

While many married Hollywood couples collaborate, not many do so with as many films or over as many decades as Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward did... and still do.

When Paul Newman retired from acting in 2002, eight years before his death (except for voicing "Doc Hudson" in 2006's Cars), he stayed active in filmmaking. His widow, Joanne Woodward, has just signed on to executive produce a project Newman had been putting together.

Happy Birthday, Archie Leach!

Photograph of Cary Grant

January 18 was the day of Archibald Leach's birth, in 1904, in Bristol, England. Leach, a one-time stilt walker and vaudevillian, would become world famous in the 1930s under a different name... Cary Grant.

Grant originally came to the United States as part of a stage troupe and stayed when everyone else went home. After spending almost a decade in vaudeville and on stage, he went to Hollywood and his new bosses at Paramount pictures renamed him Cary Grant (the initials, C.G., were already popular with moviegoers--Clark Gable and Gary Cooper were two of the biggest movie stars in the world).

It's like Shakespeare... on a plane

A drawing of William Shakespeare

While Kenneth Branagh's 1989 Henry V itself was not a Hollywood production, its critical and commercial success led to a new wave of Shakespeare adaptations.

Franco Zeffirelli's 1990 Hamlet is something of an exception--it completed Zeffirelli's Shakespeare trilogy. He started it in the sixties with Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet.

For the early 1990s, Branagh was the popular face of Shakespeare--he adapted Much Ado About Nothing in 1993 and appeared (but did not direct) in 1995's Othello.

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