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And the Winner is...

The King's Speech

Did you watch last night as The King's Speech won the 83rd Annual Academy Award for Best Picture? Do you agree with the choice? What is your favorite Best Picture winner of all time?

Previous Best PIcture Winners Include:

Top Ten Documentaries for Black History Month

What are your top ten films for Black History Month? These documentaries, in alphabetical order, attempt to capture facets of the African American experience. Be sure to check out the lists featuring the Top Ten Biographical Films and the Top Ten Dramatic Films for Black History Month.

Anonymous Authors

With the recent speculaton over who is behind the new book O: A Presidential Novel, what do you think about books being published by anonymous authors? Several books have published anonymously within the last forty years. Some authors revealed their involvement years later. Does it make the work less credible because they hide (or try to hide) their identity?

Top Ten Biographical Films for Black History Month

The Tuskegee Airmen

What are your top 10 films for Black History Month? In addition to films such as Ray and Ali, many excellent biographical films have been made about influential and extraordinary African Americans. Check out these films, presented in alphabetical order.

Happy Birthday Edward Gorey!

Gashlycrumb Tinies

Edward Gorey, born on February 22, 1925, is the author of over 100 books and the illustrator of hundreds more. Even though he passed away in 2000, his macabre crosshatch style of illustration has influenced many artists to this day and continues to capture the imaginations of readers everywhere.

Do You Believe in Miracles?!

Miracle Movie Poster

The event known as The Miracle on Ice occurred on February 22, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. The United States Hockey Team defeated the Soviet Union Hockey Team by a score of 4 to 3, widely considered to be the biggest upset in sports history. This win did not secure the gold medal for the team, however, it was earned after defeating the team from Finland.

The Disney film, Miracle, starring Kurt Russell as Coach Brooks, portrayed this historic event to a new generation of sports fans. Paying excellent attention to historical details, the film not only delves into the minds and motivations of the players, but the national fervor that they were embodying.

Top 10 Dramatic Films for Black History Month

Nothing But a Man

What are your top ten films for Black History Month? After consulting numerous lists and sources, I have compiled a selection, in alphabetical order, of dramatic films for your viewing pleasure featuring strong African-Americans battling inequalities. Stay tuned for more lists featuring the Top Ten Biographical Films and the Top Ten Documentaries for Black History Month.

Presidential Fiction

Abraham Lincoln continues to enthrall writers, readers and historians. Lincoln once said, "The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I [haven't] read." Have you read these fictionalized accounts of Lincoln's extraordinary life?

Happy Birthday Matt Groening!

Born today in 1954, Matt Groening is the creator of the television series The Simpsons and Futurama. Groening's first published works were cartoons called Life is Hell and were about a pair of anthropomorphic rabbits named Akbar and Jeff.

The popularity of Life is Hell led to the creation of The Simpsons. The Simpsons debuted on the Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987.

My Frugal Valentine

Valentine's Kiss

Not sure what to do for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? You don't have to spend a lot of money to show you care. ...Let me count the ways...

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