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Plaza Voices: It's a Small World After All

Still from video of "let it Go" in 25 languages

Did you know there are about 6,500 languages spoken in the world today? The new movie Frozen has been translated into 41 of these languages, and this amazing video shows singers performing the hit "Let it Go" in 25 of them.

The best unknown actor in the world!

His name is Choi Min‑sik and hands down he has to be the best unknown actor in the world!

In South Korea, Choi Min‑sik is one of the top dogs in the film industry. But, when It comes to the United States, Europe, etc., his name is never even mentioned. What a shame! Choi Min‑sik has what we Americans like to call the "IT" factor.

He can play any role and make it legit; the raw emotions he brings are second to none and he can easily compete with the best of them.

Movies that are just plain BRUTAL

Movies that are just plain BRUTAL

Your emotions and sanity will be tested. You've been warned...

You will get scared, cringe, and become fearful and sad. How much can you really take is totally up to you. You can easily turn off the DVD or Blu-ray player, but I can guarantee you that these 2 films will never leave your mind.

Oh, did that pass the Bechdel Test?

Miss Congeniality

While putting together a quick DVD display at the Ross-Broadway Library Branch this morning, I started thinking about the Bechdel Test. In case you have never heard of it, it's a simple test developed by a cartoonist in the eighties about women in film.

To pass the test a movie must have three things:

Godzilla!!!

The king of the monsters is back! Mayhem, destruction and giant monsters! O how is missed you... and check out the mash up of Godzilla footage and classic Blue Öyster Cult "Godzilla" at the bottom of the page.

Whether you're familiar with Godzilla movies or not, these films always have the same plot: Tons of dialog, several very bizarre characters, and Godzilla can be either the good guy or the bad guy. But, what makes these films so good are the epic battles, giant monsters, and extensive destruction.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is back!

oh my gosh he's back!

I’m not sure about you, but I miss seeing Neil deGrasse Tyson on NOVA. Good news! He revamped Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and it is airing on Fox (KDVR 31) starting this Sunday at 8. It’s been a great year and a half for science documentaries and books, so if you need more geek in your week, here’s a list:

Some of my current favorite documentaries:

The World's Bravest Little Girl

Hushpuppy is her name and she is the definition of bravery! 

She has the biggest heart and is the bravest of the brave! Hushpuppy is a girl who can change the world and is a child who can show you how beautiful life is. Beasts of the Southern Wild tells the tale of struggle, pain, loss, perseverance, and bravery.

 

May I Have the Envelope, Please?

12 Years a Slave poster

On our Twitter feed (@denverlibrary) earlier this week, we asked you to tweet your Oscar picks. In that spirit, let me offer my own best guesses in what is shaping up to be a year of, shall we say, prohibitive favorites. (Disclaimer: please do not wager any of your hard-earned money on my carefully researched amateur prognostications, despite what is almost a deafening consensus in each of these categories.

Plaza Voices: Best Vietnamese Films

Cover of Khi người ta yêu phần 1

Did you know that there are almost 10,000 items in Vietnamese within the Denver Public Library collection? The majority of these items are housed at the Barnum Branch Library, where DPL’s Vietnamese speakers come on a regular basis to check out DVDs, books and CDs.

Many outside of the Barnum area are unaware that this collection exists, and there are those, like myself, who simply find it intriguing and mysterious. In order to learn more, I asked Sao T. to give some recommendations for the best Vietnamese movies at DPL. Sao first came to the US in 1978 and has been working for DPL for over 20 years. Many of the Vietnamese items in the collection are a result of her hard work and selection, and I am pretty sure that there isn’t a single Vietnamese customer at DPL who doesn’t know who Sao is.

Goodbye Egon

Dr. Egon Spengler

You may not recognize his face or even his name, but the comedy world lost an incredible talent today with the passing of Harold Ramis. He leaves an astounding legacy of writing and directing some of the most enduring (and quotable) comedy features and acting, most famously as the ever serious Ghostbuster, Dr. Egon Spengler.

Ghostbusters remains one my all time favorite films. Its witty dialog, spot-on acting, eccentric characters, creative storytelling, and pseudoscientific plot lines makes it one of the most enjoyable and audience friendly films I can think of. Pure desert island worthy material. If this was all Ramis left the film world, it would be enough in my book. But his body of work includes so much more and in light of his passing feels like it all deserves another view. Here are some of the highlights:

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