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Hammer time! Thor's not just a comic book movie (really)

Thor DVD cover

Kenneth Branagh's Thor, coming to DVD this week, is more than just the latest superhero movie from Marvel Studios (tying in to the Iron Man and Hulk movies), it is also (loosely) based on classic Norse mythology. That combination gives those interested a lot to check out....

In 1962, Stan Lee thought it might be "fun" to use the Norse mythology as a starting point for a new character. The result was Thor.

The movie adaptation of the comic book deals with the Viking legend source material, introducing various Norse gods (though these versions are a lot more like their Marvel comics versions than the originals). Kenneth Branagh partially got the job directing because he was familiar with family troubles between classical royalty after his Shakespeare adaptations.

Don't let a bad movie ruin a good book

The moment I heard that Snow Flower and the Secret Fan was being made into a movie, I was thrilled.

I've seen so many good movies set in scenic places in China or by Chinese directors: Raise the Red Lantern; The Last Emperor; Ju Dou; Farewell My Concubine; Lust, Caution...

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!

The Big Year will star Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin

What do you think about Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher in the new film, One Shot, based on the book by Lee Child? Are you excited about Neil Gaiman adapting his book American Gods for HBO? For more information on adaptations in the works, read on!

  • Drive by James Sallis, is being made into a movie starring Ryan Gosling. This film premieres next month on September 16. Watch the trailer here.
  • The Big Year by Mark Obmascik is being made into a movie starring Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin. This film premieres in October 2011.

Now in Theaters

The Help Movie Poster

Will The Help top the box office for a 2nd weekend? The former One Book One Denver pick has viewers disagreeing over how closely the film follows the book. The film, Sarah's Key, based on the book by Tatiana de Rosnay also enthralls audiences.

More Books with Film Versions in Theaters:

Your Mind: Prison or Paradise?

Sucker Punch Movie Image

After recently watching Sucker Punch, I was struck with the similarities and differences with another recent and complex film, Inception.

In Sucker Punch, Baby Doll's reality is that she has been unfairly institutionalized by her stepfather. But in her mind, she transports herself to a world where instead of an institution, she is sold into a brothel/nightclub but at least has the friendship of her fellow dancers/inmates. Even within that world, she must escape further into her mind as she dances - this time into a world of action and adventure, swords and machine guns.

Happy Birthday Steve Carell!

Born on August 16, 1962 in Massachusetts, Steve Carell turns 49 today! Carell spent 6 years as Michael Scott on the TV show, The Office, and was also a correspondent for The Daily Show with John Stewart. Carell continues to make audiences guffaw with his comedic films.

Fall Home Projects

tool bag

With the end of summer approaching, the planning for fall home repair projects begins.  Grab a notebook and let the list making magic begin!

Hometime's how-to dvds help the novice and pro alike with planning and implementing all types of home repair.

The Library has many more home repair dvds and books to choose from if you don't find what you need below.  Check it out!

Friday Night Lights: Best TV Series You Were Not Watching

http://sharetv.org/shows/friday_night_lights

Clear eyes.  Full Hearts.  Can't Lose.  In the first episode of the critcally acclaimed series, Friday Night Lights, this mantra pulls you into a world that feels all too familiar, but holds your breath barely and steadily because this world is all too magical.

How often are you enamoured by a television series's cinematography?  How often is your gut clenched just waiting for the next visceral image?  I would assume this is a rare occurrence.  What is even more surprising is this was not an HBO, Showtime, or AMC series.  Friday Night Lights barely made it through its five seasons due to low ratings, though it possessed extreme critical acclaim.  It has heart and it can be appreciated by any group:

ThunderCats, Ho!

They say you can never go back, but I guess you can reboot. Two of my favorite childhood TV shows return to the big and small screens this summer. In addition to The Smurfs film, Cartoon Network has relaunched ThunderCats! While the beloved Rankin & Bass animation has changed, many improvements have been made to the storyline and plot.

I must admit, I tried re-watching the original series a few years ago and was shocked that I could ever have enjoyed such a melodramatic, strange series. I thought that even as a child, my preferences were witty and urbane, emotionally complex, even. Re-watching the original series left me feeling old, disillusioned, and newly aware of just how golden memories of times gone by can really be. The updated series, based on the pilot alone, is a significant improvement and was delightful to watch.

Che

Yes, there are many books, essays, articles, and poems written about Che Guevara's life. So, how about a movie portrayal?

When I first saw the movie Che, parts 1 and 2, I was taken by the location, the cinematography, Benicio del Toro's performance, and the screenplay. We pretty much understand Che's legacy. What was intriguing about the movie, aside from the portrayal's of Che's life, is how the cinematographers captured the richness of the land. The hardships of a revolutionary's life embedded in fighting for the soil beneath their feet.

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