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Civil War Sesquicentennial Anniversary

Glory Movie Poster

The Civil War began on April 12, 1861 when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumtner. This year marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of this iconic event in American history. Though long past, films are still being made to memorialize the heroes who lost their lives to build the country we have today.

Celebrate National Library Week All Year Long

Hollywood Librarian Documentary

National Library Week may be over, but the impact the library has on our community and on popular culture lasts through the years. For an in depth look at this phenomenon, I recommend, The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film. 

Films that Feature Library Employees Include:

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month

Bird movie poster

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Celebrate with one of these great films that feature great soundtracks and amazing performances.

Five Best Movies About Fashion

Tim Gunn's Golden Rules

Fashion expert Tim Gunn shares his five most favorite fashion films in his latest book Gunn's Golden Rules.

Trained artist, designer, and gentleman Tim Gunn is one of the reasons Project Runway is so popular. Take a mini-course on fashion and check out his five most recommended films on fashion:

Blow-Up - Starring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave.

Funny Face - Starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.

got poetry videos?

poetic justice

This month inspire yourself with some poet/ry based films!

  • Poetic Justice Justice (played by Janet Jackson) deals with her grief by turning to poetry.
  • Dead Poets Society This Academy Award winning film concerns a boys boarding school in the late 1950's and how a group of students get a shake up when their new teacher introduces them to poetry.
  • A Woman Ranching in the Rockies This documentary focuses on the legend

National Poetry Month is Finally Here!

slam nation dvd cover

I have been waiting patiently all year,

It has finally come

and the poetry rompus has begun!

The best way to experience poetry is out of the mouths of the poets who have crafted it. These videos will introduce you to some of the hottest young poets working today in the genre known as slam. Grab some popcorn and prepare to laugh, cry, and be blown away by fresh new poetry.

Cinema South of the Border

Lake Tahoe

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!

Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011

Elizabeth Taylor: The Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor born on February 27, 1932 passed away of congestive heart failure on March 23, 2011. A Hollywood Legend, she was often referred to as "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World." Known for her charitable works and tumultuous relationships she also provided the voice for Maggie Simpson!

Her Filmography Includes:

Red State Screening and Q&A with Kevin Smith

Last night at the Paramount Theatre, it was my pleasure to view Kevin Smith's newest film, Red State, and listen as he answered questions and spoke for almost 2 hours after the credits rolled. This film is his next to last film before he starts a new stage in his career.

Described by Smith to be, "A Tarantino movie by way of the Coen brothers," Red State was all that and more. Very unsettling, but not your typical Horror fare, I really enjoyed this film. The use of satire plus the brilliant performances of John Goodman, Michael Parks and many others, puts Kevin Smith in a whole new league of film directors in my opinion.

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