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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.

Happy Birthday Gary Oldman!

Immortal Beloved

Happy Birthday Gary Oldman! Born on this day in 1958, Gary Oldman is known for immersing himself in his roles and has played such diverse characters as Ludwig von Beethoven, Sid Vicious, and Lee Harvey Oswald.

Films of Ireland

The Secret of the Kells

Everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day! Check out one of these films that feature the Irish and Irish-American experience!

Voice Actors Make it Possible

Enduring the same cartoons and repeats of Disney full-length feature films with kids can be exhausting.  To make it through the fifth showing of SpongeBob SquarePants, I now play a game:  Whose voice is that?!  

Many actors are now leading double lives as voice actors or voiceover actors.  Their talents make watching repeats possible for me.  Here are a few of my recent discoveries:

Happy Pi Day!

Celebrate Pi Day (3/14) today! Celebrate the mathematical constant by watching one of these great films that exalt mathematics or feature mathematicians! Did you know that the current record for the decimal expansion of pi stands at 5 trillion digits!!

Happy Birthday Juliette Binoche!

Juliette Binoche in the film Blue

Born on this day in 1964, Academy Award Winner Juliette Binoche has been enchanting audiences on screen for 3 decades. Having turned down Hollywood numerous times, she has said about the roles she selects, "I want to make films that are political and social. Films with a message or an idea. Films that dare to ask."

Book to Movie News: March

Jane Eyre movie poster

Several films debuting in theaters this month are based on books! Which film are you most looking forward to seeing?

  • Beastly is already out in theaters and is based on the book Beastly by Alex Flinn.
  • Mars Needs Moms will be released to theaters on March 11th and is based on the book Mars Needs Mom by Berke Breathed.
  • Jane Eyre will be released to theaters on March 11th and is based on the book Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
  • The Li

Jane Russell 1921-2011

The autobiography, Jane Russell: My Path and My Detours

Jane Russell, pin-up girl and Hollywood heartthrob, sadly passed away on Monday evening in her home. Signed to a seven-year contract by billionaire Howard Hughes, Jane Russell appeared in movies with Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope. She details much of her life in her autobiography, Jane Russell: My Path & My Detours.

Selected Filmography:

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