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Going the distance!

Distance

You shouldn't pass this movie along.....

So I started to watch this movie with the mind-set this would be yet another romantic comedy. But it turned out to go a little serious at times because anyone could actually be put into that type of situation and it's not very funny. I must say Justin Long has come a long way in his acting career. I couldn't really buy into his character in JEEPERS CREEPERS after I saw DODGEBALL.

Io sono l'amore!

I've always wanted to visit Italy, but never more than after watching Luca Guadagnino's "I Am Love." Everything from the beautiful scenery to the food to the clothing was striking. I felt like I was peeking into an aspect of the country I would probably never experience: the posh lifestyle of a family steeped in old money and culture.

At the core of this film is the story of the Recchi family, a wealthy bunch whose successful textile business is about to be handed down from the patriarch to both his son and grandson. As he puts it, "It will take two men to replace me." Oh Grandpa, your self-importance will do you no good after you pass! Because against his dying wishes the company is sold to someone outside of the family and the tight knit group begins to fray. It is hard not to see this unraveling as punishment for a life of entitlement, but I don't think it is Guadagnino's intent to comment on this at all.

Are You Afraid of 2012?

2012

In addition to its 2012 FAQ page trying to scientifically explain some of the science around predictions that the world will end in 2012, NASA has also released a list of what it deems plausible vs. implausible science fiction movies.

Most absurd:

1. 2012 (2009)

2. The Core (2003)

3. Armageddon (1998)

4. Volcano (1997)

5. Chain Reaction (1996)

6. The 6th Day (2000)

Bromances

I Love You, Man

Female friendship has been celebrated in movies widely even before Beaches was a blockbuster, but it isn't until recently that male friendships also received the same cinematic treatment. Bromances celebrate the brotherly love and friendship between two men and are often hysterical!

Many of the films on this list are written, directed, and/or produced by Judd Apatow. I think it is safe to assume that he is quite the bromantic.

Film Classics for the Whole Family

Looking for a film your whole family will enjoy? The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together by Ty Burr gives lots of suggestions and talking points to introduce even the smallest child to film classics. Tired of watching the same Spongebob movie time and time again? Try one of these classic films!

Chill Out

Love the snow? Chill out with these frosty films featuring blizzards, snowy locales and even a few cold-hearted killers. Whether you are looking for flurries of laughter or showers of tears, the library has a film for you.

Sherlock Holmes: The Game is Afoot, Again and Again!

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are back — in many different guises. Not only are Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in the process of filming Guy Ritchie's anticipated sequel to the motion picture that was a well-deserved box office hit in 2009, but Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman star in Sherlock, a BBC TV adaptation set in present-day London that surprised me with its cleverness and creativity.

Sherlock, which recently aired on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery, was created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (co-creator of another great BBC series, Coupling), and they do a phenomenal job of mixing Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories with modern situations and technology.

Happy Birthday Denzel Washington!

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954. He continues to be one of the most fascinating and deeply affecting actors on screen today. In addition to other awards, he won Best Supporting Actor for Glory in 1990; and the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2002 for his role in the film Training Day.

Films for New Year's Eve

What are you doing New Year's Eve? These films feature prominent New Year's Eve scenes, often depicting a main character having a revelation or significant experience.

Happy Birthday Tim Conway!

Born on December 15, 1933, Tim Conway is known as "the best second banana in the business."

Conway made regular appearances on comedic television programs such as The Carol Burnett Show, The Flip Wilson Show and McHale's Navy.

While best known for his television career, he has also starred in:

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