Movies Blog

I love Freaks & Geeks

Great TV shows are constantly being released on DVD, and the library is a fabulous place to revisit wonderful shows that you may have missed. Freaks & Geeks was a comedy drama that aired during the 1999-2000 television series.

It was produced by Judd Apatow, who brought you various comedy hits such as Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin.

America's Best Idea

Back in the day camping was cheap entertainment for large families.  My dad could fit five kids in a Volkswagen bug (before seatbelt laws) and we'd inch up Golden Gate Canyon.  When the car began to roll backwards, that's when we'd stop and pitch our tent.

Consequently, I am a big armchair traveler and have visited many of the 392 national parks via video and just a few in person. My favorite production produced by Ken Burns was shown on PBS last year and is available at the library: The National Parks: America's Best Idea. I have also been fortunate to visit many parks in person. Given that my bucket list is r-e-a-l-l-y long, I use the library's books and travelogues to help me prioritize my trips.

Graffiti Art Project Unveiling

The Valdez-Perry Branch Library staff and Your Name in Graffiti invite you to the Graffiti Art Project Unveiling and celebration of art, community connections and graffiti project participants' achievement on Wednesday, July 28 at 6 p.m. at the Valdez-Perry Branch Library.

Did you know that the Athmar Park Branch Library also received help from Your Name in Graffiti?

To Be or Not to Be: The Many Faces of Hamlet

Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, has had a wide variety of film interpretations created based on its tragic tale of betrayal, murder and madness. What is it about Hamlet that appeals to us so? How many famous actors who have portrayed Hamlet can you name? I've found eight that the library owns!

  • The Bad Sleep Well (1960) Akira Kurosawa's adaptation projects the familiar Shakespearean plot onto the complex world of Japanese corporate intrigue with legend Toshiro Mifune as the Hamlet-esque character.
  • Hamlet (2009) David Tennant shines in this BBC production filmed on location and starring the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The Best of the CW

Stellar TV shows can be found on more than just the cable networks. The CW excels at creating series geared toward Teens and those that are young at heart. The station may have changed it's name a time or two, but the quality of the programming remains the same.

The Best of the USA Network

No Cable? No problem. The library has all the best TV shows available on DVD! The USA Network features programs with original and zany characters in often comedic or precarious situations. Did you know that these and other TV shows check out for three weeks? Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Why not Funny Girl?

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Why are the same three films selected for sing-along nights: Grease, Sound of Music, and Rocky Horror Picture Show? 

Determined to put a stop to this and introduce some diversity, I asked an unsuspecting table of diners last evening: Why not Funny Girl? One diner felt the film had received too much bad press when first released in 1968 because Omar Sharif, a Franco-Arabic actor, was playing romantic lead to a young Jewish Barbara Streisand. He didn't know that Streisand had earned an Oscar for her performance. Another diner felt the story was too dated (like Maria in the Alps isn’t).

The Best of British Television

No Cable? No Problem! The library has a premium selection of TV shows! The BBC, BBC America, ITV and other British channels have produced riveting dramatic, comedic and science fiction television shows. See what's on across the pond! Which is your favorite?

The Best of A&E

No Cable? No problem. The library has many TV series for you to watch at home! The A&E network specializes in biographical programs and reality television. Their tag line "Real. Life. Drama." is quite apt. High in emotion and drama, these shows are not for the faint of heart.

The Best of Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network

No Cable? No Problem. The library has many TV series for you to watch at home! Cartoon Network features hilarious animated programs that are fun for the whole family. Adult Swim shares channel space with Cartoon Network and features animated programs that are best left for after the kids are in bed.

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