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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.

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.

Top Ten Biographical Films for Black History Month

The Tuskegee Airmen

What are your top 10 films for Black History Month? In addition to films such as Ray and Ali, many excellent biographical films have been made about influential and extraordinary African Americans. Check out these films, presented in alphabetical order.

Do You Believe in Miracles?!

Miracle Movie Poster

The event known as The Miracle on Ice occurred on February 22, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. The United States Hockey Team defeated the Soviet Union Hockey Team by a score of 4 to 3, widely considered to be the biggest upset in sports history. This win did not secure the gold medal for the team, however, it was earned after defeating the team from Finland.

The Disney film, Miracle, starring Kurt Russell as Coach Brooks, portrayed this historic event to a new generation of sports fans. Paying excellent attention to historical details, the film not only delves into the minds and motivations of the players, but the national fervor that they were embodying.

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.

'Reel' People: Musicians

Celebrate the fourth annual Denver Arts Week, November 5-13, by watching some of the many films about art, artists and musicians available from the library! Several film adaptations have been made based on the lives of famous musicians and singers. Which one is your favorite?

It is hilarious that Gary Oldman has two films on this list - and that they are both so different! He has played both Ludwig van Beethoven and Sid Vicious! It is also worth pointing out that Gary Oldman really is playing the piano during some of his scenes in Immortal Beloved and had a baby grand delivered to his hotel room during filming to practice!

'Reel' People: Artists

Celebrate the fourth annual Denver Arts Week, November 5-13, by watching some of the many films about art and artists available from the library! Several film adaptations have been made based on the lives of famous artists. Which one is your favorite?

Nobody knows Daremo shiranai

DPL Rating:
4

This movie doesn't move very quickly so you need to be in a patient mood to appreciate its depth and charm. Based on a true story, four young children are abandoned by their mother in Tokyo and figure out ways to get by while people right and left turn a...

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