Reviews and Blog Posts: Drama

Boys don't cry

Reviewer Rating:
4

This movie is based on a true story of the life and death of a transgender man Brandon Teena.  I feel the director beautifully accomplished telling the story of the violent crime against him as well as a glimpse into the person Brandon Teena was said to be. The movie...

Still star-crossed

by Melinda Taub

Reviewer Rating:
4

Romance, adventure, and political intrigue abound in this delightful riff on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.  The novel picks up where the play ends: street brawls and suicide among Verona's youth have left the city with uneasy peace.  When Juliet's statue is defaced, tensions between the feuding Montagues and Capulets...

Put On Your Thinking Cap

Pop Quiz

There's no better way to ease into the new school year than with a pop quiz. For every tagline below, guess the corresponding movie title. No pencil or paper needed for this challenge but please, do keep your eyes on your own screen.

To get started, click the link for the title and place a hold for those you haven't seen or wish to view again for extra credit. (The Library doesn't give extra credit but it sure sounds motivating.)

Hint: all movies feature middle school or high school angst without one John Hughes film in the mix.

Between you & me

by Marisa Calin

Reviewer Rating:
4

Phyre wants to be an actress, and this book is written as her diary-style screenplay of her life. Taking place over the fall semester of the school year in which Phyre develops a massive crush on the new drama teacher, Mia, gets the lead in the school play, and has...

Happy Birthday, Dame Maggie Smith!

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, aka Maggie Smith, was born December 28, 1934 in Essex, England. She is a highly respected actress, winner of 2 Academy Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmy Awards, 2 SAG Awards, and a Tony. Her films have ranged from the serious to the comedic. She currently stars in the television series Downton Abbey. Check out one of the titles from her vast filmography today!

Othello (1964)

The V.I.P.s (1963)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

Travels with My Aunt (1972)

Death on the Nile (1978)

Friday Night Lights: Best TV Series You Were Not Watching

http://sharetv.org/shows/friday_night_lights

Clear eyes.  Full Hearts.  Can't Lose.  In the first episode of the critcally acclaimed series, Friday Night Lights, this mantra pulls you into a world that feels all too familiar, but holds your breath barely and steadily because this world is all too magical.

How often are you enamoured by a television series's cinematography?  How often is your gut clenched just waiting for the next visceral image?  I would assume this is a rare occurrence.  What is even more surprising is this was not an HBO, Showtime, or AMC series.  Friday Night Lights barely made it through its five seasons due to low ratings, though it possessed extreme critical acclaim.  It has heart and it can be appreciated by any group:

Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood!

Clint Eastwood

Born on this day in 1930, Clint Eastwood has wowed audiences for decades with his acting and directing talents. Proving that age is not a deterrent to success, Mr. Eastwood was not nominated for an Academy Award, as an actor or a director, until he was 62.

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.

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