On our Twitter feed (@denverlibrary) earlier this week, we asked you to tweet your Oscar picks. In that spirit, let me offer my own best guesses in what is shaping up to be a year of, shall we say, prohibitive favorites. (Disclaimer: please do not wager any of your hard-earned money on my carefully researched amateur prognostications, despite what is almost a deafening consensus in each of these categories.
Did you know that there are almost 10,000 items in Vietnamese within the Denver Public Library collection? The majority of these items are housed at the Barnum Branch Library, where DPL’s Vietnamese speakers come on a regular basis to check out DVDs, books and CDs.
Many outside of the Barnum area are unaware that this collection exists, and there are those, like myself, who simply find it intriguing and mysterious. In order to learn more, I asked Sao T. to give some recommendations for the best Vietnamese movies at DPL. Sao first came to the US in 1978 and has been working for DPL for over 20 years. Many of the Vietnamese items in the collection are a result of her hard work and selection, and I am pretty sure that there isn’t a single Vietnamese customer at DPL who doesn’t know who Sao is.
You may not recognize his face or even his name, but the comedy world lost an incredible talent today with the passing of Harold Ramis. He leaves an astounding legacy of writing and directing some of the most enduring (and quotable) comedy features and acting, most famously as the ever serious Ghostbuster, Dr. Egon Spengler.
Ghostbusters remains one my all time favorite films. Its witty dialog, spot-on acting, eccentric characters, creative storytelling, and pseudoscientific plot lines makes it one of the most enjoyable and audience friendly films I can think of. Pure desert island worthy material. If this was all Ramis left the film world, it would be enough in my book. But his body of work includes so much more and in light of his passing feels like it all deserves another view. Here are some of the highlights:
These 6 movies will touch your heart in the saddest of ways!
A movie that makes you cry or really sad is a very special film. Think about it. Making a sad movie is no small feat by any means! The director has to meticulously plan and, most importantly, strike a nerve with the movie's audience. Although a movie might make you break out the tissues, hug a pillow, or just plain cry, think about how it is that you can so viscerally connect to the film, its story, and its characters. If this has ever happened to you, don't worry! You're not alone; I'm pretty sure millions of other people cried just like you did.
Beginning on Wednesday, February 5th, The Denver Film Society will launch a new film education course, Film Criticism: The Envelope Puhleeze - What Award Season Fever Tells Us About The "Best" Of Hollywood, taught by esteemed Denver Post film and theater critic, Lisa Kennedy.
The class -- which meets every Wednesday night from 6:30-9:00 at the Sie FilmCenter -- will examine the peculiar cultural ritual that is the film Awards Season and consider what it means to single out one movie as the "Best Picture" of the year.
Whether you're an Oscar fanatic or Oscarphobic, Kennedy's class will definitely give you something to think about in-between munching on popcorn and snickering at fashion faux pas.
Is it safe to say that we're in the midst of the golden age of animation?
I would say yes! We've been in the Golden age since the '90s. Why you ask? Since the release of Beauty and the Beast VOL. 2 in 1991 until now, there have been more animated movies grossing over one hundred million dollars than any point in history! The top 50 grossing animated movies of all time happened in the last 20 years and the numbers prove it.
Through the good and the bad, if you smile more often, life will seem easier.
Watch a movie that makes you giggle, smile, and cheers you up. One that puts you in that mood where you forget about your problems and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There seem to be no worries in the world when you have a great comedy to take you to another place. So, smile a little more and life will feel a lot better.
His name is Jan Švankmajer and he is probably hands down the most creative, disturbing, artistic movie director who has ever lived!
My statement above is no joke; I swear, even the master of darkness (Stephen King) cannot compete with Jan Švankmajer. Seriously-- take a look at one of his films! I swear, they appear to be from another planet. Even though it might seem that Jan Švankmajer is seriously loony!!! I must say he is a creative genius!!!!
Let's re-visit the '70s and remind ourselves what a groovy time it was for movie goers.
Awwww what a time; disco balls, bell bottom jeans, muscle cars, and so much more! But, let's not forget that this was also a time for movies that were just plain awesome. They say that the golden age of movies was between 1927 and 1963, but I feel that is premature. If you really look at the number of films that left a profound impact with film audiences in the '70s, you would agree that 1963 date should be extended to 1979. If you're interested, you can also check out the links below to learn interesting facts about these films.