movies

Time to Vote!

Posted by SusanM on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 - 1:32 PM

VoteJust two weeks from today we will be heading to the polls to elect the next President of the United States, numerous members of Congress and many state and local officials.  If you feel like you need a little break from the constant onslaught of campaign commercials and debates, be sure to check out some of the election themed and political movies that are available in our AV department.read more


Happy Anniversary James Bond!

Posted by SusanM on Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 - 10:36 AM

James bondIt’s been fifty years since the first movie featuring James Bond, also known as Agent 007, opened in movie theaters across the country.  Based on a series of spy thrillers written by British author Ian Fleming, it is one of the longest running series in movie history and one of the most successful.  The series has grossed over $5 billion dollars, having only been surpassed by the recent Harry Potter series of movies.  Six actors have starred as James Bond over the years starting with Sean Connery in 1962 in Dr. No.  Over the last 50 years fans have followed James Bond’s thrilling and dangerous adventures as he has defeated villains and often found romance with one of the many ‘Bond’ girls that appear in all his movies.read more


From Westport to Hollywood

Posted by SusanM on Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 - 3:12 PM

HollywoodWestport has a long history of connections to Hollywood.  Although probably best known as the home of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and current resident, producer Harvey Weinstein, there have been many other representatives of the movie industry who have lived in Westport.  Just last week a former resident and graduate of Staples HS, Sarah Koskoff, was in the news when her movie, Hello I Must be Going, opened in New York City.  Ms. Koskoff wrote the screenplay and her director husband, Todd Luiso, filmed scenes in Westport at the home of Ms. Koskoff’s parents.  Starring Melanie Lynskey and Blythe Danner, this movie was the opening night selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  Ms. Lynskey received great reviews as a recent divorcee who returns to the home of her parents as she attempts to come to terms with her life. read more


Back to School

Posted by SusanM on Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 - 2:47 PM

Back to schoolIt’s hard to believe, but the summer is almost over.  It doesn’t seem possible, but school will be starting in just a few days!  Get yourself in the mood to begin the new school year by watching one of our favorite back to school movies. read more

Movies, School

The Return of Teenflix!

Posted by JainaL on Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 - 3:22 PM

August isn't usually anybody's favorite month. August signifies the end of summer, which means that school and cool weather are just around the corner. But you know what I love about August? Teenflix! Every Monday in August, you can catch a different movie outside at the Levitt Pavillion. This year, the theme is "Comedy Through the Decades," featuring a selection from the 70's, 80's, 90's, and 00's. Last night began with Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which was a lot of fun. Coming up, be sure to check out:read more

Movies, Teen

The Fab Four

Posted by SusanM on Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 - 3:10 PM

BeatlesFebruary 9, 1964 was a day when history was made in this country.  Like many other Americans, I was sitting in my living room, along with the rest of my family, watching TV.  What was the event we were watching?   Four young British musicians, John, Paul, George and Ringo, otherwise known as The Beatles, in their first live American performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. 73 million Americans - over 40% of every man, woman and child in America, watched this event on that evening.read more


Back to the Beach

Posted by JainaL on Friday, Jul 6, 2012 - 4:08 PM

Beach season is here! What better time to pay tribute to the best beach movies in our collection? If you're looking for a great classic beach movie, check out 1961's Blue Hawaii. It has Elvis in Hawaii. There's singing, dancing, etc. That's all you really need to know. If you want a laugh, check out John Candy in Summer Rental, about a vacation gone hilariously wrong. If you're sick of the beach,watching Cast Away, about a man marooned on a remote island or Jaws, about a beach community terrorized by a shark, might be enough to keep you away from the water for awhile. read more

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Going to the Chapel

Posted by SusanM on Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 - 3:55 PM

WeddingThe marriage between two people is one of life’s major moments, and June has consistently been the most popular month for weddings to take place.  Wedding celebrations often bring out both the best and the worst behavior among family and friends.  As a result, weddings have always been a popular theme in movies.  Whether you are interested in watching a romantic love story, or a behind the scenes look at the competiveness and rivalry that weddings sometimes bring out, we have lots of great wedding movies in our AV department. They are fun to watch and are sure to make you realize what a special event a wedding can be.read more

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Game of Thrones

Posted by JainaL on Friday, Jun 8, 2012 - 11:01 AM

I know this is the Movie Blog, but I can't help myself from writing about good tv. Last Sunday was the conclusion of the second season of Game of Thrones on HBO. Since I'm already upset that I won't see another new episode for a long time, I decided to devote this blog to the show. A few months ago, if you would have told me that I would be obsessed with a fantasy show involving dragons, magic, and beings straight out of fairy tales, I would have laughed at you. Most of my other tv obsessions are firmly set in the real world: Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire... But what got me about Game of Thrones is not that it isn't really a fantasy show, so much as it is a show about politics.read more


Being Elmo

Posted by SusanM on Monday, May 21, 2012 - 2:04 PM

Being ElmoDo you love Elmo?   I know I do.  Elmo, the furry red puppet that lives on Sesame Street, is beloved by children and many adults all over the world.  There is something so sweet, so genuine and real about that little puppet that children have made him one of the most identifiable and beloved Muppets of all time.  Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, is a documentary movie about Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who gives life to Elmo, and is responsible for Elmo’s rise to stardom.read more