Items tagged with Movies

Film — My Name Is Khan

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In My Name is Khan, an autistic Muslim man from India lives in San Francisco and meets a vivacious single mother. After the 9/11 attacks, fate and tragedy conspire to tear them apart. Khan embarks on an inspiring journey to prove his loyalty. English and subtitles. (2 hrs 40 min)

Thanks to Joanne Woodward and the Brian and Leslie Gold family for their support of WestportREADS. 

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My Name is Khan
WestportREADS, Films

Fall in Love with the Simpsons

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Love is in the air! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your favorite family by watching the most romantic episodes of The Simpsons. Hosted by resident Simpsons’ geek, Teen Services Librarian, jlewis [at] westportlibrary [dot] org (Jaina Lewis). All ages are invited to attend.

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Teen, Movies

Movie The Social Network

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The Social Network—On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications. Directed by David Fincher and starring Andrew Garfield, Jesse Eisenberg, and Justin Timberlake. (2010, 120 minutes)

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Movie Exit Through the Gift Shop

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Exit Through the Gift Shop is the inside story of Street Art, a brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame, money and vandalism collide. It follows an eccentric shop-keeper turned amateur film-maker as he attempts to capture many of the world’s most infamous vandals on camera, only to have a British stencil artist named Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner with wildly unexpected results. Exit Through the Gift Shop is a fascinating study of low-level criminality, comradeship and incompetence. (2010, 87 minutes)

NY Times review.

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Toy Story 3

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Join Woody and pals for a Library Holiday Movie! The movie airs at 11am and 2pm. 

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All ages
Movies, Kids

ClipNotes: Wow! You have that!

Posted by on Thursday, Oct 14, 2010 - 4:56 PM

Staff members who work in the Westport Public Library audio visual area really enjoy sharing customer feedback with me. The most heard comments from new customers noticing the size and breadth of our collection for the first time are “wow” and “this is an amazing collection.” And right after the wow factor subsides, the question most frequently asked is how the collection came to be so expansive and appealing to both the occasional film lover and the more serious student of film.

The answer to that is both expansive and quick. It’s as long as the many stacks holding a film collection developed over decades aided by the purchase of the inventory of a store going out of business and generous grants to purchase DVDs and Blu- rays. It is a quick as the blink of the one eye kept focused on the reviews of the less well known films and the blink of the other eye focused on what is popular at the local multiplexes as well as the independent theatres.

Add to this the importance of developing a collection through patron suggestions. Library staff passes on all customer suggestions. Staff loves to receive these suggestions and the library does its best to honor them. We try to make the process of suggestion quick and easy for you. Fill out a purchase request form at any of our service points or email your suggestion to ref [at] westportlibrary [dot] org. Help us keep the “wow” factor!


Grace Notes: Norwalk Symphony Orchestra

Posted by MargieF on Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:07 PM

If you are a movie buff or feel nostalgic for your favorite screen star, you may want to attend the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra concert on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. at the Norwalk Concert Hall. Conductor Diane Wittry is presenting classical music that not only supported the film but received recognition by being performed by the great orchestras of the world. Many of these pieces are quite familiar and have become part of the popular music vernacular.

Richard Strauss' opening notes from his tone poem Also Sprach Zarathurstra was beautifully used in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Erich Wolfgang Korngold won an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score in 1938 for The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn. American nationalist, composer and pianist, Aaron Copland, went to Hollywood with hopes of financial security; he provided the score for the film adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel The Red Pony. John Williams will be represented from his Academy award winning music from Star Wars and Schindler's List. These are just some of the compositions that will be heard in this tribute to the movies.


Sweet Valley High

Posted by JainaL on Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 - 9:56 PM

valleyhigh.jpgOne of my favorite series from my youth is back! Diablo Cody, the screenwriter behind the teen films Juno and the recent slasher film Jennifer's Body has been hired to adapt Francine Pascal's Sweet Valley High series for the big screen. The series began being published in the early 80's and contained 152 books, a tv series, and even a board game (which I, ahem, still have). Cody says that the film will be set in the 1980's, just like the original novels, claiming that she "[doesn't] feel like brokering some deal with T-Mobile to give Enid a Sidekick." Given that EVERY teen show/movie these days seems to be centered around technology, I'm interested in seeing a throw-back in which girls can't take camera-phone pics of each other's every move and can't communicate by constant texting. I think that people used to pass notes to each other...? :)


No Kidding, Me Too!

Posted by JainaL on Monday, Apr 20, 2009 - 5:24 PM

pantoliano21209.jpgThe Westport Teen Awareness Group is offering a free screening of the documentary No Kidding, Me Too! on Tuesday, April 28th at 7PM in the Staples Auditorium. There is no admission fee and seating is on a first-come basis. The documentary was produced and created by Emmy Award winning actor and Wilton resident, Joey Pantoliano. “Sponsored by TAG, the goal of the viewing of the documentary is to increase mental health awareness and help erase the stigma association with mental health disorders,” said Butler. “One in five people will be diagnosed with some form of mental illness in their lifetime and affects not only the person diagnosed, but also family and friends.”

The documentary highlights the personal experiences of eight people – four adults (including Pantoliano) and four teens – each of whom shares their struggle with depression, symptomatic risky behavior such as substance and alcohol abuse and self-injury, and the improvement in the quality of their lives once they received help. "I was diagnosed with clinical depression three years ago and after I was diagnosed, there was this euphoric feeling that it was not my fault," Pantoliano said. "I thought it was important to talk about and come out with my own mental illness and in doing that, I realized it's not a minority of us; it affects so many Americans." Pantoliano believes that parents and kids between the ages of 14 and 21 years old will benefit from seeing the documentary as they are a rising population affected by mental health disease. He recently visited the Teen Awareness Group at Staples to ask for their help in sharing the documentary with their peers. The viewing will be followed by a question and answers session with Pantoliano and a panel of local professionals.

Panelists will include Dr. Katie Liebenberg, director of adolescent services at Positive Directions; Dr. Tait Michael, Chair, Department of Psychiatry at Norwalk Hospital; Dr. Hilary Blumberg, professor of psychiatry at Yale University and NKM2 advisory board member. There will also be representatives from the Renfrew Center and Staples High School’s Pupil Services staff.

For more information about No Kidding, Me Too! visit Questions about the April 28 event, contact Chris Lemone at 341-1285, or TAG at AskTag [at] aol [dot] com


The Haunting in Connecticut

Posted by JainaL on Friday, Apr 3, 2009 - 10:00 PM

the-haunting-in-connecticut.jpgLast weekend when I went to the movies, I saw super-long lines for The Haunting in Connecticut. I figured that the film was popular just because, well, we were IN Connecticut, but little did I know that it was actually the #2 movie in the country. I also didn't know that it was based on a true story. Apparently the haunting took place in the mid-80's in a house in Southington that had been a former funeral home. Scary stuff! You can read the story and see the interview on CNN.