Items tagged with Movies

Stella by Starlight

Posted by on Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 - 10:44 AM

While we are visiting literary New Orleans let's stop off at St. Peter Street to visit Tennessee Williams.

He began writing A Streetcar Named Desire while living there (at #632) and he won his first Pulitzer Prize for this play.


I can still remember the excitement I felt the first time I visited the city and saw that streetcar coming.

There it was … Desire!  I rode the very route that Blanche had to travel to reach Stella's home on Elysian Fields.

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Movie Legal Landmark

Posted by on Friday, Jan 14, 2011 - 1:19 PM

This week marks the end of a court battle over the legality of the VCR and its impact on the movie industry.  Universal vs. Sony was was Hollywood's first major legal challenge to the new home video revolution. This case eventually made its way to the United States Supreme Court.  Yet, by the time the court upheld the decision in favor of Sony in 1984, their Betamax technology had lost its own battle with the VHS format.   read more

Read any good movies lately?

Posted by SusanM on Friday, Jan 14, 2011 - 12:01 PM

Oscar statueThe Golden Globe Awards will be awarded next week and in just a few weeks the nominations for the Academy Awards will be announced.  It’s always fun to see what will be nominated for the Best Picture and this year is no exception.  But when I see a film that I really love, I’m often interested to see if it was an original screenplay or if it was adapted from a book.  The movies that get nominated in the Best Picture category often start with a really good novel, short story or sometimes, even a nonfiction book.  Some of the favorites this year would make great choices for book clubs to consider for their groupread more

Movie: Waiting for Superman

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Waiting for Superman movieWaiting for Superman is a critically acclaimed  look at public education in the United States. This documentary has helped launch a movement to achieve a real and lasting change through the compelling stories of five unforgettable students. (111 min s)

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Films, Teen

Movie: Hereafter

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Hereafter movieNote: With the current tragedy in Japan, we want you to be aware that this film begins with scenes of a tsunami that are key  to the plot and development of a main character.

Critic Roger Ebert calls Hereafter a movie, by Clint Eastwood, for “intelligent people who are naturally curious about what happens when the shutters close." George (Matt Damon) is a blue-collar American with a special connection to the afterlife dating from his childhood. French journalist Marie has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. When London schoolboy Marcus loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each seeking the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might, or must, exist in the hereafter. (2 hrs, 9 minutes)

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Exit Through the Gift Shop

Posted by on Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011 - 1:03 PM

Just what is all the scuttlebug about Exit Through the Gift Shop  an inside view of street art with a twist.  The fillm has garnered rave reviews for its look at a most unusual artist.    It has also seen its share of criticism.  Just last week, The New York Times reminded us that this an film that is an " artistic conundrum of a documentary."  Questions about  the movie's veracity have swirled since its opening.  The Times further asked, "Was it a hoax staged by an internationally known cultural prankster or a wry commentary on an overblown art world?"  

Come find out for yourself when the Westport Library shows Exit Through the Gift Shop on Thursday, January 13th at 7 pm in the McManus Room. 

Art, Movies

My Name Is Khan

Posted by on Monday, Jan 10, 2011 - 10:27 AM

I was working upstairs in the Children’s Department yesterday and therefore unable to attend the screening of My Name Is Khan, but I checked in with fellow staffer Joan Hume who ran the show (literally!) to find out how the audience reacted.

Here is her summary of everyone’s thoughts: “It is a very emotional movie that reminds you that there are two kinds of people in the world – good people and bad people.”read more

Now showing ...

Posted by on Friday, Jan 7, 2011 - 10:00 AM

If you missed our first two programs you really missed something!

We were SRO for Dr. James Hansen.  It was heartening to see so many young students there with their laptops glowing as they took notes.  Their typing furor kept pace with the growing uneasiness in the room as Hansen spelled (and graphed) out the sorry state of the planet for us all. read more

Rock You Like a Hurricane

Posted by on Wednesday, Dec 29, 2010 - 12:45 PM

Katrina had just become the eleventh named storm of the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane season when NASA's Terra satellite captured the terrifying image above on August 24, 2005, at 11:50 am, EDST.

It developed into one of the most powerful hurricanes on record, slamming into Louisiana and Mississippi with winds exceeding 170 miles per hour and storm surges of up to 26 more

Nominate an Oscar Winner

Posted by on Monday, Dec 20, 2010 - 7:48 PM

Did you know that a film must be 40 minutes or longer to be eligible for a feature length Oscar nomination and that it must have run for at least 7 consecutive days in a theatre to make the ballot?  (And by the way, the theatre has to have been in the Los Angeles area.) That's only two of the musts listed in the fine print of the elegibility rules just published by the officials of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.  Oscar fever has more