Tag Archives: Movies

The Man Who Invented Christmas

With the holiday season around the corner, you’re probably looking to add a new movie to your holiday lineup.  It brings to mind the popular holiday book, A Christmas Carol.  This spooky classic is so popular, there are at least NINETEEN different movies that have been made :

   

Well now you can see The Man Who Invented Christmas, which is about the author, Charles Dickens, and how he came to write the story.  Charles Dickens is played by Dan Stevens (whom you may recognize from The Beast in Beauty and the Beast).  Check it out this weekend!

 

 

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Throwback Thursday: The Phantom Tollbooth

phantom tollbooth.jpgFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.

A bored young boy, Milo, drives his small electric car through a toy tollbooth and finds himself in the Land Beyond. A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.

First published in 1961, The Phantom Tollbooth has been adapted into a movie as well as published as an annotated version. Lovely illustrations just add to the appeal of this witty book about a boy searching for a cure for his boredom.

You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J JUSTER, and the movie in the Juvenile DVD section at jDVD FIC TOL.

~aw

Twenty Years Ago…

HPOn June 26, 1997 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (also known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US) was published in the United Kingdom. Can you believe that the Harry Potter books are twenty years old?

You can now enjoy the whole world of Harry Potter including books, movies, and the website Pottermore, https://www.pottermore.com/, where you can learn what house you would be sorted into and what your wand would be made of!

June 20th

On this day, June 20th in 1975 the movie Jaws was released in theaters!

“The story of a great white shark that terrorizes a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster and the highest-grossing film in movie history until it was bested by 1977’s Star Wars. Jaws was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category and took home three Oscars, for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound. The film, a breakthrough for director Spielberg, then 27 years old, spawned three sequels.” http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/jaws-released-2

You can borrow Jaws from the library, or learn more about sharks with books from the Juvenile Nonfiction section at j597.3.

Ghostbusters!

On June 8th in 1984 (33 years ago!) Ghostbusters was released in theaters! History.com reports that it was a huge hit:

Despite its hefty $30 million production budget–an unprecedented amount for a comedy–Ghostbusters was a box-office hit by any standards, beating out Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom to become the second-highest-grossing movie of the year with $229 million, behind only Beverly Hills Cop ($235 million). It was equally well-received by critics; Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, for one,called it “an exception to the general rule that big special effects can wreck a comedy…one of those rare movies where the original, fragile comic vision has survived a multimillion-dollar production.” (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ghostbusters-released)

You can celebrate this accomplishment by borrowing the original Ghostbusters movie or the rebooted version from the library!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

The fourth movie based on the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 19th, 2017! Are you excited? Will you read the book before the movie? Or watch the other movies again?

Summary: A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.