Happy Birthday Paul!

Today (January 26) Paul Newman turns 81. He is a very notable contributor to film as both an actor and director and a personal favorite of mine. Here are some of my favorites:

The Sting (1973), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), The Color of Money (1986), and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994). He also directed Rachel, Rachel (1968), The Glass Menagerie (1987), and more.

Did I miss any??

Olympic DVDs

On January 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympics, actually called "The International Winter Sports Week," began at Chamonix in the French Alps. This year the XX Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin (Torino in Italian), Italy from February 10-26.

The library's DVD collection includes several titles that have something to do with the Olympic Games, including Miracle, The Real Olympics, The First Olympics, Criterion's release of Tokyo Olympiad, One Day in September, Chariots of Fire, and this movie that was so moving it nearly brought me to tears.

So, what's your favorite Olympic event?

Venice Shines in Films

The recently released movie Casanova was made even more enjoyable by its luscious setting in Venice, Italy. Of course, Venice has been used as a setting in numerous films. Some of the most memorable are Death in Venice, Summertime, Wings of the Dove, Bread and Tulips and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Venice also appears prominently in less 'arty' films ranging from the James Bond vehicle Moonraker to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Are there others that appealed to you? What's your favorite Venice film?

Sundance Film Festival – January 19-29, 2006

Today marks the beginning of the Sundance Film Festival, one of the most well known celebrations of American and international independent film. The Sundance Institute was founded by Robert Redford in 1981 in Park City, Utah. To learn more about the institute and the festival, check out their website.

I know I always look forward to watching the films that gain recognition through Sundance. Check out some of the past winners:

Grizzly Man – Best Documentary Feature, 2005

American Splendor – Grand Jury Prize, 2003

Sir Anthony Receives Golden Globe for Lifetime Achievement

Sir Anthony Hopkins recently received the Cecil B. DeMille Golden Globe Award for lifetime achievement. Throughout his career Hopkins has impressed audiences with his intensity and range by playing characters such as a butler, a swashbuckling hero, a classics professor, a grieving theologian, a fallen president, an abolitionist, a painter, and, of course, a cannibal. More recently, he's received praise for his role in The World's Fastest Indian.

Brokeback Big Winner at Golden Globes

Brokeback

"Brokeback Mountain" won best drama at the Golden Globes last night, and its director Ang Lee and screenplay writers Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana also took home awards. Heath Ledger lost to Philip Seymour Hoffman's "Capote", and Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon took home awards for their portrayals as Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in "Walk the Line." Lost won best television drama and Empire Falls won best TV miniseries or movie.

Favorite TV Shows this Season

Lost

I just finished watching 24, did any one else see that? I've never watched it before, but after watching the the beginning of this season, I am seriously considering getting the earlier seasons from the library.

I know there are also a lot of Lost fans out there, and just so you know, we have the first season. If you have any thoughts or theories on this season's shows, this is the place to add them.

Shelly Winters: 1920-2006

Winters was best known for playing the blowsy woman the leading man would prefer to leave behind--from the wrong (and seriously wronged) woman in 1951's A Place in the Sun, for which she earned an Oscar nomination, to the mother in the way of James Mason's crush on Lolita )(1962). Check out her filmography at the Internet Movie Database.

DVDs for MLK Day

Blue-Eyed 2

The Complete Blue-Eyed: For over 30 years Jane Elliott, left, has been America's most highly acclaimed diversity trainer. Her powerful and controversial "blue eyed/brown eyed" exercise has had a life-changing impact on thousands in schools, corporations and government. The original "Blue eyed," the definitive record of her technique, proved so powerful that it has been made into three separate versions so it can be conveniently used in any setting. Also available at AADL is the follow-up documentary titled A Class Divided, which reunites the teacher and students 15 years later to analyze the enduring effects of the experience.

Other recommended DVDs:
February One (2003)
Boycott (2001)
Citizen King (2004)
Martin Luther King: "I Have a Dream" (2005)

Memorable Movie Cars

With Motor Trend magazine recently announcing their 2006 Car of the Year and the Detroit Auto Show opening to the public later this week, I've been thinking of some of the more memorable cars featured in movies. Here are a few that came to mind: the Mustang in Bullitt, the DeLorean in Back to the Future, the Mini Coopers in The Italian Job (1969) and The Italian Job (2003), the Shelby GT 500 in Gone in 60 Seconds, and all the tricked-out cars in The Fast and the Furious.

So, what are some of your favorite cars in movies or television? Or favorite car chase scenes?

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