Shakespeare, Modernized

by Marina Today we celebrate Shakespeare! April 23rd is Talk Like Shakespeare Day and we celebrate both his birth and death on that day. I’m a fan of Shakespeare. Of his plays, at least. The comedies more than the tragedies. I guess I don’t really know much about the man himself. Besides what might be true in […]

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Jane Austen Movie Adaptations

By Michelle C. Are you obsessed with Jane Austen’s novels? Have you watched the movie versions over and over, eagerly awaiting each new release? Do you have fights with your friends about which version of Pride and Prejudice is best (Colin Firth–always Colin Firth)? Then this is the blog post for you! Some of my favorite […]

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Reality TV: Hidden Treasures

by Michelle C. Reality television often gets a bad rap. It’s too dramatic. The situations are fake. People are painted as villains or heroes. But how can I mind that when those are the things I like about fiction! I like to slip into someone else’s world for an hour or two–even if it’s not […]

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Awards Round-up: February 2017

by Michelle C. Welcome to the February Awards Round-up! At the end of each month we compile the book, movie, television and music winners for that month. February has the double whammy of the Grammys and the Oscars. Get ready to place some holds! Academy Awards Presented annually on television, the Oscars can cause a flurry of […]

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by Marina When I was a kid I was a fanatic for books about horses. And sometimes dogs. And The Baby-sitters Club. But mostly horses. I started out by devouring the Billy and Blaze series. Multiple times. And then anything by Walter Farley–my absolute favorite was Man O’ War. (I still have my paperback copy.) Marguerite […]

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Librarians in the Movies

by Michelle C. February is Library Lovers’ Month and what better way to celebrate than to watch a movie where a librarian saves the day? Well, I suppose you could read a book where a librarian saves the day. Or you could show some Library Love by sharing a story of what you love most […]

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Awards Round-up: January 2017

by KP Welcome to the January Awards Round-up! Each month we gather together the book, movie, television and music winners for that month. A new year marks a new award season, and January offered a robust number of ceremonies honoring titles in the entertainment and publishing world. Some of the month’s biggest winners included:            […]

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Movie and Graphic Novel Pairings

by Grant Comic book movies were everywhere again this year. Apparently, the public demand for superhero films isn’t waning yet. In addition to all of the flying, swinging, jumping, and shooting costumed heroes, Hollywood has mined graphic novels for even more films. There are adaptations of shirtless men (300), very long trains (Snowpiercer),  masked men […]

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Strange but True Movies

by Michelle C. You know that Almond Joy/Mounds jingle “Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t”? It runs through my head whenever I come across a really odd documentary. I’m not talking about odd like your-sister-likes-to-dip-her-French-fries-in-ice-cream odd. I’m talking about bizarre. Peculiar. Eccentric. The very best kind of odd. These are stories about people that […]

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First Films

by Grant While watching the newest trailer for director Christopher Nolan’s (he of the Dark Knight Trilogy) Dunkirk, and reading Michelle’s recent post, I started thinking of first films of famous directors. Most often first films offer insights into future paths that a director might take. Sadly, some first films are the pinnacle of creative […]

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