Countdown to the 2014 Academy Awards: Roger Deakins

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by fillups

Scene from the film Prisoners Cinematographer Roger Deakins received his eleventh Oscar nomination for his work on the film, Prisoners. While he has yet to win the award, this consistent level of excellence is what makes Deakins one of the all time great cinematographers and one of the greatest currently making movies. His work with the Coen brothers in particular is legendary. Initially, Deakins was reluctant to use digital photography . . . more »

The February Poem of the Month

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by fillups

Milpitas Library Poem of the Month A whole family of poets provides the February Poem of the Month. The Freeman sisters have been a happy presence at many of the Milpitas Library poetry events. Each sister had a short poem to share and so this video features a short poem by each one of them. Enjoy! If you are interested in the Milpitas Library poetry scene, the Peaceful Poets group is . . . more »

Remembering Shirley Temple

Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by fillups

Shirley Temple Former child star and US ambassador, Shirley Temple passed away on Monday, February 10, 2014. Whenever I personally think of Shirley Temple, I think of her constant good spirits in the face of adversity. Her good humor and pluck have been a source of inspiration to countless audiences dealing with hard times. The movie work that Shirley Temple is remembered for is largely from the . . . more »

Countdown to the 2014 Academy Awards: Those Amazing Visual Effects

Posted on Sunday, February 9, 2014 by fillups

Scene from Star Trek Into Darkness Thanks to the many technical advances in visual effects technology, I am constantly in awe of the incredible images that show up routinely when I watch a movie. As a long time fan of the art of visual effects, it has been fun to watch its development over the years. The Oscars have been honoring some form of special effects since the first ceremony held . . . more »

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by fillups

Philip Seymour Hoffman from Scent of a Woman Actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away on February 2, 2014. I remember vividly the first time I became aware of Philip Seymour Hoffman. I was watching Scent of a Woman (image above) and every time Hoffman put in an appearance as the weasely, cowardly classmate of Chris O'Donnell, I found myself riveted by this minor character. In this film, and so many others, Hoffman brings . . . more »

The 2014 Printz Award Winner

Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2014 by fillups

Midwinterblood The Michael L Printz Award is given annually to the best written book for teens. The 2014 winner is Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick Doomed love circles back through the centuries in a series of seven intricately plotted, interlocking stories set on a mysterious, isolated island. Forgetting and remembering, blessed and cursed, modern and ancient, these dualities brilliantly infuse the novel’s lush landscape. You can also . . . more »