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 »

Teen Pick of the Month: The Living

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by fillups

The Living The Living By Matt de la Peña Grades 9-12 311 Pages Shy Espinoza needs to make some good money during the summer for himself and, more importantly, to help his mom and sister who are sick with a strange disease. Shy lands a dream summer job that has him super excited. He is going to be working on a cruise ship going out on a . . . more »

Christopher Nolan's Mindbending Movies

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013 by fillups

Director Christopher Nolan While movies are definitely a collaborative medium, I've always found the idea of the auteur really fascinating. In short, a director who manages to create a film with enough personal style that she (or he) is considered the author. A good case for this is the work of Christopher Nolan. From his very first short film (Doodlebug seen above), Nolan has shown an interest in . . . more »

The Awesome Gravity of Alfonso Cuarón

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 by fillups

Scene from the film Gravity Sorry for the pun, but audiences are really falling for director Alfonso Cuarón's movie Gravity . This is great news because not only is Gravity a terrific movie experience but it means that an exceptional director is getting some deserved mainstream attention. Cuarón started out directing television in his hometown of Mexico City. While his best known films are large budget science fiction and fantasy . . . more »

The Awesome Gravity of Alfonso Cuarón

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 by fillups

Scene from the film Gravity Sorry for the pun, but audiences are really falling for director Alfonso Cuarón's movie Gravity . This is great news because not only is Gravity a terrific movie experience but it means that an exceptional director is getting some deserved mainstream attention. Cuarón started out directing television in his hometown of Mexico City. While his best known films are large budget science fiction and fantasy . . . more »

The 2013 Hugo Award Winners!

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by fillups

Redshirts The 2013 Hugo Awards for excellence in science fiction and fantasy storytelling were announced, September 1st at the Lonestar Con 3. Check out the winners at your local SCCLD library! --Don Best Novel Redshirts by John Scalzi I had assumed that Robinson's Nebula winning 2312 would be the odds on favorite. However, John Scalzi's dark, comic Star Trek pastiche about how low ranking officers on . . . more »

The 2013 Hugo Award Winners!

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by fillups

Redshirts The 2013 Hugo Awards for excellence in science fiction and fantasy storytelling were announced, September 1st at the Lonestar Con 3. Check out the winners at your local SCCLD library! --Don Best Novel Redshirts by John Scalzi I had assumed that Robinson's Nebula winning 2312 would be the odds on favorite. However, John Scalzi's dark, comic Star Trek pastiche about how low ranking officers on . . . more »

Countdown to the 2013 Hugos: The Nominated TV Shows

Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 by fillups

Doctor Who My final Hugo Countdown entry before the Hugo Awards for achievement in science fiction are announced on Sunday, September 1st! Since 2003 the Hugo Awards have separated short form dramatic presentations (TV episodes and short films) from feature length presentations awards. The following are nominees available at the SCCLD libraries. Enjoy! Doctor Who Series 7, Part One Nominated Episodes: "The Angels Take Manhattan" "Asylum of . . . more »

Countdown to the 2013 Hugos: The Nominated TV Shows

Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 by fillups

Doctor Who My final Hugo Countdown entry before the Hugo Awards for achievement in science fiction are announced on Sunday, September 1st! Since 2003 the Hugo Awards have separated short form dramatic presentations (TV episodes and short films) from feature length presentations awards. The following are nominees available at the SCCLD libraries. Enjoy! Doctor Who Series 7, Part One Nominated Episodes: "The Angels Take Manhattan" "Asylum of . . . more »

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse at SCCLD

Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 by fillups

Scene from World War Z With the film adaptation of World War Z roaring into theaters over the past few weeks, I got to thinking about how I would survive a zombie apocalypse. I decided I wasn't quite as prepared as I ought to be so I started looking around the library for some help in zombie apocalypse survival. Besides World War Z itself, these are great books, videos and . . . more »

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse at SCCLD

Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 by fillups

Scene from World War Z With the film adaptation of World War Z roaring into theaters over the past few weeks, I got to thinking about how I would survive a zombie apocalypse. I decided I wasn't quite as prepared as I ought to be so I started looking around the library for some help in zombie apocalypse survival. Besides World War Z itself, these are great books, videos and . . . more »

Countdown to the 2013 Hugo Awards: The Nominated Movies

Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by fillups

The Avengers While the Hugo awards for writing draw the most attention every year, science fiction fans can also find lots of thought provoking entertainment in the category of Best Dramatic Presentation Long Form which includes both movies and full seasons of tv shows. This year's group of nominees are all feature films. They include several huge audience favorites as well as a horror satire and a . . . more »

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