Music and Movies

Who is Fred Zinnemann?

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013 by fillups

Beach Scene from From Here to Eternity ...and why should a movie fan celebrate his birthday? While the late film director Fred Zinnemann's name might not be recognizable to the average movie goer a look back at his incredible career reveals several great films that many movie fans cherish including the most famous beach kiss ever filmed. Fred Zinnemann was born on April 29th 1907 in Vienna. After he came to America, . . . more »

How Did You Celebrate Earth Day?

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by coffeecritic

What did you do on Earth Day? In honor of our planet's holiday, consider curling up on the couch with some of these earth-friendly films. Documentaries, dramas, animated family films - they're all available at the Santa Clara County Library! An Inconvenient Truth Former Vice President Al Gore explains the facts of global warming, presents arguments that the dangers of global warming have reached crisis . . . more »

Napa in the Springtime means... music!

Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 by Movies_and_Music

El Camino Album Cover Ahhh, can you think of anything better than spending four days in Napa in the Spring? Well how about spending four days in Napa in the Spring attending the first-ever Bottle Rock Music Festival from May 9-12, 2013? If you're a diehard music fan, this is one festival that shouldn't be missed! Check out my favorite albums from some of Bottle Rock's featured artists. You . . . more »

Rocking Out for Coachella!

Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Movies_and_Music

It's Blitz Check out CDs from the library and get amped up for the rest of Coachella this weekend. It's Blitz Yeah Yeah Yeahs No One's First, and You're next Modest Mouse Feedback Jurassic-5 Grinderman 2 Grinderman Synthetica Metric Bloom Beach House Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Phoenix Coexist Coexist XX Give up Postal Service I'm with You I'm with You Red Hot Chili Peppers Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend . . . more »

Remembering Deftones Bassist, Chi Cheng

Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Missgina

One of the ways I cope with a musician’s death is to listen to their albums nonstop, which is what I did all day on Sunday after learning of Chi’s passing. I played Around the Fur first and drove around listening to "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)" because not only is this my favorite song off this album, but it had the right mood. . . . more »

The Return of the Evil Dead

Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2013 by fillups

Scene from Evil Dead 2 Sam Raimi has been making big movie news in 2013. First, for directing Oz, The Great and Powerful and now, again topping the box office, by producing the big budget remake of his 1982 horror film The Evil Dead. Newcomer Fede Alvarez directed the 2013 version of Sam Raimi's cult classic. If you're a horror fan wanting to get caught up with Sam Raimi's influential . . . more »

These go to Eleven: Must-See Rockumentaries

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 by JANE CRONKHITE

Coachella In honor of Coachella this weekend (no, I'm not going- while I've been before and it's awesome, the desert is so hot!), here are my partial list of rockumentaries and mock-rockumentaries to get the party started in your living room! Coachella: featuring some great performances of years past. Enough said. It's been said that the Altamont concert was the end of flower power. The Criterion . . . more »

Metropolitan Opera Live in HD!

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by coffeecritic

scene from The Enchanted Island Perhaps you missed the live screening of the Metropolitan Opera's Ring Cycle, or didn't get to see the premiere of The Enchanted Island on the big screen. No worries, the library has these and all Metropolitan Opera live in HD performances as they become available on dvd. Der Ring des Nibelungen Madama Butterfly Carmen Doctor Atomic All Metropolitan live in HD dvds here Top image: . . . more »

Good Rap Albums to Play in Good Weather

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 by Missgina

Ill Communication Ill Communication These Rap artists will be a great choice to get you in a good mood while we are having some nice spring weather. Time to drive around with the top down! Beastie Boys- "Sabotage" video: Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City Kendrick Lamar- "Swimming Pools (Drank)" video: The Chronic It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Timeless Get Rich or Die . . . more »

Remembering Roger Ebert

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2013 by fillups

I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie Roger Ebert passed away on Thursday, April 4th, 2013. Arguably, he was the most prominent and well known film critic in America. He was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize (in 1975) while he was writing for the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper. 1975 was also the year he began filming the PBS movie review show Sneak Previews with rival Chicago film critic Gene . . . more »