Music and Movies

But Is It Art?

Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by coffeecritic

picture of wooden plank art installation in museum Ever find yourself in a museum looking at a painting or art installation, and think to yourself, "My kid could do that!"? I think I have a pretty open mind when it comes to art, but I can't deny that this thought has occasionally crossed my mind. But there are other times when a somewhat eccentric, or seemingly simple work of art has had a . . . more »

Get into the Groove- with Food!

Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013 by Missgina

Tasty Tasty Have you ever gotten hungry just looking at the music titles on your iPod? I know I get extra thirsty just listening to Kelis's "Milkshake" song. Or how about feeling a rumblin' in my tummy with Weird Al's "Eat It"? I made a list of the Library's tastiest music albums and artist names that will get you into the groove! The Food Album Hard . . . more »

Charming Homage or Blasphemous Desecration?

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by fillups

Scene from Tom and Jerry in the Wizard of Oz With this weekend's release of Oz, the Great and Powerful, I started thinking about the most bizarre Oz tie-in, I've ever experienced. If the idea of the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry cutting capers while Dorothy Gale croons out "Over the Rainbow" gives you pause, you should definitely avoid this 2011 direct to video mash up of the creations of L. Frank Baum, William Hanna . . . more »

Suspense! Excitement! High Drama!

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2013 by coffeecritic

Spellbound They may not be classified as action movies, but these documentaries have all the nail-biting suspense, triumphs and agonies of any feature film. It's all about competition! Follow these hopefuls, young and old, from every walk of life, as they risk all to compete in poetry slams, spelling bees, math prowess, pastry baking, debating, dancing, eating, whistling and more ... Kings of Pastry "World Cup-size . . . more »

Staff Benda Bilili: Music triumphs over Adversity

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by globespinner

Benda bilili! The documentary film Benda bilili! (which means: Look beyond appearances) introduces us to several paraplegic men who get around the city of Kinshasa in modified motorized tricycles. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a harsh war-torn nation and they live in abject poverty but these men have a vision- form a band and make compelling and lovely music together. They enlist the help of a . . . more »

What is a 'found footage' horror film and how do I find one?

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Movies_and_Music

V/H/S Maybe you've heard the term 'found footage' kicked around when it comes to films and wondered what it meant. Well, a found footage film is a movie, often a horror movie, that centers its plot around amateur film footage typically, but not always, left behind or 'found' in the aftermath of a disaster or event. Sometimes these types of films are called 'mockumentaries' due to . . . more »

2013 Academy Award Winners!

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 by fillups

Academy Award Check out these Oscar winning films at your local SCCLD library. Argo Best Picture Winner Best Adapted Screenplay Winner Best Film Editing Winner On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants storm the American embassy in Tehran and capture dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escape and a mid-level CIA agent named Antonio Mendez devises an . . . more »

Countdown to the 2013 Academy Awards: Stop Motion Dominates Animation

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 by fillups

. When I was a kid I found myself fascinated with the monsters in the movies by special effect legend Ray Harryhausen. I later found out that these monsters were brought to life by a process known as stop motion animation. There are lots of cool elements to this type of animation. Stop motion is made up of actual three dimensional figures that move by . . . more »

This Year's Top Grammy Winners

Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Movies_and_Music

Making Mirrors Check out this year's top Grammy winners from your local library. Record of the Year & Best Pop Duo Making Mirrors Album of the Year Babel Song of the Year & Best New Artist Some Nights Best Pop Vocal Album Stronger Best Dance Recording & Best Electronica Album Bangarang Best Pop Instrumental Album Impressions ~Vicki . . . more »

Countdown to the 2013 Academy Awards: Film Can Make a Difference

Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 by coffeecritic

The Invisible War According to an article in Moviefone, the five Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature this year show that film can make a difference. The Invisible War This film exposes the horrible and widespread problem of rape and sexual assault within the United States Armed Forces. It has already changed policy at the Pentagon. Searching for Sugar Man This film is about the 1970s singer-songwriter Rodriguez, . . . more »