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by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

I am always on the lookout for a retelling of a a classic tale- especially one as powerful as Frankenstein. It has remained popular since 1931 when Boris Karloff first donned the giant shoes and neck bolts. And while I enjoy almost all of the offerings and their various interpretations, until now my fave has been the Kenneth Branagh version from 1994, with de Niro suiting up as the monster. However, this past weekend I stumbled across a version that I think is the most true to the original intent of Mary Shelly- the horror, not of the monster, but of science run amok. Of a creaure who is knowledgeable, wise and possessed of a conscience. And after being abadoned by his creator decides "if I cannot inspire love, I will inspire fear".

This is a mini series so it runs a little longer at 204 minutes, but I think you'll find it to be worth your time. Some great locations shots, some fine acting and a really nice Gothic feel to it. It also has what might be the best looking monster ever. Even though he still looks pretty awful---especially immediately pre and post creation! Now I don't think this is a case of miscasting nor an attempt to be campy---it just gave him a humanity that really works.

In addition to these three, CPL also has the Bride of Frankenstein from 1931, History Channels In Search of the Real Frankenstein, one with Robert Foxworth that may be fine but in all honesty I can't be bothered to watch as he strikes me as a little lightweight for the role, and of course the hilarious Young Frankenstein. There is also a boxed set which features 5 in 1- the original with Boris Karloff - The bride of- The House of- The Ghost of- the Son of........ you get the picture.

Spring Break Movies at a library near you

by Moe - 2 Comment(s)

Now the library is a pretty excellent destination at any time, but this coming week we'll give you several extra reasons to drop in:

Signal Hill, Central and Crowfoot are all showing movies!

Copyright 'stuff' prevents us from advertising online what the selections will be at two of the branches, so you have to give the branches a call to see what the movies are going to be. In the case of Crowfoot, let me just tell you that we have a really fun film ready. It is a 'new release' and there are currently almost 500 people on hold for it! Phone us at 221-4122 and we will give you the actual title. No registrations are required but we do expect good crowds. Crow's starts at 10:30 on the 30th. Country Hills' is at 1:30 on the 27th.

HOWEVER! The big news is that we CAN advertise the title we're showing at Central! And I bet you can guess what it is!!! Come down to the John Dutton Theatre (yep -- on the big screen!) at 12:00 on Wednesday the 28th for the Library PREMIERE of the new "Muppets" Movie!

Need more suggestions? Follow this link to see what else CPL can offer you.

The Hunger Games

by Moe - 72 Comment(s)

Yes. You read that right... Movie Maniacs, the TeenZone and our friends at Alliance Films are offering a FREE Double-Pass to "The Hunger Games" movie screening at 7:00 p.m. on March 22nd at Chinook Theatre. The movie isn't actually released until the next day, so you'll get to see it before anyone else!

Now, this contest is going to be a little trickier than usual, since this movie has a little more buzz than usual. To enter, you have to tell us WHY YOU DESERVE TO GO TO THE HUNGER GAMES -- and be creative! We're going to pit your entries in a battle-to-the-death (well... kind of...) to see who the champion is. That person will be informed on Wednesday March 21st.

To enter:

1) Use the comments box below to tell us why YOU deserve to go to 'The Hunger Games'

2) Make sure to include a way to contact you- we need your name and library card number (which will not be posted). It would be awful to miss out on this chance -- make sure you include this info.

3) Be creative! Competition is stiffer than that in the 74th Hunger Games!

Good Luck! And may the odds be ever in your favour!


Jumping on the bandwagon

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Everybody's talking about Downton Abbey: the manor house, the costumes, the romance, so why not?

CPL has it on blu ray and dvd so I decided to partake.

Maggie Smith plays the matriarch in this family saga that also features the household staff whose lives increasingly intersect with their employers' due to the changing social climate after the First World War. If you liked Upstairs, Downstairs and Gosford Park, you'll enjoy Downton Abbey.

Place your hold now and see what all the fuss is about...

The great thing about some of these historically based series is the tie-in research you can do just for fun...The Countess of Carnarvon has written in response, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey (coming soon), or if you just want to get caught up in the show, there's The World of Downton Abbey.

by Mel

Mrs. Gaskell

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Hormah, the outreach librarian at Louise Riley recommended North and South, the British mini-series starring Richard Armitage (the best looking spy from the recent seasons of tv series MI-5).

Based on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel, it's the now classic Victorian scenario of misunderstanding and stubbornness ending in romance (remind anyone of Austen's Pride and Prejudice?). A minister's daughter relocates to Milton, an industrial town rife with poverty and conflict. Gaskell herself lived in Manchester and was married to a minister and was best known in her time for her biography of Charlotte Bronte (see the Britannica Encyclopedia in our E-library).

We also have the adaptation of Gaskell's Wives and Daughters--a little more comic but it also deals with making choices about how to live and with whom. We also have a popular adaptation of Gaskell's Cranford, starring Judi Dench, which Hormah also recommended.