Never Fear, B-Fest Is Here

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians DVD cover

If you dare to partake in B-Fest, the annual 24-hour festival of bad movies (January 23-24 in Evanston), here are some titles to give you a taste of what you're in for. In Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the people of Mars decide to bring joy to their planet by kidnapping Kris Kringle. Complete with an undeniably […]

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GenreList: Chilling Thrillers

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This time, on GenreList: plunging temperatures, blowing snow and fast-darkening skies set the scene for mysterious murders and alien oddities as we bring chilling thrillers to your local library. Feeling isolated by the cold? Are the howling winds and sub-zero temperatures driving you a bit batty? The Torrance family gets you in a big way. In The […]

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Who’s Your Favorite Scrooge?

Illustration from the Christmas Carol of Scrooge and Marley's ghost

Alastair Sim isn't the first Scrooge I ever loved, but over the years he’s become my favorite. Likewise, I consider his 1951 Christmas Carol the Christmas Carol. I especially love Sim's giddy, irrepressible joy the morning after the spirits visit, when he realizes he’s been granted a second chance at life. Favorite moment? When after dancing about the room he says, “I must stand […]

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Laughing All the Way

Elf doll and Christmas lights

Christmas is right around the corner, and I'm experiencing my annual anxiety about how this year I'm going to do the holidays just right! Thanks to my expert planning, amazing baking and flair for decorating, I will truly be the hostess with the mostess! Sadly, this tableau exists only in my mind. The reality of […]

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Rock Documentaries

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Some of the most powerful movies star not overpaid Hollywood actors but gloriously gifted singers and musicians. They're rock documentaries, great entertainment if you’re a fan of behind-the-music stories. One of the most moving and suspenseful rock documentaries is Searching for Sugar Man, about a Mexican-American singer-songwriter from Detroit. A 2012 Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary Feature, the movie sets […]

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Everything’s Coming Up Sondheim!

Broadway sign

The casual observer might say that I am more than a little obsessed with musical theater. And while I in no way possess the expertise of some people I know, I can confidently say that Stephen Sondheim has made one of the (if not THE) most enormous contribution to musical theatre of the 20th century. And […]

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No One Ever Sees Natives: Natives in Film

Reel Injun DVD cover

We are about to embark on CPL's first Native American Heritage Month, which includes a number of interesting events. Some of these are film screenings, which I had the honor of helping select. It is rare to see Natives creatively controlling or centrally featured in films. However, here are a few gems you could check out: […]

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Autumn Horrors: Some Truly Scary Films

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With the advent of Autumn and the Halloween weekend looming, many of us crave the feelings of being disturbed and scared by good horror films. With today's CGI technology and state-of-the-art film processing, the horror film genre maintains its hold on us with realistic and fantastic images. Of course, the crucial elements needed to keep that […]

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Lights! Camera! Action! Celebrating the Work of Polish Film Directors

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Poland is known for many things—it's the country that introduced us to delicious little dumplings called pierogi and the country that scientist Marie Currie Skodowska called home. But Poland is also known for its many famous film directors. As we celebrate Polish American Heritage Month, I encourage you to check out some movies by well-known […]

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Sci-Fi Movies from the 1980s

Outer space image

When you think about science fiction films, popular ones like the X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy probably come to mind, but have you ever been curious about the movies that inspired the ones we watch today? For movies that keep you on the edge of your seat, try classics like James Cameron’s The Terminator (1984), who is famous […]

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