Happy Birthday to a Dreamer!

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On Wednesday, September 24, we should all take a moment to remember a man whose creative genius has had an impact on our lives. Whether you grew up watching Sesame Street, are old enough to remember that he was once in the cast of Saturday Night Live or even had a Kermit Clein poster on your bedroom […]

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New Mexican Cinema Films with Nail-Biting Plots

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Whenever I think of Mexican movies, classics that feature Mexican icons like Maria Felix, Pedro Infante and Mario Moreno "Cantinflas" always come to mind. While my dad is a huge fan of Cine de Oro (Golden Age of Mexican Cinema), I am not. Luckily I discovered Nuevo Cine Mexicano, which started in the early 1990s and features contemporary story […]

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Celebrate Labor Day with Great Movies about Workers

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Norma Rae contains one of the most iconic moments on film, and the lead actress, Sally Field, doesn't say a word. Instead, she hops on a table in a textile mill as machines clatter and whir around her and holds up a sign that says UNION. One by one, her co-workers shut down their machines in solidarity. […]

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Happy Birthday, Preston Sturges

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Next week marks what would have been the 116th birthday of the director, playwright and screenwriter Preston Sturges (August 29, 1898-August 6, 1959). Born in Chicago as Edmund Preston Biden, Sturges began a life in the theater at a young age when he traveled with his eccentric actress mother to Europe to work with Isadora Duncan. Later, as […]

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Beware a Dashing Man

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  England, 1961, is in a full post-colonial hangover. Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is sixteen and full of dreams of Paris and the wider world. She gets them for a brief time by becoming the girlfriend of an older man, David (Peter Sarsgaard). David is dashing, glamorous, good looking, and rich. How he gets his money is a bit unscrupulous, […]

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Everybody Loves Bernie

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Need a favor? Any favor at all? In Carthage, Texas, Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) is your man. While he is especially good with the performing arts, his vocation is as a funeral director, and he will even sing at your final ceremony if you ask. Bernie is especially good with widows, calling on them with care packages, which is how he […]

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The Dude Abides

“Sometimes there's a man... I won't say a hero, 'cause, what's a hero? But sometimes, there's a man. And I'm talkin' about the Dude here. Sometimes, there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there.” - The Stranger, from The Big Lebowski Arguably the biggest cult film […]

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Seven Magpies

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I have had a girlcrush on Anjelica Huston since I saw her in Addams Family and Addams Family Values when I was a teenager. I wanted to look like Morticia, say witty things like her, and generally subvert the dominant paradigm like her. I have matured somewhat, but I still think Ms. Huston is one of the best actresses […]

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Ebert Fest Part Two: The Man, The Movies

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Ebert Fest has traditionally been curated by one of history's most loved film critics, and features a lineup of classics and new movies that may have been overlooked by other critics. Here are a few festival titles available in the library if you'd like to check them out or program your own fest. Young Adult […]

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Ebert Fest Part One: The Man, The Literature

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Last week the sixteenth annual Ebert Fest was presented in Roger Ebert's hometown of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Ebert passed away shortly before his own curated festival last year. To understand the genius of one of the most popular film critics of all time, it is essential to read his literature to realize just how easily he […]

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