With Rose Coloured Glasses…

It’s very interesting to go back to the original critical reviews of films that are held in such high esteem today, because at the time of their release, opinions were often very different.
Last week saw the 35th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars film. Today many critics and fans have voiced the opinion that the original trilogy was superior to the more recent prequel trilogy. Whether they are right or wrong is a matter of personal view, but what is interesting is that when Star Wars was released,  many of the reviews made the same criticisms about the film as they did for the prequel trilogy. Here’s one example from The New Yorker.

Even more recently, the film Prometheus, a prequel (in spirit) to Alien was reviewed by The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw as “[lacked] the central punch of Alien”. What is interesting here is that a number of years ago the 1979 journal Films and Filming contained a review of Alien. I will never forget the final line of what was, to be frank, quite a damning review, which stated “this film will not stand the test of time”.

In thirty five years will we look back at films released today in a different, more favourable light?

Did you know about…Bones?

The final episode for the current season of Bones screened on Wednesday night this week.

The show stars Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist who assists the FBI in the solving of murders alongside Special Agent Seeley Booth, played by David Boreanaz. The character was created  by real-life forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs for her novels, but did you know that the TV Series is not based on those books?

If you watch the opening credits of the show carefully you will see that the show is based on “the life of forensic anthropologist and author Kathy Reichs”.

That’s right, the show is based on the author, using the character names from her books!

Why not check out some of Reich’s novels, enjoy some episodes of the show, or even learn some more about forensic anthropology?

Did you know…About the Avengers?

Avengers #1, September 1963

“And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroes and heroines found themselves united against a common threat…foes no single superhero could withstand… Avengers Assemble!”

The Avengers are Marvel Comics’ premier superhero team and answer to DC’s Justice League. The original team-up occurred in Avengers #1, written by Stan Lee with art by Jack Kirby and released in September 1963. The original members of the team were Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and his partner Wasp (who came up with the name), who teamed up to do battle with Loki, the Norse god of mischief.

April 25th will see the very first big screen outing on the Avengers team, something Marvel Studios (the cinematic arm of Marvel Comics) have been building to since the release of Iron Man in 2007.

 Check out the lead-in films (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America), some of the amazing Avengers graphic novels or the Avengers Animated Series, all available at the Library.

Are you a fan of romantic comedy movies?

If your answer is ‘yes’, I am going to introduce you to two romantic comedy movies I like.

The first one, which you may have heard of , is called ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ It is a play written by William Shakespeare about 400 years ago and was adapted into a movie in 2004 by BBC. The romantic comedy is about four warring couples, a donkey’s head, and a gaggle of fairies. It is magical and delightful. I like it because it is very funny, and very meaningful. The movie tells us what true love is and tells us about life. If you are interested in this movie or the original play, come into the Library and ask one of our friendly staff members, I am sure they will be glad to help you find a copy. You can also find the DVD and reserve a copy on the catalogue here.

Work experience student - Jessie

The other  is a French movie with English subtitles called ‘Amelie.’ Amelie Poulain is the main character who lives in Paris, she is introverted, but with an extroverted imagination. She is passionate about the small pleasures of life; skimming stones over water and cracking the top of her creme brulee with a spoon. Amelie decides to change the lives of people around her for the better. She gives a new lease on life to the lonely or unloved, and punishes her nasty neighbours. However, when she has a crush on Nino she struggles with her own situation. I think Amelie is kind, cute, warm hearted and interesting –  she says “It’s better to help people than garden gnomes.” In fact, if Amelie was a real person, I would like to be friends with her. This movie is also interesting, lovely and funny.

Written by Jessie – work experience student @ City of Tea Tree Gully Library

Video Dominoes Clip Hits 10 000 Views!

Just over two years ago, we made the decision to debit our video cassette collection. Since 2005, no new films had been released worldwide on video cassette, and the space the collection occupied could be better used to accommodate the ever-growing number of DVDs in the collection.

As part of the collection’s “send off” we decided to play dominoes with the deleted cassettes. The domino line made its way around the entire library, passing every major collection before finishing up in front of the DVD shelves. The spectacular was filmed and uploaded to YouTube and I am pleased to say that last week, it hit the milestone 10 000 views!

Why not check it out for yourself?

Did you know…About Richard Castle?

Richard 'Rick' Castle (Nathan Fillion)

Did you know that the fictional author, Richard Castle (played by Nathan Fillion in the TV show Castle) has actually released three books in real life?
The novels Heat Wave, Naked Heat and Heat Rises have been released under the name Richard Castle as part of the promotion for the TV Show.  In addition, a graphic novel entitled Deadly Storm,  based on one of Castle’s earlier works was released by Marvel Comics in 2011.

Heat Wave made the New York Times Bestseller list, peaking at #6 in it’s fourth week of publication, while Naked Heat debuted at #7. Not bad for an author who doesn’t exist!

The  Library has copies of Heat Wave, Naked Heat , Heat Rises and the Deadly Storm graphic novel as well as DVDs of the Castle TV series available for loan. Why not check them out?

Did You Know…About Professor Moriarty?

Professor James Moriarty as illustration by Sidney Paget which accompanied the original publication of "The Final Problem".

The forthcoming film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows will see the great detective face off against the evil Professor James Moriarty, but did you know that although he is often presented as Sherlock Holmes arch-nemesis, Moriarty and Holmes only ever encountered one another in a single short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

Entitled The Final Problem, the story has Holmes revealing that the professor (whom Holmes admits is his intellectual equal) sits at the centre of London’s underworld, like a spider in a vast web. Holmes considers the eventual capture of Moriarty and dismantling of his network to be the single greatest moment of his career. The two finally face off in a duel to the death atop Reichenbach Falls.

Moriarty did go on to appear in one other story, The Valley of Fear which although written after The Final Problem, actually takes place before it. However, the Professor and Holmes do not meet during the story.

Holmes does make reference to Moriarty in five other stories: The Empty House (the immediate sequel to The Final Problem), The Norwood Builder, The Missing Three-Quarter, The Illustrious Client, and His Last Bow, but they only ever encountered one another directly the one time.

With the adaption of the Holmes stories to feature film and television, many writer/director/producers have chosen to use Moriarty as the ongoing villain or a threat working in the shadows behind the main mystery, much as the early James Bond films made use of SPECTRE and its leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld as ongoing villians, even though the character and organization only appear in three and four books respectively.

The library has the complete adventures of Sherlock Holmes as well as DVDs and a new novel featuring Moriarty and his right hand man, Colonel Sebastian Moran as the main characters.