This is the weekend to celebrate American comic books – The Avengers is coming out on Friday and Saturday is National Free Comic Book Day. The library will be participating from 1:30 to 4:00, so stop in and pick up a free comic book in the Teen or Children’s area – you may get hooked! And while you’re here, browse our amazing graphic novel collection – it’s full of such a variety that you’re sure to find something you like.
I never really read comic books as a child, but I know my older brothers grew up with them and to me, they are such an American concept, combining ingenuity with optimism and heroes with humanity. For a great novel about comic books and their creators, I recommend The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, an epic story of American history and inventiveness – one of my favorite books.
As for movies I’ve watched – there really haven’t been any. I’ve been catching up on TV shows – Fringe and Masterpiece Theatre mostly. Speaking of Masterpiece Theatre, the second season of Sherlock is beginning this Sunday. A modern day interpretation of the classic, it stars Benedict Cumberpatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson. The library owns the first season, and the second season will be here on May 22nd – mark those calendars – it’s funny, clever and addictive – something to watch while you’re waiting on Downton Abby!
Onward to the new releases at the library:
Contraband: Mark Wahlberg’s latest action thriller – a little something for the macho man in all of us.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel, this was nominated for Best Picture. I think if I watch it I’ll be disappointed; while the book was not great, it did have its moments and I think this may be too sappy for me. We’ll see.
Pariah: an indie movie loved by the critics, it’s a coming of age drama about an African-American lesbian teen who tries to come out to her conservative family.
Dark Tide: this one stars Halle Berry as a shark expert and her current French amour as her old flame – really Halle?
Titanic: a mini-series about the disaster – not to be confused with that other Titanic movie.
Birdsong: a Masterpiece Classic based on the book by Sebastian Faulks. I’ve watched this over the past couple of Sundays and while it was a bit cheesy, I was hooked by the unfufilled romance amidst the horrors of World War I -though there were far too many longing, pained expressions!
Let the Bullets Fly: a Chinese action comedy praised for its mix of humor and violence – a little Western and mobster parody mixed with crazy characters and tons of sub-plots; it’s the Chinese highest grossing domestic film of all time. Intriguing…
Haywire: Steven Soderbergh directed this thriller starring Gina Carano as a black ops soldier. There’s a great supporting cast, but this one got very mixed reviews.
Jesse Owens: a PBS American Experience biopic about the star runner.
Curiousity with Stephen Hawking: a TV series on the Discovery Channel that has celebrities tackling the big life questions.