Donna S.'s blog

"And the Oscar goes to..."

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 82nd Awards – otherwise known as Oscars -- this morning. For the first time since 1943, there are more than five movies nominated for Best Picture.
 

Jean Simmons (1929-2010)

The wonderful Jean Simmons died last week at the age of 80. I’ve always enjoyed her in the movies and on TV series.

Comfort Movies and TV Shows

There are some movies that we turn to when we just need to visit old friends or places. I call these “comfort movies.” We don’t necessarily have to be sad or lonely or feel under the weather. They’re just movies that strike a chord within us and make us feel good. The equivalent of comfort food like meat loaf and mashed potatoes or macaroni’n’cheese or tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.

Long Live the Queen!

On New Year’s Day, I went to the theater and saw a wonderful movie – The Young Victoria. Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, Sunshine Cleaning) plays Queen Victoria in the early years of her reign.

Brittany Murphy (1977-2009)

It was a shock to read that Brittany Murphy died on Sunday. Like most people, I remember her best in Clueless, where she stole scenes from star Alicia Silverstone. But I heard her more than I saw her in movies. She was the voice of Luanne Platter, niece of Hank and Peggy Hill, on King of the Hill.

Jennifer Jones (1919-2009)

Jennifer Jones passed away this week at the age of 90.

The Reason for the Season

As much as I enjoy Christmas comedies and movies about Santa Claus, I also love films that remind us of the beginning of the holiday. Below I’ve listed movies that remember the reason for the season. Many of these are on my must-see holiday list.

 

Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah begins at sundown this Friday. I became curious about what videos and DVDs we have here at the library for this holiday. And I did find a few.  Most are for children but all have meaning. Even the Adam Sandler movie.

 
 

"Come On and Let It Show..."

Richard Curtis is not a name that most movie-goers would recognize. He’s not in front of the cameras. He’s a British writer/director/producer and is responsible for some of the most popular romantic comedy movies in recent years. Curtis has a new movie out – Pirate Radio – and I’m looking forward to seeing it because I’ve yet to be disappointed in anything he’s done.

Many of the series and movies that I cite here include a Christmas theme, so they on my list of must-see holiday viewing.

Curtis on TV
 

Countdown to Christmas

Recently I told a friend about my list of required holiday viewing. There are certain movies I look forward to watching every Christmas. I don’t think I’m the only person who does this.

The most enduring of Christmas stories came from Charles Dickens. Hardly a year goes by without some new take on A Christmas Carol being produced for television or big screen movie release. This year is no exception. Disney has released a new animated version starring Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge and all the Ghosts.

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