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Images & Movies for Teens

camerasHey teens! Looking for something to do this week? Stop by the library for TWO awesome programs!

On Tuesday, drop by for Imaginative Images! Come make avatars, 2D-virtual photos or animated gifs for your online profile. We’ll have digital  cameras for use during the program. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 14 from 3:00-4:30pm.

Don’t miss Teen Movie Night on Thursday! Grab friends and watch a movie while you surf the net! Call the library each week for the movie title. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursday, June 16 from 7:00-9:00pm.

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.

Heroic Heroes

superhero dogIn my last blog post, I wrote about the villains on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Heroes & Villains. This week’s post focuses on the heroes. It is easy to imagine that all heroes in movies fly around in capes and tights, saving the world with superpowers and fancy equipment, but that isn’t always the case. Often, the hero is a regular person working against extraordinary odds to stand up for what they believe is right. Most heroes aren't perfect, but it is their flaws that make them interesting.

Do you agree with the 50 heroes AFI picked, or was your favorite left out?

Kimberly’s Movie Hero Picks from the AFI Heroes & Villains List:

Teen SRP Kick-Off Party

bookwormThe Teen Summer Reading Program has officially begun! Start the summer right with a Teen SRP Kick-Off Party. Come register for summer reading and stick around for video and board games, button-making, food and fun! Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 7 from 3:00-4:30pm.

See you there!

Flickr CC: Book Worm Bot Photo by: ittybittiesforyou

Villainous Villains

DalekIn movies, I often think the villain is the most interesting character. This interest in movie villains started when I first saw Maleficent change into a dragon in Sleeping Beauty and, ever since then, I have been fascinated. I’m not trying to imply that I think all heroes are boring and one-dimensional, but there is just something about a well-written and well-acted villain. Villains invite audiences to dissect their motives, what drives them to do evil. Sometimes, as in Dexter, villains are surprisingly likeable and sympathetic characters. Other times, as in The Silence of the Lambs, the villain is simply deliciously evil. In either case, the villain is essential to the shaping of the hero.

Girl Power! (Part II)

kapow!A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on female action heroes in movies and highlighted how prevalent they have become in the past decade. Fortunately, this character trope isn’t limited to film, but has carried over into television with great success. The female action hero isn’t a new phenomenon in television, but she is certainly more popularly utilized now than in past decades. There is something immensely satisfying about watching a female action hero take charge of difficult situations and evolve emotionally, mentally and physically over the course of a long-running television series.

Girl Power!

Last weekend I went out with a group of friends and saw Hanna, a movie about a sixteen-year-old girl trained by her father to be a survivalist and assassin. Since seeing the movie, I have thought a lot about the main character, a young girl who is smart enough and tough enough to take care of herself.

I adore most all action movies – throw in a few choice explosions and I’m hooked – but I am particularly fond of those featuring a woman as the hero. Although there always seems to be at least one action flick playing at the movie theater, only occasionally do those films feature female action heroes. That number has gone up considerably in the last few decades (due, in large part, to the sweeping success of Sigourney Weaver in Aliens) and we now have a wide array of stunning women playing tough action roles.

Alien Invasion

alien on moon

In the past month, two very different movies featuring aliens have been released in theaters. Paul has a friendly alien stuck on Earth, while Battle: Los Angeles has a group of violent aliens trying to wipe out the human race. If I were to ever actually meet an alien, I hope it would be the friendly kind (think E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial), but I prefer watching movies about alien invasions. There is something exhilarating about the action scenes, the explosions and the fear of the unknown that makes alien invasion movies so watchable. Ultimately, these movies are about the human race triumphing over a frightening, and often technologically superior race.

If you’re in the mood for an alien invasion movie this weekend, browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

Kimberly’s Alien Invasion Movie Picks:

Free SAT Practice Test

pencilHey teens! Getting ready to take the SAT? Need to improve your scores? The Princeton Review is hosting a free SAT practice test here at the library. The practice test will be offered on Saturday, March 26 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Students will be given their scores and a detailed analysis the following Saturday, April 2 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Registration is required. For more information or to register for the test, call the Library at 832-559-4200.

Flickr CC: pencil Photo by: mammal

When Irish Eyes are Smiling…

Irish landscapeSt. Patrick’s Day is nearly here, but you don’t have to be Irish to appreciate the holiday. In fact, everyone is at least a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

I think it is easy to fall into the habit of romanticizing Ireland - imagining the green hills, dancing leprechauns and pots of gold, enchanting accents, and charming small towns. But there is far more to Ireland than the pretty picture Hollywood has painted for us. Fortunately, Ireland has a number of well-respected movie producers, directors, screenwriters, and actors striving to show the rest of the world the Ireland they know. It is not always the idyllic picture we expect, but it is brimming with history and passion.

Teen Tech Week!

shadow with cameraNext week, March 6-12, is Teen Tech Week! Show off your tech skills with digital cameras and photoshop fun. Come make awesome avatars, 2D-virtual photos or animated gifs for your online profile. Cameras will be provided for use during the program. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, March 8 from 4:00-5:00 pm.

Flickr CC: digital camera Photo by: tamaki

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