Kanopy

To celebrate the newly kindled partnership between Fontana Regional Library and the video streaming service Kanopy, let’s explore a few of the classics that we now have access to. But first, what is Kanopy? Kanopy started as a DVD rental company in Australia in 2008 that distributed to national school libraries. As technology advanced and … Continue reading Kanopy

Repeat Viewings

Recently I saw on Facebook someone asking folks to talk about movies they’ve seen 5 or more times.  There is something to be said for a movie that makes you want to pick it up and watch again (and again) even though there are no real surprises left to be viewed. Although, I guess the … Continue reading Repeat Viewings

The Book Isn’t Always Better

So I finally got around to reading Warm Bodies, well after my zombie blog, and also after I had seen the movie.  As I was reading it I noted how closely the movie had followed the book.  It really was a strong adaptation.  The biggest change, and no real spoiler here, is that in the … Continue reading The Book Isn’t Always Better

Offbeat Humor

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing.  So said Mark Twain, and he is not someone we are inclined to argue with.  But when life gets too crazy, like snow in April, disappearing airplanes, and Bourbon Street after midnight, ordinary, run-of-the-mill humor doesn’t always cut it.  Sometimes you have to go offbeat. So allow us to present … Continue reading Offbeat Humor

Frankenstein Was Not The Monster (and other literary misconceptions)

Christina: People make mistakes all the time. This is never going to change, but when it comes to literature, it can lead to a lot of confusion. Sometimes misinterpretations are passed down and eventually accepted as facts, and this is when things get tricky. Chris: Let’s start with a pair of famous titles that are … Continue reading Frankenstein Was Not The Monster (and other literary misconceptions)

Wait, That Was A Book?

Chris: We have all heard someone say this at some point after watching a movie:  the book was better!  In order to say that you would have to know that there was book to begin with.  In many cases this is obvious.  We shouldn’t have to tell you that Twilight and Misery and The Last … Continue reading Wait, That Was A Book?

Notes on Watching Lonesome Dove

By Loretta My brother-in-law loves the film Lonesome Dove  -  so much so, in fact, that my sister planned his birthday celebration around it once.  He invited over a gaggle of his friends, they had a special birthday breakfast, and then watched the movie until lunchtime.  They stopped for the big birthday feast and then … Continue reading Notes on Watching Lonesome Dove

A Harvest of Art

By Loretta I don’t care who built them - I love crop circles.  They’re beautiful.  Period. That said, though, I do not believe they were built, sometimes in an hour or even less, by someone with a treadle and two ropes - or even a few people with treadles and ropes.  Pull the other one; … Continue reading A Harvest of Art

How’d you miss that, Sherlock!?

By Jeff That sarcastic title is directed towards me.  You see, even though I was an English major and went on to become a librarian and books are sort of my thing - I somehow never caught on to the novels and stories describing the adventures of Sherlock Holmes.   What's worse is that a movie brought me to the books! Of course, I knew of the character and … Continue reading How’d you miss that, Sherlock!?

Beyond Hollywood

By Erin Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a serious cinephile. I am an avid devotee of movies, all kinds of movies, but particularly foreign movies. As an undergraduate, while devouring my college library’s collection of DVDs, I discovered a whole new world of intelligent, complex, and visually stunning movies that I had … Continue reading Beyond Hollywood