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Lists: Classical Composers in Films

Amadeus DVD coverAmadeus centers around the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 18th century Vienna. It won eight Academy Awards, including that of Best Picture. But you’ve seen Amadeus a thousand times and are dying for another classical music movie…so now what?

Click here for other films that feature classical composers.

By Readers' Advisor on November 22, 2013 Categories: Lists, Movies and Television, Music

Staff Pick: Karl Pilkington

Barb staff picksKarl Pilkington is a British TV and radio personality. He works with Ricky Gervais. I love everything Pilkington does, like An Idiot Abroad, where he travels to the Seven Wonders of the World with twists orchestrated by Gervais. Also, try The Ricky Gervais Show for more hysterical, dry wit.

By Readers' Advisor on November 19, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Humor, Movies and Television, Picks by Barb

Larry’s Pick: Kind Hearts and Coronets

Larry staff pics photoIf you like dry English humor, then Kind Hearts and Coronets is for you. Louis plots the demise of family members, shortening the line of succession to become Duke. His conniving and lust for revenge is punctuated with humorous circumstances and whimsical dialog as he romances, manipulates, and eliminates his relatives.

By Readers' Advisor on October 22, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Humor, Movies and Television, Picks by Larry

LISTS: Circus and Carnival Books and Movies

Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb book coverYou’ve done Water for Elephants, next you read The Night Circus, but now you’re at a loss. Don’t be! The midway is waiting for you, full of love, thrills, funnel cake, and exotica. The Library will help you run away to the circus.

Click here for circus and carnival fiction.
More in the mood for nonfiction? Click here.
Feel like sitting back and watching a carnie flick? Click here.

By Readers' Advisor on October 18, 2013 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, Lists, Movies and Television

Cynthia’s Pick: Spaced

Cynthia staff picks photoHe’s been dumped, and she’s squatting with innumerable roommates. Twenty-somethings Tim and Daisy figure the obvious solution is to pretend to be a couple to get a flat. British comedy series Spaced is full of quirky references, characters, and situations you’d expect from Simon Pegg of Shaun of the Dead fame.

By Readers' Advisor on October 8, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Movies and Television, Picks by Cynthia

LISTS: Horror Adaptations

The Exorcist DVD coverThe Exorcist, Hellraiser, Dracula, The Mist – what do these wildly different horror movies have in common? They were based on books! Stoker to King and plenty between have made it to the silver screen.

To see what other horror works have been made into movies, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on October 4, 2013 Categories: Horror, Lists, Movies and Television

Hugo Awards Announced

Emperors Soul book cover

The 2013 Hugo Awards, the leading honor in the field of science fiction and fantasy, were announced earlier this month. Which worlds will you explore?

Best Novel: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi

Best Novella: The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson

Best Graphic Story: Saga, Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: The Avengers, written and directed by Joss Whedon

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Game of Thrones, “Blackwater”, written by George R.R. Martin, directed by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

Best Professional Artist: John Picacio (check out the Elric series!)

By Readers' Advisor on September 25, 2013 Categories: Awards, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Movies and Television

Illicit Love and Misunderstandings that Led to Blood

Feud book coverHatfields and McCoys was a History Channel mini-series starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton about two hardscrabble, Appalachian families whose bloody quarrel lasted decades. Living along the border between West Virginia and Kentucky, rugged farming folk turned into warriors after the Civil War deepened disputes betwixt them. Dean King served as an advisor on the mini-series and wrote The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys, The True Story which explores the feud with new documents, interviews, and regional details. The great-great-grandson of Devil Anse Hatfield said of the book, “Dean’s book is painfully fair to the descendants of both the Hatfields and the McCoys.”

By Readers' Advisor on September 12, 2013 Categories: Books, Movies and Television, Nonfiction

The Brit Olympics

Twenty TwelveIt takes a healthy sense of humor to bring the Olympics to town, and that’s exactly what is on display in the BBC series Twenty Twelve. Winner of Best Sitcom at the British Comedy Awards, the mockumentary format (à la The Office) mixes a faux-serious treatment with dry wit and satire. Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) leads the ensemble as the much put-upon Head of Deliverance responsible to organize the 2012 London Summer Olympics. His team must solve everything from traffic patterns to protesters to an unpredictable official countdown clock, all while keeping a positive spin for the watching world.  Let the Games begin!

By Readers' Advisor on September 9, 2013 Categories: Humor, Movies and Television

House Sings the Blues

Didn't It Rain album coverIt’s been two years since Hugh Laurie’s first album, but finally rabid fans can get their hands on Dr. Gregory House belting the blues while on piano and guitar, backed by the Copper Bottom Band. In fact, Laurie steps side stage on more than a few of Didn’t It Rain’s thirteen tracks, allowing his band members to shine. As such, the album bends from jazz to blues to R&B, and even dips a few notes into tango. Laurie has a love of the Great American Songbook and it is well on display. The first half of Didn’t It Rain will make you boogie while the second half will calm down enough to play in the background on a September, sweet-tea-sipping stroll.

By Readers' Advisor on September 5, 2013 Categories: Movies and Television, Music