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This month’s Midweek Movie is a drama about a British soldier left behind on the streets of post-riot Belfast in 1971.
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Film Club’s selection this month is a bittersweet drama about a young boy’s life in an Italian village, where his love of film is nurtured by his friendship with the town’s movie-theater projectionist. View the trailer here.
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Fall Movies 2015!
As the weather turns cooler, a whole new crop of films will be released to theaters. This fall, the choices run the gamut from sequels (The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) to fresh perspectives on previous subjects (Steve Jobs). Moviegoers will have the chance to see some established stars, such as Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, and Johnny Depp, flex their dramatic muscles in new and challenging material.
Here's a list of fall movie must-sees, according to Gary Susman at Moviefone.com:
A Walk in the Woods (Sept. 2)
The Transporter Refueled (Sept. 4)
The Visit (Sept. 11)
Black Mass (Sept. 18)
Captive (Sept. 18)
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Sept. 18)
Everest (Sept. 18)
Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sept. 25)
The Intern (Sept. 25)
The Walk (Sept. 30)
The Martian (Oct. 2)
Pan (Oct. 9)
Steve Jobs (Oct. 9)
Bridge of Spies (Oct. 16)
Crimson Peak (Oct. 16)
Goosebumps (Oct. 16)
Jem and the Holograms (Oct. 23)
The Last Witch Hunter (Oct. 23)
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (Oct. 23)
Rock the Casbah (Oct. 23)
Suffragette (Oct. 23)
The Peanuts Movie (Nov. 6)
Spectre (Nov. 6)
The 33 (Nov. 13)
By the Sea (Nov. 13)
The Secret in Their Eyes (Nov. 20)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2 (Nov. 20)
Creed (Nov. 25)
The Night Before (Nov. 25)
The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25)
Victor Frankenstein (Nov. 25)
In the Heart of the Sea (Dec. 11)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Dec. 18)
Sisters (Dec. 18)
Joy (Dec. 25)
Featured Actor: Ronald Colman
British actor Ronald Colman was one of the greatest stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, known as much for his good looks as his sonorous voice. In his film roles, he often portrayed the epitome of the chivalrous English gentleman.
The son of a silk merchant, Colman's boarding-school education came to an abrupt end with the sudden death of his father. Colman became a shipping clerk and then enlisted in the London Scottish Regiment as a territorial soldier. This regiment was one of the first groups to participate in World War I, and during his service, Colman was seriously wounded at the Battle of Messines. As a result, he walked with a slight limp, which he struggled to conceal for the rest of his life. He received an honorable discharge from the service and returned home.
Always interested in the theater, Colman took to the stage and soon thereafter found himself cast in silent films, more for his physical appearance than his innate acting ability. He played opposite Lillian Gish in White Sister, and also starred in Beau Geste, one of the biggest films of the silent era.
Colman's handsome face and rich English voice combined to allow him to transition successfully to "talkies" in the 1930s. He played in some of the best Anglophile films of the era: A Tale of Two Cities (1935), Under Two Flags (1936), Lost Horizon (1937), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), and Random Harvest (1942). He won a Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in 1947's A Double Life.
Colman continued to act in occasional film roles in the 1950s, but began to work more often in radio. He and his second wife, Benita Hume, were frequent guest stars on The Jack Benny Radio Hour. Their success on his program led to the creation of their own radio show, The Halls of Ivy.
Colman's last film role was in 1957's The Story of Mankind. He died in 1958 of emphysema.
Check out Ronald Colman's acting chops in these DVDs from the Library's collection:
Robin Williams' Unsung Performances
It's been one year since actor/comedian Robin Williams took his life so unexpectedly. His dramatic acting ability, spontaneous improvisational style, and comedic energy live on in his diverse film catalog.
According to Dave Itzkoff in the August 9, 2015 print edition of The New York Times, "While a full consideration of Williams’s career would naturally gravitate toward his sympathetic serio-comic roles in films like Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, these performances overshadow other, more idiosyncratic but equally vivid efforts — some from a time when his on-screen persona hadn’t completely coalesced, and others he was able to sneak in once his fame was assured."
Here's a list of Williams' "underrated performances", according to Mr. Itzkoff:
Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
One Hour Photo (2002) (available through MeL interloan)
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
photo credit:© 2007 Michael Parmelee
"You're gonna need a bigger boat..."
When beaches open this summer, you will be taken by Jaws.
Forty years ago this June, Steven Spielberg's film, Jaws, terrorized audiences and changed ocean swimming forever. Filmed on the beaches of Martha's Vineyard, Jaws featured state-of-the-art special effects employing a large, mechanical shark. Because the fake shark was prone to problems, John Williams' musical score merely suggested the great white's menacing presence for many of the underwater scenes, adding to the audience's sense of terror. And Spielberg's camera work, from the perspective of the attacking shark, offered viewers a glimpse of the ocean through the great beast's eyes.
When released, more than 67 million Americans headed to theaters to view Jaws, helping the film become moviedom's first summer blockbuster. Take a look at this classic thriller and the sequels it helped spawn, available from the Library on DVD: