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I'd Rather Do It Myself

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

Another Earth

I recently stumbled across this little gem sitting on our shelves. It won the Special Jury Prize (World Cinema, Dramatic) at the 2011 Sundance Festival, as well as several other nominations and wins at various other venues. The story is a compelling mix of devastating loss and forgiveness, love and redemption, and if this is making some of you think it is too treacly, don't be put off. It is a very intelligent and provocative movie.

Need something else to convince you to give it a try? 28-year-old Brit Marling, who plays the lead character, wrote the story herself. She set out to start her adult life as an economy major with a job offer at Goldman Sachs, but got bitten by the acting bug. She hung around Hollywod for awhile but got tired of only being offered roles as the cute blonde in horror movies. So she taught herself to write — the idea being if she wanted decent parts she had to write them herself. She got the movie produced, entered it at Sundance and that's that! It's an impressive start.

Spring Break

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

Give your local library a call to see what they may have planned for the kids during spring break. You can find all the phone numbers on our home page under Locations.

Here at Crow we have activites planned for Monday March 25th to Thursday the 28th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We start the week off with a movie on Monday at 10:30 a.m. — no registration required. It is going to be in the kids zone so we can accomadate a pretty good crowd; around 60 plus. This animated movie has been pre-screened by yours truly, and I can tell you I found it a whole lot of fun. It is rated G/PG (some potty humour and a couple of scary images), but should be okay for ages 6 and up. Even the adults should like it — I had more than one laugh out loud moment.

Can't give you the title here, (due to copyright issues) but if you phone us 221-4122 we'll be happy to tell you!

Join us at Crowfoot for our monthly movie night

by Moe - 1 Comment(s)

Join us at Crowfoot for our monthly movie. Now you know that due to copyright restrictions I can't tell you what it is, but how's this for the biggest hint you'll ever get anywhere? It won this years Oscar for Best Picture !

Crowfoot Library 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

There is no registration required but

seating is limited and once we are full, that's it.

The movie is rated "R" for language and some violence.

Still not sure what it is or need our address? Call us at 221-4122.

Silver Linings 3

by Trevor - 1 Comment(s)

It's been a while but here's another dose of mediocre movies that still have that shining spot of greatness in them. Well...if not greatness then certainly something that justifies a viewing.

Sucker Punch was a film that I was incredibly excited for. I was a fan of director Zack Snyder after 300 and Watchmen and here was a movie that he had conceived of from the ground up. Too bad it was a bit of a mess. I don’t understand how you could go wrong with steampunk, dragons, and samurai but somehow he managed to. The amazingly creative concept however, makes the movie watchable, but only just.

Predators – Seen the original 1987 Predator with Schwarzenegger? 2010’s Predators is the same movie. Seriously! The tone, visuals, effects, music…everything is exactly the same. It feels nearly identical to the 80’s action flick (which in this day and age unfortunately makes the film feel a bit boring and archaic). Dull though the movie may be, the nostalgic faith to the original makes this movie worth watching for fans and newbies alike.

 

Straw Dogs failed to capture the attention of either audiences or critics. What it does capture however is the creepiness of redneck rural America. Though the performances are forced and the conclusion underwhelming, you’ll certainly think twice before visiting small town Mississippi. The tension it creates is as good a reason as any to watch this one.

Clash of the Titans tried to ride the coattails of the much better Greek action flick 300. Unfortunately, this movie wasn’t nearly as good. A weak 3D cash-in that followed the clichéd adventure model to a fault, Clash would have been nigh unwatchable except for one small thing…Liam Neeson playing Zeus and shouting RELEASE THE KRAKEN! An incredibly quotable line and a silver lining if I’ve ever seen one!

 

Make sure to check out Silver Linings 1 and Silver Linings 2 for more bad films with great parts.

Something mediocre I missed that has a shining spot of excellence? Send a comment and we'll see if it can be added it to a future list.

FREE MOVIE TICKETS

by Moe - 5 Comment(s)

6:00 PM FRIDAY-SORRY FOLKS- THESE LATEST PASSES ARE ALL GONE AS WELL

CHECK BACK IN TO MOVIE MANIACS OFTEN AS TICKETS TO MOVIES COME UP WITHOUT ANY NOTICE

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11:00AM Friday 15th-GOOD NEWS READERS! I JUST GOT 20 MORE PASSES (10 DOUBLES) RELEASED TO MOVIE MANIACS. GET THEM NOW, THEY'LL GO FAST!

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SORRY FOLKS OUR ALLOTTED TICKETS HAVE ALL BEEN CLAIMED

Log in to your GoFoBo account (or create one if you don't already have one) to redeem for a double pass to STOKER, starring Nicole Kidman. Look for our Movie Maniac logo as tickets are being held specifically for our readers. You will need to enter the following code to request your tickets: CPLMMH8FM.

Screening Info:

Wednesday, March 20th

Eau Claire Market

7:00 PM

As always remember that you are being redirected to a third party site and you must judge your own comfort level in providing the info they ask for. But having said this, they do not check your ID when you exchange your ticket at the box office so you can use whatever name you want. Many people set up a separate email account for just such purposes. We managed to get 60 tickets (30 double) so your chances are good if you get on this right away. But once they are gone, they're gone. And if you do request one and find that you can't ultimately use it, please go back into GoFoBo and release the ticket so that somebody else can enjoy it.....

Time for a little CAOS!

by Melanie - 0 Comment(s)

Calgary's Animated Objects Society's (CAOS) 2013 festival is nearly upon us. This is a great opportunity to enjoy stage shows and films for all ages featuring local and international artists. What is an animated object? Well, it's anything that moves, but the festival features a lot of famous puppeteers and stop-motion animators. This year, there's plenty of movies to enjoy.

Among the screenings are Animovies and Scary Secret Cinema. Some of these short films you won't see anywhere else. Another screening features the Canadian animated children's series, Wapos Bay, which the library has, so you can check it out ahead of time or after if you wish. You will recognize her last name...Heather Henson is curating the Puppet Dreams film series.

Go to http://animatedobjects.ca/ for details on showtimes and locations. Get your tickets early is my advice. Most of it takes place in historic Inglewood's Lanturn Church and the new Calgary Folk Music Festival Hall. Instead of spending time and money organizing your life with plastic tubs this March, choose a little CAOS: animate yourself and get on down to this year's event which runs March 9–17.

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