Tag Archives: Movies

Chills of the Silver Screen

Or colour screen, anyways.

It’s Halloween! And I thought I’d make one final Halloween-related post here on the blog. Because, well…the library offers more than just books.  We have resources for doing research, programmes for fun and for information, computers you can use in the library, and Wi-fi you can use with your own laptop, too.

 And we also have movies.

I love movies, including horror movies.  We’ve done a couple of posts on Halloween-themed books, so how about some spooky movies, too?

                                                                               Paranormal Activity (1-3) – Rating: 14A

 In the first Paranormal Activity, a couple begins to record their house, in an effort to capture the weird things they’ve been experiencing, like bumps and crashes in the night.  They think they might be facing a ghost, but it soon becomes apparent that what is really haunting them is something worse…a demon.

 These movies are a great contribution to modern horror. The effects are seemingly simple, but are extremely well-done, often leaving you wondering how they were possibly done!  What is interesting about this series is that the first three instalments actually progress backwards in time, developing the storyline of the couple and (her) family more, instead of moving on to something completely unrelated (like a lot of horror movie sequels).

Paranormal Activity 4 is in theatres now, so catch up with the first three before you see the new release!

 The Woman in Black – Rating: 14A

 A young lawyer travels to a small village to go through the house of a recently deceased woman.  What he finds once there, however, is a furious ghost who is not, by any means, ready to rest.

 This is a fairly new movie, based on the novel by Susan hill and starring a post-Potter Daniel Radcliffe. It is full of dark, creepy scenes, and definitely has the “jump” factor.  If you are looking for a chilling ghost story, this may be a great choice.

Carrie – Rating: 14A

Carrie is shy, unpopular, and forced to live with an over-religious mother who doesn’t really understand the real world.  After discovering that she has telekinetic powers, Carrie tries to fit in with her school…but a cruel prom prank sparks something else within her, something dark and sinister.

 This classic, based on the novel by Stephen King, is about to remade…see the original before the new version comes out to theatres!  This is a teen-horror, meaning it is focused around the lives of teens. It is slightly gory, definitely creepy, and has a couple of jumps in it as well.

 So there you are, a few Halloween horror choices for your viewing displeasure.  Watch the movies, and even read the books! It’s all available through the Wellington County Library System.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

August Summer Blog Giveaway Winner

The final blog giveaway for the summer is over! Congratulations to Jessica F.!

Jessica is looking forward to seeing The Hobbit in theatres this fall. This is definitely a long-awaited movie, and if you haven’t seen it, here’s the trailer!

 

And if you haven’t read the book yet, make sure to check it out at your local library branch!

The Movies of Summer 2012

Summer is fast approaching, and one of the best things about summer vacation can be relaxing in a nice air-conditioned movie theatre and catching the best of the summer blockbusters.

So what’s out for teens this summer?

Current TV has created a list of “22 Movies for Teens Summer 2012”, which lists some of the upcoming summer films with teen-appeal.  The list includes: Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp, G.I. Joe Retaliation starring Bruce Willis and The Rock, The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, and Sparkle starring Jordan Sparks.

My personal favourite?  That would have to be Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.

 You can check out the entire list here:  http://current.com/10l7skc

So what are your thoughts?  Is this is a good list?  Is something missing?  What are you most looking forward to seeing this summer?

Upcoming Books to Film

Do you love seeing books made into movies?  If you do, check this out!  Indiewire has put together a list of 15 YA books that might soon be made into movies.  With huge franchises like Harry Potter and Twilight coming to an end, these new books/films could be the next big thing.  So what’s on the list?  Here’s a few of the picks:

Blood Red Road – Moira Young

Delirium – Lauren Oliver

Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff

To see the whole list, and read about the pros and cons of these upcoming films, check out the article here:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/15-young-adult-fiction-properties-that-could-be-the-next-twilight-or-hunger-games

And tell us what you think?  Which of these books to film are you most excited about?

Hunger Games Opening Weekend!

It’s finally here!  Friday, March 23 was the opening day for The Hunger Games movie.  And it’s set to seriously smash some records!

According to Ray Subers of Box Office Mojo, The Hunger Games brought in an estimated $19.74 million from it’s midnight release.  That’s the top debut EVER for the first movie in a series, and it earned more than DOUBLE what the first Twilight movie did!

So what do you think?  Have you seen the movie yet?  Are you going to see it at all?  Was it good?  How did it compare with the book?

Let us know!  And let the 74th Hunger Games begin!

Oscar worthy books!

It’s that time of year again and the Oscars are taking place this weekend! It’s great to see that so many of the movies nominated were originially books!

  war horse

Here’s a look at what books-made-into-movies made the cut!
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
The Adventures of Tintin by Herge

Phew, that’s quite a list! Let us know who you are rooting for in the comments section!

Movie Alert! Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver

book cover

There are rumours Shiver will be coming to the big screen! Stiefvater has some ideas for the cast which can be found on her blog

Let us know who you’d like to see cast by leaving a comment!