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an unexpected (ok, not entirely) anniversary

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2017 by phanteana

long before i became a librarian, i visited plenty of libraries. i borrowed tons of books, even if i never finished all of them. but one which i took out frequently and always completed is one that has withstood the test of time. it has been translated into countless languages, beloved by literary critics, librarians and voracious readers everywhere, has has been beautifully displayed in art and film countless times, and today turns 80 years old…and to think, all this from a book whose central character was created while grading exams. happy anniversary, Bilbo Baggins!

 

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techies on the big screen

Posted in Film, Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , , , , on June 27, 2017 by phanteana

first, there was the invention of the computer. then came movies about tech geeks. they’re not difficult to come by, and many of them have become instant classics containing memorable quotes (“88 miles per hour!”). it’s become a trend for second-run theaters, independent film houses, and museums to show some of these techie treats on occasion, and it’s a terrific feeling of nostalgia for those who remember seeing some of these movies when they were brand new but it also brings in new generations who might have discovered these gems through parents or older siblings. for those who are in the tech world (or are trying to break into it) inspiration can come from fictional characters as well as ones based on actual individuals. so if you need something to watch while you’re learning how to build a website, or if you just really love hearing Samuel L. Jackson say “hold onto your butts“, then take your pick from this list of movies for people who love tech.

 

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if this question is in regards to learning tech skills, then yes

 

 

what an excellent day for a(nother) series renewal

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , , , on May 14, 2017 by phanteana

when a TV series based on The Exorcist was announced last year, i was initially skeptical…after all, it’s a classic in both print and visual form and with the over-saturation of remakes and reboots infiltrating the entertainment industry, i feared it’s reputation would be slathered in pea soup. but when the pilot episode aired last September, i was pleasantly surprised and drawn in just as i was with the small screen version of Damien. but while the latter was sadly cancelled after one season, the former has been renewed for a second run. the first season’s highlight was the surprise return of Regan (and to a lesser extent, Chris) MacNeil. there are no details yet as to the plot for season 2, but for everyone who was curious as to whether the show would return, it looks like those prayers have been answered. amen!

hurts so good

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on January 31, 2017 by phanteana

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farewell, faithful Storyteller

(other)worldly possessions

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on January 13, 2017 by phanteana

you know those Person of the Year stories featured in magazines? well, for 2016 the individual who graced more front covers than anyone else was the Grim Reaper, thanks to an overabundance of celebrities passing on. so it should come as no surprise that this year has started off with another bright star fading, and it’s one whose work left a frightening mark in both literature and cinema. he’s with Father Merrin and Father Karras now.

 

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“so long, Old Bill”

new year scares

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on January 6, 2017 by phanteana

with a new year comes new film releases, many of which are long-awaited (in other words, anything that has to do with comic books). i can’t say i know a whole lot about Marvel or DC, so i’ll skip those for now (unless, of course Loki is in it). so far, the only current release that has piqued my interest is A Monster Callsi finished the book in about two weeks, and loved it. reviews have been glowing, but bringing Kleenex is a necessity.

speaking of monsters…while the title character in the above film is viewed with awe and admiration, there are others cinematic beasts who will be less encouraging or friendly when they grace big screens. Blumhouse has produced a list of 28 horror films coming out in 2017. some of their choices i am either indifferent to or have no interest in, but the few that stand out include the ironically-titled A Cure For Wellness (which features a sedate-yet-creepy cover of The Ramones’ “I Want To Be Sedated“), Alien: Covenant (welcome back, Ridley Scott), and of course….a certain “towering” inferno*.

 

 

 

*still waiting for the trailer.

old habits (hobbits) die hard

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on December 19, 2016 by phanteana

15 years ago today, The Fellowship Of The Ring graced moviegoers with its presence, setting the stage for what would become one of the highest-grossing film series of all time…and yet, it still feels like yesterday. in fact, here’s the very first trailerah, memories

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…and who knew it would have led to a thousand Sean Bean memes!