The 2014 Winter Movie Program


Beginning this month until the end of March, Fountaindale Public Library is proud to present the Winter Movie Program!!! The guidelines for the program are very simple. Adults, 6th grade and up participate by viewing movies and then writing reviews online.  The movies can be ones you’ve watched on DVD, TV, or even at a movie theater.

Reviews can be entered at the following link:


All you need to do is sign in with a User Name and a Password.  If you don’t have one, all you have to do is to click on the “Sign Me Up” button to get started.

At the end of each month (January, February, and March) there will be a drawing held to win a prize.  And that is it!

So get out the popcorn, pop in a movie, and enjoy the fun!!!


-Brian S.


The buzz around here the past few days was the Blizzard (complete with Thundersnow).  We’ve made it through this one, but more snow is on the way. Stacks of DVDs have been getting checked out in preparation of settling in during this weather.  Recently, I’ve watched a few documentaries that I enjoyed and wanted to share. So, for those of you who like dance, music, wine, and art put these in your queue. Stay warm!

Ballerina (2006) “An intimate portrait of five ballerinas from the Kirov.”  From IMDB.

Blood Into Wine (2010) website Maynard Keenan, Tim & Eric, Milla Jovovich, Patton Oswalt, Arizona, Wine!

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) website Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. He fiercely guards his anonymity to avoid prosecution. An eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempts to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. Includes footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. As Banksy describes it, “It’s basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed.” Written by Paranoid Pictures

Recently nominated for Oscar for Best Documentary. To quote my friend and artist, Michael Rank, “That movie singled-handedly made me love AND hate art at the same time.” I completely agree.

The Heart Is a Drum Machine (2009) Facebook page “What is music? Many of today’s top artists and scholars grapple with the question in this cinematic look at a uniquely human obsession. The Heart is a Drum Machine is a new feature documentary film project from the producers of Moog.” From IMDB

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2005) website Fans will love this part autobiography, part concert.

All of these titles are availble on Netflix streaming. What are you watching? Let us know!


“Lighten up, it’s just fashion!”

Illustration by Cassandra Rhodin

Every time I read that quote, “Lighten up, it’s just fashion!” I see Santino Rice singing in my mind. I was devoted to On the Road with Austin and Santino and Project Runway Season 8 last fall. I had high hopes for one Designer from the first episode on Project Runway. I live tweeted my support with hundreds of other fans each week. I still love Mondo Guerra. After the disappointing finale, I no longer want to watch Project Runway but I was still intrigued by fashion behind-the-scenes. I found The Frisky’s post about 20 fashion documentaries and have been going through list. Much to my surprise, I found several of the titles on Netflix streaming.  Here’s what I’ve enjoyed so far (with descriptions from IMDB):

September Issue (2009) “A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue.”

Seamless (2005) “A look at what it takes for young designers to make it in the fashion world.”

Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008) “A look at the life of legendary fashion designer Valentino.”

Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times (2002) “A look into the life of the man who re-imagined women’s fashion.” (Austin Scarlett really reminds me of Yves.)

Eleven Minutes (2008) “Feature documentary following fashion designer, Jay McCarroll’s year-long journey preparing his first independent runway show and selling his clothing line to stores.”

Unzipped (1995) “Isaac Mizrahi, one of the most successful designers in high fashion, plans his fall 1994 collection.”

Want more? Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2011 is February 10-17.  Check out photos & videos from Spring 2011! Even more? Check out this list of Fashion Biographies and Memoirs.


Spotlight on Natalie Portman

I, like many others, think that Natalie Portman is going to get an Oscar for Black Swan, her darkest role, yet.  I feel that she is one of the greatest actresses out there. I had a hunch way back when I saw Beautiful Girls that she was definitely going to be something great. Her roles prove that she has range. Who can forget her rap on SNL?

If you missed any of these, check them out!

Beautiful Girls Natalie plays Marty the young girl next door.

Star Wars I-III as Queen Amidala/Padme

Garden State – I love the classic scene with Sam listening to the Shins.  I had this soundtrack on repeat for months!

Closer – Infidelity affects two couples.

V for Vendetta – Another of my top Sci-fi films. Freedom Forever!

Hotel Chevalier/Darjeeling Limited – I love Wes Anderson’s films. All of them.

Other Boleyn Girl – Natalie as Anne Boleyn

Black Swan – Nina Sayers competes for the role of her life.

Natalie has 3 more movies to be released this year. I’m rooting for you Natalie!!


Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies

With each new year, the date is starting to resemble those in Science fiction movies. Our reality is close to those futuristic ideas in classic novels.  In honor of that fact, here’s a list of my top Sci-Fi movies.

*Note: Quotes taken from IMBD.

1. Event Horizon (1997) “A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned…with someone or something new on-board.”

2. Aliens (1986) “The planet from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough?” Aliens designed by H.R. Giger. Oscar Winning film.

3. Pandorum (2009) “A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities.”

4. Sunshine (2007) “A team of astronauts are sent to re-ignite the dying sun 50 years into the future.”

5. Minority Report (2002) “In the future, criminals are caught before the crimes they commit, but one of the officers in the special unit is accused of one such crime and sets out to prove his innocence.” Oscar Nominee.

6. Abyss (1989)”A civilian diving team are enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.” Oscar Winner.

7. Star Wars – All of them. Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) Won 6 Oscars.

8. Terminator (1984) &  Terminator 2 : Judgement Day (1991) “The cyborg who once tried to kill Sarah Connor must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from an even more powerful and advanced Terminator.” Won 4 Oscars.

9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) One of my favorite movies of all time. How far would you go to get over a relationship? Would you erase the memory of that person? Won an Oscar.

10.  Matrix (1999) “A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.” Won 4 Oscars.

Want more? Check out this great post of the Top 40 Greatest Science-Fiction Films or IMDB’s Best/Worst Sci-Fi Titles.

Leave your favorites in the comments!


Best of 2010

It’s that time of year again, The Best of lists.


Brian’s picks: Mysteriosos and Other Poems by Michael McClure, My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses by Steven Adler, Life by Keith Richards, and Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Sabrina’s picks: These were my favorite books I read in 2010, but they weren’t published last year. I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, Her Fearful Symmetry By Audrey Neffinegger and Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman, Scott Pilgrim series

Check out the following links to see what was hottest this year.

Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2010


Best Album

Brian’s Picks: Deth Red Sabaoth by Danzig, When You’re Strange (Original Soundtrack) by The Doors, Singularity by Robby Krieger, The Doors – Live In Vancouver 1970 (2CD)

Sabrina’s Picks: Fame Monster by Lady Gaga, Treats by Sleigh Bells

Best Concert

Brian’s Picks: Roger Waters – The Wall Live at the United Center, Soundgarden at Lollapolooza, Eric Burdon and the Animals at Ribfest, Harry Connick Jr. at the Chicago Theater, Henry Rollins at The Vic, and Danzig at the Congress Theater

Sabrina’s Picks: Lady Gaga and Semi Precious Weapons at Lollapalooza, The Dead Weather, The Sleigh Bells, Puscifer

Headphones art by revopics @deviantart

Rolling Stone’s Best Albums of 2010


Brian’s Picks: When You’re Strange, The Wolf Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1

Sabrina’s Picks: Book of Eli, Youth In Revolt, Scott Pilgrim, Get Him to the Greek

Movies of 2010 – This is not a “Best of” list, it’s all movies released in 2010.

TV Shows:

Brian’s Picks: True Blood, Walking Dead

Sabrina’s Picks: Project Runway Season 8 ( I heart Mondo!), The Office, Glee, Dexter, In Treatment

What was your Top Picks of 2010?


More Top Christmas Movies

I would have to agree with Brian with several of his Christmas Movie picks. I love National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and It’s a Wonderful Life. A few that I would include are:

Elf (2003) How can Buddy not be your favorite? He’s so enthusiastic and sweet. He loves sugar and knows Santa. Zooey Deschanel reminded me of my love for the wonderful song, Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

My favorite song, What’s This?, while Jack explores Christmas Town for the first time.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

From his sweet dog who topples over with the heavy branch to little Cindy Lou Who, The Grinch has always been a favorite Christmas character, especially when his heart grows 3 times that day.

A Christmas Story (1983) is probably the most loved Christmas movie of all time. I will most likely catch it twice during the 24 hour marathon. With so many iconic scenes in this film-the leg lamp, double dog dares, the pink nightmare, the Bumpus’ hounds, and of course Ralphie’s  Red Ryder BB Gun paper and Santa experience, how can you choose a favorite?

Love Actually (2003) is the story of 8 couples during the holiday season.  Recommended for those who enjoy romance.

Scrooged (1988). Two words: Bill Murray. I love him and pretty much any movie he’s been in! Frank Cross gets a visit from three Christmas ghosts.

Honorable mentions:

The Holiday (2006) Two women swap homes and romance ensues.

Gremlins (1984) This adorable Christmas present comes with three very important rules!

Die Hard (1988) Action-packed Christmas.

Check out this extensive list that includes movies, made for tv, and Christmas as a scene in the movie- but not typically a “Christmas film”.  I plan on watching two movies that I haven’t seen yet, White Christmas and The Polar Express. Happy Holidays!


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