Movies & Television

Narnia Read-alikes

If you've seen The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in theaters and can't get enough of all things Narnian, here are some other fantasy voyages to check out:

The book of three by Lloyd Alexander — An Assistant Pigkeeper sets out on a quest to make a name for himself in the country of Prydain.

Tuck everlasting by Natalie Babbitt — The Tuck family discovers the source of the fountain of youth, but find that eternal youth isn't all it's cracked up to be.

The door within by Wayne Thomas Batson — Aidan Thomas finds himself pulled into new world that he must rescue.

Underrated Christmas Movies

These five movies are, in my opinion, some of the most overlooked and underrated Christmas movies of all time.  Give them a shot this holiday season, and escape the films you've already seen hundreds and hundreds of times.

The Muppet Christmas carol — There have been plenty of Muppet movies, and even more versions of Dickens' Christmas Carol, but Michael Caine's Scrooge makes this my favorite movie in both categories.

Die hard — An often overlooked fact about Die Hard: it takes place during a Christmas Eve holiday party in Los Angeles. Maybe the lack of snow is what makes people forget this?

Jingle all the way — Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad are the stars of this film. But it's still a fun, mad-cap adventure about the lengths one man will go to get the season's "It" toy.

Santa Claus the movie — John Lithgow chews the scenery as a villainous toy baron in this oft-forgotten film about Santa's origins and a plot against Christmas.

Never Too Sick to Enjoy These Holiday Movies

It seems like the holidays are also peak sickness time. After spending my Thanksgiving under the weather, I came up with my favorite holiday movies that I'm never too sick to enjoy.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch stole Christmas!

White Christmas

Christmas in Connecticut

Elf

The nightmare before Christmas

The Muppet Christmas carol

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Walk Through History

Mad Men at CPL

The New York Public Library posted a list last month with many of the books that appear or are mentioned in the acclaimed TV series Mad Men. If you love the show, or are looking for what people may have read in the 1960s, these are the titles from the NYPL list that CPL has:

The best of everything: a novel by Rona Jaffe

The chrysanthemum and the sword: patterns of Japanese culture by Ruth Benedict; with a foreword by Ezra F. Vogel

Exodus by Leon Uris

World War II Documentaries

Assault on Iwo Jima [videodisc]

Bataan rescue [videodisc] by a Green Umbrella film for American experience ; written and produced by David Axelrod ; directed by Peter Jones

The Battle of the Bulge [videodisc]: the deadliest battle of World War II by produced by Thomas Lennon ; written by Thomas Lennon & Mark Zwonitzer

BBC history of World War II. Part one [videodisc]

Berga [videodisc] : soldiers of another war

More Mysteries Into Film

Campion [videodisc] : Police at the funeral by a BBC television production in association with Consolidated Productions

Absolute power [videodisc] by Castle Rock Entertainment presents a Malpaso production

The long goodbye [videodisc] by United Artists

Poirot [videodisc]: the mysterious affair at Styles by LWT

The woman in white [videodisc] by a co-production of Carlton Television and WGBH/Boston for the BBC

Women of Substance

Films celebrating women

Adam's rib [videodisc] by Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Agnes Browne [videorecording] by October Films presents a Hell's Kitchen production ; an Anjelica Huston film

Antonia's line [videodisc] by First Look Pictures ; Bergen ... [et al.] presenteren met steun van het Nederlands Fonds voor de Film ... [et al.] ; een film van Marleen Gorris ; producent, Hans de Weers ; scenario & regie, Marleen Gorris / a film by Marleen Gorris

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman [videodisc] by Tomorrow Entertainment, Inc

Bend it like Beckham [videodisc] by Fox Searchlight Pictures presents, Kintop Pictures Presents in association with The Film Council and Film Foerderung Hamburg

Mysteries Into Film

In a lonely place [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc

In the heat of the night [videodisc] by United Artists ; The Mirisch Corporation presents the Norman Jewison/Walter Mirisch production

Laura [videodisc] by 20th Century Fox presents

The lady vanishes [videodisc] by a Gainsborough picture

Inspector Alleyn mysteries. Set 1 [videodisc]: A man lay dead by BBC

Ministry of fear [videorecording] by screen play by Seton I. Miller ; directed by Fritz Lang

Political Films

Comedy

The American president [videodisc] by Castle Rock Entertainment and Universal Pictures present a Wildwood Enterprises, Inc. production ; executive producers, Charles Newirth, Jeffrey Stott ; directed, produced by Rob Reiner ; written by Aaron Sorkin

Bob Roberts [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures presents with Miramax Films a Polygram/Working Title production in association with Barry Levinson and Mark Johnson and Artisan Entertainment ; a film by Tim Robbins

Bulworth [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents

Dave [videodisc] by Warner Bros

Dr. Strangelove [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures ; screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, and Peter George

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