Monday, December 14, 2015

"We Can Help You Decide on a Movie and Then Help You Find It" | @ the Library Article

There are many different types of movies, and if you're a fan of a certain genre, finding the one you want can be difficult and maybe even a little intimidating.  Let your Abilene Public Library help you find just the movie you want or maybe even help you discover something entirely new.

You're planning a quiet evening with you date, spouse, or significant other, and you'd like to watch a movie.  How can you decide the best one to watch?  By using Reel Romance: The Lovers' Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies by Leslie Halpern.  Movies are grouped into imaginative categories like "Love in Disguise," "Planes, Trains Automobiles and Ships" and "Opposites Attract (Then Repel, Then Attract Again)."  The book endeavors to identify 100 entertaining films from a variety of genres that have enough romance to satisfy women, enough action (most of the time) to satisfy men, and enough clever dialogue, interesting characters, memorable moments and involving story development to satisfy both.

Here in Texas, Westerns always have proved popular.  Great Hollywood Westerns, by Ted Sennett, offers an original and perceptive look at Westerns and how they reflect changing times and attitudes.  This book is not a list of movies - it's an overview of the entire genre (although the movies discussed are listed in the index).

The book not only covers the history of Westerns but also includes 75 color and 200 black-and-white photographs, many of which are rare and not previously published.

War movies are another popular genre.  War Movies: The Belle and Blade Guide to Classic War Videos, by Gary Freitas, presents more than 300 reviews of modern war movies intended to stir discussion and provide debate among fans.

Freitas also touches on how realistically war is portrayed in these films; heroism in war movies; and how these movies often were used as propaganda.  He also lists his choices for "The 25 Greatest Action War Movies" and "The 25 Greatest War Dramas."

Authors Karl and Philip French define a cult movie as "a film that has stood up to repeated viewing, not necessarily because of commercial or critical success, but because of its peculiar qualities."  In "Cult Movies," the writers list and review 150 of these movies, including credits, plot synopsis, background information, and what classifies each film as a cult movie.

With titles as familiar as "Airplane!" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" to more obscure films like "Freaks" and "Under the Rainbow," you're sure to find an undiscovered gem - or to look at an old favorite in a new way.

The success of The Walking Dead television series has brought about a resurgence of interest in films about zombies.  Zombie Movies by Glenn Kay, not only serves as a guide to nearly 400 zombie movies, but it traces the evolution of zombies over the decades, from voodoo slave to brain-eating undead to the raging infected.

Kay also runs down in detail what he believes to be the 25 greatest zombie movies of all time.

The Abilene Public Library also has books about many other movie genres, including animated films, films based on true stories, disaster movies and even biker flicks.

Many of these movies featured in these books can be found at the library's Hoopla site, but if we don't have what you're looking for, we'll be happy to try and find it for you through our Interlibrary Loan program.

Take advantage of our resources to find just the movie you want, or perhaps one that would make the perfect Christmas gift for someone else.

Article Contributed by Tony Redman, Information Services Librarian at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library

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