Archive for the ‘Films’ Category
Clint Eastwood’s Trouble with the Curve this Thursday, May 30 at 6 p.m. at Murphy Library. Young Harris College stars!
Posted May 25, 2013on:
When there is a fifth Thursday in a month, we like to show a film at the Murphy Library made in our Tri-State area. This time scenes in the movie were not only filmed in nearby Young Harris, but twenty residents had parts.
Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m. the library is screening, Trouble with the Curve, a 2012 film starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake about an aging baseball scout and his daughter. Running time is 111 minutes and it is rated PG-13.
The movie was filmed throughout Georgia including Atlanta, Jasper, Athens, Macon and, especially, the campus of Young Harris College. Twenty members of the Young Harris College baseball team portray the Devils, a North Carolina high school team competing in the film for the state championship.
Posted May 19, 2013on:
If you love photography, whether it’s your own and perhaps those Appalachian photographs by Doris Ulmann, then you may want to take off an hour or two and watch the next movie at the Murphy Library.
On Thursday, May 23 at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing Found Memories, a Film Movement selection from Brazil. A young woman photographer discovers an old village in Brazil and records the beauty she finds in the people like elderly Madalena, in the stone buildings, and in life itself. She also learns to make bread. Portuguese with subtitles in English. 98 minutes. Not rated.
The small village of Jotuomba is mostly elderly — the young have left to find work. But Antonio is still working at his bar and his friend Madalena gets up early and makes bread for the bar.
The film shows Madalena bringing the bread to the bar and arguing with Antonio about where to store it.
Then, a few scenes later, again Madalena brings bread to the bar and argues with Antonio about where to store it. At first you think something has gone wrong with the DVD player, but no. That is just how every day occurs in Jotuomba.
Then the young woman Rita arrives and with her camera she sees things differently. In fact, she sees the art in everyone – even in those who lie peacefully in the old cemetery.
A Marine survives three tours in Iraq and wonders if his life was spared because he was carrying a woman’s photograph he found in the rubble. Maybe it was a good omen. He is going to find the lady to thank her, even if he has to walk across a dozen states to do it.
The Murphy Library is showing, The Lucky One, about a veteran and the woman who was his lucky charm, on Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m. It is rated PG-13 and running time is 101 minutes.
Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, there are bomb blasts and war scenes, as well as happy dogs and romantic moments. And filming was done in and around New Orleans. Most of all, it’s about a veteran and the trials he goes through before and after war.
Posted April 22, 2013on:
French filmmaker Jennifer Devolére felt inspired by Larry David in Curb your Enthusiasm to create her film’s character, Eli – a gruff, tactless guy. This week the Murphy Library is showing Devolére’s comedy/romance The Day I Saw Your Heart, a 2011 French film distributed by Film Movement. The film will be screened Thursday at 6 p.m., in French with subtitles in English. Running time is 98 minutes and the film would not be suitable for children.
Eli is in his third marriage, to a much younger woman. One day he announces to his grown daughters that his wife is pregnant. He’s almost 60 The married daughter, Dom, has been unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, and now plans to adopt. The beautiful Justine, his youngest, barely keeps a boyfriend for longer than three days, and then Eli tries to make friends with her ex-boyfriends. As you can see, this family is complicated.
Then there is the love of art. Justine wants to be an artist but needs to earn a living. Her solution? Work in a radiology lab and make art out of x-rays.
Posted April 14, 2013on:
When Bruce Springsteen was starting out, he got a gig one night playing backup for Chuck Berry — it’s a funny story. Springsteen and others reminisce in the next Murphy Library movie, Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll, a documentary of the 1986 concert celebrating rock and roll pioneer Berry’s 60th birthday. Director Taylor Hackford filmed rehearsals, interviews with old friends, and the concert itself.
The Murphy Library is showing this film Thursday at 6 p.m. Running time is 120 minutes and the film is rated PG. To see the trailer, go to www.friendsofmurphylibrary.wordpress.com or call 837-2417.
Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Etta James, Julian Lennon, Linda Ronstadt, and a very patient Keith Richards played and sang at the concert. Stones’ guitarist Richards not only played, he volunteered to be the music director of the concert for his longtime friend. This was not an easy task. He had seen Berry perform with several less than stellar back up bands, except, of course that night with Springsteen. While Richards worked hard to make it right, he had not realized that Chuck Berry could make him crazier than Mick Jaggar! That is why you can’t quite tell whether Richards is constantly drinking iced tea, or perhaps a nice ale.
Please note: our summer movie hours will only be at 6 p.m.
The Murphy Library’s Thursday movie, Hope Springs, stars Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell in a comedy drama about a marriage that needs more romance. Running time is 100 minutes and rating is PG-13. The film will be shown at 6 p.m. only.
Kay and Arnold have been married over 30 years and find themselves in a rut. Kay is not too happy about that. Arnold doesn’t think anything’s wrong. When Kay signs them up for a week’s counseling session with Dr. Feld, (played by Steve Carell), Arnold is not happy. At all. But he goes.
The late, great film critic Roger Ebert gives good advice when watching this film. Keep your eyes on Tommy Lee Jones. This is not his typical role, playing a shy and vulnerable man. There is nothing like the opportunity to watch an actor stretch. Thank you, Tommy. Thank you, Roger.
When director Martin Scorsese’s mother Catherine was alive she would cook for his film crew. And often she and his father, Charles, would have walk-on parts in his films. “What,” you will ask “does that have to do with a Muppet movie?”
The Murphy Library is showing the 1984 Muppet movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Running time is 94 minutes and it is rated G. This time the Muppets find themselves in New York trying to get their big break on Broadway. The voice of the late Jim Henson can be heard as Kermit, Ernie, the Swedish Chef and a few others he made famous.
Ed Koch, the late mayor of New York, shows up in the film. So do Art Carney, Dabney Coleman, Gregory Hines, Liza Minnelli, and Brooke Shields.
Joan Rivers has the perfect role for herself as a fast-talking workmate of Miss Piggy.
Which brings us back to Charles and Catherine Scorsese. Even they have walk-on roles in this Muppet movie. Perhaps the Muppets were hoping for a hot meal? Then, again, they do have the Swedish Chef on staff.
Quietly moving coming-of-age movie from Italy at Murphy Library Thursday, March 28 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Posted March 25, 2013on:
Thirteen-year-old Marta has returned to Italy with her mother and sisters after ten years away in Switzerland. It is one thing to be back with family, but another when she feels like a stranger as she walks the streets of the town where she was born.
The Murphy Library is showing Corpo Celeste, Film Movement’s quietly moving coming-of-age story filmed in Calabria, Italy, this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Italian with subtitles in English. Running time is 100 minutes. The film is not rated but may be appropriate for upper high school levels.
Marta is enrolled in a class at the local Catholic church to study for her confirmation, and in hopes she will make some friends. Instead, she finds herself with many questions and no one to answer them….yet.
Call the library at 837-2417.
Shakespeare used everything in his arsenal in Much Ado About Nothing, this Thursday at Murphy Library
Posted March 16, 2013on:
Shakespeare must have enjoyed writing romantic comedies. His arsenal of love stories was immense and so was his wit. He filled his play, Much Ado About Nothing with love between opposites, love at first sight, lost love and then found love. It’s not to be missed.
The library is showing the movie version of Much Ado About Nothing, a romantic comedy with flashes of drama Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It is rated PG-13 and running time is 111 minutes. Kenneth Branagh directed and starred along with Emma Thompson, Robert Sean Leonard, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Keanu Reeves, and Kate Beckinsale.
A feminist poem starts things rolling:
“Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more. Men were deceivers ever
One foot in sea, and one on shore, To one thing constant never.”
And how does it end? Dancers twirl and whirl through a garden as music plays joyously.
Who dances with whom? Ah, that is the question.
Call the library at 837-2417.
P.S. Branagh attracted a fine cast of actors to work with. Maybe that is why he made the film at a villa in the Tuscany region of Italy where the wine flows and the food is nothing short of wonderful…..
“Cupid shoot me,” “Trouble is a friend” and “When life gives me lemons I make lemonade” are three songs in the next Murphy Library movie that sum up the story of a high school girl named Olive.
Cupid hasn’t been aiming his bow at her, so Olive tries to make herself more interesting. In truth, nothing is going on. But she doesn’t tell the truth — she lies to a friend about losing her virginity and the rumor mills go ballistic.
It is the era of Facebook, after all.
Guys at school start asking Olive to lie about their exploits with her. They pay her back with gift cards. They might be gay, geeky or gawky and Olive offers them a way to protect themselves from the vicissitudes of high school life.
Unfortunately or not, the plot twists. And Olive feels more like Hester Prynne, the heroine of The Scarlet Letter.
“Trouble is a friend” plays in the background.
Finally, there is a lesson Olive needs to learn and that is how to make lemonade, especially if she can find a true friend to help.
The library is showing this comedy/romance starring Emma Stone and Amanda Bynes Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. It is rated PG-13 and running time is 92 minutes.
Call the library at 837-2417.
A smart dog named Beethoven headlines the Murphy Library film this Thursday, March 7 at 4 and 6 p.m.
Posted March 4, 2013on:
A sweet puppy finds his way into a home with two children eager for a playmate. Is everyone is happy? Certainly not their father, especially when the puppy grows into a St. Bernard.
What’s more, this is a breed with lots of brainpower.
The Murphy Library is showing a movie about good guys, bad guys, and one very smart dog this Thursday, March 7, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The film is rated PG and runs for 87 minutes.
The screenplay is by John Hughes who wrote Sixteen Candles and Home Alone, among countless other films. Don’t be surprised to find an evil veterinarian who does terrible things. However, all is not lost. A Jack Russell Terrier is part of the mix, just to keep things lively.
Call the library at 837-2417.
The year is 1982. Ellie, a 12 year-old Jewish girl from Israel has just immigrated with her family to Connecticut. She is homesick and lonely. The one bright spot is her mail (not e-mail) correspondence with her best friend back in Israel.
The Murphy Library is showing Foreign Letters, a coming-of-age story about the intersection of old friends and new ones from Film Movement this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Running time is 100 minutes and the film is shown in English, Hebrew and Vietnamese with English subtitles. The film is not rated but would be appropriate for middle school students and up.
Life at school is not easy for Ellie. She is shunned by the other students and struggles with her new language. Then she befriends a fellow immigrant, Thuy, a quiet Vietnamese girl intently studying for the SATs — in 6th grade no less. Call 837-2417 for details.