Princess Ka’iulani, starring Q'orianka Kilcher, shows glimpses of the adolescence and early adulthood of Victoria Ka’iulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawēkiu i Lunalilo Cleghorn, the last princess of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Princess Ka’iulani was daughter of Princess Likelike, from the the House of Kalākaua, and Archibald Scott Cleghorn, a Scottish businessman.
Iron Jawed Angels, starring Hilary Swank as Alice Stokes Paul, Frances O'Connor as Lucy Burns and Anjelica Huston as Carrie Chapman Catt, is about women’s rights activists who worked hard to influence the United States government to grant women the right to vote.
Mona Lisa Smile, starring Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst and Julia Stiles, is about a professor (Julia Roberts) who teaches art history at Wellesley College in the 1950’s. Although the female college students had more rights than their mothers and grandmothers did, they still lived in a world where women were expected to behave a certain way.
San Jose Public Library has many other movies that you may be interested in. Come on by, and visit! Any DVD that you check out from one SJPL location may be returned to any other SJPL location.
Steven Spielberg's most recent film, War Horse, is a grand Hollywood epic that depicts the losses and agony of war in a sweeping historical drama. Though the film stays true to the plot of the 1982 young adult novel on which it's based, the book and movie are sharply different in tone and mood. The film boasts Spielberg's signature lush cinematography, stirring musical score, and high drama.
The book, on the other hand, is a small, simple tale that approaches the same subject in its own original way. The book is narrated by the horse Joey, whose innocence and loyalty carry him from his early years as the beloved companion to English farmboy Albert, to the muddy trenches of World War I, after he is sold to the British army by Albert's destitute father. Part of the beauty of the book is seeing the events unfold through the horse's eyes, as he finds kindness and cruelty on both sides of the battlefield. Middle school and high school teachers might want to initiate discussions with their students, comparing the two very different treatments of the themes of war, loss, and the bond between man and horse.
For a third take on this story, theater lovers can look forward to the summer arrival in the Bay Area of the award-winning Broadway production.
Listen to an excerpt from the novel read by the author by selecting this LINK. War Horse is number 17 in the list of audio files.
Harvey is a lovely movie about enjoying life for what it is. Starring the great Jimmy Stewart, this timeless tale follows a day in the life of Elwood P. Dowd, who is being set-up for a prolonged stay in an insane asylum by his loving sister, Veta. Everyone around Elwood thinks he is probably just the craziest person ever. Why? Because of his 6 foot invisible friend, Harvey. Crazy? There is evidence that he exists!
The soul of this movie is contained within this famous line, "Years ago, my mother used to say to me, she'd say 'In this world, Elwood, you can be oh so so smart, or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart... I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." This line reveals exactly what is going on in this movie.
So, if you find yourself with a couple of hours to burn and you have already seen It's a Wonderful Life, watch this classic film and lose yourself to the idea of Harvey.
With the rise in cost of private media subscriptions remember that you can still check out DVD's at your local library for free. Feature films now have a lending period of 3 weeks at San José Public Library and you can borrow up to 10 titles. We have a wide variety of items. I enjoy the National Geographic documentaries that are available. Here are some titles to keep an eye out for: A Traveler's Guide to the Planets and Monster Black Holes. Come in and browse our collections!
For me, some of the best, most comforting times during cold or rainy evenings have been a series of movie nights watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy!
I prefer to watch the films in order, viewing each part, one at a time…gradually, savoring each scene. In order to get the gestalt of the adventure, I begin with The Fellowship of the Ring and keep going until I have finished watching The Return of the King! All of these epic movies are available at your San José Public Library.
These films are also available in spanish language.
Also, you can read each of the books, also available at your San José Public Library and compare the story line with the film. In this way, you can see the difference between J.R.R. Tolkien’s, Lord of the Rings and the version that Peter Jackson et al. has brought to the big screen.
Mr. Fox steals chickens, turkeys, and ducks from three mean and weathly farmers to feed his family. The farmers are not amused. What ensues is an all out war between the farmers and Mr. Fox. Along the way, Mr. Fox meets several other animals that help (and hinder) his fight against the farmers.