Tagged film

The Secret Cinema Presents: Philadelphia: The Changing City

It's no secret... the Free Library is thrilled to partner with Philadelphia's beloved film screening series, The Secret Cinema , now in its 27th year. In celebration of our current exhibition Philadelphia: The Changing City…

Films Celebrating Women in History

March is Women’s History Month , a time set aside to highlight women for their contributions to historical events and contemporary society. One way is to learn and celebrate women in history through film, viewing all the ways they…

Catching Up with Captain Marvel!

It’s almost Captain Marvel movie time and I’m so excited! I’ve been mildly obsessed with the Captain Marvel comics recently and in anticipation of the movie release I thought I might share my excitement with all…

The History of Black Horror Movies

Around this time of year, all the stories concerning film seem to be about the Academy Awards: Who will host ? What films were snubbed ? Who will actually take home an Oscar ? It's no secret there are a lot of things wrong with the…

Masterpieces of Silent Film at the Free Library

On a cold winter day 125 years ago, only two hours from here in West Orange, New Jersey, Thomas Edison  completed construction on the Black Maria , (pronounced "muh-RYE-uh") the world’s first film…

Newest Additions to the National Film Registry

It's that time of year again where everything seems to slow down between the holidaze and my mind and free time turns to my never-ending "to-watch" list. There's few greater joys than turning off all my electronic…

This Is Halloween 2018!

Howllo Boils and Ghouls!, Welcome back to the Free Library of Phrightadelphia's blog, on this most haunted of holidays— Halloween ! Besides the usual seasonal scares that arise from the grave this time of year, 2018 marks two…

The Uncommon Tom Hanks

I mean, this is Tom Hanks —you scarcely need us to tell you who he is. Famed for his portrayals of a ping-pong savant , WWII Army ranger , pioneering AIDS activist , toy sheriff , astronaut Jim Lovell , volcano battler , mermaid…

Celebrate National Pizza Month Through Books and Film!

Does the "O" in October ever remind you of a hot, bubbling, scrumptious pizza? If it does, maybe that’s because October is National Pizza Month! We just observed International Pizza and Beer day last week—a…

5 Lazy Day Library Card Uses

One of my favorite comic collections of all time is the Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book . It reminds me that whenever possible, even if just for an hour, having a "lazy Sunday" is crucial. Or, in this case, a "lazy…

13 MORE Screamingly Scary Movies to Stream This Friday the 13th!

Today, July 13, is the second of two Friday the 13ths occurring in 2018. The first one arrived exactly 13 weeks earlier on April 13! I penned a post full of screamingly scary streaming selections  back in April and now I've…

Summer Movies 2018: A Respite from Reality

Another summer season is about to start and with it a swath of celluloid distractions from the impending heat and humidity outside, projecting eye-popping entertainment some 40 feet high amid air-conditioned comfort (and hopefully…

13 Screamingly Scary Movies to Stream This Friday the 13th!

Today, April 13, is the first of two Friday the 13ths occurring in 2018. The next one arrives exactly 13 weeks later on July 13! The only logical thing to do on such a superstitious occassion is to stay (safely) inside away from black…

Computer Overlords: YA Fiction in the Shadow of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Released on April 3, 1968, the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey set a new standard for the science fiction film medium. I know that there are those who would talk about the cinematography or the existential ending or a host of…

The Pop Culture Apocalypse of Ready Player One

Just in time for Easter, perhaps the largest collection of "Easter Eggs" to ever be assembled on film debuts in theaters today— Ready Player One . The film is adapted from Ernest Cline's 2011 novel , a nod to all…

Friday Five: Giants Loom Large in Screen Adaptations

The YA graphic novel I Kill Giants smashes and crashes its way out of the confines of comics panels this weekend to loom large on the big screen... Firmly in the category of a gritty and somewhat scary kid's fantasy film (think…

Best of the Worst in Film: The 2018 Razzie Awards

2018 marks the 38th time little golden statues have been awarded to films of a certain competence... and no, I'm not talking about the Oscars—I'm referring to the Razzies ! The awards, which consist of gold spray-painted…

Now Showing: Hoopla on the Big(er) Screen!

At long last, Hoopla , our popular source for streaming television and movies (as well as graphic novels , ebooks , music , and audiobooks ) is now available to use on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Android TV! View the following video…

Oscars 2018: From Book to Screen and Back Again

Another year, another Academy Awards. This Sunday, March 4 marks the 90th(!) Oscars ceremony, sure to have plenty of pomp , pageantry , and now more than ever, politics . Some will tune in for the glamour , some for the gossip . Some…

Black Panther: Hero. Legend. King.

So we’ve all seen the trailer for the Black Panther film right? And we are all super-duper excited for it, yes? I know I am beyond hype and come February 16th (ish), my popcorn and I will be front and center for this one! In the…