Tagged film

Friday Five: Edgar Allan Poe-inspired Films

209 years ago today, one of the most peculiar poets and apparitional authors to ever hold a pen was born: Edgar Allan Poe . His macabre and gothic tales have fascinated and entertained readers for years, so it's no surprise that his…

2017 Additions to the National Film Registry

As I've written about on this blog in the past, I'm constantly on the lookout for rare gems, overlooked oeuvres, or just new-to-me films. Whether they are award-winners , cinema classics , documentaries , b-movies ,…

Ferdinand: The Bull Is In The House (or at least the library!)

Ferdinand never wanted to be a fighting bull, so he's right at home here in the Free Library...  John Cena stars as the big-hearted bull in the animated adaptation opening in theaters today, but did you know the film is based…

Pro-Porg and Proud: A Discussion on Star Wars Creatures Cute and Small

So it’s almost time for another installment of the Star Wars franchise, an event which many of us are treating as a holiday. It’s been a roller coaster ride for fans these last two decades since The Phantom Menace . I…

Star Wars: The Return of Carrie Fisher

Forty years after it left theaters, 1977’s Star Wars ranks as the second top-grossing film of all time (adjusted for inflation). Its impact on pop culture is immeasurable—from a pretty consistent stream of weird knockoff…

A History Minute: The Fortunes of Philadelphia - The Kellys

Chances are you have driven, biked, run, walked, or partied on Kelly Drive, but have you ever wondered where it got its name? No, it’s not named for Grace Kelly , movie star and princess. It’s named for her brother, John B.…

Why DVDs Still Matter

Binge-Watch  (verb) - "Watch multiple episodes of (a television program) in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming." According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of the term…

Watch Streaming Movies with our Newest Digital Media Resource: Kanopy!

The Free Library is very pleased to announce the launch of a brand-new service to our cardholders. The popular on-demand video streaming service Kanopy is now available at no cost with your library card ! Free Library of Philadelphia…

Something's Skull-king Around the Free Library this Halloween...

Howllo Boils and Ghouls!, Welcome back to the Free Library of Frightadelphia's bloodcurdling blog during this most haunted of holiday seasons, Halloween! Did you hear that unsettling sound? Perhaps it was just the wind... or perhaps…

From Banned to the Big Screen: Banned Book Adaptations

We've spent the past week here on the blog celebrating Banned Books and the f READ om to read whatever you want—banned, challenged, or not. If there's one thing possibly more controversial and/or overblown than the very…

#ThrowbackThursday: Revisiting Little Women

I have a confession to make about Little Women ... I first fell in love with the 1994 movie starring Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon , as opposed to the book. The movie propelled me to read the book for the first time, and while I…

The Bright Knight Shines Immortal: Remembering Adam West

Superheroes aren't supposed to die—they're larger than life, courageous, fight for what's right, and are here to help and protect us. They are immortal. Adam West, whose double duty portrayal of millionaire playboy…

5 Notable Literary Fathers

Father's Day is a chance to wish dear old dad or those special men in our lives that helped raise and guide us, a big thank you for your service. While you honor the father figure in your life, let's take a moment to remember…

#ThrowbackThursday: Revisiting Heart of Darkness (with a little Frankenstein thrown in)

First a quick synopsis: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is the story of an English boat captain (Marlow) who, in the late 19th century, makes his way up the Congo River into the African interior in search of a European ivory trader…

Summer Movies 2017: Sequels and Retreads and Adaptations, Oh My!

As the weather turns warmer, schools begin to let out, and people head out of town on vacation, another summer slate of movies is being rolled out in theaters across the country. The "summer blockbuster" is now a perennial…

Life Lessons with Kevin Hart

Update: PHILLY, WE HEARD YOU! We've reconfigured this event as a Photo Op (with a pre-signed book) and it has been moved from Temple Performing Arts Center to our Parkway Central Library. Anyone who bought tickets to the event at…

Making Trouble with The Pope of Trash

In advance of our sold-out John Waters Author Event this Saturday, April 29, let’s get some background on the iconic director, writer, actor, art collector, professional hitchhiker, all-around bon vivant, and self-described Pope…

Nevertheless, Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin...

Long before taking the Saturday Night Live stage as the Impersonator-in-Chief, Alec Baldwin starred in a raft of projects on stages and screens both large and small. In his new memoir Nevertheless , the actor lays bare the facts of his…

Man vs. Monster? Kong is King!

The Eighth Wonder of the World roars, stomps, and swings his way into a new film this weekend with Kong: Skull Island , a modern-day retelling of the King Kong mythos and the second installment in a much larger planned cinematic…

Best of the Worst: The 2017 Razzie Awards

You'll have to excuse me today, I'm a little tired after watching this weekend's wild awards ceremonies. And no, I don't mean The Oscars (although, #envelopegate would get my vote for "Best Dramedy"!).…