"City of Bones" will be released this week on Wednesday! Author Cassandra Clare was very active in the process of making this movie, including attending auditions. Clare's grandfather was a movie producer so she has an insider view on how movies make it from book to production. Filming for the second movie "City of Ashes" is set to begin this fall.
Pacific Rim, written by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham and directed by del Toro, is a fast, flashy, beautiful sendup of two fun Manga/Anime genres, Kaiju and Mecha. Kaiju, Japanese for 'strange creature', is usually translated in English to being "monster" or "giant monster"... as in Godzilla, Rodan or Mothra. Mecha, on the other hand, is all about Robots and other mechanical objects. Cyborgs, cars, toasters and those giant Voltron type 'suits,' all count as Mecha in this popular Japanese genre. Pacific Rim lovingly combines the genres, in the hope that you too, will come to love humongous monsters and ginormous robots! Here are some examples of Mecha and Kaiju in our collection:
Did you know that you can check out DVD's of some of your favorite manga titles? The library buys several animated Japanese television programs such as Death Note, Bleach, Claymore, Gray-man and Strike Witches to name just a few of them. Search the catalog for animated japanese television programs to find them all.
Looking for something unique to do? It's not too late to enjoy a signature Colorado summer event: Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre in Morrison. Hosted by the Denver Film Society, Film on the Rocks features cult-classic films, show under the stars at stunning Red Rocks. Each film is preceeded by a music performance with movies beginning at dusk. Tickets are $12, available here or at King Soopers locations.
Check out one of these upcoming films!
The Hunger Games: Monday, July 15 The Princess Bride: Tuesday, July 23 The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Tuesday, August 13
The Lone Ranger hits theaters this Friday! If you're not famililar with the story Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into the legend of justice, the Lone Ranger. Be sure and check out the great graphic novel Lone Ranger series by Brett Matthews.
Supernatural comic book series "Locke and Key" by Joe Hill (Stephen King's son!) was going to be made for TV but will now be on the big screen! The story centers on the Locke children-after their Father is brutally murdered, the family moves into Keyhouse-their old family home. They discover the house contains secrets and magical keys that unlock fantastic powers, but there is a dark force that wants the family to open a door that will destroy all the good in their world. Check out the book series in the meantime!
Vampire Academy, the story of vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose, is finally going to make it to the big screen. The first book in the series starts two years after a horrible incident made Rose and Lissa run away. Now they have been found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic and the other on physical training, and all students work to retain some part of their humanity despite their bloodsucking nature.
Happy anniversary to Nemo, Dory and the whole Finding Nemo crew! It's been ten years since the movie debuted in theaters in June 2003. To celebrate, here are some interesting tidbits about the movie.
"Nemo first appeared as a stuffed toy on a couch in Boo's room in Monsters, Inc.. This movie introduces the main characters of post-2003 Pixar films. A boy in the dentist's office is reading a "Mr. Incredible" comic book, anticipating The Incredibles. Luigi the car is driving by the dentist's office, anticipating Cars." -- imdb.com
"Rendering a frame which lasted about 1/24th of a second in the film could take up to four days because of the complexity of the underwater environment with sunlight coming through the water and hitting fish scales." -- imdb.com
"Pixar developed a very realistic look of the surface water, but had to make it look more fake so people wouldn't think it was real footage of the ocean surface. " -- imdb.com
"This is the first time real blood was seen in a Pixar movie." -- pixar.wikia.com