Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
This funny and entertaining musical just might be Marilyn Monroe’s best movie. In Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Monroe and costar Jane Russell are superb. To publicize the movie, the actresses put their handprints in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – and they both wrote “gentlemen prefer blondes.”
For more fun facts about the movie, visit the TCM website. And enjoy this video of the leading ladies at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Back to Black by Amy Winehouse (2006)
Amy Winehouse’s Grammy award-winning album is great to listen to. Her persona doesn’t match her voice; she sounds like ‘60s Motown. The different style has a lot to do with the production. She wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album.
Read the Washington Post review of the album. Check out her website to listen to the CD, watch exclusive footage, and get more information on the artist.
Mean Girls (2004) PG-13
Written by the talented Tina Fey, Mean Girls is a funny movie about girls in high school. Cady Heron gets a lesson in teenage hierarchy when she enters high school after years of being homeschooled in Africa. An all around good comedy.
Lindsay Lohan gives a great performance. Also featuring Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amy Poehler, and Tim Meadows. Read an interview with Tina Fey on BlackFilm.com or watch an interview with Fey on Spike TV.
I’m Not There (2008) R
Six different actors portray various aspects of Bob Dylan’s life (chronologically). At times the movie seems to drag, but what makes this movie is Cate Blanchett’s performance as Bob Dylan. It’s definitely a must see. She was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress and didn’t win, though she deserved the honor (but she did win the Golden Globe).
The six actors as Dylan: Ben Whishaw, Marcus Carl Franklin, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere.
Spotlight: Christina Ricci
At 28 years old, Christina Ricci has starred in over 40 movies. Watch her grow up from child star to serious actress in her twelve movies available at the library. Her lighter roles include The Addams Family (1991), Addams Family Values (1993), Casper (1995), Now and Then (1996), Anything Else (2003) and Penelope (2008). Ricci had heavier roles in The Ice Storm (1997) – her breakout adult role, The Opposite of Sex (1998), Sleepy Hollow (1999), The Man Who Cried (2000), Monster (2003), and Black Snake Moan (2006). She came full circle with Speed Racer (2008) – a family film out today on DVD.
Xena, Warrior Princess: Season 3 (1997-1998)
Join Xena and Gabrielle (Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor) in this action-packed comedy adventure. Set in Ancient Greece, Xena decides to reform her outlaw ways by wandering the country to fight evil. Learn a bit about Greek mythology. Watch Xena come up with clever solutions by the end of each show.
During season 3, Gabrielle gives birth to a daughter, who ages quickly and soon becomes a source of contention. Follow the drama throughout the season. Also check out the musical episode in season 5 – it’s hilarious.
If you like this, you’d also like Buffy – same action packed comedy adventure, but with a vampire slant (and high school kids).
Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (1999-2000)
If you missed this TV series when it aired, never fear! The entire 18 episodes are in one DVD set. Go back to 1980-81 and visit with the Weir family, the geeks, the freaks and the teachers of McKinley High School. Relive high school, remember everything you wanted to forget, but enjoy the terrific acting, great music and fun storylines.