by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian
Now that summer is starting, will you have more or less time for watching movies? That probably depends on whether you do a lot of outside activities in the summer and whether the school year takes up your time. If summer means more leisure time for you, stop in to the library to check out some of our new movies and television shows.
The third season of Call the Midwife is a new arrival expected any day now. This popular BBC series is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. She was a young midwife in the 1950s in a London convent which helped poor pregnant women. We have seasons one and two in now.
I wondered why the movie About Time was so popular. I found out that it’s from the creator of Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Love Actually has a particularly enthusiastic following. If you’ve enjoyed these other British romantic comedies, you are likely to enjoy About Time. In this one, the main character can travel through time. Reviewers say that it has its faults, but that it is sweet, with themes of family, love, and loss.
American Hustle was nominated for ten Oscars but didn’t manage to win one. It did win Golden Globes for best comedy or musical and best performances by Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. The movie is about the Abscam sting by the FBI in the late 1970s. Critics loved it for its humor and characters.
A family movie, at least for older kids, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second installment of the movies based on Tolkien’s book. We have the first, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as well. The movie is full of constant action, sometimes preposterous but still entertaining. Usually movie adaptations leave out so much from a book, but the Hobbit movies add extra material, since three movies are based on one short book. My kids love these movies. I would rather they’d been made into one great movie instead of three.
The classic TV comedy Gilligan’s Island is constantly getting checked out by young and old at our library. I realized that we only have seasons one and two, so I recently ordered the third and final season. Did you know that Gilligan’s Island only ran for three seasons?
Little House on the Prairie is being re-released on DVD and Blu-Ray for the 40th anniversary of the television show. We have season one already, and season two is on its way. I expect that we’ll continue to add seasons as they’re released on DVD. I loved this show as a kid, but I would say the books are far better. Isn’t that usually the way it goes?
Saving Mr. Banks tells the story of the Disney adaptation of P.L. Travers’ novel Mary Poppins. Travers, played by Emma Thompson, resisted having Walt Disney, played by Tom Hanks, turn her beloved creation into a cheerful family film. The movie swings between fun and very serious moments, as flashbacks show Travers’ difficult childhood. You may be inspired to watch Mary Poppins afterward.