"It's a Wonderful Life" starring Jimmy Stewart is probably the most well-known holiday classic movie. Many of us feel like our holiday season is not complete without seeing this timeless film. Though it portrays the stereotypical spinster librarian in that one memorable scene, I have to admit it is one of the very best oldies, with its message about individual significance and how we impact one another's lives.
"A Christmas Story" is another all-time holiday favorite, appealing to all ages. I had fun showing this one to my dad, since he grew up in the 1940s when the movie takes place. Each Christmas, our household tunes in at least once to the movie's 24-hour television broadcast on TBS, even if only for a few minutes. We still laugh at whatever random, hilarious stand-alone scene is showing at the time. Beware of sticking your tongue to an icy flagpole!
"Bridget Jones's Diary" is one of my personal favorites. I remember the anticipation of the movie's release after reading the novel. The cast of Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant is the perfect ensemble, and its diary format makes it a fun one to watch around New Year's.
Eagle Public Library will show all three of these movies in the coming month, when we begin Sunday matinees. I enjoyed showing after-school movies to the kids in recent years, and it will be nice to offer films to our adult audiences.
The library kicks off its matinee film series for adults on Dec. 2, and will continue every other Sunday through the end of March.
December will focus on holiday movies, with "It's a Wonderful Life" kicking off our film series. We will feature "A Christmas Story" in the middle of the month, and wrap up 2012 with "Bridget Jones's Diary".
In 2013, our film series takes on an Oscar theme and we will feature 2012 best picture nominees. All movies will begin promptly at 2 p.m. on alternate Sundays, and typically wrap up between 4-5 p.m.
Here is the schedule for December through March:
• Dec. 2 - "It's a Wonderful Life"
• Dec. 16 - "A Christmas Story"
• Dec. 30 - "Bridget Jones's Diary"
• Jan. 13 - "Hugo"
• Jan. 27 - "The Help"
• Feb. 10 - "War Horse"
• Feb. 24 - "The Artist"
• March 10 - "The Descendants"
• March 24 - "Midnight in Paris"
Feb. 24 is Oscar day. To recognize this, we will show last year's best picture winner, "The Artist." We will also have a "Pre-Oscar Party," where we will have ballots on hand for making predictions in the various categories. Whoever guesses the most winners correctly will win movie tickets. Oscar attire that afternoon is optional but we just might have to award an Oscar prize to the most glamorous!
And yes, popcorn or some other refreshment will be offered at all our films, because grown-ups enjoy movie munchies, too.
These movies are free of charge and the public is welcome. The showings are covered for public viewing under certificates with movie licensing companies. Please keep in mind that the above listed movies are intended for adults and may not be appropriate for all audiences.
Free films are shown at all three district libraries in Eagle, Gypsum and Avon. These features may be geared for children, young adults, adults or families. Check Prologue, our library newsletter, for a complete listing of upcoming movie titles, target audiences, and location/times.
If you have questions concerning our Sunday matinees, you may also call me at 328-8800. See you at the movies!