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.
So why Shakespeare? Why not!? Much Ado About Nothing, written over 400 years ago, is one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies -- offering up lively humor, intersperced with thoughtful meditations on politics, honor and the nature of shame. Plus, no one dies! Yay!
Whedon's take on Much Ado is shot in a very arty black and white which renders up each face in loving, graphic detail; perfectly complimenting the slamming wit of our beloved bard.
Whoo Hoo! I'm excited about this! Lauren Oliver's Delirium trilogy has finished filming a pilot for Fox TV. The cast includes Emma Roberts and Daren Kagasoff. Delirium is a popular YA Dystopian novel packed with action, adventure and romance. The trilogy includes Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem. It is also the first trilogy since the Hunger Games where I enjoyed each and every book! In Lena's world, love is the enemy - literally. Lena looks forward to the government mandated cure to prevent the delirium of love when, 90 days before her scheduled surgery, she does the unthinkable. She meets a boy and falls in love. Check out the fan made TV trailer above and the book.