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Briana, Evergreen Library

Ah, prom. Regardless of how one feels about it, it's hard to deny prom's significance as a cultural touchstone. This teen rite of passage has inspired drama in countless books, tv shows, and films. In honor of prom season, here are my three favorite movie prom scenes.

1.  Pretty in Pink (1986)
I know I'm displaying my ancientness by listing this one, but it's hard to beat. Heroine Andie shows up at the prom alone (in a daring homemade dress), after being humiliated by the rich snobs at school. I won't spoil the ending, but it's a happy one.

2. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
The romance between bad boy Patrick Verona and shrew Kat Stratford hits a high point when he hires her favorite band to perform at their prom. Meanwhile, Kat's younger sister, Bianca, gets memorable revenge on the movie's villain.

3. Carrie (1976)
Telekinesis comes in handy for high school outcast Carrie White, who gets even more memorable revenge on her classmates after she's the victim of a cruel prom prank. Be warned: this horror classic definitely earned its "R" rating.

Pam, Standley Lake Library

An exclusive movie teaser was just released!  I liked it and I'm hoping for more trailers over the summer. The movie doesn't premiere until November 22nd. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the trailer. 

Jessie, Columbine Library

Tiger Eyes, based on the book by Judy Blume, will be coming to the big screen very soon. When Tiger Eyes begins, Davey's father has recently been killed in a holdup at a 7-Eleven store. Davey's mom drags her and her brother to New Mexico to move in with her aunt and uncle in an attempt to begin healing. Despite her anger and loneliness, Davey meets a boy named Wolf who ends up helping her recover. Willa Holland (from the CW's Arrow) will play Davey and it's supposed to be hitting theaters on June 7. No trailer yet, but according to the Facebook page for the movie, one should be available any day now.


Tana, Arvada Library

April 05, 2013 is the TWENTIETH Anniversary of Stephen Spielberg's Jurassic Park!  Wow!  I remember seeing this at the drive-in... back in the olden days when those still existed, too!  I guess that makes me practially ancient!  What a dinosaur!  Ha ha!

Seriously though, this truly is a classic movie and it will be great fun to see it on the big screen -- this time with the velociraptors practically leaping off the screen (like they weren't scary enough the first time around...)!  But did you know that this movie is based on a Michael Crichton novel of the same name?  A teen from one of my book groups was reading it and said it is really interesting.  Quite different than the movie in some key ways, but still scary and tension filled.  She really liked the book and made me want to read it too!



Arra, Lakewood Library

I'm so excited the new Catching Fire movie trailer has been released:


April fools! Catch the much better version on which this one is based on YouTube.  This video was brought to you with the help of a glue gun, burnt fingers, my husband who is much more tech savy than me and my 5 year old son who helped me film the fight scenes.

Pam, Standley Lake Library

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak has a release date of January 17th, 2014. Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson have been cast and Brian Percival is the director. When the official trailer is available, we will share it. For now enjoy these homemade movie trailers.


Pam, Standley Lake Library

Beautiful Creatures, based on the teen best seller by Kami Garcia, is set to release Feb. 13th. It’s a dreamy, southern gothic romance. The story is set in Gaitlin, South Carolina. Gaitlin is a typical small southern town where everyone knows everyone else’s business. Ethan, 16, and still reeling from the loss of his mother the previous year, begins having nightmares. Every night he wakes sweating and terrified from a dream of a girl who mysteriously slips from his hand and drowns in a pool of water. Can you guess what happens next? Yes, the girl from his dreams, Lena, moves to town. She is mysterious and lives with her reclusive uncle. She’s also a caster, aka witch, whose path will be chosen for her when she turns 16--a path toward darkness or a path toward the light.


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