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Writing Great Fiction Graphic
Reviewed by Alex on Friday, April 24
Writing Great Fiction is a video course presented by Professor James Hynes, a novelist and visiting professor for many universities across the United States. This course is meant to help aspiring writers with their dreams of creating fictional works. It provides sound advice and practice at the end of...
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Movie Still from The Electric House
Reviewed by Wil on Thursday, April 23
It’s impossible to point out one or two things that made Buster Keaton so awesome because there were way too many things that made him great. Here’s a short list:   Buster Keaton did his own stunts, and they're 100% real and jaw-dropping! He was a tremendously funny and expressive actor who was even funnier because he did everything with a straight face. He made satires, parodies, and black...
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The Witch Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Friday, April 17
Which is more evil? The old New England woods or the Puritan dad whose inability to get along with others results in his family living on the edge of those woods?   This review chooses dad.   We all know about banished colonists. Warwick settler Samuel Gorton was one of those guys. Rhode Island founder Roger Williams was one, too. Massachusetts didn’t like those men.   In...
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The Harder They Come Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Wednesday, April 15
The Harder They Come is built on an oft-told tale—a young man is forced into a life of crime when the corrupt society around him won’t give him an honest chance. But with its hip reggae soundtrack, this rewrite is unlike any version that came before.   Cocky songwriter Ivanhoe Martin travels from the...
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Screenwriting 101 Graphic
Reviewed by Alex on Monday, April 13
Screenwriting 101 is a video series on the subject of scriptwriting in Film Studies. Presented by Angus Fletcher, a Professor of English and Film at the Ohio State University, this course goes over many of the fundamentals when trying to develop your own screenplay—one such being reverse engineering.   As a beginner in...
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Obit. Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Friday, April 10
Every day, there’s someone in the library looking for an obituary. Sometimes they want an obituary for a family member or a friend. Sometimes they're trying to find an ancestor’s obit. But they always want one with facts about that person and their life.   An obituary is the last record of a person’s existence. It’s a summary of who they were and what they did. Obituaries are short, and a lot of...
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Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Monday, April 06
Monsieur Hulot is a buffoon. He’s friendly and essentially harmless, and you might even say he’s endearing in his lanky, uncoordinated, and unsophisticated way. But he’s also a silly man.   He doesn’t have a lot to say, but that’s part of the joke. Nothing that anyone says in Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday is more than background sound—which lets the real background noise leap forward to tell the story...
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Zodiac Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Monday, April 06
Zodiac is a movie about obsessions—those of a newspaper reporter, a police detective, an editorial cartoonist, and director David Fincher himself. Every one of them wants to know who the Zodiac Killer is, and it’s a mystery they can’t put down.   If you know David Fincher’s work, you already understand that he’s a...
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The Bookshop Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Tuesday, March 31
The Bookshop begins as a lighthearted and breezy film. A young widow named Florence Green moves to the small town of Hardborough, Suffolk in 1959 with a plan to start a bookstore.   The town is filled with eccentric and very-British characters who create small obstacles for Florence as she endeavors to establish her shop. It...
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Let the Right One In Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Monday, March 30
There’s something tragic about vampires. Even evil vampires are a little bit sad. But the most heartbreaking figures in vampire stories may be the humans who help them.   Eli’s grizzled caretaker Håkan slips up while procuring fresh blood for the vampire and is faced with only awful choices. He remains loyal to Eli and suffers horribly as a result.   12-year-old Oskar has a more complicated...
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Robot & Frank Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Friday, March 27
Imagine giving your aging dad a robot companion to help him out, but your dad doesn’t use the robot like he should. Dad has his own ideas, and the robot becomes part of dad’s plans.   Frank Weld is a former jewel thief with memory problems and a curious interest in the local librarian. His son Hunter gives Frank the robot helper, and Robot is an impeccable aide with one fatal flaw—he’s not...
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The Witness Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Tuesday, March 24
We’ve all heard the story. In 1964, thirty-eight New Yorkers heard Kitty Genovese screaming as she was being stabbed in the street, but none of them called the police or came outside to help.   The incident was used as an example of how heartless New Yorkers had become and helped popularize the idea that, if more people are around to see a crime, fewer of them are likely to help.   The New York...
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Penny Serenade Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Tuesday, March 24
Every month, you can use your Warwick Library card to watch 10 films for free—but that may not be enough if you're spending more time at home. To help out, Kanopy is giving you 54 extra movies that you can see in addition to the 10 you get every month.   Here are four of those extras to get you started:   The Gold...
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Murder on the Orient Express Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Tuesday, March 24
It was 1974, and the big movie stars of the day came out for a modern adaptation of Agatha Christie’s beloved mystery Murder on the Orient Express—including Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, Albert Finney, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, and Vanessa Redgrave.   And wouldn’t you know, they made it a good one.  ...
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What We Do in the Shadows Movie Poster
Reviewed by Wil on Tuesday, March 24
Although you may not know him by name, Taika Waititi is a hot director. His 2019 film Jojo Rabbit won an Academy Award, and his 2017 picture Thor: Ragnarok was a big box office hit. His next Marvel movie Thor: Love and Thunder promises to take audiences on another wild and wacky ride.   Taika is from New Zealand, and like his fellow Kiwis, he has a warm and silly sense of humor that you can...
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