Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2008-09-12

Fun Friday: Trailer Park

My husband Marcus & I are mad for movie trailers, so much so that we sometimes decide to forgo an evening out in favor of queuing up 90 minutes or so of trailers at Apple. We started this little habit of gorging ourselves on 90-second mini-movies back when we couldn't afford to go out, and we just never gave it up, because it was so much fun. Turns out, it's also a handy & super-cheap way to keep up to date with what's coming to the multiplex & local arthouse cinema.

Here are some of my most recent favorites, with contextual notes for fun, reader's & viewer's advisory, and displays!

Cthulhu -- I am not a fan of horror by any means, but I have a soft spot for Cthulhu. Maybe it's because I fell in love with Michael Chabon's Lovecraftian ghost, August van Zorn, in Wonder Boys (another very fine film adaptation). Maybe it's the exuberant, extravagant creepiness of putting a cephalopodic head on a quasi-human body. Whatever, it's awesome. Plus, this film co-stars Tori Spelling, which...well, that's just classic, isn't it? Teen soap queen-turned-low-rent reality star & sometime horror princess. Bust out the Lovecraft for all those Darren Shan fans who have torn through every book in his Cirque du Freak and Demonata series!

The Duchess -- Let me tell you, Britney? Paris? Lindsay & Samantha? Ladies, you have nothing, nothing! on Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Great-great-supergreat ancestor of Princess Diana (Georgiana's maiden name was Spencer -- she grew up at Althorp, too), the Duchess was the It Girl of the 18th century, a fashion icon, political heavyweight, and object of endless gossipy scrutiny. I kind of hate that they've rebranded her as The Duchess (what, like there are no other duchesses?), because that reminds me of the willful mis-speller Fergie, and I just don't want those streams crossed in my mind. I hate it even more that Amanda Forman's thoroughly engrossing biography, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, has also been rebranded with Keira Knightley's lovely, if too svelte for the 1700s, face on the cover. I'm kind of surprised at how grouchy I am over this, but you know I'll be seeing that movie as soon as it comes out. Hello, fabulous period costumes! Forbidden romance! Intrigue! This is a no-brainer for your Gossip Girl fans.

A Quantum of Solace -- When I first heard Daniel Craig would be replacing the ultra-suave Pierce Brosnan as Bond, I made my face of ultimate skepticism. I am very happy to admit how wrong I was. Having never been saddled with the "pretty" label, he's developed his chops as a character actor, and he brings an emotional depth to Bond that I think we've never seen before. He's also far scrappier, physically -- he's got more in common with Matt Damon's Jason Bourne than any previous Bond, who has never seemed like an action hero who ever actually got his clothes mussed while fighting off five thugs at once. Craig rules, basically, and I love the new, emotionally tortured Bond. Cross-market with the Bourne franchise, and for those readers too young to see a potentially R-rated film, the new Young Bond series by Charlie Higson.

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
-- Of course! Quirky, music-loving teens find true love in one crazy night in New York. There's not much in this world better than that.

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