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Ever wondered what might have inspired Spirited Away or Howl's Moving Castle? Well, the mind behind Studio Gibhli, Hayao Miyazaki, has a list of his 50 top children's books. Read more about Inside the mind of Miyazaki
If you are a movie lover, you are probably already familiar with the Criterion Collection. The Criterion Collection has been publishing special editions of notable classic and contemporary films since 1984. Their selections include films from around the world, and encompass everything from experimental films to cult classics, documentaries, and even musical performances. Their editions always have cool supplemental materials (interviews, short films, commentary, etc.) and are often also accompanied by a booklet with additional information about the film. Read more about New DVDs from the Criterion Collection
There are a lot of things to appreciate about the Criterion Collection releases of classic movies. They have awesome special features, great quality picture and sound, and a really diverse selection. Perhaps my favorite thing about them, though, is that they often remind me to catch up on older titles I may have missed out on. Read more about New Criterion Collection titles at your library!
One of the more exciting things about living in Champaign-Urbana, at least for movie lovers like me, is Roger Ebert’s Annual Film Festival. The 15th Annual Festival is taking place now through Sunday at the newly restored Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign. Since 1999 this festival has been a venue for Roger Ebert to showcase a wide variety of films he loved and wanted to share with a wider audience. Read more about It's Ebertfest time!
The movie or the book: which is better? This is the perennial question and one that seems quite pertinent now with the release of films like Anna Karenina, Cloud Atlas, The Life of Pi, and Breaking Dawn.