May 9, 2011

Summer Movies!!

The school year is over, and that means one thing: summer movies -- accompanied by giant tubs of buttery popcorn! In between lying on the beach, taking classes, and working, I encourage everyone to take a break and hit the theaters this summer. The following list should whet your appetite for a geek-tastic and fond-childhood-memories-tastic summer.

Mr. Popper's Penguins (June 2011): I am not the only person who loved the book, 'Mr. Popper's Penguins,' as a kid, and I cannot wait to see this Jim Carrey film! I also can't wait to go back and re-read this beloved 1938 children's book; it's been too long!

Thor (in theaters now): for a quick refresher on the top 10 Thor comics ever, click here. For the non-comic geeks-yet-curious among you, check out Thor: Son of Asgard Vol. 1 at the Timberland Regional Library. And yes, they have a bunch of other Marvel comics, too -- as well as lots of other Thor titles!

Captain America (July 2011): you've heard of Captain America; now check out his adventures with Thor, Dr. Strange, and everyone else. Click here and get this through Timberland Regional Library.

Warning: once you're hooked, you may find yourself buying comics with reckless abandon.

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (July 2011): this sort of speaks for itself. There is nothing that I can say here that has not already been said in anticipation of the final leg of Harry, Hermione, and Ron's journey. If you need to freshen up, 'HP & the Deathly Hallows' is available for check out here at Saint Martin's & at Timberland.

Winnie the Pooh (July 2011): after the excitement of 'HP & the Deathly Hallows,' a visit to the Hundred Acre Wood will be just the ticket. Starring John Cleese -- of Monty Python & many other amusing things, not least of which is several other Harry Potter movies -- this film, like 'The Princess and the Frog,' finds Disney returning to its beloved tradition of hand-drawn animation. Check out some Winnie the Pooh titles from your local public library -- for yourself or for your kids!

What books and/or comics are you waiting to see on the big screen? Books you read as a kid, books you read last a comment (or several). We'd love to hear your ideas for page to screen!