An Occurrence at Boardwalk Empire

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The final season of Boardwalk Empire started and I can’t stop mourning the death of Richard Harrow. He was the sharpshooting, World War I pal of Jimmy Darmody. Harrow wore a tin mask to cover up the devastating injury he received during the war. At that time medicine had evolved significantly and there were people surviving horrific traumas. This left a slew of war veterans who survived with disfigurements. A solution to these people going out in public were tin masks. Although it covered half of his face he gave the most emotionally powerful scenes in the whole show. **SPOILER** I noticed that Harrow’s death scene was an homage to a special and rare Twilight Zone episode, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. If you haven’t seen either it’s worth your time. Nothing has quite haunted me like that episode. Click below for two of the most emotional and artistic cinematic death scenes ever.

http://youtu.be/d5GZJQYYVAE <Click for Richard Harrow’s Death (YouTube won’t share.)

**UPDATE**  It turns out that An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is a short story by Ambrose Bierce. The short story was featured in Men At War edited by Ernest Hemingway. Believe it or not, it’s at PROSSER!!! We have it located at the branch. Put it on hold by clicking the cover of the book (remember your library card). The second to last passage in the story:

“Doubtless, despite his suffering, he fell asleep while walking, for now he sees another scene – perhaps he has merely recovered from a delirium. He stands at the gate of his own home. All is as he left it, and all bright and beautiful in the morning sunshine. He must have travelled the entire night. As he pushes open the gate and passes up the wide white walk, he sees a flutter of female garments; his wife, looking fresh and cool and sweet, steps down from the verandah to meet him. At the bottom of the steps she stands waiting, with a smile of ineffable joy, an attitude of matchless grace and dignity. Ah, how beautiful she is! He springs forward with extended arms. As he is about to clasp her, he feels a stunning blow upon the back of his neck; a blinding white light blazes all about him, with a sound like the shock of a cannon – then all is darkness and silence!”


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Frozen 2: Who left the Fridge Open? (GUEST BLOG POST)

OUR GUEST BLOGGER: Julien is a recent high school gradute and Prosser Teen Veteran. 

Trust me I love 3D animation. The details of Elsa and Anna’s hair, and the ice…Frozen Fist Bump

(No. I didn’t draw this.)

For those of you who couldn’t get enough of Frozen, there was a live action Elsa, on ABC’s Once upon a Time, a month ago or so. (Christina: HOW SICk! I had no idea but I did find an awesome .gif of it).

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Winter’s Coming…

But that was so long ago. There is an upcoming Frozen short, called, (Oddly enough) ‘Frozen Fever’, which some are calling Frozen 2, set to come out in Spring 2015.

*screams of Frozen fans* MY EARS!

So the plot of the short film. ‘…It’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.’ According to blogs.disney.com

HOLD IT!!

I thought Elsa powers were fixed when she learned the secret. Like, she had the ice show and everything at the end of the movie. (Christina: What’s with these people having terrible birthdays and childhoods?)

So she still has the problems?!

I guess we have to wait and see what Spring 2015 has in store for us.

(Christina: So we have the original Frozen its true title is The Snow Queen in the children’s department. It’s written by Hans Christian Anderson. We also have all of the Fables graphic novels that Once upon a Time and Grimm ripped off its main storylines from. Click on the image to place a hold with your library card).

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“If the ratings don’t kill us, the hormones will!” Happy 25th SBTB! 90’s throwback

Like you young one’s care…

Teen Librarian Christina Hill with her first love, Zack Morris.

Teen Librarian Christina Hill with her first love, Zack Morris.

I felt inexplicable joy from beginning to end watching The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story on Labor Day.  Based on all of the reviews I saw this morning, I might be the only person who loved it. It was so meta-! Like a Saved by the Bell episode about Saved by the Bell. I totally ate it up. In my day, we yelled, “OOOOOOOOOO” for every kiss. Then in college I had late nights with VHS SBTB on mute making up lines. Tell me something you younger Millennials, what do you have that comes close?!

SBTB just turned 25 years old, which makes me one year closer towards “don’t ask me my age” territory. I would also like to point out that “Zack or Slater” is totally the original “Team Jacob or Edward”. I was always an unshakable Team Zack.

I found an amazing youtube video that has teens react to my 90’s nostalgia. OMG and one of them is totally Arya Stark/ Masie Williams (from Game of Thrones!!!!!!!!). I think the only way to make this video more awesome is if Masie commented about SBTB in character as Arya. Anyhow, click below for Teens React to Saved by the Bell.

Made you flinch!

It’s old news by now and it’s bad news for my beloved JLA (Justice League America). I still think it’s a great idea to stock up on JLA graphic novels, despite Batman vs. Superman changing its release date. Remember my last post about the Maze Runner movie? Changing a release date means that the studio thinks it isn’t good enough to compete. Batman vs. Superman or (as Sarah from Cinesnark likes to call it) Superhero Face Punch, was moved immediately after the record breaking numbers for Guardians of the Galaxy was released. The nerd world is in a tizzy that DC/WB changed the release date in reaction to Guardians numbers.

I don’t care that DC/WB flinched and showed holes in their PR game. I think flinching is healthy. It’s a sign of being self-aware and preserving the brand. Here is a list of YA book to movie fails that should have flinched! Divergent, City of Bones, Vampire Academy, Beautiful Creatures, Hunger Games (Yeah, I went there). Here is a list of YA book to movie wins, like The Outsiders, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Harry Potter, Princess Diaries, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Ender’s Game.

Please email me and share your list of wins and fails for YA to book: CHill@libraryconnection.info

The one book I’ve been holding my breath for is Unwind and it just suffered another one year delay for their production. Sad face. It isn’t all bad news in the world of YA books to movies. Anna Dressed in Blood has had the movie rights purchased! It is one of the best written and appropriately creepy books I have read in a long time. I would never dare to read this before bed. I think this movie has serious potential, despite the fact Stephanie Meyer’s purchased the rights.

So let me conclude with an open letter to the producers of Batman vs. Superman:

I didn’t go out to see Superman at the theater and I could barely get through the first 10 minutes ON DEMAND. I would never entertain the idea of bothering with Batman vs. Superman. However, I would totally see a move called Superhero Face Punch without reason. So please, consider a name change.

I will sign off with another Sad Batman meme I entitled, “No, Ben Affleck! I know it’s been 11 years but I will NEVER forgive you.”

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Jojen and the Movie Factory

I was not the biggest fan of the book. I didn’t bother with the rest of the series and now, I am going to bother with it. The Maze Runner is coming to theaters Friday, September 19, 2014. Filming happened in Baton Rouge, LA last year late spring. It flew under EVERYONE’s radar. Its original release date was supposed to be Valentine’s Day of this year. The delay of that date means two things, 1. They realized how immensely unromantic it is to watch a science-fiction movie on Valentine’s Day and 2. That it was too terrible to release without working on it some more but not so terrible it couldn’t be at the tail end of a mediocre summer blockbuster season. (Have you heard? This summer box office is the lowest in 8 years.)

I saw both trailers, one looks weak and the other looks awesome. My main reason to see this film is Jojen Reed (Game of Thrones!). Thomas Brodie-Sangster is the actor’s name and in the movie he plays, Newt.

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I love Jojen’s #Monday death meme. Its too macabre for a library blog but…Incredible!

What’s awesome is that I already have an interactive book trivia created. So there is a chance that we will do a Maze Runner Book Brawl. Send me an email if you’re interested or if you want the smart board program CHill@libraryconnection.info .

I have to be honest, it seems like Hollywood is cranking out any teen book they buy the rights to hoping its the next “Twilight”. You know what I’ve been waiting for? I’ve been waiting for Unwind, Neal Shusterman. The rights were purchased ages ago by Constantin Inc. They are a German movie distribution company. The only movie I’ve seen from them was on TV last year in Mexico and I had terrible nightmares; it was called, Perfume: Story of a Murder. The good news about my nightmares as a full-grown adult is that the Unwind is seriously dark and creepy. There is a chance that they won’t water down the true nature of the book and everything that makes it incredible. I’ll attach a video of a fan-made video of a mock “unwinding”. Unwinding is when they take apart a person piece by piece for re-distribution for those in need i.e. in need of a hand, eye(s), teeth… you name it. I showed it to a room of 50 people for my Unwind book brawl and the room was stunned silent.

Unwind Fan-made Unwinding

 Maze Runner Movie Trailer

Dubstep Workshop was a hit!!

Kody Hildebrand a.k.a. DJ Kranex. The teens went crazy for him. Within 30 minutes DJ Kranex created a sick loop. We have three videos showing how simple it can be to drop build and drop a beat. One teen made his own loop before the end of the class (listen below). I recommend Kody for anything, a party, a workshop, with kids. I also added a bonus video of his Street Magic sample he showed the teens.

Follow DJ Kranex:

Basics of Dubstep

 

Finishing touches on the group song

 

Julien S. – Dubsetp Workshop Creation

 

Sneak peak for next Tuesday, July 29 at 1 pm Program: Street Magic

More on this soon!

I just want to commend Marvel on its diversity. There has been a huge movement in the literary world to diversify Juvenile Literature. Before I can sit down and make a fully thought out response to all of this commotion, let us celebrate the new faces of Marvel. I would have been elated to have these characters to look up to when I was a child.

 

Thor (female form)

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Multi-racial Spiderman

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Captain America who is African-American

Black Captain America

Zombies at Prosser

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Prosser Teen Zombie Horde

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We had an awesome time hosting Special Effects Makeup Artist, Kyle Pasciutti. He taught us how to make fake puss, blood, burns, scabs, and peeling skin. We have tutorial videos and pictures of self-application. My make-up was all applied by Kyle and it only took him 5 minutes to make me look burned. Patrons at the library were too afraid to make eye contact with me. He is incredible! Take a look at his website: DecimatedDesigns.com

He was such a sweet person!

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Ms. Christina Zombie Teen Librarian

BLOOD Ingredients:

Light & Dark Corn Syrup : 4 Parts Light Corn Syrup + 1 Parts Dark Corn Syrup

Gel Food Coloring (Red and Green)

Tips:

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (easy cleaning) just a drop.

Cinnamon Leaf Oil (prevents foaming of soap and prevents insects from being attracted to the corn syrup) just a drop.

Puss/Peeling Skin:

Clear Elmer’s School Glue

Borax

Food Coloring

Water in a Plastic Cup

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Accidental Treasure

rurouni kenshin & cowboy bebop Two of the most acclaimed mangas were literally handed to me for free. A mom donated her son’s collection. I tried to find this woman for over a week because it looks like a legit personal collection. I could not find it in myself to take these books until I made an honest search. I hid the two most precious titles, Cowboy Bebop and Rurouni Kenshin. If you claim to love manga or anime and do not know these two titles, “FOR SHAME!” I am not even into manga, and when I pulled those books out of the box a shiver went down my spine. Despite how awesome these titles are, they aren’t really in print anymore. So getting a hold of these on library shelves is few and far between. If I get the thumbs up, we will have almost complete series of the two best English translated series from Japan. There is an insanely good Rurouni Kenshin anime movie and live action movie. (We should buy it!) You can also catch Cowby Bebop very late at night on Saturdays on the Cartoon Network. Give me a call if you’re interested in putting it on hold: 860-769-3560 What makes Rurouni Kenshin so wonderful, is the characters’ metamorphoses. The story is about a legendary assassin, who decides to atone for his murderous past. As he wanders Japan, anonymously aiding those in need, he meets a beautiful widow that convinces him to become a part of her village. Kenshin agrees and discovers a tragic link between him and the widow. Unfortunately, Kenshin’s bloody past comes back to destroy the fragile peace that he forged. The live action movie trailer: Cowboy Bebop seems to be the hardest to describe. After Earth has been destroyed by the terraforming created to save it, civilization has collapsed along with the police system. Bounty hunting is the only sufficient way to manage crime; enter a laid back, handsome (Jordan Catalano – Random 90’s reference!) bounty hunter, who uses his skills in martial arts to capture high priced fugitives. His partners are a former intergalactic police officer named Jet Black, a beautiful con artist named Faye Valentine and a computer hacking child named Ed. I leave you with one of the most iconic anime intro’s to date: Man, these guys CAN LEAN!

Spike Spiegel of Cowboy Bebop                               Jordan Catalano of My So Called Life

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Do you know what we need?

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Daenerys (Stormborn) Targaryen’s husband just got a movie deal, you know, Kahl Drogo? The Father of Dragons, Jason Mamoa. Jason Mamoa is quite possibly the manliest man ever on television and he is set to play one of the least cool superheroes ever created; Aquaman.  How could this information possibly be important and why are you now expected to care about not only Antman but now Aquaman? Because it means a Justice League movie is in the works. I’ve been waiting for a Justice League America movie since I was in middle school and quite a number of years later it is finally being made. Lame-Aquaman Unfortunately, as lame as Aquaman is, ain’t no JLA without Aquaman. I believe WB/DC decided that the manliest of male actors needed to make up for the lame that is Aquaman. What they still haven’t made up for is Ben Affleck as Batman (WHY!?). Even “Sad Batman” memes aren’t funny. How did you manage to ruin memes too, Affleck? sad_batman_meme Anyhow, I thought a JLA movie was impossible. Most JLA characters only seem tough on paper. However, a recent mock trailer by Rainfall Films and Jesse V. Johnson sparked hope that Wonder Woman could be hardcore. Moving forward, JLA has a green light and that means it’s time to brush up on your JLA (Justice League America) reading. Do you know who has a ton of JLA? Manchester Public  Library. Do you know who needs more? Prosser and it’s on my “to order” list. In other news, a new superhero is coming out of obscurity, Mole Man. So yes, now we have Antman, Aquaman and Mole Man. WHY!? Wonder Woman Trailers (That gave hope to JLA)

Wonder Woman Fan Film from Jesse V. Johnson on Vimeo. Moving on from nerd culture turned pop culture; let’s talk about The Fault in our Stars. I don’t think any library still has it on their shelves, however, there is a great recommendation I’ve heard repeatedly. If you can’t get a hold of The Fault in our Stars, then check out The Spectacular Now. It’s about a high school boy that is surrounded by people (high school seniors) thinking about their future, like which college to apply for. In the meantime, he tries to live in “the spectacular now” through alcohol. After a bender he meets a socially low standing peer, who he is determined to make popular. Of course tragedy strikes. Do you know who doesn’t have the book? Prosser! My maternity leave took a toll on our collection. Sorry about that everyone. It’s another “to order”. In the meantime, put it on hold but definitely make sure you say, “Please hold the BOOK– not the movie.”

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