TALESPOSTER.pngIn connection with the current "Ka-Pow!  When Comics Imperiled America" show in the Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library's Friends Friday Films will present Tales From The Crypt on Friday March 27th beginning at 8:00 pm.  The 1972 British film adapts five short stories from the infamous EC Comics horror line that were published between 1950-55.  (Although, oddly enough, only two of the stories in the film are from  the actual Tales comic; the other three were adapted from EC's companion books The Haunt of Fear and The Vault of Horror.)*

Five people  get separated from a tour group in a series of catacombs and find themselves trapped  in a strange stone crypt.  A mysterious hooded crypt keeper (Ralph Richardson) appears and proceeds to tell each one of them their possible future.  Or is it their future...?

"...And All Through The House"  (from Vault of Horror #35) stars Joan Collins as a woman who murders her rich husband on Christmas Eve.  Meanwhile, a homicidal killer dressed as Santa Claus is prowling the neighborhood.  "Reflection of Death" (Tales From The Crypt #23) depicts a businessman (Ian Hendry) abandoning his family to run off with his secretary, but unforeseen events intervene. "Poetic Justice" (Haunt of Fear #12) has a rich snob (Robin Phillips) harassing an elderly garbage collector (horror legend Peter Cushing!) to force him out of the neighborhood, with deadly results.

"Wish You Were Here" (Haunt of Fear  #22), an acknowledged retelling/revision of W.W. Jacobs' "The Monkey's Paw", focuses on a newly bankrupt arms dealer (Richard Greene) whose life takes a turn for the worse after his wife (Barbara Murray) foolishly makes three wishes to regain their lost fortune. And "Blind Alleys" (Tales  From The Crypt #45), the best of the five stories, has mistreated blind rest home residents get revenge on the institution's uncaring director (Nigel Patrick).

Tales From The Crypt was produced by Milton Subotsky (who also adapted the original stories for the film) and Max J. Rosenberg, and directed by Freddie Francis.  All three had worked together before on such horror films as Dr. Terror's House of Horrors and The Skull (both 1965), and  Torture Garden (1967).  With a solid cast, script, and direction, along with some welcome black humor, Tales From The Crypt is a lot of good scary fun.  (Yes, there is some gore; a character's final fate in Wish You Were Here" is especially graphic.)  Rated PG-13, Tales runs 92 minutes. Check it out.  If you dare!

*(Ballantine Books released paperback reprint anthologies of Tales From The Crypt and The Vault of Horror in 1964-65. The stories in this film were taken from these two editions.)

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Fans of the classic EC Comics line may want to check out the Flinn Gallery's new exhibition "Ka-Pow! When Comics Imperiled America" that opens tonight at 6:00 pm and will continue until April 29th. It'll spotlight Robert Reiner's  original art collection of these highly sought comics. Greenwich Time ran a very good story on the show here.  And yours truly contributed an article on the library's collection of hardcover reprints of some of the EC books here

For more info on the exhibition, click here.

And on March 27th, Friends Friday Films at the library will be showing the 1972 EC Comics movie adaptation  Tales From The Crypt.  Details here. Below is the trailer for that film:

I'll be discussing that film in an upcoming post.   Look for it!

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Sony's PlayStation 4 may soon be able to make gaming more easier for people with disabilities.  In this online article, the Huffington Post's Damon Beres writes about a possible "firmware update" that "could add new features catering to people with visual, auditory or other impairments". The update would include PS4 settings like "text-to-speech, color inversion, text enlargement, closed captions and button reassignment, among others".

However, Sony itself hasn't yet confirmed that the updated settings are coming anytime in the immediate future. For more info, click here.

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This Thursday night we'll be showing as part of our celebration of Teen Tech Week the 2014 film X-Men: Days Of Future Past in the second floor meeting room.  It's a thrilling science fictional/action adventure/superhero movie and I discuss it more in this blog post.  Meanwhile, here's a trailer for the film:

Check it out if you stop by the library this Thursday night.  The movie is a LOT of fun!

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Cult Films Returns April 9th With "Donnie Darko"!

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Greenwich Library's Cult Films program will be taking a vacation during the month of March. But it'll be back on April 9th with a showing of 2001's Donnie Darko starring Jake Gyllenhaal.  Details here.  And here's the trailer for it:


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Thursday night, February 19th, beginning at 6:30 PM, Greenwich Library Cult Films will present From Russia With Love in the second floor meeting room.  Click here for more details.  And check out the original trailer below:

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This 1963 film, the second of the long running James Bond 007 series, stars Sean Connery as Bond and a powerhouse cast including Lotte Lenya and Robert Shaw, was adapted by screenwriter Richard Maibaum from a treatment by Johanna Harwood, and directed by Terence Young, who helmed the previous 007 thriller, 1962's Dr. No.  Composer John Barry makes his series debut with a terrific musical soundtrack as well.

Taken from Ian Fleming's 1957 novel (reviewed here by me), the filmmakers slightly altered the plot to reflect more then-recent contemporary times.  Instead of the Russians wanting revenge on Bond for repeated assaults on their operations in such novels as Casino Royale, Live And Let Die, and Moonraker, now it's the SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) organization, first introduced in Fleming's 1961 novel Thunderball, out to get Bond for taking out their agent Dr. No in the previous film. 

SPECTRE's chief strategist Kronsteen (Vladek Sheybal) devises a plan involving getting Bond to travel to Istanbul to pick up a Soviet Embassy clerk,  Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi),  who wants the British to help her defect to the West.  In exchange, she'll provide Bond (with whom she claims to have fallen in love )  the valuable Russian code machine, the Lektor. 

Actually, SPECTRE agents Rosa Klebb (Lenya) and Donald Grant (Shaw) are to retrieve the Lektor from Bond (allowing SPECTRE to charge the Russians an expensive fee/ransom in exchange for its return) and implicate Bond and Tatiana in a murder-suicide scandal that'll kill our heroes, avenge Dr. No, AND embarrass the West!  Even with help from British Intelligence Station Chief Kerim Bey (the great Pedro Armendariz), will Bond and Tatiana be able to find out and stop SPECTRE's plan? 

A fun, exciting Cold War-era thriller with some welcome tongue-in-cheek humor (get a load of Bond's lethal attaché case!), From Russia With Love is essential viewing to fans of the series, especially since the upcoming new 007 film starring Daniel Craig as Bond that's currently in production is titled SPECTRE.  When that film opens this fall, it'll be fun to note how the organization has been "updated". 

From Russia With Love is rated PG, runs 115 minutes, and is in color. Admission is free.

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The 2013 Doctor Who Christmas special, "The Time of the Doctor" , is the last episode (so far) to star Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor.  It's also quite thought provoking, despite it's ambitious storyline being crammed into a mere 60 minutes. 

 

Greenwich Library "Blizzard" Hours This Week

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Owing to the crummy weather, Greenwich Library and it's Byram & Cos Cob branches will close today (Monday January 26) at 3:00 PM.  Plus, the library and its branches will remain closed all day Tuesday, January 27. 

For updates about our status on Wednesday, check our Library News blog

All items that were due Mon 1/26, Tues 1/27 and Wed 1/28 have been changed to be due on Thursday 1/29/15. You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter, watch News12, listen to 1490 WGCH AM or call (203) 622-7900.


UPDATE:  Greenwich Library and its Byram & Cos Cob branches reopen at 9:00 PM this Wednesday, January 28th!


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My colleague WG sent me this article about a new app, Be My Eyes.  The app connects visually impaired people with "someone able to see and willing to help out". 

As the article points out:

"The examples the company shows in its product video include visually impaired users getting help with things like reading an expiration date, figuring out what a photograph looks like, and reading signs in an unfamiliar location. The app is more about helping with particularly difficult moments, rather than long periods of assistance."

For more info (plus an embedded link to the aforementioned product video), click here.

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Sunday January 18 Extended Hours

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I'm on the second floor ref desk today/tonight until 9:00 pm.  Stop by or call me at (203) 622-7930 if you need assistance looking for stuff.

Don't forget:  We're closed Monday January 19 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.  The library & its branches will reopen on Tuesday the 20th at 9:00 am.  For this week's extended hours schedule, click here.   

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