One of the most beloved and acclaimed movies of the 20th Century, Gone with the Wind is the winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Best Actress winner Vivien Leigh stars as Scarlett O’Hara, who is one of the most timeless characters in cinema history, not to mention one of the prettiest Southern Belles ever. From Margaret Mitchell’s iconic novel on life in the South before, after, and during the Civil War, Scarlett becomes engrained in the American consciousness as the epitome of beauty and selfishness. She spends most of her time pining over a man she can never have (Ashley Wilkes), and when she wins him over, she wants the man she has had all along (the infamous Rhett Butler). Her fickleness comes off mostly as charming – the men in her life understand that this is how she is. And every time she is let down by one of her beaus, her Mammy (Best Supporting Actress winner Hattie McDaniel) is right there to help Scarlett survive. After all, tomorrow is another day!Be the first to comment!
Ninotchka might be the greatest unknown treasure of 1939. Many people have never heard of it, yet alone seen it. It is one of the finest comedies of the 1930s, and in my opinion, Greta Garbo’s best role.
Ninotchka is most famous and known for the fact that it’s a Greta Garbo comedy. Garbo was a well-known actress – iconic almost – so when she made her first comedy, I guess it was natural that the film’s tagline of “Garbo Laughs” revolves around only her and not around the movie, director, or other cast members.Be the first to comment!
What would the world look like if it were stuck in the late 1800s or “pre-World War I” 1900s? Steampunk is a response to that idea: Authors “freeze” society at a time when steam drives not just railroads and ships, but everything imaginable.
Electricity has not become dominant; airplanes (with fixed wings, anyway) have not been invented, and cars either have not been invented or are only owned by rich people. Instead, state-of-the-art gizmos include lighter-than-air ships (bigger cousins of the Goodyear blimps we see at NFL football games) and intelligent machinery (tank-like armored things that walk on mechanical legs).
That is what the books Airborn and Leviathan tell us: Airborn has worldwide air traffic sailing in high-altitude wind, while Leviathan has England and Germany butting heads with the help of artillery-toting “walkers” controlled by drivers inside. Society’s outlook sort of resembles Victorian England, with an emphasis on “class” (aristocrats rule – common folk serve), conformity (people think there is a “right way” to do things), and being an imperial power (making war on your neighbors helps).Be the first to comment!
Now that November is here, it’s that time of year again…HOLIDAY SHOPPING. But never fear, the Niles Library is here!
The holidays can be stressful when you’re trying to find gifts, sending out greeting cards, AND managing your money all while trying to keep your sanity in tact. That’s why we’ve got three great programs this month to help you get through the holidays with ease.
Join us on Saturday, November 8 at 10am for “Mail Merge,” a technology program to manage your mile-long holiday card list. Learn to use Microsoft Word to create mailing labels for large mailings, and if you bring your list of names and addresses to the class, you can get a head start on your mail project. For more information, click here.
Stop by the Library on Monday, November 10 at 1:30pm for “Managing Your Finances for the Holidays” to learn money-saving tips designed to help you avoid buyer’s remorse (and those looming credit card bills in January). Everyone who attends the program will also receive a money management guide titled Personal Finance Made Easy AND a “Stop. Think. Save!” shopping bag. For more info about registration and the program, click here.
And for the tech-savvy folks out there, join us on Monday, November 17 at 7pm for “Top Tech Tools to Manage Your Money.” Learn about the most popular and useful tools to help manage your money, including budgeting websites and apps to give you more bang for your buck. Participants will receive a copy of Personal Finance Made Easy. For more details about the event and registration, click here.
Now you’re ready to face the Black Friday crowds!Be the first to comment!
One of the most talked about new TV shows of 2013 had to be True Detective, HBO’s crime/buddy drama set in backwater Louisiana.
One reason it was so popular is that HBO has the magic touch when it comes to dramas (The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, etc.). Another reason is the cast – two actors (Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) star in it, both of whom have normally stuck to feature film roles, especially McConaughey, who in 2013 was having a year actors only dream of, culminating in a Best Actor Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.Be the first to comment!
To all the aspiring writers out there, November is your month to shine.
Beginning November 1st, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is a 30 day-long event where you strive to finish a 50,000 word novel by midnight, November 30th. You can share your work and receive feedback from other writers on the NaNoWriMo website, www.nanowrimo.org.
Here at the Niles Library, we’re partnering up with The Office of Letters and Light Chicago Chapter to help you keep those creative juices flowing and those fingers typing. Starting November 3rd, stop by the Library at 6:30 pm every Monday in November for more information about NaNoWriMo and to think up some great ideas for your next bestseller. You can find out more info about the event here.
If you find yourself suffering from a severe case of writer’s block halfway through the month, here are some books you can check out from our catalog that might spur some creativity again:
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Do we all have a dream? As human beings, we are very much susceptible to the pits of our own idealism. Lost in an imagined world of our own wonders leads us to question: What is true anymore? Sarah Combs’ debut book, Breakfast Served Anytime, questions the availability of dreams and the intangible journey of social navigation.Be the first to comment!
In the Oxford English Dictionary, a “classic” is defined as “something which is memorable and an outstanding example of its kind.”
Disney Masterpiece collections are just that, and the fact that multiple generations have watched these beloved classics proves that they can stand the test of time.
Today let the Niles Library take you on a journey to a time way before Frozen and High School Musical. Check out some of these Disney Animated Classics that we’ve been circulating in our catalog for decades:Be the first to comment!
As a young girl growing up in the 1980s-90s, cartoonist Liz Prince preferred wearing sneakers, a boys’ blazer and a baseball cap instead of wearing dresses. She role-played Ghostbusters with her guy friend Tyler, and played right field on her local little league team. This preference for “non-girly” things continued through her adolescence and is the subject of Tomboy, her new memoir for teens.Be the first to comment!
Wes Anderson is not my favorite film writer/director working today. I find most of his movies pointless. They all seem to share a like vision but I guess I just do not understand or care about that vision. I can see what he is trying to do and I don’t want to bother. My favorite film of Anderson’s, The Darjeeling Limited, was less inane (in my opinion) than most of his films. But if there is one thing all of Andersons’ films share, it is that they are highly quirky. This might sound like I mean it as a bad thing – I do not. I like quirky. I just usually do not like Anderson’s brand of quirk. But in The Grand Budapest Hotel, the quirkiness works. Mostly everything works.
The best part of The Grand Budapest Hotel is the world Anderson creates. It’s unique, visually charming, and highly imaginative.Be the first to comment!