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Another year, another Oscar Night Party at the Niles Library.  This, our 11th annual celebration, was once again a success. Sixty people watched, cheered and even shared fashion gossip with their friends and fellow movie buffs. We played trivia and many people walked out with door prizes, which included movie books, AMC Theatre gift cards and nominated DVDs.

Most of the people were satisfied with the Best Picture winner Birdman, though part of the audience seemed to be rooting for another pick, mainly Boyhood. Whether your favorite film won or not, it was a fun night for movie lovers.

Though we have to wait until next year for the next Niles Library Oscar Night Party, you can check out the winning and nominated DVDs and Blu-rays at the Library all year round to have a movie night at home!

 

 

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Oscars-Winners

The Niles Library’s annual PICK THE WINNERS Oscars contest is over and we have selected our 6 winners:

Grand Prize is $30 to Portillo’s/$30 to AMC Theatres

Five Runner-up Prizes are $10 to Portillo’s/$10 to AMC Theatres

 

Grand Prize: Zina K. (all 8 correct)

Runner-up: Eunice S. (7 correct)

Runner-up: Ed O.  (7 correct)

Runner-up: Mollie W. (7 correct)

Runner-up: Susan K. (7 correct)

Runner-up: Catherine F. (7 correct)

 

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to all of those who entered, both in the Library and online.

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staff-dvd-picks-2014

This is the time of year when EVERYONE has a “best of” list. So not wanting to feel left out, and since the Adult Services staff watches a lot of movies, we want to share our picks with you for some of OUR best of the year. Will you agree with all of these? Certainly not. But you might like some of them. You might even add some to your own “best of” list.

These are movies that were released on DVD in 2014 or early 2015:

Alan Partridge

Big Eyes

Birdman

Boyhood

Calvary

Chef

Citizenfour (documentary)

City 44 (Polish)

Cuban Fury

Fading Gigolo

Finding Vivian Maier

Gloria (2014)

Gods (Bogowie) (Polish)

Gone Girl

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Seduction

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Heart and the Sweetheart (Polish)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hunt (Danish)

Ida

Kill the Messenger

Leviathan

A Long Way Down

The Love Punch

Million Dollar Arm

A Most Wanted Man

Mr. Turner

One Chance

Pride

The Railway Man

Seduced and Abandoned (documentary)

Stalingrad (Russian)

Still Mine

Two Days, One Night

Two Lives (German/Norwegian)

Le Week-end

What If

Whiplash

Winter Sleep

Check out these movies and more by visiting our catalog at www.nileslibrary.org/catalog.

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sunshine-award

Libraries are all about information, and we are proud to announce that we became the first library in Illinois to receive The Sunshine Award. It’s given to organizations that score 80 out of 100 points for making their governance and spending completely available to the public. You can see the checklist on the Illinois Policy Institute’s site. The library staff and Board are committed to making our work as transparent as possible, following the Illinois Open Meetings Act, so that the public can view the workings of the Board and their decision-making process.

Our information is available on every page of our website in the footer under Open Books Project. Want to see when the Board is meeting? It’s there. Want to see the library’s budget? It’s there, too. So is a goldmine of other facts and figures. Everyone is welcome to come take a look!

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oscar

On Tuesday, February 25, we had the program The Year in Movies: 2013. It was an encapsulation of the films of 2013 and a little bit of an Oscar preview. Here is a wrap-up of the program:

Based on awards already won, here are the front runners for the Oscars on Sunday, March 2:

BEST PICTURE: “12 Years a Slave”

BEST DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuarón - “Gravity”

LEAD ACTOR: Chiwetel Ejiofor - “12 Years a Slave”

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oscar

Our Pick the Winners Oscar Contest starts today (Feb. 1)!  Vote in eight of the major Oscar categories for your chance to win “A Night Out in Niles” with gift cards to Portillos and to the theaters in Golf Mill Shopping Center.

Pick up a ballot at the Second Floor desk or fill one out here.

All of this Oscar mania leads up to our 10th Anniversary Oscar Night Extravaganza on Sun., Mar. 2 at 6:30pm. Registration for that begins today for Niles cardholders and on Mon., Feb. 10 for all. Register now!

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BEFORE-MIDNIGHT-stills

The third and last (?) in the Richard Linklater directed and Julie Delpy/Ethan Hawke starring series, Before Midnight again features more dialogue and banter between characters than plot. But, after three movies, we are used to that and we know these characters so well, we pretty much know what they are going to say and do. Not that this is a good or bad thing…but it’s comfortable. Like an old pair of slippers, these films have charmed us, endeared us, and romanced us. A little refresher on the series: Before Sunrise (1995) is set in Vienna and has Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) meeting on a train and taking a risk by spending the whole day with each other. They talked and walked and laughed and talked and walked and laughed some more. As they fell in love, so did we with them.

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captain-phillips

I have issue with movies based on real stories where I know the ending…mostly because it kills the suspense. Titanic: No matter how much Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet love each other, the boat will still sink. Marie Antoinette: She tells the French people to eat cake and then she loses her head. Joan of Arc: She inspires France and gets burnt at the sake for her troubles. Now, I know Hollywood takes a lot of liberties with endings (adaptations rarely end exactly as they do in the book or on the stage, etc.) But, even the fickle movie industry would never be so brazen enough to change the ending of a real life tale, right? Titanic 2: It’s Didn’t Sink will never be produced, right? (Well, hopefully!)

So, in Hollywood’s latest string of based-on-real-life movies (Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave), one stands out for me, EVEN THOUGH I was pretty sure I knew how the movie was going to end. Captain Phillips is based on a book by, that’s right, Captain Richard Phillips. Chances are (and I’m just GUESSING here) if he was able to write about his death-defying experience, he most likely survived. Again, I’m JUST guessing. So, what does this tell us…that we know the ending. Darn, another Titanic. But, wait. Not this movie. Captain Phillips is a wild ride, a fast-paced, highly enjoyable thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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