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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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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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Enter our PICK THE WINNERS contest now until Oscar Sunday, February 22 at 5 pm. Enter ONLINE or come to the Second Floor to pick up a paper ballot.

Join us on Tuesday, February 17 at 7:30 pm for our 2014 in Movies with Oscar Preview program. Cecilia, our very own librarian, will review some of the best and the worst of Hollywood in 2014, plus give some Oscars insight. A great opportunity to chat about movies and meet some fellow film lovers!

And of course, the Niles Library’s Oscar season all leads up to our big OSCAR NIGHT PARTY on Sunday, February 22 at 7 pm. Registration is required. Watch the live telecast of the 87th Annual Academy Awards with fellow movie buffs. There will be games, door prize drawings and refreshments. See you there!

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Each year, the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry selects 25 films “showcasing the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation.” Here is a list of the 2014 inductees.  The titles in bold are owned by the Niles Library.

13 Lakes (2004)

Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913)

The Big Lebowski (1998) (also on blu-ray)

Down Argentine Way (1940)

The Dragon Painter (1919)

Felicia (1965)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) (also on blu-ray)

The Gang’s All Here (1943)

House of Wax (1953)

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)

Little Big Man (1970)

Luxo Jr. (1986) (Pixar)

Moon Breath Beat (1980)

Please Don’t Bury Me Alive! (1976)

The Power and the Glory (1933) (ordering)

Rio Bravo (1959)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) (also on blu-ray)

Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) (ordering)

Saving Private Ryan (1998) (also on blu-ray)

Shoes (1916)

State Fair (1933)

Unmasked (1917)

V-E +1 (1945)

The Way of Peace (1947)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

 

Click here to see the full list of NFR titles.

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When looking back throughout the history of cinema, there are years that standout: 1941 (Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, Sergeant York, How Green Was My Valley, Ball of Fire, The Lady Eve and Sullivan’s Travels (both from Preston Sturges) and Joan Fontaine’s Oscar-winning performance in Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion), 1951 (The African Queen, A Streetcar Named Desire, An American in Paris, A Place in the Sun), 1969, (Midnight Cowboy, Easy Rider, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Wild Bunch) and 1974 (Chinatown, The Conversation, The Godfather, Part II, A Woman Under the Influence and Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein (both by Mel Brooks)) are all good film years. But, 1939 stands alone as the film year to beat all other film years.

Here’s a list of noted films that were released 75 years ago in 1939:

Babes in Arms

Beau Geste

Dark Victory (Best Picture (Outstanding Production) nominee)

Destry Rides Again

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Looking for your next great read? I would highly recommend The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard! It’s emotional, well-plotted, engaging, well-constructed and suspenseful without being a thriller. What more can you ask for from a good novel? And it’s a debut novel, at that!

Most of the story takes place 16-17 years before the epilogue, which is set in 2011. So, we head back to 1994 and there we meet Kirsten Hammarstrom, 10, and her family, all of whom live on a rural Wisconsin farm. Grandpa (dad’s father’s) lives in the smaller of the two houses on the farm and Aunt Julia living just down the road. An idyllic, tranquil, laid back life. Until 18-year-old brother Johnny falls for the wrong girl and then the wrong girl goes missing, with Johnny as the prime (and only) suspect.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our inaugural Tournament of Books. We hope your enjoyed the books that the Adult Services librarians chose for you. Simply click on the book link below to see if it’s available at the Library or to place a hold. If you need any reading recommendations, don’t hesitate to contact us via email at fiction@nileslibrary.org.

Who is the winner of our 2013 Tournament of Books?

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