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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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This movie is old by now, but it is the last significant movie that I’ve seen in a while. I’m super excited for Mockingjay, but that is besides the point.

If I Stay is a tearjerker, and you cannot label it as any less. All of my family members shed at least one tear, and that says a lot since my Polish, whiskey-drinking grandma came along to watch it with my aunt, sister, and me. If I had to put a label on it, I would say that this is a romance movie but I do not have to since this is my blog, and I am glad I do not have to because it was so much more than that.

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The votes are in!  119 teens voted in our annual Teen Choice Awards.  Thank you to everyone who voted.  Now, here are the results:

Favorite Song:  It’s a Four-Way Tie!

All The Lights by Kanye West
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
Like A G6 by Far East Movement
Speak Now by Taylor Swift

Favorite Video Game: 

Call of Duty: Black Ops won in a landslide!

The next two were not even close.  Tied for second are:

Sims 3
Super Smash Brothers Brawl

Favorite Movie: 

 

1. Inception
2. Just Go With It
3. The Hangover
4. The Social Network

Favorite TV Show:

Jersey Shore is number 1!

Tied for second are:

2. Glee
2. Family Guy

followed by:

4. Pretty Little Liars
5. Two and a Half Men

Favorite Music Video:
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Whip My Hair by Willow Smith

Second place is four-way a tie between:

Love the Way You Lie by Eminem featuring Rihanna
We R Who We R by Ke$ha
Poker Face by Lady Gaga
Firework by Katy Perry

Favorite Music Artists: in order of total votes

1. Lady Gaga
2. Eminem
3. Katy Perry
4. Justin Bieber
5. Ke$ha

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Nominate your favorite movie  on the theme Outside In: Rebellion vs. Conformity for a YALSA Top Ten award!

The nomination form has been created with librarians in mind, but you don’t need to be a librarian to submit a movie.  Just fill in as many of the fields as you can, and include your contact information.

For information about producers, distributers, etc. check out IMDB.com or contact a librarian!

 

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Dec. 2 6:00-7:30pm
Watch and discuss online videos.  Seen the Twilight movie and have something to say about it?  Now’s your chance!  Create videos for the library’s youtube site.  Shoot our Ben Franklin exhibit, or review Twilight.

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Actor Robert Pattinson appeared recently at Orland Square Mall south of Chicago.  Read about his adventures in this article.

Here’s another story about fans  who were turned away from the event.

Would you have waited overnight for a chance to meet Pattinson?  Would you be upset if you were turned away?

The Twilight movie opens nationwide on November 21. 

If you’re planning to see it anyway, then why not write a review?  From Betsy, at Teen Ink Magazine:

Hey all:

We’re holding a “Twilight” movie review contest, and we want you to participate whether you’re a lover or a hater! The writer of the best review (positive or negative) will receive their choice of a Twilight companion book or a Teen Ink book. You’ll also receive a year’s subscription to Teen Ink Magazine, and your review will be seriously considered for publication!

-Betsy

The contest deadline is December 1st.  Post your review (positive or negative) on Facebook, or email it to betsy (at) teenink.com.

You can also post your movie reviews at the NPLD website.  Local reviewers are entered in a monthly prize drawing!

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Fans of writers Rachel Cohn and David Levithan may want to mark October 3 in their calendars.  That’s when the movie-version  of their popular book Nick & Norah’s Infinte Playlist opens nationwide.  The movie stars Michael Cera (Superbad, Arrested Development) and Kat Dennings (ER, House Bunny).

Check out Nick & Norah‘s website to make and send a playlist of your own to your friends!

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What do you think of the official teaser trailer?

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Interesting fact: You probably know Ralph Fiennes plays Voldemort.  11-year old Tom Riddle is played by Fiennes’ nephew, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin.

Update: Unfortunately, we will now have to wait until next summer for the next installment in the Harry Potter series.  Warner Brothers recently pushed the premier back to July 17, 2009.  Here’s the story: http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2008/08/news-flash-harr.html.

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