Memory-of-James-Horner

James Horner was a famed and Oscar-winning composer of contemporary classic films, including Aliens and Titanic, for which he won Academy Awards for both Best Original Score and Best Original Song. His career began slow in the late 1970s, but after two big successes in 1982 (48 Hrs. and Star Trek III: The Search For Spock), he sealed his reputation as one of the best composers in Hollywood. Here is a compiled list of his works, available for checkout here at the Niles Library:

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Theory-of-Everything-Review

I will be honest upfront: I find that I like biopics, especially those based on individuals who have to overcome tremendous obstacles. I am also a sucker for “un-actor-like” roles…meaning the actor or actress plays someone 360 degrees from their own self. But (and this is the very big stipulation) only if done well. Very well. Read more »

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Whiplash-Review

I saw Whiplash late one night at the end of a three-movie-day before the Oscars in February, so I was tired and my eyelids were fighting me when seeing movie number three. As soon as Whiplash began, sleepiness was the furthest thing from my mind. I was captivated, disturbed, angry, shocked, and afraid. The movie itself is good…not great.  But it features two stellar performances by Miles Teller as the student and especially by J.K. Simmons (who went on to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, in addition to every other award under the sun) as the brutal and almost maniacal teacher.

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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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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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gone-with-the-wind

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!

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