For any die-hard movie fans out there that are not partied out after the Oscars last night, we’ve got a treat for you!
Music, Movies & More
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:
City 44 (Polish)
Gods (Bogowie) (Polish)
The Heart and the Sweetheart (Polish)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Kill the Messenger
Two Days, One Night
Check out these movies and more by visiting our catalog at www.nileslibrary.org/catalog.
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!
Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day! For all the hopeless romantics out there, here at the Niles Library we’ve got the perfect selection of romance movies to tug at your heartstrings. So if you’ve got a special someone (or two named Ben & Jerry), grab one of these sweet flicks and fall in love with love all over again.
10) Ghost (1990)
As usual, you can search through our entire DVD/Blu-ray collection at www.nileslibrary.org. Or if you’re technologically inclined, you can download up to ten of these heart-warmers using Hoopla, a new service that lets you instantly download movies, music, and more onto your mobile devices 24/7. All you need is your Niles Public Library card to register at hoopladigital.com/home. Have a happy Valentine’s Day!
This is going to be hard to believe, but as we begin the new year that means the heart of the 90s, 1995, was 20 years ago. Do you remember what you were doing that year? Were you surfing the web via AOL dial-up on your Windows 95 computer? Playing Rayman on your PlayStation? Or were you running to Blockbuster to rent the latest movie on VHS?
The cool thing is that all those movies you were popping into your VCR two decades ago can now be checked out here at the Niles Library on DVD and Blu-ray. A major perk to watching these hits now? You no longer have to be kind and rewind! So check out this list of 20 movies turning 20 in 2015, and get ready to be transported back to a time when Boy Meets World aired new episodes and people only used cell phones for making calls.
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)
Down Argentine Way (1940)
Moon Breath Beat (1980)
Please Don’t Bury Me Alive! (1976)
The Power and the Glory (1933) (ordering)
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) (ordering)
State Fair (1933)
V-E +1 (1945)
The Way of Peace (1947)
Well, we’ve arrived at the very darkest time of the year, literally. With just 9 hours, 7 minutes and 43 seconds of daylight, December 21 is the darkest day of our year. The one positive about this day is that we’ve finally hit bottom, and our days will grow gradually brighter and brighter for the next six months.
Aside from eating massive amounts of carbs (mmm … potato pancakes) during the winter months, I’ve found that listening to music — with the volume turned up LOUD — makes a huge impact on my mood when the sun is missing. Music also makes the time I spend in the gym working off those carbs bearable.
Nothing brings people holiday cheer quite like turning on the radio and listening to holiday classics sung by various artists throughout the ages. But what happens when you have a particular song you want to hear that isn’t playing on the radio, or you want to listen to holiday music on your own time? This season the Niles Library is bringing you the gift of music, so stop in to pick up a CD (or six) of your favorite holiday tunes.
Here’s a small sample of the vast collection of holiday albums we have to offer:
And as always, you can check out dozens of other music genres in our catalog here. Or you can download up to ten of your favorite Christmas carols this month onto your tablet, iPhone, or other mobile device using Hoopla, a new service that lets you instantly borrow movies, music and more 24/7 with your Niles Public Library card. Check it out at hoopladigital.com/home.
Have fun jamming out to your favorite hits!
Spy thriller author John le Carre writes complicated, twisted tales of suspense and covert ops. In the 60s he wrote about the Cold War – now it’s the Middle East. First let’s go over some of le Carre’s past film adaptations: most recently Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011), The Constant Gardener (2005), The Tailor of Panama (2001) and The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1965). All of these films have one thing in common: they are dry and very confusing, at least to me.
Now let’s look at A Most Wanted Man, also based on a le Carre book. This film is fast-paced and filled with intensity and action, but easy to follow. Is it le Carre’s novel writing that has gotten less muddled and involved? Well, maybe. Is it because we, as an audience, are more prepared for convoluted plots, with more and more spy action thrillers being made (The Bourne series, the recent Bond movies, etc.)? Could be, but I think it has more to do with how the book is adapted…how expert the screenwriter is at adapting the twists and turns on the screen.