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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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 »
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.
The music industry lost a legend with the passing of B.B. King on May 14. Best-known as an acclaimed blues singer and songwriter, King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He was, along with his famous, iconic guitar “Lucille,” named #6 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
The warmer weather is making its way here to the Chicagoland area, and this time it looks like it’s here to stay until fall. With summer vacation right around the corner, there’s more time for fun, like watching movies! In honor of the upcoming season, we’ve got some awesome family movies to beat the heat this summer:
Best known for his work as Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek television series, Nimoy was a beloved philanthropist, poet and film director, though he never stopped enjoying his Star Trek roots. He recently co-starred in the 2009 Star Trek remake, as well as a cameo in the remake’s second installment, Star Trek Into Darkness. In addition to his “Spock” work in movies and on TV, he often lent his voice for video games, animated films and documentaries. He will be missed…by Sci Fi fans and others the world over.
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!
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.