Find
10 South Emerson, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 | 847/253-5675
Font:

Check It Out

Movies and TV: My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro DVD coverImagination is a quality more often celebrated in movies for the young, but that doesn’t mean we adults don’t crave a bit of childlike wonder, too. Break from routine and open your mind to the joyful story of My Neighbor Totoro. Two young girls move with their father to a new home and discover a world of whimsical creatures: a riot of soot sprites, a fantastical cat bus, and three sizes of fuzzy spirits that mysteriously appear and leave delight in their wake. The animation style is energetic, and the inventive details of expression and gesture bring touches of heart-tugging realism to a tale that will entertain all ages.

Crafted by the famed Studio Ghibli, the film can be viewed in English or in the original Japanese. Choose this title or another of the World Language Movies You Can Watch with Your Kids (or on your own!) for the final days of our Summer Reading Program. There’s still time to enroll and let us know what you’ve been reading and watching in June and July, though be sure to submit entries by July 31.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 27, 2015 Categories: 2015 Summer Reading, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Movies and TV

Fiction: Inspired by Reality TV

For ideal summer viewing, you can’t top the curiously addictive appeal of reality television. It can also make for deliciously sudsy storytelling — just ask anyone currently tuning in to UnREAL, a new series that exposes the dark, twisty manipulations from both sides of the camera on a Bachelor-style dating program. This sparked our thinking: what other fiction is built on different types of competition shows?

 

Like this?
Cover of American Idol
Try this! Cover of Elimination Night

 

 

Elimination Night (provocatively attributed to “Anonymous”) shines a comic spotlight on star-making shows like American Idol, and half the fun is drawing direct lines to real-life counterparts! Sasha King is a new producer who is forced to juggle the demands of celebrity judges, unstable contestants, and divas of all stripes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like this? Cover of The Amazing Race
Try this!Cover of Lost and Found

 

 

For globe-trotting adventure mixed with a grand-scale scavenger hunt, join the teams of Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst. Told from the point of view of multiple contestants, the fast-paced action and dramatic antics will have you racing to the finish line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like this?
Cover of Trading Spaces
Try this!
Cover of Room for Improvement

Double your reality-TV pleasure with Stacey Ballis’s Room for Improvement and see what happens when you work the DIY angle along with the search for romance. Chicago interior designer Lily Allen is thrilled to work on Swap/Meet, a home makeover show that matches singles looking for both a room re-do and new love potential, but she isn’t immune to the drama in this fun, frothy, and sexy send-up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like this?
Cover of Deadliest Catch
Try this!
Cover of Primal Waters

 

 

If high-stakes action is more your speed, dive into Primal Waters by Steve Alten. A renown adventurer is invited to join Daredevils, a televised survival series which may be grossly underestimating the dangers the players will have to face. Read for the suspense, the adrenaline, and did we mention shark attacks?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like this?
Cover of 1900 house
Try this!
Cover f The Corset Diaries

 

 

Those who romanticize the past may wish they could join the cast of A Month in the Life of a Victorian Duke, a show in which contemporary folk attempt to live for weeks on an authentically retro estate. Giving up modern conveniences may almost be worth the prize, especially if you are cast opposite a dashing Englishman. In The Corset Diaries by Kate MacAlister, the costumes aren’t the only thing that make it hard to breathe!

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on July 23, 2015 Categories: Books, Humor, Lists, Movies and TV, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Romance

Movies and TV: The Way He Looks

Cover of The Way He LooksThe Way He Looks is a funny coming-of-age story centered around Leo, a charming blind teenager. Yearning to escape his parents’ overprotective eyes to somewhere new where he can be someone different, Leo’s life is suddenly turned topsy-turvy when a new student, Gabriel, starts school. Gabriel refreshingly treats him as if he weren’t blind and Leo finds they have a connection he has never felt with anyone else before. Friends feeling left out, budding romance, the trials of fitting in: this Portuguese film captures the everyday sweetness and struggles of life as a restless discontent teenager.

The Library is constantly adding to the World Language Collections, so make sure to check out what other newer materials have arrived. Narrow down your search using the left sidebar by topic, language, and genre to find the right movie for you! Need help finding a DVD? Ask!

Don’t forget: Watching a World Language DVD is a bonus step for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. There is still plenty of time to participate and try something new!

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on July 20, 2015 Categories: 2015 Summer Reading, Movies and TV

Movies and TV: We Are Together

We Are Together DVD coverThe children of the Agape Choir don’t have obvious reason to sing. They live in a struggling South African orphanage in packed quarters and with few resources. Most are there after losing parents to AIDS, and some are separated from older siblings because it simply isn’t possible to keep the family together.  You might think that the overall tone would be one of despair, but these young ones regularly lift their voices in song, which in turn raises their spirits — and ours. We Are Together is an inspiring documentary filmed over three years about the plight and promise of these remarkable singers.

Browse our collection of International Documentaries to discover other global films of real-life stories. Don’t forget: Watching a World Language DVD is a bonus step for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. There is still plenty of time to participate and try something new!

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 13, 2015 Categories: 2015 Summer Reading, Movies and TV, Nonfiction

Movies and TV: Vincere

Cover of VincereA story of desire, madness, and war, Vincere is a passionate tale centering on fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini during the 20th century and Ida Dalser, his mistress. As Mussolini rises in power, scenes of the flurry of war and a nation uprising mark the passage of time causing a sense of growing urgency which is contrasted against the creeping sense of dread for Dalser’s fate. The dark lighting and panicked exchanges between the characters set against a sweeping, grand soundtrack allow the watcher to sink into a world of tarnished grandeur in this 2009 film.

Explore more countries throughout time by watching a Historical Fiction Movie. Don’t forget: Watching a World Language DVD is a bonus step for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. Sign up to participate and try something new!

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on July 6, 2015 Categories: 2015 Summer Reading, Movies and TV

Movies and TV: The Prettiest Ugly Girl / La Fea Más Bella

La Fea Mas Bella DVD coverTelenovelas, Latin American soap operas, are among the most popular forms of entertainment in the world. Everything is exaggerated:  high drama, intense emotion, and broad caricature are broken into installments to keep family viewers coming back for more. La Fea Más Bella (The Prettiest Ugly Girl) is a story that aired for 300 episodes in Mexico about an intelligent but comically unattractive young woman who lands her first real job. When the business is in danger, her boss uses her crush on him to secure the company, and both are changed by all that follows. An edited DVD set is available for those curious how one of the 17 versions of Ugly Betty played out in another country.

Browse our collection of International TV Series to discover other programs popular around the globe. Don’t forget: Watching a World Language DVD is a bonus step for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. Sign up to participate and try something new!

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on June 29, 2015 Categories: 2015 Summer Reading, Humor, Movies and TV, Romance

Movies and TV: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Cover of Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame689 AD. China. Individuals are bursting into flames and no one knows why. The empire is about to coronate its first woman empress and she wants this mystery solved before her coronation. Detective Dee, previously considered a traitor, is taken out of the Imperial jail and given the lead on this case, joined by Pei, an officer of the empire. Dee proves worthy of the mystery, somehow maintaining his somber humor as he easily fends off multiple assassins and hunts for the truth. Snappy dialogue paired with the characters’ quick deadly movements rapidly push the thrilling action mystery, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, toward its conclusion.

Watching a World Language DVD is a bonus step for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. Sign up for Summer Reading to participate and try something new. For more mysteries around the world, take a look at some of the other items the Library owns.

 

 

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on June 22, 2015 Categories: 2015 Summer Reading, Movies and TV

Staff Pick: Say Anything

Picture of Diane“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed,” said John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler in the smart and charming romantic comedy Say Anything.

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on June 16, 2015 Categories: Movies and TV

Movies and TV: A Separation

Separation DVD coverCountless movies close with a couple coming together, but the exquisite A Separation opens as two people are pulling apart. Nader and Simin cannot agree on their family’s future, especially when staying in Tehran to care for an aging parent means sacrificing a new life for their daughter outside of Iran. When Simin moves out, a caregiver is hired, and the events that quickly follow place everyone in impossible situations. Asghar Farhadi’s riveting film, the first and only Oscar winner from his country, presents life in contemporary Iran through the lens of two struggling families. One of the most internationally honored movies of 2011, A Separation artfully employs one intimate story to expose a tapestry of flawed motivations and decisions that is anything but foreign.

The Library offers access to 57 remarkable winners of Best Foreign Film as honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, stretching back to 1948.  Which will you try?

Watching a World Language DVD is a bonus step for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. Sign up for Summer Reading to participate and try something new!

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on June 15, 2015 Categories: 2015 Summer Reading, Movies and TV

Movies and TV: Avenue Montaigne

Cover of Avenue MontaigneSet in Paris, Avenue Montaigne spins together the stories of four individuals trying to break out of their defined roles in society: a beloved day-time soap opera actress that wants to star in films, a high concert pianist who would rather play in hospitals than the concert hall, an older art collector auctioning off his lifelong collection, and finally Jessica, a young wide-eyed dreamer who acts as the common thread between these artists. Funny and breezy yet grounded in thought, this French film is an uplifting romantic comedy about new beginnings. Interested in more World Language Romantic Comedies? See what else the Library owns!

Watching a World Language DVD is a bonus step for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. Sign up for Summer Reading to participate and try something new!

By Jenny, Readers' Advisor on June 11, 2015 Categories: 2015 Summer Reading, Movies and TV, Romance