David Milch’s brilliant, confounding HBO series John From Cincinnati defies easy classification – the closest most come is “surf noir” – but ultimately, it’s about the same thing as his previous series (the all-time classic Deadwood): how strange and damaged people come together to form unlikely communities.
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In the dark comedy The Skeleton Twins, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play estranged twins that reunite after ten years. Wow, can they act! Wiig’s and Hader’s fabulous performances are absorbing, as we follow their heartbreaking journey to repair their lives and learn the key lies in their own relationship.
Academy Award Best Picture runners-up Selma, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and American Sniper have something else in common. Though each claims to be based on actual events, all have come under fire for taking too many liberties with the facts. These are hardly the first dramatizations to cause a stir. In Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies, enthusiastic experts consider how specific films have skewed our understanding of historical events. From Gandhi to Malcolm X, Gone with the Wind to JFK, and even Jurassic Park to Dr. Strangelove, films have the power to change what we think we know to be true. Don’t know much about history? Watch a movie! Just bear in mind that events may have unfolded a bit differently than as portrayed.
The Wind Rises is a flight of fancy worthy to be the swan song of master animator Hayao Miyazaki. All of his hallmarks are on display: sweet yet dramatic storytelling, artful scenes, and an underlying whimsy that bubbles with imagination. It is the history of Jirô, a young man with a genius for designing aircraft, who often takes inspiration from imagined jaunts with an Italian aviation pioneer. A recurring line of poetry, “The wind is rising! We must try to live!” quivers with thematic resonance not only against the backdrop of war, illness, and natural disaster, but also in the tentative steps toward selfless love. Both ambitious and intimate, this Academy Award nominee is at its brightest when celebrating the small moments that lead to epiphanies.
An Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Selma is just one of many fascinating movies exploring Martin Luther King, Jr. and the principles he fought for. Below are six movies for those wanting to immerse themselves further in the legacies King drew from, and the legacies he left behind.
Interested in what else there is to offer? Stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk on the second floor for help with finding something suited to your taste, or peruse some of the lists found below!
The Beatles Anthology is a must-watch for any Beatles fan. Filled with interviews and rare live performances, this is a comprehensive collection of the history of The Beatles. Be prepared to binge watch: once you start, you won’t want to stop!
In the mood for a Gothic mystery complete with murder, deception and greed? Watch The Woman in White, the story of two half-sisters who battle the constraints of the times and the power of men in their lives to protect, teach, ensnare and do away with them!
L.V. is a young woman so painfully timid that she can’t bring herself to answer the telephone. Her only happiness comes from her late father’s beloved record collection, which she uses to escape a mother whose crudeness is surpassed only by her volume. When a smarmy agent discovers that the girl who can barely speak has the gift of mimicking iconic singers such as Judy Garland, Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, and Shirley Bassey, she’s pressured into taking the stage. Little Voice merges comedy, drama, romance, and jaw-dropping musical performances by star Jane Horrocks, for whom the original role was created. The story is by turns sweet and tense, but the undeniable attraction is in one incredibly talented voice.
With 2015 just around the corner bringing a whole new crop of to-be-read lists to tackle, shows to watch, and music to experience, Staff at Mount Prospect Public Library took time to pause and look at what brought us joy in 2014. Check out staff members’ favorite books, CDs, or DVDs they read, watched and/or listened to in 2014. Feel free to share what is on your list of favorites for the year!
For snappy, tongue-in-cheek dialogue written by Mae West herself, try West’s 1932 film debut Night After Night . The queen of the double entendre rules all five movies in the Mae West Glamour Collection with bawdy charm.