Posts Tagged ‘Movie’

Our Souls at Night 2.0

by Kara Logsden on December 8th, 2017
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Kent Haruf is one of my favorite authors. His death from lung cancer in 2014 was a tragedy because it meant no more lyrical novels detailing the life and landscape of Eastern Colorado. Haruf was an Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate and drew details from his life experiences to bring his characters to life. Haruf finished writing his final novel, Our Souls at Night, just before his death. I found the lyrical book delightful but haunting – I knew it would be the last Haruf book I would read and I didn’t want it to end.

I was haunted in a different way recently when I finished watching Season 3 of Grace and Frankie on Netflix. I’m not much of a TV watcher, but I am guilty of binge watching on Netflix – they make it so easy. At the end of Grace and Frankie, an ad popped up for a new Netfix Original starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford … Our Souls at Night! I wouldn’t normally recommend watching a Netflix movie over checking one out at the Library, but this was a wonderful movie. It made me want to read the book again.

(PS … Watch the trailer for the movie … you’ll be glad you did!)


ICPL Announces December Music is the Word Events

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on November 29th, 2015

Join Iowa City Public Library as we celebrate all things musical with Music is the Word.MusicistheWord

This special series of programming, to continue through May 2016, welcomes the University of Iowa School of Music building to downtown Iowa City. Here’s what’s happening in December:

7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Gymnastics Room: Yahoo Drummers. This Family Drumming Session at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center will have families exploring and playing percussion instruments from all over the world. No fee; no registration required.

7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Meeting Room A: Documentary Screening – “Under the Boardwalk – A Ukulele Love Story.” This documentary chronicles the history, community, and joyous spirit of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz. (2011) 75 min. This event is cosponsored by Ukulele Social Club of Johnson County.

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in Meeting Room A: Music on Wednesday @ICPL with Preucil School of Music. Join musicians from the Preucil School of Music as they share their joy in music performance.

10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in Meeting Room A: Preschool Storytime – Christmas Sing-Along. Are you looking forward to letting it snow and building a frosty snowman of your own? Stop by preschool storytime today to sing classic secular Christmas and winter songs!

5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at The Mill: B.Y.O.Book – “Musicophilia” by Oliver Sacks. Join us to discuss “Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain” by Oliver Sacks. Registration is encouraged due to space limitations. Limited copies of the book will be available for check out from the Info Desk staff on the Library’s second floor.

7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, in Meeting Room A: Documentary Screening – “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten – Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll.” This documentary tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. (2014) 105 min

10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in Meeting Room A: Family Concert – Matthew Coley. Professional marimba player and organizer of the Heartland Marimba Festival, Matthew Coley, will lead a special family storytime. Outlining the history of the marimba, he will perform music from different cultures and ages.

1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, in Meeting Room A: Concert – Matthew Coley. This concert will feature familiar classics for the holiday season as well as other famous tunes.

2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, in Meeting Room A: Cocoa and Carols with Combined Efforts Theatre Men’s Choir. Gather your friends to sing along with the talented singers from Combined Efforts Theatre Men’s Choir, and enjoy a cup of cocoa and a cookie provided by The Java House.

Noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, in the Storytime Room: Sing-Along – “The Muppets Christmas Carol.” Celebrate the season by watching The Muppets retell the Charles Dickens classic about a bitter man finding redemption on Christmas Eve.

Avengers Fans Assemble at ICPL

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 22nd, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Movie Club will screen The Avengers from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

Teens in grades seventh through 12th are invited to hang out and watch Earth’s mightiest heroes come together and learn to fight as a team. This is your chance to catch up with Iron Man, Captain America and Thor before watching Avengers: Age of Ultron in theaters.

Popcorn will be provided.

Once you’ve watched the movies, let’s dive into the comics! The Library’s Teen Comic Book Club will discuss all things Avengers from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, in the Koza Family Teen Center.

Teens in grades seventh through 12th are invited to pick any Avengers comic to read and geek out about at the meeting. Actually, you don’t have to read anything at all. If you just want to listen to conversations about comic books, that’s fine, too.

For more information on either program, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL to screen DamNation on April 22

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 15th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate Earth Day with a screening of DamNation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22.EarthDayFilm

Winner of the 2014 SXSW Film Festival Audience Choice Award in the Documentary Spotlight category, DamNation explores the change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.

Dams were created to control seasonal flooding, create recreational lakes, and generate power, but by doing so, entire ecosystems were changed or destroyed. Now, as obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life as native species return to their primeval spawning grounds after decades without access.

Named the Best Conservation Film at the 2014 International Wildlife Film Festival and winner of the Environmental Advocacy Award at the 2014 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, DamNation has been praised as “ … quick, smart doc on the natural havoc dams cause.”

Directed by Ben Knight and Travis Rummel, this 87-minute film will be shown in the big screen in Meeting Room A. This event is co-sponsored by ECO Iowa City. Popcorn will be provided.

For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

ICPL to screen Desk Set on April 16

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on April 1st, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate National Library Week with a screening of Desk Set at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16.DeskSet

This 1957 film, starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, tells the story of two strong personalities who clash over changes at a TV network’s research department. Hepburn is Bunny Watson, head researcher in the “Federal Broadcasting Network” library, while Tracy is efficiency expert Richard Sumner. Sumner was hired to secretly computerize the office, something Watson doesn’t support, leading to a battle of wits with the dialogue to match.

Directed by Walter Lang, Desk Set is based on the Broadway play by Robert Fryer and Lawrence Carr. It is the eighth movie to pair the two screen legends.

The movie will be shown in the big screen in Meeting Room A. Popcorn will be provided.

For more information, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

100 Foot Journey

by Kara Logsden on February 5th, 2015
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I love books made into movies. I like to compare the two, think about which one I like better (it’s usually the book), and talk to others about what they think.

The 100 Foot Journey (Book and Movie) is a coming of age story of Hassan, a young aspiring chef from Mumbai with a loving family who has experienced great tragedy, and Madame Mallory, a Michelin-starred French chef who experiences a spiritual awakening after involvement with one of the tragedies experienced by Hassan and his family.

I didn’t discover the book, published in 2010, until I read a review for the 2014 movie. I was intrigued so I asked the Library to purchase the book on disc. I LOVED it – listening felt like a vicarious trip to Mumbai, England and the French countryside. There was strong character development, a strong sense of place, and a compelling story with memorable characters. After listening, I wanted more from the author Richard Morais.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to watch the movie with my family and everyone enjoyed it. The movie was produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey for DreamWorks Pictures. Just like the book, there were memorable characters and a strong sense of place. Helen Mirren was a perfect Madame Mallory and I especially liked Om Puri as the PaPa.

Knowing I’d read the book, my family was curious if I liked the book or the movie better. In this case, and just like To Kill A Mockingbird, I liked both. I enjoyed each in different ways, and would definitely enjoy reading the book or seeing the movie again.

If you watch the movie or read the book, I’d like to hear what you think. Enjoy!