Episode 11 of On Air: The ICPL Podcast is now available.
This month the gang discusses when to quit an ongoing series, as well as entertainment binge-consuming and book clubs!
00:50: What we’re reading/watching/listening to. Brian- “Fadeout” by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
01:46: Jason- “Vesper for a New Dark Age” by Missy Mazzoli
03:25: Roomfull of Teeth
04:11: Meredith- “A Little Something Different” by Sandy Hall
06:04: Melody- “Dead Heat” by Patricia Briggs
07:05: When do you quit reading a Series?
18:45: TV Binge-Watching
22:33: Binge Listening Music
26:25: Consuming Comic Books
29:45: Melody- Online Book Clubs
30:00: Facebook, A Year in Books
31:30: Literary Classics Online Book Club
33:23: Good Reads
34:22: Vaginal Fantasy, Led by Felicia Day
36:30: Discussion on Classic, In-Person Book Clubs
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.
“Great Movies that Didn’t Win Oscars, and Jen’s Dating Game Results”
This month the gang discusses Great Movies that Didn’t Win Oscars plus Jen is back with follow up on how her Blind Date with a Book went.
00:41:What we’re reading/watching/listening to Jen: Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
01:19 Brian – The Martian by Andy Weir
03:21 Melody – Tim Johnston’s Descent
04:41 Jason – Louise Penny
6:02 Melody Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Appetite for Reduction
06:40 Meredith – Maeve Binchy’s new biography
08:35 Great Movies that Didn’t Win Oscars
09:10 Brian – LA Confidential loses to Titanic
14:35 Jason – Movie Scores – Psycho
19:25 Melody – Bechdel Test Movies – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night/Before Midnight
26:27 Jen – Sense and Sensibility
28:03 Meredith – Shawshank Redemption
30:17 Brian – Short Term 12
32:39 Jason – Last of the Mohicans
36:53 Jen – The Descendants
41:37 Jen’s Dating Game Follow Up – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This month we share a musician who will be performing at the upcoming Mission Creek Festival, a quick read, a mystery, and a book Maeve describes as a “Gateway from fiction to nonfiction.” Enjoy!
The film version starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. It was originally released on March 2, 1965.
The Sound of Music is about a young woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the seven children of a naval officer widower. The movie is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway musical of the same name. Both the film and the musical are based on the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp.
The movie begins at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A on March 4. Singing on key is not required, and we’ll leave the captioning on for the words. Free popcorn will be provided.
For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.
Recently we had a great conversation at the Help Desk about good movies. A patron read my blog post about the 100 Foot Journey and suggested The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I love when I get suggestions from people I’m helping – it’s a bit of serendipity in my day. There have also been many conversations leading up to the Oscars, and it’s fun to hear what others think about different movies.
One of the more interesting conversations last week was about The Grand Budapest Hotel and the facial hair of the actors. Stories from National Public Radio and Esquire Magazine piqued our interest and had me guessing which mustaches were real and which were not. According to NPR:
“They’re made of real human hair, which you buy in all different textures and colors,” says Hannon. “There’s usually five minimum colors in each mustache.”
The hairs are sewn individually into tiny holes — less than a half-millimeter in diameter — of what Hannon calls “the finest silk lace you can find. … So you can imagine the time that goes into the perfection of each.”
My holds for The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel came in before the weekend, so we had a great movie fest Friday and Saturday with a hotel theme. Although both movies were very good, they were very different. While I enjoyed the precision and scenery in The Grand Budapest Hotel, I especially enjoyed the heartwarming story and characters in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Another bit of serendipity today … when writing this post I learned the there’s a sequel to look forward to – The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opens in theatres on March 6th.
Give us a call or stop by if you need help finding a good movie or want to place a hold on the Oscar nominees or winners. You may discover your own serendipity in the stacks
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!
The Iowa City Public Library will show a free screening of “Raising Ms. President,” a documentary about raising the next generation of female political leaders, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, in Meeting Room A.
Studies show that when more women are at the political decision-making table, their presence makes a difference. The problem, though, is that many women don’t want to run for office, saying they are underqualified. This is despite the fact that women make up more than 50 percent of the population and workforce, are college graduates, and have higher earning power before their reach their 30th birthday.
“Raising Ms. President” looks at where political ambition begins and how to get more women to run for office in order to create a stronger country and world.
This screening is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Library, the League of Women Voters of Johnson County, Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa, and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.
For more information, call the Library at (319) 356-5200.
Tap into your inner spy in October with the Iowa City Public Library’s “The Name is Bond … James Bond” film series.
During October, a free screening of a James Bond movie will be shown every Thursday in Meeting Room A.
Released in 1962, the first James Bond movie remains one of the best. Starring Sean Connery as James Bond, watch as the M16 agent is called to Jamaica where a colleague and secretary have been mysteriously killed. With an American CIA agent, portrayed by Jack Lord, they discover that Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman) is scheming to blackmail the U.S. government with a device capable of deflecting and destroying U.S. rockets launched from Cape Canaveral. Directed by Terence Young; 110 minutes.
Thursday, Oct. 9: Goldfinger
Sean Connery returns as James Bond in this 1964 film. This time, Bond must go to Fort Knox and stop Auric Goldfinger and his henchman from obliterating the world economy. Goldfinger not only contains many of the series’ most memorable scenes, it is the film that introduces Desmond Llewelyn as Q. Directed by Guy Hamilton; 110 minutes.
Thursday, Oct. 16: The Spy Who Loved Me
Roger Moore dons James Bond’s tuxedo in this 1977 film that introduced the steel-toothed Jaws (played by Richard Kiel) as one of the most memorable Bond villains. In this movie, Bond teams up with yet a Russian agent (Barbara Bach) to track a pair of nuclear submarines that the nefarious Stromberg (Curt Jürgens) plans to use in his plot to start World War III. Directed by Lewis Gilbert; 125 minutes.
Thursday, Oct. 23: GoldenEye
This 1995 film was a box-office success, thanks to Pierce Brosnan’s portrayal at the suave, danger-loving 007. When a deadly satellite weapon that can fire a devastating electromagnetic pulse toward Earth falls into the wrong hands, only James Bond can save the world from certain disaster, but he is up against an enemy who anticipates his every move. Directed by Martin Campbell; 130 minutes.
Thursday, Oct. 30: Casino Royale
This series reboot released in 2006 established a new timeline and narrative framework to show a less experienced and more vulnerable Bond, portrayed by Daniel Craig. On his first mission as a 00, Bond travels to Madagascar, the Bahamas and eventually to Montenegro to face Le Chiffre, a ruthless financier attempting to recapture funds in a high-stakes poker game at the Casino Royale. Directed by Martin Campbell; 144 minutes.
All films begin at 7 p.m. and popcorn will be provided.