Do you think Moonlight was the best film of the year? Do you think Emma Stone should have won Best Actress for her performance in La La Land?
Every year, we host our own Movie Awards to determine if the Academy got it right. We use eight of the most popular Oscar categories and display all the movies from those eight categories. There are so many fantastic movies that you may not have never seen such as Hell or High Water or Fire at Sea, so come in and take a look! Once you’ve had a chance to watch all of the movies you’ve missed, come in and fill out our ballot located next to the display or visit isliplibrary.org to fill it out online. For Islip Library cardholders, completed ballots can be dropped off at the Reference desk in exchange for a special treat. Hurry, cast your vote soon - voting ends on June 30, 2017. So what will you be watching this weekend?
Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight
Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea, Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge, Ryan Gosling - La La Land, Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic, Denzel Washington - Fences
Isabelle Huppert, Elle, Ruth Negga, Loving, Natalie Portman, Jackie, Emma Stone, La La Land, Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Mahershala Ali - Moonlight, Jeff Bridges - Hell or High Water, Lucas Hedges - Manchester by the Sea, Dev Patel - Lion, Michael Shannon - Nocturnal Animals
Viola Davis - Fences, Naomie Harris - Moonlight, Nicole Kidman - Lion, Octavia Spencer - Hidden Figures, Michelle Williams - Manchester by the Sea
Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight
Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, The Red Turtle, Zootopia
Fire at Sea, I Am Not Your Negro, Life, Animated, O.J.: Made in America
Hey, have you heard there’s a new Star Wars movie? Have you seen it three times, bought the lunch box, and changed your middle name to BB-8? If the answer is yes, then you must also know that Star Wars Episode VIII isn’t coming out until May 2017. Here are a few other galactic movies that will help you pass the time.
If you are a Star Wars fan, you may have certain feelings about Star Trek. But did you know that J.J. Abrams, who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also did a phenomenal job of directing the new Star Trek series. The latest Star Trek series has an edgier tone and non-stop action.
If you’re hesitant about becoming a Trekkie, you should check out Guardians of the Galaxy. It has a superb cast including Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Benicio del Toro, and Hollywood’s new ‘It Man’ – Chris Pratt. The film is a bit humorous and has a 91% positive rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website. If you’re a music buff, grab the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, which features some great hits from the 70s and 80s.
Still looking for more? Avatar is one of the most visually stunning movies of our time and has recently announced that it will be a tetralogy (four movies.) Academy Award winning director James Cameron, best known for Titanic, will also direct the next three movies. Avatar is thrilling, touching, and enlightening. The next Avatar will be released sometime in 2017, so be sure to watch this one soon.
If movies just aren’t enough, grab the Star Wars Battlefront video game, which is available for PS4 and Xbox One. Star Wars Battlefront lets you immerse yourself in the original trilogy by playing some of your favorite characters and exploring classic planets from the movie. You can even pilot the beloved Millennium Falcon!
For those of you who haven’t yet seen the new Star Wars, and we know you’re hiding out there…you probably need to revisit the entire Star Wars franchise or at a bare minimum watch episodes IV, V and VI before seeing The Force Awakens. This mini marathon would also be a hit with any new Star Wars fans in your home. The Islip Library has added about twenty boxed sets to our collection of Star Wars I, II, III and Star Wars IV, V and VI so you can watch them over and over again. Come on in and talk to our professional Star Wars guru librarians so we can share with you the proper order to watch them in!
When borrowing a movie from the library, most people seem to want the latest blockbusters or something by way of children’s television shows to keep the troops busy while grown-ups take care of business. How about trying some family viewing that’s a little out of the ordinary when making your video selections?
Our Children’s department offers a large and varied collection of non-fiction videos, some of which will open your eyes to fresh experiences and fill you with a sense of wonder. Others will teach you a craft or skill you always wanted to learn. Yet more may explain something you’ve always questioned but never got an answer for, whether it concerns events or people in history, how something works, or what it’s like in places you’ve never been.
For instance, we have many DisneyNature, National Geographic, Eyewitness, and family-friendly PBS videos. Of special note are Mysteries of the Unseen World, a Blu-ray that reveals phenomena all around us that is invisible to the naked eye; Animal Odd Couples, which celebrates heart-warming friendships among different species; and visually stunning IMAX films that open our eyes to the glorious natural wonders of the Earth, such as Ring of Fire, Tropical Rain Forest, and Deep Blue Sea.
Are you interested in learning sign language, origami, or how to play the drums? Are you coaching children’s baseball, basketball, lacrosse or soccer and need some drills for practice? Are you an educator or home-schooling parent who would be helped by science, math, and history videos that teach and reinforce skills vital to the Common Core (our Schlessinger Media films even include booklets that aid in creating lesson plans)? Curious about the lives of the famous (or infamous)? We have DVDs that cover all of these subjects and more!
Short historical documentaries and biographies (10-15 minutes long) are also available at the end of each episode of George Lucas’s Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, a television series that covers Indy’s exploits from ten years old to young adulthood. He encounters revolutionaries, inventors, artists, writers, idealists, criminals, and other major historical figures while participating in world changing events. This special features option expands on topics and people Indy meets, and even includes an interactive timeline.
Also, as parents, we don’t always have the answers to child rearing dilemmas. Our Parenting Collection videos can come to the rescue! Notable experts have created films that cover a wide range of subjects, such as potty training, the vaccination debate, sleep solutions, child development, discipline, learning about and living with differently-abled family members, grieving, and divorce. Newly pregnant couples have access to resources that ease the transition from pregnancy into parenthood, including exercise and breastfeeding. Babies can learn about their world with our Baby Genius videos. Family vacations can be planned, and experienced with ease as well, by watching our Travel with Kids series.
Whether they are informing us about our world in an entertaining fashion or creating a way to share an “I didn’t know that!” moment with our families, non-fiction videos are a great alternative to the usual and the ordinary.
Binge watching television shows has never been more popular then it is today. HBO, ShowTime, Starz, Netflix, Amazon, and more have been pouring money into great television shows, pushing the boundaries of what we expect. Some of the shows created today come with mind blowing production costs, top tier actors, and amazing writers. All this results in must see TV with every episode leaving you wanting more. Here is a list of must see shows for all types of viewers. If you’re a fan of comedy try Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the Vice President of the United States. It has been nominated four years in a row for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, winning the latest one, and Louis-Dreyfus has won an astonishing four consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards. Romance fans will love the Outlander series based on the Diana Gabaldon’s historical time travel books. It’s become a quick favorite amongst many of the staff here. Any fan of gangster movies will love Boardwalk Empire starring Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson. The show is loosely based on historical crime figures during the Prohibition era; such as, Arnold Rothstein, Charlie Luciano, Al Capone and more. The series won 20 Primetime Emmy Awards, including two for Outstanding Drama Series. For a steamy psychological thriller try the Affair, told by two different characters that leave you questioning where the truth lies. The series won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama. Game of Thrones is a fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin’s, Sea of fire and Ice. The show reaches beyond fantasy fans with a lot offer; intense action, a great storyline, amazing actors, stunning scenery, and mind blowing events. The series won an outstanding 26 Emmy Awards. There are so many more great series available at the library: Homeland, Olive Kitteridge, House of Cards, Mad Men, Mr. Selfridge, Ray Donovan, Downton Abbey, True Detective, Call the Midwife, Vikings, the White Queen and many more. A fair warning, many of these shows have strong violence and nudity. Come in and talk to the librarians so that we can find one for you will love!