Happy birthday, Christopher Paul Curtis!
The movie â€śJoyâ€ť is loosely based on the life of Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop and an eventual shopping network superstar. Joy and her children live with her mother Terry (Virginia Madsen), who is reclusive and obsessed with soap operas. Tony (Edgar Ramirez), her ex-husband of two years, lives in the basement while he tries to launch a music career. Joyâ€™s father Rudy (Robert De Niro) arrives on their doorstep with his latest girlfriend Sharon. She tells Joy she has had enough, and is giving him back. Mimi (Diane Ladd), Joyâ€™s grandmother is the voice of reason and has always been the only one who believes in her. I must admit I had trouble getting into the film. The first 50 minutes or more are so filled with drama from her dysfunctional family, we barely get a glimpse of who Joy really is--until the invention of her mop. It is through her fatherâ€™s latest girlfriend Trudy (Isabella Rosellini), a wealthy widow, that Joy gets the opportunity to create her miracle mop. Bradley Cooper portrays Neil Walker, a QVC executive who gives Joy the chance to shine by promoting her own product on QVC. Jennifer Lawrence gives an outstanding performance as Joy. Robert De Niro does an excellent job portraying Joyâ€™s father as an insensitive jerk. Diane Ladd plays a wonderful Mimi, Joyâ€™s grandmother and cheerleader. I am very glad that I continued to watch â€śJoyâ€ť until the end. It was uplifting to see how, in spite of all the obstacles Joy encountered, she persevered and became a very successful inventor and entrepreneur. Overall Rating: B+
Under Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Happy Children's Book Week Everybody!
The State Library of Ohio, Ohioana Library Association, and Ohio Center for the Book are pleased to announce the 20 books selected for the 2017 & 2018 Choose to Read Ohio booklist.
Ok, well some people really liked this show as it took almost 2 weeks before I could get a copy to do a review. Kimmy Schmidt is now 27, and has spent the last 15 years of her life imprisoned in an underground bunker in Indiana by a fanatic preacher. She has been rescued and brought to New York City to be interviewed and afterwards decides not to go back to Indiana. She is naive to the modern world and immediately meets some odd and bizarre characters who become part of her life there. There are moments the show is cute and funny, but the pace is frantic. There are good people in the cast with Tina Fey in the starring role. I only watched 3 of the 13 first season episodes and did not get hooked. Perhaps with a little more patience and time I would have found how it was Emmy nominated. It's worth a try. Overall Rating: B-
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle From Miss Jennie at Ontario Branch
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Daddyâ€™s Home is a new comedy featuring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg playing dad and step-dad to two kids. Ferrell stars as Brad, a mild-mannered radio executive who desperately wants to bond with his new wifeâ€™s children. After a rocky start, the kids begin to warm up a bit, but then Dusty, (Wahlberg), the kidsâ€™ biological dad, shows up and does everything he can to derail Bradâ€™s plans. Dusty is cool and rugged, and the kids see him as a rock star compared to Brad, who is nerdy and overly sentimental. The competition soon begins as each man tries to outdo the other in a series of comedic escapades. The movie does a good job of portraying some of the emotions step-parents feel, but in an overly-dramatic way, and unfortunately, some of the jokes arenâ€™t really as funny as they are set up to be. That being said, the plot is engaging enough and there are some really funny scenes and humorous dialog. Personally, I thought the movie was predictable, but worth watching. Parents should be advised that although the film is rated PG-13, there are one or two scenes that may be inappropriate for even older kids. Overall Rating: B-
This week at the Library we are celebrating Kindergarten Readiness Week. Here are some great stories to share with your soon-to-be kindergarten child!
This film is based on the Boston Globeâ€™s investigative team of reporters, known as â€śSpotlight,â€ť who uncovered not only a massive scandal of sexual abuse cases within their local Catholic Archdiocese, but also the cover-up of these cases by the Catholic Church as a whole. Set in the early 2000s, the film follows the investigative work of the Spotlight team as they search to uncover the truth behind the allegations before making the story public in the media. Although the content is heavy and will be emotional to some, I found the movie itself to be phenomenal. The storyline is very well-written and taps into an array of emotions â€“ sadness, frustration, confusion â€“ and the acting of the amazing cast (including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams) is spot-on. I found that the movie drew me into the story, and for 2 hours took me on the emotional journey that forever changed a part of our culture. Spotlight (the movie) was just as deserving of their Academy Award for Best Picture as the original Spotlight team was of their Pulitzer Prize. Overall Rating: A+
We're pleased to present Discover Tech at the Main Library from now through July 8th!
It's National Library Week!
The movie Room is based off the novel written by Emma Donaghue in 2010. Room tells a story about the limitless bond between a mother and her child and what it is like to travel from one world to the â€śrealâ€ťoutside world. In the movie, Brie Larson plays Joy, a mother that has been held captive for 7 years along with her 5 year old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay). Jack has been in â€śRoomâ€ť his entire life and this is the only world he knows. Joy (Brie Larson) knows that she has to make a better life for Jack, so she makes an escape plan to get away from her captor, Old Nick. Surprisingly, when Joy and Jack gain freedom, emotions run high with happiness, anger, fear, and excitement and the only thing that can get them through in the outside world is love, support and the bond they have together! This movie was an emotional thriller. It had a remarkable story and is very suspenseful. If you like to keep your emotions running high, this is the movie for you! Overall Rating: A
Congratulations to the winners of our 2016 Children's Poetry Contest!
The children and teens of Ohio have nominated their favorite recent books for the Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Awards
Help us with Sandra Boynton a very Happy Birthday!
The Image Revolution is an entertaining documentary delving into the history of seven comic book artists - Rob Liefold (Deadpool), Jim Lee (X-Men), Marc Silvestri (Wolverine), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Whilce Portacio (X-Factor), Jim Valentino (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Todd Mcfarlane (Spawn) - who all left Marvel Comics in 1992 to form their own company, Image Comics. The film is appealing to both comic book fans and those not familiar with the artists, because the interviews reveal how each artist started drawing, and also what influenced their individual styles of sketching. Industry insiders and many comic artists give their spin on the rise, fall, and recovery of Image Comics. Newer artist, Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) recounts how Image comics gave him his big break in the business. The archival footage and interviews with the artists and industry insiders make this film charismatic and impressive to people with particular interests in either the comic world or film history. Overall Rating: A+
Spring is officially here! Here's a craft to celebrate.
Yet another awesome book review from Miss Marisa
If you are a fan of the Peanuts gang, you will enjoy The Peanuts Movie. This movie brings together familiar storylines from the comics and television shows. In this heartwarming tale, an empty house on the street where Charlie Brown and his sister, Sally, live begins the conversation of who is moving in and, in the school room; the gang discovers it is the little red haired girl that captures the heart of Charlie Brown. From there the movie tells the tale of Charlie Brown finally gaining the confidence to have a conversation and a friendship with the little red haired girl. The kite eating tree, Snoopy as the World War One Flying Ace battling the Red Baron, Lucyâ€™s opening her psych practice for more friendly advice and many more favorites are all part of Charlie Brownâ€™s quest for the little red haired girl. The cast of supporting characters - including Schroder, Linus, Peppermint Patty, and the rest of the gang- round out the story lines of this enjoyable film. For long time fans, this movie will be a fun trip down memory lane and for new viewers this is an introduction to a classic comic series that will quickly become a new favorite. Overall Rating: A
Celebrate International Ideas Month at the library!
Having an English degree as part of my background, I was interested to see what James McAvoy (Victor Frankenstein) and Daniel Radcliffe (Igor) could add to the classic Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley story of â€śFrankensteinâ€ť. Despite the filmâ€™s title, the movieâ€™s main character is actually Igor, Frankensteinâ€™s assistant whom he saved from a life in the circus. Igor is utterly devoted to Frankenstein for being his personal savior, so much so, that, despite his own beliefs, he fails to stand up against Victor Frankensteinâ€™s manic obsession with the creation of artificial life until the very end of the film. Overall, I wasnâ€™t impressed with the movie: The storyline felt muddy, Igorâ€™s transformation from hunchback to upright man seemed too easy, and I never felt a strong desire to get to the filmâ€™s end and see its outcome (although, those familiar with the story of Frankensteinâ€™s monster already know the storyâ€™s culmination). Not what I would call a true â€śhorrorâ€ť film, â€śVictor Frankensteinâ€ť does its job in shedding light on how a man could become crazed enough to create a horrific version of artificial life, but I certainly donâ€™t feel as though I need to ever watch it again. Overall Rating: C
It's Patrick McDonnell's birthday!
Have your own Eric Carle inspired story time today!
Bridge of Spies is an entertaining Cold War thriller, directed by Steven Spielburg, and starring Tom Hanks as attorney James B. Donovan, and Oscar winner Mark Rylance as Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. It is a little known story of lawyer turned hostage negotiator. Attorney Donovan has been tasked with defending Rudolf Abel against the charges of spying on the United States. In spite of the fact the windows in his living room are shot out, he believes that Abel deserves a proper defense. When the Soviets capture Gary Powers, the pilot of a U-2 U. S. spy plane, Donovan is asked to go to Berlin as a private citizen to negotiate a trade of Powers for Abel. One of the strengths of the movie is the bond of mutual respect and common understanding that develops between Donovan and Able, during a time when trusting your enemy could get you killed. There are several light hearted moments when Donovan asks if Abel is worried. Stone-faced Abel replies, â€śWould it help?â€ť As usual, Tom Hanksâ€™ performance does not disappoint. He deftly plays a man who is part everyman, part genius and all around good guy. This was my first exposure to Mark Rylandâ€™s acting ability. He is superb as Rudolf Abel â€“ definitely an Oscar winning performance! Overall Rating: A
Learn all about a wonderful new picture book that Miss Marisa just LOVES!
Happy National Day of Unplugging!
Celebrate this delicious holiday with a fun pancake recipe and book recommendations!
Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin and Julia Garner, is a comedy-drama about Elle, (Tomlin) an aging poet and author who has just been broken up with by her girlfriend, and is still grieving the death of her life-partner of 38 years. Elle gets a surprise visit from her granddaughter, Sage, (Garner) who is in desperate need of $630 by sundown. The two set out on a road trip to get the money and, along the way, reunite with some interesting characters from Elleâ€™s past. Tomlin is an incredible actor, and I was really looking forward to seeing her in her first leading role in 27 years, but I was a little let down. Many of the reviews I read about this movie called Tomlinâ€™s character grouchy, but lovable. I agree with the grouchy part, but not the lovable part! I really wanted to like her character and, although there were a few moments where she let her guard down, even those ended quickly with a cranky and usually somewhat rough remark. That being said, the movie was very well-acted and will appeal to some, although it does touch on many very sensitive and controversial subjects. Even though it is billed as a comedy-drama, it is quite serious and has many heart-wrenching moments that are definitely suited for a mature audience. Overall Rating: B-