The library is CLOSED in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Illinois Governor Pritzker's "Shelter in Place" Executive Order. All overdue fines and due dates are suspended until the library reopens. The library book drops are closed.
Eight films are up for the Best Picture award at the 87th Academy Awards on February 22. (Check out the full list of nominees here.) A few of them, like The Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood, are already available on DVD/Blu-ray for checkout at the library. But if you enjoyed any of the nominated films and want to see more like them, here are some recommendations for further viewing.
(By the way, we chatted about this very topic last night for Pint & Click, a monthly meetup group for culture-lovers that congregates at Tap House Grill in Des Plaines. Check out the group on Meetup.com or Facebook to hear about future shindigs!)
If you liked American Sniper for its portrayal of high-pressure combat in the Iraq War and the challenges soldiers face when returning home, check out The Hurt Locker (2008, Best Picture).
If you liked Birdmanfor its theatrical backstage intrigue, magical realism, and psychologically troubled artist, check out Black Swan (2010).
If you liked Boyhoodfor its long timespan, down-to-earth characters, and focus on the everyday, check out The Tree of Life (2011).