Recommendation List for Movies, Music & Audiobooks

2019 Horror Films
It’s that time of year – roll out all the horror movies and get yourself in the Halloween mood.  Here are 6 of our favorite horror movies from 2019.  Why 2019?  Because 2020 is its own horror show.  🙂

Directors We Recommend: Danny Boyle
English director and producer Danny Boyle is most famous for Slumdog Millionaire which won 8 Academy Awards including Best Director.  BUT, did you know he was the artistic director for the 2012 London Olympics?  Here are 6 of our favorite Danny Boyle films.

Creepy Scary Movies on Hoopla
Not just creepy.  And not just scary.  We definitely mean creepy scary!  Check out these horror flicks to get you in the mood for Halloween.  Just go to our econtent page and click on Hoopla.

Actors We Recommend: Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson has had a very successful career in both television and film.  Most recently she is known for her for role on Empire, which led her to become the first African American woman to win the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.  She also won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy for her role as Cookie Lyon in Empire.  Here are 6 of our favorite Taraji P. Henson films.

Actors We Recommend: Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck (younger brother of Ben) first started acting as a child on PBS.  He has steadily added to his body of work, most notably, receiving an Academy Award for Best Actor in Manchester By The Sea.  Here are 6 of our favorite Casey Affleck films.

Actors We Recommend: Mahershala Ali
You know him as the mega talented actor from Moonlight and Green Book but did you know Mahershala Ali is also a rapper?  He recorded as Prince Ali before deciding to focus on acting.  Here are 6 our favorite Mahershala Ali performances.

Binge-Worthy TV
Got some time on your hands?  Grab your drinks and snacks and get ready.  These shows are worthy of watching for hours on end!

Actors We Recommend: Salma Hayek
Mexican American actress Salma Hayek got her start on a Mexican soap opera, Teresa.  She really made a name for herself in Frida, earning a Best Actress Academy Award Nomination.  She has since gone on to make dozens of films and appeared in many television roles.  Her are 6 of our favorite Salma Hayek films.

Actors We Recommend: Gael Garcia Bernal
Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal got his start in soap operas before going on to films and television work.  He won a Golden Globe in 2016 for his work in Mozart in the Jungle.  Here are 6 our our favorite Gael Garcia Bernal films.

Hispanic Heritage Month on Kanopy
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with these great selections from Kanopy.  Just go to our econtent page and click on Kanopy.

Actors We Recommend: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
You know them as love torn teens (and a vampire!) from the Twilight series, but Kristen Steward and Robert Pattinson went their separate ways to make some interesting films on their own.  Here are six recommended films from each actor.

Directors We Recommend: Werner Herzog
You will definitely recognize Werner Herzog as the typical ‘bad guy’ in films.  He has embraced that persona, once saying “I have to spread fear among the audience, that’s what I do.”  But he’s equally known for his filmmaking, writing and opera directing.  Here are 6 of our recommendations.

September New Arrivals
Looking for something to watch?  Check out these new additions to the library collection.

Remembering Chadwick Boseman
He was the Black Panther, Thurgood Marshall AND Jackie Robinson.  As much as viewers loved these characters, we loved Chadwick the person more.  Now, after his passing, we learn the full scope of his heart and struggles.  Wakanda Forever.

Directors We Recommend: Greta Gerwig
American born Greta Gerwig has quickly made a name for her directing skills.  She’s most recently know for directing Lady Bird and Little Women but check out these selections where she shows us her acting chops.

New Documentaries
Our list of new documentaries includes titles on Cuba, Jeffrey Epstein, Amazon, slavery, mafia,  comets, Mae West, democracy and board games.  If that’s not a unique selection, we don’t know what is!

Directors We Recommend: Alfonso Cuarón
5 time Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón is perhaps one of the most talented filmmakers to come out of Mexico.  He was the first Latin American director to receive an Academy Award for Best Director (Gravity).  He won a second Academy Award for Best Director for Roma.  Here are 6 of our favorites.

Actors We Recommend: LaKeith Stanfield
You would never believe LaKeith Stanfield gave up acting for a few years!  He worked a number of different jobs before returning to acting.  And boy, did he return!  The Purge: Anarchy, Selma, Straight Outta Compton, Knives Out, Sorry to Bother You and many more!  Here’s 6 of our favorites.

Listen Up! Audiobook Advisory
Check out these recently added Audiobooks.  There’s romance, there’s suspense, there’s mystery, there’s nonfiction.   There’s something for everyone so get busy listening!

Actresses We Recommend: Emily Blunt
She might be British but we claim her as our own!  Emily Blunt has a wide range in her acting skills.  She can play anything from an alcoholic to Mary Poppins to a federal agent to a fashionista.  Here are 6 of our favorite Emily Blunt films.

Directors We Recommend: Michael Mann
American director, screenwriter and producer Michael Mann is perhaps best known for stirring crime dramas, but he’s also had great success with biopics like Ali and The Aviator.  Here are 6 Michael Mann films we recommend.

Actresses Playing Actresses
Acting coach Ivana Chubbock on acting: “Acting requires faith.  You just have to believe that you are the person you’re playing and that what is happening is happening to you.”   Check out our choices for actresses playing actresses.

Fun Capers at the Library
Need some fun escapades in your life?  These movies will help you escape the ordinary activities of daily life!

Actors We Recommend: Chiwetel Ejiofor
British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is one of our favorites!  At age 19 he got his start with a supporting role in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad.  He may be best known for his Oscar and Golden Globe nominated role in 12 Years a Slave.  Here are 6 of our favorite films with Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Directors We Recommend: Guillermo del Toro
This master director is known for his directorial masterpieces – Oscar Winner The Shape of Water being his finest – but he’s also an actor and former special effects makeup artist.  He is known for films of fantasy, fairy tale and horror.    Here are 6 of our favorites.
Plus: keep an eye out for the August 2020 release of del Toro’s new book The Hollow Ones.

2020 Emmy Nominated Series
The Emmy Award recognizes excellence in American television.  Check out these 2020 nominated series.

What’s New on Kanopy
Looking for something good to watch?  Check out these new additions to Kanopy.  Just go to our econtent page and click on Kanopy.

Directors We Recommend: Spike Lee
American filmmaker Spike Lee made his directorial debut in 1986.   He is known for films dealing with race relations, political themes and urban life.  Four of his films were selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.  Here are 6 of our Spike Lee favorites.

Actresses We Recommend: Saoirse Ronan
You might not be sure how to correctly pronounce her name – but you definitely know her work.  At 26 she has already racked up a Golden Globe, 4 Academy Awards and 5 British Academy Film Awards.   For the record, it’s “Sur-sha.”

Listen Up! Audiobook Advisory
Check out these recently added Audiobooks on Hoopla.  Just go to our econtent page and click on Hoopla to get started listening!

Looking for a Good Movie to Download?
DJ from the Main Library’s Audio-Visual Department has a list of great movies that you can download and watch for free from our Hoopla service. Just go to our econtent page and click on Hoopla to get started viewing!

Films We Recommend: Antoine Fuqua
You want action?  We’ll give you action – Antoine Fuqua style!  You may know him from blockbusters like Training Day and The Magnificent Seven, but American Director Antoine Fuqua is equally known for directing music videos.  He’s worked with stars from Stevie Wonder to Prince.

Films We Recommend: Don Cheadle
Born in KCMO, Don Cheadle is one of the most respected actors around.  Active for more than 30 years in both television and film, Don has appeared in some classic tv shows: Hill Street Blues, Golden Girls, Night Court and Fresh Prince of Bel Air to name a few.

Films with the Music of Ennio Morricone
Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who passed away July 6, 2020, was a master of music.  He composed more than 400 scores for cinema and television.  His music set the stage for many spaghetti westerns and crime dramas.  Our all-time favorite is Once Upon a Time in America – the music from Deborah’s Theme is as good as it gets!

Classic Movies of  Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater might be best known for comedies like Dazed and Confused and School of Rock, but he has also had success with coming of age movies and,  most famously, filming Boyhood with the same cast of characters over many years.

Anime Movie Classics
Check out these 5 Japanese animated movies that stand the test of time.

Listen Up!  Audiobook Advisory
Don’t miss these new audiobook titles.  Whether you like fiction or nonfiction – there’s something for you on this list.

Worth Repeating
Winter is Coming.  I’m not the kind of guy you fire.  I won’t pay – I know too much about extortion.  Just a few famous lines from these TV shows that are worth watching over and over.

5 for Mind Bending Reality
What reality is really real?  Sounds almost like a Yogi Berra quote – but we really mean it!  5 great movies that will have you wondering what is real.

5 for Canadian Director Denis Villeneuve
Check out these 5 fabulous films of Director Denis Villeneuve, 4-time recipient of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction.   He was also awarded the Filmmaker of the Decade by the Hollywood Critics Association.

Binge-Worthy TV!
Got some time on your hands?  Grab your drinks and snacks and get ready.  These shows are worthy of watching for hours on end!

Listen Up!  Reese Witherspoon Audiobook Selections
Catch up on audiobook versions of Reese Witherspoon’s book club selections. for more information about Reese’s book club.

5 for the Apocalypse
It’s the end of the world as we know it!  Enjoy these 5 recommended apocalyptic films that will entertain till the end of days.

All In…
Do you call?  Are you all in?  Do ya fold?  Whatever your move, check out these classic gambling movies.