TIFF and the Books that Inspire the Films

If you were following all the red carpet events at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, you probably heard about some of these films that have been based on best-selling books. While some of these films will be shown in smaller venues, you might like to read the books they were based on before seeing the movies. The books are always better than the movies anyway, right?

Angie Thomas’ THE HATE YOU GIVE was one of the most talked about YA books of 2017, and the movie is sure to be popular as well, and it won’t just appeal to the teen crowd. Thomas’ writing has been lauded as fresh and real, and hopefully, the movie will be true to her vision.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

 

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

 

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

BEAUTIFUL BOY: A FATHER’S JOURNEY THROUGH HIS SON’S ADDICTION by David Sheff is one of the more heartfelt films on the list, from all accounts. And the book will probably delve into the subject matter even more.

What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first warning signs: the denial, the three a.m. phone calls—is it Nic? the police? the hospital? His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every treatment that might save his son. And he refused to give up on Nic.

 

And one of the other popular films at TIFF this year was IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK by James Baldwin.

Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions–affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where pas sion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.

The novel has been called stunning and honest and has a bit of humour mixed in with the emotional themes. It’s definitely one that shouldn’t be missed.

Have you seen any of the TIFF movies? Are there any others you’re looking forward to seeing or reading? Place a hold on any of the books, download an audiobook or ebook, or ask us for an interlibrary loan on anything we don’t have in our catalog. Get reading…and then get watching!

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NFB Film Night at the Library

Join us tonight for not one, but FOUR  great National Film Board movies! It starts at 7pm, and we’ll serve popcorn. You can find out more about the films below….

National Film Board Movie Night
September 7th, 7PM
Free admission, free popcorn!
We will be showing 4 short films by indigenous artists from the NFB’s AABIZIINGWASHI (WIDE AWAKE) Film Festival.

FILMS:
Three Thousand – In this short film, Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—14 minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the present, past and future of her people in a radiant new light.

Breaths – In this evocative short documentary, Inuk singer-songwriter and humanitarian Susan Aglukark weaves together stories of artistry, family, and belonging as she explores the complex cultural shifts of the last 50 years of Inuit life.

Mountain of SGanna – Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter spins a magical tale of a young man who is stolen away to the spirit world, and the young woman who rescues him. The film brilliantly combines traditional animation with formal elements of Haida art, and is based on a story inspired by a old Haida fable.

To Wake Up the Nakota Language – “When you don’t know your language or your culture, you don’t know who you are,” says 69-year-old Armand McArthur, one of the last fluent Nakota speakers in Pheasant Rump First Nation, Treaty 4 territory, in southern Saskatchewan. Through the wisdom of his words, Armand is committed to revitalizing his language and culture for his community and future generations.

No registration is necessary. Just be here a little before 7pm to get a great seat.

Film Fest at the Library!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday afternoon, we’re having a Film Fest for kids at the library! We’ll be showing four fantastic National Film Board shorts that go perfectly with our “What’s Your Thing?” theme!
 
Join us at 1:30pm to watch “The Girl Who Hated Books”, “Gaston’s Recital”, “I Can Make Art…like Maud Lewis”, and “Roses Sing on New Snow”.
 
Showings will begin at 1:45pm sharp!
 
Kids will watch all four films, vote on their favourites, and choose the Film Festival winner! We’ll even have popcorn!
 
It’s going to be a SUPER fun hour, and we’ve got a few surprises up our sleeves, so plan on being here right on time!
 
No registration required…and all ages are welcome to the Film Fest!

THE SISTERS BROTHERS MOVIE

THE SISTERS BROTHERS by Patrick DeWitt has gone on to sell over 150,000 copies in Canada alone since its release in 2011. And all attention is justified. The book follows the story of two brothers and their journey to California during the gold rush, and it is as funny as it is engrossing. DeWitt captured the oft-times wacky relationship between these two brothers as well as informing readers about the dangerous gold rush period. This is a contemporary western, worthy of all of the awards and accolades it received…and now it’s going to be a movie!

I’m reserving my seats now!

What is Amy Adams doing?

If you like Amy Adams, you’ll be happy to know that she’s starring in two of the biggest selling book to movie adaptations in the very near future.  First up for her is Gillian Flynn’s SHARP OBJECTS, a very dark thriller about a reporter who returns to her home town to cover a grisly murder. And it’s just been announced that she’ll play the lead role in the film based on A.J. Finn’s THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW,a best-seller last year.

Both will be sure to draw in the book fans, and hopefully, their adaptations will be as true to the novels as possible.

Will you go to see either one of these? Did you read the books? Leave us a comment below…we’d love to hear what you think!

What If They Were Movies First?

Several years ago on the blog, we posted the question “What if books were movies first?”, talking about books that had been made into movies that went on to box office riches. But often, those movies aren’t as good as the book (as you’ll hear any reader tell you), many times leaving out what readers think are important parts of the story just to fit it into the required movie time frame.

But what if a book that you loved was a movie first? Think of the big winners like “Titanic”, or “Star Wars”.  Do you think you would have fallen in love with Jack and Rose on the pages in the same way that you did sitting in that darkened theatre? Or cheered for Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, or felt the adventure in the same way? Probably not. In fact, you might not have even gone to see the movie afterward.

After all the talk about Best Picture winner “The Shape of Water”, I immediately put my name on the holds list at our library for the movie. But–as with most of the new releases–there’s been a bit of a wait. So I was super excited when a book showed up based on the movie. Written by director Guillermo del Toro and co-authored with Daniel Kraus, I couldn’t wait to dive right in!

And then….I started reading.

Honestly, after 50 pages, I gave up. The story is interesting, and I think on the big screen, this probably works really, really well. (Hey, all those Oscar voters and moviegoers can’t be wrong, right?). But I found the book confusing, and filled with strange details that didn’t seem to do anything for the story except try to make it tantalizing? Maybe I didn’t give it enough time. Or maybe I’m just not in the right headspace for this type of book, but I can’t wait to see the movie to find out if it’s just another one of those over-hyped pictures, or something that needs to be seen and experienced, rather than read.

Have you seen the movie? Read the book? What are your feelings on this idea? Lets us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

It is Popular

One of the most requested new movies at the library is the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s IT. We know that people are eager to get it, but the waiting list was long from the moment we ordered, and it doesn’t seem to get any shorter. Right now, there are 11 people on the waiting list, which means, if everyone were to keep it out for the one-week loan period, it’ll be about 3 months before the last person on the list gets to see it.

Now, while that might seem like a long time in this age of instant download and streaming video, but for those who frequented our last local video store, this might now be their only option. Why don’t we purchase extra copies of popular movies, the same way we do for highly-requested books? There are a couple of reasons.

First, we have limited space for our DVD collection. While circulation of new and popular movies allows us to stock lots of back titles, BBC selections, documentaries, and more, the shelves are still only so big. We also need similar space behind the desk for the actual disks, and if you frequent the library, you’ll know that space is quite limited.

Secondly, DVDs tend to get damaged much faster than books. It wouldn’t be cost effective for us to keep replacing popular titles after only a few checkouts, although we’d love to be able to do that!

So, thank you for being patient while you wait for your titles to arrive. We appreciate it. And don’t forget, you can search our online catalog and place holds on ANYTHING you see, even if it isn’t available yet. The sooner you get on a list, the sooner you’ll get your movie.

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