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The Second Annual PPL Choice Awards

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Monday night is Oscar night, and we at the Portland Public Library would like to use this event as an excuse to recommend some of our favorite films. Let’s skip the monologue, which isn’t that funny anyway, and get right to it.

 

Presenter: Kerry

Category: BEST KARAOKE SCENE

Winner: Double Happiness

 

 

 

Presenter: Patti

Category: BEST ADAPTATION OF A JANE AUSTEN NOVELLA

Winner: Whit Stillman, Love and Friendship

 

 

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST DINOSAUR ON DINOSAUR VIOLENCE

Winner: Jurassic World

 

 

Presenter: Carrie

Category: BEST MOVIE STARRING THE MOON

Winner: Moon Man

“Moon Man is out of this world! The man in the moon is so beloved we had to get a copy for Children’s and Adult.”

 

 

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST JOB EXPLAINING WHY MATH IS IMPORTANT

Winner: Hidden Figures

 

 

Presenter: Patti

Category: MOST PREPOSTEROUS ESCAPE PLAN WHICH WOULDN’T WORK EVEN IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, WHICH, HELLO, IT ISN’T

Winner: The Green Inferno

“And by the way, what do you think happens when cannibals get the munchies?”

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: MOST SIZZLING HOMOEROTIC SUBTEXT

Winner: Captain America: Civil War

 

 

 

Presenter: Elizabeth

Category: BEST SCREENWRITING ON LOVE, LOSS, AND CANNED PINEAPPLE EXPIRATION DATES

Winner: Chungking Express

“This classic film from favorite director Wong Kar-Wai is not only a thoughtfully, beautifully-lit meditation on canned pineapple and grief. Two love stories told in two parts. Although the canned pineapple is moodily addressed by a lovesick young cop in the first half of the film, my favorite is the second half, with a knockout performance from a delightful Faye Wong, a Cantonese cover version of the Cranberries’ “Dreams,” over-the-top repetitions of “California Dreamin’,” a boarding pass inked on a napkin, true love, and…just pure joy.”

 

 

Presenter: Patti

Category: BEST COMING OF AGE STORY

Winner: The Fits

 

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST DEPICTION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ANIMAL COMPANIONSHIP

Winner: Keanu

 

 

 

Presenter: Patti

Category: GERMAN FILM THAT MOST REMINDS US OF A COEN BROTHERS MOVIE

Winner: We Monsters

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST DEPLOYMENT OF A SULLEN AND JADED TEENAGE CHARACTER THAT RECOGNIZES ITS OWN INCORPORATION OF SAID CHARACTER

Winner: Deadpool

 

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST SUPPORTING CHARACTER WHOSE STORYLINE MAKES THE WHOLE MOVIE WORTHWHILE

Winner: Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman

 

 

Presenter: Emily R

Category: BEST DEMONSTRATION OF SUPPORTIVE SELF-CARE AMONG CHARACTERS

Winner: Ghostbusters: Answer the Call

 

 

 

 

Presenter: Patti

Category: BEST PORTRAYAL OF AN ARTISTE

Winner: Jude Law as Thomas Wolfe in Genius

 

 

That’s all for this year. Stop by the Library and tell us about your favorite movies, and watch this space for more recommendations throughout the year.

Thanks to all our presenters. See you at the after party.

 

 


Montgomery’s View: Counting Lions (a picture book)

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COUNTING LIONS

by  Katie Cotton and illustrated by Stephen Walton

Published by Candlewick Press

10 double-page spreads introduce the numbers 1-10 – and animals that are vulnerable and endangered. Each spread includes an illustration of animals in the accompanying number and has a short free verse poem about the species.  The book is hard to categorize: it doesn’t totally work as a counting book because the numbers are spelled out only; the information about the animals really targets school aged children and not preschoolers; the subtle hint that counting the species is a reminder of dwindling numbers targets adult readers; the impassioned foreword by Virginia McKenna (animal activist and actress from Born Free) is definitely written for the adult reader. Still it is an important book – but where will it go in the collection?

The illustrations are exquisite.  They are charcoal drawings that are photo-realistic.  The cover drawing of the lion is as rich and detailed as any photo. The book is over-sized which will make shelving difficult.  It is like a coffee-table book for the younger reader. It is a beautiful tribute to endangered species and worth looking for a place on your shelves to host it.

Pick up a copy at the Portland Public Library

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