Library October Film/TV Picks

October Movie and Television Picks!

Here are some of your librarian’s favorite movies and television shows that inspire us for the spookiest time of the year.  

Carlee's Top Picks

Its October! Which means it’s the most frightful time of the year. I love everything about fall- the changing seasons, the colors, the pumpkins, the horror movies – everything! Mostly I love October because I can finally let my spooky flag fly! Halloween is my favorite holiday and I enjoy watching horror movies and everything halloween related on Netflix or Hulu when I get the chance.

Halloween

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

The Blair Witch Project

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

Trick 'r Treat

Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.

Here are some other picks from Carlee:

Howl's Moving Castle

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.

Eduardo's Top Picks

Now that the best season of the year has finally begun, I think its important to enjoy this time with some spooky films. Although, I have never been one for gore in horror I do quite enjoy some spooky films. The films I have chosen are more family friendly however because these are the films and shows I enjoy watching with family and friends during the spooky season. Perhaps you will also enjoy watching my film recommendations with family and friends!

The Little Vampire

A lonely American boy living in Scotland makes a new best friend, a fellow nine year-old who happens to be a vampire.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Little Vampire 3D

The story of Rudolph, a thirteen year old vampire, whose clan is threatened by a notorious vampire hunter. He meets Tony, a mortal of the same age, who is fascinated by old castles, graveyards and – vampires. Tony helps Rudolph in an action and humor packed battle against their adversaries, and together they save Rudolph’s family and become friends.

Godzilla: King of Monsters

The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

Here are some more picks from Eduardo:

The Craft

A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft, and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who anger them.

Supernatural

Two brothers follow their father’s footsteps as hunters, fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons and gods that roam the earth.

Georgina's Top Picks

October is my personal favorite  month because of the change of season! Nights tend to be longer, plenty of beauty from the changing leaves, and it’s the start of the Holiday season. 

If you like the spookiness of October, then you will love my Film and TV recommendations for the month. My top movie is Taika Waititi’s film “What We Do in the Shadows.” This is a hilarious mockumentary that follows three Vampires that try to cope with the complexities of a modern life and show a newly turned hipster some of the perks of being undead. Waititi even made a TV series based on the film that is currently available on Hulu. Very funny and spooky stuff, highly recommend!!

What We Do In The Shadows

Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Mindhunter

Set in the late 1970s, two FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.

 

The Twilight Zone

An updated version of the classic anthology series featuring various tales of science fiction, mystery, and horror.

Here are some other picks from Georgina:

Castlevania

A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly creatures controlled by Dracula.

Blackswan

A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”.
 

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Library September Film/TV Picks

September Movie and Television Picks!

Here are some of your librarians favorite movies and television shows that get us into the fall spirit! 

Carlee's Top Picks

When I think of fall I think of going back to school, and some of my favorite movies are classics. I try to keep Thriller and Horror movies more for October if I need help getting into the Halloween spirit, but a couple of them will always slip into any list I make. But for Fall, Dead Poets Society by far is my top choice. Its my favorite movie with Robin Williams and I watch it at least once a year. 

Dead Poet's Society

Maverick teacher John Keating uses poetry to embolden his boarding school students to new heights of self-expression.

Silence of the Lambs

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers’ retaliation.

Here are some other picks from Carlee:

Good Will Hunting

Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Sleepy Hollow

Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.

Eduardo's Top Picks

September is really the start of the spooky season that leads fall into Halloween for me. So I like to sit back and enjoy shows that feature magic and adventure.

Star vs. The Forces of Evil

Star Butterfly arrives on Earth to live with the Diaz, a Mexican-American family. She continues to battle villains throughout the universe and high school, mainly to protect her extremely powerful wand, an object that still confuses her.

Steven Universe

A team of intergalactic warriors fights to protect the universe, but the combination of three highly trained beings and one quirky young boy leaves the team struggling to overcome the dangerous scenarios that are put in front of them.

The Owl House

A teenager finds herself stuck in the Demon Realm and battles the forces of evil alongside a rebellious witch and a pint-sized demon king.

Here are some more picks from Eduardo:

Amphibia

Ordinary Anne Boonchuy, 13, finds a treasure chest that sends her to Amphibia, a world full of frogs, toads, and giant insects. With help from Sprig, she must adjust to life in Amphibia and discover her first true friendship in her life.

Duck Tales

The comedy-adventure series chronicles the high-flying adventures of trillionaire Scrooge McDuck, his grandnephews – Huey, Dewey, and Louie – and temperamental nephew Donald Duck, Launchpad McQuack, Mrs. Beakley, and her granddaughter Webby.

Georgina's Top Picks

It’s back to school season, for some it’s a good thing, for others not so much. Though for me, I enjoyed it mainly because I would go shopping for a new backpack, notebooks, shoes, and (my favorite) art supplies! If you enjoy school-related films and tv shows, you might enjoy my top picks I have chosen for this month of September. 

I recently watched Get Duked! (aka Boyz in the Wood), which is a satire and horror British film. The film showcases a generational divide between Boomers and Millennials and the divide between economic classes, but some of this is likely to be lost amidst all the drug and hip-hop jokes. It is a definite must-see film for great visuals effects, along with a great soundtrack!

A TV series that I have been watching recently is The Avatar: The Last Airbender. Great morals and themes all around that makes you feel like a kid again. And don’t forget the steam/diesel-punk sequel, The Legend of Korra! You can learn a lot from the character designs that are influenced by Chinese art and history. 

In addition, during these times we are constantly reminded by the inequality that continues in the U.S. and throughout the world. The film Queen and Slim is a story of an African-American couple who kill a racist cop in self-defense and go on the run, and become popular symbols. Now, more than ever, is the time to be empowered and stand up for what is right. 

Get Duked!

An anarchic, hip-hop inspired comedy that follows four city boys on a wilderness trek as they try to escape a mysterious huntsman.

Queen & Slim

A couple’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over. 

Legend of Korra

Avatar Korra fights to keep Republic City safe from the evil forces of both the physical and spiritual worlds.

Here are some other picks from Georgina:

10 Things I Hate About You

A pretty, popular teenager can’t go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does. A re-telling of William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.”

Mid90's

Follows Stevie, a thirteen-year-old in 1990s-era Los Angeles who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.

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July 2020 Collection Highlights

July 2020 Collection Highlights

Inclusion is a hallmark of the LAFS Library’s Core beliefs. We do our best to spotlight creators from all countries, backgrounds, and cultures. To highlight issues currently affecting our world, we have curated a list of the films that shine a light on racial injustices and inequality. 

You can watch it online (either free or paid) or read the scripts via our Koha catalog!  

The 13th

The 13th Amendment  abolished slavery in 1865, which is used as the title in DuVernay’s documentary. It follows the history from slavery through to the mass incarceration of Black people in the United States. The documentary shows why people have been calling for police reform.

Da 5 Bloods

Another Spike Lee Original: Four African American veterans return to Vietnam years after the war ends to find treasure and their Squad Leader’s remains. 

Blackkklansman

Based on the Memoir from Ron Stallworth, the first African American Detective in the Colorado Spring Police Department. Spike Lee tells the tale of how Stallworth wants to do the impossible: Infiltrate and Expose the Klu Klux Klan. 

The Black Godfather

A documentary film that tells the story of Clarence Avant, a music executive whose presence in music, film, TV and Politics is profound and infamous, though few outside of these circles might know his name. The Behind the scene style documentary is told by the people who worked with him. 

Moonlight

Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Picture and based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unpublished, Semi-autobiographical play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”, Moonlight depicts a coming of age story of a black man that is guided by the support, love and kindness that his community provides. 

If Beale Street Could Talk

Based on the 1974 Novel by James Baldwin,  Beale Street depicts the love story of Tish and Alonzo and how a community supports them when Alonzo is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit and the fight to prove his innocence. 

Wu-Tang: An American Saga

A Episodic series looking into the creation of the Wu-Tang Clan from their formative years and how they became a world wide phenomenon and a house hold name. 

Do The Right Thing

Do the Right Thing is about one tragic day in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn. A story about Race and Police Brutality. Dramatic, poignant, insightful, and a little funny.

Freedom Riders

A documentary of the activists in the 1960’s who rode buses through the south to challenge the non-enforcement of desegregating buses, and who were often met with violence.  

Fruitvale Station

The story of Oscar Grant, who was shot by police in Oakland, California. Won multiple awards at Sundance Film Festival 

Get Out

An Oscar winning horror movie about a black man who goes to his girlfriends home to meet her family and finds that nothing is as it seems. An interesting and insightful look into racial issues.    

I'm Not Your Negro

A documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, and based on James Baldwin’s unfinished work, Remember this house. I’m not your Negro takes a look at historic racism through the eyes of civil rights leaders

Malcolm X

The story of Malcolm x’s career, incarceration, conversation, the controversies around him, and his eventual assassination. Starring Denzel Washington and directed by Spike Lee

Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story

This documentary series follows the 2012 shooting of Trayvon martin by George Zimmerman, and the rise of the BLM movement.

Seven Seconds

A Netflix series that tells a story of a police officer who tries to cover up the death of a young black boy and his mothers’ fight for the truth. 

Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement

A documentary takes us step by step through events that led to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Activists, leaders, journalists, celebrities and scholars talk about their experiences and how it led to their involvement in the BLM movement.

Sorry to Bother You

An alternate reality of present-day Oakland, Calif., where a Cassius Green, a telemarketer finds the key to material glory. As he begins to rise in the ranks, those that he works with and loves fight against corporate oppression, and Cassius must make a choice.

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Resources

During this time of unrest and change, we wanted to provide resources for those in our community who are looking how to help the Black Lives Matter protests or those who may be in need of resources. 

How to Help the BLM Movement when you don’t know where to start.