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Check in for a Wild Night of Action at Hotel Artemis

17 Feb

My husband and I checked out Hotel Artemis available from Hoopla after 2020 was winding down and we were looking for an antidote for overly saccharine holiday specials (love them, but..).  The movie, set in a rioting Los Angles in the near future of 2028 (just 10 years after its 2018 release date) at Hotel Artemis, which is being used as an exclusive hospital for criminals, seemed a good choice.

Jody Foster stars as a jaded nurse with David Bautista as her assistant/bouncer.  Both provide strong and enjoyable performances.  Jodie Foster has always been one of my favorite actresses and it was interesting to see her in a noir cyberpunk action film.  Bautista is able to give a bit more range here than his simple tough guy wrestling and Guardians of the Galaxy persona.

In the film, one evening takes a pivotal turn as they must deal with everyone from a French assassin to an injured cop.  The Nurse is dealing with a loss in her past and events over the night make her question her role at Hotel Artemis.  A variety of other characters also get minor story arcs and part of me wished that the film could have been a series or miniseries to see them all fleshed out a bit more. The film reminded me a bit of the gritty black comedy Delicatessen that I remember impressing me as a teen, though my threshold for violence has lessened overtime, I would recommend checking that out as well if you enjoy this bleak, but intriguing view of the future.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Information and Digital Services

Word Games for Discovering New Things: August at Akiko’s

6 Jan
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Sometimes when we are looking for recommendations or looking for something completely new to watch or read, we just can’t seem to find anything that speaks to us. Perhaps everyone is recommending the same thing or you’ve already gone through all your recommendations. Well then, what now? Here’s a suggestion: play a little word game. For example, pick a month of the year and search for movies or books with that month in the title. I tried this out myself on Kanopy with the month of August and discovered August at Akiko’s.

August at Akiko’s is about a musician named Alex who goes back to his family’s hometown in Hawaii after a long absence. There, he meets Akiko, who runs a Buddhist bed & breakfast, and the two form a special bond.  It’s quite an interesting movie since it’s not quite fiction, yet not quite a documentary. The actors play fictionalized versions of themselves. The movie in itself is like a long meditation, peaceful, quiet and comforting. This is definitely not for those who prefer plot-driven films, but I think the beautiful scenery and music makes it absolutely worth a watch. Plus, it’s only 75 minutes long, so if you’re pressed for time, it’s a good choice. 

It’s surprising the amount of things you can discover by just playing a little game like this. It doesn’t just have to be with months either – try looking up a number, a color, a season, a drink…the possibilities are endless! Let us know in the comments, if you try this method and find an interesting book, movie or TV show! 

Written by:
Samantha Evaristo
Circulation Assistant, Grand St. Branch

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