Did you know that your Pinal County Library District card gives you access to over 13,000 streaming movies through hoopla? Our library system offers you 8 borrows per month from this vast selection. These digital borrows will reset every month and you can borrow more than one title at a time. Videos are available for 72 hours after you check them out. Out of monthly borrows? Use the heart icon to save a title for later
Our outreach librarian, David, has selected five offbeat films he has recently enjoyed that are currently available through hoopla.
My Boyfriend’s Back. In this movie from 1993, directed by Bob Ballaban, a teenager comes back from the dead in order to try and win the affection of the most beautiful girl in school. This is a teenage comedy unlike any other, with a quirky directing style that is somewhere between a 1970’s Disney live-action film and Night of the Living Dead.
The Stuff. This 1985 film by Larry Cohen is a difficult movie to categorize. A spin on Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Cohen’s vision is part horror, part comedy and part science-fiction! “The Stuff” is a mysterious, gooey and delicious substance that begins oozing from the Earth’s surface and is soon marketed as a new dessert product. However, the popular dessert begins taking over consumer’s minds while making them crave more of it. This is a very entertaining movie that slyly makes a commentary on consumer culture.
Elvis Meets Nixon. This made-for-tv movie from 1997, directed by Allan Arkush, is based on real-life incidents. The story chronicles an older Elvis Presley, who was determined to become a federal marshal under the DEA. Along the way he meets The President, in late 1970. It’s a funny journey about the meeting of two unlikely friends amidst the changing cultural landscape in America and the swinging 60’s hippy era.
Ghost World. This comedy/drama from 2001, directed by Terry Zwigoff was based on the graphic novel by alternative comix creator Daniel Clowes. Ghost World was originally a series of vignettes serialized in Clowes’ Eightball comics published by Fantagraphics in the 1990s. The film ties these story elements into a somewhat different story, with a slightly different tone – although equally as enjoyable. This was an early role for Scarlett Johansson who would go on to greater fame. The story follows two teenager girls, who have problems relating to people, after they finish High School. They pull a prank on an older man named Seymour, who is an even bigger social outsider than they are. This only complicates their life further and things in their town become even stranger than expected. An essential story for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.
Minnie & Moskowitz, 1971. John Cassavettes’ movies as an auteur are an acquired taste that often feel improvisational in comparison to mainstream cinema. But if you are looking for something different, look no further. This is one of his more enjoyable features about two weirdo characters who fall in love. Minnie, a museum curator who is disillusioned with life, meets a crazy parking attendant named Seymour. It’s slow-paced and subversive, but worth the effort if you’re a cinephile and looking for some emotional and provocative performances.