Movies on hoopla

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

Hoopla can be accessed from a desktop computer or via the mobile app by downloading it from google play or the app store.

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.

Recent YA books on TV/ streaming

Many young adult novels have been adapted into movies and tv shows in 2019-2020. Below are some of our favorites. These are stories that deal with angst, mental illness, immigration, romance, identity and heads exploding! All of these books are available to request from the Pinal County Library District or our eBook platforms hoopla and cloudLibrary. (Not all of the filmed adaptations are available through the library but we will try to purchase the DVDs as they become available.)

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

When you can’t trust your mind, trust your heart. Adam is a teen living with paranoid schizophrenia. He is having crazy hallucinations during school and it seems as though only a miracle drug can help. If it fails, can he keep his dangerous internal world from the girl of his dreams?

Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

In this outrageously dark comedy, teenagers are blowing up without warning or explanation. The FBI is moving in, but sarcastic Mara is determined to find out the truth for herself. Is there any meaning behind the end of the world? An explosive love story!

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha and Daniel are an unlikely match in a seemingly impossible situation. Her family is set to move back to Jamaica. He is a Korean- American poet, who believes in love. She is into science and doesn’t believe in fate. Will they fall in love? Short chapters will engage the reader and take them on a trip through this romantic story set in New York City.

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl. She walks with a cane, wears oversized men’s clothing and doesn’t take much care with her appearance. Has she always been this way? There is something that Henry feels about her that goes beyond the surface. This is a very raw and real love story that deals with depression and abuse in both an honest and witty manner.

I am Not Okay With This by Charles Forsman

Charles Forsman wrote and illustrated this short graphic novel upon which this Netflix series was based.  It is about a 15 year-old girl named Sydney who is going through the trials and tribulations of a teenager. And on top of all that she has superpowers…however her powers tend to lead to destruction, rather than heroism. A very deadpan and dark story, with moments of humor, for older teens.

Simon Vs. The Home Sapiens by Becky Albertalli / Love Simon

Sixteen year-old Simon is keeping a secret from his family and best friends: he is gay.  The chapters are interspersed with emails between Simon and Blue, another anonymous gay student. This was the basis for the movie Love, Simon which has continued into a tv series on hulu called Love, Victor. The writing in both the book and show is quirky and lighthearted, despite dealing with sexual identity and the acceptance (or lack thereof) of homosexuality in a high school setting.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Violet Markey vows to live with a purpose and find a way out of her small town. Theodore Finch, on the other hand, has a mild obsession with suicide. This novel shows both of these characters points of view as they fall in love and deal in their own way with mental illness and grieving. If you liked The Fault In Our Stars, this is another heartfelt tearjerker worthy of your attention.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

“What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. “

For more movies and tv shows that have been adapted from YA novels & more, check out our catalog list:

Movies and TV shows for older teens

Books that have been made into movies (on cloudLibrary as eBooks)

Looking for some more recent Young Adult/ Coming of Age that are even edgier. David, our outreach librarian, recommends the following.

Big Time Adolescence, 2019. Pete Davidson shines as Zeke, an unmotivated-yet-charismatic college dropout. Mo, a seemingly bright and mostly innocent 16-year-old attempts to navigate high school under his guidance. Things start to get crazy as he teaches Mo nontraditional life lessons in drug dealing, partying, and dating. A twist on the traditional coming-of-age story.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, 2015. This is an emotional and well made film with an excellent cast of characters. Greg is avoiding social interactions while secretly making strange independent short films with his only friend Earl. When his mother forces him to befriend a classmate with leukemia, his anonymity and friendships begin to unravel.

Some Freaks, 2016. The “freaks” in the title refer to a boy with one eye and an overweight girl in high school. Two outsiders who form a bond and hook-up. When she loses weight after going to college, their relationship is tested in devastating ways. The film creates a sense of uneasiness and tension throughout.

Wayne, 2019-2020. Wayne is a darkly comic show about two runaway teens from Brockton, Massachusetts. They are headed to Florida to try and retrieve a 79′ Trans-Am that was stolen from his father before he died. This show is as violent as it is hilarious. Wayne is like a teenage Conan the Barbarian with a heart of gold. Available on Amazon Prime- it ran for one glorious season.