Reader poll, fall 2017: Choose your next reel librarian adventure

I have opened up a reader poll at least twice a year since Spring 2014, when I ask readers to vote for the next film for me to analyze. You can see past reader polls here.

I usually pull together five film titles from my private collection of reel librarian titles, but this time, I decided to create a list of five film titles from my local public library’s streaming video service called Hoopla.

Now is the time to choose your next reel librarian adventure! The reader poll will stay open through next Tuesday, Nov. 7th, by 10 p.m. PST.

Day of the Falcon (aka Black Gold, 2011)

Movie poster for Day of the Falcon

Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim

Film description on Hoopla:
“To find peace after a long and bloody war, two kings declared a large piece of desert, the Yellow Belt, neutral territory, which neither king can claim. But when it is discovered that there is oil in the Yellow Belt, one king breaks the peace treaty and begins drilling for oil. Now, the kings are at war again and it is up to a young prince to find a way to bring peace, and prosperity, to the land.”

Where a librarian fits in:
Tahar Rahim stars as Prince Auda, who is appointed to be national librarian when Emir Nesib (Antonio Banderas) starts to modernize the kingdom. So that means one of the main characters is a reel librarian!

Defense of the Realm (aka Defence of the Realm, 1985)

Movie poster for Defense of the RealmStarring:
Gabriel Byrne, Ian Bannen, Denham Elliott

Film description on Hoopla:
“When a respected British newspaper reporter suffers a heart attack while investigating a possible connection between a British Member of Parliament and a KGB agent, a young cynical reporter picks up the story and reveals a web of conspiracy and potential nuclear disaster.”

Where a librarian fits in:
Gabriel Byrne uses newspapers in the public library to trace evidence of a cover-up and tears out an article from the newspapers. Philip Whitchurch plays the “Cuttings Librarian.”

Gangster Story (1959)

Movie poster for Gangster StoryStarring:
Walter Matthau (who is also the director!), Grace Carol

Film description on Hoopla:
“Jack Martin is a gangster and cop killer. He is on the run from the police and hides in a small town where he robs a bank and gets a whole lot of money. Now he has the police , the local crime boss and the FBI after him.”

Where a librarian fits in:
Fleeing the cops, the gangster ducks into a library where he meets his (future? current?) wife, Carol, a librarian.

He’s On My Mind (2009)

Movie poster for He's On My MindStarring:
Ayo Sorrells, Dylan Mooney, Shamari Berkley, Deja Lewis Smith, Shonelle Blake, Liza Tichenor

Film description on Hoopla:
“Elementary school teacher Kayla King thought she had the perfect relationship, and after an impromptu wedding, Kayla discovers that not only is she the other woman, she’s the other wife. She is spontaneously imbued with the magic ability to intercept men’s thoughts.”

Where a librarian fits in:
Read MacGuirtose plays a cranky librarian, presumably a school librarian at the school the elementary teacher works at.

Possession (2002)

Movie poster for PossessionStarring:
Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Ehle, Jeremy Northam

Film description on Hoopla:
“Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love) and Aaron Eckhart (Erin Brockovich) star in this sexy, seductively intriguing mystery. Maud Bailey (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Roland Michell (Aaron Eckhart) are two dedicated literary scholars with nothing in common – except their obsession with the two Victorian poets they have devoted their lives to studying. But all that changes when a newly discovered cache of love letters reveals the two poets were entangled in a forbidden affair. Now, as Maud and Roland embark on a wildly romantic journey in search of the truth, the mystery of the past will engulf them, as the passions of the present possess them.”

Where a librarian fits in:
In an early scene, Eckhart checks out a book at the British Museum library and answers questions from a nosy male librarian, played by Hugh Simon.

Again, the reader poll will stay open through next Tuesday, Nov. 7th, by 10 p.m. PST. Thanks in advance for helping choose which film I should analyze next!

I’ll be back next week on Wednesday, Nov. 8th, with the winning film.


2 comments on “Reader poll, fall 2017: Choose your next reel librarian adventure

  1. Bobby B. says:

    Dear Jen,
    Although it is from television….Take a look on YouTube…….SCTV Bobby Bitman Library ……I am sure you will have a chuckle or two…especially when the librarian tells him to put out that cigarette….Have a good morning!
    Best regards, Bob B

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