Your library is a great place to get books, of course, but did you know you can also get movies and music with your library card? You can even get them at home, without having to venture out into the heat! Stream independent, classic, documentary, and short films with InstantFlix from IndieFlix. Download MP3 music files (5 per week) with Freegal - no due dates or late fines! Don’t know where to start? Why not check out some of our staff picks?
Freegal Pick of the Week
Belgian jazz singer Melanie De Biasio’s sophomore release No Deal, from 2013, was a dark and atmospheric album, loaded with haunting, close-miked vocals, and eerily beautiful songs that had critics and fans calling it as one of the best jazz albums of the decade. Although deeply entrenched in traditional jazz, the atmosphere of No Deal is similar to that of Portishead, This Mortal Coil, or Cocteau Twins, and its powerful songs (including an inspired cover of Nina Simone’s “I’m Gonna Leave You”) are mesmerizing and seductive. However, not content to rest on her success, de Biasio’s latest album is just as daring. Inspired by her travels through post-Industrial urban landscapes, Blackened Cities is a single, 24 minute song suite that explores jazz, soul, trip-hop, and modern classical with captivating results. Both of these amazing records are available on Freegal and are just begging you to be downloaded and listened to. - Mark, Downtown
InstantFlix Pick of the Month
Western Round Up! Yeehaw!
One of the oldest and most enduring genres in American Film is the Western, and with the temperatures soaring outside, why not sit back and stream a cool classic inside? InstantFlix has tons of great Westerns, featuring nomadic gunslingers, righteous lawmen, duplicitous bounty hunters, and of course, gunfights, horses and cowboy hats. Rope up a great film today, pilgrim.
The Magnificent Seven (1960) - Western version of the Japanese classic Seven Samaurai, this dashing adventure boasts one of the best cast ensembles in film history, with Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn, along with a zazzy and rousing theme song – Academy Award nominated and instantly memorable. Watch for a remake coming soon in September, with Denzel Washington.
Meek’s Cutoff (2010) - This intense journey of survival amongst a group of settlers is mesmerizing, beautifully shot, and at times, terrifying. With outstanding performances by Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, and Bruce Greenwood, this movie is a sincere recreation of the pioneer experience.
Day of Anger (1967) - When a ruthless gunfighter takes a bullied young man under his wing, it sets the stage for a violent confrontation dealing with loss and revenge. Starring Lee Van Cleef, this spaghetti Western is brilliantly acted, fast paced, and breath-takingly bloody.