Merrill Film Society
Wednesday, June 23, 8:00pm, on Zoom
We have moved our discussions to Zoom.
June 9 — No Country for Old Men
June 23 — The Counselor
The two films we will discuss in June are based on stories by Cormac McCarthy. No Country for Old Men (2004) was adapted to the screen by the Coen Brothers in 2007. A grim western set in 1980s Texas, it stars Josh Brolin as a man who happens upon some money that is not his, and Javier Bardem as the cold assassin tasked with recovering the money. It earned a number of awards, including the Best Picture Oscar.
The Counselor (2013) also stars Javier Bardem alongside several other big names: Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, and Penelope Cruz. Cormac McCarthy wrote the script, and Ridley Scott directed. The violent story and wordy script involve the drug trade along the Texas-Mexico border. Critics were divided on their opinons.
Watch the films on your own, and join on Zoom to discuss them. Email Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation to the meetings.
Merrill Film Society is an informal gathering of community members to view great works of cinema with one another. Everyone is invited.
Kurt Cyrus, Author Talk
Tuesday, July 20, Virtual Author Talk, 10:30AM
Join Miss Mary, Mrs. O’C and author Kurt Cyrus as we listen to a book reading and then discuss his book Trillions of Trees.
Phuc Tran, Author Talk
Phuc Tran, local Maine author of the excellent memoir Sigh, Gone, spoke at an online event Thursday, June 3. Video of the discussion is now available.
Readers’ Circle book club discussed Sigh, Gone on Thursday, May 27. New voices are always a welcome treat.
Geopolitics of the Arctic: A Region in Peril
This January, Merrill Memorial Library and Falmouth Memorial Library hosted two Camden Conference community events, and recordings of the lectures are now available online.
January 19, Jeff Thaler, a professor of practice at the University of Maine School of Law, associate university counsel for environmental, energy, and sustainability projects for the University of Maine System, and associate faculty member of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, presented “Comparing Impacts of Climate Change upon Maine and Greenland.” Watch a recording on our channel on YouTube or download a PDF of Professor Thaler’s slides.
January 26, Geneviene LeMoine, curator of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center at Bowdoin College, presented “Melting Away: Disappearing Archaeology in the Arctic,” looking at the damage climate change is doing to prehistoric and historic archaeological sites across the Arctic and the ways archaeologists and northern communities are coping with this emerging problem. To request a recording of the presentation, please contact email@example.com.
- Non-fiction (including special sections on Gardening, Interior Design, Home, Cooking, Travel, and recently purchased titles)
- Fiction (including new best-sellers)
- Audio Books on CD (fiction and non-fiction)
- Movies and Television on DVD
- Large-Print Books
- Periodicals (over 70 titles ranging from news commentary to popular interest)
- Newspapers (Portland Press Herald, Boston Globe, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post)
What will you read next?
If you’ve discovered a book that you like and are looking for something similar, try the following web sites for ideas:
- whatshouldireadnext.com This site lists other titles by the same author as well as books that you may like within the same genre.
- gnooks.com This site offers an interesting “Map of Literature” as well as suggestions of similar authors.
- GoodReads This site offers users a bookshelf to organize books they are currently reading as well as books to be read.
- NextReads This site offers users the chance to sign up for a weekly newsletter of reading suggestions.