Destiny 2 Shadowkeep, week one

Destiny 2_20191002235455.mp4.00_03_29_14.Still002Destiny 2 just launched its latest expansion Shadowkeep on October 1, 2019. One week later, here’s my perspective. Having played D1 since its launch, I’m not new to the game. For the past five years, I have played through each and every expansion, the good, bad, and horrid grinds. Destiny 2 is now entering into its third year, and after the split from Activision early this year, fans of the game were very interested to see what Bungie would do specifically with Shadowkeep — its first solo expansion. Bungie’s decision to make Destiny 2 free to play up to Shadowkeep, as well as the cross save functions, was also a decision that would impact playability of this franchise. But is it everything we hoped and dreamed?

On first impression the campaign is not what I expected, though I still found myself engaged from beginning to end. I would have liked a stronger narrative like Forsaken or Taken King but I was not displeased. I do hope that the path we are seeing will bring us to new places and, dare I say?, even encounter new enemies. Bungie has a long history of recycling enemies, maps, and even missions. The stroll through memory lane as you explore the Moon which has now become infested with nightmares is not altogether disappointing. There are definitely some fun activities and challenges you face through the campaign as well as in open world. It is my hope that we do not find ourselves mired on the Moon for too long. Continue reading

Film Clubs: September 2019

Think book club, but with movies instead. And that describes our two newest clubs for film fans. Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 24, where we meet to discuss two films. This month we focus on superheroes, in Classic Reels we will take a look at Superman (1978), the first superhero major motion picture that launched a whole pop culture that has since grown and thrived. Film Club will take a closer look at nullAvengers: Endgame (2019) one of the concluding films of phase 3 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Film Club meets September 24, at 6:30 p.m., to take a close look at Avengers: Endgame (2019) available on Blu-ray, DVD and the Lucky Day Display found in the Fountaindale Library lobby.

Synopsis: The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured their ranks compels the remaining to take one final stand in the grand conclusion to twenty-two films.


The Classic Reels club meets September 24 at 7:30 p.m. to breakdown and discuss the classic movie: Superman (1978), available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Synopsis: As an infant, Superman is sent to earth from the doomed planet Krypton. As he grows up, he learns he has super powers which he must hide from the ordinary mortals around him. But the time comes when Superman’s powers for good are revealed to the world. Superman battles with super-criminal Lex Luthor and his cohorts as they attempt to destroy California by activating the San Andreas fault.

Watch the films on your own, then join us for snacks and a breakdown discussion about the films.

(Both are available in multiple formats with your library card.)

Film Clubs: August 2019

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Film Club meets August 27 at 6:30 p.m., to take a close look at Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Early 1970s. Four strangers check in at the El Royale Hotel. The hotel is deserted, staffed by a single desk clerk. Some of the new guests’ reasons for being there are less than innocent and some and are not who they appear to be.


The Classic Reels club meets August 27 at 7:30 p.m. to breakdown and discuss the classic movie: The Italian Job (1969), available on Kanopy and DVD.

Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

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Watch the films on your own, then join us for snacks and a breakdown discussion about the films.

(Both are available in multiple formats with your library card.)

Astrophotography

As we get set to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, our eyes shift up to gaze at the night sky. Many of us love to see the twinkling light of the stars shining above us and take an active interest in capturing images of those beautiful pinpricks. Astrophotography is an old branch of photography that has developed into a passion for many astronomers and photographers alike. Nothing will test your imaging skills like astrophotography. Here are the notes from the Fountaindale Public Library/Studio 300 astrophotography class held earlier this Summer.

Astrophotography resources:

Stop in and complete your Studio 300 Orientation to take advantage of all the photography equipment available for checkout.

Film Clubs: July 2019

Think book club, but with movies instead. And that describes our two newest clubs for film fans. The next meeting is Tuesday, July 30th where we meet and discuss two films.

Film Club meets July 30 at 6:30 p.m., to take a close look at The Lost City of Z (2016), available on Blu-ray, DVD and Hoopla.

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This epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in writer/director James Gray’s classic filmmaking style, The Lost City of Z is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession.

The Classic Reels club meets July 30 at 7:30 p.m. to breakdown and discuss the classic movie: Clue (1985), available on Kanopy, Blu-ray and DVD.

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Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Lloyd lead an all-star cast in this murderously funny cult classic based on the world-famous Clue board game.

Watch the films on your own, then join us for snacks and a breakdown discussion about the films. (Both are available in multiple formats with your library card.)

Film Clubs: June 2019

Think book club, but with movies instead. And that describes our two newest clubs for film fans. The next meeting is June 25th where we will review two very different spy films.

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Film Club meets June 25, at 6:30 p.m., to take a close look at Page Eight (2011), available on DVD and Hoopla.

Johnny Worricker is a long-serving M15 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the stability of the organization. Page Eight is a contemporary spy film, which addresses intelligence issues and moral dilemmas peculiar to the new century.

The Classic Reels club will meets Jun 25, but at 7:30 p.m. instead to take a closer look at this classic spy movie: 3 Days of the Condor (1975), available on Kanopy and DVD.

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In Sydney Pollack’s critically acclaimed suspense-thriller, Robert Redford stars as CIA Agent Joe Turner. Code name: Condor. When his entire office is massacred, Turner goes on the run from his enemies…and his so-called allies. After reporting the murders to his superiors, the organization wants to bring Condor in – but somebody is trying to take him out. In his frantic hunt for answers, and in a desperate run for his life, Turner abducts photographer Faye Dunaway, eventually seducing her into helping him. Every twist leads Condor to the end of his nerves…and will take you to the edge of your seat.

Watch the films on your own, then join us for snacks and a breakdown discussion about the films. (Both are available in multiple formats with your library card.)

 

Film Clubs May

Think book club, but with movies instead. And that describes our two newest clubs for film fans. The next meeting is May 28th where we review and discuss two great films.
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Film Club meets on May 28 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Madame (2017), available on DVD and Hoopla. Adding a little spice to a waning marriage, Anne and Bob, a wealthy and well-connected American couple, move into a manor house in romantic Paris. While preparing a particularly luxurious dinner for sophisticated international friends, our hostess discovers there are thirteen guests. Panic-stricken, Anne insists her loyal maid Maria disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noblewoman to even out the numbers. But a little too much wine, and some playful chat, lead Maria to accidentally endear herself to a dandy British art broker. Their budding romance will have Anne chasing her maid around Paris and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair.

Also on May 28, Classic Reels meets at 7:30 p.m. to review To Catch a Thief (1955), available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Kanopy.
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Notorious cat burglar John Robie has long since retired to tend vineyards on the French Riviera. When a series of robberies is committed in his style, John must clear his name. Armed with a list of people who own the most expensive jewels currently in the area, John begins following the first owner, young Francie. When her jewels are stolen, Francie suspects John, destroying their tentative romance. John goes on the lam to catch the thief and clear his own name.

Watch the films on your own, then join us for snacks and a breakdown discussion about the films. (Both are available in multiple formats with your library card.)

Not just for kids

Light painting photography is a fun activity for kids of all ages. Recently Studio 300 hosted a light painting portrait class for adults where our patrons learned the basic photography skills required for successful images. Then we kicked it in to high gear and added a flash to create some fun and interesting portraits. Go to our Flickr page for the results of the class.

Studio 300 & The Bookmobile

Recently, Studio 300 left the lower level and ended up outside in Winston Woods Park in Bolingbrook. Here we teamed up with our Outreach department and together we led a fun photo scavenger hunt for families. The clues stumped a few of our participants but in the end everyone completed the hunt and earned themselves a prize.

Catch us again alongside the bookmobile at Winston Woods Park in July.