Aug 16

Riverdale: Season 1

Need an escape from the cruel world? Nothing better than tapping into a 21st Century version of the Archie Comics. The CW’s Riverdale boasts the original cast of characters with a decidedly murder-mystery bent. Join Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead, Josie (and her Pussycats), and Kevin Keller as they tackle the mysteries of their small town. Oh and the parents are all played by known actors – many from 90’s TV shows. Lots of fun.

Find Riverdale in the library catalog.

Aug 09

Big Little Lies: Season 1

The Golden Age of Television hasn’t peaked yet. Lucky us. New on DVD is the limited HBO series, Big Little Lies. From HBO,

In the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, nothing is quite as it seems. Doting moms, successful husbands, adorable children, beautiful homes: What lies will be told to keep their perfect worlds from unraveling?

Told through the eyes of three mothers – Madeline, Celeste and Jane – Big Little Lies paints a picture of a town fueled by rumors and divided into the haves and have-nots, exposing the conflicts, secrets and betrayals that compromise relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors.

Based on the New York Times number-one bestseller of the same name by Liane Moriarty, this seven-part limited series is a subversive, darkly comedic drama that weaves a tale of murder and mischief as it explores society’s myth of perfection and the contradictions that exist beneath our idealized façade of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship.

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, for which he received an editing Oscar nomination; Wild; Demolition), Big Little Lies is written for television and created by David E. Kelley (seven-time Emmy winner for Picket Fences, LA Law, The Practice and Ally McBeal; Goliath).

The stellar cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling, Santiago Cabrera, P.J. Byrne and Virginia Kull.

Find Big Little Lies on DVD in our library catalog.
Find the Liane Moriarty book Big Little Lies (print, large type, audio, ebook) in our library catalog.

Jul 28

Modern Classic Television on Blu-ray

With the continued popularity of television series in our collection, we added a number of classics on Blu-ray. Included in mix are:

Breaking Bad: The Complete Series
Games of Thrones: Seasons 1-6
Sopranos: The Complete Series
The Wire: The Complete Series

Click on the title to view the series in our library catalog.

Idris Elba as Stringer Bell on The Wire.

Already in our Blu-ray collection:

Downtown Abbey: The Complete Series
Prime Suspect: The Complete Series

 

Jul 20

The Lost City of Z

An adventure from nearly 100 years ago, The Lost City of Z lands on DVD this week in both libraries. From IMDb,

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

Find The Lost City of Z in the library catalog.

Jul 07

New Great Courses DVDs

We added a number of the very popular Great Courses series from the Teaching Company this past month. New titles include,

International economic institutions: Globalism vs. nationalism

America’s founding fathers
The Irish identity: independence, history, and literature

English in America : a linguistic history

Mastering tai chi

How to boost your physical and mental energy

Browse the collection in our library catalog for all 17 new titles.

Jun 28

Get Out

With a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Get Out shatters the fright night horror genre into a million delicious pieces. From Variety,

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” meets “The Stepford Wives” in “Get Out,” in which a white girl brings her black boyfriend home to meet her parents, whose superficially warm welcome masks an unthinkably dark secret. Blending race-savvy satire with horror to especially potent effect, this bombshell social critique from first-time director Jordan Peele proves positively fearless — which is not at all the same thing as scareless. In fact, from the steady joy-buzzer thrills to its terrifying notion of a new way that white people have found to perpetuate the peculiar institution of slavery, “Get Out” delivers plenty to frighten and enrage audiences. But it’s the fact that Peele doesn’t pull a single one of his punches that makes his Blumhouse-backed debut a must-see event.

Find Get Out in our library catalog.

Jun 14

Throwback Thursday: They Live By Night

From Criterion,

Legendary director Nicholas Ray began his career with this lyrical film noir, the first in a series of existential genre films overflowing with sympathy for America’s outcasts and underdogs. When the wide-eyed fugitive Bowie (Farley Granger), having broken out of prison with some bank robbers, meets the innocent Keechie (Cathy O’Donnell), each recognizes something in the other that no one else ever has. The young lovers envision a new, decent life together, but as they flee the cops and contend with Bowie’s fellow outlaws, who aren’t about to let him go straight, they realize there’s nowhere left to run. Ray brought an outsider’s sensibility honed in the theater to this debut, using revolutionary camera techniques and naturalistic performances to craft a profoundly romantic crime drama that paved the way for decades of lovers-on-the-run thrillers to come.

Check out the remastered They Live By Night in our library catalog.

Jun 07

The Salesman

From Cohen Media Group,

Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the center of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant. Directed by Asghar Farhadi, who also helmed the Oscar-winning feature A Separation.

The Salesman takes an ambitiously complex look at thought-provoking themes, and the well-acted results prove another consistently absorbing entry in writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s distinguished filmography.

Find Iranian film The Salesman in our library catalog.
In Persian and English with subtitles.

May 12

The Great British Baking Show

Need a break from the intensity of the world these days? We can’t think of a better antidote than the BBC import, The Great British Baking Show, originally aired as The Great British Bake-Off in England. Yes, this is a reality show. Yes, this is a competition show. But what makes this gem rise to the top is the camaraderie between the contestants. They actually care and help each other. It’s a feel-good, food lovers, sweet tooth lovefest. Find the first two seasons at our branch, Fairfield Woods. Season 3 will be coming in June.

p.s. You don’t have to bake to watch.

Find The Great British Baking Show: Seasons 1-3 in our library catalog.

May 02

I Am Not Your Negro

Raoul Peck’s timely and must-see documentary, I Am Not Your Negro gets its DVD release this week. From Magnolia Pictures,

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends – Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

Find I Am Not Your Negro in the library catalog.