Some of us watched a lot of television in 2016. We are in the middle of another Golden Age of Television with choices beyond the networks including cable, premium, and streaming services. We polled the library staff to see what they loved in 2016. Criteria included watched a season in 2016, we own the series in our collection (Main or Woods), and you love it! Our diversity really shows in this wonderful list:
Staff Favorite Television 2016
new shows we watched or older shows we discovered
(find these in our DVD collections at the Main Library and Woods Branch)
American Horror Story
Big Bang Theory
Better Call Saul *
The Crown (coming soon on DVD)
The Disappearance (French)
Game of Thrones
Scott & Bailey
The Walking Dead
* more than one vote
Here’s a list of our favorite films from 2016:
Staff Movie Picks 2016
10 Cloverfield Lane
Captain America: Civil War
The Edge of Seventeen
Fantastic Beasts …*
Florence Foster Jenkins
Free State of Jones
Girl on the Train
Jane Got a Gun*
Kubo and the Two Strings*
Manchester By the Sea*
Me Before You
Miss Peregrine’s Home…
The Nice Guys*
Pride and Prejudice & Zombies
The Secret Life of Pets
Star Wars: Rogue One*
Suicide Squad *
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
*more than one vote
It’s not often the stars align to take two icons of entertainment in two days. Taking Carrie Fisher one day and her mother, Debbie Reynolds the next is astonishing. Our hearts break and thoughts go out to the Fisher family. We could easily tell you to sit down and watch the original Star Wars or Singin’ in the Rain, but that might be too obvious. Better yet, consider watching one of Carrie and Debbie’s hidden gems to honor their passing:
Hannah and Her Sisters – Carrie Fisher has a supporting role in this Woody Allen ensemble cast about a family of sisters in NYC during the 1980’s.
Mother – Debbie Reynolds stars as Albert Brooks crazy mother in this laugh out loud comedy from 2000.
Click on the titles above to find the films in our library catalog. Mother and daughter shall be greatly missed.
Discover Carrie Fisher, author in many formats in our library catalog.
Carrie Fisher watching her mother Debbie Reynolds perform.
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The library will be closed on Friday, December 23, 2015 at 6 pm and all day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday as we celebrate with our friends and family. We will return to the building on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9 am.
While our physical doors are closed, take some time to discover our digital resources available 24/7 from home or on the road. All you need is your computer, tablet or phone, an Internet connection and a valid Fairfield Public Library card. Discover
hoopla for streaming movies, television shows, music, ebooks, comics, and audiobooks
Lynda.com for learning
Zinio for e-magazines
Overdrive for e-books and e-audiobooks
Freegal for digital music
Databases for research (including Consumer Reports online)
Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory not only follows up the huge hit, Finding Nemo. It literally blows its competition out of the water. With over 1 billion dollars grossed domestically, watch it for the first time or watch it again and again. It’s adorable, it’s Disney, it’s a modern classic.
Discover Finding Dory in our library catalog.
From Music Box Films,
Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti finds comedy and pathos in the story of Margherita, a harried film director (Margherita Buy, A Five Star Life) trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal life in crisis. The star of her film, a charming but hammy American actor (John Turturro) imported for the production, initially presents nothing but headaches and her crew is close to mutiny. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together as her beloved mother’s illness progresses, and her teenage daughter grows ever more distant.
In Italian, English, and French with subtitles.
Find Mia Madre in our catalog.
The latest Star Trek Beyond is out on DVD and Blu-ray and available through your public library! Find Star Trek Beyond in our catalog. Beam yourself up for some action-packed entertainment. From Paramount,
Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise encounter an alien warrior race when marooned on a distant planet after the destruction of their spaceship in this thrilling sequel directed by Fast & Furious director Justin Lin.
Want some classic fright in your life this Halloween? Why not check out 1968’s Rosemary’s Baby starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes. Who doesn’t love newlyweds on the Upper West Side with witches as their neighbors? Boo!
Find Rosemary’s Baby in our library catalog.
The Ghostbusters franchise got refueled and reimagined with an all-female cast this year. From Sony Pictures,
Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today–Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they’re here to save the world!
Find Ghostbusters in our library catalog.
Whit Stillman’s new period drama, Love & Friendship stars Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny. From Westerly Films,
Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and a future for her eligible but reluctant daughter, Frederica. In doing so she attracts the simultaneous attentions of the young, handsome Reginald DeCourcy, the rich and silly Sir James Martin and the divinely handsome, but married, Lord Manwaring, complicating matters severely.
Find Love & Friendship in our library catalog.