Jun 01

June Weddings

Whether you’re a heart on your sleeve love weddings or more of a roll your eye kind of person, this list of best wedding films covers everything from conventional to quirky from old-fashioned to modern. Have we covered all the bases?

27 Dresses
After the Wedding
American Wedding
Best Man
Bridesmaids
Cloudburst
Corpse Bride
Emma
Father of the Bride (original and remake)
Graduate
I Do
Love Actually
Mamma Mia!
Meet the Fockers
Melancholia
Monsoon Wedding
Monster in-Law
Muriel’s Wedding
My Best Friend’s Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Philadelphia Story
Princess Bridge
Rachel Getting Married
Royal Wedding
Runaway Bride
Sex and the City
Shrek
Sound of Music
Steel Magnolias
Sweet Home Alabama
Wedding Banquet
Wedding Crashers
Wedding Date
Wedding Planner
Wedding Singer

Find these films in our DVD collection at either location.

May 26

Happy Memorial Day

We honor all Americans who have sacrificed their lives this Memorial Day 2018.

From Consequences of Sound,

The war film has been around since the earliest days of cinema. In America alone, films like All Quiet on the Western Front have chronicled the human experiences of battle for nearly a century now, attempting to capture something which can never be truly understood except by those who have lived it and lived to tell those stories after the fact. While some films favor the chronicling of battle, and others take a more human approach to the effects of war and its aftermath, the war film is a unique genre in that it has often come to inform the ways in which civilians and servicemen alike understand the purpose and functions of domestic and international conflict. For better and worse, they play a role in informing how history is understood and digested by people from all walks of life.

Here are the ten films Consequences of Sound chose from each American war:

John Adams (2008)
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Glory (1989)
Johnny Got His Gun (1971)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
MASH (1970)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Three Kings (1999)
The Hurt Locker (2009)

Find these films in our DVD collection

 

May 25

Dear White People: Season 1

The outstanding Netflix college series, Dear White People: Season 1 lands on DVD. From Netflix,

Set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface, Dear White People is a send-up of the now post “post-racial” America that weaves together a universal story of finding one’s own identity and forging a wholly unique path. The satirical series — based on the acclaimed 2014 film by the same name — continues to follow a group of Winchester University students of color as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and activism in the millennial age. Through an absurdist lens, Dear White People utilizes biting irony, self-deprecation and sometimes brutal honesty to hold up a mirror to the issues plaguing society today, all the while leading with laughter.

Find the DVD in our library collection.

Apr 30

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

From Rotten Tomatoes,

Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.

Find Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story in our library catalog.

Apr 23

Masterpiece Mystery!: Unforgotten, Season 1

Did you know one of our branding efforts for Fairfield Woods Branch Library is to house all of the smaller U.K. film and television series titles? Main has Downton Abbey, Prime Suspect and the other big hitters. But if you want the smaller titles, check out Woods collection.

Coming this week to Woods is the new Masterpiece Mystery!, Unforgotten: Season 1 starring Nicola Walker (Touching EvilMI-5) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Notting Hill, Paddington 2). From DVDsReleaseDates,

In 1976, a homeless boy of color named Jimmy Sullivan was murdered and buried in the basement of a building that had served as a hostel at the time. His diary suggests that his death could have been caused by any of four people he associated with at the time. A husband who takes care of his wife, a community worker, a clergyman and an entrepreneur all have lives that could unravel if the secrets that they’ve carried for decades were ever brought to light. DCI Cassie Stuart, along with her partner, DI Sunil Khan, have no intention of allowing the murder to go unpunished. Yet, as they reveal each new layer of the case, they learn that the murder and cover-up are far more complicated than they ever imagined.

Find Unforgotten: Season 1 in the library catalog.

Apr 13

Phantom Thread

Daniel Day-Lewis’ supposed final film, Phantom Thread releases this week on disk. Lesley Manville co-stars along with Vicky Krieps. Paul Thomas Anderson directs. From DVDreleasedates,

Reynolds Woodstock and his sister Cyril are living in 1950’s post-war London. As a dressmaker, Woodstock is constantly winning over the hearts of women who just want a taste of the wealthy bachelor. Until one day Woodstock meets Alma, a woman whose strong will and demeanor sets her apart from the rest. Fixated on her charm and beauty, Alma quickly becomes the muse of Woodstock’s life, transforming his crass perception of love into an honorable way of life.

Find Phantom Thread in our catalog.

Mar 23

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

France’s selection for Best Foreign film didn’t win an Oscar, but swept the Cesar Awards (France’s Oscars) this year including Best Picture. BPM (Beats Per Minute) chronicles the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990’s right before the drugs were released which would save millions of lives worldwide. With a 99% critics rating from Rotten Tomatoes,

In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organization is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.

Watch BPM on DVD from the library’s collection.

Mar 16

Kanopy Staff Picks

You may already know that Kanopy is our newest streaming service for residents of Fairfield. Kanopy is chock full out truly outstanding documentaries, classics, shorts, foreign, and indie titles. As a tease, we’ve compiled a quick list of some of our favorite staff picks from Kanopy’s catalog:

The Battle of Algiers
Donnie Darko
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
In the Mood for Love
Life Itself
The Official Story
Pather Panchali
The Watermelon Woman
We Need to Talk About Kevin
White Like Me

What are some of your favorite films Kanopy streams?

Find out more about Kanopy.
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Feb 28

Annual Library Event: How to Win Your Oscar Pool

Join us this Friday, March 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Main Library’s Rotary Room on the second floor for our annual love letter to the movies, How to Win Your Oscar Pool. This year we honor #TimesUp with an all female review panel.

The nominations were announced today. Who do you think will win Best Picture?
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Click here to register.