2017: was it a good year for film?
Certainly television continues to rule the roost with outstanding new series and seasons including those available on DVD through the library:
American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson
Big Little Lies: Season 1
Broadchurch: Season 3
Fargo: Season 2
The Great British Baking Show: Season 1, 2, and 3
Home Fires: Season 1, and 2
Orange is the New Black: Season 5
Prime Suspect Tennison Season 1
Rectify: Season 4
Hollywood, Foreign, Independent and Documentaries continued churning out this year. Browse the list below, all of which are in the catalog:
The Official Top 40 biggest selling DVDs/Blu-rays of 2017 so far
1 Rogue One – A Star Wars Story
2 Beauty And The Beast (2017)
3 Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
4 Bridget Jones’s Baby
8 Guardians Of The Galaxy – Vol 2
9 Doctor Strange
10 The Girl On The Train
12 La La Land
13 Hacksaw Ridge
14 Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar
15 Fifty Shades Darker
16 The Lego Batman Movie
17 T2 Trainspotting
20 Kong – Skull Island
21 The Magnificent Seven
22 Jack Reacher – Never Go Back
23 The Boss Baby
24 Suicide Squad
25 Sully – Miracle On The Hudson
26 Deepwater Horizon
28 Finding Dory
29 The Secret Life Of Pets
30 John Wick – Chapter 2
31 A Street Cat Named Bob
33 Assassin’s Creed
34 The Great Wall
35 Alien – Covenant
36 John Wick
38 Underworld – Blood Wars
39 Bad Moms
40 The Accountant
The library will be closed on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 5 pm and all day Thursday and Friday as we celebrate Thanksgiving with our friends and family. 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 an Internet connection and a valid Fairfield Public Library card. Discover
Overdrive for ebooks and audiobooks (download their new app: Libby)
hoopla for ebooks, audiobooks, comics, streaming movies, television shows, and music.
RB Digital for e-magazines, audiobooks, and ebooks
Freegal for digital music
Databases for research (including Consumer Reports, Morningstar, Valueline, Reference USA, and Mango Languages to name a few)
Lynda.com for how-to technology and business instruction.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
The short-series (mini-series) The Night Manager based on the John LeCarre novel comes to DVD this week starrinddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, and Russell Tovey From AMC,
This short, thrilling series presents Jonathon Pine as the night manager for a hotel in Cairo. Conflict unfolds as Pine develops a relationship with the girlfriend of a local gangster through whom she has acquired information on an illegal arms dealer, Richard Roper. Due to her knowledge, the woman is murdered. Pine, fearing of his life, leaves Cairo and takes refuge at a secluded hotel in Switzerland. For two years Pine works at the hotel before Roper arrives and incites Pine’s need for revenge. Enlisted by British Intelligence, Pine spies on Roper, and story the spirals into conspiracy and betrayal.
Find The Night Manager in our library catalog.
DVDs continue to be our #2 most circulated item and television series help keep that number very healthy. Here is a sampling of some recent television on DVD including releases from the U.S., Britain, and Ireland,
Archer, Season 6
Doctor Blake Mysteries, Season 1
Doctor Who. Series 9
Fargo, Season 2
Grace and Frankie, Season 1
Hannibal, Season 3
Last Kingdom, Season 1
Leftovers, Season 2
Luther, Season 4
Manhattan, Season 2
Mr. Robot, Season 1
Peaky Blinders, Season 2
Place to Call Home, Season 3
Silk, Season 2
The Americans, Season 3
The Fall, Season 2
TURN, Season 2
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 1
VEEP, Season 4
If you see a series you’d like, you can always call us and have it held for you:
Main Library Reference Desk: 203-256-3160
Fairfield Woods Reference Desk: 203-255-7308
From The Wire creator, David Simon comes a 6-part mini-series, Show Me a Hero based on former New York Times reporter Lisa Belkin’s nonfiction book. From Rotten Tomatoes who clocks the series at a 97% rating,
A bitter dispute over federally mandated public housing divides Yonkers, N.Y., in the late 1980s in this six-part miniseries.
Find Show Me a Hero in our library catalog.