Jun 25

Fantastic Planet

fanstastic planetThanks to Criterion, we have a brand-new remastered copy of the 1973 Czech animation Sci-Fi classic, Fantastic Planet. From Criterion,

Nothing else has ever looked or felt like director René Laloux’s animated marvel Fantastic Planet, a politically minded and visually inventive work of science fiction. The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans (Oms) are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants (Draags). After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, this Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence.

Find Fantastic Planet in our library catalog.

Jun 21

Embrace of the Serpent (El Abrazo de la Serpiente)

The international (Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina), film, Embrace of the Serpent  releases on DVD this week. The movie features many languages including Spanish, Portuguese, German, Catalan, and Latin.

embraceFrom Rotten Tomatoes,

Embrace of the Serpent features the encounter, apparent betrayal and finally life-affirming friendship between an Amazonian shaman (the last survivor of his people) and two foreign scientists.

Find Embrace of the Serpent in the catalog.

May 31


phoenixGerman director Christian Petzold’s Phoenix releases on DVD today. From IFC,

A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany in the stunning new film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (Barbara, Jerichow). Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn’t recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Evoking the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin, Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation’s tragedy and a woman’s search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax.

Find Phoenix in the library’s catalog.


May 05

Throwback Thursday: Y Tu Mamá También

y tu mama tambienFor Cinco de Mayo, may we suggest a contemporary Mexican film, Y Tu Mamá También (2001) directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity, Children of Men) and starring Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle, The Motorcycle Diaries), Maribel Verdú (Pan’s Labyrinth), and Diego Luna (Milk). From Rotten Tomatoes,

Alfonso Cuarón directed and co-wrote this sexy art-house hit from Mexico. The funny and moving coming-of-age story centers on two immature teens who get an education in love when they take a sexy road trip with a liberated, unhappily married woman

Check out Y Tu Mamá También from the library’s catalog.


Apr 29

New Television


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
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Apr 21


victoriaMany filmmakers have attempted to create a film using only one cut. Hitchcock managed only ten edits in Rope. Alexander Sokurov mastered one 96 minute take in his 2002 Russian Ark. Alejandro Iñárritu created the illusion of one take in Birdman. And now we are treated with Sebastian Schipper’s German film, Victoria who ups the ante in his 2 hour and 20 minute epic film all shot in one take. From the film’s website,

A movie shot in a single take about Victoria, a runaway party girl, who’s asked by three friendly men to join them as they hit the town. Their wild night of partying turns into a bank robbery.

Love the film’s tag line: “One city, one night, one take.”
Check out Victoria from our library’s catalog.

Feb 29

When do the Oscar films gets released on DVD for the library?


Now that the awards have been handed out, the big question remains, when do those films get released? Here’s a quick list of all the nominated films and their release dates. ? simply means a date has not been announced yet.

45 Years (?)
The 100-Year Old Man (?)
Amy (available)
Anomalisa (?)
The Big Short (3/15)
Boy and the World (?)
Bridge of Spies (available)
Brooklyn (3/15)
Carol (3/15)
Cartel Land (3/29)
Cinderella (available)
Creed (3/1)
The Danish Girl (3/29)
Embrace of the Serpent (?)
Ex Machina (available)
Fifty Shades of Grey (available)
The Hateful Eight (3/29)
The Hunting Ground (available)
Inside Out (available)
Joy (?)
The Look of Silence (available)
Mad Max: Fury Road (available)
The Martian (available)
Mustang (5/10)
Racing Extinction (3/7)
The Revenant (?)
Room (3/1)
Shaun the Sheep Movie (available)
Sicario (available)
Son of Saul (?)
Spectre (available)
Spotlight (3/22)
Straight Outta Compton (available)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (?)
Theeb (5/17)
A War (?)
What Happened, Miss Simone? (?)
When Marnie Was There (available)
Winter on Fire (?)
Youth (3/1)

Nov 23

Dil Dhadakne Do

dil-dhadakne-doThe comedy Hindi film, Dil Dhadakne Do focuses “on a cruise to celebrate their parents’ 30th wedding anniversary, a brother and sister deal with the impact of family considerations on their romantic lives” (IMDb).

Hindi films play regularly in our local theaters in Fairfield and Bridgeport. Find Dil Dhadakne Do in our DVD Express section.


Oct 22

Two Days, One Night

two days one nightCrazy high rating for the French Film, Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit) starring Marion Cottillard and directed by the Dardenne brothers (The Boy on the Bike). From Sundance Selects,

Sandra (Cotillard) has just been released from the hospital to find that she no longer has a job. According to management, the only way Sandra can hope to regain her position at the factory is to convince her co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed yearly bonuses. Now, over the course of one weekend, Sandra must confront each co-worker individually in order to win a majority of their votes before time runs out. With TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, the Dardennes have turned a relevant social inquiry into a powerful statement on community solidarity, once again delivering a film that is simple on the surface but alive with both compassion and wisdom.

Find Two Days, One Night in our library catalog.

Aug 17

Clouds of Sils Maria

clouds of sils mariaHeralded by critics, Clouds of Sils Maria starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart explores the sensitive topic of aging for women in entertainment. From Sundance Pictures,

Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an actress at the peak of her international career who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years earlier. Back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young woman who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloë Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself.

Find Clouds of Sils Maria in our library catalog.
(In English, French, German, and Swiss German with English subtitles)