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?

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Feb 07

Staff Favorites: Movies 2017

We gathered a list of favorite films from your full and part-time staff at Fairfield Public Library for 2017. Pretty sure there’s something on this list for everyone!







Staff Movie Favorites 2017

20th Century Women
A Dog’s Purpose
A Quiet Passion
All Eyez On Me
Atomic Blonde
Baby Driver*
Beauty & the Beast*
Belko Experiment
The Big Sick*
Book of Henry
Collateral Beauty*
Dr. Strange
Eagle Huntress
Fantastic Beasts…
Get Out*
Hacksaw Ridge
Hidden Figures*
I Am Not Your Negro*
John Wick 2
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Kingsman:The Golden Circle
Lady Bird
LEGO Batman Movie
Logan Lucky
The Lost City of Z
Manchester by the Sea*
O.J.: Made in America
Once Upon a Time in Venice
Pitch Perfect 3
Rogue One
The Shack*
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Strong Island
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Why Him?
The Wizard of Lies
Wonder Woman*
Zero Days

*more than one vote

Feb 06

Best Actor Nominees in Earlier Work

Below find the nominated actors for this year’s Academy Awards. I’ve listed previous films they’ve been in as a way to look back over their careers. Some are very young and so the list is short. Others are Meryl Streep and well… Enjoy the recommendations.

2018 Oscar Actor Nominees:
Timothée Chalamet
Daniel Day-Lewis
Sally Hawkins
Daniel Kaluuya
Frances McDormand
Gary Oldman
Margot Robbie
Saoirse Ronan
Meryl Streep
Denzel Washington

Timothée Chalamet:
Love the Coopers

Daniel Day-Lewis:
There Will Be Blood
Gangs of New York
In the Name of the Father
Age of Innocence
Last of the Mohicans

Sally Hawkins:
Made in Dagenham
Vera Drake
An Education
Layer Cake

Daniel Kaluuya:
Kick-Ass 2
Johnny English Reborn

Frances McDormand:
Hail, Caesar!
Olive Kitteridge
Moonrise Kingdom
Burn After Reading
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
North Country
Laurel Canyon
Almost Famous

Gary Oldman:
Child 44
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Harry Potter (Deathly Hallows 2 or Goblet)
Dark Knight/Batman Begins
Airforce One
Fifth Element
Leon the Professional
Prick up Your Ears
Sid and Nancy

Margot Robbie:
Z for Zachariah
Suicide Squad

Saoirse Ronan:
Grand Budapest Hotel
How I Live Now
Lovely Bones

Meryl Streep:
Out of Africa
Devil Wears Prada
August Osage County
Iron Lady
Julie & Julia
Mamma Mia!
Bridges of Madison County
Defending Your Life
Postcards from the Edge
Sophie’s Choice

Denzel Washington:
American Gangster
Antwone Fisher
John Q
Training Day
Remember the Titans
He Got Game
Malcolm X
Mo’ Better Blues
Cry Freedom

Jan 30

Staff Favorites: Television 2017

We gathered favorite television shows from your full and part-time staff at Fairfield Public Library for 2017. The list this year is massive, a nod to the outstanding programming available in this golden age of television. And by television we mean the traditional networks, cable channels, PBS imports, originals from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, and more. Our staff watches a diverse batch of series.

Staff Favorite Television 2017
* = more than one vote
L = available on disk at the library
#1 = most popular show for 2017

Alias Grace
American Crime Story: OJ Simpson (L)
American Gods* (L)
American Vandal
Better Call Saul* (L)
Better Things*
The Big Bang Theory (L)
Big Little Lies* (L)
Billions (L)
Black Mirror*
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (L)
The Crown* (L)
The Deuce (L)
Divorce (L)
The Durrells in Corfu (L)
Emerald City
Endeavour (L)
Fargo* (L)
Game of Thrones* (L)
Gilmore Girls (L)
The Good Place (L)
Grace & Frankie* (L)
The Great British Baking Show* (L)
Halt and Catch Fire (L)
The Handmaid’s Tale* (L)
Homeland (L)
The Leftovers (L)
Legends of Tomorrow
Manhunt: Unabomber*
The Mantis
Midsomer Murders (L)
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (L)
Mr. Robot (L)
The Night of (L)
Orange is the New Black (L)
Party Down
Peaky Blinders (L)
Prime Suspect: Tennison (L)
Ray Donovan (L)
Riverdale (L)
Schitts Creek*
The Sopranos (L)
Stranger Things* (#1) (L)
Twin Peaks (L)
Victoria (L)
The Walking Dead* (L)
You’re the Worst
The Young Pope (L)



Dec 27

Vintage 2017

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
5             Moana
6             Trolls
7             Sing
8             Guardians Of The Galaxy – Vol 2
9             Doctor Strange
10           The Girl On The Train
11           Logan
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
18           Arrival
19           Inferno
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
27           Passengers
28           Finding Dory
29           The Secret Life Of Pets
30           John Wick – Chapter 2
31           A Street Cat Named Bob
32           Trainspotting
33           Assassin’s Creed
34           The Great Wall
35           Alien – Covenant
36           John Wick
37           Storks
38           Underworld – Blood Wars
39           Bad Moms
40           The Accountant


Jan 20

Staff Television Favorites 2016

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 *
Chef’s Life
The Crown (coming soon on DVD)
DCI Banks
The Detectorists
The Disappearance (French)
Game of Thrones
Happy Valley
Midsomer Murders
Mr. Robot
Peaky Blinders
Prime Suspect
Scott & Bailey
Silicon Valley
The Vikings
The Walking Dead

* more than one vote

Jan 12

Staff Favorites 2016

Here’s a list of our favorite films from 2016:

Staff Movie Picks 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane
The 13th
Bad Moms*
Captain America: Civil War
The Edge of Seventeen
Fantastic Beasts …*
Finding Dory
Florence Foster Jenkins
Free State of Jones
Girl on the Train
Jane Got a Gun*
Hail, Caesar!
Kubo and the Two Strings*
The Lobster
Manchester By the Sea*
Me Before You
Midnight Special
Miss Peregrine’s Home…
The Nice Guys*
Pride and Prejudice & Zombies
The Secret Life of Pets
Sing Street*
Star Wars: Rogue One*
Suicide Squad *
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
War Dogs
The Witch


*more than one vote


Jul 02

Happy 4th of July: Patriotic Movies

From several compilation lists online, here are some American films sure to put you in the patriotic spirit, with links to find the titles in our library catalog:

Air Force One
All the President’s Men
An American Tail
Apollo 13
Captain America
Dazed and Confused
Forrest Gump
How the West was Won
Independence Day
John Adams
Legally Blonde 2
National Treasure
Saving Private Ryan
Tall Tale
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Patriot
The Right Stuff
The Sandlot
To Kill a Mockingbird
Top Gun
United 93
Zero Dark Thirty

Dec 30

Happy New Year


It’s going to be cold outside this New Year’s Eve here in Fairfield. Why not stay in and catch up with some great films from 2014? We are open until 5pm on Wednesday, December 31st. Our Express DVD section has popular and critically acclaimed titles from the past six months. If you need help, here is a list compiled from several end of the year favorite film lists. Copies of all of these films are in our catalog:

Best of 2014: (selections from Indiewire, Wired, Rolling Stone, Metacritic, and The Atlantic)
7 Boxes
A Most Wanted Man
Alan Partridge
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Child’s Pose
Cold in July
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Dear White People
Enemy (2014)
Ernest & Célestine
The Fault in Our Stars
Finding Vivian Maier
Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Joe (2014)
Jodorworsky’s Dune
Lego Movie
Le Weekend
The Lunchbox
The Normal Heart
Only Lovers Left Alive
The Skeleton Twins
Tim’s Vermeer
Venus in Fur
We are the Best!

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Wishing you and yours a safe and healthy new year.