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 close on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 5 pm and all day Sunday and Monday as we celebrate Christmas and December holidays 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 your computer, tablet or phone, an Internet connection and a valid Fairfield Public Library card. Discover…
Databases for research (including Consumer Reports online, Morningstar, and Value Line)
Freegal for digital music
hoopla for streaming movies, television shows, music, e-books, comics and e-audiobooks
Overdrive for e-books and e-audiobooks (try Overdrive’s new app, Libby)
RBdigital for e-magazines, ebooks, and audiobooks
look for Kanopy (streaming films) beginning January 2018!
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.
Indie film, Certain Women boasts a powerful female cast featuring Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, and Lily Gladstone. From Film Science,
The lives of three woman intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail. Based on stories by Maile Meloy.
Find Certain Women in the library catalog.
Nova Scotia fans alert. From Sony Pictures,
Maudie, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.
Find Maudie in our library catalog.
HBO turned the Bernie Madoff story, The Wizard of Lies, based on Diana B. Henriques‘ book into a biopic starring Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer. Barry Levinson directs. Because of Fairfield’s involvement with the Madoff scandal, we anticipate this film to be in-demand. From Rotten Tomatoes,
Adaptation of journalist Diana B. Henriques’ account of financier Bernie Madoff’s orchestration of one of the largest frauds in U.S. history that led to financial ruin for thousands of investors and, in the process, his own family’s destruction.
Find The Wizard of Lies in our library catalog.
We have DVD copies of the entire 10-episode Ken Burns Lynn Novick produced The Vietnam War series. From PBS,
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.
Find DVD copies of The Vietnam War at each location in our library catalog.
Explore more about the film on PBS.
The colossal comic book adaptation of the summer, Wonder Woman lassos onto DVD and Blu-ray September 19, 2017. The film grossed a whopping 800 million dollars at the U.S. box office alone making Patty Jenkins the highest grossing female director of all time. Girls rule. From Warner Brothers,
Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.
Find Wonder Woman on DVD and Blu-ray in our library catalog.
From Film Movement,
Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.
In Japanese with English subtitles.
Find After the Storm in our library catalog.
Rachel Weisz stars in My Cousin Rachel. From the website,
Philip is a young Englishman who finds his cousin Ambrose dead after traveling to Florence, Italy. He vows revenge against Ambrose’s missing wife Rachel, blaming her for his untimely demise. When Philip meets Rachel for the first time, his mood suddenly changes as he finds himself falling for her seductive charm and beauty. As his obsession for her grows, Rachel now hatches a scheme to win back her late husband’s estate from the unsuspecting Philip.
Find My Cousin Rachel in the library catalog.