Mar 09

Moonlight’s in the library!

The winner of Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year, Moonlight is now available on Bu-ray and DVD at both branches. From NYTimes film critic A.O.Scott,

To describe “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’s second feature, as a movie about growing up poor, black and gay would be accurate enough. It would also not be wrong to call it a movie about drug abuse, mass incarceration and school violence. But those classifications are also inadequate, so much as to be downright misleading. It would be truer to the mood and spirit of this breathtaking film to say that it’s about teaching a child to swim, about cooking a meal for an old friend, about the feeling of sand on skin and the sound of waves on a darkened beach, about first kisses and lingering regrets. Based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” by Tarell Alvin McCraney, “Moonlight” is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces.

Read A.O. Scott’s full review.
Find Moonlight in the library’s collection.

Feb 23

2017 Oscar Films on DVD

Want to know when your favorite Oscar-nominated films are due in our collection? Check out the alpha-listing below for all the nominees:

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – IC
13th (UNK)
20th Century Women – March 28
Allied – February 28
Arrival – IC
Captain Fantastic – IC
Deepwater Horizon – IC
Doctor Strange – February 28
Elle – March 14
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – March 28
Fences – March 14
Fire at Sea – March 21
Florence Foster Jenkins – IC
Hacksaw Ridge – IC
Hail, Caesar! – IC
Hell or High Water – IC
Hidden Figures – UNK
I Am Not Your Negro – UNK
Jackie – March 7
Jim: The James Foley Story – IC
The Jungle Book – IC
Kubo and the Two Strings – IC
La La Land – UNK
Land of Mine – UNK
Life, Animated – IC
Lion – March 21
The Lobster – IC
Loving – March 7
A Man Called Ove – IC
Manchester by the Sea – IC
Moana – March 7
Moonlight – February 28
My Life as a Zucchini – UNK
Nocturnal Animals – March 21
O.J.: Made in America – IC
Passengers – UNK
The Red Turtle – UNK
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – UNK
The Salesman – UNK
Silence – UNK
Star Trek Beyond – IC
Suicide Squad – IC
Sully – IC
Tanna – March 7
Toni Erdmann – UNK
Trolls – IC
Zootopia – IC

IC = already released/in collection
UNK = unknown release date

 

Feb 06

Kevin Hart: What Now?

What comedian’s stand-up film makes 23 million at the box office? Kevin Hart, that’s who. From Universal,

Hart takes center stage in this groundbreaking, record-setting, sold-out performance of “What Now?” filmed outdoors in front of 50,000 people at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field – marking the first time a comedian has ever performed to an at-capacity football stadium.

Find Kevin Hart: What Now? in our library catalog.

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)
Fargo
Game of Thrones
Happy Valley
Homeland
Looking
Midsomer Murders
Mr. Robot
Peaky Blinders
Prime Suspect
Scott & Bailey
Sherlock
Silicon Valley
Veep
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
Deadpool*
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…
Moana
Moonlight*
The Nice Guys*
Pride and Prejudice & Zombies
Remember
The Secret Life of Pets
Sing Street*
Star Wars: Rogue One*
Suicide Squad *
Sully*
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
War Dogs
The Witch

 

*more than one vote

 

Dec 29

Rest in Peace Carrie and Debbie

It’s not often the stars align to take two icons of entertainment in two days. Taking Carrie Fisher one day and her mother, Debbie Reynolds the next is astonishing. Our hearts break and thoughts go out to the Fisher family. We could easily tell you to sit down and watch the original Star Wars or Singin’ in the Rain, but that might be too obvious. Better yet, consider watching one of Carrie and Debbie’s hidden gems to honor their passing:

Hannah and Her Sisters – Carrie Fisher has a supporting role in this Woody Allen ensemble cast about a family of sisters in NYC during the 1980’s.

Mother – Debbie Reynolds stars as Albert Brooks crazy mother in this laugh out loud comedy from 2000.

Click on the titles above to find the films in our library catalog. Mother and daughter shall be greatly missed.
Discover Carrie Fisher, author in many formats in our library catalog.

Carrie Fisher watching her mother Debbie Reynolds perform.
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Dec 23

The Happiest of Holidays 2016

The library will be closed on Friday, December 23, 2015 at 6 pm and all day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday as we celebrate with our friends and family. We will return to the building on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9 am.

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

hoopla for streaming movies, television shows, music, ebooks, comics, and audiobooks
Lynda.com for learning
Zinio for e-magazines
Overdrive for e-books and e-audiobooks
Freegal for digital music
Databases for research (including Consumer Reports online)

Nov 21

Mia Madre

mia-madreFrom Music Box Films,

Acclaimed Italian auteur Nanni Moretti finds comedy and pathos in the story of Margherita, a harried film director (Margherita Buy, A Five Star Life) trying to juggle the demands of her latest movie and a personal life in crisis. The star of her film, a charming but hammy American actor (John Turturro) imported for the production, initially presents nothing but headaches and her crew is close to mutiny. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together as her beloved mother’s illness progresses, and her teenage daughter grows ever more distant.

In Italian, English, and French with subtitles.

Find Mia Madre in our catalog.

Nov 03

Star Trek Beyond

star-trek-beyondThe latest Star Trek Beyond is out on DVD and Blu-ray and available through your public library! Find Star Trek Beyond in our catalog. Beam yourself up for some action-packed entertainment. From Paramount,

Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise encounter an alien warrior race when marooned on a distant planet after the destruction of their spaceship in this thrilling sequel directed by Fast & Furious director Justin Lin.