Many 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.
The Revenant which won Leonardo DiCaprio his Oscar gets its’ release this week on DVD and Blu-ray. We have copies at both Main and Woods. Find out what all the fuss is about or watch The Revenant for a second time. If you’re brave, you might want to pair this with a venison dinner. From Fox,
Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. THE REVENANT is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker, Academy Award (R) winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel).
Find The Revenant in our library catalog.
Bibliophiles often experience disappointment when their favorite novels are adapted into film. Luckily for Room, novelist Emma Donoghue not only wrote the book, but adapted the screenplay as well. Find out why Brie Larson won the Oscar for Best Actress and why newcomer Jacob Tremblay is a force to watch.
Room releases on DVD and Blu-ray today, 3/1/2016.
Check it out from 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 (?)
The Big Short (3/15)
Boy and the World (?)
Bridge of Spies (available)
Cartel Land (3/29)
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)
The Look of Silence (available)
Mad Max: Fury Road (available)
The Martian (available)
Racing Extinction (3/7)
The Revenant (?)
Shaun the Sheep Movie (available)
Son of Saul (?)
Straight Outta Compton (available)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (?)
A War (?)
What Happened, Miss Simone? (?)
When Marnie Was There (available)
Winter on Fire (?)
Join Teen Librarian Nicole Scherer and Reference Librarian Philip Bahr for a fun-filled hour of discussion and healthy arguing over this year’s Oscars. We meet in the Rotary Room at the main library on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Noon. Bring a snack and your opinions. We will tell you who we think will win, who should win, and discuss some of the hot topics from the past year in the movies.
Register here: https://fairfieldpl.evanced.info/eventsignup.asp?ID=18282
The Dan Rather controversy Truth comes to the big screen with Robert Redford as Rather and Cate Blanchett as his news producer. From Rotten Tomatoes,
On the morning of September 9, 2004, veteran CBS News producer MARY MAPES (Cate Blanchett) believed she had every reason to feel proud of a broadcast journalism job well done. By the end of the day, Mapes, CBS News, and the venerable CBS News anchor DAN RATHER (Robert Redford) would be under harsh scrutiny.
Watch Truth on DVD from the library.
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.
It’s time for another Oscar season. DVDs trickle in depending upon when the film is originally released in the theater. So far we have the following titles in our collection,
Bridge of Spies
Fifty Shades of Grey
Mad Max: Fury Road
Shaun the Sheep
New Year’s Eve is the perfect night to queue up some great classic film and steer clear of the maddening partying crowds. Our suggestion for you this year is ring in 2016 with Alfred Hitchcock. And why stop with one? Why not have a double feature or a marathon? We have 33 of Hitch’s films on DVD at the library.
Refresh your memory with two great Hitchcock film lists and an online exposition,
Indiewire’s Alfred Hitchcock’s Top 25 Films, Ranked.
The Telegraph’s From Topaz to Psycho: top 52 Hitchcock films.
Explore all things Hitchcock at the British Film Institute.
Find Alfred Hitchcock films on DVD in our library catalog.
The holidays are the perfect time to cuddle up with a full season of your favorite television series, or check out a brand-new series you’ve been hearing great things about. The library has a large selection of television on DVD – it’s a huge circulation item for us. Some of the smaller British series are found at Fairfield Woods who are focusing on British television. Here’s a recent list to get you started:
American Horror Story Season 4
Better Call Saul Season 1
Big Bang Theory Season 8
Doc Martin Season 7
Empire Season 1
Getting On Season 2
Gotham Season 1
Grey’s Anatomy Season 11
Hannibal Season 3
Helix Season 2
Homeland Season 4
How to Get Away with Murder Season 1
Indian Summers Season 1
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Season 1
Leftovers Season 1
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Season 3
Murdoch Mysteries Season 8
NCIS Season 12
New Girl Season 4
Nurse Jackie Season 7
Outlander Season 1
Scandal Season 4
Supernatural Season 10
The Brokenwood Mysteries Season 1
The Good Wife Season 6
The Peaky Blinders Season 1
The Returned Season 1
Under the Dome Season 3
Vicious Season 2
Vikings Season 3