The Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film this year went to Germany’s Toni Erdmann. From Sony Pictures Classics,
Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn’t help the two to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What’s worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter flashy “Toni Erdmann”: Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn’t hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.
Find Toni Erdmann in our library’s catalog.
In German with English subtitles.
The newest Star Wars film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is finally here on Blu-ray and DVD. The Star Wars franchise continues to be extremely popular with library patrons. And lovers of all things Star Wars consider the newest film to be one of the best in the canon.
From Star Wars Wikia,
Approximately six years after the formation of the Galactic Empire, research scientist Galen Erso is forcibly recruited by Imperial Director Orson Krennic to complete the design of the Death Star, a space station capable of destroying entire planets. Galen’s wife, Lyra Erso, is killed when she shoots and injures Krennic to stop him from taking her husband. Their daughter, Jyn Erso, goes into hiding.
Thirteen years later, Bodhi Rook, a defecting Imperial pilot, smuggles a holographic message from Galen for the Rebel Alliance. An adult Jyn is freed from Imperial captivity and brought to rebel leaders by Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor. They convince her to rescue Galen so that they can learn about the Death Star. However, Cassian is covertly ordered to kill Galen, rather than extract him to prevent the weapon from being built.
Find Rogue One in our library catalog.
Cohen Media Group reissued a brand-new 4K version of Merchant Ivory’s classic, Howards End for theaters this past year. Cohen released a new (non-4K) DVD version of the film which the library carries. From Hal Erickson’s All Movie Guide,
One of the best Ismail Merchant/James Ivory films, this adaptation of E. M. Forster’s classic 1910 novel shows in careful detail the injuriously rigid British class consciousness of the early 20th century. The film’s catalyst is poor relation Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson), who inherits part of the estate of Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave), an upper-class woman whom she had befriended. The film’s principal characters are divided by caste: aristocratic industrial Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins); middle-echelon Margaret and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter); and working-class clerk Leonard Bast (Sam West) and his wife (Nicola Duffett). The personal and social conflicts among these characters ultimately result in tragedy for Bast and disgrace for Wilcox, but the film’s wider theme remains the need, in the words of the novel’s famous epigram, to only connect with other people, despite boundaries of gender, class, or petty grievance. Filmed on a proudly modest budget, Howards End offers sets, spectacles, and costumes as lavish as in any historical epic. Nominated for 9 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, the film took home awards for Thompson as Best Actress, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s adapted screenplay, and Luciana Arrighi’s art direction.
Howards End is being adapted once again for the screen by Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea).
Until then, find the glorious Merchant Ivory Howards End in our library collection.
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.
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
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
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.
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 *
The Crown (coming soon on DVD)
The Disappearance (French)
Game of Thrones
Scott & Bailey
The Walking Dead
* more than one vote
Here’s a list of our favorite films from 2016:
Staff Movie Picks 2016
10 Cloverfield Lane
Captain America: Civil War
The Edge of Seventeen
Fantastic Beasts …*
Florence Foster Jenkins
Free State of Jones
Girl on the Train
Jane Got a Gun*
Kubo and the Two Strings*
Manchester By the Sea*
Me Before You
Miss Peregrine’s Home…
The Nice Guys*
Pride and Prejudice & Zombies
The Secret Life of Pets
Star Wars: Rogue One*
Suicide Squad *
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
*more than one vote
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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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)