February Staff Picks

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Dragana’s Picks

The-Circle-2017-movie-posterMovie: The Circle

“When Mae is hired to work for the world’s largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company’s founder, Eamon Bailey, to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity.”

Audiobook: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbertsignature

“Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker, a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry’s brilliant daughter, Alma (who inherits both her father’s money and his mind), ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself.”

Jamie’s Picks

silver linings playbookMovie: Silver Linings Playbook

An offbeat romantic comedy about two individuals struggling with loss and mental health issues. Even with the somewhat heavy subject, this movie is very funny! Filmed in locations around Upper Darby and Landsdowne and includes much Eagles pride!

CD: Chris Thile – Thanks for Listeningthanks for listening

A compilation of topical songs that Thile wrote for the “Song of the Week” segment of A Prairie Home Companion. Timely lyrics paired with Thile’s complex bluegrass/pop compositions. I recommend a few listens to let it sink in!

Jessie’s Picks

mr and mrs smithMovie: Mr. & Mrs. Smith

One of the best Action/Romance movies! Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star in this movie as rival hitmen that married without knowing the other’s true occupation. Chaos and romance occur when they find out the truth about each other.

CD: The Cranberries – Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?Everybody_else_is_doing_it_so_why_can't_we_(album_cover)

This is the debut album of The Cranberries and has the hits “Linger” and “Dreams.” The whole album is full of great songs. The celtic influences and the late, great Dolores O’Riordan’s voice make this album a must-listen. My other favorite Cranberries album is “No Need to Argue,” which includes “Zombie” and “Daffodil Lament.”

Kim’s Picks

one-eyed-jacks.64315Movie: One-Eyed Jacks

In 1880 Rio (Marlon Brando) and Dad Longworth (Karl Malden) rob a Mexican bank but are cornered on a mesa by the Rurales.  Dad takes their only horse, promising to return, but he doesn’t and Rio spends years in a hellish prison.  Vowing vengeance, he escapes and finds Dad a respectable family man and sheriff of Monterey, California.  Revenge remains on Rio’s mind, and like virtually every character in the film he dishes out and becomes a victim of lies.  Marlon Brando took over from Stanley Kubrick and others to direct this 1961 minimally-flawed western masterpiece restored for the Criterion Collection.

Audiobook: Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook by Alice Waterscoming to my senses

Founder (1971) of the now iconic Chez Panisse, Waters traces her life from her youth in New Jersey to her Eureka! moment discovering French cuisine on the ground in France and dreaming of duplicating the experience back home in Berkeley, California, hotbed of the Free Speech Movement and liberal causes brought to a head by the Vietnam war.  Waters succeeded.  Her locally grown, organic products and preparation attracted a broad clientele, including such film directors as Coppola, Rossellini and Godard.  Like Julia Child’s books, Coming to My Senses creates a desire to eat and drink the French, or here, the California way.

Mary’s Picks

poldarkTV Series: Poldark

BBC drama at its best. Fall in love with great characters and breathtaking scenery of Cornwall, England.only time

CD: Enya – Only Time: The Collection

Mesmerizing music from Irish vocalist, Enya. Her first album, which includes “May It Be” from The Lord of the Rings movie.

Stephanie’s Picks

cool runnings.jpgMovie: Cool Runnings

“The comedy hit inspired by the true story of Jamaica’s first Olympic bobsled team.”

CD: Dum Dum Girls – Only in DreamsPrint

The Dum Dum Girls’ second album featuring a more polished sound than their first. Contains themes of heartbreak and loss. Tim Sendra of AllMusic writes, “Dee Dee had to change, the change was good, and it led to a fine, grown-up guitar pop record.”

Quoted summaries from catalog.ccls.org.

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Robert Mitchum: The Best Year of His Cinematic Life

After The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), Robert Mitchum, that most laid-back of movie stars (Baby, I Don’t Care is the title of Lee Server’s terrific biography) and soon the exemplar of “cool,” began coming into his own.  The stars aligned in 1947 and Mitchum had the best year of his film career.  Coincidentally, Pursued, Crossfire and Out of the Past were true representatives of film noir or featured noir elements.      pursued

With a limited release in March (general release in September) Pursued has been called Hollywood’s first “adult” or “psychological western.”  Traumatized as a child when from hiding he witnessed his father gunned down, Jeb Rand (Mitchum) grows to manhood in the home of Mrs. Callum (Judith Anderson), who has secrets she will not reveal despite Jeb’s frequent requests and nightmares.  Eventually, Jeb, the last surviving member of the Rand family, learns that he has a nemesis determined to see him in the ground.

Film aficionados know Crossfire as “the movie of the 3 Roberts”:  Young, Mitchum and Ryan.  This Edward Dmytryk-directed item was released in August.  Mitchum was a war veteran assisting Robert Young’s detective solve the case of a murdered Jewish-American.  Anti-Semitism was at the film’s core and it beat the similarly-themed (without the murder) Gentleman’s Agreement to theater screens.  Despite a Best Picture Academy Award nomination for Crossfire, Gentleman’s Agreement won the statuette. out of the past

Out of the Past (December) is now considered one of the half dozen greatest examples of film noir. Trying to forget his sketchy past, Jeff Bailey (Mitchum) runs a filling station in the boondocks.  Whit (Kirk Douglas), a former confederate, hires him to find his missing paramour Kathy (Jane Greer), and against his better judgment Jeff agrees to undertake the search.  Kathy was once his girl.  He knows this might go south and he’s right.  Kathy is one of noir’s seminal femme fatales.

For much of his career Mitchum was vastly underrated, but he would have key films in his future, including Angel Face (1953), The Night of the Hunter (1955), and Cape Fear (1962).  The National Board of Review awarded him its best actor award for his two 1960 films, Home from the Hill and The Sundowners.  Nevertheless, for packing a lot into one year, 1947 was the best year of Robert Mitchum’s cinematic life.


Server, Lee.  Robert Mitchum:  “Baby, I Don’t Care.”  2001.

Marill, Alvin H.  Robert Mitchum on the Screen.  1978.

By Kim

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New Releases

Moviesdaddy's home 2
Same Kind of Different as Me
Daddy’s Home 2
The Star
The Girl Without Hands
In Search of Israeli Cuisine
Blood of the Vikings: Last of the Vikings
Black Code
What Lies Upstream

TV Series
Midnight, Texas season one

By the Way, I Forgive You by Brandi Carlile
What a Time to be Alive by Superchunk
How to Solve Our Human Problems by Belle and Sebastian
See You Around by I’m With Her
A Million Lights by Michael W. Smith
Paranoia by Lee Dewyzedown the river unto the sea
The Strife of Love in a Dream by Miracle

Fifty Fifty by James Patterson & Candice Fox
Death of an Honest Man by M. C. Beaton
Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
Educated by Tara Westover

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New Releases

Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Do it Like an Hombre
Don’t Call Me Son
Line 41
Fidel Castro
Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape

TV Shows
Broad City season four
Mystery Science Theater 3000 volume VII
The Deuce the complete first season
The Sinner season one
Doctor Who Twice Upon a Time
Animal Kingdom the complete second season

Brighter Wounds by Son Lux
Always Ascending by Franz Ferdinand
Sleepwalkers by Brian Fallon
Black Panther the Album Soundtrack by various artists

Audiobookssurprise me
Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
Poison by John Lescroart
White Houses by Amy Bloom
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker

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Grammy Awards 2018


Here is a summarized list of the 2018 Grammy Award winners and nominees with links to their albums in the library catalog. You can view the full list of winners and nominees here.

Album Of The Year
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (winner)
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
Jay-Z – 4:44
Kendrick Lamar – Damn
Lorde – Melodrama

Record Of The Year
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (winner)
Childish Gambino – Redbone
Luis Fonsi – Despacito (remix)
Jay-Z – The Story of OJ
Kendrick Lamar – Humble

Song Of The Year
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like (winner)
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber – Despacito (remix)
Jay-Z – 4:44
Julia Michaels – Issues
Logic ft Alessia Cara and Khalid – 1-800-273-8255

Best New Artist
Alessia Cara (winner)
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels

Best Pop Album
Ed Sheeran – ÷ (winner)
Coldplay – Kaleidoscope EP
Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life
Imagine Dragons – Evolve
Kesha – Rainbow
Lady Gaga – Joanne

Best Rap Album
Kendrick Lamar – Damn (winner)
Jay-Z – 4:44
Migos – Culture
Rapsody – Laila’s Wisdom
Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy

Best Pop Solo Performance
Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You (winner)
Kelly Clarkson – Love So Soft
Kesha – Praying
Lady Gaga – Million Reasons
Pink – What About Us

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (winner)
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber – Despacito (remix)
Imagine Dragons – Thunder
Zedd & Alessia Cara – Stay

Best Dance Recording
LCD Soundsystem – Tonite (winner)
Bonobo feat. Innov Gnawa – Bambro Koyo Ganda
Camelphat & Elderbrook – Cola
Gorillaz feat. D.R.A.M. – Andromeda
Odesza feat. WYNNE & Mansionair – Line Of Sight

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Kraftwerk – 3-D The Catalogue (winner)
Bonobo – Migration
Mura Masa – Mura Masa
Odesza – A Moment Apart
Sylvan Esso – What Now

Best Rock Performance
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (winner)
Chris Cornell – The Promise
Foo Fighters – Run
Kaleo – No Good
Nothing More – Go To War

Best Metal Performance
Mastodon – Sultan’s Curse (winner)
August Burns Red – Invisible Enemy
Body Count – Black Hoodie
Code Orange – Forever
Meshuggah – Clockworks

Best Rock Song
Foo Fighters – Run (winner)
Metallica – Atlas, Rise!
K.Flay – Blood In The Cut
Nothing More – Go To War
Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage

Best Rock Album
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding (winner)
Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand
Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Nothing More – The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains

Best Alternative Album
The National – Sleep Well Beast (winner)
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Gorillaz – Humanz
LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

Best R&B Performance
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like (winner)
Daniel Caesar feat. Kali Uchis – Get You
Kehlani – Distraction
Ledisi – High
SZA – The Weekend

Best Urban Contemporary Album
The Weeknd – Starboy (winner)
6LACK – Free 6LACK
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
Khalid – American Teen
SZA – Ctrl

Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar – Humble (winner)
Big Sean – Bounce Back
Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
Jay-Z – 4:44
Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert – Bad And Boujee

Best Rap/Sung Performance
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – Loyalty (winner)
Goldlink feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy – Crew
Jay-Z feat. Beyoncé – Family Feud
SZA feat. Travis Scott – Love Galore

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar – Humble (winner)
Cardi B – Bodak Yellow
Danger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels and Big Boi – Chase Me
Rapsody – Sassy
Jay-Z – The Story Of O.J.

Best Country Album
Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1 (winner)
Kenny Chesney – Cosmic Hallelujah
Lady Antebellum – Heart Break
Little Big Town – The Breaker
Thomas Rhett – Life Changes

Best Musical Theatre Album
Dear Evan Hansen (winner)
Come From Away
Hello, Dolly!

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
La La Land (winner)
Baby Driver
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
Hidden Figures: The Album
Moana: The Songs

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
La La Land (Justin Hurwitz) (winner)
Arrival (Jóhann Jóhannsson)
Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer)
Game Of Thrones: Season 7 (Ramin Djawadi)
Hidden Figures (Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams & Hans Zimmer)

Best Song Written For Visual Media
How Far I’ll Go – from Moana (winner)
City Of Stars – from La La Land
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever – from Fifty Shades Darker
Never Give Up – from Lion
Stand Up For Something – from Marshall

Best Music Video
Kendrick Lamar – Humble (winner)
Beck – Up All Night
Jain – Makeba
Jay-Z – The Story Of O.J.
Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid – 1-800-273-8255

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New Releases

Moviesonly the brave
Only the Brave
All I See is You
A Bad Moms Christmas
Walking Out
Tom of Finland
Who Put the Klan into Ku Klux Klan
Why Are We Fat?
Revive Us 2
The Gilded Age
The Presidents Collection
Designing Dogs
The Very Best of Victor Borge
The Arctic Expedition: A Historic Journey to Find the Truth
The Pearltaboo
Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton

TV Series
Homeland season six
The Kids in the Hall the complete collection

Walk Between Worlds by Simple Minds
Here Come the Runts by Awolnation
Arkansas by John Oates & The Good Road Band
One Drop of Truth by the Wood Brothers
Here’s to You by Montgomery Gentry
Man of the Woods by Justin Timberlake
Blood by Rhyelook for me

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Look for Me by Lisa Gardner
The Gate Keeper by Charles Todd
A Death in Live Oak by James Grippando
Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery

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New Releases

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
The Square
Last Flag Flying

TV Series
Victoria season 2
Ray Donovan season 5
East West 101 season 1

The Snake King by Rick Springfield
Wow Gospel 2018 by various
Freedom’s Goblin by Ty Segall
Black Coffee by Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa
Homecoming: Live From Ireland by Celtic Woman
Damage Already Done by Depaul

The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley
Still Me by Jojo Moyes
Dark in Death by J. D. Robb

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Classic Foreign Films Update: 1969 – 2017

It seems time for an update of “Classic Foreign Films, 1919-1968,” Multimedia Blog, September, 2012.  Here then is a list of significant foreign-language films released between 1969 and 2016 that the Chester County Library has in its collection.

Ai Weiwei:  Never Sorry  (Chinese, 2012; documentary)
crouching tiger hidden dragonAmélie (French, 2001)
 Amour (French, 2012)
Babette’s Feast (Danish, 1987)
La Cage Aux Folles (French, 1979)
Das Boot (German, 1981)
Camille Claudel (French, 1989)
Cinema Paradiso (Italian, 1989)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Chinese, 2000)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (French, 2007)
Elle (French, 2016)
Fanny & Alexander (Swedish, 1982)
Fitzcarraldo (German, 1982)
Ghost in the Shell (Japanese Anime, 1995)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish, 2009)
Indochine (French, 1992)life is beautiful
The Intouchables (French, 2011)
Kagemusha (Japanese, 1980)
L’avventura (Italian, 1960)
Let the Right One In (Swedish, 2008)
Life is Beautiful (Italian, 1998)
The Lives of Others (German, 2006)
 Lone Wolf and Cub (Japanese, 1974)
A Man Called Ove (Swedish, 2015)
Master and Margaret (Italian, 1972)
Monsoon Wedding (Indian, 2002)
Pan’s Labyrinth (Mexican, 2006)
Pelle the Conqueror (Danish, 1988)
The Postman (Italian, 1994)
Run, Lola, Run (German, 1998)separation
A Separation (Iran, 2011)
Seven Beauties (Italian, 1975)
Solaris (Russian, 1972)
Swept Away (Italian 1974)
The Tin Drum (German, 1979)
Tristana (Spanish, 1970)
Z (Algerian, 1969)

Classic pre-1968 foreign language films CCL has acquired since the 2012 list:  The Hidden Fortress (Japanese, 1958), The Bridge (German, 1959), A Man and a Woman (French, 1966)

Classic foreign language films at other county libraries:  Amarcord (Italian, 1974, Kennett), Last Year at Marienbad (French/Italian, 1961, Phoenixville), The Last Metro (French, 1980, Phoenixville), Wings of Desire (German, 1987, Henrietta Hankin), Farewell My Concubine (Hong Kong, 1993, Kennett and Tredyffrin)

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New Releases 1/23

The Killing of a Sacred Deerfelicite
Thank You for Your Service
The Lost Tree
Goodbye Christopher Robin
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
A Life for Ballet
Killer Hurricanes
VA: The Human Cost of War
Earth: One Amazing Day

TV Series
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency season 2

Ceremony and Devotion by Ghost
Earthtones by Bahamas
I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life by Tune-Yards
Between Two Shores by Glen Hansard
Pounding the Pavement by Anvil
Defy by Of Mice & Men
Ruins by First Aid Kit
Collateral by Phillip Phillips
I Like Fun by They Might Be Giants
The Worms Heart by The Shins
M A N I A by Fall Out Boy
You Might Be Smiling Now– by Just Joans

The Wife by Alafair Burke
Fall From Grace by Danielle Steel

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2018 SAG Awards


Cast in a motion picture
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”Three_Billboards_Outside_Ebbing,_Missouri

Female actor in a leading role
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Male actor in a leading role
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour

Female actor in a supporting role
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Male actor in a supporting role
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Stunt ensemble in a motion picture
Wonder Woman

Lifetime achievement award
Morgan Freeman


Female actor in a comedy seriesveep
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep

Male actor in a comedy series
William H. Macy, “Shameless

Ensemble in a comedy series

Female actor in drama series
Claire Foy, “The Crown

Male actor in drama series
Sterling K. Brown, “This is Us

Ensemble in a drama series
This is Us

Female actor in a television movie or miniseries
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies

Male actor in a television movie or miniseries
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies

Stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series
Game of Thrones

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