New Releases

MoviesMaleficent 2
Jexi
Gemini Man
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Running With the Devil
The Death & Life of John F. Donovan
Line of Duty
The Price of Everything
Autonomy
Piranhas
Britt –Marie Was Here
The Golden Glove

TV SeriesRare Selena Gomez
No Passport Required season 2
Krypton season 2
Veep: The Final Season
MacGyver season 3

Music
I Disagree by Poppy
Cell-O by Apocalyptica
Kiss Me Kate 2019 Broadway Cast Recording by various artists
Lonely Generation by Echosmith
High School Musical: The Musical – The Series by various artists
Rare by Selena GomezInfinity Son
Herstory In The Making by Young M.A.

Audiobooks
Lost by James Patterson & James O. Born
All The Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

“It’s Always a George Segal Movie”

The title of this post is based on a recollection probably by Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Goldman, who mentioned a traveler who said he’d watched a George Segal movie on the plane.  Certainly this bears some truth in the 1960s and 1970s.  It also refutes the rather unkind cut that Segal “was a big star until he wasn’t.”  He had almost a decade and a half at the top, i.e., leading man status in major features. Investigation and memory reveal that all it takes to become a film legend is a decade banjo segalstarring in big films that make money.

Segal was born in Great Neck, NY, attended Haverford College and received a B.A. from Columbia University.  He took up the banjo, which when he became famous he loved to play on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

During his career Segal played opposite what we now call A-listers like Lee Marvin, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Yul Brynner, Glenda Jackson, Rod Steiger, and Robert Redford.

Among his earliest film roles were two in which he was part of an ensemble, and in both he played doctors, The Young Doctors (1961) and The New Interns (1964).  In between he was a member one of the largest ensemble casts ever:  The Longest Day (1962).  A western followed:  Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964).  His rogue-like, self-confident king rat.jpgpersona was ideal for the World War II POW film, King Rat (1965).  Ship of Fools (1965) was yet another big cast and “important” film set in the 1930s where first class travelers as well as displaced persons travel by ship from Veracruz, Mexico to Spain and then Bremerhaven, Germany or more appropriately, Nazi Germany.  In Lost Command (1966) Segal showed range as an Algerian freedom fighter.  The most important film thus far was 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? which was instrumental on several counts, including its impact on film rating changes that would take effect in 1968.  Segal received a Supporting Academy Award nomination. If you were anybody you’d get a spy film in the 60s, and for Segal it was The Quiller Memorandum (1966). The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) was based on the infamous 1929 Chicago mobster gun-down with Segal playing Pete Gusenberg, one of the victims.  In Bye Bye Braverman (1968) he and three other chums mourned the death of a minor writer.  No Way to Treat a Lady (1968) pitted detective Segal tracking down a serial killer (an over-the-top Rod Steiger). The Southern Star (1969) sent Segal to Africa for a diamond smuggling adventure set in the early part of the century.  It could be viewed as a comedy or straight adventure but was no big success.

Segal began the 1970s with an early film from director Carl Reiner.  Where’s Poppa? (1970) was a black comedy critics found palatable.  A major hit, The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) paired Segal with female superstar Barbra Streisand, playing a sometimes actress,owl and pussycat.jpg model and prostitute.  Segal costarred and had first billing over Eva Marie Saint in the domestic drama or perhaps comedy-drama  Loving (1970).  He was Robert Redford’s partner-in-crime in the lively heist movie The Hot Rock (1972) and got first billing in A Touch of Class (1973).  There was chemistry with Glenda Jackson, who won her 2nd Best Actress Academy Award while Segal took the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.  Blume in Love (1973) bears some resemblance to Loving. The Terminal Man (1974) was prescient in its take on technology and mind control.  The serio-comic gambling movie California Split (1974) gave Segal billing over Elliott Gould (once described as the biggest star in the world for the time it took to drink two cups of coffee).  Also in the serio-comic vein was Fun with Dick and Jane (1977).  Segal had first billing over Jane Fonda.  Rollercoaster (1977) was an early disaster thriller in which he played the security officer lead.  Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978) was an amusing romp.

Segal told an interviewer in 1993 that “I loved the variety, and never had the sense of being a leading man but a character actor.  Then I got frozen into this ‘urban’ character.”  Natalie Wood told him in 1980 while they were making The Last Married Couple in America that “It’s one typed role after another, and pretty soon you forget everything.  You forget why you’re here, why you’re doing it.”  Segal’s marriage crumbled and he had GEORGE SEGAL a spate with drugs.  “I’m also sure I was guilty of spoiled behavior.  I think it’s impossible when that star rush comes, not to get a little full of yourself, which is what I was.  But that’s OK.  I wanted to taste that too.  So if I was blacklisted or whatever, that’s fine.  That was from their point of view.  And I’m still here, folks.”

In the late 90s Segal returned to prominence playing a fashion magazine publisher in the hit TV series Just Shoot Me! (1997-2003).  Starting in 2013 and continuing until today, he found himself playing the elder statesman of a family in another successful sitcom, The Goldbergs, set in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.

 

Reference

Clifford, Terry.  “Banjo Pickin’ with George Segal.”  Chicago Tribune, April 2, 1993.

Staff Picks – January 2020

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Emily’s Picks

Audiobook: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This book is perfect for lovers of high fantasy like Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. name of the wind.jpgAuthor Patrick Rothfuss has built a rich, fascinating world and populated it with memorable characters– with none so memorable as the mercurial, mysterious Kvothe Kingkiller. Let him lead you through this tale of magic and danger!

CD: Sam’s Town by The Killers sams town

My favorite Killers album. It has hits like “Read My Mind” and “When You Were Young,” but I think some of the best songs on this album are the ones that flew under the pop charts’ radar, like “My List” and “Bones.” Overall the album gives you the feeling of driving through the Nevada desert (the band’s home turf), with all its bright heat and faded glory.

Jessie’s Picks

DVD: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

“Follows Mma Ramotste, a recently bereaved woman, as she sets up the only woman-run no 1 ladies.jpgPrivate Detective Agency in Botswana and her attempts to get it off the ground. She gets help from Mma Makutsi, her new secretary, and Mr. JLB Matekoni, the owner and super mechanic of the wonderful Speedy Motors. Mma Ramotste takes on cases, meets many new people who need her help – from a woman who thinks the man who has turned up at her door is not her father, to another lady who has a boyfriend who may or may not be faithful to her.”

Audiobook: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawnson lets pretend this never happened.jpg

“Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives – the ones we’d like to pretend never happened – are in fact the ones that define us. In Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.”

Kim’s Picks

DVD: Lovers and Other Strangers

A Broadway play from husband-wife team Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor is turned lovers and other.jpginto a superb 1970 cinematic comedy-drama in which characters coalesce before, during and after the wedding between Bonnie Bedelia and Michael Brandon.  It seems to predict Love, Actually (2004).  It was Diane Keaton’s first movie.  “For All We Know” won the Best Song Academy Award.

Audiobook: In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory of Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrickin the hurricane's eye.jpg

The author of The Last Stand, Valiant Ambition, Bunker Hill and Mayflower turns his perceptive eye on the rather unheralded events on sea and on land that led to the U.S. victory at Yorktown.  In the end, it was the French navy that was most significant in Lord Cornwallis’s surrender to Washington.

Mary’s Picks

DVD: Stardust

stardust movieOne of my all-time favorite movies! This is the only case where I actually like the movie better than the book. A great fantasy that has it all. path made clear

Audiobook: The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey

A great motivational book to listen to that helps you go after your dreams and find the person you are.

Stephanie’s Picks

DVD: My Big Fat Greek Wedding

“Toula is a quiet, devoted daughter in a big, crazy Greek family. Working in her father’s greek wedding.jpgrestaurant, she hides behind her family and keeps the world at a distance. One day at the restaurant she finds herself pouring coffeeotis redding for a man who inspires her to change her life, and the way she sees the world … forever.”

CD: The Very Best of Otis Redding by Otis Redding

All the greatest hits of the seminal R&B artist, including “Try a Little Tenderness,” “These Arms of Mine,” and “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay.”

 

All quoted summaries from catalog.ccls.org.

Watch 2019’s Hottest Hits on Roku

Whether you are new to the device or a longtime user, there has never been a better time to check out a Roku! 2019 was a big year for streaming entertainment, and 2020 is shaping up to be even bigger. You won’t want to miss out, and with Roku Express + you can get a head start on streaming your favorite shows and movies.

With Roku you can stream movies and shows from not only Netflix and our Vudu library, toss a coin to your witcherbut now from Hulu as well. This means that you will have access to all the content these three services have to offer, including movies and shows you can’t get anywhere else. Some of the most popular shows of 2019 are only available on Netflix: shows like The Witcher, Russian Doll, The Umbrella Academy, and Stranger Things. Many popular films of the year also found their home on Netflix, from romantic comedies like Always Be My Maybe, to horror flicks like Cam and Velvet Buzzsaw, and the long-awaited Breaking Bad movie, El Camino.  Hulu has a host of exclusive programming as well— Castle the act.jpgRock is a must-watch for fans of Stephen King, while the miniseries The Accident is making waves with critics, and fans are continuing to flock to dramas like The Handmaid’s Tale and Harlots. What’s more, many of the buzz-iest awards season titles are only available to stream. Oscar contenders like Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story are Netflix exclusives, and the Golden Globe-nominated series The Act is only available on Hulu. Between these and the thousands of other titles offered across the three services, there is something on Roku for everyone to enjoy. Take one out today and start binge-watching your way through the new year!

Roku devices are available to rent for three or seven-day periods, depending on availability. At two dollars a day, they are the most convenient and cost-effective way to stream your favorite shows and movies. You can reserve your Roku online here. For more information, call 610-280-2650 or email cclspecialitems@ccls.org.

 

Spotlight on Programming: 2020 Fit Fair

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The new decade is here, and so many of us are making resolutions to get in shape, eat better, and take care of our bodies. If you are trying to make this year a healthier one but aren’t sure how to start, or even if you’re trying to maintain your fitness goals from last year, we have the event for you! The library is hosting a Fit Fair on Saturday, January 25th. We will be offering free health and wellness programs, as well as information booths for gyms, businesses, and health organizations from around Chester County.

For those interested in eating better, there will be a cooking demonstration presented by Kimberton Whole Foods. If exercise is your top priority this year, you will want to check out the exercise classes and martial arts presentations taking place in the Struble Room. There will also be free onsite health screenings available from the Chester County Health Department. Not to mention, many other local organizations will be providing information about their own programs and services, the hottest health and fitness trends, and so much more! So if you are looking for a good first step on your path to a healthier decade, mark your calendar, because the Fit Fair is an event you won’t want to miss!

Golden Globes Winners

The annual Golden Globe awards aired this past Sunday, and it proved to be a night of surprises– many of the films that seemed a shoe-in for the prize were looked over for more “long-shot” nominations. Here is a list of all the winners that you can check out here at the Chester County Library!

Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood (Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy, Best marriage storyScreenplay, Best Supporting Actor)

Joker (Best Actor- Motion Picture Drama, Best Score) once in hollywood

Judy (Best Actress- Motion Picture Drama)

Rocketman (Best Actor- Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Best Original Song)

The Farewell (Best Actress- Motion Picture Comedy)

Marriage Story* (Best Supporting Actress)

Parasite (Best Foreign Language Film)

Missing Link (Best Animated Feature) link.jpg

Succession (Best TV Series- Drama, Best Actor- TV Series Drama)

The Crown, Season 3* (Best Actress- TV Series Drama) chernobyl

Chernobyl (Best Limited Series, Best Supporting Actor- Limited Series)

The Loudest Voice (Best Actor- Limited Series)

Fosse/Verdon (Best Actress- Limited Series)

The Act* (Best Supporting Actress- Limited Series)

 

**These titles are available only on streaming services, but you can watch them using our Roku Express Plus devices! Reserve your Roku here!

New Releases

MoviesDowntonAbbey2019Poster.jpg
Ad Astra
Overcomer
Rambo: Last Blood
Downton Abbey
Abominable
Memory After Belsen / Hitler’s Courts
Voices Beyond  the Wall: Twelve Love Poems From the Murder Capital of the World
Super 30

TV Series
Fuller House season 4

Music
Fully Loaded: God’s Country by Blake Shelton
Case Study 01 by Daniel Caesar
Peaky Blinders The Official Soundtrack by various artists
9 by Lil’ Kim
Fine Line by Harry Styles

New Releases

Moviesonce-upon-a-time-in-hollywood-2019-10
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
It Chapter Two
Hustlers
Black Mother
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

TV Series
Father Brown season 7
The Loudest Voice
Doc Martin series 9
Family Guy season 17
Orville season 2

MusicIl Volo
Exclamation Point by Trippie Redd
Who by The Who
10 Years: The Best of Il Volo by Il Volo
Herstory Volume 1 by Mary J. Blige
Libertad 548 by Pitbull
Kylie: Golden – Live In Concert by Kylie Minogue
LP1 by Liam Payne
Jagged Little Pill Original Broadway Cast Recording by various artists
We Love You Tecca by Lil Tecca
Romance by Camila Cabello
Bad Vibes Forever by XXXTENTACION

Audiobooks
The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams

Staff Picks December 2019

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Emily’s Picks

DVD: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Can’t go wrong with a classic! This is the first (and best) adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s timeless grinchchildren’s book, beautifully animated by the legendary Chuck Jones and narrated by Boris Karloff. Bursting with warmth, Christmas cheer, and Seussian charm.

Audiobook: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier rebecca

A chilling psychological drama written by the renowned author of Jamaica Inn and The Birds. While on holiday, a young woman falls in love and elopes with a charming but world-weary widower, who whisks her away to his secluded mansion, Manderley. But soon the young bride finds she is living in the shadow of her husband’s late wife, the beautiful and mysterious Rebecca, and not everything at Manderley is what it seems…

Jessie’s Picks

DVD: The Muppet Christmas Carol

My favorite Christmas Carol version!  They chose the perfect Muppet for each role and wintersongmuppet christmas carol.jpgMichael Caine is Scrooge.  This is a must watch Christmas movie for Muppets fans.

CD: Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan

This album features a variety of Christmas songs that showcase Sarah McLachlan’s ethereal voice.

Kim’s Picks

DVD: Blue is the Warmest Color

In an unprecedented step, the 2013 Cannes Film Festival’s jury awarded not only the film blue is the warmest colorbut the two lead actresses, Lea Seydoux (Spectre) and newcomer Adele Excarchopoulos, the prestigious Palme d’Or.  Jury president Steven Spielberg correctly identified this film as a great love story.  The near 3-hour long saga describes the passionate affair of a burgeoning artist (Seydoux) and a young elementary school teacher (Excarchopoulos).  Blue is one of a handful of movies that make you feel the emotions of the characters even when they say nothing.

Audiobook: Dying of Whiteness:  How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland by Jonathan M. Metzl

A Midwesterner by birth, Metzl is currently a professor of sociology and psychology at dying of whiteness.jpgVanderbilt University.  Dying of Whiteness is the result of analysis of hard data plus in-person interviews that endeavored to explain why citizens make decisions that at face value seem irrational and in reality often threaten the health and well-being, not just of individuals but of entire states.  Metzl focuses on (1) the Missouri gun culture that was once based on common sense but which through politicians’ and lobbyists scare tactics has created a state with no meaningful firearm regulations, (2) Tennessee politicians’ aversion to government-sponsored health care, and (3) the austerity plan that sent Kansas’s once model schools spiraling downward, even in upscale communities that initially supported the governor’s policies.  Metzl convincingly argues that the politics of race is at the core of these decisions.  White privilege has been the unspoken gorilla in the room, and politicians stoke groundless fear of minorities, immigrants and big, bad government–even if it kills them, which it increasingly does.

Mary’s Picks

DVD: Muppet Family Christmas

This was my go to Christmas movie when I was little. It has the whole gang – the muppet family christmas.jpgMuppets, the Sesame Street characters, the Fraggles, and even Jim Henson himself makes a small cameo. christmas at downton

CD: Christmas at Downton Abbey

A heartwarming Christmas album that takes you back to Downton. My favorite feature is the recording of Carson reciting “The Night Before Christmas”.

Stephanie’s Picks

DVD: Elf

“A human baby accidently ends up at the North Pole and grows up among the elf elf.jpgcommunity. Buddy, as he comes to be known, knows that he’s “special”. When he’s 30, Buddy learns from Santa that he’s really a human. He decides to go in search of his father, to find out where he belongs. He walks to Manhattan, and is immediately run over by a cab. His father at first rejects him and Buddy ends up in a department store where other elves are working. But all the while, things are looking bad for Santa Claus. When Santa crashes his sleigh in Central Park, it’s Buddy’s moment to shine.”

CD: NFR! by Lana del Rey

“With the creation of her Lana Del Rey persona, nfr.jpgsinger/songwriter Lizzy Grant stitched together the iconography of a fading American dream with soaring but melancholic pop songwriting, becoming an icon unto herself in the process. Her distinctive approach blurred sadness and longing just as it did past and present, drawing on the influence of classic American pop while integrating modernized touches like trap beats and millennial cultural references. With [her] sixth album … Lana Del Rey expands her vision with the most daring and vulnerable work of her catalog.”

 

All quoted summaries from catalog.ccls.org