by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian
DVDs are extremely popular at the library. In September, 861 DVDs were checked out at the Litchfield library, which amounts to roughly twenty percent of the items checked out that month. We carry a mixture of popular movies, art films, classics, documentaries, television series, and children’s DVDs. Every month there are new additions.
The Beguiled is a new drama based on the novel by Thomas Cullinan. A 1971 movie by the same name, starring Clint Eastwood, was also based on this novel. The 2017 version was directed by Sofia Coppola and stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, and Kirsten Dunst. A wounded Union soldier is taken in by the headmistress of an all-girls school in Virginia, where he romances each of the women with unexpected consequences. Reviewers say it’s quite different from the Clint Eastwood version, with a restrained approach to the tension. Coppola won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival for this film.
Also starring Nicole Kidman, the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies won eight Emmy awards last month including Outstanding Limited Series. The miniseries is based on the bestselling novel by Australian author Liane Moriarty. Three mothers of first graders with seemingly perfect lives all have secrets, and when someone dies at a school event, was it an accident or murder? This darkly comic drama also stars Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Alexander Skarsgård.
The Big Sick was an unexpected hit this year. Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon turned the true story of their romance into the script for this romantic comedy, and Nanjiani stars. Kumail and Emily fall in love but he won’t commit because his very traditional family wouldn’t approve. Then Emily falls seriously ill and is put into a medically-induced coma, and Kumail has to deal with Emily’s parents, played by Ray Romano and Holly Hunter, whom he has never met. Audiences loved this for being a fresh take on a rom-com, both funny and heartwarming.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is an animated film based on the tremendously popular book series by Dav Pilkey. Two prank-loving best friends hypnotize their angry principal and make him believe he’s Captain Underpants, an enthusiastic and dimwitted superhero they’ve created. The twelve-book series began in 1997 and concluded in 2015, and kids have continued to be enthusiastic about reading the silly, potty-humor-filled stories. Kevin Hart stars as George, one of the young friends. Reviewers say parents will be as entertained by this one as the kids are.
The indie film Certain Women tells three stories of women in rural Montana, played by Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, and Kristen Stewart. One is a lawyer who deals with sexism and a hostage situation. The second is a wife and mother planning her dream home without the support of her family. And the third is a new teacher of evening classes for adults who befriends a ranch hand. This is a very quiet, subtle movie about ordinary lives.
Other recent additions include the Disney Channel movies Descendants and Descendants 2, the drama A Ghost Story, the Sam Elliott comedy The Hero, and the Oprah/HBO movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. If you’re interested in some of these, stop in to check the new-DVD section of the library, or place a hold through the library’s online catalog.