Best of 2021: TV shows, movies & music

Created on November 30, 2021, 1:53 pm

Last Updated March 19, 2024, 2:56 pm

Introducing Oak Park’s Best of 2021, a librarian-curated selection of TV shows, movies and music, featuring some of the titles most requested and checked out by Oak Parkers!
1) 30
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It's Adele. There's no one like her. --Dontana, Collection Management Librarian
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A retro feel good album that conjures scenes of chill late night parties. --Dontana, Collection Management Librarian
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I'll never tire of carefully crafted guitar riffs and gorgeous two-part harmonies, but on this record, Alan Sparhawk pushes the pedals and tweaks the nobs more heavily to create noisescapes that envelop he and Mimi Parker's vocals with beautiful effect. --Eric, Collection Management Librarian
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I love every single one of Lucy Worsley's documentaries! She makes history come alive with costuming and great humor. She usually focuses on the United Kingdom, so seeing the breakdown of worldwide history and myths was a real treat. --Shelley, Children's Services Librarian
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Kate Winslet was phenomenal in this show! I was riveted every episode and completely surprised by the twists at the end. --Jenna, Collection Management Librarian
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6) Pig
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Nicolas Cage doesn't always succeed, but he can't be faulted for his willingness to pursue unique roles. In "Pig", the depth he brings to his character is undeniable, and the film, like many things that seem simple on the surface, is actually a complex comment on what's valuable in life. --Eric, Collection Management Librarian
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I love Raya and her adventure so much! Such a fun and visually beautiful movie. --Jenna, Collection Management Librarian
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This compilation isn't meant to be a greatest hits package--though there are hits galore--but rather a document of touchstones and creative revelations. Listening from start to finish is like witnessing the evolution of a musical language. --Eric, Collection Management Librarian
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Best known for his eerie horror films ("Cure", "Pulse", "Creepy"), Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "To The Ends of the Earth" is, like his more recent works, a departure from that genre. However, for fans of those films, it retains signature elements of the filmmaker's style: gradual tension build, atmospheric ebb and flow, characters searching with uncertainty--the latter the centerpiece of this story of self-discovery. --Eric, Collection Management Librarian
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This show just keeps getting better! Consistently hilarious and outrageous. --Kathy, Collection Management Librarian
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