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Fall Is in the Air and In Your DVD/Blu-Ray Player

Time for Fall movies! Here are some you might enjoy:

October Sky: This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It is the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father’s wishes.  He became a rocket scientist.  The soundtrack is wonderful.

Gosford Park: If you liked Downtown Abbey you will like this film written by Downton creator Julian Fellowes. At an Autumn hunting party weekend in 1932, the head of an English country estate is murdered. The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants are portrayed. The all-star cast includes Downton’s Maggie Smith.

Remember the Titans: Based on a true story, a Virginia high school becomes integrated and African American coach Herman Boone becomes head coach over the former white head coach Bill Yoast. Great performances by Denzel Washington and Will Patton.

The Four SeasonsAlan Alda’s hilarious and thoughtful take on marriage and family relationships.  The Autumn portion deals with the aftermath of divorce and taking kids to college.

Other fall standouts:

  • Good Will Hunting A working-class genius who’s failing the lessons of life is mentored by a psychology professor. Oscars for Robin Williams, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
  • Autumn Sonata An international concert pianist visits her grown daughter after a seven-year absence.
  • The Perfect Storm George Clooney is the captain of a fishing boat hauling in a quarter-million-dollar’s worth of fish. Unfortunately, it lands right in the path of one of the most terrifying and fantastic storms of the century.
  • The Spitfire Grill  A young woman who has just been released from prison takes a job in the only restaurant in a small Maine town and works to gain the trust of the townspeople.
  • State and Main The citizens of a small Vermont town are overwhelmed when a big-budget motion picture crew begins filming on location.

Your Autumn films are waiting @ Find Movies. 

– Anne R., Reference Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing

Graphic Novel Round-up: Hulk Smash!

We’re half-way through 2012, so I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the books and see what people have been interested in checking out.  With all of the great based-on-comic-book films hitting the theaters this summer, I decided to first check out graphic novels.  A quick run of the numbers showed that the top most circulating titles – the titles you are interested in – all center on superheroes!  Ok, that really wasn’t much of a surprise; I mean really, who doesn’t like a superhero?!  If you would like to check out a few of the popular titles, take a look at the list:

  1. The Incredible Hulks : heart of the monster ,   New York : Marvel, c2011.
  2. Fantastic Four. [Vol. 4, Three] ,   New York : Marvel, c2011.
  3. X-Force. Vol. 2, Old ghosts ,   New York : Marvel, c2009.
  4. Ultimate comics : Avengers vs. New Ultimates : death of Spider-Man,  New York : Marvel, c2012.
  5. Ultimate Spider-Man : [death of Spider-Man] New York : Marvel, c2011.
  6. Fall of the Hulks : [prelude]New York : Marvel, c2010.
  7. Brightest day. Volume 3 ,  New York : DC Comics, c2011.
  8. Flashpoint New York, N.Y : DC Comics, c2011.
  9. Hulk. Volume 5, Fall of the Hulks ,  New York : Marvel, c2010.
  10. World war Hulk : X-MenNew York : Marvel Comics, c2008.

– Cassie V., Children’s Services Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing

Not Your Childhood Fairytales

Retelling fairytales seems to be a trend in Hollywood, and that’s not referring to the Disney princess tales.  Last year brought Beastly and Red Riding Hood.

Two new TV series based on fairytales debuted in the Fall 2011 season – NBC’s Grimm and ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

In 2012 there will be two films released based on the story of Snow White.  Mirror, Mirror is due out on March 16th and Snow White and the Huntsman is due out on June 1st.

These films and TV shows re-work traditional fairytales, or add a modern twist.  Authors have been doing this for a while – check out these titles:

Beauty and the Beast
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Ash by Malinda Lo
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Grimm Brothers
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
The Wager by Donna Jo Napoli – based on “The Bearskin”

Little Red Riding Hood
Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sleeping Beauty
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

The Wizard of Oz
Wicked series by Gregory Maguire

-Lynn H., CADL Youth Services Specialist

DVD Tips and Tricks

As a movie and television buff, I really enjoy our collection of DVDs and suspect many of you out there do as well. We thought it would be a good idea to tell you about our collection.

Q:  Are DVDs free to borrow? How long can I have them?
They are always free to check out BUT you have to pay fines if they are late. New DVDs go out for three days and are $2.00 a day for every day late. Older DVDs go out for one week and are $1.00 a day for every day late.

Q: My CADL branch has a pretty small collection of DVDs. How do I get access to more?
A: Think of the library as one big DVD shelf. Go to the catalog to place a hold on titles at other branches. You can pick up and return DVDs at any CADL branch.

Q: You don’t get movies as fast as I see them in stores. What gives?
Some of the movie studios won’t release popular DVDs to libraries right away. For some titles we have to wait until they have been in stores for about a month.

Q:  The new DVDs are never on the shelf, help!
A:  You can put DVDs on hold before they are released, so they take a while to land back on the shelves as they make their way from person to person. To put new releases on hold, enter the title in the catalog and click Place A Hold. If you want to see a list of DVDs that are on their way to us, go to our orders lists. I also like videoETA.

Q:  Do you have BluRay?
A: We sure do. You can search for just BluRay titles by going to Find Movies. Enter your title or actor etc. and make sure only the BluRay box is checked before you click Find. If you want to see ALL of our BluRay titles, go to the catalog and under Quick Search select Call Number search. Enter BluRay

Q:  How do I find movies that a particular actor/actress is in, or that are directed by a certain director?
A:  Go to Find Movies. Enter an actor, director or actress’s name and search on that.  I sometimes use Internet Movie Database to check against the library catalog. In IMDB you can pull up every movie/show a person has participated in!

Q:  Can I get DVDs from libraries outside of CADL?
A:  Many libraries in MeLCat do not loan DVDs to patrons outside of their system, reserving DVDs for their own patrons. (CADL does not loan out DVDs outside of our system.) However, if we don’t own a title, Try MeLCat. Once in a while you get lucky. Also see suggesting a purchase below.

Q:  Can I suggest that the library buy a DVD?
A: Yes, if you have a library card. Go to Suggest a Purchase in the catalog. Remember to check the catalog to see if we already have it on order.

Happy Viewing!

Anne R., CADL Reference Librarian

Great Ghost Stories

It’s getting dark out earlier and Halloween is in sight so we thought it would be a perfect time to share some of our favorite ghost stories. Here’s a staff-suggested list of book and movie picks.

Fiction Picks

Tamsin by Peter S. BeagleThe Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
Embers by Laura Bickle (review)
The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Carroll (review)
The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint (review)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (review)
Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa BrownPicture the dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
The Ghost Writer by John Harwood
20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
The Man in the Picture by Sue Hill
Adrift on the Haunted Seas: The Best Short Stories of William Hope Hodgson by WIlliam Hope Hodgson
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley JacksonZen Ghosts by Jon J. Muth
The Shining by Stephen King
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Hell House by Richard Matheson
Cyrer’s Cross by Lisa McMann
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror by Chris PriestleyZen Ghosts by Jon J. Muth
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (Sara’s review & Sarah’s review)
Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror by Chris Priestley
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
The Restorer by Amanda Stevens (review)
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
Ringu by Koji SuzukiThe Restorer by Amanda Stevens
Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (review)
The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural and Suspense
Masters of Shades and Shadows: An Anthology of Great Ghost Stories


The Amityville Horror
A Christmas Carol (1999)The Haunting (1963)
The Devil’s Backbone
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Ghost Town (review)
The Grudge
Hamlet (2010)
The Haunting (1963)
House on Haunted Hill (1959)Ghost Town
The Orphanage
The Ring
The Shining (1980)
The Sixth Sense

Monkeying Around

I am always talking about movies with my colleague Dave. Along with my brother John, we are three of the world’s leading experts on Charlton Heston movies.  As you can imagine, this comes in handy in life. There aren’t many people who can tell you without batting an eye where “Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!”comes from.
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Of course, this is one of Chuck Heston’s most famous lines from Planet of the Apes.” I don’t usually like science fiction but this movie is a classic. It was way ahead of its time both in concept and visually. Those wonderful ape masks were some of the best movie make-up ever created.  Not surprisingly, John Chambers won an honorary Oscar for outstanding make-up achievement for “Apes.”

What really makes it work are great performances from Heston and from the actors behind the masks: Roddy McDowell, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans and James Whitmore. (Hey TV fans, what show do you know Maurice Evans from*?)

There is a documentary hosted by Roddy McDowell on the making of the movie: Behind the Planet of the Apes.

The sequels aren’t as good but they are fun. In order:

Tim Burton did a remake:  Planet of the Apes. And now the prequel is coming out:  Rise of the Planet of the Apes. (!) Early reviews say it is fun and of course fans might just go “ape” over it. Pass the popcorn!

*Samantha’s dad in “Bewitched.”

-Anne R., CADL Reference Librarian

Books into Movies News

There’s been a lot of buzz recently about the filming of popular books:

The casting for The Hunger Games, based on the trilogy by Suzanne Collins, has garnered a lot of attention in  recent weeks.  The selection of Jennifer Lawrence, who is a natural blonde, to play the role of Katniss Everdeen upset some fans of the books.  But Suzanne Collins approves of Jennifer for the lead role, and photos released in Entertainment Weekly show a dark-haired, tanned Jennifer that makes for a pretty convincing Katniss.  The two male leads and Katniss’ love interests, Gale Hawthorne and Peeta Mellark, are being played by Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, respectively.  To keep true to the physical descriptions in the books, both actors will be dyeing their hair.  In other casting news, Woody Harrelson has signed on to play Haymitch Abernathy, Stanley Tucci will play Hunger Games announcer Caesar Flickerman, and Donald Sutherland will take on the role of President Snow.  The movie is due out in theaters on March 23, 2012.  For updates and photos from the filming check out: IMDB and fan sites hungergamesmovie.org and myhungergames.com.  If you want to familiarize yourself with Jennifer Lawrence, check out Winter’s Bone, which was nominated for four Oscars in 2011.

After years of being caught up in pre-production delays, the filming of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is finally under way.  Director Peter Jackson recently revealed that the film will be released in two parts, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, scheduled for release on December 14, 2012, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, scheduled for release on December 13, 2013.  Many actors from the Lord of the Rings trilogy will star, including: Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Ian McKellan (Gandalf), Elijah Wood (Frodo) and Cate Blanchett (Galadriel).  Newcomer to the franchise Martin Freeman will play the role of young Bilbo Baggins.  For more information, check out IMDB.

In the meantime, you can see Martin Freeman in The Office (BBC) in which he plays the role of Tim (the British counterpart to Jim on NBC’s The Office).


Filming of The Mortal Instruments, based on the series by Cassandra Clare is still in the early stages.  Actress Lily Collins will play the lead role of Clary Fray and the movie is expected to be released in 2012.  For more information, check out IMDB.

-Lynn H., CADL Youth Services Specialist