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Batman: Under the Hood

It's hard to talk about Batman: under the red hood without giving anything away, but suffice it to say this comic forever changed the Batman mythos. "The Red Hood", a moniker once used by the Joker before he became "The Joker", is now being used by a new, mysterious figure in Gotham City who's killing off drug lords, and Batman has to stop him. DC has now brought this classic comic to life as the next in their series of animated, comic movies! Check it out!

Rapunzel hits the big screen

Disney's new animated movie, Tangled, is releasing next week for Thanksgiving. It happens to be based on one of my favorite fairy tales, Rapunzel. If your kids aren't familiar with the tale, now would be the time to check it out! For a more off-beat introduction, try Falling For Rapunzel. It's a loose adaption of the story, but the pictures, the rhyme and the humor appeal to all ages. For older readers there's Rapunzel's Revenge, a graphic novel authored by Shannon Hale, who also wrote Princess Academy. This retelling sets the tale in the Wild West, and spunky Rapunzel's hair makes a great lasso.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

Join The Cat and the Hat knows a lot about that! (Wings & Things) on dvd as he takes his young friends exploring around the world, learning about Bees, Birds and other Critters.

30 Favorite Religious Thrillers Like The Da Vinci Code

A "religious thriller" is a suspense novel whose plot is closely connected to religious objects, institutions or questions. Here are 30 of my favorites I've enjoyed throughout the years:

Cross bones by Kathy Reichs

Salvation in death by J.D. Robb

Angels & demons by Dan Brown

When It Drops

When it drops is an attractive, concise website for seeing all the new movies, albums, DVDs, video games, and books that come out in a given week. It also features an RSS feed. [via kottke and The Daily Dish]

Looking for a quick way to see what's in our catalog on other websites, such as When it drops? Try our bookmarklet, available on our Tools page. Not familiar with bookmarklets? Read how to use them.

30 Best Films You've Never Seen…

…but I have because co-workers and library patrons have recommended them.

Alphaville: une étrange adventure de Lemmy Caution by Chaumaine Production-Film-Studio

The band's visit by July August Productions; Bleiberg Entertainment; Sophie Dulac Productions

Mad Men at CPL

The New York Public Library posted a list last month with many of the books that appear or are mentioned in the acclaimed TV series Mad Men. If you love the show, or are looking for what people may have read in the 1960s, these are the titles from the NYPL list that CPL has:

The best of everything: a novel by Rona Jaffe

The chrysanthemum and the sword: patterns of Japanese culture by Ruth Benedict; with a foreword by Ezra F. Vogel

Exodus by Leon Uris

Got Goosebumps?

Looking for something creepy, ghostly, or haunted to get you in the Halloween mood? While Goosebumps are the usual go to movies for kids looking for a movie of this variety, we have lots of other options here at CPL
  • Grizzly Tales: These are compilations of many short stories cartoons with a slightly creepy bent
  • Ruby Gloom: This new series stars a cheerful girl and her rather gloomy friends
  • Cartoon Network Halloween specials: With so many cartoons to choose from, there's definitely going to be something that appeals to everyone
  • Halloweentown: The premise of this Disney Channel series of movies is that Halloween creatures exist in a alternative universe. The fourth installment stars Lucas Grabeel, in his pre-High School Musical Days.
There are lots more spooky films to check out! Just look up Halloween Juvenile films in our catalog!

Made in Michigan

Last night's premiere of the new ABC drama Detroit 1-8-7 was just the latest sign of the success of the burgeoning film industry in the state of Michigan. Although parts of the pilot episode were filmed in Atlanta, future episodes will be shot entirely on location in the Detroit area. The gritty police drama — which stars Michael Imperioli and James McDaniel — joins the HBO comedy-drama Hung — which although not filmed entirely in the area, is set here — in using the Detroit metropolitan area as a backdrop for interesting storytelling. These two programs join a growing list of films that were shot in Michigan over the last couple of years — several of which have already been released.

Back to School!

Some of your favorite TV characters are heading back to school! We have new school adventures from old favorites Curious George and Elmo. Martha Speaks also make her CPL debut with a back to school offering. Your favorite character not on the list? We have lots of other Back to School videos.

And Don't Call Me Shirley

Looking for a lighthearted comedy movie? If you're browsing our feature film section you don't have to get very far into the 'A's to find Airplane! This absurd classic, a near shot-for-shot parody of the 1957 not-meant-to-be-a-comedy film, Zero Hour!, has the big-punch appeal of hilarious lines along with elaborately-detailed gags.

Check it out today. And if you have the choice of steak or fish, spring for the lasagna.

Happy Birthday, P. D. James

P. D. James celebrated her 90th. birthday on August 3. The author of twenty books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries, Ms. James best known character is Adam Dagliesh, who has over the years risen to the status of Commander in the Metropolitan Police Service at New Scotland Yard. The first novel in the Dagliesh series, Cover Her Face, was published in 1962. Ms. James recently wrote Talking About Detective Fiction a history of the detective novel.
[Photo: © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.]

World War II Documentaries

Assault on Iwo Jima [videodisc]

Bataan rescue [videodisc] by a Green Umbrella film for American experience ; written and produced by David Axelrod ; directed by Peter Jones

The Battle of the Bulge [videodisc]: the deadliest battle of World War II by produced by Thomas Lennon ; written by Thomas Lennon & Mark Zwonitzer

More Mysteries Into Film

Campion [videodisc] : Police at the funeral by a BBC television production in association with Consolidated Productions

Absolute power [videodisc] by Castle Rock Entertainment presents a Malpaso production

The long goodbye [videodisc] by United Artists

Women of Substance

Films celebrating women

Adam's rib [videodisc] by Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Agnes Browne [videorecording] by October Films presents a Hell's Kitchen production ; an Anjelica Huston film

Antonia's line [videodisc] by First Look Pictures ; Bergen ... [et al.] presenteren met steun van het Nederlands Fonds voor de Film ... [et al.] ; een film van Marleen Gorris ; producent, Hans de Weers ; scenario & regie, Marleen Gorris / a film by Marleen Gorris

Mysteries Into Film

In a lonely place [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc

In the heat of the night [videodisc] by United Artists ; The Mirisch Corporation presents the Norman Jewison/Walter Mirisch production

Laura [videodisc] by 20th Century Fox presents

The lady vanishes [videodisc] by a Gainsborough picture

Political Films

Comedy

The American president [videodisc] by Castle Rock Entertainment and Universal Pictures present a Wildwood Enterprises, Inc. production ; executive producers, Charles Newirth, Jeffrey Stott ; directed, produced by Rob Reiner ; written by Aaron Sorkin

Bob Roberts [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures presents with Miramax Films a Polygram/Working Title production in association with Barry Levinson and Mark Johnson and Artisan Entertainment ; a film by Tim Robbins

Bulworth [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents

Flying Down To Rio

The Black Swan [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox

Central Station [videodisc] by Sony Pictures Classics ; an Arthur Cohn production ; a film by Walter Salles

The emerald forest [videodisc] by Embassy Films

Fitzcarraldo [videodisc] by Werner Herzog Filmproduktion

Feature Films About WWII

Band of brothers. Part 1 & 2 [videodisc] by HBO in association with Dreamworks and Playtone

Battleground [videodisc] by Loew's Incorporated

The big red one [videodisc] by Lorimar presents a Samuel Fuller film

The bridge on the River Kwai [videodisc] by Colubmia Pictures

International Documentaries

They all have English subtitles!

Akihabara geeks [videodisc] by NEP for NHK

Amando a Maradona [videodisc] = loving Maradona

Antonio Gaudí [videodisc] by produced by Noriko Nomura ; directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara

Beyond hatred [videodisc] by a film by Olivier AMeyrou