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By Nancy

Holiday DVDs are flying off our shelves at all of our library locations.  This holiday season is our first since we started offering streaming movies via Hoopla.  So in case you can’t make it in to the library because of your busy holiday schedule or just want to stay in out of the cold, don’t forget that ACPL resident library cardholders can borrow up to six movies each month via the library’s free streaming move service, Hoopla.  You can borrow each title for 72 hours.  Those under 18 may borrow those movies rated G through PG-13.

holidayhooplamoviesSo scope out the selections (consider scrolling through the lists of “Festive Family Flicks” and “Holidays with Heart”) and plan your six checkouts for November and six checkouts for December.    You can do all of your searching now, adding titles to your Favorites so you don’t have to remember which titles you wanted to view at a later date.  Once you’ve added the titles as Favorites, when you are ready to watch a movie, just Sign In, go to My Titles and then Favorites to pull up the list of movies you added to your Favorites list.  Click on the cover for the detailed information and then click borrow to start your 72-hour loan period.

If you need any assistance using Hoopla, please call us at 421-1210.  Hoopla requires you to sign up or register for an account using your email address, a password you create for Hoopla, and your library card number.  Once you have created your Hoopla account, you will Sign In with your email address and the password you created.

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Hoopla movies brand new

By Nancy

Here are new Hoopla movie titles available online through the library that also happen to be new DVD titles:

Palo Alto  (DVD ordered, but not yet arrived)
Swelter  (DVD)
Heatstroke  (DVD)
Fading Gigolo (Here (possibly best for computers) or Here (possibly best for mobile devices) (DVD)
Cinemanovels  (DVD)
Ping Pong Summer (DVD)
Rob the Mob  (DVD)

It used to be I didn’t expect to find new movie releases on Hoopla.  But I’ve noticed there are more and more new (2014) entertainment titles available.  After putting together the library’s NEW DVDs newsletter, I decided to check out what was new on Hoopla and was surprised to find four titles that were on the most recent new DVDs list were also available on Hoopla.  And even one title that has been ordered on DVD for the collection but hasn’t come in yet was on there!  So if you haven’t looked at Hoopla lately, check it out.  You might be surprised at all of the content that has been added.

The library allows resident ACPL library cardholders (card numbers beginning 21833) to borrow six Hoopla titles per month.  This includes movies and TV show episodes.  Questions?  Email us at ask@acpl.info or call us at 421-1210.

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What’s all the Hoopla?

If you’ve been at ACPL lately, you may have heard about a new digital streaming service we are partnering with called Hoopla.  Click here for information on how to set up and access your account.  In addition to the many great films and television shows in our physical collection, Hoopla gives us a digital library of shows that can be checked out and streamed online or on portable devices. They are always accessible regardless of how many other patrons currently have the item checked out.  Everyone is allowed six checkouts per months from this service, which raises the question: What should I watch?  Hoopla helpfully lists the Rotten Tomatoes consensus on every film’s page, but here are a few interesting films that are always available, right now.

The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

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This film’s cover might lead you to expect a torrid, but classy British romance, but it is more “The Awakening” than Pride and Prejudice.  The Deep Blue Sea follows the story of Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz), the wife of a respected judge who has left her husband in order to have an affair with a younger Royal Air Force pilot (the sinisterly charming and equally terrifying Tom Hiddleston, Thor’s Loki).  Her story is not a happy one; caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, Hester must choose between a man who offers her stability but with whom she has known no passion, and an ardent young man whose fleeting heart still lies in his glory days of World War II.

What to expect: dreary London streets, heart-wrenching sobbing, little glimmers of hope.

Logan’s Run (1976)

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Science fiction is a genre that doesn’t age particularly well, but I have a soft-spot for visions of the future that seem cheesy in retrospect, so long as there are some interesting ideas on the table as well.  Logan’s Run posits a dystopia with several horrifying aspects.  Population control has allowed for people to only live to 30, whereupon they must submit themselves to “the carousel” for rebirth or termination.  Those who try to escape the perfect. domed city are deemed “runners” and are chased down and executed by “sandmen” who seem to relish their duty upholding the order.  If the costumes are anything to go by, ice dancing has come back in a big way.  As I said, these are terrifying implications for the future.  In the current climate of popular fiction where dystopian world’s are in vogue, it’s fun to look back and see how it was done 40 years ago.

What to expect: futuristic jargon, a Washington DC partially reclaimed by nature, a robot that makes the Daleks seem graceful

Parkland (2013)

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It is no coincidence that last year, the 50th anniversary of the tragic assassination of JFK, we got a film like Parkland.  This movie tries to give its audience a new perspective on the minor, but integral figures who were involved with the events on that fateful day.  This includes the trauma surgeons at Parkland hospital (led by High School Musical‘s Zac Efron in yet another attempt to solidify his status as a teenage heartthrob turned dramatic actor), the shooter of the still-chilling film of the motorcade, Abraham Zapruder (Paul Giamatti), and the Oswald family, including Lee’s eccentric mother, who’s part southern belle and part histrionic conspiracy theorist, and his brother, who’s struggling to keep the family together despite being the only normal one in the bunch.  This film gives a very cursory but dynamic glance at the events surrounding the shooting, and the near voyeuristic camera work helps you feel as if you are in the room.  It doesn’t quite reach the level of new insight, but it is worth a watch, especially for those who love American history.

What to expect: lots of silhouettes in 10-gallon hats, grief-stricken faces, a “where they are now?” montage before the credits with photos of the real people portrayed in the film.

World’s Greatest Dad (2009)

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Don’t get me wrong, dear readers, Robin Williams is a funny guy.  That said, I feel like most off his recent career can be summed up with this bit of horrifying CGI from Old Dogs: trying a bit too hard to coax a laugh out of the audience to the point where it becomes off-putting rather than endearing.  Enter World’s Greatest Dad, a black comedy written and directed by Bob Goldthwait of Police Academy fame.  Like his excellent 2011 film, God Bless America, this is a dour, sardonic look at an aspect of modern American life through a uniquely pessimistic lens.  Williams plays Lance Clayton, a failed writer and high school teacher trying to raise his son Kyle and eke a little joy out of his largely unfulfilling life.  Kyle is a vile, vulgar teenager, a distillation of every negative aspect of the hypersexual American teenage mindset.  If you can go a bit darker, the movie foists upon its protagonist his son’s accidental suicide, what we’ll call here a “choking accident” for the sake of decency.  Goldthwait pulls no punches in his acerbic portrayal of the way that people capitalize on tragedy, but he also manages to show a deeply human story where Williams discovers the value of being accountable to oneself rather than well-liked by others.  You might hate it, but if you’re not easily offended, give it a watch.

What to expect: one of the most unlikeable teenagers since King Joffrey, feelings of discomfort, hard truths about the human condition.

Boy (2010)

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Boy is story of Alamein (but he prefers “Boy”), an 11-year-old kid living on the Bay of Plenty, a fertile region of New Zealand dotted with small Maori villages.  As the film begins, his grandmother has left town to attend a funeral, and it is up to Boy to watch his younger brother Rocky and several cousins in her absence.  His mother is deceased and his father is in jail, but those harsh facts don’t stop Boy from being imaginative and spirited.  Most of his thoughts revolve around girls in his class, Michael Jackson’s Thriller (it’s 1984), and elaborate fantasies of what his father is actually doing rather than serving jail time.  All of this is upset when the absentee dad returns home with a couple of his goons in tow.  He feigns interest in reconnecting with his two sons, but he’s far more interested in any enterprise that will get him a bit of cash.  The father, also Alamein, is played by writer/director Taika Waititi, and is perfectly characterized as someone who children see as impossibly cool and every adult immediately recognizes as sketchy.  This film shows Boy’s compelling struggle for identity with a uniquely New Zealand flavor, and has a good amount of offbeat humor that is well-earned.

What to expect: charming accents that may cause you to use subtitles, great acting by a goat, a full cast rendition of the “Thriller” dance after the credits.

This only scratches the surface of what Hoopla has to offer, and like Netflix, there is a “recently added” list that allows for easy browsing of the most recent additions to the catalog.  Found a hidden gem on Hoopla that you’d like to share with everyone?  Let us know in the comments below!

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Ken Burns ready for you on hoopla

Jazz by Ken BurnsWintertime is a good time to catch up on documentary-watching, and the ACPL has just made it easier for its patrons to access videos like these for free.  The new media service is called hoopla, and you just need a library card to get started.

If you enjoy watching documentaries, you will be pleased to learn that the hoopla media library currently includes 17 titles by the acclaimed PBS documentarian Ken Burns. Ken Burns has been making films for more than 30 years about topics ranging from baseball to the great wars.  Two of my favorites are pictured here: Jazz and The National Parks, both available today to download or stream on digital devices.

There are also featurThe National Parks by Ken Burnse films and television shows available in the hoopla catalog.  Library card holders may borrow up to six digital titles per month with hoopla.  These online checkouts will not count toward physical DVD or Blu-Ray checkout limits.  Happy watching (and learning).

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