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Solving Murders in Many Languages: TV Mysteries from Around the World

1 May

If you didn’t already know – for all you non frequent readers – I love a good mystery series. I’ve noticed there aren’t quite as many being made in the United States as we had in the past when CSI dominated ratings. So I’ve been delighted to check out all the variety of mysteries from around the world that are available to stream from Hoopla. If you are a Hoboken Resident with a library card click on the links and find your new favorite mystery series.

The Undertaker (Der Bestatter)

Undertaker

all images in this post from hoopladigital.com

The Undertaker is a mystery show from Switzerland that centers around a former detective who left the police force to take over the family’s funeral parlor after his father passed away.  He still has contacts with his old coworkers, but my favorite supporting characters are his cynical mom and Fabio, the gothy misfit he hires after Fabio gave up learning to be a beautician.  There are occasional moments of humor that lighten the darkly serious mood.

Murders at BarLume
BarLume

The older gentlemen who meet up at BarLume can’t keep their noses out of other people’s business.  These quirky characters manage to drag former mathematician and now bar owner Massimo Viviani in on their capers. If you enjoy mysteries, quirky characters, and beautiful Tuscan views, then you will want to check out Murders at BarLume.

Baantjer Mysteries
Baantjer

If your taste runs more towards procedural cop shows, then check out Baantjer Mysteries, a long running Dutch series starring Piet Romer as Jurriaan DeKok who, along with his fellow police detectives, solve crimes in Amsterdam.  The mysteries are based on the novels of A.C. Baantjer.

No Offence
No Offence

This British mystery series pokes fun at some serious issues and its puny title refers to both offence as a crime and the offensiveness of some of the characters.  The first season features a serial killer story line that the mostly female detectives are trying to solve along with other crimes in each episodes.  If you enjoy dark dramedies then No Offence may be your cup of tea.  The series is also available on DVD from Hoboken and other BCCLS libraries.

Also check out my previous posts about the Canadian Murdoch Mysteries and Australian Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and the Russian series The Sniffer.  All three of these series are also available to stream from Hoopla.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

From Colorful Plots to Complicated Endings: The Transformation of Children’s Movies

30 Jan

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When did “kid’s” movies become less about the colorful plot and happy endings and more about teaching life lessons and appealing more to the adults of the family rather than the children? I had recently watched Wreck It Ralph 2 – a bit late – with my family and as soon as the movie ended the first thing my little brother says is, “well that was the weirdest movie I’ve ever seen”.

When did Wreck-It Ralph go from funny anecdotes about sugar and candy to learning how to deal with a long-distance friendship and managing your own insecurities?

If my little was able to notice how far off the mark it was, and he’s 12 years old, then clearly something is amiss.

Revamps and interesting adaptations of fairy tales and children’s stories are surfacing from classics such as the recent French cinematic adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. These movies that once were designed to have hidden meanings that could reach adults but mainly entertain children – such as Inside Out and even Frozen or Moana – have thus become explicitly pushing passed the vale of meaning and seem to have become the forefront of the movie.

Now, I’m not saying I’m against it, but so far even my 12-year-old brother agrees that something is up.  Come in and borrow some movies on DVD and Blu-Ray at the library or stream them on Hoopla and Kanopy and see what you think.  

Written by:
Sherissa Hernandez
Adult Programming Assistant

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