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Disney In Depth: The Legacy Collection: Mary Poppins CD Review
Brett Nachman   |  

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Walt Disney Records’ Legacy Collection’s excellent streak of soundtracks continues with its August 2014 release that commemorated the 50th anniversary of Mary Poppins, considered by many critics as one of Walt Disney’s greatest achievements. Its Oscar-winning song, “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” and the other cheerful tunes and score are as ingrained in our minds as Julie Andrews‘ and Dick Van Dyke‘s unforgettable performances.

This new CD set remarkably integrates nearly every musical element of the film possible across three packed discs. The Legacy Collection: Mary Poppins is even sweeter than a spoonful of sugar.

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Book Review: Joss Whedon: The Biography
Olympus Athens   |  

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Joss Whedon: The Biography
Hardcover l Kindle Edition
Written by Amy Pascale
Forward by Nathan Fillion
Chicago Review Press
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Cover Price: $29.95

Whedonites out in the Whedonverse! Add to your “All things Joss Whedon” collection and purchase Joss Whedon: The Biography by Amy Pascale today!

Now that that’s out of the way…

The basic timeline has been written and spoken about a multitude of times: Rosanne–>Parenthood–>Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie–>Toy-Story–>Alien: Resurrection–>Buffy/Angel/Firefly–>Serenity–>Dr. Horrible–>Dollhouse–>Cabin in the Woods–>Avengers–>Much Ado About Nothing–>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Avengers: Age of Ultron coming up (forgive me if I left one or two out), but rare is the chance to find out from the perspective of Joss Whedon himself…the stuff that didn’t make it, changes and compromises he had to make, changes he refused to make, the insecurities, the disappointments, the thrills, and the joy. This biography from fan Amy Pascale goes so in-depth, Joss could have written it himself (it probably would have been a little more self-deprecating though). I’m a fast reader. I change books like I change clothes. But this book? I took my time. I savored every word and every moment, like a last meal. I read it the way I read a favorite book for the fourth time or watch a favorite movie for the seventh, knowing already what has happened, but now enjoying the subtleties, or the ability to be surprised at something familiar.

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DVD Review: Raging Boll
BAADASSSSS!   |  

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Raging Boll
DVD
Directed by Dan Lee West
Starring Uwe Boll
Olive Films
Release Date: October 21, 2014

On September 23, 2006 four online film writers were selected from an extensive pool of challengers to go head-to-head with controversial German director Uwe Boll in one round of boxing at the Plaza of Nations entertainment complex located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The event had all of the marks of being a public relations stunt of the lowest stunt, but it held a morbid curiosity value for longtime detractors of Boll and anyone who ever wanted to see a filmmaker actually take on some of their most vocal critics with punches rather than words.

The four critics selected were Rue Morgue writer and current Fangoria editor Chris Alexander, Ain’t It Cool News writer Jeff Sneider, amateur boxer and Internet critic Nelson Chance Minter, and Something Awful webmaster and CEO Rich Kyanka.

The event was heavily hyped and dubbed Raging Boll by promoters. That’s also the name given to this 2010 documentary directed by Dan Lee West, who worked in various capacities on a few of Boll’s earlier films prior to becoming a filmmaker, which is just now receiving its first American DVD release courtesy of Olive Films.

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Blu-ray Review: The Squad
Adam Frazier   |  

The Squad Blu-ray Review by Adam Frazier

The Squad
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Director: Jaime Osorio Marquez
Screenwriter: Jaime Osorio Marquez, Tania Cardenas
Cast: Juan David Restrepo, Andrés Castañeda, Mauricio Navas, Mateo Stevel, Daniela Catz, Nelson Camayo, Andres Torres, Juan Pablo Barragan
Scream Factory
Rated R | 100 Minutes
Release Date: October 21, 2014

“Something is out there.”

Directed by Jaime Osorio Marquez, The Squad (El Páramo) is a 2011 survival horror film about an anti-guerrilla commando unit sent to investigate an abandoned military outpost.

All contact with the base has been lost. Almost immediately, Marquez’s film feels like low-budget Colombian adaptation of James Cameron’s Aliens. In this case, the colony on LV-426 is a desolate military base located high in the mountains, shrouded in fog.

When the nine-man squad reaches the outpost, they discover the bloody aftermath of a firefight between government soldiers and rebel guerrillas. And then things start to get weird. The men discover ornaments made of tiny bones hanging from the ceiling and incantations written in blood that translate to, “I command you to stay away by the god of men. Amen.

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Comic Review: Howard Lovecraft and The Three Kingdoms
Waerloga69   |  

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Howard Lovecraft and the Three Kingdoms
Series Created by Bruce Brown
Written by Bruce Brown and Dwight L. MacPherson
Art by Renzo Podesta and Thomas Boatwright
Letters by E.T. Dollman
Cover by Rob Corless
Arcana Studios
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Cover Price: $29.95

How often do you see an H.P. Lovecraft or Cthulhu comic that’s made for all ages? Not too often, that’s for sure! But that’s exactly what Howard Lovecraft and the Three Kingdoms delivers to the reader. It’s a trio of tales that brings the darkness to children and adults alike! Do I have your attention now? Read on to find out more!

As I said above, there are three different stories within this graphic novel, all humorous and highly entertaining. The primary character is a young Howard Lovecraft (you probably deduced that from the title) and, as many are, he is a curious, adventurous boy. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the most stable home life since his father was sent to an asylum. But it is because of that fact that he is exposed to the dark forces that permeate these tales.

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