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Blu-ray Review: Superman: The Movie (1978) (4K Ultra HD)
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Superman The Movie (1978) Blu-ray review

Superman: The Movie
4K Ultra HD | Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by Richard Donner
Written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, Robert Benton
Starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Valerie Perrine, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Marc McClure
Warner Brothers
PG | 143 minutes
Release Date: November 5, 2018

This year celebrated the 80th anniversary of the creation of maybe the iconic comic character in American history, Superman. It’s also the 40th anniversary of the seminal film by Richard Donner that for many still holds up as the one true film version of Superman. Played by the late great Christopher Reeve, the film details the demise of alien planet Krypton as Jor-El, Oscar winner Marlon Brando sends his child off to planet Earth. Kal-El (Reeve) grows up to become mild mannered reporter Clark Kent of the Daily Planet, who must balance his time between wooing his colleague Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), and saving the world from the plans of corrupt tycoon Lex Luthor, (Gene Hackman). Now you can take the Man of Steel home with you on a brand new 4k Ultra Blu-Ray combo pack.

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TV Review: Outlander 4.2 “Do No Harm”
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Outlander
Season 4 Episode 2: “Do No Harm”
Directed by Julian Holmes
Written by Karen Campbell
Created by Ronald D. Moore
Based on the books by Diana Gabaldon
Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Ed Speleers, César Domboy, John Bell, Lauren Lyle, Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton, Steven Cree, Laura Donnelly, Keith Fleming, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Colin McFarlane
Starz
Air Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018, 8:00pm

Warning! Spoilers below for Sunday night’s episode of Outlander!

Last week on Outlander, the Frasers decided to settle in America, but it was soured by their encounter with Stephen Bonnet, a man they generously saved from the British hangman’s noose, only to have him rob them of their jewels and of Jamie’s wedding ring from Claire with violence and blood, yet somehow remain charming.

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Audiobook Review: Star Wars: Lando’s Luck
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Star Wars: Lando's Luck by Justina Ireland

Star Wars: Lando’s Luck
Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon Series
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
Written by Justina Ireland
Illustrated by Annie Wu
Audiobook narrated by Soneela Nankani
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Release date: October 2, 2018

Lando Calrissian has always been one of my favorite characters in the Star Wars universe. He’s a gambler, a swindler, a pilot, a warrior, a general, and he’s probably the only person that can make Han Solo blush. From that first moment on Bespin in The Empire Strikes Back when Billy Dee Williams faced off with Harrison Ford, that was it for me. And I have not been disappointed with his portrayals in any subsequent movie or book… and, yes, Donald Glover nailed it.

So, given the opportunity to review Star Wars: Lando’s Luck, a book dedicated to Lando, I jumped at the chance.

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The Doctor Who TARDISblend 118: The Tsuranga Conundrum
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The Doctor Who TARDISblend

After an accident on a junk planet, the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) finds herself and her companions aboard a hospital ship. While in transit, the craft is invaded by a tiny alien – a creature that becomes a new unexpected threat to the ship and the patients aboard.

During TARDISblend 118, we look into the curiosity of the pregnant man played by Jack Shalloo in the latest episode of Doctor Who, titled “The Tsuranga Conundrum,” discuss the new monster named the P’Ting, and talk about some new ideas on the TARDIS this season. All this and more below on the latest TARDISblend!

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Blu-ray Review: Maximum Overdrive (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
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Maximum Overdrive review

Maximum Overdrive
Vestron Video Collector’s Series
Blu-ray
Written and directed by Stephen King
Starring Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Yeardley Smith, John Short
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 23, 2018

Maximum Overdrive marked the directorial debut of the most successful horror author of all time, Stephen King. The film and King’s direction were widely panned to the tune of 24% on Metacritic and a measly 17% on Rotten Tomatoes. Time has been kind however, as the film built a cult following over the years and now there’s a brand new collector’s edition Blu-ray out by Vestron Video.

Based on King’s short story “Trucks,” Maximum Overdrive is about a rag tag group of survivors battling sentient machines sprung to life due to a mysterious comet. While no one will confuse this with an Oscar-winning classic, or even a top King adaptation, there is a certain charm about this weird movie.

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Blu-ray Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2 Extended Editions
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2 Blu-ray review

Breaking Dawn Part 1 & 2
Blu-ray
Directed by Bill Condon
Written by Melissa Rosenberg
Based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Gil Birmingham, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Sarah Clarke, Booboo Stewart, Alex Rice, Kiowa Gordon, Tyson Houseman, Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Julia Jones, Alex Meraz, Justin Chon, Michael Welch, Anna Kendrick, Christian Serratos, Maggie Grace, Mackenzie Foy
Lionsgate Films / Summit Entertainment
Rated PG-13
117 minutes
Release Date: October 23, 2018

Breaking Dawn was the final book in the Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga series, and it was so full, it had to be broken into 2 movies. Parts 1 and 2 revolve around the marriage, pregnancy, birth, and childhood of Edward and Bella’s (Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart) little family, which now include Reneesmee and Jacob (Mackenzie Foy,Taylor Lautner).

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Book Club Review: The Handmaid’s Tale By Margaret Atwood
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The Handmaid's Tale review

The Handmaid’s Tale
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Anchor Books | Penguin Random House
Release Date: December 31, 2013

Offred is a Handmaid, whose only purpose is to live a simple holy life in the household, and procreate with the Commander and his wife. In this new dystopian society that had overthrown the government, women have no rights and men have few as well. Well, men had more than most, but really only the rich ones. Offred is allowed to shop, but may only exchange minimal words with her shop partner. She was trained for this. The only place Offred can be herself is in her mind and her memories and even she second guesses herself doing that. When the Commander starts breaking the rules, Offred begins to remember what “before” was like, and the power of women.

Check out what my book club thought about The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

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Blu-ray Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Extended Edition
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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Blu-ray review

Eclipse
Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by David Slade
Written by Melissa Rosenberg
Based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Gil Birmingham, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Xavier Samuel, Sarah Clarke, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kiowa Gordon, Tyson Houseman, Tinsel Korey, Bronson Pelletier, Julia Jones, Justin Chon, Michael Welch, Anna Kendrick, Christian Serratos
Lionsgate Films / Summit Entertainment
Rated PG-13
130 minutes
Release Date: October 23, 2018

Eclipse, the third film in The Twilight Saga franchise, starts off in dark and rainy Seattle, where a young college student from Forks, Riley Biers (Xavier Samuel), is being chased and hunted by something. Turns out, it is Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard), who turns him so he can build her a vampire army. She still wants revenge on Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) for killing her boyfriend James in the first movie, by killing his love Bella (Kristen Stewart).

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TV Review: Outlander 4.1 “America The Beautiful”
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Outlander
Season 4 Episode 1: “America the Beautiful”
Directed by Julian Holmes
Written by Toni Graphia
Created by Ronald D. Moore
Based on the books by Diana Gabaldon
Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Ed Speleers, César Domboy, John Bell, Lauren Lyle, Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton, John Bell, Steven Cree, Laura Donnelly, Keith Fleming
Starz
Air Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018, 8:00pm

Warning! Spoilers below for Sunday night’s episode of Outlander!

During the season 3 finale of Outlander, Claire and Geilis (Caitriona Balfe, Lotte Verbeek) had a showdown, as she and Jamie (Sam Heughan) raced to save young Ian from her clutches. Claire dispatched Geilis (we think) and they jumped back on the ship and right into a storm. They all nearly drowned, but Jamie saved his beloved and they washed up on America’s shore, quite conveniently. Look out colonial Americal!

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Movie Review: The Nutcracker and The Four Realms
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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Director: Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston
Writers: Ashleigh Powell, Tom McCarthy
Cast: Mackenzie Foy, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Keira Knightley, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG | 99 Minutes
Release Date: November 2, 2018

The story of the Nutcracker may be a celebrated piece of a holiday tradition, but it is one that remains unknown to me. I only know it from the Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers,” the ballerina dancing, nutcracker soldiers, and a mouse king. However, plot-wise and its storied history is something that I am very unfamiliar with. So rather than have a very conventional adaptation of the short story and dance production, Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston took a very different approach to The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Disney’s take on the classic Christmas story.

They managed to modernize the classic Christmas story by embedding female empowerment and diversity into the story. While changing things to be more of a reflection of the current times isn’t anything new nowadays, we have to consider the storied history behind something like The Nutcracker, where there weren’t ballerina sequences or roles for ballerina dancers like Misty Copeland. Now we can see a film with a more diverse cast that will hopefully pave the way for more stories to be told like this. Check out my full review below.

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