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Movie Review: Midsommar
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Midsommar

Midsommar
Director: Ari Aster
Writer: Ari Aster
Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Archie Madekwe, Ellora Torchia, Will Poulter
Distributor: A24
Rated R | Minutes: 147
Release Date: July 3, 2019

Hereditary writer and director Ari Aster‘s Midsommar reminds us that, even though his films are redefining the genre, they aren’t for everybody. For his sophomore effort, he creates a world that on the surface looks bright and colorful, but deep down, hides something that is bizarre, strange, and visceral.

It is certainly a stark contrast to what he offered in his directorial debut in terms of vision and tone, but one that can be imbalanced because of its use of black comedy and an uneven narrative. Still, it is one trip that isn’t conventional and scares audiences to their core with the use of shocking imagery and terrific pacing. Check out my review below.

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Movie Review: Yesterday
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Yesterday

Yesterday
Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Richard Curtis
Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Rated PG-13 | Minutes: 157
Release Date: June 28, 2019

A world where The Beatles do not exist would be a strange one. But it is one small part of the entire premise of the fantastical romantic comedy Yesterday. Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis, the film explores such a world where only one man remembers the music of The Beatles, and how his life will dramatically change. But underneath such a simple premise lies a sweet love story and a quandary of what would happen if you had all that knowledge yet you knew that it wasn’t truly your work.

Though it may be narratively flawed by not fully exploring an interesting concept and plays it safe at times with the rom-com aspects, Yesterday relies on the direction of Boyle and Curtis’s script – though their voices may inadvertently clash at times – along with Lily James‘ cheery performance to carry the film all the way to end. My full review below.

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Blu-ray Review: Night Of The Creeps (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Night of the Creeps (Collector's Edition)

Night of the Creeps
Blu-Ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Fred Dekker
Screenwriter: Fred Dekker
Cast: Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, Tom Atkins
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 88 / 90 Minutes
Release Date: June 25, 2019

“Zombies, exploding heads, creepy-crawlies… and a date for the formal. This is classic, Spanky.”

Written and directed by Fred Dekker (of The Monster Squad and RoboCop 3), Night of the Creeps is a fun, throwback horror comedy that pays homage to ’50s B-movies like The Blob and Plan 9 from Outer Space.

The 1986 film is the latest cult classic to receive a definitive collector’s edition Blu-ray release from Scream Factory, including both the theatrical and director’s cut versions of the movie and a plethora of new bonus features.

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Book Review: Empire Of Grass (The Last King Of Osten Ard Book 2) By Tad Williams
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Empire Of Grass
The Last King Of Osten Ard Book 2
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Tad Williams
Publisher: DAW
Release Date: May 7, 2019

I sat here for several minutes trying to figure out how to start this review. In fact, I am still trying to decide if I liked Empire Of Grass, the latest release from Tad Williams. Not that I hated it, I just did not connect well with it. I have always been hot or cold when it comes to Williams, through no fault of his own. In fact, I have had several conversations over the decades about how I must be crazy to not love everything he has written. This held especially true when I managed a Waldenbooks all those years ago. But, on with the show!

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Apparel Video Review: ‘Avengers Endgame’ Quantum Realm Hoodie
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Avengers Endgame Quantum Hoodie Review Geeks of Doom Pfeff-Bot

Do you wish you could go to the quantum realm? I have good news and bad news for you. The bad news is: time travel may or may not be possible (I’m still hoping it is). The good news is: while that is yet to be determined, you can at least look the part with the Avengers: Endgame Quantum Realm Hoodie from Black-LeatherJacket.com.

I’ve included a video review here below for a better look at the hoodie and it includes some minor Avengers: Endgame spoilers and even some NEW INFORMATION that may surprise and even shock you! Watch at your own discretion below!

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Movie Review: Child’s Play (2019)
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Child's Play Reboot

Child’s Play (2019)
Directed by Lars Klevberg
Written by Tyler Burton Smith
Starring Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, Mark Hamill
Orion Pictures
Rated R | 90 minutes
Release date: June 21, 2019

The 1988 Tom Holland/Don Mancini Child’s Play took a ridiculous premise and elevated it to classic horror status thanks to a great cast, tremendous practical effects, and Brad Dourif’s iconic voice acting as Chucky. While that franchise continues to find new life on Blu-ray and TV, director Lars Klevberg and Orion rebooted the killer doll franchise with a movie that many hate and rip on general principle. Yet it’s perhaps thanks to having zero expectations that the updated Child’s Play is really freaking entertaining.

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Book Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Acquisitions Incorporated
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Dungeons & Dragons: Acquisitions Incorporated
Hardcover
D&D Accessory
Wizards Of The Coast with Penny Arcade
Release Date: June 18, 2019

“Well met, fellow adventurer!” says the odd-looking little human in front of you. “Are you tired of always risking life and limb in dark, dank dungeons with little return? Do you spend countless hours at the local tavern waiting for quests to turn up? Or perhaps you have been swindled by stingy town folk after purging their hamlet of its evil denizens? Well, my friends, you are in luck! Acquisitions Incorporated is a playbook for those adventurers who want to not only make their lives better financially, but also improve their home/work balance. Sound great? Well then, just keep listening, for it gets even better!

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4K Review: Captain Marvel
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Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson

Captain Marvel
4K Ultra HD | Blu-ray | DVD | Digital
Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Writers: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Jac Schaeffer
Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, Jude Law
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG-13 | 124 Minutes
Release Date: June 11, 2019

Fans of Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel will be excited to know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first female standalone film is now available on 4K, Blu-ray, and Digital. Though it may not leave as much of an impression on fans as an Avengers ensemble film, as a standalone it is able to leave a lasting impact because of its themes and added layers, which makes it better than any traditional action flick.

Filled with some insightful and powerful thematic bonus features, Captain Marvel will surely be a great addition to the collection of any fan of Marvel Studios or superhero films in general. Check out the review below.

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Blu-ray Review: Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 1
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Blu-ray Review: Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 1 (The Raven)

Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 1
Blu-ray
Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Lew Landers, Lambert Hillyer
Writers: Peter Ruric, David Boehm, John Colton
Cast: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop, Irene Ware, Samuel S. Hinds, Walter Kingsford, Frances Drake
Distributor: Scream Factory
Not Rated
Runtimes: 66 / 61 / 79 / 70 Minutes
Release Date: June 18, 2019

Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi created some of the most iconic characters in cinematic history. Their unforgettable performances as Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster terrified a generation of moviegoers. Now, Scream Factory pays tribute to these legendary actors with Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 1.

In this 4-disc set, you’ll find The Black Cat (1934), The Raven (1935), The Invisible Ray (1936), and Black Friday (1940). On Blu-ray for the first time, these films are presented in high-definition with a brand new 2K scan from the original film elements and the collection comes loaded with new audio commentaries and featurettes.

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Book Review: The Hungry Ghost By Dalena Storm
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The Hungry Ghost by Dalena Storm

The Hungry Ghost
Paperback| Kindle
By Dalena Storm
Publisher: Black Spot Books
Release date: June 11, 2019

Samantha, “Sam” to her friends, is at a crossroads in her life. Having recently divorced her husband Peter, she’s trying to find who she is as a 30-something college writing instructor in the Boston area. Her brother is happily married with two children and the only inkling of romance going for Sam is Madeleine, a six-years-younger former student who has taken a shine to her for reasons Sam cannot fathom.

But none of these questions will matter soon when Sam winds up in a coma after a vicious car accident leaves her clinging to life.

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