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Author: EthanS

The Art of Adaptation

Posted in Bookie Blog, Reel Chat on 15 Aug by EthanS


What does it take for a movie to be considered a good adaptation?  Is it how faithfully it follows its source material? Is how close it can keep the initial vision of its creator intact while keeping the story both new and exciting? Or can it be something completely different? Can it in a way be a bridge for a new generation of artists to have the room and freedom to express themselves and update the story for a new audience? Let’s examine the art of adaptation through the lens of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Jeff Goldblum: A Love Story

Posted in Reel Chat on 28 Jul by EthanS


The man, the myth, the legend, beloved the world over. Just like King Midas, everything he touches turns to gold. Trying to explain why the world loves him is harder than trying to explain the vast and complex concept of the universe itself. He is so odd and fascinating. No matter what he does, it somehow seems to be so effortless and tranquil. Maybe being a jazz pianist and an accomplished actor has something to do with Jeff Goldblum’s endless likability.

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How to Rock a Road Trip Playlist

Posted in Musical Notes on 17 Jul by EthanS


Summer is reaching its end and the thought of school lingering over like a big, gross cloud of adulthood is just… too much to think about right now. We all need a last minute impromptu escape from the mundane. What better way to get away than a road trip! Nothing beats having the windows down feeling the fresh air and bearing witness to all of Arizona’s grand beauty. It doesn’t matter if you’re heading North, South, East, or West. I’m sure no matter where you go in this beautiful state of ours, you are sure to have an adventure. Nothing beats taking a day trip. Every grand adventure needs the right soundtrack to accompany it.

Route 66 painted on street

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Three Identical Strangers

Posted in Reel Chat on 03 Jul by EthanS


What makes a movie a must see? Is it the genre, the actors, or the talent behind the screen? For me, it all comes down to a fascinating story. Right from the get-go, a superb movie can make you see and feel things from so many different points of view. Movies have the power to share life experiences, dreams and aspirations and so much more. Pair that with an exceptional trailer that will pique anyone’s curiosity and you have the ability to showcase something truly special.  The new documentary Three Identical Strangers is definitely something special.

Movie Review: Incredibles 2

Posted in Reel Chat on 18 Jun by EthanS


The wait is finally over. After 14 years of anticipation, Incredibles 2 has a lot to live up to. Incredibles 2 finds itself in a tough position. On one hand, in the era of superhero movies, things have become somewhat formulaic. On the other, with such a large time gap between movies, living up to audiences hype is a daunting task. Incredibles 2 handles both of these issues with utmost ease. Let’s dive in (***spoilers ahead***)!

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Sci-Fi Shows You Need to Binge Watch

Posted in Reel Chat, Uncategorized on 27 May by EthanS


Nothing beats that feeling you get when you finally find a good show to watch. What’s even better is finding a show so good you can’t stop watching. I’m talking about the stay-up-til-3:00-AM-again-even-though-you-promised-yourself-you-wouldn’t kind of shows. Once you’re hooked, it’s hard to stop! Trust me, I know. Shows have come a long way in terms of depth and storytelling, and if you’re like me you have an affinity for sci-fi shows, here is a list of some of the best “on-air” sci-fi shows you can (and should) binge!

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Comics to Read Before Deadpool 2

Posted in Bookie Blog on 08 May by EthanS


If you haven’t seen someone cosplay as him or a trailer or, hell, pretty much anything else you can put a character on, you may want to check your surroundings. You either live under a rock or lead a miserable, cold, dark shell of an existence that is Deadpool-less. Seriously, he deserves your attention, maybe now more than ever. Deadpool 2 is already on its way to a theater near you, but before you grab your refillable popcorn bucket and head off, you should consider reading these comics to prepare yourself for all the awesome to come.

Deadpool 2 Movie PosterDeadpool 2, Marvel/20th Century Fox

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Weird Facts About Superman for His 80th Anniversary

Posted in Bookie Blog on 23 Apr by EthanS


The man of steel just turned 80 on April 18th and he still looks like a spring chicken. I don’t know what his secret is but clearly, he is doing something right. The man looks like he’s still in his 30’s! With 80 years under his belt, he’s had some pretty amazing adventures and story arcs. I know everyone likes to focus on the awesome moments. But with 80 years also comes some questionable moments and powers. Oh, the strange powers that have come up over the years… My point is that Superman is super weird. Here are some weird facts about everyone’s favorite last son of Krypton.

Superman panel in a DC Comics comic book

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My Take: Ready Player One Movie Review

Posted in Reel Chat on 05 Apr by EthanS


*SPOILERS AHEAD*

Taking place half in Columbus, Ohio and half in a virtual playground known as the Oasis, Ready Player One follows the story of Wade Watts, a young “gunter” amongst millions all vying for the same prize.  Wade and all the others are searching for an Easter egg hidden by the Oasis’ creator, James Halliday, located somewhere in the vastness of the Oasis. Whoever finds it and beats the challenges needed to earn the three keys that lead to the egg will be granted control of the Oasis Halliday’s fortune. It makes for an interesting premise, no?

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Planet of the Apes 50th Anniversary Facts

Posted in Reel Chat on 27 Mar by EthanS


On March 27th, 1968, Planet of the Apes hit cinemas in Los Angeles, California. It quickly grew to be one of the largest films of the year and one of the biggest movie franchises in history. But did you know the movie had its share of hurdles and issues? One being that producer Arthur Jacobs was laughed out of almost every studio in Hollywood. Then, he got to 20th Century-Fox. They embraced his idea of a movie which reversed the roles of humans and apes. What about this one – did you know that the film was mostly shot in Arizona during the summer? To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Planet of the Apes, let’s have fun with some more interesting facts about one of my favorite movies! 

Planet of the Apes movie poster from 1968

Planet of the Apes, 20th Century-Fox

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Upgrade Your Game Night with These Tabletop Gems

Posted in Games, Play: A Gamer's Blog, Uncategorized on 12 Mar by EthanS


We’ve all played board games before, and yeah, Monopoly is good I guess. Sure, Scrabble is great if you’re my grandma. If you’re bored just reading that, it’s time for a board game revolution in your home! Let Bookmans shed the skin of boring board games and boring game nights past and shout to the world board games are awesome!

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A Gamer’s Field Guide to Couch Co-Op

Posted in Games, Play: A Gamer's Blog, Uncategorized on 27 Feb by EthanS


Don’t go in alone! Always have a buddy who’s got your back!

If you spend a lot of your free time gaming, you’re a lot like me. I mean, how can you not – they’re awesome! My wife and I are always on the hunt for our next great gaming adventure. For us, that next great hidden gem of a co-op experience is harder than trying to find Will in Stranger Things. It’s frustrating that a key feature that shaped many childhoods, mine included, is being forgotten. I miss the good old days where all you needed was a few good snacks, a great game, and a second controller. Here’s a walk down memory lane with my list of awesome co-op games you need to play with a buddy.

Couple playing video games together on a couch

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Everyone Loves Dungeons & Dragons

Posted in Games, In Our Stores, Play: A Gamer's Blog, Uncategorized on 07 Feb by EthanS


Dungeons & Dragons isn’t geek culture, it’s pop culture. For the uninitiated, Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game. Of course, for those who play, it’s so much more than that. At its core, D&D is about storytelling; it’s about you and your friends telling a story together. This includes guiding your heroes through quests for treasure, battles with deadly foes, daring rescues, courtly intrigue, and much more. Each player creates a character with different attributes and abilities that they can level up through playing multiple sessions, otherwise known as the campaign.

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Studio Ponoc’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Posted in Reel Chat on 23 Jan by EthanS


In 2014, fans of Japanese animation shed a collective tear when Studio Ghibli announced it would no longer produce films. Led by Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary film studio which produced iconic movies like My Neighbor TotoroSpirited Away, and Kiki’s Delivery Service officially entered a new phase when Miyazaki announced his retirement and surprised the world. Today, we’re looking at the next phase of heartwarming animation from Japan, Mary and the Witch’s Flower.
Mary and the Witch's Flower movie poster

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