Author: EthanS

My Take: Ready Player One Movie Review

Posted in Reel Chat on 05 Apr by EthanS


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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