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Freebie Friday | The Trip to Spain

Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Reel Chat on 25 Aug by


**CONTEST CLOSED**August is Movie Madness month here at Bookmans and we can’t get enough of the silver screen. Reveling in cinematic joy is one of our favorite pastimes, so it makes sense that we would want to share that filmtastic happiness with the community. It just so happens that we came across a pair of Harkins movie tickets and we can’t wait to give them away. Harkins Theaters is one of the coolest local businesses in Arizona, holding down the film screening game since 1933. Don’t miss this chance to partake in Movie Madness! On this Freebie Friday, we give away two run-of-engagement passes to see IFC Films’ The Trip to Spain which opens today, Aug. 25 at Harkins Theatres Shea 14!


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Get Crafty | World’s Easiest Art Project

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 24 Aug by


Hey parents, teachers, big sisters and brothers and anyone else who works with children! We know summer is soon coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean that we have to give up artistic activities. Even if you are just about out of ideas for interactive and educational fun, we can help. Today, we are unveiling the easiest kids craft EVER. This activity takes very little prep, is virtually free, and allows your charges to use their imaginations in order to make whatever they want. What are we talking about? A Landscape Collage craft. We would bet a nickel that if you have kids around, you will have everything you need to do this craft. Part of the fun of this craft is collecting the supplies. Your tiny talents will be imagining their very own landscape and filling it with whatever treasures they can find. Collecting the materials can be like a treasure hunt, you can send them through the house, yard, garage or spare room to find their supplies. You can expand on this part of the activity if you like by providing them with a prize when they are done. So let’s get started!

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Bookmans Attends EEF’s 6th Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee

Posted in Community Events on 23 Aug by


Join Bookmans at the 6th annual Celebrity Spelling Bee this Friday 8/25 at 7pm at The Rialto Theatre brought to you by the Educational Enrichment Foundation. This year EEF goes even bigger as this beloved Tucson tradition is set to premier at The Rialto Theatre in downtown Tucson. Tucson celeb Adam Rex and State Senator Steve Farley will be among the spellers competing for the top prize.

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Movie Madness | Five Fave Horror Films

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 22 Aug by


The horror genre, both in film and print, is the most difficult to do well. When was the last time you saw or read something truly original and truly scary? August is Movie Madness month here at Bookmans, so let’s take a look at what I feel is the best of the best in the horror film genre. As a side note, it’s difficult to speak about horror movies without mentioning horror in literature. Many of the best horror movies were originally books. It seems that film takes a huge cue from literature when looking for new material. Some of the most successful movies in the genre began as books and were later adapted for film. We don’t begrudge film makers for this, much of what makes horror interesting is psychological. Think of the scariest nightmare you’ve ever had and then try to tell it to another person. Chances are that it won’t sound half as terrifying as it was in your mind. Our imaginations seem perfectly designed to create things that petrify us. Translating those elements on to the screen is a challenge, especially when one refuses to resort to the typical horror elements. It’s relatively easy to make a slasher gore fest and easier still to shock your audience with a jump scare. The real talent getting under your viewers skin and leaving a lasting impression. The true virtuoso can also overcome both time and technology to create a work that both lasts for years and still scares audiences even when special effects technology has moved forward. Let’s have a look at five films that do just that. They continue to scare us year after year. Read More…

Movie Madness | Bewitched by Teen Witch On Blu-ray

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 21 Aug by


If you’ve had the absolute  pleasure of catching a screening of Teen Witch over the past 25 years on television, on an old-school VHS, on DVD, or at a live showing where the film is given the “Rocky Horror” cult experience, you know that Louise Miller is a teenager with magical powers who dreams of being the most popular girl at her high school. Just released in stunning HD on Blu-ray with a 5.1 soundtrack, Teen Witch is perfect for anyone who lived in or loved the ’80s. It’s a cult classic following the trials and tribulations of Louise, a teenager girl struggling to fit in and learn who she is. In the midst of her awkward adolescence, Louise learns she is a descendant of witches…and will become a witch on her 16th birthday.


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Freebie Friday: Altered States at FilmBar

Posted in Reel Chat on 18 Aug by


Cinemania is a new monthly film series at FilmBar in Downtown Phoenix that highlights all-time favorite genre films on the big screen. Hosted by Dan Stone of The Unfathomable Film Freakout, Cinemania celebrates the essence of FilmBar – Phoenix’s true indie cinema. Since opening in 2011, FilmBar has made it their mission to preserve the art of independent film in the local community. The innovative programming of Andrea Canales and Dan Stone has attracted many accolades including Phoenix New Times Best of Phoenix “Best Independent Theater” and Phoenix Magazine’s Best of The Valley “Best Cinema.” Specializing not only in the latest independent and foreign films, but in local, cult and classic films, FilmBar offers something for everyone. On this Freebie Friday, we give away two tickets to Cinemania: Altered States at FilmBar on Saturday, August 19th at 10pm!
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Bookmans Recommends | Dunkirk at The Loft Cinema

Posted in Reel Chat, Uncategorized on 17 Aug by


August is Movie Madness month at all six Bookmans stores! And while we are enjoying awesome free events and activities highlighting cinema, we also wanted to take a moment and talk about one of our favorite places to hang and enjoy a film or three! The Loft Cinema in Tucson has been around for generations and just so happens to be a Bookmans bestie. We have a long standing relationship with this Tucson cultural hot spot. When the opportunity presented itself to see this theater after their recent remodel and enjoy Christopher Nolan’s latest feat Dunkirk in 70 MM, of course we hopped to it. Check out my thoughts on Nolan’s latest film and why you should definitely see it at The Loft.

Dunkirk in theaters Summer 2017.

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Musical Notes | Car Karaoke


One of Bookmans’ core values is environmental awareness. A great way to take a step toward reducing your carbon footprint is to carpool. An environmentally better way is in a hybrid. A more entertaining way, and quite possibly the best way, is to have a car karaoke party! The idea ‘dance like no one is watching’ is an essential philosophy when doing this, seeing that most of us do not have tinted windows on our vehicles. Now that I think about it, I have seen some pretty great dance moves when people are rocking out. Regardless, someone else is bound to hear you belting it out if you’re sitting in traffic, so you might as well give it your all. Toss your worries aside and embrace the morning commute by singing your heart out! Every moment waiting in your car just became a moment to shine and party down. I’ve even recruited other drivers to join me in reinacting the Bohemian Rhapsody scene from Wayne’s World – complete with full air guitar with my windows rolled down! The driver next to me even used his dashboard like a drum kit. Had it been a contest, we totally would have won! Some carpoolers even bring instruments including drum sticks for air solos. Today, we are counting down our picks for best carpool karaoke musical instruments.

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Bookmans Recommends | Majid Jordan

Posted in Musical Notes on 15 Aug by


Majid Jordan isn’t to be confused with one person, it’s the production name of Canadian R&B duo, Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman. Both collaborated together in their hometown of Toronto. These two artists’ lives changed after their anonymous track “Good People” on SoundCloud made it’s way into the ears of Drake. This is where the “OVO Tents” come in, helping produce hit tracks like “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Mine.” Both artists seem to have taken a lot away from the experience and are really making waves with music. Not only are they writing and producing for other artists, but they are generating their own groovy R&B exclusive soundscape melody. Today, I’m counting down my personal favorites from the Majid Jordan album.

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Movie Madness | Castlevania

Posted in Reel Chat on 14 Aug by


Netflix has been killing it lately with their original exclusive and original shows! After making a splash with various Marvel TV shows like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, Netflix is now expanding into the realm of anime production with their newest original show, Castlevania. Based on the classic video game series by Konami, Castlevania follows vampire hunter Trevor Belmont as he tries to save the country of Wallachia from the undead maurading hordes of Dracula. The Netflix series features the voice talents of Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit”) as the hero Trevor Belmont and Graham McTavish (Dwalin in “The Hobbit”) as the elusive Dracula. The series is written and produced by comic legend Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Red), who originally penned the script for the adaptation of Castlevania back in 2007. After nearly ten years of being stuck in development hell, the series finally entered production in 2015 and aired on Netflix in July 2017.


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Bookmans Recommends | The Guild 10th Anniversary


By C’loni Bailey, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

Summer of 2017 marks the ten-year anniversary of the The Guild web series. It’s hard to believe that a decade has passed since I was first introduced to the adorable awkwardness of Codex and her wonderful gang of unruly weirdos. For the uninitiated, The Guild is a comedy web series created by geek goddess Felicia Day. The series follows a group of MMO gamers in an online guild called “The Knights of Good” as they try to awkwardly navigate real life with little understanding about how to manage relationships outside of the virtual world of The Game. The series stars Felicia Day as “Codex”, aka Cyd Sherman, an unemployed violinist who spends 8-9 hours a day playing The Game with her guildmates, whom she has never actually met in real life. The other members of the guild include Zaboo the love interest of Codex (sort of), Vork the neurotic guild leader, Clara the alarmingly neglectful mother of three, Tinkerballa the ascerbic ranger, and Bladezz the vulgar teenager. The Guild aired for six seasons and featured a slew of geeky guest stars like Wil Wheaton, Nathan Fillion, Erin Gray, Zachary Levi, Doug Jones, Neil Gaiman and even features a cameo by Stan Lee.


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Movie Madness | Book to Film Adaptations

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise, Reel Chat on 10 Aug by


Hollywood has a long tradition of using literature to inspire film and television. This long standing alliance between actors, writers, directors and authors has produced some of film’s finest works. Bookmans staff has a deep affection for both mediums and lots and lots of opinions on where film adaptations of novels are successful (and where they fail). The following Book-to-Movie discussion will look a little deeper into the elements that work toward transferring words to the screen. We will also have a look at a few films that are noteworthy. The list is far too long to discuss more than just a few titles. In fact, while researching, we uncovered a couple of titles that surprised even us.


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Geeking Out Over Obscure Holidays

Posted in In Our Stores, Merchandise on 09 Aug by


Did you know that today is National Book Lovers’ Day? Indeed it is! There’s a whole host of odd, unconventional and obscure holidays out there. In fact, there is probably a bizarre holiday for every day of the year. In honor of National Book Lovers’ Day, we are recognizing all the crazy, fun and off-the-wall holidays that coincide with quirky Bookmans products. Bookmans is a store full of adventure, knowledge and merchandise. We have some pretty peculiar and very interesting things come through our doors. Our shelves hold a well-curated selection of popular merchandise mixed with cool, one-of-kind items. The other day, I heard a customer ask a co-worker if we had any books about ferret behavior issues. As it turns out, we did. This led me to wonder if there’s a holiday for ferrets. Low and behold, April 22nd is National Ferret Day. So, get your party hats out, you’ll want to celebrate some of these far out holidays!

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A Rose by Any Other Name | Catchy Book Titles

Posted in Bookie Blog, Merchandise on 08 Aug by


Every now and then, we come across a book title that really stops us in our tracks. If you are a life long reader, there is an excellent chance that a title has lept out and grabbed you. Book titles can convey feelings to readers that resonate with real situations in their lives. Is it fair to select a novel based solely on its title? Let’s have a look at a few of those titles that caught our attention. Some of our selected titles are coupled with cover art that perfectly marries two concepts and some are so lyrical that they stand alone.

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Love for Literacy at Bookmans

Posted in Bookie Blog on 07 Aug by


At Bookmans, our mission is to spread love for books across the state. We present early literacy story times at each of our six locations around Arizona. By providing fun and interactive story times for the surrounding communities, our goal is to instill a love of reading in youngsters and grow a new generation of avid readers. Local non-profit organization, First Things First (FTF) believes that literacy is a skill that should be developed before kindergarten. FTF states that “A child’s environment – and the amount of nurturing and care they get from the adults in their lives – shapes their brain development. If you think of the brain as a human skyscraper, a child’s experiences in the early years are how the foundation is built.” With so many amazing books from which to choose, let’s get building. Stop by any Bookmans location for fun, free and interactive weekly story times.


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Movie Madness | Miyazaki Magic

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 04 Aug by


Hayao Miyazaki has often been referred to as the Walt Disney of Japan. A co-founder of the renowned Studio Ghibli, his imaginative and original animated fairytales are both visually and narratively captivating. We admire Miyazaki for weaving culturally significant themes into his complex story lines. His films often address issues such as environmental awareness and moral fortitude. We also love that Miyazaki tends to feature strong female leads. Empowering and inspiring, Hayao Miyazaki films are adored by millions around the world. Below you’ll find some of the highlights of his filmography.

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Blast to the Past with #MOVIEMADNESS

Posted in Merchandise, Reel Chat on 03 Aug by


The ’90s were the years that gave me all my childhood memories! Being a kid that grew up in the ’90s was like enjoying the best of two worlds. I got to watch all the cool ’80s movies on repeat with my older siblings and I also got to collect all the best ’90s films on VHS. As a side note, I can probably still recite most lines to said films, just in case that skill is ever in demand. If you didn’t grow up in either of these two decades, you may never know the real torture of waiting for a VHS tape to rewind before getting to watch your favorite movie. Not to worry, I’m here to help. You can still enjoy these classic works of cinematic art from the ’80s and ’90s. Behold, these are a few of my favorite movies from my ’90s childhood!

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Bookmans Summer Sale | BOGO Mystery and Romance

Posted in Bookie Blog, In Our Stores on 02 Aug by


Bookmans stores across Arizona will be hosting a Summer BOGO Sale this weekend, August 4th and 5th! Stock up on everything you need to escape the heat this summer and be entertained…indoors! Head to Bookmans stores for this sweet Summer Sale as we offer a buy-one-get-one deal on all mystery and romance novels. This promotion cannot be combined with other offers or discounts and is limited to one per customer. In honor of this amazing sale, we once again offer up a few suggestions for must-have mysteries and lusty literature. So sit back and relax as we provide some genre fiction sure to be added to your TBR pile.

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Catch Movie Madness at Bookmans!

Posted in In Our Stores, Reel Chat on 01 Aug by


Lights, camera, action! August is Movie Madness Month at Bookmans and we’re celebrating cinema with fun events and giveaways. Stop by every location for movie-themed activities inspired by the silver screen. From Movie Nights to Minions to Grease Sing-a-Longs, we’re pulling out all the stops. Be sure to peruse the orange shelves at your local Bookmans for great deals on DVDs and BluRays in addition to fun and free events. Movie Madness is going around and we have a feeling that you’re going to catch it. Get ready for your close up and have a blast with us at Bookmans this August!


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Bookmans Recommends | Melodrama by Lorde

Posted in Musical Notes on 31 Jul by


Many of us discovered Lorde when she was just 16 after she released an album that instantly catapulted her into the mainstream music world. Four years later, at the age of 20, Lorde has just released her second album, Melodrama. You can only imagine how immensely Lorde’s life has changed over the past four years. This album is a sneak peak into those changes. Lorde expresses emotions unlike any other. This album reflects on Lorde’s teenage years and entering adulthood. Her songs deal with new experiences, discovering herself, heartbreak, uneasy feelings, self control and the melodrama that comes with growing up. The title of Lorde’s second album says it all. Today, I’m highlighting some of my favorite tracks from Lorde’s Melodrama.

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