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22 May

Top Ten Binge Worthy TV Shows

If you are like me, you probably can’t watch a show without binging the entire series. The summer heat is blistering in Arizona and binge watching a stellar show is the perfect excuse to stay inside. So jump into worlds unlike your own and indulge, everyone! Looking for some guidance? Here is a list of my top ten favorite binge-worthy TV shows!

21 May

Best Studio Ghibli Films

Studio Ghibli movies are unlike any other movies I’ve ever experienced before. They evoke a different sense of feeling for me than watching really any other film, and it may be because Studio Ghibli specialized in anime films. Outside of this studio, I have not found any type of anime that is even comparable to it. Studio Ghibli movies go beyond the surface level topics and they create unique, memorable characters that enchant viewers right from the jump. Studio Ghibli films mix fantasy and reality creating worlds that never before existed. If you haven’t experienced one of these films before, let me tell you why you should give them a try and which ones I recommend you start with.

15 May

Michael Franti and Spearhead: Stay Human Tour 2018

Music with a message…  Music with substance is making a comeback with recent works like Childish Gambino’s music video “This is America”, Imagine Dragons’ strong lyrical compositions and even Hamilton taking the world by storm. The craving is real, and Tucson is getting a dose of some soul-groove with Michael Franti & Spear Head’s “Stay Human Tour” on  Friday, June 8, 2018.

11 May

Win Big with Mesa’s “The Great Geek Giveaway”

According to Urban Dictionary  “geeking out” is when one likes to  “spend an amount of time discussing geekish things with other geeks or to participate in geeky undertakings and  pastimes with one or more other geeks.” Let’s face it, we all have those things that make us geek out. You’re a member of the club too. Enjoy fumbling through a new book? What about powering up with the latest video game? Like debating whether or not to open that new toy? What about collecting unusual tchotchkes? It’s your geek out, and you like what you like. We understand that. We truly believe that geeking out is half the fun and we’d like to help you take it to the next boss level with a Great Geek Giveaway at Bookmans Mesa!

09 May

Tales From a VHS Tape

Days of going to the video store to rent movies have long been a thing of the past. Movie chains and mom-and-pop shops have all but evaporated, replaced by rental kiosks and streaming platforms. While it is fairly easy to track down what you want to see with a little internet savvy, what do you do when there is no watchable digital version? More importantly, what do you do if your celluloid obsession was never even digitized? It’s a scary thought, I know.

Stack of VHS tapes and a lava lamp surrounding a television set with Tales from the Crypt playing on it

24 Apr

Ultimate Movie Party: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Time is fleeting, isn’t it? It’s almost astounding, really. Whatever happened Saturday nights that meant something? When madness takes its toll and you’ve just got to keep control, trade in the tired make-your-own-pizza party night at your house and jump to the left for once. That’s right – it’s time to do the Time Warp with your nearest and dearest!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show movie poster of Dr. Frank-N-Furter sitting on a a pair of red lips

12 Apr

Alienated Audiences of the 1980s

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released in 1982.  It was greeted by a tsunami of money so violent it caused other studios to jealously raise their fists and greenlight any child fantasy films they had in their stables. From The Never Ending Story to The Explorers to the Flight of the Navigator everyone wanted a piece of that monetary influx that E.T. brought home. While quality peaked and dipped across different properties, it wasn’t until 1988 that a wilted contender lazily emerged and said just what was on its mind.

Mac and Me Movie still frame of the boy and the alien

05 Apr

My Take: Ready Player One Movie Review

*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?

29 Mar

Our Picks for the Top 5 Easter Films

Other holidays like New Years, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day all have a plethora of films devoted to them. Easter, for some reason, gets so little love in the movie department. After a day filled with Easter egg hunts and Easter Bunny pictures, there is nothing wrong with a little post-Easter movie/nap to cap off the day’s events. Thankfully, there are some great Easter movies out there, and Bookmans is here to help you find the perfect Easter film for everyone. Here are our favorites!

Easter movie poster collage

27 Mar

Planet of the Apes 50th Anniversary Facts

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

26 Mar

Top Ten Magical Harry Potter Facts You May Not Know

You know Harry Potter. You know that we know Harry Potter. Throughout the years, the characters, stories, and magical worlds of Harry Potter have permeated nearly every facet of our culture. For all that we collectively know about the extended Harry Potter universe, there is still so much to learn – like these 10 magical facts!

Harry Potter cast with "Top Ten Magical Harry Potter Facts" written on it

17 Mar

Ultimate Movie Party: Clueless

You may have noticed that the 1990s are totally back. From fashion to music, everyone is getting in on the fun and funky styles of Xennials’ teenage years. With that in mind, this Ultimate Movie Party blog is giving you the 411 on hosting an unforgettable Clueless-themed movie night! Is there anything better than rolling with your homies at a movie party? Uh, I don’t think so!

Clueless movie poster

14 Mar

Movie Soundtracks That Rock My World: Part Two

No matter how many years after their release, these soundtracks have found their way onto playlist after playlist. Some are newer but hit all the right notes. Some are nearing 20 years old and still have so much life in them that I can’t bear to take them out of my rotation. And why would I? In my last blog, I covered just half of my go-to movie soundtracks. Here are the rest of the soundtracks that put a smile on my face every single time I hear them.

09 Mar

Black Panther Movie and Music Review

Haven’t seen Black Panther yet? This isn’t a movie I’d wait to take a stroll to go see – I’d sprint if I were you. This movie has taken over not only the big screen, the internet, and, at least temporarily, pop culture! I don’t want to spoil my own review, but I have to say that the movie truly lives up to all the hype. There are spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t seen Black Panther yet, turn back now. If you have, read on because there is so much to talk about!

Black Panther movie poster collage

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

22 Feb

How I Met Your Mother Steals My Heart – Until the Last Episode

How I Met Your Mother, or HIMYM for short, has been my all-time favorite show to watch since it aired. I’ve re-watched it at least 10 times. To me, this show is perfect. It’s comedic, light-hearted, and you don’t necessarily have to watch the episodes in order to know what’s going on. It’s the best sitcom for when you just need a good laugh and want to unwind. It was so easy to emotionally attach yourself to the characters because their lives were relatable. It’s that connection with the show that makes the last episode hard to watch – even 4 years later.

19 Feb

Movie Soundtracks That Rock My World: Part One

Movies are true works of art. Most of us use our inner critics to take in a movie’s acting performances and the director’s storytelling abilities.  Those who study film (or are just passionate movie watchers) will also pay attention to the world of the story created by the writers and the cinematographer’s eye for space and light as well. There are costumes, sets, edits – a million little things that can make a movie great or merely average. My favorite “little thing” is the movie soundtrack.

For me, music can make or break a movie. These are just some of the most outstanding movie soundtracks that make my world go ’round.

Movie still image graphic: The Life Aquatic, Drive, and Purple Rain

16 Feb

American Horror Story Seasons Ranked Worst to Best

I love American Horror Story. This show is filled with heart-wrenching scenes of murder, love stories, dark humor, and so much more. The acting from every character is phenomenal. You can really tell each actor/actress put their all into the show. Every season of AHS is packed with hidden motifs, metaphors, and messages and that is what makes this show so fantastic. But there are some parts of each season that just did not sit well with me. Without further ado, here is my take on all the seasons of American Horror Story, ranked from worst to best.

12 Feb

Romcoms That Will Never Get Old

It’s no secret that romcoms (romantic comedies) can be hit-or-miss. Some lack in the comedy department, have an unoriginal or weak storyline, or are a bit too raunchy. Some romcoms, for whatever reason, are just not that memorable. The truth is, it’s hard to find a type of humor that works for everyone, a feat made more difficult when throwing romance into the mix. BUT, when we do find a movie that hits all the right notes, we won’t soon forget it. These two movies are some of the most unforgettable romcoms in my book.

03 Feb

The Greatest Showman

Loosely based on the life of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman delivers something truly special to the big screen. Between the choreography, storyline, and music from the composers (Benj Pasek and Justin Paul of La La Land), it’s no wonder that people are flooding into theaters to see this masterful movie. Here’s why I think you should see it too, even if you’re not a lover of spectacle.

30 Jan

Ultimate Movie Party: True Romance

Welcome to the first edition of Ultimate Movie Party, Bookmans’ new blog about pairing an excellent movie with its soulmate party elements. Instead of just flopping on the couch for a run-of-the-mill movie night, celebrate your love of cinema by throwing the ultimate movie party that puts your guests smack-dab into the world of your favorite flicks, food and all! What goes better with a movie than some family, friends and movie-themed festivities that perfectly complement your viewing experience, right? 

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