Secondhand Score: ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Coloring Book from 1982

Posted 2 months ago by Books

Empire Strikes Back Coloring Book

I don’t make it to garage sales very often. It seems like every time I try to hit them up, I just run into old clothes, worthless household goods, and baby stuff. I get so jealous of my blogger buddies when they find awesome stuff, but I never have any luck. Anyway, the wife and I hit up a few community-wide yard sales this past weekend, and I actually ended up finding a few cool things.

At one house, underneath a pile of Show n’ Tell Picturesound Programs was an unused Empire Strikes Back coloring book from 1982. I couldn’t believe it. I collect 80s/90s coloring books and I’ve never come across a Star Wars book. It wasn’t priced, so I grabbed the Show n’ Tell records and the book and asked how much. I got all six items for $5 and got the hell out before she could realize how giddy I was about the coloring book.
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‘Ghostbusters’ is Coming Back to Theaters (Plus a new Blu-ray Set)

Posted 3 months ago by Movies

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Set

Heads up Ghostbusters fans, the classic film is coming back to theaters on August 29th to celebrate it’s 30th Anniversary. I’ve never seen Ghostbusters in a theater before, so I’ll definitely be there. Also, in September, this sweet Blu-ray collector’s set of both films comes out. This will be the first time the sequel has been released on Blu-ray, so it might be worth a purchase even if you already have the first film. I think Ghostbusters II has a bad rap and isn’t nearly as bad as people claim. Just sayin.

Would you pay to see Ghostbusters in a theater again?

Book Review: Alien

Posted 3 months ago by Books

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Until Titan Books sent me a copy Alien, despite being a huge movie fan, I’d never read a movie novelization before.  To me, it feels like redundant media.  I never understood why I’d want to spend a week reading about Marty McFly going back in time to meet his parents when I could just watch Back to the Future in a fraction of the time.  Unless a novel includes major plot points that were cut from the final film – and they better be major – I just don’t see the point of reading a novelization.  It’s not even like reading an original fiction novel in that you get to imagine what the characters and settings look like, because you have this template in your mind based upon the movie.  Of course the same thing happens if you read a novel a movie is based on, but at least the book will inevitably be different from the film, often in very important ways.

So with all of this in mind, I can’t explain why I couldn’t put down the novelization of Alien.
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm [Book Review]

Posted 3 months ago by Books

Firestorm

I don’t think it’s too far off-base to say that no one really expected 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes to be any good.  Did we really need a prequel to the other films?  Wasn’t Tim Burton’s remake bad enough?  But when the film hit theaters, we were all pleasantly surprised to find it was actually quite good, and left us wanting more.  Because the film was a hit, bringing in nearly $500 million at the box office, a sequel was quickly put into production and is set to be released in July.  If you’ve seen the trailer, it appears that this next film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is set some ways into the future, deep into the war that will decide who has dominion over the earth – man or beast (Spoiler Alert! The monkeys win.)  But that means there’s quite a bit of story left untold.  Luckily, Titan Books has released Firestorm, the sequel to the prequel that’s a prequel to the sequel, to help fill in the gaps.

If you didn’t follow my prequel-sequel description there, essentially Firestorm is a bridge novel, that tells the story of what happens in between Rise and Dawn.  It mainly deals with the spread of the virus, the breakdown of civilization, and the survival of the apes that went on a rampage at the end of the first film.  The story follows a handful of people – a doctor, a journalist, a couple of primatologists, a mayoral candidate, and a band of mercenaries – in the final days of humanity.

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‘Disney Infinity 2.0′ Avengers Play Set Gameplay Video

Posted 3 months ago by Games

Confession: I haven’t played Disney Infinity since I wrote my initial review of it a few months ago. I really enjoyed it, but getting the game base and figures out every time I wanted to play was enough to keep me away (combined with the fact that I pretty much abandoned my Xbox 360). However, Disney recently accounted the 2.0 version of Disney Infinity which is all about Marvel Superheroes, and I think I’ll definitely be checking this out.

My favorite part of the first Disney Infinity was the Incredibles playset and how they perfectly captured the superhero feeling in a cute and simplified way. I think playing as Marvel characters in this style will be a lot of fun, not to mention mixing Marvel and Disney characters in the toy box mode. Just think, maybe the 3.0 version will be Star Wars, and then we can finally mash up Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars characters in the same game.

Disney Infinity 2.0 hits shelves in the fall for current and next-gen systems. Will you be picking it up?