The Girl on the Train: A Complete “Train”wreck

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“The Girl on the Train” is the movie adaptation based on Paula Hawkins’s bestselling novel of the same name. This movie is directed by Tate Taylor who also directed “The Help”, and stars Emily Blunt as a woman who commutes on a train every day and when she is on the train she looks out the window and sees whatever it is that people are up to. In my world that’s called stalking. Throughout the movie’s exposition, this girl explains that there is one house with a specific couple that she is pretty curious about. At a certain point she eventually notices something wrong in the backyard of that house then lets the authorities know about it. This progresses through a good chunk of the movie, at least that’s what I remember, because part of me doesn’t even want to remember this garbage.

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Just for the record, I never read the novel which this movie is based on, so you won’t be seeing any comparisons back and forth between the book and movie to show which one was better or what changes could have been added to the movie that may have enhanced or degraded the experience. I have a feeling I should have read the book considering how bored I got watching this movie.

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The best part of the movie to me was Emily Blunt, the movie’s star. I have to say her performance as Rachel in this film was really good. Out of everyone in this movie I feel Emily showed much more emotion than anybody else, and I wonder if she will get any nominations for some of the upcoming award shows. Despite what I think of Blunt’s performance, it doesn’t mean I liked her character. Also, you know something? That’s probably the biggest problem I had with this movie. None of the characters caught my attention, and while all the actors seem to do the best they can in this movie, the flick doesn’t have the wow factor.

I will also give the movie credit for one thing, the concept appeared as if it was very interesting and unique. I don’t ride trains often, I mean, I love trains, I might even consider myself a railfan, I just don’t ride them much. Although I imagine a lot of people on trains are looking out the window and seeing what could be going on in the outside world. I doubt many people are as curious as Emily Blunt’s character, but I still imagine a chunk of people are curious to see what’s outside the window. I live near Boston, and I sometimes ride the MBTA Orange Line into Boston for one reason or another and I sometimes look out the window whenever I do, I don’t usually see as many homes as Rachel does in this movie, nor do I even see much scenery to rave about at all, but nevertheless looking out the window is a fun thing for me so that kind of made the overall concept more interesting.

I will say however, I was not a fan of the movie’s storytelling methods. This is a movie that makes you think a lot about what’s going on, now I’m not stupid, so I am capable of liking this. However it all just so slow that it almost feels like you’re going to school and you are sitting at your desk, wanting to fall asleep, all the while someone like Bill Lumbergh from “Office Space” is giving the dullest lecture imaginable. Speaking of unlikable storytelling, this movie had lots of flashbacks. I may have just had a headache from the dullness that is known as “The Girl on the Train”, but I can’t help but say that all of the movie’s cutaways and flashbacks didn’t grab me at all. You give a lot of crap for “Suicide Squad” having too many flashbacks? I think this movie had more, and based on my lack of attention I didn’t care about any of them.

How are the other actors in this movie? I’d say they were decent overall, I’m not the biggest fan of their characters, but the actors were fine. Haley Bennett did a nice job as Megan, Rebecca Ferguson as Anna wasn’t too shabby at all, I even think actors like Luke Evans and Justin Theroux did an adequate job as their characters. Based on what I’m saying, I do think the actors were probably one of the things that held the movie from being a complete disaster, but it’s not enough to make a good movie, or even an OK one.

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In the end I was disappointed with “The Girl on the Train” and I say disappointed because from seeing the ads on TV for this film, I thought it looked like an engaging thriller. Was it a thriller? Well, sure, but not an engaging thriller. The movie’s overall concept, Emily Blunt’s performance, along with some others save the train from going off the rails, other than that, I have no other positives to say about this movie. I’m going to give “The Girl on the Train” a 2/10. After this snoozefest I hope the next movie I see will be better, and next weekend, I’m going to see “Sully”, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks, which is based on the Miracle on the Hudson. Stay tuned for that review, along with other reviews coming soon. Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

Keeping Up with the Joneses: DON’T WORRY, THIS IS NOT A DUMB REALITY SHOW!

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“Keeping Up with the Joneses” is directed by Greg Mottola and it is a comedy starring Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Isla Fisher (Now You See Me), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), and Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman). This movie is about a couple (Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher) who currently has their kids at summer camp for a couple of weeks, throughout that time, another couple known as the Joneses (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot) move into their neighborhood. Not too long after they move in, the main couple consider the Joneses to be abnormal to the point where they investigate their lives and snoop around their home which leads them to finding out these folks are government spies and then Galifianakis and Fisher get involved in an international espionage plot with the Joneses.

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Zach Galifianakis plays the main dude in this movie who goes by the name Jeff Gaffney. My mother loved this role, I personally liked it, I wouldn’t say I loved it. I thought the female roles in this movie were funnier whereas the male roles in this movie were somewhat forgettable. Although one thing I won’t forget is the company which he works. Not to digress or anything, but Jeff works for this company I don’t remember what its name is, but the thing that kinda bugs me about it is the logo. This is kind of a nitpick, but I can’t help but point out how much of a carbon copy the logo is of the IGN (International Gaming Network) logo. In case you haven’t seen the logo it’s right here below.

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If you haven’t seen the movie and plan to see it at some point, keep your eyes peeled for it if you feel like paying some extra attention.

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Isla Fisher plays Jeff’s wife Karen, she is essentially the mom that cares a lot about her kids and throughout the movie it shows even though the kids are not even in it, as mentioned before the kids are at summer camp. Sure, Jeff cares about the kids too, but I almost feel like the mom cares more (definitely not the first time I’ve seen that in a movie). It shows during a car chase midway through the film while she’s on the phone with her kids, you can hear Karen’s voice as if she’s super worried if she’ll make it through the scenario whereas I’m hearing Jeff’s voice and he definitely cares, but if there’s one thing I’ll remember most from the words coming out Jeff’s mouth it has to do with eating a cookie, which was kinda one of the main purposes of the call, but it didn’t sound like he cared about his kids (or his future if he had one) more than how his kids eat a cookie. I greatly remember him yelling “Split the cookie! Split the cookie!” Is this a problem? No, it just sets these two personalities apart.

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Jon Hamm plays Tim Jones. He is one of the new neighbors and as I mentioned before, the male roles in this movie are unmemorable. I wouldn’t say they were bad, they were just unmemorable. This is another example. I barely remember any of this guy’s lines, but I thought his interactions with Jeff was a highlight of the movie, and the scene with him and Jeff in that bar was pretty funny.

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Gal Gadot is also in this movie, she had my favorite role in this movie and wooooaaaah… Yeah, she’s hot, and might even be my celebrity crush right now, but I’m a professional (or at least I’d like to think so) so I digress. She plays Natalie Jones and she was the funniest character in the entire movie, not to mention she was pretty bada$$. Seeing her in that chase scene I mentioned not too long ago was quite a sight to me and made me feel like I was watching an all-out action flick instead of an action-comedy. Speaking of which, I want to see an action film (No, the new Wonder Woman movie is different than what I’m thinking about) starring Gal Gadot. Get on it Hollywood, if you can’t, I’ll write it for you and I can probably send it to a studio later in life depending on where the road takes me.

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The most important part of a comedy is the humor, so was the movie funny? Yes indeed. Some characters were funnier than others but the movie had a lot of good sexual humor, slapstick humor, and Gal Gadot, there’s this one scene shown in the trailer where she’s trying on lingerie and she’s leaving a voicemail to her husband, she mentions to Isla Fisher that it is a “thing” she does with her husband. It’s kinda funny, but Gal references it later towards the end of the movie, what happens after it is gold. I won’t ruin it for you, I’ll let you see it for yourself, but it’s freaking hilarious. However I will say that the movie doesn’t deliver much comedy that feels new or fresh, which really bogs down the movie’s score for me.

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In the end “Keeping up with the Joneses” is a rather decent film. It’s not groundbreaking in any sort of way, but it does deliver some laughs. I can only imagine myself watching this movie again if I find it on TV, perhaps a channel like TBS or maybe HBO, but if you were to see this in theaters I would say you will probably end up laughing at some point in the movie. I’m going to give “Keeping up with the Joneses” a 6/10. I’m not sure which movie I’m going to see next, but I’m either going to see “Sully” or “The Girl on the Train”, we’ll just have to see what happens in the near future. Also be sure to check out my earlier reviews I’ve done recently, for example I did “The Accountant” starring Ben Affleck as Batman–I mean as a high function autistic dude that kicks some a$$. Check it out, the link to it will be posted down below, and stay tuned for more reviews. Scene Before is your click, to the flicks.

“THE ACCOUNTANT” REVIEW:¬†https://scenebefore.wordpress.com/2016/10/16/the-accountant-ausome/

The Accountant: “Au”some

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“The Accountant” is directed by Gavin O’Conner (Miracle) and stars Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), JK Simmons (Whiplash), and John Bernthal (Grudge Match). The movie is about a guy with high function autism who makes a living as an accountant (in case the title wasn’t obvious), while using a CPA office in a rather unknown town as a cover. He takes on a robotics company as a client, and JK Simmons is keeping an eye out towards Ben Affleck’s character. As Affleck gets closer to a discrepancy having to do with a lot of money, the body count increases.

Now I’m gonna get personal with you just for a moment. I, like Christian Wolff played by Ben Affleck himself, have high function autism. This means I have trouble socializing, I am sensitive to certain things like loud noises (even though I go to the movie theater whenever I can), although some people are sensitive to flashing lights. When I was a kid, I had sometimes lacked eye contact with people I talked to. Does this make me stupid? Not at all, I’m actually pretty freaking smart, not to show off or anything. This movie’s portrayal of autism, for the most part, is accurate. There is one big thing that is going through my mind and it’s more of a nitpick if anything and I’ll come back to it later.

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Ben Affleck in this movie plays the autistic protagonist Christian Wolff. I really enjoyed seeing this character, and the way they used flashbacks on this character from when he was a kid was a smart move and it made the movie better in some ways. I may be somewhat biased, but I want to see Affleck nominated for some awards for this performance because when it comes to portraying a guy with autism, he does it well without overacting or overemphasizing in any sort of way. His chemistry with characters like Dana Cummings was also pleasing to see to me.

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On that subject, Dana Cummings was played by Anna Kendrick and I think she nailed her performance in this film. I would even go as far to say she should be nominated for best supporting actress in the Oscars. Just like Affleck I saw no sign whatsoever of overacting, and she seemed to maintain the same emotions throughout the film.

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JK Simmons is also in this movie as Ray King, a Treasury agent. When I first saw the original trailer for the film I was excited to see JK Simmons was in it. In case you weren’t aware, JK Simmons is one of my all time favorite actors. He was phenomenal in “Whiplash”, I loved him as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy, and whenever I hear him yell, it’s gold. Did he do that in this movie? No, based on how his character was written that would have been out of place and would have interfered with the movie’s overall structure. JK Simmons’ character overall wasn’t my favorite character in the movie. Does that mean his character sucks? No. I just think other characters stood out compared to him. One of the problems I have with JK’s character is that there is a long segment of background information and it seems to drag on quite a bit. It could be worse, but that’s one con I have with the movie.

Speaking of problems, I have a couple more. Christian Wolff, the hero meant to be portrayed in such light, is also kind of villainous, I won’t go into detail to avoid some spoilery things so I’ll let you see for yourself. Next, I felt like throughout the movie I had to watch it more than once. NOTE: I didn’t say I want to, I said I had to. What do I mean? I mean that there are some tidbits that may have been important to the story that may have flown over my head. Sure, sometimes in a movie you don’t get everything the first time around, but I figured I’d point it out. For the record, I wasn’t falling asleep, I had a soda with me so that was decreasing my chances of doing so. Although I was watching this movie in a reclining seat so maybe that had something to do with this. The last problem I will mention is that nitpick I steered away from earlier, and also before I get into this, I could be wrong here. In the movie there were several scenes where Ben Affleck was firing all sorts of weapons. I can’t remember if they stated how sensitive his ears were, but if they were sensitive, the movie probably should have verified that Affleck had earplugs in his ears, otherwise he’d probably startle after firing his own weapon. There were actually points where “I” startled when several shots were firing. Granted I do have sensitive ears, and it is a movie theater where things sound louder than they do at home, but I can’t help but point this out. There were some points where he had headphones on but other times there was nothing on his ears. He was carrying smaller weapons so maybe if he is sensitive it doesn’t go that far.

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The Accountant overall is a great movie. It has a stellar portrayal of autism, a lot of the backstories made this movie excellent, Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick have both given stunning performances, but it doesn’t mean the movie lacks problems. Despite said problems, I really enjoyed this movie, which leads me to saying for now I’m gonna give The Accountant an 8/10. I’m still skeptical on whether or not I’m gonna keep this rating, but for now I’d say the positives in the movie outweighed the negatives. I may also be biased on my rating since I have autism so therefore I can relate to the main character of this movie but even if I didn’t have autism there’s lots to enjoy about the movie. Next weekend I am planning to see “Keeping Up With the Joneses” so stay tuned for that review, along with other reviews I’ll have up on here at some point. Scene Before is your click, to the flicks!

Denial: 2016 Further Going Into Division Mode

Before we get into this review, I just want to say something. This movie is basically a debate that was very controversial not so long ago. It’s almost like it’s an appetizer for the 2016 US Presidential Election. Anyway, onto the review.

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“Denial” is a film directed by Mick Jackson, and stars Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, and Timothy Spall. The film is based on true events revolving around acclaimed historian and writer Deborah E. Lipstadt. She’s talking at an event having to do with the holocaust when she finds a holocaust denier in the audience. The two begin arguing, and suddenly David Irving, the holocaust denier sues Deborah for libel, therefore setting the stage for the film’s upcoming events, including determining the answer to this question: “Did the holocaust really happen?”

I would like to say right now that I do believe the holocaust happened, you can say what you want about it, but this is my thought. However I am going to leave my thoughts on it out of the review keeping them as a separate topic. Just thought I’d get that out there.

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Deborah E. Lipstadt is played by Rachel Weisz and I have to say she did a fine job in the movie. Now, it’s October, and all of the movies going for awards are starting to come out, with that in mind, I do think Rachel did well, but I don’t think it was enough to win awards, but we’ll have to see what the rest of the year brings. If there aren’t too many great actress performances for the rest of year, Weisz in my mind will probably have a chance to at least get a lot of nominations.

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Tom Wilkinson is also in this movie and I barely remember his character. Although for what I do remember it was interesting to see what he did during the movie. The final product does a good job at displaying chemistry between him and Weisz’s character. However the movie does already lose points for me not remembering his character much.

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You also have Timothy Spall as David Irving. I was really intrigued with his character throughout the movie and seeing him in the courtroom against Deborah was overall one of the most interesting parts of the film. It was much like the beginning of the movie, which did an excellent job at displaying the rivalry between the Deborah and David. There’s only one thing I don’t like about his character, and that has to do with how the character is treated. At the end of the movie, he tries to say to his opponents that they fought well in court, but they don’t say anything back. I get David is villainized in the flick, but it just doesn’t feel right. If that actually happened in real life I wouldn’t know, but if it didn’t, this wouldn’t be something I would have thought of. It took this movie from having a ending that was going to be solid, then it went a bit downhill.

If I had any other flaws for the movie, it would be the pacing. I felt like there was a lot of time spent in the court room, and too little time investigating evidence outside the court. Granted the movie is basically a court case movie, but I would have liked it better if they fleshed out a bit more on scenes outside the court. If the events of the actual story affect what I said then forget about it, but if there was anything missing, I would have liked to see it outside the court.

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In the end, I wanted to like the movie, but I also wanted to leave. Did I think this movie was an absolute abomination against humanity? Nope. Although it had the pacing of “Hail, Caesar!” another movie I saw this year. Based the content of both films and pacing, if I choose one movie to watch again between this and “Hail, Caesar!” I’d choose “Hail, Caesar!”. With that in mind, I’m giving “Denial” a 5/10. This movie had potential, but I left feeling unsatisfied. If this movie were maybe a little shorter and some of the court scenes were trimmed more, I may have ended up giving this movie a higher rating. Also on the note of things I consider broken, I don’t like the final ending shot. I don’t know it’s just not something I would prefer having in this movie. Stay tuned for more upcoming reviews and check out my latest reviews! Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

Deepwater Horizon: INTENSE. Enough Said

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“Deepwater Horizon” is the new movie based on true events having to do with the worst oil rig explosion in US history. This movie was directed by Peter Berg, who also directed “The Lone Survivor”, “Hancock”, and “Patriots Day”, the upcoming film based on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing which will be in a theater near you on December 21.

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This movie stars Mark Wahlberg as ironically, Mark Williams. I say ironically because I never see anyone play a character, especially a main character, with the same name as them. I have not seen The Lone Survivor, heard good things though, but one thing I noticed is that Mark Wahlberg is in both this movie and that movie as well. After looking on his IMDb, I noticed Wahlberg was involved in not only involved with the acting, but he also was involved in producing both films. It said that for The Lone Survivor, he was a producer, and he executive produced this film. I have no idea how well his performance was in The Lone Survivor, but he aces his performance in Deepwater Horizon. There’s one moment towards the end of the movie where I’m like, “Wow! That’s Oscar material!” I’m not surprised considering he was an executive producer, so maybe that added a little bit to having an idea of how he could execute his performance, but it’s still awesome.

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Mark’s wife, it’s funny, I don’t know whether I should say Mark’s wife, Mark Wahlberg’s wife, or Mark Williams’s wife, nevertheless his wife is played by Kate Hudson. That brings me to my next topic. There was another movie that came this year that also featured a disaster based on true events, it’s called “The Finest Hours.” In that movie there was a subplot where Chris Pine, the star of the movie has a love interest, and Mark Wahlberg in this movie is also in love with a woman, and comparing the two, this one is something that can add something to the movie whereas with the other one, it felt either too forced, or perhaps fake. Why does this love interest subplot work? First of all it feels real. There was one point where Kate Hudson receives a call where she’s given the information having to do with the incident the movie is focusing on, she’s crying, her daughter is watching her, she’s asking a realistic question, followed by Kate Hudson giving a realistic answer. So I would give props to the writers and actors for the successfully delivering the drama factor.

This movie is based on a true story so spoiling the movie isn’t really something that should drag it down for the most part so I’ll say this: the Deepwater Horizon oil rig had a BP Safety award streak. In the movie they show that they won it again around the time of the rig explosion, which does add to the story because for a company that won quite a few BP Safety awards, an event like the one mainly depicted in this movie is a bit of a downfall. The movie did a good job of showing positives about the subject that may make the upcoming negative a little more interesting.

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Unlike the middle and end of the movie, the beginning of the movie, wasn’t the best example of quality. Sure, it was effective, but it could have been more. I wouldn’t take too many points off though because I will say it did a nice job at establishing the characters and situations in a proper manner. Speaking of characters and things that appear to be lamer than other things, Mark Wahlberg’s co-workers for the most part didn’t do it for me at the beginning. Their characterization definitely improved throughout the film though so that makes up for it. There were a few characters that were fine at the beginning, but let’s just say there’s room for improvement.

I may be cheating here because when I saw this movie, I actually saw this in IMAX, but this movie is one of the most intense things I’ve seen all year. Throughout the entire disaster I was beginning to lose my breath, feel bad for everyone on the ship, especially considering this was real, and sweat. OK, the last one may have been because I had a sweatshirt on but I don’t care. If I were there at Deepwater, I’d probably run around screaming until I die, or run around screaming until I jump off and die, or run around screaming until I jump off and I have assistance getting to a lifeboat therefore I survive. It’s probably worse for me because I have sensitive ears, which means if the average person hears an explosion, it’s probably already loud enough, whereas I hear it and I just want to cover my ears, making them warm and red.

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Deepwater Horizon was one of the better movies of the year and contains some of the best performances I’ve seen this year. I’m not surprised if Mark Wahlberg gets nominated for a ton of awards including Oscars, because of this movie. I have not seen The Lone Survivor, but Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg make a great team and I cannot wait to see what the two can do with the upcoming film Patriots Day, which comes out this December. I’m gonna give Deepwater Horizon a 9/10. Also coming up, I’m gonna review another movie pretty soon, that review will be out in just a few days. I just need to see that movie before I review it. I’m either going to review Sully, The Girl on the Train, or Denial. Which one will I review? Find out in just a few days! Until then, stay tuned. Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

My First Thinkgeek Experience

Before we begin, if you keep up with this blog and enjoy reading it, you might just be asking yourself right now, where have I been? Well school just started a month ago so I couldn’t see too many movies recently. Luckily I’m back now for another post so let’s talk about Thinkgeek.

Just recently I was at the Northshore Mall, which if you’re not in the Massachusetts area, it is a mall located in the town of Peabody (P-bedy), and I went there last Sunday to look at the new ThinkGeek store that opened the Friday beforehand. What is Thinkgeek? Here’s some background.

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Thinkgeek started out as a website selling nerdy goodies, collectibles, etc. It has become rather popular within the community and while I don’t usually buy anything on their site, I do enjoy window shopping there from time to time. Since then they have expanded to the physical store realm and I was excited when I heard three of them were going to be near me, and as soon as I heard about the first, not to mention closest store that was going to open, I was pumped. I longed to go throughout most of Saturday and when I got to go Sunday, it was a blast.

Based on research and reviews I came across online, when I walked into the store I was expecting a medium sized store with a bunch of collectibles all over the place almost as if I were in the comic book store (the old one) from Big Bang Theory. Did I get that? Yes I did. However, this was just the start.

When I walked in, it was black all over, The floor tiles are very dark, the walls were black, and considering the storefront was covered in black as well, the atmosphere worked.

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I’m not usually one for Pop figures, but I think the more I come to this store, the more I’ll want to start collecting them. The front of the store is flooded with Pop figures, and the more I think about it, it’s like walking down a supermarket aisle as several Pop dolls are on one side and more are on the other.

I don’t browse the Thinkgeek site often, however when I walked around the store feeling like I entered Heaven, I noticed something that kind of ticked me off. They’ve got some pricey items on their hands. I saw a Captain America shield for $399.99 for example. Granted it’s a nice product from my perspective and it looks sleek, but $399.99 was also the launch price for the PS4. Do a lot of the expensive items deserve this high of a price tag? Sure, but since they are so high, I’m in no rush to get them. Also now that I think about it, considering I live in Massachusetts, if I were to get one of these items, I would go to New Hampshire in order to avoid taxes. Also I want to state for the record, the TV that’s currently in my room was something I ended up paying $349.99 for. That’s $50 less than the Captain America shield. On that note, the TV had a built in Roku Smart platform, 43″, and 4K compatibility. So maybe the shield is overpriced, who knows?

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There was also a decent t-shirt selection as well. The prices were fairly reasonable for t-shirts (around $15), and I might come back to get some t-shirts here in the future.

My absolute favorite part about this store is the music they play inside. I was expecting something that I could call great, but this pushes the meter from great, to amazing. For the first time ever, I found a store that plays music from soundtracks of movies or games! There was one point where I heard part of the soundtrack from The Dark Knight and I stomped around the store to it, along with making movements to it.

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This place has some cool stuff, what did I get? Nothing. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? I love the store, but due to how I couldn’t decide what to get, also because I wanted to save some money for another store I went to, I decided to lack purchases from this store.

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I mentioned already that this store has some pretty cool goods, and if you know any nerds, geeks, or hardcore fans of something, you might want to check this place out if you want to give a gift to someone. The place has something for just about every age such as action figures, Hot Wheels toys, pillows, clothing, backpacks, posters, blankets, and more!

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One more thing about Thinkgeek, in case you weren’t aware, they are linked with GameStop, so if you have a GameStop PowerUp Rewards card, you can use it here and save some moolah! I don’t buy anything from GameStop as much as I used to, I’m more of a movie guy, but I definitely will take any chance I get to use the company card in this store.

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Overall, Thinkgeek is an awesome experience, and if you are a hardcore nerd like me, going here is something you have to do before you die. Doesn’t matter if you purchase anything, or just skidaddle around the store for a period of time. Heck, I might even go as far to say you can just go somewhere that has the store and just walk by it while you look at it from the outside. If you hate going outside, or if you have none of these stores in your area, or you just do everything on your computer, visit Thinkgeek.com. I personally prefer visiting the store as you get to touch everything and walk around to music of movies and video games, but you do you. To me, it’s an awesome experience in a nutshell and I probably will be back soon making purchases.

On another note, I am trying to get more reviews of movies up. Yes I haven’t done one in over a month but I would like you all to be patient. Why? It takes some time to actually watch new movies. Also in case you are unaware, I am going to be doing something Star Wars related before the upcoming movie “Rogue One: a Star Wars Story” comes out. Just thought I’d let you know in case you didn’t, and speaking of upcoming events I’m probably going to watch a new movie over this Columbus Day weekend. I’m not sure what it’ll be, I’m willing to bet either Sully or The Girl on the Train, maybe even two movies, we’ll have to see what the future holds. Whatever reviews I post soon, make sure you stay tuned for those. Scene Before is your click, to the flicks!