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Ghostbusters 2016 Score Album Review

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jul. 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Music, 2016 Parody Remake
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I reviewed the 2016 movie soundtrack album the other day, so it's only fitting that my next review is of the 2016 movie score album, featuring music by composer Theodore Shapiro. As I stated in my other review, I am not a music critic, so apologies if I don't use musical terms correctly, or don't comment on things that a music critic would.

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Ghostbusters 2016 Soundtrack Album Review

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jul. 28, 2016 at 11:33 PM , Categories: Music, 2016 Parody Remake
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This is a first. I've never reviewed music on Spook Central before. Blu-rays and DVDs, video games, books, even marshmallows...but never music. Bearing in mind that I don't have any degrees in music, and have never worked for Rolling Stone or Billboard, I am going to apologize in advance if I don't use musical terms correctly, or don't comment on things that a music critic would. I'm writing this completely from the viewpoint of a consumer with a very eclectic music collection, who also happens to be a Ghostbusters fan :-)

I want to also note that, as with all of the other new movie merchandise, I am reviewing the soundtrack album strictly on its own merits, and not in relation to the movie itself (though I reference the movie here and there).

Okay, I think that wraps up all of the pre-flight announcements, so let's get right to it...

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Ghostbusters 2016 Movie Review

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jul. 15, 2016 at 11:30 PM , Categories: Reviews & Merch, 2016 Parody Remake
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- "I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood.
Something that could never, ever possibly destroy us."

- Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Ghostbusters (1984).
- "Oh, this is just wrong." - Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), Ghostbusters (2016)

AVAST YE MATEY - THAR BE SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

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Ghostbuster's Handbook 2016 Movie Book Review

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jul. 12, 2016 at 4:58 PM , Categories: Books, 2016 Parody Remake
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June 14th saw the release of Ghostbuster's Handbook by Daphne Pendergrass, a children's book based on the new Ghostbusters movie. The 5"x7.5" paperback tome is printed with a medium-sized font on glossy paper stock (like the old Ghostbusters II Storybook from Scolastic) and is suitable for the 10-13 year old age range (my personal guess). While not as heavy on large-size text as Proud To Be A Ghostbuster and Who You Gonna Call?, there is still an ample amount of photographs, so it didn't take me very long to breeze through the 96 pages. Released by the Simon and Schuster imprint, Simon Spotlight, this book carries a list price of $6.99, but you can always find it a little cheaper at Amazon, where an eBook version is also available.

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Over eight chapters (noted below), Ghostbuster's Handbook is written and formatted as the pocket-handbook of a new Ghostbusters recruit. The background of the pages look like yellow, lined notebook paper, and the text has many "hand-written" corrections. There are a lot of photographs, though two of them are repeated.

CHAPTERS
1. How to Use This Guide
2. Important Ghostbusters and Their Contributions
3. A Brief History of Our Organization
4. Getting Down to Business: Ghostbusters Protocols
5. Procedures, and Precautions
6. Terminology
7. Famous Cases
8. Codes of Conduct and Perks

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We start with biographies of the new crew, and a little bit of their backstory. In my reviews of other books and merchandise, I noted that, much to my chagrin, Sony prefers to never have Jillian Holtzmann referred to simply as "Jillian", even though they are fine calling everyone else by their first names only. (Kevin never gets a last name in the books.) Author Daphne Pendergrass actually addressed this by stating that "she prefers to be addressed as Holtzmann". Thank you, Pendergrass, for providing a official explanation for this quirk. I'll still call her Jillian.

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The Handbook was written after the events of the movie, so it contains a lot of spoilers. For that reason, I can't be too detailed about the book's contents. There are brief write-ups on the company, the equipment, their techniques, and their terminology. The seven classifications of ghosts are explained, as are some of the ghosts the Ghostbusters encounter in the movie (and the places where they encounter them). For some reason, a photo of ghostly Flappers (people in 1920s attire) was used for Sparky, the subway ghost (on page 69). That, and the two repeated photos on pages 21 & 58 (stack of books) and 27 & 36 (chinese reataurant), are the only photo issues I found in the entire book.

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You'll get a brief Final Test, and if you pass, you'll be awarded with a certificate deeming you an honorary Ghostbuster. Ghostbuster's Handbook reminded me, quite a lot, of The Official Ghostbusters Training Manual by Christopher Brown (PDF available on Spook Central's Ghostbusters Books page), released back in the 1980s as a tie-in for the original film. Both books are written from the perspective of an "employee handbook", and both include a certificate at the very end. However, this book is a vast improvement on that one in length, details, and style. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the new movie, no matter what their age.
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Ghostbusters 2016 Movie Production Notes

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jul. 5, 2016 at 11:30 PM , Categories: 2016 Parody Remake
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Whether some of you like it or not, the new Ghostbusters movie comes out on July 15th. Will it be good? Will it be bad? Will it signal the apocalypse? We'll know in 10 days. (It can't be any worse than the horrendous-beyond-words Hardy vs. Hardy storyline currently going on in TNA Wrestling. I forsee a clear Gooker winner come January. - Sorry, watching wrestling while I'm typing this and got distracted by the awfulness of the "attack of the drones" segment on tonight's Impact broadcast.)

In the meantime, here is the official Production Notes for the movie. This is the type of thing that used to be typed and printed on multiple sheets of paper in physical press kits, like there was for Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, but I'm guessing that Sony (or any studio) isn't making physical press kits anymore. All of this text came from a 57-page .docx file I obtained from the Sony Pictures Publicity website. I'm including it ALL here - spread onto multiple pages - as there is some interesting information contained therein that should be documented online for reference.

Also, if you want high-res high-quality assets from the new movie, I took the liberty of downloading everything from the Sony Pictures Publicity site and re-uploaded it in a MASSIVE 205 MB zip file (link valid for a limited time). It was more of a pain in the butt than it should have been to get it all. I won't go into detail, but suffice to say, you're getting it easier through DropBox. It awaits to be seen if Sony adds more stuff to that site, or if this is it.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page 1 - Introduction / About The Film / About The Characters
Page 2 - About The Props, Gadgets, And Vehicles / About The Design And Locations
Page 3 - About The Ghosts And The Visual Effects / About The Costumes
Page 4 - About The Director / About The Cast (Part 1)
Page 5 - About The Cast (Part 2)
Page 6 - About The Filmmakers (Part 1)
Page 7 - About The Filmmakers (Part 2)
Page 8 - About The Filmmakers (Part 3)

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