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Japan Crate – January 2018: Attack on Titan Crate

I’ve been a fan of anime and manga for a rather long time, dating back to when I was about 6 or 7 years old. Now that I’m in my late 20’s, it’s fair to say I’ve been exposed to it for a rather long time. Sometimes though, an anime comes along which blows everything out of the water and not too long ago, that was Attack on Titan. The sheer number of Attack on Titan coats you see worn at conventions is staggering – and now, the Attack on Titan craze has come to our Japan Crates!

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Film Review: Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the latest (and second only) in the franchise. It’s hard to believe this is only the second time we’ve gone to Jumanji – But this time, we’re not entering the cursed board game, but rather a cursed video game. The game learned from its previous encounter that kids trends change, so when a teen called Alex is given the old board game, it turns itself into something he’s much more interested in – A video game. How does the Robin Williams classic adapt with the times and translate to a modern audience? Read on!

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Review – Xanathar’s Guide To Everything

Last year I kicked off the schedule by reviewing Volo’s Guide to Monsters, a fantastic alternative to wave after wave of Monster Manuals that we’ve enjoyed in previous editions, told from the perspective of Volothamp Geddarm, a peddler of of guidebooks in the Forgotten Realms. I finally got my hands on the guidebook written from the perspective of another famous denizen of the Realms, the beholder crimeboss Xanathar, who has knowledge in all fields that might profit or threaten him or his goldfish.

Xanathar’s Guide to Everything covers a wide variety of categories for players and dungeon masters alike, combining properties of both a Players Handbook and Dungeon Master’s Guide expansion. This book was awash with hype, partially because it’s been visibly in the making for months, maybe years. So without further spiel, let’s get into it: (more…)


Anime Review: Black Clover

What happens when you get an anime protagonist that’s so overpowered for his world, but isn’t reckoned to be by his peers? Also, what happens when you have a main character that’s so loud and obnoxious, just to compliment his status as an overpowered character? Clearly, you’re going to have either a Naruto, or you’re going to have an Asta from Black Clover; a character who is so disliked due to how much he shouts – But let’s not hold that against the anime completely. Let’s check this out subjectively and talk about Black Clover for all the good and bad – and let’s figure if this is an anime worth investing in.

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Review – A Cure For Wellness

It’s an enjoyable thing to review a film that you neither like nor dislike occasionally. You grow tired of the constant compliments or unmerciful dissection, and to find a film that is both good and bad across multiple elements is a perverse delight. Let me start by saying that I enjoyed A Cure For Wellness, but I think my issues with it may stem from having spent a long time critiquing films that predates my time here at GeekOut.

From Gore Verbinski, the man who gave us the best Pirates of the Carribean films, Rango, and The Lone Ranger (can’t all be good I suppose), A Cure For Wellness follows the journey of an upcoming young business executive, one of those nondescript business business men who do business busily, and apparently quite illegally. Having recently been promoted for closing an account with a shady deal, he’s tasked with hunting down a former colleague on whom the company intents to pin the blame; said colleague having written a defamatory letter and vanished to a health spa in Switzerland. Creepiness ensues. (more…)


Stephen King’s IT – Film review

Being a horror fanatic, you have to work pretty hard to shock me with horror films these days. I have seen it all, and I have a preference towards stories that play with psychological boundaries. I am actively looking for those roller coaster moments where you know that something is going to happen, but you just don’t know when. Anticipation is the key; I don’t want a lot of it, but if you can make me feel it once, then the film maker has achieved something. So how did the 2017 version of Stephen King’s IT turn out?

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Timlah’s Kitacon Quest in Review

Kitacon Quest was a blast; from excellent panels to great friends – and oh so much to drink! But still, as always, we didn’t go there just to have a good time. We wanted to make sure you guys all got to see something great from the event – With the tickets selling out so fast, I thought I’d focus on the things I enjoyed the most out of the event. Brace yourselves, because this is going to be another big post; as well as two videos!

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Film Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

DC went all in with this one, as they spent a long time building up to it. With Batman vs Superman basically being an introduction to this film, Wonder Woman has hit our cinema screens and I finally managed to go check it out. What will the clay-made Amazonian bring to the table in terms of story, style and substance? With previous DC films having been criticised so heavily, it was refreshing to watch something that meant a lot to people. As always, buckle up and read on, because here’s our full review.

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Review – Split

Most of the time when I feel compelled to review a film it’s because it was either brilliant and I feel the need to shout about it, or it was just plain awful, and I feel the need to shout about it. With M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, a psychological thriller with hints at the supernatural I have to say…

I’m SPLIT!

What a weird combination of good and bad. It’s nice to remember why we liked Unbreakable and the Sixth Sense and that M. Night can be a good director with clever ideas, but what we have on our hands is a film that shines a light on all the problems with those films too. Let’s get into it: (more…)


Review – Spider-Man Homecoming

Cometh the hour, cometh the Spider-Man, right back into the middle of the MCU where he belongs. No backstory, no spider bite – because it has been done – just straight into the life of a teenager irrevocably altered by comicbook logic. Instead we jump in with the Peter Parker straight after the fight in Civil War, hero-worshipping Tony Stark, fully kitted out and ready to get into a fight with someone a little more daunting than the odd bike thief or shoplifter.

After all of the backbiting and corporate petulance between Disney and Sony, it is so good to have Spidey amongst the ranks of the Avengers because without him it all has all seemed a little weird, but here we have a Spider-Man born of the Cinematic Universe, only a child during the New York Incident, and fully immersed in the unique-to-film narratives, lore and history. (more…)