Friday, April 20, 2018

Let's Talk About Doctor Who Part 2: Collecting Who (DVDs, Blu-rays, Books, Toys)

Welcome to Part 2 of Cereal At Midnight's look at all things Doctor Who! In this video, we'll focus on collecting Who: the novels and books, records, and most importantly, the DVDs and Blu-rays! We'll compare the U.S. releases of classic Doctor Who to the British ones and I'll even give some tips for completing your own Doctor Who DVD collection! Of course, we could never touch on all the aspects of collecting in a single video, so that's where YOU come in! Comment and share your favorite Doctor Who collectibles! Do you read the comics? Do you have a favorite novel? Are you into the Funko Pops? Get involved in the conversation, because Cereal At Midnight is all about YOU!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Let's Talk About Doctor Who Part 1: The Doctors Old and New (Classic vs Modern)

In the first of two episodes focusing on the longest-running science fiction TV show in history, Doctor Who, we dig into the Doctors themselves to see how they hold up. We also compare the classic series to the more modern 2005 revival of the show to see how they're different. What are the show's strengths? What about weaknesses? Strap in for an honest look at one of the most fun and enduring TV shows ever.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Kellogg's Honey Smacks Cereal Review! Do We Dig 'Em?

Grab a bowl and pull up a chair as we dig into Kellogg's Honey Smacks and share an honest review of this cereal that's been around since 1953! We'll look at the mascot, the box, and most importantly, the cereal itself!

More cereal reviews:

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

DVD & Blu ray Movie Collection Update 4-10-18: Marvel, Anime, Digital Exclusives, Catalog Titles

In this video, we'll take a look at some recent additions to the Cereal at Midnight DVD and Blu-ray collection. We'll talk Marvel, some anime, discuss a Fantastic Four exclusive, the direction of Martin Scorsese's career, and a movie monster that REALLY freaks me out!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Dirt Cheap DC Comics Haul (Ollie's Bargain Outlet Collected Edition Pick Up)

DC Comics collected editions are hitting Ollie's Bargain Outlets in America and fans are finding some incredible deals! This video features the stack that I found at my local Ollie's and includes such characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Shazam, and Blue Beetle and books created by Tim Sale, Walter (Walt) Simonson, Len Wein, Jim Starlin, and John Byrne!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Collecting At Midnight Episode 2: Physical Media Discussion Show

Welcome in to the second episode of "Collecting At Midnight!" In this podcast for your eyes, we'll discuss the latest thrift store hauls, some music pick-ups, walk on eggshells while discussing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and I'll reveal a surprising new passion for a show that you'll never see coming. Along the way, we'll touch on classic rock, losing things in your home media library, and get maudlin over Toys R Us. It's fun for the whole family, except for when it's accidentally not! Get comfortable, grab a spoon, and join in the conversation, Midnight Cereal Society!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Robert johnson, the Delta Blues, & the REAL Crossroads

The legend of Robert Johnson is one of the founding myths of both the Delta Blues and Rock and Roll. Even eighty years later, his life and death still remain shrouded in mystery. Did Robert Johnson meet the devil at the crossroads at midnight, exchanging his soul for the ability to play the blues? More importantly, if those crossroads really exist, where are they? There are multiple sites that are thought to be the "real" crossroads; in this video, I'm going to tell you why I think there's only one truly logical choice. Let's go down to the crossroads together and see what we find.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Blu-ray Review: Code 7...Victim 5/Mozambique

The good people at Blue Underground have rescued and restored a couple of early sixties genre movies in Code 7...Victim 5 and Mozambique, both produced by British indie filmmaker Harry Alan Towers as part of their "Double Feature" line of B movies. As far as I'm aware, both of these movies mark my first real exposure to Towers and his specific brand of schlock. Both films seem to be chasing the exotic location excitement of the James Bond movies, which were still fresh and new back in 1964, and both movies succeed at providing those elements by filming in South Africa. Unfortunately, there's not enough meat on the bones to really make for a totally satisfying movie experience, either.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Midnight Music: "Groovin" by The Young Rascals

Soon to be re-christened simply "The Rascals," these guys sat at the crossroads of R&B and the new brand of rock music appearing in the mid-sixties. They've never been the household names that they should have been, but they had the talent and the had the songs.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Toys R Us: Say Goodbye, Never Forget (Farewell Tribute)

When Toys R Us declared bankruptcy and announced that they were closing most of their stores, many of us found ourselves saying farewell to a living piece of our childhood. Take one last trip into the store with Cereal At Midnight and let's wander the aisles together. This video was filmed just days before the liquidation sales began, when the shelves were stocked and the "going out of business" signs had not been hung yet. If you grew up a Toys R Us kid, this is probably how you'll want to remember the "biggest toy store there is." Though we have to say goodbye, we'll never forget how it felt to visit Toys R Us when we were young. This video is a tribute--not to a corporation, but to our childhood, when the shelves seemed endless, and our imaginations knew no limits.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Scooby-Doo and Batman: The Brave and the Bold Movie Review (Scooby Doo)

In this video, we talk about the new Scooby-Doo/Batman: The Brave and the Bold movie from Warner Brothers. In the grand tradition of Hanna-Barbera animation, this movie combines the best elements of the Scooby Gang with the team-up excitement of Batman: The Brave and the Bold! We'll discuss if the movie lives up to the legacy of both shows, and I'll offer some recommendations of some other animated movies from Warner Brothers that have a similar tone. Make sure your Bat Utility Belt is packed with lots of Scooby snacks!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Let's Talk About Greta Van Fleet

Greta Van Fleet is a band from Michigan that's bringing back good, ol' fashioned rock and roll! Steeped in musical influences that range from the blues to hard rock legends like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC, Greta Van Fleet is a band everyone is talking about. In this video, we'll dig into their latest release "From the Fires," explore their musical influences, and speculate about their future.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hanna Barbera Diamond Collection: Classic Cartoons on DVD For the Last Time?

Hanna-Barbera is a giant in the world of animation, giving us The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and Huckleberry Hound. Icons! Pioneers! Magic makers! Join me as we dig into the mystery of the Hanna-Barbera Diamond Collection. What is it? Why now? Where can you buy them? We will discuss all of the above, as well as the usual physical media stuff. If you were born between the fifties and the eighties, you likely grew up on a steady diet of Hanna-Barbera goodness, and this video is sure to bring back happy memories!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

We Need to Talk About NEW Honeycomb Cereal (Post, Honey Comb)

Honeycomb cereal from Post has been through a change lately, and I'm not sure it's for the better! With the Cereal Wars in full force, companies are doing anything and everything they can to freshen up their brands and rejuvenate older favorites. The latest victim is Honeycomb, and cereal fans everywhere must raise their spoons and their voices!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Digital Comic Books! Plus, Are Comics In Trouble? (Marvel Unlimited, Comixology)

In this video, we take a look at the "digital vs physical" debate, but this time with a focus on comics. Along the way, you'll get my honest take on digital comic book services like Marvel Unlimited and Comixology as well as my assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. Then we dive headfirst into a look at the state of the comic book industry as a whole. Is it in good shape? Is it in trouble? OMG, ARE COMICS DYING?! What you don't know could harm you! On second thought, you'll be fine. We finish the video with a look at the cost of fandom, gate-keeping (*gasp*), and the changing face of collecting.

As always, this video is a little bit grumpy, a little bit funny (hopefully), but always totally honest.

DON'T BUY the Sega Genesis Flashback HD from At Games

I picked one of these up today at a big box retailer and couldn't wait to get it home. I'd read the reviews and I knew the console had some issues, but I told myself that I had realistic expectations and I knew the strengths and weaknesses of the system, so I'd just appreciate it for what it was and overlook what it wasn't.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Gumby: The Movie (1995)

From the "huh?" files comes Gumby: The Movie, aka The Gumby Movie, aka Gumby 1.  Until I saw the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack while out shopping last week, this wasn't even on my radar. Boy, I'm glad I found it.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man Stories: Marvel Comics That Shaped My Fandom

Here's a look at some of my favorite Spider-Man stories over the years. This isn't a "best of" list, and it isn't a list of books that are critically acclaimed. This is a personal list of Spidey stories that I love and that have had a positive impact on my fandom over the years.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Collecting At Midnight Episode 1 - Physical Media Discussion Show

Welcome to the first episode of Collecting At Midnight, a longer, podcast/vidcast format discussion about physical media collecting. This is the place where you can learn more about Cereal At Midnight, your host (me, Heath Holland), and dive deep into topics that other videos on the channel can't. There will be impressions (done poorly), cats interrupting, and maybe even the occasional surprise or two. Collecting At Midnight is geared toward the hobby (obsession) of collecting from a personal and honest perspective.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Sometimes great movies are made even when the people responsible for creating them seem to be doing their best to spoil the process. Such is the case with 1947's seminal film noir (a status I'll defend in a bit) The Lady from Shanghai. The behind-the-scenes drama of this wonderful film rival what eventually ended up on screen, with neither the writer/director/star Orson Welles being satisfied, nor its executive producer, Harry Cohn. Even audiences weren't all that interested in it back in 1947. 

Orson Welles is famous for being a difficult entity with whom to work, and studio executives are famous for counting pennies and wanting things done their way. Those two personality traits aren't very easy bedfellows, and Welles has left behind a reputation as a man who pushed the buttons of the people that employed him. In response to the production of this movie, Harry Cohn went as far as to notoriously comment that he'd never again hire one person to write, direct, and star in a movie because it meant he couldn't fire them. Fortunately for us, Welles also left behind a mountain of great films in addition to his reputation. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

World of Wheels 2018 (Birmingham, AL) Custom Auto Show

Ride shotgun at the 2018 World of Wheels Custom Auto Show, sponsored by O'Reilly Auto Parts. This is the Birmingham, AL show, which took place the weekend of February 9, 10, and 11. Thanks to O'Reilly Auto Parts for sponsoring the event each year.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Taco Bell Breakfast Fail

A quick video account of my FIRST and also my LAST trip to Taco Bell for breakfast. Run from the border?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Spoiler Free Movie Review

The 30th DC Universe Animated Movie is here, and it's a big one: Gotham by Gaslight, the classic story from writer Brian Augustyn and artist Mike Mignola, was DC's first Elseworlds comic, placing Batman and Gotham in a Victorian, 19th Century world that's stalked by Jack the Ripper. How does the new adaptation live up to expectations?

Friday, February 2, 2018

5 Tips for Collecting Physical Media

Whether you're a long-time physical media collector or have just come to the hobby, here are five tips to live by when collecting anything! These tips apply to Blu-rays, DVDs, comics, vinyl records, books, CDs, video games, and just about everything else, and by living by these five tips, you're collection will be growing in no time.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

James Bond 007: Live and Let Die (Roger Moore, 1973)

The first of a series of videos looking at Roger Moore's tenure as James Bond! How did the role of Agent 007 change with the retirement of Sean Connery from the iconic British spy and the casting of Roger Moore? What works? What doesn't work? Does the transition from Connery to Moore leave us shaken, stirred, or unmoved altogether?

Friday, January 26, 2018

Space Lounge Vol. 2

Aloha and welcome to the second shindig at the Space Lounge, blasting you back through time to the atomic age and beyond. Kick off your creepers and grab a pineapple drink, because this clambake starts in 3.....2.....1.....

The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck By Don Rosa (Carl Barks, Disney, Ducktales)

Dig deep into the history of Disney's Ducktales and the comics that paved the way for the modern television classic. We examine the comic book work of Carl Barks and Don Rosa, then take a deeper look at "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck," an Eisner award winning collection of some of the best Disney comics ever. This video also includes our first ever "breaking news" interruption!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983) Blu-ray Review

I can't tell you how excited I was to get the package in the mail that I knew contained my Blu-ray copy of Yor, the Hunter from the Future. I'd never seen the movie, but as a fan of low-budget genre entertainment (read: NERD), I was chomping at the bit to spin the disc.

The movie does not disappoint.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Why I'm Mad At Disney (Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, Marvel, Magic Kindom, EPCOT, World)

This is a twenty-minute therapy session in which I explain why I'm currently a little upset at Disney as a company. We cover Disney's purchase of Fox (again), talk about the rising ticket prices of the parks at Disney World while the rides themselves continue to decline, and look to the horizon with the construction of Star Wars Land (Galaxy's Edge) and the injection of Marvel into the parks. We also look at the tenure of Bob Iger as the CEO of Disney and see how he compares to the notorious Michael Eisner. It's less angry than it sounds, and we might actually figure out a thing or two about ourselves and the way we interact with our entertainment!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mill Creek New Releases: Yor: The Hunter from the Future, S.W.A.T., The Durango Kid

In this video, we look at three new releases from Mill Creek Entertainment that just hit shelves this week and examine the progress these new discs represent. We just discussed Mill Creek Entertainment in the last video, but this just couldn't wait!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: Star Wars: Captain Phasma from Marvel Comics

The world of Star Wars is absolutely littered with characters that are fascinating and have detailed back-stories, yet get very little screen time. It's the double-edged sword of the iconic film series: they give us an awesome world that feels lived-in and is populated by characters that feel like they've always existed, yet they don't have the time or the means to delve too deeply into the mythology of every nook and cranny.

Such is the case with Captain Phasma, a character that follows in the tradition of Jango Fett, Aurra Sing, Zam Wesell, Count Dooku, Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, and all the bounty hunters we met in The Empire Strikes Back, particularly Boba Fett. The movies just don't have the ability to give each one of these interesting characters the attention they deserve. Luckily, that's exactly the kind of thing that the Expanded Universe was created to do.

Friday, January 12, 2018

In Defense of Mill Creek Entertainment

Let's take an in-depth look at the company Mill Creek Entertainment, the guys behind those massive 50-movie sets that seem to be everywhere. We look at the pros and cons of the company's business model, highlight their successes, and point out a few areas that could use a little improvement. This one's for fans of exploitation, horror, sci-fi, drive-in, martial arts, and cult classic DVDs, Blu-rays, and physical media. We also look at their box sets of Miami Vice, Knight Rider, Airwolf, That '70s show, Quantum Leap, and a few of their mega-movie sets including the 200-film Drive-In Cult Classics box set.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Welcome to the Space Lounge (Space Lounge Vol. 1)

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the Space Lounge, the hippest, swingingest corner of the galaxy where you can cozy up for a drink and check out some of the coolest music that lies far off the beaten path.

If you've poked around this site, you might recognize that I'm obsessed with mid-century kitsch. From the late fifties to the early-to-mid seventies, the weirdest, hottest, strangest popular music ever was pouring out of the culture. Here in the Space Lounge, I'll be spinning lounge, exotica, surf, swing, and even unusual elevator records that are still cooler than the other side of the pillow. Expect the unexpected.

Today I christen the Space Lounge and cut the cosmic ribbon to welcome you into the party. You can check your coat in the tiki closet and order a drink from the monkey in the fez. Prepare for blast off as we ride this rocket all the way back to the atomic age. Lift off after the jump...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review: The Legends of Luke Skywalker

The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu is one of several books that comprise the "Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi," a wave of fiction meant to build anticipation for the movie and give readers some clues as to what has been happening off-screen. They also introduce characters, concepts, and locations that will be important in the movie itself. The fiction books (there are also activity and coloring books) cover four different age ranges: adult, young adult, junior, and young reader. This book falls under the junior line, meaning it's probably geared toward pre-teens and early teens. None of that matters when you're a Star Wars fan eager to get your hands on fresh content, though, especially concerning a character that everyone wanted to see more of in the sequel trilogy of films. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Donkey Kong Country and the Greatness of "Aquatic Ambiance"

I've been playing a fair bit of Donkey Kong Country lately on my SNES Classic Edition, and I've been struck all over again by what an amazing video game it is. Something I'd forgotten, though, was how beautiful the soundtrack to the game was (and still is), with a lot of different genres of influences going into the pot. The music for the game was composed primarily by David Wise with help from Eveline Fischer and Robin Beanland; Fisher's goal was to create music that would sonically refer back to great synthesizer scores of the past. He threw in some world rhythms and a bunch of African instrumentation, and the rest is history.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Holiday Haul: Star Wars, Marvel Epic Collections, PS4 Games, and Kino Movies!

2017 is gone and 2018 is here! In the first vlog of the New Year, I go over my holiday haul and show you the movies, books, video games, and comics that I got for Christmas. There's action figure talk, some DVDs and Blu-rays, and even some quick thoughts about what's to come in the New Year.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Cereal Review: Life - Limited Edition Gingerbread Spice

The holidays may have come and gone, but I only just found this in stores. I was in a Target that I don't normally frequent, and I stumbled across an end-cap display with a few boxes of Quaker's Life Cereal in the "Limited Edition" flavor of Gingerbread Spice. The best part is that the box was on clearance for $2.11. So what if Christmas is over?! It's still a winter wonderland outside as I write this, and the idea of some tasty gingerbread in my breakfast bowl sounds amazing! I threw the box into my shopping cart and had a bowl mere minutes after I got back home.

So what's the verdict on this seasonal cereal flavor?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Mer-Man on a Kraken!

I was watching some episodes of Filmation's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon and ran across this image, which I loved so much I just had to share. It's taken from the 32nd episode of season one, "Search for the VHO." In the story, He-man and Teela must save a researcher and his son who are trapped in the water off the coast of an island. This brings He-Man directly into the domain of Mer-Man, but Skeletor's flunkie has some help: A KRAKEN!