Blue on Black: The Voices (2015)

I’m surrounded by passionate people. Almost everyone I know is really excited about something, and most of them always have a recommendation of some kind for me – “You HAVE to check out this awesome show/book/song/etc!” But there are a few people in my world who don’t often suggest things at all, let alone very strongly, and when they do, I take note. The other day a coworker of mine, who I don’t think had ever discussed a film with me beyond smalltalk, came into my office and with wide eyes asked me if I had ever seen The Voices. I told her I’d never even heard of it and she goes, “Oh my god, Amanda. It’s so f*cked up. You HAVE to watch it.” Naturally, I was intrigued and watched the trailer to get a sense of the film… Ryan Reynolds? In a pink jumpsuit? A talking cat? This looks hilarious! How f’ed up could this movie really be?

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The GAR! Podcast: Scarface, Batmanga, and Herb Trimpe

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week, we’re talking about Scarface, “Daredevil,” Herb Trimpe, and how we should be celebrating our one hundredth episode, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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David Sandford Ward On… Rivers

Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

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“Rivers” is a song from Skinny Puppy’s fifth studio release, Rabies. It’s not a goth-industrial hit; you won’t hear it on the dancefloor at goth nights (and you never did); most non-Skinny Puppy fans have never heard of it; but it is absolutely brilliant. Early Skinny Puppy was characterized, generally, by two sorts of sounds: one included thumping percussion, eerie repeated synthesizer tracks, disjointed broken sampling, and Nivek Ogre’s voice; the other included atmospheric synth pads that sometimes included samples from horror films (these were found both sounds – take “Icebreaker” from Bites). Both “Rivers” and “Worlock” from Rabies are both firmly Skinny Puppy songs on an album that is essentially a Ministry album with a Skinny Puppy mask (no great surprise: Ministry’s frontman, Al Jourgensen, was a producer). A lot of people gush about “Worlock” – with good reason. It’s a fantastic song, and one is pretty much guaranteed to hear it at a Skinny Puppy concert. This is far less likely, if not impossible, with “Rivers”. Read the rest of this entry

Will you be hanging out with Paul Blart: Mall Cop this weekend?

Three new movies are hitting theaters this weekend, and while none of them have a chance at hitting the top spot, they could make an impact. Here are our predictions:

Paul BlartNobody asked for it, but Paul Blart; Mall Cop 2 is here. The original managed to make close to $150 million in North America, which is certainly surprising, and I suppose grounds for a sequel. However, there’s no buzz for the film and the reviews have been atrocious. Look for a second place showing with a frontloaded $24 million.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S02 E17: Melinda

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Have you heard the rumors? A second S.H.I.E.L.D. show featuring super-powered agents? Perhaps Gonzales is right and Coulson is collecting them, and maybe that would be the reason for there being two S.H.I.E.L.D.s. And maybe it’s just all rumor. All this plus the secret behind May’s nickname The Cavalry, check out my review of “Melinda,” after the jump.

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Twin Peaks S01 E05: Cooper’s Dreams

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Holy llamas on a stick! On episode four, we followed Cooper and Harry Truman as they continue their search for Laura’s killers.  I’m beginning to believe that the outlaws outnumber the good guys. Everyone is a suspect, even that damn Waldo. Read the rest of this entry

Celebrate Star Wars live with Biff Bam Pop! UPDATED with NEW TRAILER

Star_Wars__The_For_3120503bThe Star Wars Celebration is happening in Anaheim, and there’s no question that the big deal is a panel about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, featuring J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and probably a few surprises as well. The event is being livestreamed, and you can watch it below, starting at 1:00 pm ET.

UPDATE: The new trailer just debut and we’ve got it!

The Ten Percent: Babylon 5 (1994 – 1998)

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“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

Twenty years ago, J. Michael Straczynski’s epic, award winning series Babylon 5 first aired on broadcast television. The show marked an important shift in the way American TV series were designed, for instead of a typical episodic structure where the story returns to the status quo ante at the end of the hour and picks up the following week as if nothing had happened, Straczynski plotted Babylon 5 as a series of long story arcs, which were themselves contained within one narrative master-arc. The series follows the adventures of the human crew and multi-species diplomats aboard the space station Babylon 5. Set in a universe where humans are far from the oldest, most developed, or most powerful race, the five season arc is a kind of coming of age story of humanity as a whole. The people aboard Babylon 5, both human and alien, find themselves confronted with multiple dangers ranging from the galaxy-wide machinations of two truly ancient and powerful races; to the smaller scale, but no less deadly, intrigues of interstellar politics. Led by Commander Jeffery Sinclair (Michael O’Hare) and Captain John Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner), the people aboard survive and overcome the myriad difficulties facing them and the universe by building new alliances, and most importantly, new communities, that link together previously disparate peoples. In the process, however, there are enough space battles, civil wars, and assassination attempts to keep the most hardened action-junky satisfied, and all of it part of a single, grand narrative.

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Marie Gilbert at Pennhurst Asylum

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I’ve written about the amazing ghost investigators of South Jersey Ghost Research at Biff Bam Pop! before here, and here, but I’ve never gone to Pennhurst Asylum with the group. I won’t be using my usual humor in this post. There is nothing humorous about Pennhurst.

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The Flash S01 E18: All-Star Team-Up

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So many guest-stars in this episode of “The Flash,” and more crossover with “Arrow.” This week, the Atom and Felicity come visiting Central City for an old-fashioned superhero team-up and come face to face with an old school Silver Age Atom rogue from the comics, updated for TV, called, believe it or not, the Bug-Eyed Bandit! Meet me after the super speed jump for my thoughts on “All-Star Team-Up.”

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