Andy Burns On…Heat (1995)

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.

Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.

Can a movie you’ve seen countless times still move you and thrill you?

If the movie is Michael Mann’s Heat, the answer is a definitive yes.


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Don’t expect The Transporter to be transported to the top of the box office

It’s the final official weekend of the summer, when films that folks typically have minimal interest in get released. This year is no exception. How will things go down? Here’s our prediction:

imageThe one and only wide release film this weekend is The Transporter: Refuelled, a new entry in the modestly succesful action film franchise. However, this is instalment in missing Jason Statham, which means it’s missing any real buzz from the core audience. Add in the Labour Day long weekend, cottages, etc, and this film is pretty much going to be DOA. Look for a second place showing with $8.5 million.

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The Sacred Scrolls – Your Key to the Planet of the Apes Comics

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I am a child of the 1970s, and like owning a vinyl copy of Frampton Comes Alive!, an Evel Knievel stunt set, and a Farrah Fawcett poster – being a fan of Planet of the Apes was mandatory. I love the Planet of the Apes, and so did everyone my age. Imagine the thrill for a comics geek like me when I found out about Planet of the Apes comic books. Now there’s a book from Sequart that examines those comics, meet me after the jump when I take a look at The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes.

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Twin Peaks S02 E18: On the Wings of Love

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The last episode of “Twin Peaks” was all about secrets and how they can literally kill you. Twin Peaks is a town of secrets. It’s like Congress. While Harry is dealing with his grief a stranger climbs into his bed. Wake up Harry! Read the rest of this entry

The Ten Percent – Wes Craven

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

Hello, and welcome to “The Ten Percent,” a regular column here on Biff Bam Pop! where every other week Ensley F. Guffey and I look at the corollary of Sturgeon’s Law: the ten percent of everything is not crud. This “Ten Percent” column is dedicated to a man whose recent passing leaves a dark hole in the pop culture landscape; a man who used his strict Baptist upbringing and brief experience in the classroom to transform the modern horror film. Wes Craven passed away on August 30, 2015 but his legacy will echo for generations to come. Truly, he has earned his place among the Ten Percent.

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Exclusive: Andy Burns talks to Lost After Dark Director Ian Kessner

Earlier this week we spoke with Kendra Timmins, one of the stars of the new 80s slasher throwback film Lost After Dark. Today, we offer for your consideration our email conversation with the film’s director, Ian Kessner. As you’ll see from our chat, Ian is  passionate filmmaker with a love for the genre. On that note, let’s get right to it:

Andy Burns: Ian, congrats on Lost After Dark. I had a lot of fun watching it with a crowd – everyone was in on the nods and winks to horror films past. Which films from the genre did you grow up loving, and why?

Ian Kessner: Watching it with a crowd is the best.  Hearing them laugh and scream in all the right places brings joy to my heart. Some of my favorite slashers growing up were Friday the 13th, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Happy Birthday To Me, Sleepaway Camp, My Bloody Valentine, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.  I saw them all on VHS rentals I managed to get my young hands on.  I think they had such a big impact on me because they were a safe way for me to experience fear and death from the relative comfort of my safe suburban home. Read the rest of this entry

The GAR! Podcast: Nerd Thinking

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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, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re talking about nerds, potato chips, cruises, and beer, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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Go Capespotting With PLUTONA #1 On The Wednesday Run

Think back to your childhood. Do you remember those distinct coming-of-age moments?

Opening the pages to a stolen nudie magazine. Seeing your grandmother pass away. Your first kiss. An after-school fight in the playground. Discovering the mangled body of the world’s greatest superhero?

Well, maybe not that last one – but that particular finding is still a metaphor that we can all understand: coming of age and the loss of innocence. It’s the underlying narrative and theme of the new, highly anticipated five-issue miniseries, Plutona.

Follow me after the jump for the scoop!

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Actor Trading Cards: Nick Nolte

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Born: February 8, 1941 in Omaha, Nebraska
Height: 6′

Personal Quote:

“If you feel you have a film that’s valid, you stick your ass on the line.”

“When you start thinking about death more than sex, you know you’re getting old.”

Did You Know?

Declined the role of ‘Snake Plissken’ in Escape from New York, which eventually went to Kurt Russell.

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Exclusive: Andy Burns talks to Lost After Dark’s Kendra Timmins

Today (September 1st, 2015) sees the release of the new horror film, Lost After Dark. Co-written by Bo Ransdell and Ian Kessner and directed by Kessner, the film is set in Spring 1984, when are group of high school friends decide to take off for the weekend to spend a few nights at Adrienne’s (Kendra Timmins) family’s cottage. However, things take a turn for the worse when the school bus the friends have stolen breaks down, leaving them stranded on a deserted road, near an abandoned house that’s sole occupant is Junior Joad, a long-thought cannibal killer. Mayhem and murder ensues.

I had the chance to check out a screening of Lost After Dark at the end of August with cast and crew in attendance, and I enjoyed the film quite a bit. It’s a love letter to ’80s horror films and knows exactly what it is. While it’s a little long at times, there are some genuine shocks and surprises throughout, and you can’t say that about every horror film out there.

Lost After Dark’s lead actress Kendra Timmins was kind enough to answer some questions via email about the film, the shoot and much more.

LOST-AFTER-DARK-BD-cover-797x1024Andy Burns: Kendra, I was at the screening at the SoHo and the audience seemed to have a great time – what’s it like watching Lost After Dark with a crowd?

Kendra Timmins: It might sound strange, but it’s actually such a relief to see Lost After Dark with an audience. We knew as actors that we had something really fun to work with in terms of a script and a genre, but because it’s set in the 80s and an homage to a genre that is beloved by so many horror fans, that can easily be lost on an audience. So hearing people laugh and scream and have fun in all the right places, is so gratifying as an actor.

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