Daily Archives: May 8, 2012
A few of us Biff Bam Poppers have watched the new Xavier Gens film The Divide lately, and I think we’ve all come away with different opinions on the post-nuclear war flick staring Michael Biehn, Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia and Rosanna Arquette. With the film fresh in my mind (and my eyeballs), I thought I’d give you my ambivalent take on it.
The Divide finds eight people living (trapped?) in a fall out shelter underneath their apartment building, one created and maintained by the buildings superintendent, Mickey (Michael Biehn). As the days go by, we watch the group dynamic unravel as our survivors (victims?) realize that there is no way out for them. What comes next is murder, dismemberment, rape and more unpleasantness. Suffice to say, The Divide isn’t for everyone.
Read on after the jump!
Star Wars Day was a huge success (once again!) and we’re ready to announce the winner of our May the 4th Be With You Contest!
Congratulations to Chrissy S. — she has won a copy of DK’s Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary – the definitive guide to Episode I.
We loved the Cello Lightsaber Battle below, but the awesomely NSFW Hitler vs. Vader Rap clinched her win… you can check THAT out after the jump!
Apologies to the Biff Bam Pop! readership for being M.I.A. for the last few weeks but I haven’t been in front of a computer or keyboard long enough to write my name, let alone a full column. That said, I have been listening to some great (and some not so great) new music so here’s a quick look at hits and misses from April’s new releases.
Add It To The Collection:
Over the past month, there have been two albums that stood out to my ears. Both are raw, rootsy records that call upon the blues rock and R&B sounds of the late 60’s.
First is the debut release by Alabama Shakes entitled Boys & Girls. I first heard the lead-off single “Hold On” on the radio and thought I was hearing some old unreleased Janis Joplin track. The guitars, drums and bass sound as basic as can be and then you hear the voice of lead singer Brittany Howard and are instantly transported to 1967. The band sways when it needs to sway and rocks when it needs to rock – very reminiscent of Joplin’s band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. Boys & Girls is more R&B/Motown at times than rock which makes it feel like a modern-day STAX recording. This is a buzz band worthy of the buzz. Must have track: There isn’t a bad track on this one, but the gospel-inspired “Hold On” has the ability to be this years’ “Rolling In The Deep” or “Howlin For You”.
Check out more favourites after the jump!