Author Archives: Andy Burns
If anyone had any expendable cash this weekend, they weren’t spending it on the latest instalment of The Expendables. Here’s what went down:
For the second weekend in a row, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held firm at the top of the box office, bringing in an excellent $28.4 million to raise the film’s total to $117 million in two weeks. Following in second place was Guardians of the Galaxy with $24 million, bringing its three week total to $222 million. There’s a strong possibility, should GotG continue its strong hold, the film could become the most successful of the year before long. Who would have thought it?
While the world waits for some official confirmation that Game of Thrones and Conan star Jason Momoa will be cast as Aquaman for the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, I can tell you without any hesitation that the man recently released his first directorial effort, a solid film titled Road To Paloma. I didn’t have any expectations going into this one, and I was more than pleasantly surprised by the final results.
This weekend, the sly one returns to theatres to once again assault our senses. Will audiences have some expendable cash for aging action action heres? Here’s our prediction:
The Expendables 3 is yet another blow ‘em up action film from Sylvester Stallone and some of the biggest faces in action history – Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson. It’s an amazing cast, likely surrounded by a less than adequate script. But look, what can we expect from a movie like this? As long as there are big explosions and some macho male bonding, people should be happy. Truth is, though, I believe the novelty of all these guys together has worn off. On that note, look for a third place showing with $22 million.
Rather than wallow in the sadness of the death of Robin Williams, one of my favourite comedians, I thought I would compile some videos of his great, great work. I’ll watch them tonight, perhaps you will too, and I’ll remember the genuine joy he gave us throughout his life. Rest in peace, good sir, and thank you for the wonderful memories.
June 23, 1989.
If you’re any sort of geek, that date may very continue to resonate with you in a very large way. I know it does for me. That day, me and a few of my friends, just a few days removed from Grade Seven, arrived at Bayview Village in Toronto, Ontario at 4:00 pm. You see, before the days of Apps and advance tickets, you had to line-up up outside a movie theatre to make sure you’d get tickets to a new, blockbuster movie. And that summer, no movie was going to be bigger than Tim Burton’s Batman.
This weekend, those heroes in a half shell will take on the Star-Lord and his gang of misfits. Which movie will come out on top? Here’s our prediction:
The Michael Bay produced/Megan Fox staring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been talked about for years and now it’s finally here. The trailers have been so-so (in my mind at least) and I don’t think there’s a ton of genuine hype around the film. There’s nothing entirely unique about the film either – we’ve seen this sort of film before, and the turtles have never really gone away. While there’s definitely a strong fan base for the franchise, I don’t think TMNT is going to be any real sort of blockbuster. Look for a second place showing with $37 million.
That means Guardians of the Galaxy will hold onto the top spot for a second week in a row. If anything, the film’s outstanding first weekend has built even more hype for the movie. It should bring in $45 million, bringing its total to close to $200 million.
Also out this weekend is Into The Storm, the sfx laden storm flick which may find its way into third place with $14 million. Step Up All In, the latest in the dance franchise, will debut in fourth place with $10 million, while Lucy will close things out in fifth with $7 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Guardians of the Galaxy – $45 million
2) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $37 million
3) Into The Storm – $14 million
4) Step Up All In – $10 million
5) Lucy – $7 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!
If you had to pin me down to establish my favourite albums of all time, it’s guaranteed that The Who’s awesome 1973 double record Quadrophenia would at least in the top 20, if not higher. While many swear by Tommy, for me, this tale of mods and rockers has always been my go to when I want to listen to The Who – the music is a mix of epic progressive music (the title track), rockers (The Real Me, 5:15), and a ballad to end all ballads (Love Reign O’er Me). Though the band never quite pulled the album off in the 70’s (Keith Moon was never one to play to a click track), in the past twenty years The Who was able to perform it on two separate tours, the most recent of which was ran from 2012-2013. The tour’s final date in London was recorded for the brand new The Who Quadrophenia Live In London DVD, which you now have a chance to win, courtesy of our friend’s at Universal Music Canada. There’s three ways you can win:
1) Tell us your favourite song by The Who in the comments section below
2) Tell us your favourite song by The Who on Twitter – be sure to use hashtag #bbpwho
Contest closes Friday August 1st at 11:59pm. Random winners will be chosen and contacted via email.