Author Archives: Jim Knipp

Jim Knipp On… Rankin Bass

rankinbassEach 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.

Sometime in the early 1970s, I was introduced to true horror.  The vehicle of this introduction was not the movies Jaws (which made me afraid of the ocean), nor The Omen (which made me afraid of British people), nor any of the other horror masterpieces that I somehow was allowed to watch at the precocious ages between six and nine.  No, the horror genre was thrust upon me via the wonders of television, which opened a window to a world of elemental evils, mutated minions, and surly Santas.  Of course, the world I speak of is that of the Rankin Bass Christmas television special, the most frightening, twisted universe that humankind has ever uncovered.


“You know, aside from this one…”

“But Jim,” I’m sure you’re saying.  “Those are classics, full of joy and Christmas Spirit!”  And I would respond: “Why are you talking to your computer screen?  You know I can’t hear you, right?”  Then I would add “You’re wrong!”  And I’ll explain why after the break.

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The Flash S01 E03: Things you can’t Outrun

fla1When Glenn asked me to guest blog and write a review about The Flash, I thought, what could go wrong?  I mean, it’s about a guy who can travel at the speed of light… the show couldn’t be more than 30 seconds long, right?  I should be able to hammer out a post in like a minute, then it’s back to obsessively reading 20 year old back issues of X-Men on my Marvel Unlimited app trying to figure out exactly how many times Jean Grey actually died.  Find out what I thought about Central City’s Big Red blur after the break.



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Movie Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dominated the box office this past weekend, almost sending the Transformers into its own Age of Extinction. Just as it did in the 1970s, it seems the country is gripped in Planet of the Apes mania once again. Biff Bam Pop! contributor Jim Knipp got out to the movies this weekend and saw it for himself. Check out his thoughts, after the jump.

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Game of Thrones S04 E10: The Children

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New alliances form, many new paths are chosen, and important characters fall like Wildlings from the Wall as the world turning season 4 finale of “Game of Thrones” once again leaves Westeros in turmoil and more than a few of us scratching our heads, wondering where the series goes from here.  More after the break.

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Game of Thrones S04 E09: The Watchers on the Wall

Well, HBO has thrown us a Clayton Kershaw worthy curveball:  They’ve given us an episode 9 of “Game of Thrones” that focused on one plot line, kept us close to a single group of characters, had no real surprise deaths,  and in the single most expensive episode ever filmed in the series, did absolutely nothing that I’ve been haughtily (if silently) predicting all season for this particular episode.


…proving I know even less than this guy...

…proving I know even less than this guy…

Find out what unfolded with “The Watchers on the Wall,” after the break!

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Game of Thrones S04 E08: The Mountain and the Viper


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So much to talk about with our return to Westeros.  We have betrayals old (and newly discovered) and new, the return of our favorite crazy redhead, promises kept, perfect lies, and the fate of two second-borne sons.  More after the break.

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The Five Stages of a Game of Throneless Week

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So… there’s no “Game of Thrones” this week.  HBO has decided they didn’t want to waste anyone’s time airing tonight’s episode because really, who wouldn’t rather spend the evening getting bit by mosquitoes, eating seven-hour old, Salmonella-infused chicken, and arguing with drunk relatives about Obamacare than visiting the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, sharing in swordplay and song, gallantry and treason, bloodshed and boobies?


Me….I would rather!

Me… I would rather!

Needless to say, it’s been a rough week in KnippKnopp-land knowing that this void would be filling my Sunday night; and I’m sure  it has been for you as well.  So I wanted to help you through it by sharing the five stages of a Game of Throneless Sunday. More after the break.

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Game of Thrones S04 E07: Mockingbird

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Lessons abound in Episode seven, as Tyrion continues to learn who his friends are, Brienne and Podrick discover a new path, Arya and Daeny both learn some anatomy (each of a completely different sort), and an important character receives flying lessons.  More after the break.

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