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Saturday At The Movies: Birdman (2014)

birdmanposter1If you don’t know much about Hollywood and acting, this is the movie to go see. It will give you a glimpse into what goes on when you start on any type of commercial or artistic venture.

Birdman stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts and relative unknown, Andrea Riseborough. All are excellent. All “act” in this movie. All have deep passions that are portrayed on screen. All have subtle and effecting moments. More arresting than the performances, however, is the commentary on the nature of film, theater, art and commercialism.

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Epic Fantasy or Fairy Tales? Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Box Office Predictions

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The weekend this time around technically started earlier this week with Christmas, so the battle has already begun. Joining the reigning king, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and its competition from last week, the second sequel to Night at the Museum and the latest remake of Annie, are Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, the big screen adaptation of Into the Woods, crime drama The Gambler, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, and even a limited release of the controversial The Interview. Meet me after the jump to see how the folks here at Biff Bam Pop! are thinking it will look when the dust clears at the end of the weekend.

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The Ten Percent: Meet John Doe (1941)

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

By now it should come as no surprise that we are big Frank Capra fans here at “The Ten Percent,” and while his It’s A Wonderful Life rightly comes immediately to mind around the holidays, today we’re going to take a look at another Capra Christmas classic: Meet John Doe (1941). The film is seventy-three years old, but if you’ve never seen it – beware of spoilers after the break!

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014: The Gamera Legacy Collection

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Folks who know me know that I am a huge kaiju eiga fan, especially Godzilla, both old school and new school, but I’m also a fan of the Big G’s major competition over the years – Gamera. Throughout the sixties, seventies, and nineties, the giant flying turtle and friend to all children was Godzilla’s biggest rival, and now you can own (or give as a gift) almost all of the tough and titanic terrapin’s movies in one set. Check it out after the jump.

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The GAR! Podcast: Christmas, Christie, and Crud

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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 both a little sick and talking about a few of our favorite Christmas movies, Chris Christie and the Cowboys, the Sony hack attack, and where is South Jersey anyway? See and hear more after the jump.

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It Looks Like Kingdom Come For Exodus: Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

Exodus2014PosterWell, something of a minor calamity has befallen yet another recent adaptation of an Old Testament Bible story.

Earlier this year, Noah with all of it’s Lord of the Rings-esque trailer glamour, failed to impress critics and audience-goers alike, which made for a poor showing at the box office. But this weekend saw the release of fan and critic favourite director, Ridley Scott’s latest, Exodus: Gods and Kings. The film is the distinctly Hollywood-ized story of Moses and the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt. So, how would it fare, especially against our predictions?

Follow me after the jump and we’ll take a look at what films rejoiced – and what films caught plague at the box office this weekend!

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The GAR! Podcast: Santa Claus, Wrestling, and Howard the Duck

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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 Mick Foley, his career, and his I Am Santa Claus documentary, also Elf on a Shelf, and the more on the new cat. See and hear more after the jump.

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The Anti-Ten Percent: Christmas Movie Version

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Since Ensley F. Guffey and I began writing the “Ten Percent” columns for Biff Bam Pop!, we’ve started our posts with science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon’s famous quote that reminds us that “Ninety percent of everything is crud.” We then go on to explore an item of popular culture that isn’t crud; that belongs not to Sturgeon’s 90%, but rather to what we call “the Ten Percent” – that tiny slice that’s worthy of thoughtful examination and that shows the heights of human creativity, beauty, imagination, and exhilaration.

But it occurred to me that we had maybe not created a solid baseline. We’re asking you to trust us that the movies and other things we write about are worthy of the “Ten Percent” label, but we haven’t ever had The Talk with you about the dangers of dreck. So, in the spirit of the holidays, allow me to educate and elucidate. (I had this whole smartypants thing about artistic composition and the uses of negative space to give deeper meaning to positive space, but I scrapped it in favor of what comes next. I think you’ll be glad.)

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