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With the invention of Netflix, the magic of Movie Marathons seems like child’s play considering you can watch an entire season of “Breaking Bad” before work starts again on Monday. That aside, let’s try to remember a time when movies were magical, and the Marathon-bragging rights were totally worth the turmoil your stomach is about to embark on. After the jump, Gina K’s favourite movie marathons!
For the month of February, we’ll be doing something special here at Biff Bam Pop! Each week our writers and correspondents will be compiling lists of their favorite things. Many of us were introduced to the word ‘kaiju’ in last summer’s Pacific Rim, but it’s a Japanese word that’s been around for a long time. It means ‘strange beast,’ and daikaiju means ‘giant strange beast’ or ‘giant monster.’ After the jump follows my top five daikaiju from the world of film.
First look at the new cinematic masterpiece from Marvel Studios – Guardians of the Galaxy, based on the Marvel Comics and characters of the same name – check it out after the jump:
Growing up is heady, tumultuous, confusing, and exhilarating. It’s a time of tremendous discovery, spongeing up experience to see what works, what doesn’t, and what bits might best fit the puzzle that is you. And when you’re going through it, you feel like such a loser. TIFF’s Next Wave Film Festival is the embodiment of that questing curiosity, and the perpetual underdog emotions it engenders. Steered by a committee of enthusiastic high school film fans, the fest is lively, multifaceted, and best of all, has some pretty awesome movies. More on the cool stuff going down at TIFF this weekend (FREE for high school students!), after the jump. Read the rest of this entry
The universal kid in all of us can rejoice at last: The LEGO Movie has finally hit theatres!
Highly anticipated, The LEGO Movie is primed to sweep the box office with a celebrity cast and major marketing tie-ins. Written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), it features the incredible animation work of Chris McKay (Robot Chicken).
But beyond the delightful gimmick of a Lego feature, this wickedly multi-level story line is genuinely funny and at times quite clever – even subversive. Packed with surprises designed to speak to fans, The LEGO Movie is not only entertaining; it’s an entirely new genre of animated filmmaking through toys. Read the rest of this entry
With the Robocop reboot about to kick down the doors, it’s time for a retrospective of Paul Verhoeven, the Dutch provocateur responsible for the original and a handful of other classics. “Classic” might seem a bit rich, but with poor cyborg Officer Murphy, Total Recall, Basic Instinct, Starship Troopers, and Showgirls, Verhoeven’s carved out his own gaudy niche of violence and eroticism. He’s certainly brought a bruise or two to the surface of popular culture. TIFF is taking a look at the breadth of his career in their new program Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven, showing his early Dutch movies all the way through to his Hollywood home-runs. Join me after the jump for a pair of his earliest, the WWII epic Soldier of Orange and the medieval depravity of Flesh+Blood. Read the rest of this entry
For the month of February, we’ll be doing something special here at Biff Bam Pop! Each week our writers and correspondents will be compiling lists of their favorite things. Today, I’ll be talking about my favorite reboots. A reboot is when creators take what has come before, and trash it in favor of a whole new continuity. It’s pushing the restart button, it’s erasing the blackboard, it’s the ultimate do-over, and unfortunately, it happens a lot in pop culture. Meet me after the jump for my favorite reboots.
If you’re a regular reader of articles on this website, I’m certain you’ve got more than a passing interest in science fiction. Whether it’s film, television, books or comic books, we all love the genre, don’t we?
Of course, there are different flavours of sci-fi. From a light offering, to speculative fiction, to the hard-core stuff, depending upon how you’re feeling on any given day, there’s a taste of science fiction that will surely satiate.
I’ve seen the film Primer a number of times. It’s of the hard-core variety. And boy, does tasting it’s particular brand of sci-fi fill up a mind to stuffing.
Follow me after the jump and partake of the time-jumping main course that is one of the greatest science fiction films that I’ve ever had the pleasure of being confounded by!