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Scene Stealers: Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson“I have had it with these motherfu**ing snakes on this motherfu**ing plane!” – Snakes on a Plane

Samuel L. Jackson epitomizes what a ‘scene stealer’ is all about. Regardless of the scope of his role or the length of time he’s on screen, you cannot ignore Jackson’s presence in any film. He’s battled racism, dinosaurs, sharks, terrorists, snakes, aliens…and while he’s burned through more ‘movie lives’ than The Flash has shoes, he keeps on giving audiences and fans what they want = one bad*ss motha’ fu*ka!

Check out Jacksons’s top five “Scene Stealing” performances, after the jump.

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The Ten Percent: The Big Red One: The Reconstruction (2004)

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Promotional poster for The Big Red One (1980).

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

“THIS IS FICTIONAL LIFE

BASED ON FACTUAL DEATH.”

So begins one of the most powerful films about World War II ever made, Samuel Fuller’s quasi-autobiographical The Big Red One (1980). Putatively, it is a story about four young soldiers and their grizzled sergeant serving in the US First Infantry Division during the war. Yet Fuller’s film transcends its setting and circumstance to become a quietly fathomless examination of war itself, and the humans who become snared within it, whether soldiers or civilians.

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Marie Gilbert On… Alien

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Each 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.

Biff Bam Pop!’s fearless leader, Andy Burns, once asked me what movie scared me the most. I would have to say it was Alien and the sequels that followed. Why aliens? I grew up during the Cold War and nuclear testing. Coincidentally there was also an increase in UFO sightings. Everyone was afraid of atomic warfare or getting probed by little green men. This fear was carried over in film. To find out why I feel that Alien is a great film, you need to step back in time. Read the rest of this entry

Taken 3 Looks To Take The Money: Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Taken3 PosterIt’s the early days of the year and that means we’re well into awards season. Films that believe they’ll be getting some kind of honour are expanding into more theatres after a limited run while other, well regarded films, are coming back for second engagements.

Still others seem to have always been there critical darlings waiting for you to see them after reading a “Best of” column on the web over the holidays.

But that doesn’t mean action and suspense won’t rule at the box office. Follow me after the jump for this weekend’s box office predictions!

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An Imitation of The Imitation Game

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A disclaimer: I’m a proud Cumbercollective member. Let that color the review as you will.

The Imitation Game is the new biopic picture about Alan Turing: legendary mathematician, oddball and the codebreaker of WWII. If you’re wondering about whether you’ve heard about his ideas before – you have. The sequence in Blade Runner, where Deckard is trying to determine if Rachel is a replicant, is based on Turing’s writing about Artificial Intelligence. If you still don’t know what I’m talking about, I don’t want to know you.  More about The Imitation Game after the jump.

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Hobbit Wins The Battle Of The 5 Films: Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

url13This weekend, there was one film to rule them all – three weeks running now.

Sorry, “one ring” is the wrong franchise, but still the right family of films at the top of the box office this weekend. The third installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit franchise, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, easily went there and back again, as many had expected, but what other films would round out the top 5?

Could we see an upset by an unheralded sequel to a beloved play about ghosts and women wearing black?

Follow me after the jump to find out of there was any shocks this past weekend!

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Loretta Sisco On… My Bloody Valentine (1981)

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Each 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.

This week BBP contributor Loretta Sisco takes on one of her favorite horror films, My Bloody Valentine.  Check it out after the jump.

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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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