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Starship Troopers, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bugs

I’ve already written two pieces on TIFF’s Paul Verhoeven retrospective (“Agent Provocateur: The Films of Paul Verhoeven” and “Comedy of Eros: Verhoven’s Lurid Pair”). I never figured I was a big Verhoeven aficionado, but with Starship Troopers showing tomorrow night, I find myself writing a third (and I still haven’t talked about Total Recall or Robocop!). Sometimes he’s brilliant, sometimes he’s an over-the-top cheese-meister; often Verhoeven is both. Still I gotta admit, Starship Troopers is one of the best damn war movies of all time. Seriously! Don’t believe me, private? Pipe down and I’ll give you a briefing, soldier, after the jump! Read the rest of this entry

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Trailer Time: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Final Trailer


Yeah, there’s Captain America The Winter Soldier, Godzilla, and X-Men: Days of Future Past coming this summer movie season, but I think the real movie-to-see might just be the superhero sequel everyone is talking about – The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Check out the final theatrical trailer after the jump…

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Comedy of Eros: Verhoeven’s Lurid Pair

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The cultural excavations of the 80s have reached near the bottom of that embarrassing crevasse (parachute pants! purple reigns!). It’s only logical then that our voracious fashion-media-money machine is spreading out to mine new (old) territory. Welcome to the 90s redux, ladies and gentles. To go along with your neo-grunge, what finer exemplars of 90s cinema can you have than two of director Paul Verhoeven’s trash classics, Basic Instinct (1992) and Showgirls (1995)? As part of their retrospective Flesh + Blood: The Films of Paul Verhoeven, TIFF is showcasing both movies this week. And what a pair they are, chockablock with lurid dialogue, fevered plotting, twists and contortions and I’m not even talking about the sex. Join me for a peek on the seamy side of 90s life, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Saturday At The Movies: Mr. Peabody & Sherman


This movie made me feel old. It’s not a bad flick at all, entertaining for the kids and jokes for the adults as well. The core of the Peabody and Sherman concept is there, but really this story could have easily been plugged into a Shrek, or a How to Train Your Dragon, or even some new DreamWorks property instead of tarnishing my childhood. More after the jump.

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Trailer Time: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For


This movie has been a long time coming, long rumored and frequently delayed, now we finally have a trailer. Based on the second book of the acclaimed comics series by Frank Miller, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the sequel to 2005′s Sin City will be directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez, and co-written by them and William J. Monahan (The Departed). Check out the trailer after the jump:

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Leiki Veskimets’ 2014 Oscars Roundup


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I’m going to say it, the Oscars were Fun this year. Yes, with a capital F. Although I like them even when they’re James-Franco-bad so my view is definitely biased. But Ellen Degeneres is a great host. As good last night as she was when she first hosted seven years ago, she’s funny and hits the right note by amusing but not offending. It’s hard to make the 86th of anything seem unique. But she managed it.

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She joked about ordering the starving audience pizza, then actually brought them pizza. She even went and got money from Harvey Weinstein to pay for it, who forked over $200. “It’s a good start” Ellen retorted. More Oscar mayhem after the jump.

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February Faves: Early Performances You May Have Missed


For the month of February, we’ve been doing something special here at Biff Bam Pop! Each week our writers and correspondents will be compiling lists of their favorite things. Leiki is back to take a look at her five favorite early performances that you may have missed, and well worth re-watching. Got it? Quite a mouthful, but a very cool list of February Faves, check it out after the jump.

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The Cost of Courage: Human Rights Watch Festival 2014

Boy do we have it good. For sure, every place, every culture has its struggles, its persecuted communities, its tensions between wealth and poverty and how to mitigate the differences in society. And these are challenging times in so many places: the persecution of gays and lesbians from Russia to Arizona, the cancer-stricken natives living in the shadow of Alberta’s oil sands developments, not to mention the planet we despoil and scar in ways too numerous to even comprehend, let alone change. It’s tough all over, but wading into the films of TIFF’s Human Rights Watch Festival, two irrefutable facts come to mind. One, whatever buffoonery or political chicanery we encounter here, it’s got nothing on the shit going down all over the everywhere else. And two, there is a flipside to our seemingly boundless capacity for awfulness, namely the extraordinary resilience of some to rise above, to inspire, and to transform the stage upon which they walk. Let’s meet some bonafide heroes, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry


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