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Living in the Shadow – Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World

Great artists are kinda fucking nuts. They don’t always seem that way. Sometimes they come across completely normal, as normal as you or I. (Well, you anyway.) Sure, some have their tics and rattles, but it’s the work that really shows where their compulsions lie. To look at his work, Hans Rudolf Giger must’ve been batshit crazy with all manner of body and technological loathing. His prodigious output is among the most distinctive art of the late twentieth century, from paintings to sculptures to the all-time creepiest xenomorph ever to smash its double-hinged projectile jaws into a human skull in Alien (1979). The documentary Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World (2014) finds Giger in the final fade of his twilight years, ailing but affable, presiding over his legacy with the creation of the Giger Museum in his home Switzerland. It’s an uneven doc, but Giger’s shadows are impossibly compelling. Grab a ticket. If the ride makes you sick, well, isn’t that what you paid for?

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Daniel Reed talks to Berkshire County director Audrey Cummings

Horror films are just as unpredictable to create as they are to watch. Audrey Cummings, director of Berkshire County, knows this. In her latest work and first feature-length picture, she presents all the ingredients necessary to the babysitter in peril story. However, even with so much aligned in her favour, the process to completion has been rigorous, demanding, and rewarding.

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Actor Trading Cards: Rose Byrne

Rose ByrneI grew up collecting baseball cards, which got me thinking…what if actors had trading cards? IMDb and Wikipedia are great sites, but sometimes you want just the ‘highlights’, right?

ROSE BYRNE
Born: July 24, 1979 in Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5’6

“Films are like a house of cards. You think about doing something and so you sow those seeds. But it can take a long time to grow. You have to look at the bigger picture, because it’s an ever-changing landscape.” – Rose Byrne

 

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The Ten Percent – Ingmar Bergman

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

Hello and welcome to another installment of “The Ten Percent,” a regular column here on BiffBamPop where every other week Ensley F. Guffey and I take a look at the inverse of Sturgeon’s Law; in other words, the small portion of everything which is not crud. In the case of cinematic entertainment, it can sometimes be hard to remember that for each film that has people talking decades after its premiere, there are hundreds of others that barely clear the horizon before being (thankfully) shot down. The works that last; the ones that people talk about all those years later – those are the works that form the Ten Percent. It’s not a question of genre – musicals are in here, along with slapstick comedy, animation, screaming horror and more.

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Rather than discuss a particular film with this installment, I want to go bigger and talk about a filmmaker who had a gigantic impact on me and (hopefully) on you, for my goal with this column is to get you to put an Ingmar Bergman picture on your “must watch” list.

A who?

Ernst Ingmar Bergman (1918 – 2007) was a Swedish director, writer, and producer whose impact on film is indisputable. Beginning in the early 1950s, he formed a creative company of actors (including Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, and Max von Sydow) who would appear over and over in his dozens of films, many of which dealt with dark themes such as betrayal, death, and insanity.

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Actor Trading Cards: Anna Kendrick

Anna KendrickI grew up collecting baseball cards, which got me thinking…what if actors had trading cards? IMDb and Wikipedia are great sites, but sometimes you want just the ‘highlights’, right?

ANNA KENDRICK
Born: August 9, 1985 in Portland, Maine
Height: 5’2

“The really humbling moment is when you get home from the Golden Globes and sit on your bed, which is the same crappy IKEA bed you’ve had since you were 18, and you put on an old episode of “Family Guy,” and you have a frozen meal . . . and you’re trying not to get macaroni and cheese on your thousand-dollar gown.” – Anna Kendrick

 

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Poltergeist Looks To Scare You Out Of Your Money: BBP’s Box Office Predictions

PoltergeistWe’ve had quite the exciting start to the summer movie season haven’t we? Box office champions galore!

From the heroic action of Avengers: Age of Ultron to the riveting road rage of Mad Max: Fury Road to…Pitch Perfect 2???

Look, I don’t know much about that last one, but I do know that this Memorial Day long weekend looks to scare some moolah out of your wallet.

Follow me after the jump for our weekly Box Office Predictions!

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Livin’ In The 80s: BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

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John Carpenter’s filmography is the very definition of “better late than never.” THE THING, PRINCE OF DARKNESS, IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS… all films that met with box office failure and critic/audience dismissal on release, only to gain appreciation decades later, recognized as bona fide classics by later audiences. It’s such a recurring trend with so much of his work, that it would almost be comical if it hadn’t left one of American cinema’s greatest directors disillusioned and walking away from the business altogether.  Such is the case with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA.

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Get Juiced For Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe On The Wednesday Run

Mad MaxSo, who’s seen Mad Max: Fury Road?

Who hasn’t seen it? Better yet, who hasn’t seen it but plans to?

Admittedly, I haven’t’ made my way to the theater to catch the latest installment of Max Rockatansky’s adventurous forays through the Australian post-apocalyptic wasteland – but I plan to – and soon!

Not only has the film been getting rave reviews from fans and critics alike, but let’s face it: Mad Max is one of the classic pop-culture characters of all time. Four films and one amazing Tina Turner song. That’s legendary pop culture, that is!

But it seems that Mad Max: Fury Road has done something that the previous three films in the series was not as easily able to do: give fans a plethora of characters with intriguing back stories. And that’s where comic books come into the picture.

Follow me after the jump for the scoop on Mad Max: Fury Road and the origins of two of that film’s most interesting characters in Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe #1!

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Sarah Hawkins Miduski On… Return to Oz

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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.

I was a child of the 80s, and as a child of the 80s, I loved the strange, imaginative, 80s fantasy movies that starred puppets, animatronics, and utilized claymation effects. Movies that were odd, and dark, and marketed to kids, filled with WTF moments before I was old enough to know what the letter F stood for. Though much maligned by critics and the general public, one of my favorite movies of the time was Disney’s Return to Oz.

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Loretta Sisco uncovers the truth of James Franco and Jonah Hill in True Story

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As a true crime fan, I was intrigued by the trailer for True Story I caught on TV one morning. The movie is based on actual events involving accused Oregon murderer Christian Longo, whose story is told in a book called True Story:  Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa. Was it worth my time and money, or should those responsible for this movie be locked up? Read the rest of this entry

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