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Maleficent Hopes For A Million Ways To Be Magnificent – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Magic and mystery vs. dusty gun slinging! Action and evil vs. low-brow humour! Genre vs. genre!

A beauty vs. the guy that brought us Ted!

This weekend looks to be an interesting one at the box office as cinemagoers look to choose between two very different – and some might say very difficult – sells. Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you all about it!

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Biff Bam Pop! Exclusive – Leiki Interviews Kaare Andrews

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On May 28th Biff Bam Pop’s own Leiki Veskimets sat down with noted comic book artist, writer, and feature film director Kaare Andrews, in Toronto to discuss his latest feature, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero and quickly discovered why it’s still not safe to get back in the water. More after the jump.

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Scene Stealers: Comic Book Movie Stars

Joker from The Dark Knight“Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.” – Batman, The Dark Knight

Evidently, fans of the X-Men franchise were due for a reward this past weekend. In honor of the terrific X-Men: Days of Future Past (just watched it and LOVED IT!), this post will focus on eight ‘Scene-Stealing’ performances in comic-based movies. Not only did these characters steal the scene, but they also helped propel the actors & actresses portraying them to Hollywood’s “Mega-Star” List.

So, without further delay… “Here We Go”!

 

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On the Road Warrior with Terry Hayes

Mel Gibson, back when he just acted crazy.

Apocalypticism is all the rage, again, as it has been. We just can’t get enough of the world falling apart around us. Maybe cuz there’s a few wee inklings we’re headed that way, I don’t know. But if you’re zipping past the end of the world on a tank of fumes, who’s a better traveling companion than wild-eyed young Mel Gibson? TIFF is fortunate to be presenting a special screening of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, with writer Terry Hayes introducing. Hayes, who has a thriller novel of his own called I am Pilgrim coming out soon, co-wrote the screenplay with director George Miller. He’ll be on-hand at the Toronto screening for some Q&A as well as signing copies of the new book. If you haven’t seen The Road Warrior, it’s a dystopian treat, as the somewhat unhinged Max comes to the aid of a peaceful commune under siege by desert marauders. Mayhem, explosions and wreckage ensue, along with some fantastic eighties punk hairstyles. It all goes down on Monday, May 26th at 7pm, details here.

 

Steampunk Granny Goes Red Carpet At The Soulless Premiere

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Well, I’m not sure if there was a red carpet there or not because the lobby was packed with people waiting for Chris Eilenstine’s film, The Soulless, to begin. Excitement was in the air and cameras were flashing as I mingled with the stars and guests. Did Granny have fun at the premier? Was the film good? Present your ticket stub and find out. Read the rest of this entry

Saturday At The Movies: Monsters (2010)

Monsters in monster movies.

The wolf man, the vampire, the swamp beast, the thing from another planet, the mutant entity. All of these creatures – and so many more – who doesn’t love them? The problem is that, in film, they are often derivative of those that have been seen in movies before. Sadly, they are also rarely done well.

At their essence, monsters are metaphors for the things we, as human beings living out our relatively short existences on this planet, fear. They are what we don’t want in our lives: hardship, pain or disease. They are what we can never hope to truly comprehend: hatred, death, and, sometimes, even love.

Monsters force us to acknowledge these elements in our own lives and, in acknowledging them, force us to understand and come to terms with our own, primal, fears and misgiving.

In a way that was very understated, very delicate and very human, that’s exactly what the 2010 low budget indie film, Monsters, did.

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Godzilla 2014

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I have been waiting for this for a long time. I am a hardcore Godzilla fan. I’ve seen all the Godzilla movies, I’ve seen all the Toho movies, I’ve even seen the, ahem, 1998 American version. I own all the movies, even that last one, and many of them I owned before they were legal in this country. That’s how hardcore I am. So you can imagine I was thrilled for the newest incarnation of Godzilla coming out this week. We’ll see. Meet me after the jump for my spoiler-filled review of the 2014 Godzilla.

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Over and Over: Time-Traveling Classic Je t’aime, je t’aime

Claude Rich stars with Olga Georges-Picot in Alain Resnais’ dense, reflective Je t’aime, je t’aime

Claude Ridder wanted to end it all. Too bad he couldn’t get it right, a bullet fired into his chest merely landing him in hospital, one more botched suicide left to contemplate his problems and failures. How lucky for him then to be given a purpose, chosen by a mysterious corporation as the first human guinea-pig for their experiments with time travel. As one scientist explains tartly, “It works if you’re a mouse.” With nothing left to lose, Claude is cavalier about revisiting his past. Appearing at TIFF this Thursday, May 15th, Je t’aime, je t’aime (1968), is director Alain Resnais’ exquisite exploration of time and memory. Given the opportunity to relive his past, Claude dives in, quite literally, to a beachside ocean from a year before. It being time travel, what could possibly go wrong?

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