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A final win for Furious 7

The early box office estimates are out and there really aren’t any big surprises, as we begin to countdown to the arrival of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Here’s what went down:


Furious 7 held on to the top spot for the fourth and final week in a row, bringing in another $16.3 million to bring its current North American total to a simply amazing $318 million, the biggest gross in franchise history. It’s worldwide total is over $1 billion at this point. No wonder Furious 8 has been greenlit for 2017.  Read the rest of this entry

Blue on Black: Summer of Blood (2014)

I hate vampire movies. Can’t stand ’em. I was going to say I’m just sick of them after the complete societal overload of Twilight and all that other b.s., but truthfully vampire have just never been my thing. The guys are always kind of girly, the women are all redheads and the story is just always the same: Some blood-sucker falls in love with an innocent mortal, and oh no, what ever are they going to do now? Boring. When Summer of Blood was brought to my attention and presented as a vampire movie, I was not interested whatsoever – until I saw the trailer and not only laughed out loud but also wanted to punch this guy right in his face right through my screen, which is the kind of hatred I sometimes appreciate feeling when watching a film.

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Can The Age of Adaline make an impact?

We are t-minus seven days away from the arrival of Avengers: Age of Ultron in cinemas, which means this weekend’s new releases have the briefest of windows to make an impact. The question is, will they? Here are our predictions:

The Age of Adaline
is a romantic drama staring Blake Lively that’s been getting solid notices for its fashionable star. Though she’s not yet a box office draw, this film is definitely going to raise Lively’s profile, and should be a good choice for audiences looking for a date movie. Look for a second place showing with $14 million.

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Kill-Crazy Nymphos Attack: The Soska Sisters get “graphic” with Daniel Way


Jen and Sylvia Soska are making a graphic novel with Daniel Way. And it’s going to be violent, funny and give zero damns about your finer sensitivities. The only surprise from all of this is that its taken this long for Vancouver’s Twisted Twins, self-professed and proud as hell comic enthusiasts, to make the leap to four-coloured mayhem.

KILL-CRAZY NYMPHOS ATTACK, co-written by Way & The Soskas, is nearing the end of its Kickstarter campaign. Having surpassed their initial set-up target (two-thirds of which was accomplished in the very first week), they’re now deep into the “stretch goal” phase of the campaign. Jen and Sylvia were gracious enough to take some time and sit down to talk about this next logical step in their march for worldwide media domination, as well as working in an artform very near and dear to their hearts.

Your love of comic books has been very well-documented over the years. I guess the first question should be: what took you guys so long?

Sylvia: Ha ha, I know right? We’ve been making up stories for comic book characters since we were kids, we’re just officially getting into it now and that’s because of Daniel Way. We are huge fans of his work and without his guidance in this medium, I don’t think we would be here right now. It’s super cool to learn this stuff from someone you admire who is so damn good at this stuff.

Jen: We’ve only really got to get into video games now. That would be the total hat trick. It’s always been a dream of ours to get into writing comic books. I feel some of the greatest stories and characters ever have been in graphic novels. It’s an incredible medium. I had no idea of how to get into that medium, aside from hoping one day Marvel would notice how much we love them, ha ha. Read the rest of this entry

Hot Docs 2015: The Wolfpack


The Wolfpack, the 2015 Sundance documentary winner, is about the six Angulo brothers who have been locked away in an apartment for their whole lives and still love each other’s company. They make home movies together with fancy handmade props. They reenact classic film dialogue and draw the poster art. They also play music with showmanship and cook meals together. With their long black ponytails and wiry bodies, they look like distinct characters made for the cinema. Though they range in age across their adolescent and teenage years, it is difficult to tell some of the older siblings apart.

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Courage Above All Things: Interview with Toa Fraser and The Dead Lands’ Warrior Saga

Savage and beautiful, Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands (2014) is a gripping warrior’s tale. A tribal chief’s young son finds himself the only survivor of a massacre, and vows vengeance. But to have any hope of repaying the grim blood debt, he must enlist the help of a mad warrior, feared by all. So begins a remarkable Maori action epic, featuring the little known art of mau rakau, a Maori martial art based in part on the brutal wielding of a serrated paddle called a patu. Kind of like a nasty ping pong paddle, properly wielded it can slit your throat or bash your brains right the fuck out. I was fortunate to be able to interview director Fraser, from a safe distance. Let’s leap into the fray, after the jump.

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Furious 7 continues to roll while Paul Blart shows up in second

The early weekend box office estimates are out, with few surprises and very little in the way of big numbers. Here’s what went down:

imageFurious 7 held on to the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row, bringing in an estimayed $25.5 million and raising it’s total to an outstanding $290 million. The film should cross the $300 million mark within the next five days or so. Look for one more weekend of rule before Avengers: Age of Ultron knocks the film off.  Read the rest of this entry

Blue on Black: The Voices (2015)

I’m surrounded by passionate people. Almost everyone I know is really excited about something, and most of them always have a recommendation of some kind for me – “You HAVE to check out this awesome show/book/song/etc!” But there are a few people in my world who don’t often suggest things at all, let alone very strongly, and when they do, I take note. The other day a coworker of mine, who I don’t think had ever discussed a film with me beyond smalltalk, came into my office and with wide eyes asked me if I had ever seen The Voices. I told her I’d never even heard of it and she goes, “Oh my god, Amanda. It’s so f*cked up. You HAVE to watch it.” Naturally, I was intrigued and watched the trailer to get a sense of the film… Ryan Reynolds? In a pink jumpsuit? A talking cat? This looks hilarious! How f’ed up could this movie really be?

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David Sandford Ward On… Rivers

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.


“Rivers” is a song from Skinny Puppy’s fifth studio release, Rabies. It’s not a goth-industrial hit; you won’t hear it on the dancefloor at goth nights (and you never did); most non-Skinny Puppy fans have never heard of it; but it is absolutely brilliant. Early Skinny Puppy was characterized, generally, by two sorts of sounds: one included thumping percussion, eerie repeated synthesizer tracks, disjointed broken sampling, and Nivek Ogre’s voice; the other included atmospheric synth pads that sometimes included samples from horror films (these were found both sounds – take “Icebreaker” from Bites). Both “Rivers” and “Worlock” from Rabies are both firmly Skinny Puppy songs on an album that is essentially a Ministry album with a Skinny Puppy mask (no great surprise: Ministry’s frontman, Al Jourgensen, was a producer). A lot of people gush about “Worlock” – with good reason. It’s a fantastic song, and one is pretty much guaranteed to hear it at a Skinny Puppy concert. This is far less likely, if not impossible, with “Rivers”. Read the rest of this entry

Will you be hanging out with Paul Blart: Mall Cop this weekend?

Three new movies are hitting theaters this weekend, and while none of them have a chance at hitting the top spot, they could make an impact. Here are our predictions:

Paul BlartNobody asked for it, but Paul Blart; Mall Cop 2 is here. The original managed to make close to $150 million in North America, which is certainly surprising, and I suppose grounds for a sequel. However, there’s no buzz for the film and the reviews have been atrocious. Look for a second place showing with a frontloaded $24 million.

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