Every other week, Jason Shayer will highlight an issue or a run of issues pulled from the horde of comic book long boxes that occupy more room in his house than his wife can tolerate. Each of these reviews will delve into what made that issue or run significant as well as discuss the creative personalities behind the work. “Long Box” refers to the lengthy, white cardboard boxes most comics find themselves stored within – bagged, alphabetized and numerically ordered.
Today’s special guest Tales From The Long Box columnist is JP Fallavollita.
It’s summer in the early 1980’s and I’m standing alongside a couple of buddies in the sequestered “Horror Movies” room of our local Jumbo Video. For the last few weeks, we’d been renting the types of VHS films our parents would never rent for us. But this was summer holidays. And our parents were at work. And we were mobile on our banana-seat bicycles, with a penchant for trouble and an idle time thirst for some scary stuff.
It’s another edition of our Biff Bam Popcast! As we get ready for Fan Expo Canada, our panel will discuss the films of the great director John Carpenter, who will appearing at Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear August 23-26 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Find out what Carpenter films are our faves and which ones we find lacking. The popcast kicks off at approximately 10pm with JP Fallavollita, Glenn Walker, Corina Newby, Andy Burns and our special guest, Alex West of Scare Tactic and a Rue Morgue contributing writer. Watch us live at 10pm right here, or catch it on demand after 10:30pm!
Last night on the Biff Bam Popcast (check it out here if you missed it), JP Fallavollita, Jason Shayer, Glenn Walker and I got into a serious discussion about the trailers for next year’s Man of Steel from director Zack Snyder. I’m of the mind that Snyder, though tremendously capable, is more style than substance, and I worry that’s all he’ll be bringing to the table. Alternately, Christopher Nolan will be producing the film, so hopefully he’ll help rein in any of Snyder’s foibles.
Two trailers have been released – each with the same visual but with varying narration; one features Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent, the other Russel Crowe’s Jor-El. We’d love to know what you think of them. As well, we’ve also got leaked footage from the Comic-Con Man of Steel panel; it’s rough, but gives you more images to whet your appetite. You can watch them all after the jump!
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Tonight at 10, Jason Shayer, JP Fallavollita and Andy Burns (hopefully Glen Walker as well) gather for what will be the final Biff Bam Popcast conversation related to The Dark Knight Rises. Who loved it? Who hated it? Where will we go from here? Find out our take tonight! You can watch the Popcast live here or find us on YouTube as well. Oh, and there will be SPOILERS!
Alright, true believers! The next Biff Bam Popcast will go live tonight at 10pm, with Hoax Hunters creators Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley joining our illustrious panel. We’ll talk Hoax Hunters, the aftermath of San Diego Comic-Con and we’ll see who Glenn Walker offends this week with his take on The Dark Knight. Watch it live hear starting at 10pm (or thereabouts).
I have been taken to task recently over my opinions about the film The Dark Knight. Apparently I shocked co-hosts and viewers alike on the second episode of the Biff Bam Popcast when I declared that I despised the film. So much so that in the third episode, JP Fallavollita read a statement, indirectly to me, that pretty much said, “What universe are you living in, buddy?” It was all meant in good fun, and JP is a great online friend whose opinions I respect a lot, but it might be time to defend my opinions on this one.
Now my buddy and editor-in-chief of Biff Bam Pop, Andy Burns, has punished me before for my movie opinions. Upon learning my not-so-fond thoughts on Alien 3, he immediately assigned it to me to review. Guess what he did to me again? Yep, I’m watching The Dark Knight again, for the first time since suffering through it in the theater. I’m a masochist. Just for a reminder, here‘s what I thought the first time.
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The popcast will begin at 10pm, the mindless voice announced.
The Biff Bam Popcast returns tonight with Glenn Walker, JP Fallavollita, Emily McGuiness and Andy Burns. We’re talking all things Spider-Man, including our first response to the latest film, The Amazing Spider-Man. We go live at 10pm right here and on YouTube.