Filmmaker Takashi Miike’s 100th film, Blade of the Immortal, is based on the Japanese manga of the same name (in English-in Japan its called Mugen no Junin, which translates to The Inhabitant of Infinity). Its the story of a samurai named Manji, who after killing 100 samurai, including his sister’s husband, is cursed by an 800 year old nun and Manji has to kill 1000 evil men to regain his mortality. His immortality comes from mysterious blood worms that heal almost all wounds, even reattaching severed limbs.
Pity the two new films that go up against Black Panther this weekend at the box office. Will either of them make an impact? Here’s our prediction:
Game Night is a new comedy starring the team of Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. Both of them have the chops, especially Bateman, who excels these days in comedies, but neither of them have the brand names that help a film open large. Throw in the Black Panther factor, and Game Night is going to have to settle for a very distant second place with $18 million.
We live in a time when spoiler alerts (and complaints about spoilers) abound. Still, some movies do rely on audiences knowing as little as possible beforehand, not because they are indicative of lazy storytelling methods, but because the journey itself is part of the enjoyment factor. This lack of foreknowledge favors the kinds of documentaries that allow the viewer to accompany the film’s narrator on his or her quest for some form of the truth.
Such narrative journeys can be suspenseful or downright creepy; witness 2011’s Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, 2012’s The Imposter, or most famously, 2010’s Catfish. Comparing Fake Blood to Catfish makes me feel like this review is already giving too much away, but, Spoiler Alert! It’s a risk I’m willing to take. Read the rest of this entry
Hey, how about that Black Panther movie?
I had the chance to see the film last night, and I was just as impressed as every one else has been. Ryan Coogler’s script and direction was flawless as far as I’m concerned, and the cast was absolutely A+. Chadwick Boseman exudes heroism, confidence and compassion, while Michael B. Jordan just keeps getting better and better as an actor. It is such a shame that he was completely wasted in Fantastic Four, but hey, if that movie would have been a success perhaps we would have missed him as Eric Killmonger.
The original Lost in Space series ran for three seasons, beginning in 1965, with a total of 83 episodes (which is kind of mind-blowing considering that current prestige TV shows average about 6 to 13 episodes each). As a result, millions of Gen X kids grew up with the phrase “Danger Will Robinson!” as part of their lexicon.
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Today our friend and frequent Biff Bam Pop! contributor Lindsay Gibb launches the Winona Forever podcast alongside Rekha Tulsiram. It focuses on, who else, but Winona Ryder. I asked Lindsay to share some information about it, which you can read below. Read the rest of this entry
So, maybe you’ve heard: Black Panther smashed the Hollywood box office last weekend with a take of $192 million.
That’s like, huge.
That’s bigger than Iron Man. That’s bigger than Captain America. That’s bigger than Avengers.
That’s like, HUGE.
And, for so many important reason, that’s great news for everyone who was part of the making of Black Panther and that’s great for everyone who went to see the film. (I haven’t gotten around to heading to the local theatre to see the film just yet, so I can guarantee that box office number is going to rise!)
But that news is also great for Marvel Comics – all Marvel Comics…especially the ones that somehow tie into this coming May’s Avengers: Infinity War film, the film that is the direct sequel to Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
And hey! It just so happens that Marvel Comics is publishing an Infinity-inspired product tie-in comic book today! Imagine that!
Setting aside my sense of consumerist nihilism for a moment, Infinity Countdown Prime #1, a one-shot prequel to a new miniseries out next month, does sound like a lot of fun!
Are you counting down the days until Season 2 of Jessica Jones premieres on Netflix?
Here’s another trailer from Netflix.
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For the gamers out there, the last few weeks have seen some fun releases hit digital and physical store shelves. One was a pretty big deal, the other has gone a little under the radar – depending on your system, they’re both well worth your time. Read the rest of this entry
Mohawk is the story of a woman from the Mohawk nation, named Oak, taking on a platoon of American soldiers after they murder everyone she holds dear during the War of 1812. Shot on location in Syracuse, New York with actual members of the Mohawk tribe, the film is a bloody, deep dive into one of the many corners of American history we tend to gloss over in school. Read the rest of this entry