It was, as expected, an absolutely massive weekend at the box office, as Episode VIII made its presence felt in theatres. Here’s what went down:
Well, we nailed our prediction for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which dominated the box office with the second biggest weekend in history. The film debut on top with a staggering $220 million, down just 11% from The Force Awakens‘ 2015 debut. While some fans have been critical of various storylines, which manages to surprise and break away from the entertaining predictability of The Force Awakens, overall the quality of The Last Jedi has been matched by the quantity of audiences who have paid money to see it opening weekend. It will be interesting to see how the film holds up over the coming weeks, and where its final tally will fall.
So many video games have come out this year, it’s hard to choose the best ones to throw on a recommendation list. But, I’m going to try. Here, you’ll find recos for games we’ve covered over the past year – some are for adults only, while others are suitable for kids and families.
Resident Evil: Biohazard – Whether you’re playing this in VR or just straight up via your joystick, this is hands down the scariest game that I have ever experienced, and I’ve played a lot of horror games. Check out our review here, and trust me, if you’ve got a horror gamer in your life that hasn’t touched this one yet, put Resident Evil: Biohazard under the tree.
Outlast 2 – Cults and gore might make for strange bedfellows at the holiday season, but horror gamers will be nicely served with Outlast 2, a first person game where you’re sans weapons and more about trying to keep yourself alive. Our review for the Trinity edition of Outlast gives you all the details. DEFINITELY NOT FOR THE KIDDIES!
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War – Tolkien lovers were well-served this year with the release of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, the gorgeous sequel to Shadows of Mordor. The game continues the story of Talion, the thoughtful ranger who has merged with the wraith of Elf Lord Celebrimbor, and takes place between the events of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Our full review is here. Read the rest of this entry
News on a third Outlast, Jodie Foster returns to a defining role, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.
Outlast 3 updates and previous games to Switch
Outlast 2 was one of the scariest games I’ve played in a long time (you can read my review here), even if some fans didn’t enjoy it as much as the original. IN a facebook post this week, the game’s creator Red Band shared news on potential DLC, a third entry in the franchise, and the game being ported over to Nintendo Switch:
It’s time for a little status update from us.
First off, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of you that have bought Outlast 2 and have been supporting the studio for more than 5 years now. Red Barrels was nothing more than a dream, but with a lot of blood, sweat and beers it has now become a small, fully independent studio with a kickass team who can work miracles.
We strive to create unique experiences and take risks. Hopefully, we’ll manage to entertain you for years to come.
About the future, many of you have been requesting a DLC. While the first Outlast was made with the idea of a DLC in mind, that was not the case for Outlast 2. We’ve considered many options, but none of them felt appropriate for a DLC. Outlast 2 was created to make you feel like a rat in a maze, without any knowledge of what’s outside the maze.
We will, at some point, make an Outlast 3 and answers will be given. You can also check out The Murkoff Account’s epilogue. It takes places right after the events of the second game and offers some insight into the events in the game. (https://redbarrelsgames.com/comic-books/)
Currently we’re working on something a lot of you have been asking for… It won’t be a sequel to Outlast or Outlast 2, but it will be a distinct experience set in the Outlast universe. We can’t say more right now, we first need to make sure we can make it work.
Like I mentioned, we strive to be risk-takers and this one is a pretty big challenge. If all goes well, we’ll soon be able to reveal more.
In the meantime, the Outlast franchise will be released on the Nintendo Switch during the first quarter of 2018.
The Red Barrels Team
New Mutants meets A Nightmare on Elm Street
As Josh Boone’s New Mutants continues its slow burn promos leading up to the film’s April 2018 release, check out this brief moment featuring the character of Cannonball, which features verbiage usually associated with A Nightmare on Elm Stree:
— New Mutants (@NewMutantsFilm) December 14, 2017
Jodie Foster returns as Clarice Starling
While Jodie Foster may have passed on returning to her Oscar-winning role as Clarice Starling for Hannibal, she had no problems firing up her accent for an appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Throughout 2017, lots of movies arrived for the writers of Biff Bam Pop! to take a look at, including several in 4K Blu-ray format. With the holidays here, there’s a good chance you might wind up with a 4K player or television, or be shopping for someone who is all up on the latest tech. On that note, here are reviews of some solid films (in our opinion) from the last year, and the format we watched them in.
The Harry Potter Movies in 4K: 2017 saw the entire collection of Harry Potter films released in 4K packages (complete with Blu-ray and digital copies). If you’re looking to introduce the franchise to your kids, or you simply grew up with the movies and want to have them in the best format possible, this the way to do it. The earlier films aren’t as “amazing” in 4K, just based on the fact that they’re older; however, when watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with the Princess, she said it was as though they were “actually in the room with us.” A bold proclamation, methinks, and reason enough to invest in the films.
Dunkirk : Christopher Nolan’s masterful film should be seen on the big screen, in 70 mm. Nobody is going to argue about that fact. BUT, if you didn’t get a chance to have that experience during the film’s first run, and can’t make it out during its current rerelease, Dunkirk in 4K is absolutely the way to go. The package also comes with a standard Blu-ray and digital version, so you’re covered wherever you want to watch the battle go down.
mother!: Now, I know this one is going to be divisive, but I absolutely loved Darren Aronofsky’s mind-fuck of a movie. Go in looking at it as an allegory (I’m not going to spoil what the allegory is, mind you – Google it), and the film immediately makes a certain kind of sense. The performances from stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are both top-notch, and make the film well worth checking out just for that. BUT, for fans of dream-style, David Lynch inspired movie-making that doesn’t play by any rules except its own, mother! is going to be right up your alley. Yes, it goes absolutely bat-shit crazy in the final act, and you won’t believe your eyes, so if that doesn’t sound like fun, skip it. However, if you can go in with an open mind and willingness to take something of a psychedelic trip, mother! comes highly recommended. Read the rest of this entry
Most articles about the Melvins will discuss their longevity (they’ve been around since 1983), their revolving cast of bassists (currently they’re recording and touring with Steve McDonald of Redd Kross), or singer/guitarist’s King Buzzo’s hair (which is still over the top, but mostly grey).
Never one to go quietly into that good night, the band is constantly challenging themselves and their fans. Recently, they’ve released bizarre covers albums (2013’s Everybody Loves Sausages), weird compilations (Tres Cabrones, also from 2013), and the 2016 Basses Loaded “concept” album whose main concept was including various bassists (the aforementioned Steve McDonald, Krist Novoselic, Jeff Pinkus, Jared Warren, and more) and at least one extended baseball pun.
The band released A Walk with Love & Death earlier this year, a double album which features their first-ever film score for the short film of the same name, directed by Jesse Nieminen. We caught up with drummer Dale Crover to find out the scoop on fans, books on tape, fave TV shows, and more.
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It’s a massive weekend at the box office, as audiences are set for the next installment in the Star Wars saga. Just how much will this movie make? Here’s our prediction:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi returns us to the world of Luke, Leia, Rey and Kylo Ren, though this time its in the hands of director Rian Johnson. Word is the film is outstanding, an Empire Strikes Back for the next generation. 2015’s The Force Awakens debut with $247 million, but that was ten years after the end of the prequel trilogy and pent up desire for more films, so don’t expect The Last Jedi to reach that lofty number. It will do great business, though, there’s no question about that. Look for a first place debut with $220 million.
While it has been out there in the geek ether (geether?) for a while now, the official word came down this morning that Disney shelled out a cool 52.4 BILLION dollars for FOX studios, home of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.
Having caught my breath from a solid hour of geeking out and mapping out personal fan-fic scenarios uniting the characters of the two Marvel Cinematic Universes, I am now prepared to offer a short list of what I think are the five most exciting possibilities of the expanded MCU:
1. World War 2 Captain America and Wolverine
Storming the beach at Normandy side by side? Teaming up and taking down an entire Hydra unit? Maybe just Captain America being offended by the smell of Logan’s cigar… The possibilities range from the subtle to the sensational, but its a perfect way to map out a connection between the two characters. Let’s also not forget that this opens up a potential for Wolverine vs. Winter Soldier flashbacks and even Winter Soldier vs. Deadpool.
Whether its Hugh Jackman suiting up or a new, MCU proper casting for Wolverine, the stories here have my knuckles itching and “SNIKT” ringing in my ears. Read the rest of this entry
There’s snow on the ground here in Toronto…and also in the fictional town of Riverdale!
We must be smack dab in the heart of the holiday season!
Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other mid-to-late December celebration, you’ve hopefully got the spirit of the season in you by now! I mean, it’s been nothing but ornaments, tinsel, candles, multiple Santa, Hallmark Holiday movies and family get-togethers the past few weeks (and weeks to come).
And even the comic book industry has gotten in on the holiday cheer, publishing some seasonal specials this month. This very column focused on one of them a week ago, which you can read here.
Today sees the release of another one of them, as always, perfectly timed and full of fun! Check out the Archie Christmas Spectacular!
If you’re looking to get a unique gift for that special person (or people) in your life, check out these ten badass women artists who are redefining what it means to be creative.
1. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, headed by Elizabeth Barrial, specializes in formulating body and household perfume oil blends with a dark, romantic Gothic tone. With hundreds of scents to choose from, there are certainly many options for those hard to please friends.