Monthly Archives: December 2012
Biff Bam Pop has been sharing Top 5 Album lists each year for five years now. It’s a bit of crazy thought that we’ve ben doing it for so long, but we do love our music and we do love to share it with our friends.
The great thing about coming up with these sorts of catalogues is the discussion it stimulates with other music lovers. Andy Burns, BBP’s Editor-in-Chief, generally has a distinctly different compilation than what I put together at the end of every year. 2012 was no exception. You can read his thoroughly rockin’ list here.
When listening to music, and deeming it “best of” – I have one criteria that rates above all others: it’s got to be music that stays with me, an album that plays on repeat all throughout the year. It’s got to be something that stands the test of a sound bite as well as a second single: a musicianship that lasts a full album, a sound that entices, surprises and elicits emotion.
Here then, are my top 5 albums of 2012.
The name Quentin Tarantino has become synonymous with film lover’s wet dreams – producing sometimes-obscure reaching films that look like a mess from the outside, but really pay homage to some of the best genres and films styles of days gone past. Django Unchained is yet another of these movies that turns the Italian spaghetti Western on its head.
Check out the trailer and then read my review after the jump!
An interesting and exciting weekend at the box office, as new releases made strong impacts, but not strong enough to unseat the reigning champ from the top spot. Here’s what went down.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey held onto the number position for the third straight weekend with $32 million. The film has now grossed a stellar $222 million in North America since its release and could make it to $300 million by the end of its run.
Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump!
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Many of my fellow geeks and I have been waiting for the next chapter in the Lord of the Ring saga. If you know any of the back story behind the movie process, you know that the project has changed directors and languished in studio Hell for years. It looked like Tolkien’s Hobbit would not be made. But director Peter Jackson would not let his legacy die so easily. Brace yourself for the next couple Christmases because we will be seeing one Hobbit movie per year for a while.
There’s only one film that can be master of the movie theatre this weekend, and I’m guessing that it will be singing all the way to the bank come Sunday. Here are our predictions:
Released on Christmas Day, Les Miserables has already grossed a stellar $30 million so far. With rave reviews from critics and an all-star cast featuring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, the film is a lock for number one this weekend. Look for it bring in $45 million.
Find out how the rest of the weekend will do after the jump!
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There’s no doubt about it, I’m a classic rocker, through and through, as you’ll see with my top five favourite albums of the years. They’re here in no particular order – but I’ve loved them all.
Clockwork Angels – Rush: A concept album from Canada’s preeminent power trio, this was another strong late period album from Rush, following the successful Snakes and Arrows from 2007. There are so many highlights on Clockwork Angels, but for most fans, the album’s undeniable knockout was the first single, a 7-minute epic called Headlong Flight. The ensuing tour left mouths gaping, including the young fans the band continues to gain every year.
Find out what else made my top five after the jump!
Your Spider Sense Will Be Tingling With The Amazing Spider-Man # 700 On The Wednesday Run – December 26, 2012
That tingling sensation you’re currently feeling in your fingertips, your toes, your arms, your legs and/or your chest?
It’s not that extra helping from the holiday gravy boat or the excessive eggnog you’ve imbibed over the last few days. You’re not about to have a stroke from eating too much of the honey-glazed spiral ham and it’s not the heightened effect of tryptophan from all that good, good turkey eating either. That feeling, my friends, is your pop-cultured spider-sense: an early warning system set to caution you on potential pop-culture threats.
So, why is it tingling so acutely right now? Brace yourselves. Today marks the end of an era.
Today, the long-running Amazing Spider-Man monthly comic book series ends with issue #700. And I’m afraid our favourite web-headed superhero won’t be making it into a new issue #1.
Happy boxing day, Biff Bam Poppers! Hopefully you had a joyeux noel and a kick-ass festivus, full of lots of gift cards under the tree that you’re itching to utilize asap. On that note, here’s some recommended under the radar movie purchases for that Best Buy, Future Shop, HMV or Sunrise Records gift certificate (or Amazon-reserved cash) burning a hole in your pocket.
Chained – One of my favourite movies of the year, staring Vincent D’Onofrio as a serial killer taxi driver who takes a victims son as his own. This is seriously dark stuff, but director Jennifer Lynch makes her third film a disturbing and engrossing tour de force.
Find out what else you should pick up on Boxing Day after the jump!
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There are more than a few films considered to be traditional, or even required, viewing every year at Christmas time. There’s A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, one of the many versions of Miracle on 34th Street (though I prefer the original 1947 one myself), The Santa Clause, Home Alone, Die Hard, and for the more twisted folks like me, there’s also the 1959 Mexican classic Santa Claus. There’s also Elf, Holiday Inn, The Bishop’s Wife, and another of my favorites, Love Actually.
Yeah, those are all good, but really none of them really holds a candle to the all time classic story of the Christmas spirit – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, specifically the 1951 version, Scrooge. We’ll take a look at why that’s at the top of the heap and the king of the Christmas movies, in my opinion at least, after the jump.
Alright, it’s down to the wire for you if you’re still looking for gift ideas for the pop culture geek in your life. If you’re really feeling indecisive, just go grab a gift card to iTunes or Amazon or Kobo and say Merry Christmas. However, if there’s a gamer in your life, we’ve got a suggestion that’s a sure fire hit. Out of all the games out there on the store shelves, only one game rules them all.
And it features Lego!