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Monthly Archives: February 2014

The GAR! Podcast: Slave Princess Leia on American Idol

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Here at Biff Bam Pop! we’re featuring The GAR! Podcast, which is my friend Ray Cornwall and I talking unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s a nerd exploration of a nerd world, usually with more “Breaking Bad” and Prince references than you can shake a stick at.

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February Faves: JP Fallavollita’s Favourite Song Anthems For Life

We all have them. Those songs that constantly come back to us, sometimes when we least expect it. They’re the ones we ‘re always singing in the shower or humming along to in the car, whether they’re on the radio, on the iPod, or simply in our heads.

They’re the ones that create a soundtrack, anthems to accompany the story that is our lives. No matter how old we are, what we’re doing or where we might be, they always have the power to lift us up or leave us melancholy, embolden us, put us in our place or, sometimes, make us feel on top of the world.

They are songs about us; our loves and hates, our wants and needs, and they always ensure that we’re important enough to act a leading role in the play that is our own life.

Here then, are a few of the songs that make up the soundtrack of this particular writer’s life. Humming along is, of course, mandatory.

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Non-Stop vs Son Of God – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

The Son of God versus Liam Neeson – who comes out on top this weekend at the box office? Here’s our prediction.

NST_31_5_Promo_4C_4F.inddAudiences love them so Liam Neeson action movies, and Non-Stop looks to be another in his increasing list of kick-ass number ones. Non-Stop take place on an airplane, which should ratchet up the tension a few notches. Look for a first place debut with $30 million.

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February Faves: Glenn Walker’s Favorite Avengers Stories

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For the month of February, we’ve been doing something special here at Biff Bam Pop! Each week our writers and correspondents will be compiling lists of their favorite things. As the resident Avengers guy here, I thought I’d let you all know what I think are my favorite Avengers stories, closing out this special month here at Biff Bam Pop!, after the jump.

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February Faves: Early Performances You May Have Missed

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For the month of February, we’ve been doing something special here at Biff Bam Pop! Each week our writers and correspondents will be compiling lists of their favorite things. Leiki is back to take a look at her five favorite early performances that you may have missed, and well worth re-watching. Got it? Quite a mouthful, but a very cool list of February Faves, check it out after the jump.

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The Cost of Courage: Human Rights Watch Festival 2014

Boy do we have it good. For sure, every place, every culture has its struggles, its persecuted communities, its tensions between wealth and poverty and how to mitigate the differences in society. And these are challenging times in so many places: the persecution of gays and lesbians from Russia to Arizona, the cancer-stricken natives living in the shadow of Alberta’s oil sands developments, not to mention the planet we despoil and scar in ways too numerous to even comprehend, let alone change. It’s tough all over, but wading into the films of TIFF’s Human Rights Watch Festival, two irrefutable facts come to mind. One, whatever buffoonery or political chicanery we encounter here, it’s got nothing on the shit going down all over the everywhere else. And two, there is a flipside to our seemingly boundless capacity for awfulness, namely the extraordinary resilience of some to rise above, to inspire, and to transform the stage upon which they walk. Let’s meet some bonafide heroes, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

February Faves: JP Fallavollita’s Favourite Pop–Culture Massacres

Biff Bam Pop’s catalogue of “February Faves” continues, but how could someone have a favourite massacre?

I mean, unless you’re talking about last night’s hasty finishing of a scrumptious double burger with apple-smoked bacon and Gruyere cheese, a “massacre” signifies human death – and lots of it! A tragedy, surely! Who could possibly enjoy death so much that they’d actually have it listed in their mind as something…enjoyable?

In the world of pop culture, with stories in various mediums depicting heroes and revenge and redemption, (whoa! We might be talking Joseph Campbell here!), massacres of the deathly variety hold an honorable position. It’s through massacres and great human loss that our emotions are elevated to supreme heights and our heroes lifted along with them. It’s through massacres that villains are defined as well as the heavy odds facing our protagonists. It’s not that we love death. It’s that we love the storytelling possibilities that arise from it.

I present to you, then, five of my “favourite” massacres in pop culture history.

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Publishers Weekly on the New ECW Press Series

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Toronto’s ECW Press is experimenting with short-form digital and print nonfiction with its new series of “pocket pop.” In April, ECW will release the first two books in a “Pop Classics” series, in which authors will have 20,000 to 40,000 words to passionately argue a case for a fresh look at or a new appreciation of particular pieces of pop culture. More after the jump.

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February Faves: Gina K’s Top 5 Winter Blues Songs

Continuing February Faves here at Biff Bam Pop!, here are Gina K’s top 5 winter blues songs.

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The Winter can be a long, dark and cold place. We often find ourselves trying to fight the overwhelming feeling of being perpetually “Bummed Out” and trying to find ways to stay busy, active and up-beat… but instead, as we don’t have much choice but to deal with our Winter Wonderlands, I think we should embrace this melancholy time year, besides, when else is it socially acceptable to stay inside for 48 hours and not feel bad about it? So, in the spirit of old man winter I give you my top five winter blues songs.

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Raid The Comic Shop For Tomb Raider #1 On The Wednesday Run–February 26, 2014

Heck, Lara Croft is practically a household name these days, isn’t she? Even my Mom recognizes her. “She’s that character, played by that actress, right?” For sure, Mom. For sure.

All kidding aside, Lara Croft and the video game that originally starred her, 1996’s Tomb Raider, is often cited as an important catalyst for furthering female characters in video games. There’s also the increase of video game participation by women. (I like to think that Samus Aran of Metorid fame was the original inciting force!)

Still, there’s no denying that Lara Croft’s name carries a lot of weight in pop culture. And today, a new comic book, following a new vision for the character drops – and all should be there to witness the beginnings of a new chapter in Tomb Raider history!

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