Daily Archives: October 16, 2015
Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.
In 40 years of watching horror movies, I have viewed a cadre of serial killers bloodily dispatch teenagers in increasingly disturbing and creative fashion, and not lost a moment’s sleep. I’ve chuckled while vampires and demons consumed and corrupted the innocent beyond count. And have gotten the munchies watching zombie hordes eat intestines like pasta at an all you can eat buffet
Yet for all the really scary stuff that’s left me yawning, it’s a cheesy 70s movie with a subtle-as-a-brick-to-the-head social message that somehow overrides my terror filters and sends me on a one-way trip to peeyourpants town. A pleasant little film called It’s Alive. Find out why after the break.
Warning: The following article contains justifications, backronyms, and head-canon. Reader discretion is advised.
The moment when the scales fell from my eyes was about midway in the first Iron Man (2008) film. Tony Stark has escaped his captors, the Ten Rings, and has returned home. Pepper Potts is approached by a well groomed civil servant type who’d like a few words with Tony Stark.
But here’s the thing. He introduced himself as Phil Coulson, agent of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division. That was an ingenious acronym in a storytelling sense. By 2008 the word “homeland” had been abused so much that it would make anyone’s brain shut down. Okay, I picked it up, but for the majority of viewers it wouldn’t have meant anything.
Coulson leads a strike force against Obadiah Stane (that doesn’t turn out so well), and eventually he asks Pepper to just call them S.H.I.E.L.D. Then we get the post-credits sequence. Spoiler: Nick Fury shows up.
Follow me after the jump where we’ll take a closer look at S.H.I.E.L.D. through its ever-changing state in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
It’s a big weekend at the box office, as two films with a decided October/Halloween flare make their way into movie theaters. Will either of them make it to the top spot at the box office, or will another blockbuster collaboration from two legends steal their thunder? Here’s our prediction:
Opening this weekend is Crimson Peak, the latest film from auteur and fanboy favourite Guillermo Del Toro, likely to be one of biggest horror movies of the year. Critics are always all over Del Toro as the visionary that he is, but it’s worth nothing that just because he’s a visionary, doesn’t mean he’s going to bring in the dough. His last film, Pacific Rim, was far from a huge hit, and I expect that Crimson Peak will follow suite. The period piece haunted house film stars Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain, great actors both, but neither one big draws at the box office. On that note, the film’s budget is roughly $50, and it really should have no trouble making that back in North America. Look for a third place showng this weekend with $20 million. Read the rest of this entry