Monthly Archives: May 2016
Now that Season Two of “The Flash” is over and speculation for Season Three begins, I’m going to step back and look at the online series “The Chronicles of Cisco” that ran concurrently with the final episodes of the show. Not all Flash adventures star the Flash, so meet me after the jump, and we’ll look at this solo Cisco Ramon adventure.
On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful” we were captive voyeurs of Vanessa’s mind and her memory of the “White Room.” There were only three actors present: Eva Green, Rory Kinnear and Patti LuPone, but it was one of the best episodes in all three seasons. This week, we follow Ethan and Hecate while Victor electrifies Jekyll’s experiments. Read the rest of this entry
After a week spent weeping every time someone asked us to hold the door, we really needed some additional time to decompress and see where the kingdoms were going next. Thankfully, the showrunners of “Game of Thrones” heard our prayers. Not a lot actually happened, but what did set up the series for the remainder of the season (and beyond). We get to revisit some old friends and some old enemies, characters make some important and game changing decisions, and we’re left to wonder what exactly has Drogon been eating over the last few months while his Mom was working on the recipe for Khal-krispies. Find out what went down and what it might mean after the break. And yes, lots and lots of spoilers.
I don’t usually write about superhero comics, or add my two cents to the internet outrages, controversies, and speculations that the comic book industry produces like Campbell’s makes soup, but I think this might be a good time to make an exception. Biff Bam Pop! readers may know that I’m something of a Captain America fan from my two-part look at Cap and historical memory, which you can read here and here. What you may not know is that these days, the only comics I collect are Our Army at War/Sgt. Rock, and Captain America. Those are the only two titles that will never be sold and replaced with trades, or donated to a library book sale, or whatever, that I bag and board using archival materials, and that I occasionally take Smaug-like glee over just possessing. I also occasionally like to take a pile of them out of their bags and curl up and binge-read them, reveling in the smell of old comics, looking at the ads, old-school lettercols, back matter, backup stories, etc. – you know, enjoy them as comic books.
On the last episode of “Outlander,” viewers witnessed two deaths. While it was satisfying to see the villainous Le Comte St. Germain succumb to poison, it was heartbreaking to see the Frasers lose their daughter Faith. Shattered by this event in their lives, Claire expresses a desire to leave Paris for Scotland. So what happened this week?
It’s a four day weekend in the U.S, which means final weekend numbers won’t be delivered until tomorrow. However, the three days estimates have been coming through, and they’re arguably disappointing for the weekend’s two big releases. Here’s what went down:
Facing off against lacklustre reviews and the law of diminishing returns, X-Men: Apocalypse debut on top of the box office with $61 million for its three days returns. That’s definitely below industry expectations. The film has been performing very well oversees, and will likely get close to $200 million in North America, but its clear that Apocalypse didn’t have the hook to bring in a lapsed audience the way that X-Men: Days of Future Past did two years ago.
I tend to use the phrase “greater than the sum of its parts” a lot. It’s a perfect way to describe a baseball team that finds a way to beat a superior unit, or a novel that just doesn’t seem to catch fire but you find yourself thinking about it days or even years later, or a movie that is full of faults, but somehow pulls together disparate pieces so that, by the end, you’re overjoyed and thrumming with excitement. Bryan Singer has made a career out of such movies, and in X-Men:Apocalypse, he may have found his masterpiece. Spoilers Ahead!
The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re joined by Pronto Comics writer, editor, and creator of the independent comic Cross, friend of the show, Dennis Knight, and we’re talking about the biggest news in comics of the moment – Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 and DC Universe Rebirth, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.
Two films are looking for box office glory this weekend, but only can hit the number one position. Which will it be? Here’s our prediction:
X-Men: Apocalypse is set to be the third and final instalment of the current mutant trilogy, the previous one of which saw the return of director Bryan Singer to the franchise. This time out, the big bad is the title character, who is making his big screen debut in the form of Oscar Issac, who is sure to be draw. However, all is not right with the X-Men, and reviews have been pretty poor this time out, which is a shame coming off the excellent Days of Future Past from 2014. The movie will definitely be front-loaded at least for this weekend. Look for a first place debut with $102 million.