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Category Archives: 2017

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

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Noah Baumbach knows families. Not feel-good crap or five-hankie manipulated drama. Baumbach families are a lot like the ones we share, with real awkwardness, back-handed affection and incidental trauma wound up together in the loving bonds of our flesh and blood. Despite its precious title, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) captures its titular extended clan with a disarmingly frank gaze. Debuting on Netflix today, it’s among Baumbach’s best films.

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31 Days Of Horror: Tomb Of Dracula: The Complete Collection Vol. 1

The fall season.

It is a time when the leaves turn shades of red and yellow and brown, then die and pile forlornly on the ground below. It is a time when the wind blows sharply stronger while the sky turns a gray overcast. It is a time when the days become shorter and the nights become longer and malevolent shadows seem to lurk around every corner.

Every day of October, and especially the last day of the month, deserves a dose of classic horror! Whether you’re a fan of film, television, art, music, books, or comic books, there’s something for everyone’s thirst for the darker elements of pop culture mythology this time of year.

During the early part of the 1970’s, comic book publishers pushed and pulled and railed against the yoke of the Comics Code Authority – and horror-themed comics were on the front lines of that war, growing increasingly popular by readers.

With Tomb of Dracula, originally published in 1972, Marvel Comics brought horror to the masses! Drawing upon Bram Stoker’s classic character, here was a comic book version of Dracula like no other: creatively cinematic in scope, dreamily horrific in the telling, Dracula was an antagonistic and charismatic title character that a reader could both fear and root for!

And now, Marvel Comics publishes those classic tales again in a new paperback volume called, appropriately enough, Tomb Of Dracula: The Complete Collection Vol. 1!

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31 Days Of Horror: The Wednesday Run Visits Spooky Riverdale With The “Archie Halloween Spectacular” & More

Riverdale can be a pretty scary place.

Well, maybe it’s just growing up that can be scary at times.

Depending upon what you’re reading (or watching these days!) and between boyfriends and girlfriends, bullies and gossipers, teachers and principals, moms and dads, and all sorts of mischief by friends – Riverdale, home to Archie and his pals, can be a pretty scary place (especially in October!)…but it’s also a pretty interesting and fun place to visit alongside your best fictional pals!

The adventures of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and all the others continue in amazing popularity with kids and adults – over seventy five years after they first saw publication, way back in 1941!

And, keeping up with trends and interests of a twenty-first century fan-base, Archie, like us at Biff Bam Pop!, loves the Halloween season.

Continuing with our month-long 31 Days of Horror theme, that’s why this particular column is focusing on Archie Comics today…and their release of the Archie Halloween Spectacular #1!

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31 Days of Horror – ‘Stranger Things: The Game’ is a Great Nod to 1980s Gaming

If you’ve ever wanted to explore the town of Hawkins, wait no more. Stranger Things: The Game is a fun new adventure available for both iOS and Android that combines the characters, setting and creepy vibes from the Netflix smash hit series with a simplistic control scheme that makes it easy to learn, but difficult to master.
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31 Days Of Horror: The Wednesday Run Enters The Muck With “Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Omnibus”

You’ve probably figured out by now that Biff Bam Pop! is celebrating our favourite month of the year (October, ‘natch) with articles, editorials and other purposeful writings form the darker corners of the pop culture world.

This weekly column gets in on the act with a very timely focus on the only mucky monster that matters in comic book lore!

Swamp Thing!

Here’s a character that was first inspired by the EC Comics stable of horror-themed comic books in the early 1970’s, who disappeared from publication for the better part of a decade, came back, but waned in popularity in the early nineteen eighties.

You’d think ‘ol Swampy would just slink back into the muddied waters of forgetfulness. But something happened in the mid nineteen eighties, a literary miracle of sorts, that would change Swamp Thing and comic books for all time.

Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Omnibus, out today, takes readers from those humble, frightening, exciting beginnings to the moment of that miracle!

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TIFF Leans Into Blade Runner 2049 Hype with High Concept: The Films of Denis Villeneuve

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Next week, Blade Runner 2049 releases to immense hype, sans the original’s helmer Ridley Scott. That this is a good thing is almost undeniable, after Scott’s belaboured Alien sequels Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. Instead, fans will get a new replicant iteration, courtesy of French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve. That’s unequivocally awesome, cuz Villeneuve has been doing great work for awhile.

Showcasing Villeneuve’s talents is an easy win for TIFF, and they’re showing four key films from his modest filmography this week, starting tonight, Thursday, September 28th, with the inscrutable Maelström.

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Everything Starts With “Marvel Legacy #1” On The Wednesday Run

Oh! Hello, Marvel Comics!  I didn’t see you there, just now.

I was about to sit down with a cup of coffee and make my list of hot, cool, new Wednesday Run comic books to pick up at my local shop!

Let’s see, there’s Black Magick #8 on my list – that’s a great series! Witchcraft and cop procedural has never been so fun! And the art is dynamite!

There’s Saga #47 – the best sci-fi/fantasy series out there right now! What heart!

I’ve got the Kamandi Challenge #9 on my list. It skewers a little younger, I know, but I love Kamandi and all that Kirby 1970’s stuff. Plus, it’s serialized by different artists and writers each month, and I love that creative idea.

What’s that you’ve got there, Marvel? A new comic book?

Well, to be honest, I’ve been a little out of the Marvel Comics loop lately. I feel you’ve left my interests in your tried and true Marvel philosophy, your Marvel legacy, willfully behind over the last few years. I don’t know if I…what’s that? You promise a return to everything I used to adore about Marvel Comics? With this one book everything about our relationship is gonna change?

I dunno. I’ve heard it before. And there’s only so much money to go around nowadays. Oh, you insist, do you?

Ok. Ok. Ok. Take it easy!

Here. Let me have a look at your Marvel Legacy #1.

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‘Battle of the Sexes’: Game Comedy Can’t Find a Winning Formula

It’s incredible to think the real life Battle of the Sexes tennis match happened at all. Putting world number one woman tennis player Billie Jean King up against fifty-five-year-old former champ Bobby Riggs was a patently insane contest. But feminism was breaking new ground, sexism was rampant, and this circus sideshow became a cultural juggernaut. Their man vs. woman match is still the most watched tennis event ever, to this day. Does the movie Battle of the Sexes live up to its namesake, the wacko pinnacle of seventies gender wars? Or is it just a lot of racket?

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All Aboard The “Dark Ark #1” On The Wednesday Run

Let’s take a walk back to the Biblical flood.

Noah placed animals two by two into his giant ark in order to save the world’s indigenous animal population from the impending doom.

Gorillas, lizards, tigers, bears and mice. The wily raccoons that make a mess of your garbage cans. And even the ornery Canada Geese that make a mess of your local park with their poop.

Yep. Noah saved them all.

Except the unicorns, who somehow didn’t get “flood” memo.

But what of the more unnatural creatures of the world? Who would save them?

Out today, Dark Ark #1 begins to tell their tale!

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TIFF 2017: Beast

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Beast wasn’t in my original TIFF plans. Extremely limited press screenings forced me to blow up my schedule twice, but I saw the main things I wanted. Beast was a pick-up, from promising new filmmaker Michael Pearce. In the film, a woman is forced to defend her lover when he falls under suspicion for a series of brutal murders. While the film’s twists yank it a tad too far from the realm of believability, it’s a tense thriller and a quality debut.

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