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Biff Bam Pop’s Alien Invasion – District 9

Why do so many aliens want to kill us? Okay, maybe humanity leaves a lot to be desired. There’s war, murder, avarice aplenty, and people that want to elect Donald Trump. If we haven’t broken the planet we live on, we’ve sure as hell damaged the packaging. Our celebrated social networks leave us staring at our phones, hardly noticing the actual world in front of us.

But we don’t completely suck. There’s art and inventions and love… still, fucking Donald Trump?  Maybe the aliens have a point. Don’t get me wrong. I love me a Starship Troopers or a Predator or an Alien, when that unknowable other is just a vicious killing machine here to reduce us to emphatic survival. But it’s not often that we see aliens as screwed up as we are. Which is one of the many things that makes Neil Blomkamp’s District 9 so great. The aliens and their massive ship hovering over a metropolis aren’t here to destroy us with monument-shattering death rays. Their spacecraft broke down, they’re sick and dying, and whatever their interstellar traveling, they’re completely S-O-L. The film’s a brilliant exploration of a refugee civilization landing on our doorstep, and the amazing awfulness humans bring to bear in dealing with the problem.

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Biff Bam Pop’s Alien Invasion rolls camera on Super 8

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When the trailer for JJ Abrams’ Super 8 first hit the public eye, everything about it seemed so mysterious. It appeared as a sort of supernatural film, but it was hard to be sure if it was about a monster or alien being. It looked like a government conspiracy film with the shots of the securely guarded cargo train winding through small town America.

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The GAR! Podcast Interviews King Kong and Doc Savage Artist Joe DeVito

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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 talking with artist and sculptor Joe DeVito, famous for his work on Doc Savage and King Kong. Joe has some amazing stories and memories to share, along with all the usual GAR stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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Creations of Chaos: Ponyo

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It’s about mothers. It’s about fathers. It’s about a hyperactive, ham loving, fish girl. On this edition of Creations of Chaos, I take a look at the kindergarten version of The Little Mermaid, Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo.

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The Gobbledygeek Podcast Discusses The Last Dragon and Lady Snowblood

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents Gobbledygeek featuring hosts Paul Smith and AJ Wiley and focusing on a variety of entertainment subjects, with our hosts and special guests frequently discussing films, comics, and television.

This week, Arlo and Paul discuss two classics of martial arts cinema, The Last Dragon and Lady Snowblood, and also talk about The Lobster, with no spoilers. The boys also offer their thoughts on the Orlando tragedy. See and hear more after the jump.

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The Gobbledygeek Podcast Talks About The Fear of Missing Out

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents Gobbledygeek featuring hosts Paul Smith and Arlo Wiley and focusing on a variety of entertainment subjects, with our hosts and special guests frequently discussing films, comics, and television.

This week, Arlo and Paul are joined by A Jason Tabrys of Uproxx for a chaotic mix of television, film, too much to watch, the fear of missing out, and the pros and cons of binge-watching. See and hear more after the jump.

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Creations of Chaos: Princess Mononoke

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In this edition of Creations of Chaos, it’s the Studio Ghibli film that tackles heavy topics, makes you wonder if all humans should be foraging and living in caves, ensures a complete brain meltdown, and will make you start building your sustainable tiny house with composting toilet, it’s Princess Mononoke.

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Jim Knipp Reviews X-Men: Apocalypse

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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!

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Andy Burns Interviews Actress Carolina Bartczak of X-Men: Apocalypse

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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to speak with Canadian actress Carolina Bartczak, known for her work in Smurfs 2 and Brick Mansions.  In X-Men: Apocalypse, opening this week in North America, Carolina plays the small, yet pivotal role of Magda, Magneto’s (Michael Fassbender) wife.  Meet me after the jump for the interview.

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Creations of Chaos: My Neighbors the Yamadas

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In this edition of Creations of Chaos, the film up for discussion is My Neighbors The Yamadas.  Don’t you mean My Neighbor Totoro? No. Are you sure this is a Studio Ghibli film? Yes.

A full length animated episode of “The Middle,” with a touch of a Peanuts vibe, My Neighbors The Yamadas is a lesser known Ghibli film that is far from being less.  Find out more about this film, after the jump.

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