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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: 5 Christmas DVDs

The Holiday Guide is full of the latest and greatest, but what if you
have someone younger on your list who needs some helpful film history?
Here’s a list of 5 Christmas DVDs every human (over the age of 14)
would enjoy.

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The Classic – “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)
This movie is the quintessential Christmas movie. It shows you how to
be both giving and self-reflective; to view your actions and how they
impact others. It’s a lovely example of a black & white film and of
one of the best actors of that generation, James Stewart. Everyone
should know the line “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his
wings.” and have it melt your heart. It shows us the true richness of
family and friends over material affluence, but in a way so subtle
that you barely take notice. Like all the others on this list, it’s a
film you could watch every single year. Heart-warming. Simply
heart-warming.

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Leiki looks at the good and the bad of last night’s Emmy Awards

emmys-2015I love all awards show. That’s clear to anyone who knows me and anyone who has read this blog. The Oscars are the glamourous cream of the crop. Best of the best. But the Emmy’s feel like a reunion with all the friends who come into your living room each day. Hello old friends! It’s a fun game to see who wins, but to me it just seems like a fantastic party. The more the merrier. Where were you, Bill Murray, that you couldn’t accept your award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries? You would make a great party greater. Read the rest of this entry

Leiki Veskimets On…Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual

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.

I was 8 when Cyndi Lauper’s “She’s So Unusual” was released, and I discovered it on cassette tape. Before then there was Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Prince, so when Cyndi came along, bursting with immense confidence, talent and unapologetic decisions, it was hard not to notice. Yup, even at 8, drowning in the “Just Say No” marketing of the 80s. I feel lucky that it landed in my lap when it did. I can’t remember the source, it was very likely intended for my older sister, but with youthful sponge-like absorption, I inhaled that album, playing each side over and over until I could hear the notes of the next song in my head as the previous one was fading out.

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Leiki Veskimets On…the Fight Club DVD Commentary

Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favourite 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.

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DVD special features are not widely commented on in the media since DVD releases are not much of a breaking or interesting story.  Nor are the commentaries automatically included, far less so nowadays with movie streaming popularity.  To that end, it often seems like a bit of a gift to the viewer who enjoyed the film or simply wanted to know more about how it was made.  Sadly, those that do exist tend to fall into two categories.  Either they are dry and dull with huge gaps between comments or, those where too many of the cast gets together, open some beers and proceed to giggle, talk over each other, and continuously fall behind the pace of the film.  Neither option is particularly enjoyable.  But a rare few are the gems that are the “Fight Club” DVD commentary, narrated primarily by leads Brad Pitt and Edward Norton along with director David Fincher, with the addition of a few bits (recorded separately) by Helena Bonham Carter.

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31 Days of Horror 2014: The Ring (2002)

I delight in the various short-lived but regular film-viewing arrangements I’ve had in my life.  Whether with a partner, a colleague, a group of friends, or family, I have stumbled into brief periods of time when film watching is a regular, dependable, often weekly occurrence.  With one such group, the activity was a Sunday film rental.  After weeks of dramas and comedies, I was finally outnumbered on the popular, but terrifying The Ring.  Although I had managed to avoid it during its theatrical run, I had heard how it made people jump and scream and the anticipation during the trip home from the video store was very nearly worse than the actual viewing.  The trailer of the film that replayed in my head did nothing to quell my concerns.  We can all picture the girl peeking out accusingly from behind her long black scraggly hair with the mere mention of the title.

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Biff Bam Pop! Exclusive – Leiki Interviews Kaare Andrews

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On May 28th Biff Bam Pop’s own Leiki Veskimets sat down with noted comic book artist, writer, and feature film director Kaare Andrews, in Toronto to discuss his latest feature, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero and quickly discovered why it’s still not safe to get back in the water. More after the jump.

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Leiki Veskimets’ 2014 Oscars Roundup

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I’m going to say it, the Oscars were Fun this year. Yes, with a capital F. Although I like them even when they’re James-Franco-bad so my view is definitely biased. But Ellen Degeneres is a great host. As good last night as she was when she first hosted seven years ago, she’s funny and hits the right note by amusing but not offending. It’s hard to make the 86th of anything seem unique. But she managed it.

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She joked about ordering the starving audience pizza, then actually brought them pizza. She even went and got money from Harvey Weinstein to pay for it, who forked over $200. “It’s a good start” Ellen retorted. More Oscar mayhem 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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February Faves: Leiki’s Favorite Performances by Comedians in Serious Roles

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For the month of February, we’re doing something special here at Biff Bam Pop! Each week our writers and correspondents will be compiling lists of their favorite things. After the jump, Leiki takes a look at her five fave performances by comedians in serious roles, check it out.

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February Faves: Leiki’s Five Favorite Performances by Seth Green

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For the month of February, we’re doing something special here at Biff Bam Pop! Each week our writers and correspondents will be compiling lists of their favorite things. Leiki Veskimets has taken on a unique favourite five, meet us after the jump for her five favourite performances by Seth Green…

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