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The First Biff Bam Popcast Of 2013

Glenn Walker, Jason Shayer, JP Fallavollita and moderator Andy Burns regrouped for the first Biff Bam Popcast of the new year, in which we look back at our favourite films and comics of 2012. We also discuss which films we’re looking forward to in 2013 and the pros and cons of the Superior Spider-Man. Watch it all on-demand right here!

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Top Five TV Shows of 2012

If you know me, you know I love TV. Choosing my Top Five favourite shows of 2012 was an impossible task for me and it was a list that has been changed and edited countless times. I have finally chosen the five shows that stood out for me the most in 2012. These five shows were the ones that consumed my life and kept me up at night. Please be careful when you read on as there may be some spoilers for those shows you have yet to watch. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!!

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The Top 5 Albums of 2012 As Chosen By JP Fallavollita

Biff Bam Pop has been sharing Top 5 Album lists each year for five years now. It’s a bit of crazy thought that we’ve ben doing it for so long, but we do love our music and we do love to share it with our friends.

The great thing about coming up with these sorts of catalogues is the discussion it stimulates with other music lovers. Andy Burns, BBP’s Editor-in-Chief, generally has a distinctly different compilation than what I put together at the end of every year. 2012 was no exception. You can read his thoroughly rockin’ list here.

When listening to music, and deeming it “best of” – I have one criteria that rates above all others: it’s got to be music that stays with me, an album that plays on repeat all throughout the year. It’s got to be something that stands the test of a sound bite as well as a second single: a musicianship that lasts a full album, a sound that entices, surprises and elicits emotion.

Here then, are my top 5 albums of 2012.

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Andy Burns Picks His Top Five Albums Of 2012

There’s no doubt about it, I’m a classic rocker, through and through, as you’ll see with my top five favourite albums of the years. They’re here in no particular order – but I’ve loved them all.

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Clockwork AngelsRush: A concept album from Canada’s preeminent power trio, this was another strong late period album from Rush, following the successful Snakes and Arrows from 2007. There are so many highlights on Clockwork Angels, but for most fans, the album’s undeniable knockout was the first single, a 7-minute epic called Headlong Flight. The ensuing tour left mouths gaping, including the young fans the band continues to gain every year.

Find out what else made my top five after the jump!

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide – Firefly: A Celebration

firefly01Firefly: A Celebration

“A big damn book for big damn heroes.” This book’s back blurb says it all. Okay, my piece here would be pretty short if that was exactly true, so please indulge me and let me tell you why this book makes an ideal gift for that special geek in your life.

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide: DC Comics: Year By Year A Visual Chronicle Updated Edition

Our friends at DK Publishing produce some truly amazing books but they’ve outdone themselves this year with their 2012 version of the slipcase hardcover: DC Comics: Year By Year A Visual Chronicle Updated Edition. Not only is it a great looking tome, but DK has actually made some sense of the DC Universe’s intricately tangled (and fanboy infuriating) eight decades worth of story continuity while laying the groundwork for the next set of important stories to unfurl.

It’s a lovely sight to behold!

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide – LEGO Batman 2 & DC Universe Super Heroes Batman Visual Dictionary

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
I’m a comic book fan and a LEGO fan, so when you combine those two interests in one product, you can pretty much take the money right out of my wallet. Somehow I missed out on the first LEGO Batman video game, but I kept hearing great things about LEGO Batman 2. I’ve enjoyed some of the other LEGO game franchises, specifically Lego Star Wars and Indiana Jones, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and fun of LEGO Batman 2.

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide: Alien – The Illustrated Story – Original Art Edition Hardcover

Alien – The Illustrated Story – Original Art Edition Hardcover
Published by Titan Books 
Writer: Archie Goodwin 
Artist: Walt Simonson

“Two of comics’ greatest talents joined forces in 1979 to bring Ridley Scott’s epic Alien motion picture to the comic book page. Out of print for over thirty years, this brand new edition (released in time to coincide with Scott’s latest opus Prometheus) has been meticulously restored from original artwork in Walt Simonson’s studio — presenting for the very first time the definitive artist’s edition of the greatest sci-fi horror ever produced.” – grabbed from the Amazon.com blurb.

I’m a huge Walter Simonson fan and one of my earliest and fondest comic book memories was picking up the Heavy Metal adaptation of Alien featuring his art work. It was the first real graphic novel I had ever picked up and as I was around 10 at the time, I hadn’t seen the movie yet.

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide – Jaws: Memories From Martha’s Vineyard

While no one can deny the lasting impression that the movie Jaws has had on audiences around the world, what isn’t discussed very often is the impact that the filming of the blockbuster film had on the community of Martha’s Vineyard, and the legacy that it left there.

Matt Taylor’s coffee table book Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard tells the story of a town completely immersed in the filming of Jaws.
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Saturday At The Movies: Constantine

What do you do if you know you’re dying and that when you die, you know that you’re going to hell?

If you’re the conniving yet charismatic rogue mage John Constantine, you do the only thing that can be done: you hasten the inevitable.

That’s sort of the premise behind the famous comic book character’s story arc in the 2005 film called, appropriately enough, Constantine. Directed by Francis Lawrence, his big screen debut after making a name for himself in music videos, and starring Keanu Reeves as the titular anti-hero, Constantine wasn’t all that well received by either critics or fans upon it’s debut. But in the seven years since it’s release, a near-cult audience has embraced the film and hope, an emotion not necessarily synonymous with the character himself, abounds in terms of a sequel being made.

That time may soon be upon us. Until then, there’s still the original to affectionately watch and discuss.

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