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Top 5 Albums Of 2014 As Chosen By JP Fallavollita

Leonard CohenIn a year that might well be remembered for one of the worlds largest bands giving their album away for free – much to the chagrin of many music listeners, there’s was plenty of great music to get excited about.

Albums from Ryan Adams, U2, Taylor Swift, Beck, Foo Fighters and many others made the rounds on airwaves, speakers and ear buds in 2014. Still, some albums, some songs were more resilient, more beautiful, catchier and more…”top” than the others,

That’s what this list is for.

A list showcasing the Top 5 albums I heard this year, like I write every year. Here were the albums I played relentlessly. Are any of your favourites on it?

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Biff Bam Pop’s Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Great T-Shirts & Sundry

threadlessWe’re well into the second week of December, so if you’re looking to order something online, now’s the time to do it, lest the mailman, through rain, sleet and probably falling snow, doesn’t deliver on time. I mean, if you’re like me, you need time – lots so time – to wrap. Not because there are so many gifts to package, but because the holiday paper and the tape never seem to want to co-operate!

One gift that I like to give every year to a select group of pop culture pals, is the gift of great, cool t-shirts.

Follow me after the jump for a few websites that I like to frequent and items of apparel and sundry for that pop culture lover in your life!

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31 Days of Horror 2014 – L’Inferno (1911)

LInferno 1911Think of the high pitched screech of metal across metal, the low guttural growl of a wild animal or the rapid plucking of violin strings again and again to illicit a sense of tension. Undoubtedly, one of the most important elements of any horror film is sound: both in music score and in effects.

Still, visceral imagery and the underlying text that a film is based upon can have an enormous affect on the mindset of a viewer.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, at the origin of the art form we call film, the black and white L’Inferno, released in 1911, silent and arresting, tested the relevance of this treatise. The result was an overwhelmingly popular and horrifying experience for all of those that viewed the film then, as well as those that view it today.

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Leiki Veskimets’ 2014 Oscars Roundup

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Alright, alright, alright.

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: Glenn Walker’s Favorite Daikaiju

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For the month of February, we’ll be doing something special here at Biff Bam Pop! Each week our writers and correspondents will be compiling lists of their favorite things. Many of us were introduced to the word ‘kaiju’ in last summer’s Pacific Rim, but it’s a Japanese word that’s been around for a long time. It means ‘strange beast,’ and daikaiju means ‘giant strange beast’ or ‘giant monster.’ After the jump follows my top five daikaiju from the world of film.

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Saturday At The Movies: Primer (2004)

If you’re a regular reader of articles on this website, I’m certain you’ve got more than a passing interest in science fiction. Whether it’s film, television, books or comic books, we all love the genre, don’t we?

Of course, there are different flavours of sci-fi. From a light offering, to speculative fiction, to the hard-core stuff, depending upon how you’re feeling on any given day, there’s a taste of science fiction that will surely satiate.

I’ve seen the film Primer a number of times. It’s of the hard-core variety. And boy, does tasting it’s particular brand of sci-fi fill up a mind to stuffing.

Follow me after the jump and partake of the time-jumping main course that is one of the greatest science fiction films that I’ve ever had the pleasure of being confounded by!

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Think About The Future: Andy Burns Anticipates The Return of The X-Men

If you’re a fanboy or geek like all of us at Biff Bam Pop, you know we’ve got a lot to look forward to when it comes to blockbuster movies in 2004, everything from a Godzilla to a sequel to the Amazing Spider-Man. For me, the one film that has my interest and excitement peaked the most is the one which heralds the return of Bryan Singer to the X-Men directors chair.

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Happy New Year (and a cool Amazing Spider-Man 2 clip!)

On behalf of all the folks who contribute to Biff Bam Pop, I just want to say thank you so much for reading, commenting, sharing, liking, tweeting and anything else you do when it comes to our site. 2013 had a lot of great moments, including exclusive interviews, great new writers and lots more, and we aim to keep it going into 2014. I want to give a special shout out to our regular contributors who help make the site what it is, so three cheers to Glenn Walker, JP Fallavollita, Marie Gilbert, Luke Sneyd, Amanda Reynolds, David Ward, Mat Langford, Lucas Mangum, Jason Shayer and Perry Schwartz.

To celebrate, check out the Amazing Spider-Man 2 New Year’s Eve trailer that dropped last night!

Thanks again for your support!

Andy Burns
Editor-In-Chief
Biff Bam Pop!

Trailer Time: Muppets Most Wanted

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One of my favorite movie surprises of recent years, along with the coolest promotion stunts in recent memory, was “The Muppets.” Now they are coming back, of course they’re coming back, and here’s the first teaser trailer:

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