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Biff Bam Pop’s It’s All Connected: The Gold Rush – The Marvel Cinematic Universe Hits the Motherlode

There’s gold in them thar hills. Nuggets the size of your bulbous head. Great seams of it riven in the rock, opening up gleaming veins for the sun to bedazzle. Each one of those nuggets is a hero, and each hero is serious bank. Marvel’s got a sack full of nuggets, hell a whole damn trainload, all bound from the coast to amaze with their shinings at your local thee-ate-er and thousands more worldwide. And we all know money begets money, except when it doesn’t. Hell, many’s the time it doesn’t. But since the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man in 2008, there’s been a conscious plan to make the most successful pantheon of interconnected movies this planet has ever seen. And gosh goldarnit, that plan is working. I don’t even know why I’m talking like a snaggletoothed prospector from 1849, but it seems pretty clear. While DC’s been panning in the river, Marvel’s built the mine, and those cars just keep coming up with their golden freight. Not every movie’s a major claim, but together, sons and daughters, together they’re the motherlode.

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BBP! Celebrates Batman At 75: If I Did It – The Dark Knight

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I have made no secret of my great dislike for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. I’ve written extensively on it both on my own blog and here at Biff Bam Pop!. I still don’t like it. And therefore I can’t think of a better candidate for the next installment of If I Did It. Meet me after the jump for just a few ideas of how I’d do The Dark Knight differently.

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Coffee Table Caped Crusader: The Art And Making Of The Dark Knight Trilogy

Growing up, I always ran out to buy movie tie-in novels. Whether it was good, bad or straight down the middle I always wanted to relive most of the movies I saw. Then I got a bit older and moved on from the tie-ins to the coffee table books, the ones that would take you behind the scenes and reveal the artistry that goes into making the movies.

The latest insightful book to come across my desk details one of the greatest trilogies in cinematic history – The Art And Making Of The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Find out more about the book after the jump!
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Saturday At The Movies: The Dark Knight Rises

Finally.

Finally we have a trilogy that not only maintains the same director for all its iterations, but that also maintains and exceeds the quality of each subsequent film.

Congrats, Christopher Nolan. For this fan, The Dark Knight Rises is my favourite entry in your Dark Knight trilogy.

Find out why I feel this way after the jump.


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Guest Blogger: 10 Things You Need To Do To Prepare For The Dark Knight Rises

There are few people I know who love Batman more than my old friend and original Biff Bam Pop writer Jason “Oh Three” Lapidus. In anticipation of The Dark Knight Rises’ release this Friday, today Jason returns to BBP with his advice on how you can get ready for Batman and his return to the big screen! 

1. Read The Vengeance of Bane pt. 1, by Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan (no relation to director Christopher Nolan), published by DC Comics in 1993.  This single issue chronicles the character’s origin and places Bane as the protagonist.  You will be rooting for him when you’ve finished reading. You can find it as a single issue  or in a collected volume.

Find out what else you can do after the jump!

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The Dark Knight Rises Pregame: The Dark Knight Revisited

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I have been taken to task recently over my opinions about the film The Dark Knight. Apparently I shocked co-hosts and viewers alike on the second episode of the Biff Bam Popcast when I declared that I despised the film. So much so that in the third episode, JP Fallavollita read a statement, indirectly to me, that pretty much said, “What universe are you living in, buddy?” It was all meant in good fun, and JP is a great online friend whose opinions I respect a lot, but it might be time to defend my opinions on this one.

The Challenge

Now my buddy and editor-in-chief of Biff Bam Pop, Andy Burns, has punished me before for my movie opinions. Upon learning my not-so-fond thoughts on Alien 3, he immediately assigned it to me to review. Guess what he did to me again? Yep, I’m watching The Dark Knight again, for the first time since suffering through it in the theater. I’m a masochist. Just for a reminder, here‘s what I thought the first time.
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Do-over gold: JW Ward’s five best remakes from the past decade

If there’s one thing Hollywood seems to be afraid of these days, it’s an original idea.

Friday brings another remake to the big screen with Straw Dogs, director Rod Lurie’s take on the infamous 1971 film of the same name by director Sam Peckinpah that starred Dustin Hoffman and Susan George.

This time around, it’s James Marsden who has to man up to protect his home, his wife (Kate Bosworth) and his way of life when some not-so-simple country folk decide to take advantage of his timid demeanor.

Will James Marsden hold a candle to Dustin Hoffman’s performance in the original?  Will the notorious violence of the first film be embraced or dismissed in the new version?  Will the movie be a worthy remake?

Who knows?  You’ll have to see it to find out.

With no signs of Hollywood backing off from the “do-over” trend, we’re counting down the best five remakes of the last ten years.   Read the rest of this entry

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