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TIFF 2017: mother!

This year at TIFF we’re seeing the Trump era’s first real artistic blowback. I started with Darren Aronofsky’s mother! (opening across North America this Friday, September 15th), and holy cow, it kicked things off with a bang. That exclamation point in the title is wholly deserved, and you can add about fifteen more in your head. Part psychological horror, part religious allegory, part study of the narcissistic vampirism of the artist/creator, mother! keeps coiling in on itself, like a serpent swallowing its frenzied, burgeoning tail. But is it a tale worth watching, or the sort of child only a mother could love?

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Saturday At The Movies: Noah


Maybe I shouldn’t have gone to see Noah during a torrential downpour, but I did and it certainly added to the night’s experience. I had heard a lot of pro’s and con’s about the movie, but I’d rather review new movies, myself. Was Noah worth the trip through the parking lot deluge? Find out after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Noah Floods The Competition – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

An excellent weekend at the box office, as Noah managed to float to the top above all comers. Here’s what went down:

Noah2014PosterNoah debut at number one with an excellent $45 million. Clearly, audiences were excited to see this legendary biblical story told with some flashy effects. However, Noah shouldn’t get too comfortable, as next weekend sees the release of another blockbuster film that will take it down.

As for the rest of the top five, Divergent was in at number two with a very healthy $25 million. The film is only $6 million away from crossing the $100 million mark and is an absolute success. Muppets Most Wanted was in third place with $10 million, Mr. Peabody & Sherman hit fourth with $9 million while God’s Not Dead closed things out in fifth with $8.6.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Noah – $50 million
2) Divergent – $20 million
3) Muppets Most Wanted – $13 million
4) Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $12 million
5) The Grand Budapest Hotel – $8 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Noah – $45 million
2) Divergent – $25 million
3) Muppets Most Wanted – $10 million
4) Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $9 million
5) God’s Not Dead – $8.6 million

Next week sees the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.

Will Noah Flood Theaters? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

It could be a weekend of biblical proportions, as Darren Aronofsky’s new film hits theatres. Will it resonate? Here’s our prediction:

Noah2014PosterTake one movie star who excels at larger than life roles. Add in a story that everybody, religious or not, knows. Throw in a director playing with a massive budget for the first time in his career. If all goes well, you have a hit movie called Noah. I’m predicting that the film, which stars Russell Crowe as the title character, will manage to grab bible lovers and disaster film fans this weekend, and should be an easy number one, with a gross of $50 million.

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