Just a few more days until October 13, when Netflix’s new series, Mindhunter, premieres on the streaming service. We’ve got the new trailer.
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“How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?”
Fans of crime procedurals and David Fincher have much cause to celebrate. The director of such ground-breaking movies as Se7en and Zodiac is bringing his talents to the small(er) screen — Netflix — on October 13 with Mindhunter.
One thing you can always count on in Hollywood is people are always looking for “the next <fill in the blank>,” so when the 2012 novel and 2014 film adaption Gone Girl both made a truckload of money, it’s no surprise that people started looking for the “next Gone Girl.” A lot of critics and movie-goers think they have found it in The Girl on the Train, the 2015 thriller written by British author Paula Hawkins and fast-tracked into a Universal film released a few weeks ago. With its disappearing woman, emphasis on unreliable, first-person narrators, and a twisted, corkscrew ending, it’s easy to see why. But is it really the next Gone Girl? And how does the novel hold up to it’s movie adaptation? Find out after the break! (And spoilers ahead!)
It’s crazy to think that the first Saw movie came out over a decade ago and I only saw it this week for the first time. In 2004, I was just starting to admit that I enjoyed horror movies, but I wasn’t quite ready to see something that seemed so gruesome and terrifying in the theater yet. Jeepers Creepers, 28 Days Later, and Signs had all left quite an impact upon my still-impressionable psyche.
After numerous sequels – including the recently announced Saw: Legacy, which will hit theaters in 2017 – I figured it was time for me to finally see what all the fuss was about.
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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.
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.
Some horror doesn’t need to be gory. It doesn’t need to be violent, nor does it have to be supernatural.
Sometimes the biggest scares of all are the ones that come from real life.
Such was the case with the Zodiac killer, who terrorized the Bay Area back in the late 60’s and early 70’s, never to be captured.
The story of the Zodiac became an American legend, and in 2007, it also became one of director David Fincher’s greatest films.
It’s a musical chairs weekend here at Biff Bam Pop! as your usual Box Office reporter Andy Burns takes a few days off, so here I am to wrap up for J.P. Fallavollita‘s Box Office Predictions from a few days back. Did Denzel Washington Equalize the Box Office? How stiff was the competition from The Maze Runner and The Boxtrolls? Find out after the jump!
Did you check out our own Glenn Walker’s piece on the much maligned and possibly misunderstood Alien 3? If not, it’s well worth your time as the man looks back at the failed third film in the venerable franchise. Glenn echoes what most of would say about the film – killing off the characters of Newt and Hicks, two of the three survivors at the end of James Cameron’s Aliens was a big mistake. Doing so in the first three minutes of the the film – unconscionable.
Here’s the thing – there is an Alien world where Newt and Hicks lived. Where she grew up and he grew angry. It was black and white, dark and desolate and one of the most disturbing comics I read as a kid. And it’s my Alien 3.
The Alien pseudo-sideways-prequel Prometheus hits theaters in a few days, and as part of our build-up for the release here at Biff Bam Pop!, our editor-in-chief asked me to review Alien 3. At first I thought he was mad at me, punishing me. As you may have guessed, there is no love lost between me at the second Alien sequel. That said, having not seen it since I watched it in a movie theater back in May of 1992, I recently gave it a fresh viewing. These are my thoughts.