The wonderful thing about writing these Holiday Gift Guide lists is that they not only help out you, the mighty reader, find that perfect gift or stocking stuffer for a pop-culture loved one, but it also helps the writer of this column (me, in this case) with loved ones picking our gifts to give (me)!
This particular Gift Guide, a short list of select movies and television shows in both Blu-Ray and DVD formats, should prove enticing. I’m betting that there’s something on this list that your loved one doesn’t have just yet. (And, if anyone is asking, I have none of these – yet!)
Now, I know we live in a digital age where film and television programming is available on demand, but it’s still nice to add that hardcopy artifact to an increasing library of hardcopy artifacts. It’ since to know that you actually own something, doesn’t it?
Plus, some of the items on this list come with…well, extras.
Without further ado, here is your first-rate, first-class, handpicked, Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Blu-Ray & DVD Selections:
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.
The Cabal is back, and with the Tesseract in their hands they are nearly unstoppable. When the Falcon is taken down in battle with the villains, Iron Man steps down as leader, blaming himself. Can the Avengers defeat The Cabal without Iron Man? Meet me after the jump for my review of “Exodus.”
This is it, the exciting season finale of the series that would not die. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has been quite a roller coaster this season with a slow start and a rocky ratings road, but it’s finally found its groove, and is headed toward its exciting climax. Phil Coulson and his Agents of Nothing put it all on the line to take on Hydra and former comrade Ward in “Beginning of the End.” Meet me after the jump for my review of the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” season finale.
When the commercials for this sequel to Captain America The First Avenger, and the next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, started showing up on TV, the blurb that kept coming up was “better than the Avengers.” Honestly, on a superhero movie scale, I didn’t think that was possible, and I didn’t believe the hype, but after seeing the film… I have to say… wow, it’s not hype, and yes, it may well be better than The Avengers. Find out why, spoiler warning, after the jump.
During last year’s Super Bowl, we got an intense dramatic peek at Iron Man Three, but this year at the NFL’s biggest event, Marvel Comics gives us a double dose of cinematic superheroes with the Captain America and Spider-Man sequels. Meet me after the jump for the new trailers, airing during the Super Bowl on Sunday, for Captain America The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
And we’re back, after a multi-week cliffhanger where Agent Coulson was kidnapped by the Rising Tide in the final moments of Episode 10, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is finally back. The bad guys were looking for ways to stabilize Centipede, a variation of Extremis from Iron Man Three, but in their search, they found something juicier – a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who had come back from the dead! Can the team rescue Agent Coulson from the clutches of the Rising Tide, and how did Coulson come back from the dead? Find out, after the jump, in my review of “The Magical Place.”
Everybody at Biff Bam Pop! is talking about Top Fives this week, so I guess it’s my turn. There were so many good things going on this year in movies, it will be hard to narrow them down to just five in each category, but I’ll try. Next, after the jump, we’ll look at my top fives (give or take) in film for 2013.
It started off with a bang – both Iron Man 3 and the 2013 summer movie season. The third instalment in the Iron Man series hit the big time whether anyone thought it was good or not, but unlike a Black Friday line-up, it was worth the time and effort to fight the crowd to get in. Here’s a look back at what worked in the biggest movie of the year.
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Today’s episode of “Avengers Assemble” features the Impossible Man. Once again, a Fantastic Four foe, rather than someone (anyone) from the Avengers’ own formidable rogues gallery, the Impossible Man is Marvel Comics’ answer to Mr. Mxyzptlk, an imp with magical powers who can do anything. In “Avengers: Impossible” he turns up to match wits with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts.