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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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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

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I love film sagas. I call them escape films because with film franchises like Twilight, Harry Potter, The Maze Runner, and The Hunger Games, my female friends and I can anticipate seeing several installments of our favorite movies as an excuse for a girl’s night out. I look for any excuse to get out of making dinner. After thirty-six years of marriage, I’m tired of looking at that stupid stove.

Today, I did something completely different. My husband and I made arrangements to see the last installment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 with our neighbors, Rita and her husband. We went to the morning showing of the film, which meant that I still got home early enough to cook dinner. Damn!  Was Mockingjay – Part 2 worth dragging the hubbies to the movie? Read the rest of this entry

Steampunk Granny’s Take on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I

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I have a secret to tell you. I have all the Hunger Games books, but I haven’t read any of them yet. I’ve made a conscious decision to watch the films first, and then read the books. This is a reverse of what I normally do, but I’ve found that I’m less disappointed in the films if I don’t come to the table with a fixed notion on how or if the film and book jived. This past Saturday night, I went with a friend to watch the latest addition to the Hunger Games franchise. Did Mockingjay Part 1 meet my expectations? Follow the rose. Read the rest of this entry

Mockingjay Flies High-ish – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

It was a big weekend at the box office, but not quite as big as thought it would be. Here’s what went down.

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debut in theatres this weekend and, as expected, rocketed to the top, with an impressive $123 million. It’s not a number to sneeze at, but it is actually below the opening gross for both the first Hunger Games, and its follow-up, Catching Fire, which debut with $152 million and $158 million, respectively. I’d chalk this lower number up to the fact that the film finale is still a year away; splitting things in two takes a bit of excitement away, excitement that will surely return next year at this time when Mockingjay Part 2 is released.

As for the rest of the top five, Big Hero 6 was in second place with $20 million. Interstellar grabbed third with $15 million, while Dumb and Dumber To fell to fourth place with $13.8 million. Gone Girl closed things out in fifth with $2.8 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $155 million
2) Big Hero 6 – $21 million
3) Interstellar – $19 million
4) Dumb and Dumber To – $17 million
5) Gone Girl – $3 million

And here’s how the weekend went down:

1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $123 million
2) Big Hero 6 – $20 million
3) Interstellar – $15 million
4) Dumb and Dumber To – $13.8 million
5) Gone Girl – $2.8 million

Next weekend sees the release of Horrible Bosses 2 and Penguins of Madagascar. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

The Mockingjay Will Soar – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Let’s be quick and to the point – we know The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is going to top the box office with oodles of cash this weekend. How much will it bring is the only question. Here’s our prediction:

newmockingjay_largeBoth of the previous installments in the Jennifer Lawrence staring series of films have done gangbusters their opening weekends and Mockingjay should no doubt do the same. Look for a first place debut with $155 million, for the biggest opening of the year.

As for the rest of the top five, Big Hero 6 will be in second place with $21 million. Interstellar will be close behind with $19 million, with Dumb and Dumber To following in fourth place with $17 million. Gone Girl will close things out in fifth with $3 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – $155 million
2) Big Hero 6 – $21 million
3) Interstellar – $19 million
4) Dumb and Dumber To – $17 million
5) Gone Girl – $3 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns our!

Scene Stealers: Comic Book Movie Stars

Joker from The Dark Knight“Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.” – Batman, The Dark Knight

Evidently, fans of the X-Men franchise were due for a reward this past weekend. In honor of the terrific X-Men: Days of Future Past (just watched it and LOVED IT!), this post will focus on eight ‘Scene-Stealing’ performances in comic-based movies. Not only did these characters steal the scene, but they also helped propel the actors & actresses portraying them to Hollywood’s “Mega-Star” List.

So, without further delay… “Here We Go”!

 

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Trailer Time: X-Men Days of Future Past – Trailer 3

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With this new trailer for X-Men Days of Future Past that dropped tonight, the movie has now slid into the absolutely-must-see category for the summer. Don’t believe me? Check it out after the jump…

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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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Saturday at the Movies: Hustle Your American Right Out of the Theater

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I had been hearing good things about American Hustle. All-star cast with a retro feel to a distinctly 70’s movies. Christian Bale with a paunch? Jeremy Renner with a massive pompadour? I’m in!  Plus there was the potential to see Amy Adams act her socks off and see another great performance from Jennifer Lawrence. All my dreams came crashing down within the first 30 minutes of American Hustle.  More after the jump.

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Glenn Walker’s Top Five Films for 2013

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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.

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