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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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BBP! Celebrates Batman @ 75: Batman’s Ladies: The Good, The Bad and the Crazy


There have been enough articles written on Batman to wallpaper every home in America, but for Batman’s big 75th Anniversary I wanted to cover the women from television and film who had crossed paths with the Dark Knight. What did they think of the big guy and were they friend or foe? Head to the Batcave to find out.  Read the rest of this entry

Insidious 2 Breaks Records, The Family Does Ok – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

It was a huge weekend at the box office for one new release, and a surprisingly decent one for another. Here’s what went down.

Insidious2It’s no surprise that Insidious 2 topped the box office, but it’s the number that makes the feat hugely impressive. The film brought in $42 million to not only score the biggest September opening in history, but also the biggest opening for any horror flick this year. Clearly audiences were keen for a follow-up to the first one, which had some decent legs during its 2011 theatrical run. It will certainly be interesting to see how this sequel fares over the next few weeks.

Find out how the rest of the weekend turned out after the jump!
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Insidious 2 vs The Family – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Two new releases this weekend would like to bring you into movie theatres, but I’m fairly sure only one of them will get your money. Here’s our predictions:

Insidious_–_Chapter_2_PosterInsidious 2 is the sequel to the 2011 original, which wound up doing great business, grossing $54 million off a $1.5 million budget. No wonder we’re heading into sequel territory, right? Considering the success of the original and the PG rating for this one, we should see Insidious 2 do even better with it’s opening weekend. Plus, it’s Friday The 13th – is there a better day to open a horror film? Look for a first place showing with $35 million.

Find out how the rest of the weekend will turn after the jump!
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