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Creations of Chaos: The Red Turtle

In this edition of Creations of Chaosit’s the film that will make you believe that life is a magical and beautiful thing. I cry tears of joy over The Red Turtle.

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La La Land leads Oscar nominations – who’s missing?

Well, here we are. The 89th Oscar nominations have arrived, and there are some seriously worth contenders here. The Hollywood Reporter had their predictions, and unsurprisingly, La La Land was top of the list. And perhaps even more unsurprisingly, the musical hit did score some serious love, with nominations in all the major categories. Moonlight is the runner up to La La Land, and it will be interesting to see which one will take home Best Picture.

I loved La La Land, so I’m pleased to see Hollywood give it the attention it merited. I was equally pleased to also see Hell or High Water receive a fair share of nominations as well. After much debate, I’d cite that western crime film as my favourite movie of 2016. Jeff Bridges scored a Best Supporting Actor nomination and it was well deserved.

Also high on my list in 2016 was Arrival, and seeing it receive Best Film and Director nominations warms my heart. Unfortunately, Amy Adams didn’t get a Lead Actress nomination, which is confusing, as she carried that film on her shoulders.  Read the rest of this entry

The Official Popshifter Podcast, Episode #8

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The Official Popshifter Podcast, featuring Popshifter Managing Editor Less Lee Moore and Featured Contributor Jeffery X Martin.

In their eighth episode, titled simply “Episode #8,” Less Lee and Jeffrey X have a hard time dealing with the state of the Hivemind, and discuss the Popshifter Manifesto, which is the driving force behind the pop culture coverage at the site. Also: The Oscars, the Royal Rumble, “The X-Files,” and other stuff requiring the article, “The.” Please enjoy this podcast responsibly.  You can check it out here.

Popshifter is shifting the tone of pop culture criticism and can be found on Twitter and Facebook, as well as their own website.  Check out Episode 8 of The Official Popshifter Podcast right here.

Will the Oscar nominations put Leo and the Revenant on top of the box office this weekend?

Thursday morning the 2016 Oscar nominations were announced, with one film leading the pack in terms of potential wins. How will these kudos affect the box office this weekend? Will a new release hit the top? Here are our predictions:

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This weekend sees the release of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, a new film by Michael Bay about six soldiers who fought to defend the American diplomatic building in 2012. Bay gets a lot of bad publicity for his big budget action films (do people actually enjoy the Transformer movies?), and according to Rotten Tomatoes, 13 Hours hasn’t been scoring with critics either, even though its a far more dramatic film. With the lacklustre buzz and the star power for our projected number one, don’t expect big things for 13 Hours. Look for a fourth place debut with $20 million.

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Actor Trading Cards: Jessica Lange

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JESSICA LANGE

Born: April 20, 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota
Height: 5’8

Did You Know?

She is one of only ten actors to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year for their achievements in two different movies.

Has a daughter, Shura (Alexandra) Baryshnikov, whose father is Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history.

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The Ten Percent – “Miss Jean Louise, Stand Up”

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“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

Hello, and welcome to another installment of The Ten Percent, a regular column where every other week we’ll look at the corollary of Sturgeon’s Law: ten percent of everything is not crud. We often look at television and film here in The Ten Percent and we’ll continue to do so, but today we’re going to examine a two-fer; that rara avis even within the Ten Percent – an astonishingly good book that also made a fantastic movie.

Due to the recent – and controversial – publication of Go Set a Watchman, author Harper Lee is once again in the spotlight. Lee is known for writing the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird and has seldom granted interviews or written much more than a grocery list since 1964. Watchman was written prior to Mockingbird and her editors found the flashbacks to the experiences of a younger Scout more interesting. They persuaded her to focus on that story instead, and the result was Mockingbird. Whether Go Set a Watchman belongs in the Ten Percent is a question not yet answered, but I can enthusiastically champion Mockingbird for inclusion – both the novel and the film.

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The Ten Percent – Ingmar Bergman

“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

Hello and welcome to another installment of “The Ten Percent,” a regular column here on BiffBamPop where every other week Ensley F. Guffey and I take a look at the inverse of Sturgeon’s Law; in other words, the small portion of everything which is not crud. In the case of cinematic entertainment, it can sometimes be hard to remember that for each film that has people talking decades after its premiere, there are hundreds of others that barely clear the horizon before being (thankfully) shot down. The works that last; the ones that people talk about all those years later – those are the works that form the Ten Percent. It’s not a question of genre – musicals are in here, along with slapstick comedy, animation, screaming horror and more.

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Rather than discuss a particular film with this installment, I want to go bigger and talk about a filmmaker who had a gigantic impact on me and (hopefully) on you, for my goal with this column is to get you to put an Ingmar Bergman picture on your “must watch” list.

A who?

Ernst Ingmar Bergman (1918 – 2007) was a Swedish director, writer, and producer whose impact on film is indisputable. Beginning in the early 1950s, he formed a creative company of actors (including Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, and Max von Sydow) who would appear over and over in his dozens of films, many of which dealt with dark themes such as betrayal, death, and insanity.

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The Hot Tub or The DUFF – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

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This weekend we’ll have a comedy showdown at the box office with two new movies vying for the attention of audiences. As The DUFF and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 enter theaters this weekend along with the Kevin Costner starrer with an inspirational true story, McFarland USA, how will the champs of previous weeks like SpongeBob, Kingsmen, American Sniper, and last week’s not-so-surprise blockbuster, Fifty Shades of Grey. Who will stay on top, who will join them? Meet me after the jump for our predictions.

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Who’s got short shorts? TIFF’s Oscar short-film showcase: Part II – Animation

The Oscars are coming up, airing Sunday, February 22nd for over 40 million people. Yesterday I looked at one of the hardest to follow Academy categories, the award for best live action short. Today we’ll take up another short category, certainly the most fun, the Oscar for best animated short. TIFF in Toronto is showing these for at least the next week, as well, and if you’re in the States, you can find listings for the Academy Awards short programs here.

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Who’s got short shorts? TIFF’s Oscar short-film showcase: Part I – Live Action

Boogaloo and Graham might have something to crow about this Oscar season

Every year at the Academy Awards, there’s a lull, one even more numbing than the Oscar for special effects or the latest garish train-wreck of a dance number. It’s when the awards for short films roll around, and it’s a damn shame. The winners are starstruck and elated and you have to feel thrilled for their tremendous spirited breakthrough, but nobody’s seen the film. Or any of them. Shorts have such restricted windows, watching them can be tough. They circulate on the festival circuit, which bars them from appearing on TV and often the internet. This year if you’re in or around Toronto, TIFF’s got you covered, with two separate programs, one for the Oscar-nominated live-action shorts, the other for the animated ones. If you’re in the States, you can also find screenings for the next few weeks all over the country here. They’re the cream of the crop, a handful on each side chosen from all over the world.

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