With his passing on Wednesday, I sat down to watch a couple of Jonathan Demme’s best films. Demme’s never been in the pantheon; he’s not one of the revered directors of his generation like Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola. But with films like Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, and his superb music docs on the likes of Neil Young, Talking Heads and Bruce Springsteen, he made an indelible mark on popular culture.
The first time I had ever heard of Assassin’s Creed was during Christmas vacation several years back. I had taken my three grandsons to the Mutter Museum in Center City Philadelphia. Granny was trying to impart some knowledge into her grandsons, but they had other ideas. While we visited the many display cases that held a multitude of medical and biological oddities, I constantly found myself alone and the boys missing. Where the heck were they?
The other visitors in the museum that day would constantly point towards one of the hallways and smirk whenever they heard me calling out for the boys. It took several round-ups before I figured out that they were playing their own version of Assassin’s Creed. So, what exactly is Assassin’s Creed and did the game successfully transfer to film? Read the rest of this entry
Horror movies are the name of the game for many during this season, but not so much for me. In fact, since July, the name of the game for me is Pokémon GO. “Yes, I’m one of those,” I have answered many an exasperated questioner. Love it, hate it, or never played it, and despite the drop-off in players since the initial craze, millions of people are in hot pursuit of cute creatures in augmented reality. October 26th saw the release of the Halloween update of Pokémon GO, and there will be special treats in the game through November 1st. I tested out the Halloween Pokémon experience Wednesday night on South Street in Philadelphia.
This week on the inaugural edition of True Crime Corner, we’ll be looking at H.H. Holmes. Herman Webster Mudgett, also known as Henry Howard Holmes, or more commonly known as H.H. Holmes, is widely considered America’s first serial killer, although that factually isn’t correct. He is the first known serial killer. The lengths at which he went to carry out his atrocities and the sheer number of possible victims make him more notorious than murderers who came before him. His crimes occurred over a century ago, but why is it his infamy exists in pop culture today?
The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re talking about comedy movies, favorite comedians, and His Purple Badness, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.
This past May, Andy Burns, editor-in-chief of this site, Biff Bam Pop!, decided to spend time with his New Jersey posse. I’m pretty sure his staff in South Jersey pretty much outnumbers the Canadian staff, but we won’t do a head count, right now. Glenn Walker, senior editor of the site, and all around best friend, took care of the day-to-day agenda for what Andy wanted to do. I asked Andy if he wanted to take a tour of nearby Philadelphia and he did. He had a list: Liberty Bell, the Rocky statue at the Art Museum, comic book stores and, most importantly, he wanted to go on a ghost investigation. Did Andy see ghosts? Grab your ELF Meter and follow me. Read the rest of this entry
Curse you, Andy Burns! Because of your book, Wrapped in Plastic: Twin Peaks, I’m hooked on this series. I arrived twenty-five years too late for the party, but I’m watching with eyes wide open. On the last episode of “Twin Peaks,” Windom Earle left the ultimate checkmate for Cooper. Renault is dead and Leo is awake… sort of. Will we ever learn the history between Windom and Cooper? Read the rest of this entry
What do you do on a Saturday that’s free when you have an interest in the dark side of humanity? You explore sites related to the closest city’s serial killers, of course. I spent a day in the Philadelphia area looking for sites that involved America’s first known serial killer, H.H. Holmes, “Corpse Collector” Harrison “Marty” Graham, and Gary Heidnik, who inspired part of the Buffalo Bill character in Silence of the Lambs. Read the rest of this entry