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Review of Renegade: Martin Luther, The Graphic Biography

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I really enjoy reading graphic novels, but when Biff Bam Pop’s fearless leader asked me if I wanted to review a graphic novel about Martin Luther that was timed for the 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation, I was at first hesitant, but then my curiosity took over. Why did Martin Luther risk his life to go against Papal edicts? Meet me after the jump for my review of Plough Publishing‘s presentation of Renegade: Martin Luther, The Graphic Biography followed by an interview with Dacia Palmerino and Andrea Grosso Ciponte. Read the rest of this entry

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The Audacious Eleven Podcast: The Other Poly

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The Audacious Eleven Podcast, featuring Wendy Sheridan, Mary McGinley, Donna Juzva, and Biff Bam Pop’s own Robin Renee.

Audacious Eleven is a reality podcast that ventures from Pagan spirituality and life empowerment to technology, entrepreneurship, love, sex, and fandom.

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The Audacious Eleven Podcast: Our Pagan Paths

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The Audacious Eleven Podcast, featuring Wendy Sheridan, Mary McGinley, Donna Juzva, and Biff Bam Pop’s own Robin ReneeAudacious Eleven is a reality podcast that ventures from Pagan spirituality and life empowerment to technology, entrepreneurship, love, sex, and fandom.

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The GAR! Podcast: Florida and Indiana and Ultron

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Biff Bam Pop! 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. This week, we’re talking about Glenn’s drag adventure at Hamburger Mary’s, ‘religious freedom’ in Indiana, and Avengers: Rage of Ultron, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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Game of Thrones S04 E02: The Lion and The Rose

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Ah… there’s nothing better than a Westerosi royal wedding, all the romance, the pomp, the ever-present possibility that bloodshed and mayhem will abound.  Find out whether it does, after the break!

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Non-Stops Hits Number One, Son Of God Close Behind – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report

The early box office estimates are in, with news that the weekend was a lot closer than originally predicted. Here’s what went down:

NST_31_5_Promo_4C_4F.inddThe new Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop flew to the top of weekend box office, bringing in a solid $30 million. However, right behind the film in second place was Son of God with $29 million. When it’s all said and done and the official tallies come out on Monday, there’s a strong chance than we could see a new number one. It makes for some exciting box office watching.

As for the rest of the top five, The LEGO Movie fell to third place with $20 million, bringing its month long total to an outstanding $208 million. Following in fourth was The Monuments Men with $5.1 million, while 3 Days To Kill closed things out in fifth with $5 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Non-Stop $30 million
2) The LEGO Movie – $23 million
3) Son of God – $21 million
4) Robocop – $7 million
5) 3 Days To Kill – $5 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Non-Stop $30 million
2) Son Of God – $29 million
3) The LEGO Movie – $20 million
4) The Monuments Men – $5.1 million
5) 3 Days To Kill – $5 million

Next weekend sees the release of 300: Rise of an Empire and Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions.

Non-Stop vs Son Of God – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

The Son of God versus Liam Neeson – who comes out on top this weekend at the box office? Here’s our prediction.

NST_31_5_Promo_4C_4F.inddAudiences love them so Liam Neeson action movies, and Non-Stop looks to be another in his increasing list of kick-ass number ones. Non-Stop take place on an airplane, which should ratchet up the tension a few notches. Look for a first place debut with $30 million.

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31 Days of Horror: The Exorcist

I went to church this past Sunday afternoon for the baptism of a good friend’s recently born little girl. I’ve witnessed this particular ceremony a number of times, more often these days, it seems, as friends are having children for the first time. Growing up Catholic, I’m not what you’d call a regular churchgoer but it’s a beautiful and ancient event, full of proud and loving parents, family members and, generally, wailing children.

The baptism ceremony can have different meanings for different faiths, but for Roman Catholics, it’s a sacrament that initiates an individual as a child of God. Parents speak for their children, who will later speak for themselves, at Confirmation, when older. At the various baptisms I’ve attended, the presiding priest tends to follow a set template, sometimes adding their own biblical or philosophical interests into the sermon when addressing the congregation. On Sunday, I heard something that I hadn’t heard before – certainly not at a baptismal event.

The conducting priest went to some lengths, talking about the nature of sin and evil. He mentioned the word “exorcism” and, perhaps reading the crowd, reaffirmed that it is a practice that indeed exists. “There are two things we know,” he told us. “First, that there is evil in the world and second, that it is very powerful.”

And, while sitting quietly in the pew, my mind was immediately drawn to the most frightening film I have ever had the enjoyment of watching.

Who hasn’t seen The Exorcist?

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Saturday At The Movies: REC 3: Genesis

The “found footage” genre of film making is getting a little long in the tooth for my liking. It seems that every other horror film that hits the silver screen is “cobbled together” from somebody’s home video. Hey, I loved the first Paranormal Activity flick, but how many of those do we actually need?

Sorry, I don’t mean to pick any of you PA fans out there, I’m just saying, you know?

Ok. So, let me ask the same question about some “found footage” films that I really do like. Fair’s fair, after all.

The Spanish films REC and REC 2 rank as two of my all-time favourite films in the horror genre. The evidence of that can be found here. I really feel that they, specifically, not only build smartly on the “food footage” genre but also build on the Zombie lore in film.

But REC 3? REC 3 was always going to be different.

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The Wicker Tree Tests My Faith

The Wicker Tree is the sequel to the cult classic The Wicker Man and if you were a fan of the original, writer/director Robin Hardy is also responsible for this curious theatrical follow up. Starring nobody reputable, you might recognize Graham McTavish as the bad guy. But other than one fantastically short and relatively hardcore scene, the most exciting moment is the 30 second appearance from Christopher Lee, a weak throw back to the original. Otherwise, prepare for a movie about reborn Christian missionaries who fall prey to a Scottish conspiracy to cover up an environmental disaster through Paganism… WHAT?! Yup.

Oh and worth mentioning before you make the jump… The Wicker Tree is a follow up to the original 1973 version, and not the Nic Cage version (Seth, how is he NOT in this movie?!?)

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