Advertisements

Blog Archives

Faves of 2017: Carol Borden, The Cultural Gutter

Carol Borden writes about comics and (many other things) at The Cultural Gutter, a website dedicated to thoughtful writing about disreputable art.
Read the rest of this entry

Advertisements

I Am ‘The Last Jedi’: A Film Review

Being a pop-culture geek, I have a pretty deep bench when it comes to heroes. There’s Mick Foley a.k.a. Mankind/Cactus Jack, the guy that taught me no matter how hard and far you fall, you get back up and finish the damn match. There’s Cannonball from The New Mutants, the awkward kid with the clumsy power that became the leader his friends needed. Then we have the big guns, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Nightwing, Stone Cold Steve Austin… like I said, the bench is deep. But, if I were to draft an all-personal hero team and I had the first pick overall, I would draft Luke Skywalker.

Read the rest of this entry

Holiday Gift Guide 2017: DK Gets You Ready For Star Wars: The Force Awakens

We’re days, just days away, from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. How are you spending your own personal countdown?

Me, I’m combing through sites like The Hollywood Report and Variety glancing at, but not fully reading the reviews that have started trickling out.

I’m thinking about our predictions for the how well the film is going to do when it officially hits theaters on Friday ($200 million is a gimme, in my mind, but how much higher can it go?)

And I’m also perusing a few outstanding Star Wars books that have come my way from the folks at DK.

Read the rest of this entry

Songs for the Dead

as1

Questing! Swords! Necromancy! All of these things are completely foreign to me, sadly. Should it be sad that I’m not familiar with necromancy? I guess there is somewhat of a negative stigma attached to the esoteric art of RAISING THE DEAD. My upbringing tended to skew more science fiction and less fantasy so I was very curious about the independent comic book Songs for the Dead when it was brought to my attention. How did I feel about it? Hit the jump to find out!

Read the rest of this entry

BBP! Guide To Fan Expo Canada: Day 4 #FXC17

Day four of Fan Expo Canada 2017 starts with an early rise and shine, a cold shower, a healthy breakfast, and a cup (or two) of coffee. Grab your backpack – we’re heading out the door for our last, but still busy, day at the Metropolitan Convention Centre.

It’s a long weekend here in Toronto, and that means today you’ll see lots of kids saddling up next to their favourite cosplay superhero or Pikachu for a chance at a photograph. School starts next week, and you can be sure that tales of #FXC17 will echo through the locker-clad hallways.

There’s always one-more-thing to get, isn’t there? So, as you pick your brain for that last item of fancy, here are the things Biff Bam Pop! thinks you should be checking out between the Sunday hours of 10 AM to 5 PM…

Read the rest of this entry

BBP! Guide To Fan Expo Canada 2017: Day 1 Of #FXC17

It’s Day 1 of Fan Expo Canada 2017. Are you prepped?

Let’s run through your pre-game checklist:

  • A hardy breakfast and lunch
  • Comfortable shoes
  • A backpack
  • A visit to the cash machine
  • Your list of pop-culture themed heart’s desires

If you haven’t got those five items checked off yet, what are you waiting for? This is Day 1! You plan to make it through to Day 2, don’t you???

Follow us down pop culture lane! Biff Bam Pop! is making it’s way to the Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre and, between the hours of 4 PM and 9 PM today, there are a number of things to do and see…and tips you need to know.

Let’s not dally another minute…here we go!

Read the rest of this entry

The force is with Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia this May the 4th

It’s May the 4th, which means any self-respecting geek is celebrating Star Wars in some way, shape or form.

This year, as like so many in the past, my Princess and I will be perusing the latest Star Wars hardcover book that our friends from DK sent my way – Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary.

SWVE.png

Read the rest of this entry

The Flash S03 E14: ‘Attack on Central City’

afla1

In the first half of this special Flash: Gorilla City two-parter, the showrunners gave us a taste of what Super Gorilla Grodd was like in the Silver Age of comics, but this time we see just how dangerous Grodd can be these days. We’ve seen Gorilla City, meet me after the extradimensional jump for my thoughts about “Attack on Central City.” Can The Flash survive?

Read the rest of this entry

Heroes and Villains – Reviewing The Week’s Marvels 2-1-2017

amar1

This week in Heroes and Villains our selection of new Marvel Comics includes two superhero teams, one elder and one younger, a major villain of a completely different universe, Star Wars, and the best and most fun new super-heroine of the year so far. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Avengers #4, Champions #5, Darth Maul #1, and The Unstoppable Wasp #2!

Read the rest of this entry

Audiences Boarded “Rogue One” This Weekend

It was a big weekend at the box office for Star Wars fans, as the latest film in the sci-fi franchise took over cinemas. Here’s what went down:

img_0414

While we wait for the weekend actual to arrive, the estimated box office returns have come in and, unsurprisingly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story delivered outstanding results. The story of the rebels who attempt to steal the plans for the original Death Star from the Empire brought in an estimate $155 million to win the weekend. While the film’s opening weekend earnings is off from last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which had a record setting debut of $247 million, there are factors that need to be considered with that analysis. First, it had been more than ten years between the release of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens, so there had been a lot of pent-up anticipation for a new franchise film. Secondly, Rogue One is introducing a whole new set of characters, whereas The Force Awakens promoted the return of icons like Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. There was no way a standalone film would be able to reach those lofty heights, so I’m sure Disney and Lucasfilm are more than ecstatic with both the commercial and critical reaction to Rogue One.

Personally speaking, while I enjoyed Rogue One well enough, I definitely didn’t love it as much as other Star Wars fans. While the performances and special effects were all excellent, I think knowing the end result just made the film somewhat anticlimactic for me. I would also say that the score from Michael Giacchino was incredibly underwhelming. Apparently, he only had something like four weeks to complete the work and it shows. While expecting anyone’s work to reach the heights of John Williams’ classic pieces, Rogue One certainly needed something more epic and stirring than what it received. However, it is nice to see that the studio stayed true to the ideas that this is a self-contained story, while still managing to brilliantly tie it directly into A New Hope.

Read the rest of this entry

%d bloggers like this: