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True Blood Final Season Primer


Season seven is the final one for HBO’s “True Blood,” and we’ll be reviewing it episode-by-episode here at Biff Bam Pop!. New to the show, or just need a refresher from last season? Here’s the place to start. Got your fangs in and the top popped from a cool warm bottle of Tru Blood? Then you’re ready. Check out Biff Bam Pop!’s Final Season Primer for “True Blood,” right after the jump.

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My Take on NBC’s Dracula


Created by journalist and comic book writer Cole Haddon in his first TV endeavor, and run by the genius behind “Carnivale” Daniel Knauf, NBC’s “Dracula” was one of the shows of the new season I was looking forward to. A steampunk version of Dracula on the small screen sounds so intriguing, let’s see how it actually holds up.

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Mat Langford’s Gaming World – A Grand Theft Auto Retrospective

The first new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series in over 5 years, GTA V, hits shelves on September 17, 2013. One of the most anticipated games in recent memory, it has gamers salivating over speculation, screenshots and videos teasing everything from a new 3-character story arc, beautiful hi-def visuals and a brilliant bustling city to the coveted Shack on the Hill – which (unless the droves of Reddit users have their way and make Rockstar bow to their demands) has still yet to be confirmed to contain anything at all.

So in light of the release of GTA V, let’s look back on the GTA series as a whole, and peel back the layers on one of the most influential, controversial and enduring franchises in video game history.
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Biff Bam Pop Exclusive Interview: Andy Burns Talks To Girls Against Boys Writer/Director Austin Chick

Last I reviewed the strong new revenge film, Girls Against Boys, which I was hugely impressed with. It tells the story of Shae (Danielle Panabaker), who over the course of a few hours is the victim of some very bad men. Her new friend Lu (Nicole LaLiberte) takes Shae on a vengeance filled day, before revealing she may be just as bad as the men they take down.

I was very lucky to be able to talk to director Austin Chick via email about his film, working with Panabaker and LaLiberte, the origins of the story and much more. There are some spoilers, so tread with caution.

ABE GAgainstB AChickAndy Burns: First of all, congrats on a fantastic film, Austin. I absolutely loved it. Where did the idea for the story come from?

Austin Chick: Thanks Andy. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it.

I wish I had a simple answer for you but I don’t.  I guess the idea for the movie started with the character of Shae.  I arrived in NY when I was seventeen and I’ve known dozens of women like Shae over the years.  Young, perhaps a bit naive, but desperately wanting to be seen as mature, sophisticated, independent.  There was a period in the ’90s where I spent a lot of time in and around the fashion industry and watching what happened to some of the young models – both girls and boys, often in their teens, totally on their own but desperate to fit in – I was fascinated and horrified by how some of those stories evolved.  GIRLS AGAINST BOYS isn’t about the fashion industry but exploitation is everywhere.  The feeling of wanting to lash out after having been wronged somehow – taken advantage of, fucked over, lied to, whatever – that’s a pretty universal feeling and revenge movies tap into our own violent fantasies.  But I wanted to explore the repercussions of vengeance on the person who chooses that route.  We all get victimized or fucked over at some point in our lives but how we deal with that is what shapes us as people.  I see this as a parable about the loss of innocence.

Andy Burns: Can you go a little into the writing process? How long did it take to write the script?

Austin Chick: I had the idea for this movie a very long time ago.  I think it was as early as ’04 or ’05.  I wrote an outline and started writing the script but somewhere around the middle the violence began to get to me.  I’d never done anything with this kind of graphic physical violence and I felt like it was a movie I’d like to see but I wasn’t sure I was prepared to live with it day in and day out for a year or more which is what you need to do when you are making a movie.  So I put it aside and ended up working on a couple of other projects and it wasn’t until a few years later that I came back to the unfinished draft and reread it.  I still found the ideas interesting and decided to finish it.  So to answer your question, I wrote the first draft in two sessions, probably a week or two each, but with several years in between, and it was a few more years until I decided to try to make it.
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Unchain Your Inner Pimp: Django Unchained Reviewed

The name Quentin Tarantino has become synonymous with film lover’s wet dreams – producing sometimes-obscure reaching films that look like a mess from the outside, but really pay homage to some of the best genres and films styles of days gone past. Django Unchained is yet another of these movies that turns the Italian spaghetti Western on its head.

Check out the trailer and then read my review after the jump!

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Saturday at the Movies: GOON

Goon Hockey MovieGoon is a hockey movie that aims to glorify the old school hockey spirit that many fans feel is being squashed from the league. Fists, fights, blood and brawn are the tools of the goon trade, and Jay Baruchel (writer and co-star) has helped create an opus to the glory of goon hockey.

Co-written with Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express), these Canadians present a well-written and fairly snappy script, considering it’s a movie about hockey fights.

I have a feeling that some of the jokes go unappreciated, hence the movie’s lukewarm reception in theatres (in Canada especially, where you’d expect this to be a huge hit!) But with the onset of the last round of the Stanley Cup, and my beloved Toronto Marlies in the Calder Cup finals, Goon is a perfect movie to set the mood – read on if you want to know why (some spoilers).

Starring Seann William Scott (Stiffler) and Alison Pill (Kim from Scott Pilgrim) this is a hockey-lover’s love story, and a poetic nod to the fights and fighters that (in the past) made hockey so AWESOME to watch.

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Immortals – The Anti-Climactic Epic

Immortals (in 3D) comes out today and I had a chance to catch the preview screening. Considering the movie is basically being sold on the success of 300, it would have been hard for Immortals to live up to peoples expectations.

With a few killer CGI fight scenes and a lot of recycled 300 camera angles, Immortals is just entertaining enough to make it worth checking out in 3D… but just barely.

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