Friday, November 30
This Weekend, Watch This
New movies are released into theaters every weekend. How do you decide which movie to watch?

Weekend Forecast
Surprisingly for this traditionally slow weekend, two new films make it the multiplexes, and one of them even stars some people we've heard of!


Thursday, November 29
How Well Do You Know: That's Not My Movie (Actresses Edition III)
Cameron Diaz did not play Erin Brokovich. Jessica Alba was nowhere to be found among the cast of Gosford Park. We'll give you an actress and four movies....can you select the one that she didn't appear in? For which of the choices would the actress say, Hey, That's Not My Movie?


Thursday, November 29
Survivor Recap
Previously on Survivor, Lisa had a tearful break-up with Abi, “leaving Pete and Abi powerless."

What Went Wrong: Poseidon
Poseidon is a loose adaptation of the novel The Poseidon Adventure by Paul Gallico.


Wednesday, November 28
How Well Do You Know: 1990s Bands by Lead Singer 2
It was the decade that saw hair bands give way to grunge and indie rock. Let's see how well you know the bands of the 1990s. We'll give you a lead singer of an 90s act, and ask you to identify the band he or she fronted. How well do you know 90s Bands by Lead Singer?

Before you send in angry emails, yes, we know that acts listed in this quiz may have had careers before or after the 1990s....we just picked some bands that are most identified with that era.


Wednesday, November 28
Survivor Power Rankings
After last week’s uncomfortable, but “someone had to say it” Tribal Council we have a group of six who would really like to get rid of the outsider...

Comics Weekly
Comics are like action-packed books that only take a few minutes to read!

Review: Life of Pi
When readers of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi learned it was going to be turned into a movie, I suspect their first question was: how?


Tuesday, November 27
How Well Do You Know: Futurama, Season 3 Episode 10: Where the Buggalo Roam
Amy’s parents want Amy to be dating a nice man who can make them a lot of grandchildren, because this isn’t some parallel universe where Amy is getting any younger. They are disappointed to see her boyfriend Kif is a spineless squishy wuss - though that’s partly to do with him having a series of inter-connected bladders in place of bones. How Well Do You Know Futurama: Where the Buggalo Roam? (krafted with luv by monsters)


Tuesday, November 27
Top Chef: Seattle Recap
The presence of CJ and Stefan definitely heightens my interest in the season. Someone named Josie has also returned and I think I speak for all of us when I stifle a yawn.

Viking Night: Tremors
Tremors is unsophisticated in a good natured way - like a party crasher who shows up with a five pack of warm beer and half a bag of stale pretzels.

Monday Morning Quarterback
It was a massive holiday weekend at the box office, and the BOP staff discusses all the new releases.


Monday, November 26
Overpaid Jerks: 11/19/12-11/25/12
This week: A record setting collegiate performance, a fired recent national champion, a whole bunch of turnovers and shaved cheerleaders. Start your week of right by acing our sports trivia quiz for the 48th week of 2012.


Monday, November 26
TiVoPlex
From the obscure to the obscurest to the merely overlooked or underappreciated; they all have a home in the TiVoPlex!

Classic Movie Review
The Wedding Banquet starts out as a pretty delicious farce.

Movie Review: Lincoln
Even if Lincoln centered on the final months of a fictitious man instead of a real-life one, it still would be worth watching.

The Amazing Race Recap
I’m back and absence clearly does NOT make the heart grow fonder when it pertains to The Amazing Race.


Sunday, November 25
Weekend Wrap-Up
It was so busy at movie theatres this weekend, no single film could break out.

Amazing Race Power Rankings
With the likeable Headbangers Ball canceled in Russia last week due to lost passports, we are faced with only five teams left and even fewer worth rooting for.


Saturday, November 24
Friday Box Office Analysis
Thanksgiving saw three new releases, but it's the leftovers that are dominating the holiday box office.


Friday, November 23
This is So Last Week: 11/16/12-11/22/12
This week: The demise of deliciousness, a woman for men's health, big bucks and unemployment for TV stars. Get with the program and test your recall of pop culture during the 47th week of 2012.


Friday, November 23
Survivor Recap
Previously on Survivor, Pete and Abi "ruled the game with an iron fist."

Sole Criterion
The Spirit of the Beehive is Pan’s Labyrinth minus about 98% of the fantastical elements and with a far more ambiguous and unsettling view of its characters.

This Weekend, Watch This
New movies are released into theaters every weekend. How do you decide which movie to watch?

The 400-Word Review
Red battles silver in today's 400-Word Movie Reviews. Or it's Katniss vs. Peeta.


Wednesday, November 21
How Well Do You Know: The Avengers (Hard Version)
Marvel spent years building toward this moment and when the moment arrived, they did not miss their pitch. The Avengers is the seminal film of this generation for movie goers. It is the third most popular movie of all time as well as a cinematic triumph in every sense of the word. So, how well do you know the hard stuff?


Wednesday, November 21
Weekend Forecast
A relatively tame Thanksgiving weekend sees three new films competing for business over the extended holiday.

Top Chef: Seattle Recap
Previously on Top Chef, 21 contenders in four different locations attempted to earn their way into the official competition.

Comics Weekly
Buy comics on Black Friday!

Monday Morning QB Part II
Today, we look at the Twilight franchise as a whole, and discuss the greatness of one Abraham Lincoln.


Tuesday, November 20
How Well Do You Know: Boys on the Side
The unpredictability of life brings three very different women together for a cross-country road trip in what would be director Herbert Ross's last film. You many know that if you hit a man with a [see question 4], yeah, you most likely hurt him, but how well do you know Boys on the Side?


Tuesday, November 20
How Well Do You Know: Futurama, Season 3 Episode 09: The Cyber House Rules
Leela gets tired of morons gaping at her eye all the time, so she has phaser eye surgery to look normal, average, acceptable and adequately satisfactory. Meanwhile, Bender concocts a scheme of adopting orphans for the lucrative government stipend. How Well Do You Know Futurama: The Cyber House Rules? (please rise for the Futurama theme song)


Tuesday, November 20
Guilty Pleasures: Lockout
Let’s face it, whether we’re talking about movies, music, books or whatever, we all think we have great taste.

Survivor Power Rankings
We have a shakeup at the top of the power rankings. Who will be #1?

Viking Night
Even people who’ve never seen Planet of the Apes can usually tell you about the ending.

Monday Morning Quarterback
Breaking Dawn Part 2 took over theaters this weekend, and performed up to the franchise's usual standard. The BOP staff discusses the big weekend.

Review: Breaking Dawn Part 2
“The epic finale that will live forever,” reads the tagline. Well, I don’t know about forever, but Breaking Dawn Part 2 is at least a satisfying


Monday, November 19
Overpaid Jerks: 11/12/12-11/18/12
This weekend: BCS bloodshed, non-stop college basketball, NFL injuries and NASCAR comes to an end. Relive the madness with our sports recap quiz for the 47th week of 2012.


Monday, November 19
TiVoPlex
From the obscure to the obscurest to the merely overlooked or underappreciated; they all have a home in the TiVoPlex!

Movie Review: Skyfall
Over the past few years, Hollywood has gradually shifted toward an age of darkness and cynicism, deliberately taking the lighthearted joy out of its stories.

The Amazing Race Recap
Previously on The Amazing Race, something happened. Like an M. Night Shyamalan movie ending, we do not understand exactly what that was, though.


Sunday, November 18
Weekend Wrap-Up
The dawn breaks on a new era of box office as in a few short weeks, I will never have to write about the Twilight franchise again.


Saturday, November 17
Friday Box Office Analysis
The fifth and final Twilight movie starts with a mammoth $71.2 million, with $30.4 million coming from midnight showings.


Friday, November 16
This is So Last Week: 11/9/17-11/15/12
The Sexiest Man alive, the undead, Muppets and Transformers all figure into this week's entertainment wrap-up. Test yourself on current events with our pop culture quiz for the 46th week of 2012.


Friday, November 16
The 400-Word Review: Lincoln
After sleepwalking through 2011’s forgettable War Horse, Spielberg has found the wherewithal to once again fire on all cylinders, for the first time since 2005’s Munich.

The 400-Word Review
The five films that make up the now-complete Twilight saga have always been undone by the wandering, dead-end plot of the source material.

This Weekend, Watch This
New movies are released into theaters every weekend. How do you decide which movie to watch?

Weekend Forecast
One of history's greatest heroes goes up against history's greatest monster this weekend at the box office. You have your decision to make, people.


Thursday, November 15
How Well Do You Know: The Avengers (Easy Version)
Marvel spent years building toward this moment and when the moment arrived, they did not miss their pitch. The Avengers is the seminal film of this generation for movie goers. It is the third most popular movie of all time as well as a cinematic triumph in every sense of the word. So, how well do you know the easy stuff?


Thursday, November 15
Classic Movie Review
Considering the sort of grueling election cycle that we've all recently played witness to, it's hard not to feel just a little bit jaded about the political process.

Survivor Recap
Guess who's back, back again? And hello, good people, this is former Survivor columnist Jim Van Nest with you to give our good friend, Ben, a much needed week off.


Wednesday, November 14
How Well Do You Know: Red Dawn (1984)
Part of our audience remembers - and yet another part wasn't even born yet - a time when the threat of a Soviet invasion seemed like a real thing. Fortunately, everything is much, much safer now. Anyhoo, 1984's Red Dawn played on that fear, casting teen stars as avenging guerrillas. So let's get all jingoistic and retro for a moment - how well do you know Red Dawn?


Wednesday, November 14
How Well Do You Know: Futurama, Season 3 Episode 08: That’s Lobstertainment
Zoidberg, who we all know as a rich, respected doctor with many surviving patients meets his uncle, a still-famous film comedian. The bad news for Zoidberg is that his lifelong dream to be a comedian ends now, because he is unfunny and untalented. The good news is he’s perfect for drama. How Well Do You Know Futurama: That’s Lobstertainment? (deciphered from crop circles)


Wednesday, November 14
Survivor Power Rankings
Your chastened recapper is obviously not the Nate Silver of Survivor.

Comics Weekly
Lots of new comics this week. What's worth your while?

Top Chef: Seattle Recap
In the second half of the first episode, Wolfgang Puck arrives!


Tuesday, November 13
How Well Do You Know: Battleship
A rather unlikely game-to-film project, Battleship answered everyone's prayers for Liam Neeson and Rihanna to finally do a movie together! Throw in some aliens and Transformer-esque screen effects, and you've really got something here! You may have been waiting in vain for someone to finally say "You sunk my battleship!" but how well do you know Battleship?


Tuesday, November 13
Viking Night: In Bruges
Almost everyone’s been fired from a job. But when you’re a hit man, the severance benefits tend to be a little uncompromising.

Movie Review: Flight
Flight is being promoted as a high-concept thriller about a commercial airline pilot who miraculously lands a defective plane.

Monday Morning Quarterback
Bond was back in theaters, and judging from the numbers, you all went and saw him.


Monday, November 12
Overpaid Jerks: 11/5/12-11/11/12
This week: College football madness, college hoops glory, hirings and firings and a NASCAR race of ungentlemanly manners. Here's our sports review for the 46th week of 2012, presented in a pleasing quiz format.


Monday, November 12
The Amazing Race Recap
So far, our experience watching The Amazing Race this season has shown us that there are only two teams worth rooting for amongst the various duos.

TiVoPlex
Patrick Swayze's Dawn classic airs this week. We're talking Steel Dawn, not Red Dawn. Spoilers: yes, it's awful.

Review: Wreck-It Ralph
A movie like “Wreck-It Ralph” is sort of inevitably likable, although it’s not especially innovative...

Top Chef Recap
We learn within moments of the premiere’s introduction that the tenth season will provide a serendipitous bonus for viewers.


Sunday, November 11
Amazing Race: Power Rankings
Farewell to monster truckers Rob & Kelley, we will miss you and your rolling backpacks that I am sure didn’t impede your speed on the Race at all.

Weekend Wrap-Up
This is going to be one fine holiday season for the box office nerd in your life.

The 400-Word Review
A universal irony: watching people attempt to be funny and fail is impossibly sad.


Saturday, November 10
Friday Box Office Analysis
Fifty years, one month and five days ago, British espionage artist James Bond debuted in theaters for the first time.


Friday, November 9
This is So Last Week: 11/2/12-11/8/12
This week: A supermodel break-up, an odd name change, more Disney madness and a yanked video. Prove your pop culture IQ with our celebrity/entertainment quiz for the 45th week of 2012.


Friday, November 9
This Weekend, Watch This
New movies are released into theaters every weekend. How do you decide which movie to watch?

Weekend Forecast
The slate of big November films continues.


Thursday, November 8
How Well Do You Know: James Bond Movies: Action Scenes
Defeating elderly villains bent on world domination involves more than seducing their girlfriends and throwing out a few one-liners. You need to have explosions, punch-ups and chase scenes filled with outrageous stunts in order to save the day. You may know the pre-title sequence from the utter destruction of the villain’s lair, but How Well Do You Know James Bond: Action Scenes?


Thursday, November 8
Survivor Recap
The castaways return to camp, and Jonathan asks Jeff Kent for the lowdown on what happened.

Chapter Two
It's Lethal Weapon 2 vs. Die Hard 2 in a knock-down, drag-out fight!


Wednesday, November 7
How Well Do You Know: Runaway Jury
Another brilliant John Grisham legal thriller makes its way to the screen in Runaway Jury. A great case is at stake, and a decision like this is far too important to be decided by a fair and impartial jury. Both sides of the case engage in sly cat and mouse game. You may still believe that justice is blind, but how well do you know Runaway Jury?

How Well Do You Know: Futurama, Season 3 Episode 07: The Day The Earth Stood Stupid
Giant brains invade Earth, with the result that everyone on the planet is turned into idiots. Fry is unaffected, though strangely it has nothing to do with him being an idiot already. Meanwhile, Leela’s pet Nibbler wins Dumbest Pet in Show. How Well Do You Know Futurama: The Day The Earth Stood Stupid? (80% entertainment by volume)


Wednesday, November 7
Monday Morning Quarterback
The BOP staff discusses Wreck-It Ralph, Flight and The Man With the Iron Fists.

Comics Weekly
Do your patriotic duty and buy comics.

Movie Review
Much of what Tony Bennett preaches in The Zen of Bennett could easily be construed as idealistic or “easy for him to say,” but it’s still inspiring.


Tuesday, November 6
How Well Do You Know: James Bond Movies: Q Branch
Pay attention, I am in no mood for any juvenile quips! Whenever James Bond goes on assignment, Q Branch provides him with gadgets that have been perfected out of years of patient research. One of these days, Bond might actually return a piece of equipment in pristine condition. You may know your Omega watches from your Rolexes, but How Well Do You Know James Bond: Q Branch?


Tuesday, November 6
Review: Wreck-It Ralph
To paraphrase Camus, should we imagine Donkey Kong happy?

Viking Night: Hellraiser
Hellraiser is the kind of film that isn't nearly as scary as what must be happening in the mind of the man who created it.

Survivor Power Rankings
I’ve rated the contestants by how much power they have in-game at the moment, and how many choices they have available to them.


Monday, November 5
Overpaid Jerks: 10/29/12-11-4/12
This week: The NBA starts up, a famous name is sued, BCS hopefuls narrowly escape and sportsmanship in kneecapped. Enjoy our recap of sports during the 45th week of 2012, presented in a pleasing quiz format.


Monday, November 5
TiVoPlex
Big Fish, a movie several BOP staff members recently described as Tim Burton's best movie, airs this week. Watch it.

Classic: Chungking Express
Chungking Express is, for my money, unquestionably a masterpiece, but one of the most delightful things about it is that it's something of an accidental masterpiece.

The Amazing Race Recap
With the unsavory taste of non-elmination almost off our palettes, let’s just dive right into the next leg

Are You with Us?
A movie about attractive vampires in love with plenty of bloodshed? Maybe 1994 pop culture isn’t so different from ours today.


Sunday, November 4
Weekend Wrap-Up
Wreck-It Ralph has arrived. That means it’s a big Game Over for Cloud Atlas, Silent Hill 2 and Hotel Transylvania (cue the sounds of Pac Man being eaten by ghosts).

Amazing Race Power Rankings
Thankfully we got the first of the BOP-reviled non-elimination legs out of the way.


Saturday, November 3
Friday Box Office Analysis
Disney's Wreck-It Ralph earns the high score on Friday with $13.4 million. Wreck-It Ralph unofficially opens the holiday movie season.


Friday, November 2
This is So Last Week: 10/26/12-11/1/12
This week: A blockbuster merger, celebrity Halloween news and some somewhat unsurprising nudity. Plus: a celebrity talks about the weather, in our pop culture recap for the 44th week of 2012.


Friday, November 2
This Weekend, Watch This
New movies are released into theaters every weekend. How do you decide which movie to watch?

Weekend Forecast
After a couple of months of just intermittently interesting releases, the Holiday movie season has finally arrived.


Thursday, November 1
How Well Do You Know: James Bond Movies: One Liners
There are a few Bond movies where doesn’t kill the villain, and even a couple where he doesn’t get the girl. But you can always rely on him to make an awful quip about a henchman’s horrible death, or possibly his frequent erections. You may know that Christmas can come more than once a year, but How Well Do You Know James Bond: One Liners?


Thursday, November 1
Survivor Recap
Previously on Survivor, Probst explains how Matsing was reduced to two and then he totally slobbers over Malcolm.

Review: Cloud Atlas
Most viewers will probably walk away from Cloud Atlas so perplexed and stupefied, they’ll think they need to see it again just to know what it’s about.

BOP Interview
“Francois Truffaut has one of my favorite quotes,” said director Robert Zemeckis during a roundtable interview.




     


 
 

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