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10 Nightmare YouTube Videos Scarier Than Horror Films

I like being scared. Particularly in October. The problem with that hobby is that there is not always a horror movie available to get the job done.<p>We …

Horror

The Martian Is Marvelous

<b>Overview:</b> When a brutal storm hits Mars during a NASA mission, a group of astronauts are forced to abandon the planet and leave behind one of their …

10 Best Horror Scores and Soundtracks

When we think about horror movies, most often we focus on the lighting, the acting, the effects, and the shocking reveal. But none of these elements …

Horror

10 Terrifying Horror Documentaries and Mockumentaries

As Halloween approaches, I find myself craving that familiar feeling of wrapping myself up in a blanket, cutting all the lights, and jumping at every …

Horror

A Beginner's Guide to Dark Comedy

Dark comedy is, without a doubt, my favorite genre of film and television, but it’s also a tough genre to crack. I know from experience (a handful of …

Comedy

Fantasy Draft Casting: The Wake

Well folks, the summer movie season is over and with it goes our near constant stream of blockbusters and would-be blockbusters. Now that we’re …

Blockbusters

Ten Years Later, What's Changed for Kanye Since Katrina?

It <i>is</i> still funny. I like to imagine a brave PR strategist speaking up earlier in the day to pitch the pairing of the up-and-coming rapper and the …

Kurt Cobain

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 10 Years Later: A Legacy of Laughter

Time flies when you’re having fun, and the last ten years have certainly flown by upon the wings of modern comedy master Judd Apatow, propelled by …

Comedy

Bojack Horseman is a Masterpiece

In great TV there is a moment when everything coalesces and you realize you are watching something truly special. In <i>Breaking Bad</i> it is in watching …

TV

How Five Nights At Freddy's Could Make A Good Movie

A year ago this week, the horror video game <i>Five Nights at Freddy’s</i> was released on Steam to overwhelming approval from audiences. At its heart, it’s …

Horror

Head-to-Head Battle: Fantastic Four

Well, friends, after this weekend there’s no denying that we’re three bad Fantastic Four movies in now. Well, three first-entries and one sequel. But …

Netflix Hidden Gem #56: Tig

Netflix<p><b>Tig</b><br>Director: Tig Notaro<br>Genre: Documentary<br>Netflix<p><b>Synopsis:</b> <i>Tig</i> is a documentary about and by comedian Tig Notaro, tracking her from the …

M. Night Shyamalan Has Been Great The Whole Time

When did the statement “M. Night Shyamalan is a great filmmaker” turn from a widespread public sentiment to a punchline? Was it after <i>Unbreakable</i>, …

Horror

Curious and Teachable

David Wain, Dada & Wet Hot American Summer

David Wain and Michael Showalter’s <i>Wet Hot American Summer</i> has inexplicably become the cult-classic comedy hit of 2001. Initially a critical and …

Comedy

Adapting David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour

In our coverage of Brett Morgen’s <i>Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck</i> earlier this year, we examined the idea of fame as a distorting factor of certain folk …

David Foster Wallace

Mission: Impossible: A Franchise in Review

The weirdest thing happened to me the other day. I was on my lunch break, walking through Melbourne and a man gave me a phone. Before I could give it …

Movies

Amy Being Amy: Heteronormative Behavior in Trainwreck

There’s a scene in <i>Trainwreck</i> where the film’s star and screenwriter Amy Schumer makes an embarrassing show of herself at her younger sister’s baby …

Comedy

Southpaw Pits Gyllenhaal Against the Wrong Opponent

<b>Overview:</b> After the murder of his wife, a championship boxer falls apart only to be given a second chance. The Weinstein Company; 2015; Rated R; 123 …

Marlon Brando

Happy Birthday, Slash! Enjoy One of his Top Five Solos

Petulant instigator Kurt Cobain famously detested Guns n’ Roses, openly commenting in published interviews about how he believed the band to be …

Kurt Cobain

Cool It With Sharknado

Have you ever laughed at a toddler falling down? Whoa, easy! I mean after it was clear that they weren’t hurt? Have you ever noticed what happens …

Reality TV

Ranking the Batman Movies

With news of Ben Affleck officially directing a solo Batman film in the near future, what better time to look back at the history of the Caped …

Batman & Robin

Growing Up on Apatow

There’s no question that Judd Apatow’s films, both those in which he’s served as director and producer, changed the landscape of comedy within the …

Comedy

Apatow, His Protégés & Progress Through Self-Consciousness

There’s a rather incredible throwaway scene in 2007’s <i>Knocked Up</i>, the second wide-release hit from director Judd Apatow. Young, hapless, 20-something …

Comedy

Rise of the Minions

<i>Despicable Me</i> has for a long time now been a thorn in my side as a moviegoer, cinephile, and general film enthusiast. Released in 2010 (within a …

Animation

The Secret Greatness of the Ocean's Trilogy

“<i>Ocean’s Eleven</i> is the best movie of the trilogy,” they’ll say. “The sequels are just okay,” or “<i>Ocean’s Twelve</i> isn’t as good.” And I’m not going to …

Al Pacino

On Video Games and Film Criticism

The video game industry as a whole is a more profitable business model than the Hollywood studio system, yet it’s still considered a niche market, …

Blockbusters

Netflix Hidden Gem #50: Funny Games (1998)

Madman Entertainment<p><b>Funny Games</b> (1997)<br>Director: Michael Haneke<br>Genre: Horror<br>Madman Entertainment<p><b>Synopsis:</b> In an interview, film critic and director …

Horror