“The Babadook” Is The Scariest (And One of the Best) Movies You’ll See All Year

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Halloween has arrived, and it’s a shame that the Babadook likely won’t be haunting your dreams. Yet. Hell, maybe consider yourself lucky The Babadook won’t be released until November 28th stateside. You might not be ready. When it does, the critical darling (a phrase rarely trotted out for horror fare) whose performance … Get hard

“The Monster Squad” Drinking Game

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If your ideal Halloween is getting drunk while watching horror movies, then The Monster Squad is the perfect nostalgic choice. The 1987 film arrived in the same year as the first Lethal Weapon, both written by Shane Black (who co-writes here with Night of the Creeps‘ Fred Dekker, the Squad’s director). More for Lethan Weapon than Monster … Get hard

Richard Linklater’s Timeless “Before” Trilogy

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Boyhood is my favorite film of the year and that doesn’t seem likely to change. The inspiring experimental film was, in many ways, a diary for Richard Linklater as a writer and director, the movie equivalent of a hand-scribbled height chart in your child’s room. Boyhood may be about Mason’s coming-of-age, but it’s also … Get hard

“Urban Legend” Drinking Game

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Urban Legend is one of the holy pillars of the movie drinking game phenomenon (?), and with Halloween around the corner, it’s time to add 7 Inches of booze to the proceedings. Coming two years after the zeitgeist-y Scream, Urban Legend is one of many numerous glorious 90′s knockoffs of Kevin Williamson’s meta take on … Get hard

Star-Studded Poe Adaptation “Stonehearst Asylum” Somehow Works Because Of Its Bajillion Twists

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Over the first twenty minutes of Stonehearst Asylum, you slowly begin to dread watching the rest of the film, thanks to looking and feeling like your typical insane asylum movie. Jim Sturgess’ medical school graduate Edward Newgate has arrived at the mental institution to become an alienist, a Lovecraftian term … Get hard

Twisted New Zealand Home Invasion Horror Film “Housebound” Injects Fun Into Genre

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Kylie Bucknell (Morgana O’Reilly) is a perpetually pissed off juvenile delinquent, except she’s closer to 30 than high school. Treatment facilities have failed time and time again, so she’s sentenced to eight months of house arrest with her mother Miriam (Rima Te Wiata, MVP) and her “cabbage in a polo” … Get hard

2014 Fall TV Power Rankings, Round 1

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TV has become a year-round affair that’s nearly impossible to keep track of, with most of the best and our favorite shows airing anywhere but fall (Game of Thrones, Hannibal, Orphan Black, True Detective, Parks and Recreation). Aside from The Walking Dead, is there a must-watch show premiering this fall? Probably not, but I watched … Get hard

Antonio Banderas & Company Break Laws of Robotics in Sci-Fi Snoozer “Automata”

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It’s 2044 A.D. and 99% of the human population has perished from radiation. It’s a testament to how flawed, unfortunate and cliché this movie is that I feel bad for the surviving 1% of the world who had to weather this foggy, nonsensical I, Robot knockoff. The ROC Corporation (of … Get hard

Andy’s Creek or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love “Dawson’s Creek”

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Note: As long as you avoid the song videos below, there really aren’t any Dawson’s Creek spoilers in the following. Dawson’s Creek is my favorite television show. That’s no secret; it invariably comes up in less time than it takes to pee. My life is inextricably linked with my favorite residents … Get hard

Bite-Size Binge: Lev Grossman’s “The Magicians” Trilogy

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When The Magicians first came to me, it was a world post-Harry Potter. The last two movies had yet to come out, and I was clinging on to them like they were the last vestiges of my childhood. Because they were, along with Bandit, my stubbornly mortal border collie. Harry Potter was and … Get hard

“The Pagemaster” Drinking Game

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For those who grew up in the 90′s, Macaulay Culkin was our childhood. I could care less about Ri$hie Rich, but he made me cry in My Girl, laugh in Uncle Buck, and want to be him in the Home Alone series. When I saw him at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood last year, I almost … Get hard

Bite-Size Binge: IFC’s “The Spoils of Babylon”

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Oftentimes, when I find myself with an hour or two to kill, I scroll through Netflix, Hulu and various other online outlets, and am frozen with indecision, fraught with stress over what show I should watch next. Do I set aside my life for a few years and start Star Trek, … Get hard

“Space Jam” Drinking Game

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If you’re not listening to the Space Jam Theme Song while reading this post (or every morning to get you ready for the day in a way only R. Kelly could), you’re not doing it right. You’re probably not living life correctly either, and probably a miserable person who lives … Get hard

Hey You Guys…Shailene Woodley Really Is A Movie Star: “White Bird in a Blizzard” Review

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On the surface, White Bird in a Blizzard is another book turned into a movie that stars Shailene Woodley, the go-to young actress to adapt the lives of several tortured teenagers on paper to the big screen. But, it doesn’t take long to realize Gregg Araki’s film is different. Somehow … Get hard

Superhero Movie Guidebook: ‘The Return of the Swamp Thing’

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Welcome to the Superhero Movie Guidebook! For an introduction to this series, click here. Check here for past entries and future updates most Thursdays. The movie: The Return of the Swamp Thing (1989) Impression Going In: I had never seen it. I watched the first Swamp Thing movie from 1982 and described it as neither good nor bad, “just sort … Get hard