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The Best Comics We Read in 2016

When we’re not seeing comic-adaptations on the big screen, we’re delving into the pages of what will (hopefully) be some of of the biggest cinematic tales of the future. These are the comics, both new and long-running, that push the narrative boundaries and the artistic capabilities of one our most exciting storytelling mediums. From a cannibalistic FDA agent, an infamous dark lord looking to prove himself, a pair of gay superheroes with a lust for violence equal only to their love for each other, a caped crusader on the road trip of his life, and superstar gods challenging the...

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Spirit Awards 2017 Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 32nd annual Spirit Awards were announced this morning by Jenny Slate (Parks and Rec, Obvious Child) and Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty), providing a soft kickoff to awards season. Those of you looking to get ahead in your Oscar pool may want to pay special attention, as for the last three years, the winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Film has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture (12 Years a Slave, Birdman, and Spotlight). But, more to the original spirit of the awards as they were founded in 1984, they also represent a...

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Understanding American Democracy in 7 Films

It is difficult for many Americans to understand how the United States democracy works. This presidential election, in particular, has caused many of us to ask ourselves, “How the hell did we end up here?” Thus, we can only imagine how nonsensical this circus must seem to our friends from other countries. To help contextualize this U.S. election and explain American democracy in general, we have put together a list of movies about American politics. After viewing these, you may still have questions about the how, but will better understand why America is so… American. Bob Roberts (1992) Bob...

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Black Mirror Season 3 Takes On Technology with Sinister Cynicism

The experience of watching Black Mirror is usually split into two parts. First, you’re trying to decipher what it is that is new and odd about the world you’re seeing. You essentially ask, what piece of technology has overtaken these people’s lives, and how close is it to what we have now? The second part is dread . . . a feeling in the pit of your stomach as you wait for the moment when it all falls apart. Season 3 of Black Mirror is now available to stream on Netflix, and a trio of our writers (Sean Fallon,...

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Scariest Scenes in Non-Horror Movies

You don’t have to be a horror fanatic to be horrified by film. For #hAElloween, we asked our staff and readers about the scariest scene they ever saw within a non-horror film. You can read their answers below and add yours in the comments. The Matrix In 1999, The Matrix was released; I was 11 and not ready for it at all both as a movie and as a basic introduction to philosophy. The fear starts when Neo wakes violently in a vat of gelatinous goo (liquefied dead people, we later find out.) Covered in sockets and holes, he becomes...

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Watsky at 30: His 30 Best Songs

“After a person turns 21, most milestone birthdays are ominous reminders of our mortality. 30, 40, 50, 60. Potentially depressing moments in a person’s life.” – George Watsky, How to Ruin Everything It is rare for someone at 30 to be able to say they’ve had an impact on millions of people’s lives. However, that’s not exactly the case for artists and other well-known public figures. An artist’s goal isn’t fame but instead self-expression. With that in mind, seeing as today is George Watsky’s 30th birthday, we thought it best to celebrate the 30 years of existence of one of our favorite artists...

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10 Movies That Should Be Video Games

In honor of Video Game Day, Jack Godwin and Diego Crespo have taken it upon ourselves to imagine what it would be like to imagine feature films as video games. The only qualifications are: 1) it cannot have previously been a video game. 2) The stories can be original or straight adaptations. Jack’s Choices eXistenZ David Cronenberg brought his specific brand of sci-fi body horror to the (then futuristic) notion of virtual reality, exploring how we interact with these new technologies. In the near-future, virtual reality game pods are attached via bio-ports into players’ spines through technological umbilical cords. Two...

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AE’s 2016 Fall Movie Preview

In the aftermath of a lackluster summer movie season, Fall can’t come quickly enough for us movie fans. As the election draws closer we’ll all be looking for a little respite from the political circus with films that remind us, yes humans are still capable of wonderful things. We’ve put together a preview of the films we’re most looking forward to, and made a few bold predictions while we were at it. Here’s to wonderful things! Sully (Warner Bros. Pictures) Release Date: September 9, 2016 Bold Prediction: This Will Win Best Picture There were certainly plenty of honorable independent features released...

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Horror Film Found Footage 3D Drops An NSFW Trailer

An intriguing NSFW trailer for the upcoming horror film Found Footage 3D dropped today, showcasing what teases to be the latest in an excellent stretch of meta-aware horror films. The film seems to follow a group of young filmmakers who aim to film the world’s first 3D found footage film but end up becoming the world’s first 3D found footage film. The movie stars Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O’Brien, Tom Saporito, Scott Allen Perry, Jessica Perrin, and real life, fan favorite film critic Scott Weinberg. Steven DeGennaro served as the film’s director and produced the film with Charles...

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The Best Movies of the First Half of 2016

We’re edging toward the midway point of 2016, but we have already enjoyed a rather rich year of film releases, big and small. So before we dive headfirst into the high volume summer blockbuster season and swim into Oscar season, we thought we would take a moment to reflect upon this year’s best film releases so far. The list below reflects our favorite films, as voted on by committee and selected from films that saw at least their first limited release between January 1 and today. Have a look through the list, a look back at the half year, and don’t...

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Our Favorite Disney Channel Original Movies

The Disney Channel celebrated their 100th Disney Channel Original Movie by airing a marathon of every single original movie over this Memorial Day weekend. Given the fact that a number of our staff grew up during the ’90s and early 2000s, we leapt at the chance to revisit our childhood and once more step into the world of cheesy dialogue, heartfelt messages, and “where-are-they-now?” actors that only Disney TV movies can generate such excitement for. Smart House Jump! Jump! The House is Jumpin! 1999’s Smart House told the story of Ben Cooper who enters a contest for a Smart...

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He v She: Will People Really Watch a Standalone Black Widow Movie?

After the release of Captain America: Civil War, it seems fans are once again being half-promised that there is a studio interest in developing a Black Widow movie. It might happen. For real now. Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff is the most consistently film-featured Avenger without her own standalone film or franchise, but not for lack of requesting. The reasonable world is dying to see a solid female-lead entry into the superhero film canon. In a world severely lacking of non-male representation in action film, Black Widow seems like the most obvious choice, and yet, Disney and Marvel have sort...

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Four Marvel Phase 4 Pitches

Marvel Studios may have just started Phase 3 of their cinematic universe with Captain America: Civil War, but that doesn’t keep us from already thinking ahead to what we’d like to see in Marvel Phase 4. Marvel has done pretty spectacularly for itself so far, but there are things we’d like to see improved, namely: a greater consideration of diversity in all that entrails. Many aspects of diversity have been subject to erasure within these superhero movies and we saw this as a chance to offer just a small measure of course correction. Against the odds, and despite the...

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All-New Marvel Comics You Should Be Reading

After the universe-changing comic event that was Secret Wars, the marvel line has shifted and rebooted. Everything is back down to #1 with all-new storylines and creative teams, so it’s a great time to jump into the world of comics – whether it’s your first time or you’ve been out of the game for a while. Before the release of Captain America: Civil War, check out these series, recommended by our avid comic book readers. Black Panther In his Fantastic Four, Avengers, and Secret Wars series’ Jonathon Hickman gave us a taste and a beginning of a vast history and...

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