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The Top 10 Directing Turns That Should Have Won Oscar

As proof that great movies don't "make" themselves, here are 10 directors who deserved Academy consideration for their work - and never got it.

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The 10 Cinematic Reasons to Be Thankful in 2011

Holidays are a time for reflection. Here are 10 films (actually, 11) we are thankful we saw in 2011.

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22 Nov 2011 // 4:00 AM

Five Eastern European Games You Need To Play

It’s not all grey and colorless in Eastern Europe. The past few years have seen some genuinely engaging titles surfacing from a swamp of mediocrity, and recent legislation offering Russian game companies government subsidies suggests that there might be more where those came from.

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The 10 Insipid Things We Learn in ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1’

It's time to end this entire Twilight twaddle, and here are ten reasons the phenomenon should go out with a chuckle, not a cheer.

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The 10 Best Behind the Scenes Film Books of All Time

Today's List This features 10 tell-all tomes that will give you the scoop on some of Hollywood's most notorious films... and filmmakers.

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Up, Down, Turn Around: The 15 Best New Order Songs of All Time

New Order's debut album, Movement, celebrates its 30th birthday this month. To celebrate, we're counting down the classic group's 15 best tracks.

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The Top 5 Mysteries of ‘American Horror Story’

In a new series already packed to the max with confounding conundrums, these are the top tricks in need of treats sooner rather than later.

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2 Nov 2011 // 6:00 AM

20 Protest Songs for Today’s Occupy Everything

The Occupy Everything movement continues to grow and build strength. Here are 20 of the highlights from our 2007 protest songs series that remain as relevant as ever and could well be a soundtrack for our times.

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The 10 Worst Horror Sequels/Prequels of All Time

Sequels/Prequels are nothing new in the horror genre, and everyone knows that the majority are less than stellar. Here's a list of some of the most embarrassing entries into our beloved genre.

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26 Oct 2011 // 5:30 AM

The 10 Best Hold Steady Songs

The Hold Steady's music represents a delightfully perverse amalgamation of the Rolling Stones’ unbridled sexuality, Jack Kerouac’s open-road spirit, and the Replacement’s independent sensibility. No doubt, any of these 10 songs would make a great “gateway drug” for anyone interested in discovering the charms of the group for the first time.

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Tough Guys Recite: The 5 Best Poetry Spittin’ TV Characters

Every generic hero on TV can finish a poetic quotation or identify a poignant quatrain (down to the line numbers). But few can spit Tennyson or Yeats with such venom as these guys.

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10 Standout Hip-Hop Tracks from 1991

As a complement to PopMatters' "Nevermind Nostalgia" retrospective on music in 1991, Sound Affects takes at look at a partial selection of the year's hip-hop highlights that lean more towards beats production than the era’s increasingly popular gangsta genre.

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The 10 Greatest Modern Horror Movies

Halloween is fast approaching. Here are our Top 10 Picks for fright films guaranteed to disturb your sleep and shiver your spine.

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The 10 Most Spectacular Screwups in Television History

Come with us now (rattles chains, Marley-style) as we take a cautionary look back at the 10 most spectacular mistakes of TV executives past…

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The Five Best Movie Surprises of 2011… So Far

Oscar season may end up altering this list severely, but for now, these five films are the pleasant reminders of why we give some movies a chance instead of dismissing them on sight...of first trailer.

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Ranking R.E.M.: The 10 Best Albums

One author's farewell ranking of the top 10 R.E.M. LPs illustrates that some albums that were monster hits have not aged especially well, while another album entitled Monster has, and that the usual suspects remain indelible after all these years.

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The 10 Greatest Horror Remakes of All Time

The horror genre has produced some remake junk. In the case of these ten treats, the update delivers something definitive.

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20 Music Videos from the 1980s That Have Aged Well

In this second installment of Sound Affects' retrospective of music videos from the 1980s, we focus on 20 promos that have, remarkably, stood the test of time.

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Beyond Jodie Dallas: TV’s 10 Most Important LGBT Characters

Several "best" or "favorite" LGBT TV character lists have popped up in recent years, but they don't always include the most important LGBT characters. So, we pay tribute to the ten(ish) most significant LGBT characters in US television history.

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The 10 Greatest Movie Hitmen of All Time

With Pulp Fiction out on Blu-ray, it's time to champion the Top 10 contract killers of all time... men and women who make death their brazen business.

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