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25 Jul 2012 // 4:00 AM

The 10 Best Oasis B-Sides

As a tribute to the release of Oasis 1997 release Be Here Now, widely regarded as the beginning of the Britpop group' downfall, PopMatters will examine the overlooked parts of the band's body of work. This first list examines Oasis’ B-sides, where some of their true gems can be found.

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Knight Music: The Top 10 Batman Music Tracks

As the World's Greatest Detective is set to triumph at the box office yet again this weekend with the release of The Dark Knight Rises, Sound Affects shines a Bat-Signal on one of the most essential components of any Batman film or TV series -- the music.

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Knight’s Out: Ranking the Batman Movies

No matter who you celebrate -- Burton, Schumacher or Nolan -- the Batman franchise has been fascinating to watch. Before he Rises, here's our ranking of the seven previous Batman movies.

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20 of the Most Influential Artists in Underground Metal Today

PopMatters celebrates the polymaths who have devoted their life's work to a multitude of artistic endeavours and in turn, emphatically etched their own legend in the annuals of underground metal. This is a list of the genre's most influential bands/artists in existence today. Kneel in reverence; the Gods are amongst us...

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The 10 Most Unfathomable ‘Franchises’ in Film

With a staggering 62 entries between them, these are the 10 unnecessary cinematic series that need to go away, ASAP.

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Ranking the Greats: The 10 Best Films by Oliver Stone

He's chronicled both war and peace, politics and passion. Here's the ten best films in this controversial writer/director's intriguing canon.

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12 Jun 2012 // 5:00 AM

Five for Five: ‘Rock of Ages’

Five reasons for and against seeing the new musical starring a shirtless Tom Cruise (reason #1 either way).

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If You Choose Not to Decide: The 10 Best Rush Songs

Beloved by musicians and originally shunned by critics, Rush continues to win fans and even detractors well into their fourth decade of making music. With the Canadian trio's new album Clockwork Angels due for release in just a few days, Sound Affects counts down the ensemble's top ten songs.

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All the Pieces Matter: Ranking the Seasons of ‘The Wire’

Four years after its conclusion, The Wire continues to top best-of lists across internet sites and print magazines alike. And with each season's unique story arc, each viewer is likely to have favorites. Here is but one humble fan's take on each season of one of the greatest feats in television's history.

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Ranking Ridley: The 10 Best Films by Ridley Scott

Some consider him a genius. Others label him style over substance. Here are 10 examples of Ridley Scott's aesthetic, including his most recent "return to form".

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The 10 Greatest Aspects of the ‘Star Wars’ Franchise

Everyone's favorite space opera turns 35 this week. Here are 10 reasons why we still love this adventure from long ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

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The Top 10 Overplayed Songs You Hate by Artists You Love

Individually, they've each amassed a musical legacy worthy of several daily spins. Yet according to radio, these terrific musicians are only worth one -- or on the outside chance, two -- songs each. As a result, they've become pigeonholed, and these 10 tracks have become (almost) insufferable.

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The Best Canadian Records of the Year? The Fun Agony of Voting for the Polaris Prize Long List

It’s roughly one month now before the first ballot for Canada’s Polaris Prize produces its Long List of the 40 best records of the year. As of today, here are my picks for the top ten Canadian records of the past 12 months.

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Go Goth!: Ranking the Burton/Depp Collaborations

Their combined names are synonymous with creative risk-taking within a mainstream movie dynamic. Here's how we rank the eight (and counting) collaborations between this eclectic duo.

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15 Overlooked and Underrated Albums of the 1990s

With every "Best of the '90s" retrospective comes a predictable list of entries. Here we've compiled a list of 15 albums that are often times overlooked as worthy of placing in these lists, and are too often underrated as some of the best records from the decade.

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The 10 Filmmakers Whose Work Must Be Seen on the Big Screen

These are 10 filmmaking talents whose work can only be truly appreciated on a canvas 70-feet high. They visualize their ideas in larger than life swatches, switching gears and driving their designs to the very edges of imagination.

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The Top 10 Most Notable Career Suicide Albums

Career suicide albums fall into two camps: Those that were released ahead of their time, and those that set new standards in awful. The best thing that could be said about the later category is that these albums are oftentimes just as fascinating as an artist’s best work.

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The Best and Worst Films of Spring 2012

The good were very good indeed. The bad? Like a flaming love letter from Satan himself.

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25 Apr 2012 // 5:00 AM

The 10 Best Songs by the Band

We lost a true musical treasure last week with the passing of Levon Helm of the Band. As a tribute, here are 10 of his group's best songs.

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The 10 Greatest Movies About Writers/Writing Ever

No medium can exist without them... and here are 10 examples of how important the writer and/or writing is to the overall artistic process.

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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

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"More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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