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Who needs to travel? This list is a fantastic worldwide travel guide through the lens of 80 different movies.

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The eighth Fantastic Fest is now officially underway! And while I can’t wait to start gorging myself on movies until I’m so sleep deprived I consider voting for a third party candidate, I realize that a lot of you can’t make the trip down to Austin or aren’t yet sold on the world’s most badass [...]

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Last night at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, Fantastic Fest Creative Director Tim League hosted the 2011 Fantastic Awards. From the FF2011 site: Every winner had to chug a Shiner out of their mug-shaped award or select a proxy-drinker. Beer was drunk, beer was spilled, beer was poured. Also: artistry in independent and genre [...]

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While about 30 percent of the films that have played Fantastic Fest (which starts Thursday Sept. 22 and which I’ll be covering for Scene-Stealers) are available to stream online, and about 50 percent otherwise have a U.S. DVD release, the remaining 20 percent have not been released in the United States at all. Aside from [...]

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Clint Eastwood is cooler than you.  Clint Eastwood is cooler than your dad, grandfather, uncle, brother, and the most tremendous dude you know, combined.  When speaking to the man, if one were so honored and blessed, it would be advisable to keep eyes closed and head turned lest your face melt away in some awesome [...]

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Tim Hjersted from Films for Action has put together a special Sunday Top 10 list that’s particularly timely as people remember the attacks on 9/11/2001 and reflect on the cost since then. These films are part of a movement called “9/11 Truth” that I’m certain has a million strains and offshoots, but Tim says at [...]

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Lists of the Top 5 Best Virus Outbreak Movies and the Top 5 Worst Virus Outbreak Movies

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It’s that time of the year again! The days are getting shorter, the kids are back in school, and the sweltering heat is starting to de-swelter. Could it be? YES! Fantastic Fest 2011 kicks off in less than three weeks! From Thursday, 9/22 through Thursday, 9/29, true genre movie lovers will gather primarily at the [...]

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In honor of his 62nd birthday on Thursday, in honor of his fire-breathing and blood-spitting antics so clearly inspired by the classic Universal horror films, in honor of the fact that he was my rock idol at an early age and I still pay lots of attention to him despite the fact that I want [...]

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This weekend, “30 Minutes or Less” opens in theaters, mining the well-worn territory of dumb bank robbers in movies. Some of the robberies on this list were of banks, but not all. More specifically, “30 Minutes or Less” is in the grand tradition of films about inept criminals. This list focuses on the 10 best [...]

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This weekend, America’s favorite comic-book super soldier gets his own movie as “Captain America: The First Avenger” brings the Marvel superhero to the big screen. The idea of the super soldier, however—someone enhanced beyond normal human powers for the express purpose of fighting— is nothing new. Here is a list of the Top 10 coolest [...]

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Eight movies and 10 years ago the enormously popular film series about the boy wizard from J.K. Rowling began. The quality of the “Harry Potter” movie adaptations has varied wildly over the years, and one of my major complaints is that as the books have progressed, so have their page counts. This meant more and [...]

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This weekend, J.J. Abrams channels his inner Steven Spielberg (who actually produced the film) in “Super 8.” The film is equal parts “E.T.” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and it takes place in 1979. It revolves around a group of young kids who discover something extraordinary while filming a Super 8mm movie. We [...]

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In movies, too often drinking is seen as a bad thing. Of course, “The Hangover” and its sequel (opening Friday) like to have it both ways, making drinking fun and the unintended consequences funny. None of these films are the cautionary ‘social problem’ drinking movies (“The Lost Weekend,” “Days of Wine and Roses”). They all [...]

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Matthew Lessner‘s new film and first feature, “The Woods,” envisions the fall of the current society and creation of a new one, helmed by the a group of misguided and inept twenty-somethings. Some films march quickly through their paces, hit their plot points, allow their characters to change through fast cuts and dialogue driven action [...]

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