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Interview: Soundwave Director Dylan Narang

Writer-director Dylan Narang came to the film business by way of a stint in military counter-intelligence and an MBA from Georgetown, before attending film school at Chapman University and making his feature debut with the 2016 horror movie All I Need. His latest film is the sci-fi thriller Soundwave, starring Hunter Doohan as Ben Boyles, […]

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The Top 10 Movies of 2015

What turned out to be a surprisingly good year for movies has re-opened one big question in earnest: Can Hollywood make blockbusters that are also bona fide award-worthy candidates? In 2015 at least, that answer is yes. You’ll find our top ten lists below stuffed with mega-budget pics, including The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road, and a […]

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The 10 Best Time Travel Films of All Time

It’s one of sci-fi’s most popular go-to narratives. Whenever a story needs a boost, or a plot requires a trick that traditional reality can’t pull off, the space-time continuum becomes the back-up plan. Characters in trouble? Send them back in time. The circumstances are headed for untold disaster? A journey backward of forward should calm […]

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The 10 Best “Presidents in Peril” Films of All Time

He’s the Head of the Executive Branch, one part of the three-pronged checks and balances that keeps our fragile democracy afloat. He (and potentially, she) is often called the most Powerful Leader in the Free World, the Commander in Chief, and/or the POTUS. In any language, he (or she) is the President of these United […]

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The 10 Best Films About Dinosaurs

They’re our first fascination, their images filling our preschool and kindergarten minds with the kind of “what if” worship that only something this scientifically fanciful can produce. As time goes on, we lose our love of these prehistoric placeholders, instead finding our minds manufacturing monsters much more meaningful to our daily lives. Still, dinosaurs are […]

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The 10 Best Disaster Films of All Time

Filmmakers love to play “what if?,” from small scale inquiries (“What if a mismatched couple falls in love?”) to large scale questions (“What if aliens invaded the Earth?”). It’s a basic building block for emotion, or in most cases, eye candy. Indeed, the disaster film, based around the idea that out world could be wiped […]

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10 Literary Classics That Should Be Made Into Movies

Ever since the film medium began, it borrowed from other established artforms for inspiration. It used the opera and its operetta cousins as cinematic sources. It adapted plays and standard musicals. Perhaps most importantly, it scoured through hundreds of established literary classics to give their upstart creative outlet some much needed gravitas (even if they […]

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10 Superheroes Who Need Their Own Franchise

With the second assembling of the Avengers now in theaters, they’re banking on the same billion dollars plus the first film delivered some three years ago. Since then, the comic book genre has exploded, with films planned from both frontrunner Marvel and chief rival DC for the next eight years (or more). This summer we’ll get […]

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The 10 Best Third Films in Cinematic Trilogies

Trilogies used to be simple. One series, three films, no fuss, no muss. Now, we’ve become addicted to the bountiful box office tendencies of the cinematic type, taking the last installment in said triptychs and turning them into two part cash grabs. There are also times when the standard three-parter (Night of the Living Dead, […]

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The 10 Most Eccentric Movie Eccentrics

He’s constantly chided for playing weird characters (his latest being an art dealer detective dork in Mortdecai), but Johnny Depp hasn’t cornered the market on eccentrics. In fact, he’s only been “unusual” in about half his films. The rest of the time he plays regular people placed in unusual circumstances or situations. Of course, the […]

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The 10 Best High Tech Thrillers of All Time

Everything seemed to be going well in the Hollywood universe until The Interview. Even with an announcement months before about the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy set inside North Korea (and revolving around killing its dictatorial leader), no one could have expected that its studio, Sony, would suffer from one of the most embarrassing hacks ever. […]

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The 10 Most Unusual Holiday Films of All Time

It’s Christmastime, that moment once a year where we pretend to practice peace on Earth and goodwill towards all mankind by binge-eating the wrong foods and smothering the rest of our woes in endless glasses of booze-spiked eggnog. Sure, it’s also the season for Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, and Kwanzaa, but most of the merriment centers […]

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The 10 Best Movies About Travel

For some, it’s a professional duty. For others, it’s a journey into the unknown. It can be a voyage beyond one’s experience or merely a means of getting from Point A to Point B. Indeed, we love to differentiate various forms of travel, from business trips to “holidays,” destinations as diverse as a jog down […]

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The 10 Best TV to Film Adaptations of All Time

When it first hit homes in America, Hollywood felt no significant threat from television. After all, would viewers really reject the theatrical experience to see their favorite films projected on a “big, enormous, 12 inch screen?” The answer quickly became “yes,” as TV took the country by storm. It wasn’t long before Tinseltown was crafting all […]

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The 10 Best Films About “Real” Rock Acts

Over the Summer, Clint Eastwood (the first name you think of when it comes to either rock ‘n’ roll or musicals) took the Broadway smash Jersey Boys and turned it into something akin to Goodfellas with pop songs, with only the tunes living up to Frankie Valle and the Four Season’s original legacy. Indeed, most […]