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Blood Splattered Cinema
Hosted by: Horror Guru
The Horror Guru reviews the bloodiest, wildest, and weirdest horror that cinema has to offer!
Cartoon Palooza
Hosted by: Joey Tedesco
A satirical review show where a guy from Jersey watches and criticizes cartoons, including everything from comic books to animated movies. Whatever it is, Joey will either tell you to run out and see it... or fughetabouit!
The Count Jackula Show
Hosted by: Count Jackula
There are vampires, and there are men from outer space, but there is only one vampire from outer space! Join Count Jackula from the Planet Drakula as he explains the ins and outs of horror, from the mythic to the modern. Blood, off-color humor, and an obsession with Elvira are in store for you!
The Examined Life (of Gaming)
Hosted by: Roland Thompson
Just when video games were getting good, the late '90s and early '00s came along. The Examined Life (of Gaming) dares to delve into the good, the bad, and the value-priced games of this dark period, and sometimes we find something worth playing!
The Film Renegado
Hosted by: Film Renegado
Coming to you from south of the border, it's the Film Renegado! A civil engineer with a cinephile complex, the Film Renegado uses movies made in Mexico or by Mexican directors to share bits from his country's culture, past and present. You will both learn and be entertained! How cool is that?
Friday Night Fright Flicks
Hosted by: Count Jackula & Horror Guru
Welcome, fright knights, to Friday Night Fright Flicks! Join your hosts Count Jackula and the Horror Guru as they stumble their way through current horror releases, letting you know which ones are worth the price of admission.
Good Bad Flicks
Hosted by: Cecil Trachenburg
Good Bad Flicks is a show not only dedicated to rare movies, but also forgotten classics and misunderstood box office bombs. Your host Cecil takes you through each movie, discussing the promotional materials, and taking a look at what went on behind the scenes. With a healthy dose of Irish sarcasm, he throws a few jabs at even his most cherished favorites.
The Graphic Novel Picture Show
Hosted by: Sybil Pandemic
Your host Solkir presents The Graphic Novel Picture Show, a retrospective of the history of comic book movies!
The Movie Skewer
Hosted by: Team Agony Booth
From the makers of the Agony Booth™ comes The Movie Skewer, where terrible movies are roasted over an open flame for your enjoyment. Watch the very first online review/recap series that’s too much for one host to handle!
Mr. Mendo's Hack Attack
Hosted by: Michael A. Novelli
Need a healthy dose of cynicism from a guy whose face you can barely see? Then Mr. Mendo’s your man! Whether a movie suffers from Hype Backlash, Intellectual Dishonesty, or is just Complete Shit, Mr. Mendo is there. Mr. Mendo wasn‘t raised in this country, so he takes nothing for granted: if something ain‘t right, he’ll nose it out. So join him as he takes on Oscar winners and legendary flops alike in front of a blanket suspended between his couch and recliner!
Stuff You Like
Hosted by: Sursum Ursa
Stuff You Like is an original show where redhead Sursum Ursa waxes enthusiastic about movies, TV shows, and anything else that comes to mind! Expect singing, snarky subtitles, random pictures she finds on the internet, and lots of fangirling!
Terror Obscura
Hosted by: Fear Fan
Terror Obscura is a show dedicated to exploring the best and worst horror films ever made. While some shows are content to just mock bad films, this one isn't afraid to take even the most sacred of cows to the slaughterhouse. If you like horror, humor, or if you're just looking to find some titles you might want to rent, Terror Obscura is the show for you!
Tom's Retrophilia
Hosted by: Thomas Stockel
Is he a connoisseur of vintage media, or just a bitter old man trapped in the past?  Either way, tune in and watch Tom take a look at the movies and television shows from a time when he was actually in the target audience!
The Unusual Suspect
Hosted by: Unusual Suspect
The Unusual Suspect reviews popular movies, and tears 'em apart! They may be good, but no movie is perfect, and there's always things you may have overlooked and hadn't thought about. So join the Suspect as he exploits and ridicules the films you know and love. Just don't kill him for it!
What We Had to Watch
Hosted by: Il Neige
Il Neige is a smart-ass with a love-hate relationship with movies from the new millennium. Sure, reviews can be fun or cathartic, but there's also the risk of the occasional Twi-hard invasion or fireball to the face! ...That's how these things usually go, right? So join Il Neige as he braves the cinematic dangers that lie just beyond the fourth wall to critique the best and worst of 21st century filmmaking!
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Joshua the Anarchist's Top 10 Films of 2012
Joshua the Anarchist's Top 10 Films of 2012

Well, here we are. No sooner have I finished ranting against the entire concept of needlessly ranking vastly different movies into inherently devaluing lists, and I’m already contradicting myself in the name of conformity. Ah well, the more things change, eh?

Fortunately, there’s still a part of me that loves making lists, in spite of my own musings. It’s fun to collect and connect things you love, and the inevitably absurd arguments over insignificant details like the numbering have their own charm within reason. I suppose I could avoid all that and make a “Top 10 Movies of 2012 in No Particular Order” list, but that would ruin the inexplicable glee I get from sorting them based on arbitrary criteria (and no, I won’t tell you what criteria).

So here we go...

Movies I Haven’t Seen Yet (mostly because I live in the middle of nowhere and can’t see limited releases): Zero Dark Thirty, Holy Motors, The Grey, This is 40, Cosmopolis, The Raid: Redemption, Bernie, Killer Joe, Safety Not Guaranteed.

Honorable Mentions: Argo, Skyfall, The Master, 21 Jump Street, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Iron Sky, Flight, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Dredd, Chronicle.

10. Ted

I surprised even myself with this pick. When Ted came out, I ignored it. Family Guy had only ever been okay at best to me, so I wasn’t really expecting much when I finally gave this a shot. To my amazement, it turned out to be a surprisingly well-written comedy with actual depth and emotional stakes. The characters are very basic but feel genuine, which you really need to emotionally connect with your audience and thus create compelling drama. The clever script deconstructs the archetypical imaginary friend story, mocking it as well as celebrating it, and in the context of a decade that’s in the middle of a massive nostalgia hang-up culturally, McFarlane’s overall sentiment of “yeah, that stuff from when we were kids was great... but don’t forget to live in the moment” is a welcome one.

9. Life of Pi

This is largely a personal pick for me. I’m at a point in my life where I’m figuring a lot of things out (aren’t we all?), and have yet to decide what I believe in a spiritual sense. Life of Pi spoke to me because it was about the very reason why I still can’t quite say I don’t believe in God: Because it is comforting to do so. It’s a film about the very concept of faith, and it does so in a very whimsical, childlike way, which some may find off-putting. It’s difficult to reconcile the idea of delivering such weighty subject matter with the self-assured tone of a child speaking about Santa Claus, but I think that perhaps there’s no better way to understand faith than through the mind of a child.

8. Seven Psychopaths

Martin McDonagh deserves more recognition. On the surface, he may seem to be just another wannabe Tarantino, but a closer look reveals a set of tropes, ideas, and skills utterly unique to him. Seven Psychopaths is possibly his best film yet, an utterly deranged, seemingly random musing on the mindset of screenwriters and creatives in the film industry in general. Plus, it has Christopher Walken giving his best performance in years. It’s rare he’s allowed to stretch his dramatic muscles like this.

7. Lincoln

A bit long? Maybe, towards the end a bit. Too concerned with traditional biopic trappings and acknowledgement of all related history regardless of relevance? Possibly. Or perhaps all of that is just a charade masking a surprisingly nontraditional political film about the pragmatism of dirty politics? Definitely. And of course, Daniel Day-Lewis’s equally nontraditional portrayal of the man himself deserves every bit of the recognition it’s gotten.

6. Cabin in the Woods

This really was Joss Whedon’s year, huh? Puts out two outright masterpieces, gets catapulted to A-list status, and decides to relax by retreating to his summer home with his friends... to make a Much Ado About Nothing movie. Dude accomplishes more on vacation than you and I do in our lifetimes. As for Cabin in the Woods, what can I say? If you haven’t seen it yet (seriously, shame on you), then I daren’t spoil it for you, and if you have, then you know why it’s this damn good. When you can make a thoughtful examination of the horror film industry and the plight of creativity it creates, and then mix it with possibly the most crowd-pleasing bloodbath in the history of the genre and make it work, that’s the mark of true genius.

5. Looper

As I’ve said many times before, I love high-concept science fiction. So much so that I may’ve overstated the awesomeness of last year’s In Time, because I was desperate for my fix. May’ve. But one cannot overstate Looper. Narratively, it’s just about perfect. Everything is foreshadowed without being too obvious, and all truly problematic plotholes are dealt with way ahead of time. In fact, it might be the closest I’ve seen any time travel story come to complete internal consistency. More than that, it’s a wonderful character piece, with transformative performances from both Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis (which, in the latter’s case, is something he doesn’t get to do very often).

4. ParaNorman

This is another one that snuck up on me. ParaNorman wasn’t even on my radar when it first came out. Then I went and saw it. Twice. And it made me cry both times. I dare say no other film this year made a more personal emotional connection with me this year. That’s certainly subjective praise, but it doesn’t make the plot any less bold and meaningful, nor does it diminish the animation, which is among the finest stop-motion has to offer. Bullying is very well-trodden subject matter, so it’s gratifying to see a message film for children about just that that still feels fresh, real, and never condescending. Plus, the strategically-placed classic horror references here and there are fun without ever dominating the film, a balance this year’s Frankenweenie never managed to strike.

3. Marvel’s The Avengers

I struggled to justify this one to myself. One the one hand, how could I leave out what is possibly my favorite film of the year? On the other, I realize that 90% percent of that is the comic book fan in me talking. Sure, it’s one of the best superhero movies ever made, but how much is that actually saying? But ultimately I decided this: In 10, 20, 30 years, what will 2012 be remembered for, movie-wise? What movies released this year will we still be talking about? What made the biggest splash? What did absolutely everyone go see and love? Cultural impact counts for a lot in film criticism, and while I can’t predict the future, I feel pretty confident in saying that this might be the most enduring film of 2012.

2. Cloud Atlas

I weep for us as a species. The fact that this movie bombed and was met with sneers and sarcasm is the reason why. I’ve always liked the Wachowskis, even when their movies were awful, because they always aimed high. They always tried to mix indulgent fun with high-minded ideas, and though they didn’t often succeed, the effort was always appreciated. But with all due respect to The Matrix, Cloud Atlas may very well be their masterpiece. Where some see bloated and overwrought, I see ambition that can barely contain itself. I’ve never seen such a perilous balancing act, both for the writer and the editor, work out so well. I’ve never seen so many chameleonic performances from actors I never knew had it in them. And I’ve certainly never seen such sincerity. So much build up for such a simple message, yet it never feels like a letdown. It feels like the very thing the world desperately needs to hear right now... and nobody’s listening.

1. Django Unchained

I’m not prepared to call this Quentin Tarantino’s best film; competition is too fierce to just declare that right out of the gate. But it may very well be his most perfect, or rather it may be the perfect Tarantino film. By that I mean, that more than anything else he’s made, it seems to take the desperate types of movies he tends to make and marries them in a way that never feels incongruous. Generally, when you go to see a Tarantino film, you will see either a quieter, more personal film all about build up and small bursts of violence (Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, etc.), or an action-oriented exploitation flick (Death Proof, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, etc.). And while his films of late have included elements of both (Inglourious Basterds), this is his first film that somehow feels like both at the same time.

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