How the ‘Dook Stole Christmas

Here’s a sweet little holiday greeting from everyone’s new favourite monster: the Babadook! I wish more horror movies did holiday tie-in things like this. The Babadook is pretty awesome, by the way. I recommend watching it…late at night….all alone…in a dark house.

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Before They Were Stars: Alex Trebek Hosts “Reach for the Top”

It’s easy to forget that when he took over Jeopardy! in the mid-eighties, Alex Trebek already had a plethora of game show hosting gigs under his belt. Some of those game shows are pretty obscure, but Trebek’s first major hosting gig was the popular Canadian quiz show, Reach for the Top, which ran for over 20 years and pitted teams of high school students against each other. Trebek hosted it for a time during the 1960s, so here’s your chance to see a pre-moustache, pre-afro Alex Trebek in glorious black-and-white.

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Last Link of the Day: Turkey Slurp


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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 194 – The Best Movie Santas

santaclausposterThe year is drawing to a close, and it’s time for the traditional Shouts From the Back Row Christmas episode! When it comes to Christmas movies, one thing that can make or break them is the depiction of Santa Claus, so on this episode, Gill, Robin and TK hang their stockings by the chimney with care and count down their top 3 favourite depictions of Santa Claus in the movies. Click here to download the episode!

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Before They Were Stars: Mark Ruffalo in a Clearasil Commercial

It’s amusing to picture good-looking Hollywood heartthrobs having to worry about pimples. Well, that’s what Mark Ruffalo had to think about when he appeared in this commercial for Clearasil back in 1989.

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: The Addiction

Abel Ferrara’s 1995 film The Addiction is a philosophical and metaphorical revisionist take on conventional vampire themes and style. Gone are the ridiculous glittering vampires and even the glamorous vampires of lore (i.e. Dracula). Instead, the vampires of this film are sickly, amoral, and degenerate, and very human. In the original vampire stories of folklore, the bloodsucker was hardly an aristocratic seducer, but instead a bloated and diseased creature, returning from the dead and usually from lower class backgrounds.

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Last Link of the Day: The Mysterious Floating Orb

Weird Al is a hell of a magician.

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Until Dawn

I just finished playing Beyond: Two Souls the other night, and I have to say, between the slowish pace and the lack of consequences when it came to making choices in the game, the whole experience got pretty boring by the end. I have some hope that Until Dawn will be better, though, as it not only promises many branching paths based on the decisions you make as you try to outwit a serial killer stalking you, but it also looks like it keeps the pace moving quickly and the tension high. It could just turn out to be a breakneck-speed Choose Your Own Adventure book, but I think it has potential. I wonder if Hayden Panettierre wears that towel through the entire game.

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The Final Episode of Serial

Robin and I (and most of the podcast-listening world) have lately been wrapped up in the awesome podcast Serial, a true crime investigation into a case that’s 15 years old. The final episode is coming up and, well, sadly I suspect that we’ll never find out whodunnit. It looks like Funny or Die has had the same thought, because this short about poor Sarah Koenig trying to live up to expectations is both hilarious and highly likely to come true.

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Before They Were Stars: Bob Saget on “Bosom Buddies”

Bosom Buddies is a sitcom from the early 1980s about two male friends who disguise themselves as women in order to move into a cheap apartment. It is notable because a young Tom Hanks played one of the bosom buddies and this early role helped put him on the map. The beginning of this particular episode also features one of the earliest television appearances of Bob Saget, who plays a hack comedian. Yeah, I know, that role sounds like a major stretch, doesn’t it?

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