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Top Five Movies to Avoid if You Want to Keep from Angering Kim Jong-Un

By On December 22, 2014

Be careful what you watch, folks. … Read More

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Top Five Fun Facts About North Korea

By On December 19, 2014

  5. Everyone is subject to daily “self-criticism” sessions in which they must describe all of the ways that they have failed in their duty to Kim Jong-Il   4. Kim Il-Sung… Read More

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Top Five Wealthy Scions Who Were Kidnapped

By On December 4, 2014

You know how the super-rich have bodyguards? Well, do they really need them? Here are five kids of the rich and famous who say yes, body guards are needed pretty much all… Read More

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Top Five Props Used by Sociopaths to Gain Trust

By On November 28, 2014

Sociopaths, also called psychopaths, have a diminished ability to feel empathy or guilt. They also lack fear. A key trait of the sociopath is a superficial charm used to manipulate and get… Read More

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Top Five Least PC Things in Disneyland

By On November 24, 2014

Bethany explains: "Recently, I went to Disneyland, having not been there in years. In some ways the place is a time capsule—there are rides that are unchanged from 50 years ago, though… Read More

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Top Five Interesting Facts Learned from the Graphic Novel My Friend Dahmer

By On November 15, 2014

Graphic novelist Derf Backderf was a friend of Jeffrey Dahmer’s in high school. He wrote a graphic novel called My Friend Dahmer about the boy he knew in junior high and high… Read More

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Top Five Falling Whales

By On November 5, 2014

You know what I hate about whales? It’s that they’re always falling from the sky. Am I right? Don't believe me? Here are the top five. … Read More

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Top Five Recent Movies Featuring the “1%” Vs “the Masses”

By On October 27, 2014

Hollywood has always loved playing the populist card, the cool rock 'n' rollers fighting the tuxedo-clad opera goers. Just watch the Three Stooges or movies like John Goodman's King Ralph. These days,… Read More

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Top Five Robin Williams Performances

By On August 12, 2014

Well, it's really hard to pick out top five Robin Williams performances. He has had such a great career and played such a broad variety of parts. So I've picked five unusual appearances that… Read More

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Attention Judges and Juries: Top Five Methods of Determining Innocence and Guilt

By On August 5, 2014

Bethany says: "Think our justice system sucks? Try these other ones. Here are the top five things used at trial to determine innocence or guilt."… Read More

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Top Five Interesting Facts Learned from Watching “Tankman”

By On July 16, 2014

Bethany says "I just saw Tankman, the Frontline documentary about the Chinese man who stood in front of a long line of tanks on June 4, 1989, during the Tiananmen Square protests.… Read More

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Top Five Movies in which the Good Guys are Trying to Stop a Nuclear Bomb from Detonating, Usually One Sent by Other Good Guys

By On July 2, 2014

This trope has been around for awhile, but I’ve recently noticed it in three big summer blockbusters. There are probably more—can you think of any? Basically, it involves some nominally good guys… Read More

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Top Five Creepy and Evil Blue Eyes

By On June 28, 2014

Why is it that when writers go for inhuman eyes they so often select blue as the go-to color of evil? Is it because the blue reminds us of the distance of… Read More

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Top Five Movies in which Samuel L. Jackson is Not a Badass

By On June 17, 2014

Samuel L. Jackson: A mean motherfucker, right? He's Shaft, he's on the Jedi council, he's Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction, he's Nick Fury, and in his spare time, he gets motherfucking snakes… Read More

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Bethany’s Top Five Kickass Teen Girls

By On June 2, 2014

Nowadays, it seems we mainly hear about teenage girls in regard to their appearance, sexuality, and eating disorders. I want to give a more prominent place to teenage girls who are/were awesome!… Read More

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Alonetime on Screen: Top Five Movies that Devote Considerable Screentime to a Single Actor

By On May 26, 2014

Here are some movies that give a lot of time to just one actor, essentially the opposite of the "ensemble cast" style of movie. The single actors' skills are truly showcased in… Read More

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“Honey, What’s This in the Trash?”: Top Five Literary Masterpieces Nearly Destroyed by Their Creators

By On May 21, 2014

Ever look back at something you've written and wished it would just go away? Well, you're in good company. … Read More

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Top Five Notable Comments in the Book Double Down: Game Change 2012 by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

By On May 13, 2014

Awhile back, I read the book Game Change, in which two reporters persuaded a group of insiders working for presidential candidates for the 2008 primaries and election to tell all, with the… Read More

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Top Five things to Watch Because You Miss Breaking Bad

By On February 25, 2014

Breaking Bad has been off the air for several months now, and a lot of people still haven't found a way to fill that void left by the departure of their favorite… Read More

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Bethany’s Top Five Scenes by Which to Remember Philip Seymour Hoffman

By On February 3, 2014

We lost a great one. Here are a few clips to remember him by. … Read More

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Top Five Things Without a Name

By On January 6, 2014

O, unnamable! O, nameless thing! Sounds like Lovecraft, eh? None of these things has a name. As a public service, I will now name them for you!… Read More

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Top Five TV Characters Named Finn

By On December 28, 2013

Many years ago, I knew a guy named Finn. He was the only one with that name that I'd met, and he never knew of anyone with that name, either. But now,… Read More

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Top Five Unflattering Left Wing Clothing Trends

By On December 15, 2013

Fascists are all about looking good. Consider Susan Sontag's famous essay "Fascinating Fascism." Everyone has to get snazzy uniforms: Blackshirts, brown shirts, capes, animal skins, etc. They always look great. But the… Read More

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“The Worst Thing That Ever Happened to Me Was on Christmas. Oh, God. It Was So Horrible”: Top Five Downer Christmas Movies

By On December 6, 2013

Bah! Humbug! For those of you who need an alternative to all the sugary-sweet stories going around during the holiday season, check out E-Verse's 100%-guaranteed-depressing Christmas-related movies.… Read More

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Top Five Menacing Film Gynecologists

By On December 2, 2013

Women have complex relationships with their gynecologists. It's their doctor, and there is nothing sexual about what they're doing, but women are in very vulnerable, intimate positions. You want your doc to… Read More

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Top Five Examples of Things That Become Popular Because They are Banned

By On November 30, 2013

What is it about people saying others can't have something and then hoarding it all for themselves? … Read More

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Top Five Differences Between the Book and Film 12 Years a Slave

By On November 29, 2013

Whenever I see a film that has been adapted from a non-fiction book, I become curious to see how things have changed in the process, if it's a faithful adaptation or if… Read More

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“Run Away! Run Away!” Top Five Terrifying Rabbits

By On November 27, 2013

Cute? Cuddly? Forget it. Here are the top five terrifying rabbits. … Read More

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Top Five Revelations in Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President Kennedy and the Aftermath

By On November 25, 2013

In 2003, it was revealed that President Kennedy had an affair with a White House intern. While he had an affair with, well, anyone who was willing, including many White House employees… Read More

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Top Five Things to Do on November 22nd

By On November 19, 2013

November 22nd, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination. It's being greeted with surprisingly minimal attention, especially compared to the 20th anniversary. People are forgetting. Most Americans weren't born then. Well,… Read More