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The 50 best films of the ’90s

Few talk about the ’90s as a filmmaking renaissance on par with the late ’60s and early ’70s, but for many of the film critics at The A.V. Club, it was the decade when we were coming of age as cinephiles and writers, and we remember it with considerable affection. Those ’70s warhorses like Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman posted some of the strongest work of their careers, and an exciting new generation of filmmakers—Quentin Tarantino, Joel and Ethan Coen, Wong Kar-Wai, Olivier Assayas, David Fincher, and Wes Anderson among them—were staking out territory of their own. Presented over three days—with two 20-film lists, then a separate one for the top 10—our Top 50 survey was conducted in an effort to reflect group consensus and individual passion, with the disclaimer that all such lists have a degree of arbitrariness that can’t be avoided.

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7 Times When It's Okay To Dumpster Dive

Back in our salad days, my husband and I outfitted much of our New Orleans apartment with dumpster dive goodies. We found our coffee table in the trash behind a defunct Japanese restaurant. Some serious sanding removed the cigarette burns and -- presto! -- we had a unique centerpiece for our living room. We next culled a wrought-iron headboard from the flea market dumpster. It's pre-antiqued look was ideal for our French Quarter home. Soon our walls were covered with posters, tapestries and hand-woven rugs rescued from other trash bins. All these finds, not to mention many an unusual nick and knack, gave our slave-quarters apartment a unique flair for nearly nothing. We were just kids, justifiably proud of our dumpster dive finds. Many years later, however, I still find it difficult to pass a well-stuffed trash barrel without peeking in, particularly during the spring days when students in our college town are trashing unwanted belongings. Old habits die hard. Besides, there's something criminal about sending perfectly good consumer goods to our overflowing landfill.

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7 Vegans Who Could Kick Your Butt

“Vegan” and “Kick your butt” are not words usually associated together. Sure, some may throw fake blood on unsuspecting fried chicken enthusiasts, but that’s less in the “butt kicking” category and more in the “being a jerk” category. It’s easy to make fun of vegans, (there’s the flatulence issue, just to name one popular way) and we can all do it safely knowing that either they won’t notice because they’re off somewhere dressed as a chicken or sitting in a pig cage or, if they do find out, their protein-lacking diet will render them helpless in a fight. But that assumption is wrong: here are some vegans who really could kick your butt, and probably would if they caught you milking a cow.

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10 Most Popular Suicide Spots on Earth

Suicide is recognized as the ultimate expression of despair. And even though the person making the decision to die may find some sense of peace, family and friends are left in a maelstrom of devastation and pain. According to the World Health Organization, there are over one million successful suicides every year – which works out as a death every 40 seconds. Ironically, these desperate acts of self-destruction are often carried out in some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Bridges and cliffs might seem like obvious choices to people who want to end it all, but in reality, leaping to your doom is often a horribly painful way to go. Jumping from a great height into water often leads to ruptured internal organs, broken limbs, a broken neck and, if the jumper survives long enough, death from drowning.

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8 Best Zombie Books

What better time to get your zombie fiction fix than Halloween? The genre is blood-red hot right now — just ask CanLit icon Margaret Atwood who recently co-wrote a serialized novel called The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home with U.K. writer Naomi Alderman, for Wattpad. Wattpad, a social network for readers and writers alike, rounded up their best zombie stories for the season — full of all kinds of dead, undead, flesh-eaters and post-apocalyptic hell on earth. The best part is they're free!

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12 Reasons Why You’ll Be Happier in a Smaller Home

Recently, my parents bought a smaller house. And this past week, while on vacation in South Dakota (yeah, I vacation in South Dakota), I got to see it for the first time. During our stay, I was surprised at how often my mother commented that “they just love their smaller house.” I wasn’t so much surprised that she felt that way (I am a minimalist after all), but I was surprised at the frequency. It was a comment that she repeated over and over again during our one-week stay. Toward the end of the week, I sat down with my mom and asked her to list all of the reasons why she is experiencing more happiness in her smaller house. And this post is the result.

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25 Things Every Kid Should Do Before the Age of 10

There are things in life that all kids just need to do at some point. I'm not talking about the big things, like going to Disney World or seeing the Grand Canyon, but rather those little, everyday moments that are just full of wonder, joy, and youth. Some of them are so simple, we don't even note them when they happen for the first time, but years later, it's these things we look back on as the core of our childhood. Here are 25 things all kids should do while they're still kids, a bucket list if you will. See how many your kids have checked off as of now, and add any others you'd like to see on this list in the comments.

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6 Miracle Babies Who Beat The Odds

Heart attacks at 3-weeks-old. Dramatically infertile parents. Extreme pre-natal trauma. Some babies have a harder time than others making it into this world. They say every baby is a miracle. Some, however, face unusually long odds, from difficult pregnancies to harrowing births. Others had to defy the basic rules of science and medicine to be conceived at all. Here, six recent miracle babies whose stories made headlines.

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12 Wonderful Hot Springs

A hot spring is a spring that is produced by the emergence of geothermally heated groundwater from the Earth's crust. The hot spring pools contain microorganisms known as thermophiles, a type of extremophile. They are organisms that exist in the most unlikely, unlivable, and extreme places, hence their name. The color comes from the way that these thermophiles reflect the light of the sun. There are geothermal hot springs in many locations all over the crust of the earth, but many of these wonderful water bodies are concentrated in the Yellowstone National Park, USA.

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15 Badass Rappers Who Played Cops On Screen

Hip-hop, like any genre of music, is not impervious to the grinding gears of time. Like all sentient beings, rappers get old too, yo! Everyone’s got bills to pay, and besides, aging badasses can’t stay angry forever, right? So what’s next on the career path? Well, how about playing an on-screen cop? In rap circles, the po-po are often seen as the enemy. As in, “Put that blunt out, it’s five-o!” Or in more extreme cases, “Die, die, die, pig, die!” So… it’s quite a radical departure really – swapping early years of cop-hating and rule-breaking for a mature, adult appreciation of the “boys in blue.” Still, the number of rappers who’ve moved from the ‘hood to the precinct makes it a pretty interesting and hard-to-explain phenomenon. Here’s a look at 15 rappers who went from being MCs over to the PD

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Living Off Land: 12 Amazing Houseboats & Floating Homes

They come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional-looking contemporary homes that just happen to be floating on water to ultramodern houseboat concepts that look like they might be able to fly, too. Some are high-end, while others are cobbled together from reclaimed planes, trains and automobiles, proving that you don’t have to have a large budget to take your home to the high seas – or the lake, bay, river or canal.

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10 Best Views in the World

There is an unexplainable rush when we see an amazing view before us— a rainbow of colors, play of lights, and the different things that stimulate our being. We created a list to tell you about the most beautiful views that we know so far.

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