24 hours of horror with the new masters of the genre

As as become a tradition here at The A.V. Club, in honor of every creepy kid’s favorite holiday, this year we’ve once again summoned our experts in the art of horror to put together a hypothetical 24-hour movie marathon guaranteed to keep you up at night. (Beyond, you know, the 24 hours you’ve already been awake.) And…

Wolfpop curator Paul Scheer programs 24 hours of his favorite podcasts

Paul Scheer made his name as both a comedian and actor, but it’s with podcasting that he’s really come into his own recently. Scheer co-hosts How Did This Get Made? and is the curator of Earwolf’s new pop-culture-themed Wolfpop network, where he’ll also act as the daily moderator of The Sylvester Stallone Show. Given…

24 hours of horror with a dozen of the genre’s freshest voices

Every October, just in time for Halloween, the A.V. Club implores a connoisseur of the creepy to program a hypothetical movie marathon—a full 24 hours of seasonably spooky genre fare, curated and sequenced for the viewing pleasure of brave readers. Having already pried lists from such horror experts as Joe Dante, …

Merge Records’ Laura Ballance curates a 25-hour playlist of the label’s best LPs

In the 25 years since its inception, Merge Records has managed to do the seemingly impossible: become a commercially successful, well-respected independent record label. Founded by Superchunk members Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance in 1989, Merge has gone from pressing small batches of 7-inch singles to releasing…

Avey Tare of Animal Collective programs a uniquely trippy movie marathon

Given the sometimes-cinematic sprawl of Animal Collective’s music, it should come as no surprise that one of the group’s chief songwriters is a film buff. David Portner, a.k.a. Avey Tare, has been drawing inspiration from the movies since at least the mid-’90s, when he and his bandmates were swapping material as…

Talking movies and acting with Tool’s Maynard James Keenan

Though best known as the frontman of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer, Maynard James Keenan has actually had quite a varied career. He appeared in several sketches on Mr. Show, played Satan in both 2002’s Bikini Bandits and 2004’s Bikini Bandits 2: Golden Rod, and played a dog walker in 2009’s Crank: High Voltage.…

Explore the TV of 1993 by watching 24 straight hours of it

Looking for a way to remember everything that was everything in 1993? You could do far worse than going back and looking at some of the most significant television of the era. The year proved to be oddly momentous for the medium, as the choices below indicate, and there are plenty of other shows we could have…

Jim Rash’s 24-hour marathon of Saturday morning cartoons

Jim Rash has had a busy year. The Oscar winner (for the screenplay for The Descendants) started the year by writing a script for Community (“Basic Human Anatomy”). Though he’s played Dean Pelton, the unrestrained id of the Greendale Community College campus, since the pilot, this was Rash’s first script for the…

24 hours of inspiration: The Heat director Paul Feig talks us through some of his comedy favorites

Paul Feig has spent his Hollywood career honing the art of being funny. He’s appeared in films (Heavy Weights, Knocked Up); created the much-beloved Freaks And Geeks; and directed everything from episodes of The Office to 2011’s Bridesmaids. His latest project, The Heat, stars Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock as…

24 hours of “born to kill” movies with Hutch Harris of The Thermals

The Thermals started making records about a decade ago, and the trio’s discography is filled with fiery, fuzzy albums that frequently feature overarching themes. 2006’s The Body, The Blood, The Machine blasted through the world of religion, while 2009’s fantastic Now We Can See deals with death and escape. The…

24 hours of discomfort, comedy, and discomfort-comedy with Tim Heidecker of The Comedy

Tim Heidecker made his name—mostly alongside Eric Wareheim—with absurdist comedies on Adult Swim, specifically Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Tom Goes To The Mayor. Those shows always had an undercurrent (and occasionally overcurrent) of discomfort, with real-life weirdos set up against fake talk shows,…

24 hours of American political movies

With tomorrow’s election ending two years and billions of dollars in presidential-campaign saturation, political junkies may find it hard to go cold turkey. So here we offer a daylong dose of cinematic methadone, 24 hours’ worth of first-rate American political films that range from paranoid to irreverent to…

Spend 24 hours in 1992 with The A.V. Club’s movie marathon

Every Halloween, we traditionally invite a horror-movie enthusiast to program a 24-hour horror film fest. To wind down 1992 Week at The A.V. Club, a few of us decided to suggest a similar marathon for those looking to travel back in time to the strange world of 20 years ago. To that end, we’ve compiled a 24-hour…