Short paths to the canon: 22 influential artists with tiny bodies (of work)

1. Sex Pistols
Ask the average Joe to name the first punk band that comes to mind, and he’ll most likely say “Sex Pistols,” possibly with an aggro, faux-Cockney accent. There’s no question as to whether the band has been massively influential: Rock historians can even name-check a specific gig—Manchester’s Lesser Free…

“And no one will ever mention it again, under penalty of torture”: 21 forgotten TV subplots

1. Landry the killer, Friday Night Lights 
Having survived its ratings-challenged first season on the tenuous strength of kind reviews and a passionate (if limited) following, Friday Night Lights was in the compromising position of needing to improve its numbers to survive. And compromise it did, in the notorious first…

In space?: 17 film franchises that took strange left turns

1. Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)
The fourth entry in the Leprechaun franchise retains little beyond the concept of a diminutive, demonic, wisecracking Irish stereotype (Warwick Davis) picking off meatheaded Americans. Pretty much everything else goes out the window in a space “epic” with ClipArt visual effects, a…

A love once new has now grown old: 24 memorable cinematic time transitions 

1. Bone to spaceship, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
It may be the single most famous cut in movie history, bridging a million years in a hummingbird’s flap. Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey opens with “The Dawn Of Man,” a long sequence documenting prehistoric man-apes fighting over a water hole—a conflict that…