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Screen at your own risk: 11 dubiously lethal movies

Screen at your own risk: 11 dubiously lethal movies

Most movie marketing is about enticement: Hear Greta Garbo talk! Believe that a man can fly! Feel the unremitting, night-vision-camera terror of this Paranormal Activity audience for yourself! In horror promotions especially, there’s an undercurrent of danger to the seduction—you’re going to scream and nobody’s going to hear you, it still isn’t safe to go into the water, you’re repeating...

The A.V. Club The A.V. Club Oct 09, 2019. 21 comments

Ripped from the headlines: 12 TV movies that raced from scandal to small screen

Ripped from the headlines: 12 TV movies that raced from scandal to small screen

This Saturday, Lifetime will air The College Admissions Scandal , a dramatic depiction of Operation Varsity Blues. The scandal over parents pulling illegal strings to get their kids into college broke this past March and spread like wildfire, especially given that two of the parents involved were TV actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. By July, Lifetime had announced that it would offer...

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Erik Adams Erik Adams Aug 21, 2019. 23 comments

Stan by your man: 15 depictions of obsessive fandom

Stan by your man: 15 depictions of obsessive fandom
1. Eminem, “Stan” (2000)

The third single from The Marshall Mathers LP earned Eminem some of the highest praise of his career, but back when “Stan” was grabbing VMA nominations and giving a three-year-old Dido single a piggyback ride up the charts, who would’ve guessed the song’s lasting legacy would be lexicographical? “Stan” is literally the definitive depiction of obsessive...

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John Teti John Teti Jul 31, 2019. 20 comments

A brief history of spinning: 6 game show wheels

A brief history of spinning: 6 game show wheels
1. The Wheel, Spin The Wheel (2019)

Fox’s new big-money summer quiz Spin The Wheel suggests, in its title, an embrace of game show basics. As TV spectacles go, what is more straightforward than Jane Citizen spinning a wheel of cash? “Everyone knows how to spin the wheel,” Spin The Wheel executive producer Justin Timberlake observes at the start of each episode. “But,” Timberlake continues.

The...

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The A.V. Club The A.V. Club Jul 10, 2019. 24 comments

Just keep filming: 16 worthwhile found-footage horror movies since The Blair Witch Project

Just keep filming: 16 worthwhile found-footage horror movies since The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project , which turns 20 this week, wasn’t the first thriller to present itself as the raw video recordings of a doomed camera crew. The infamous Cannibal Holocaust got there almost 20 years before it, and nearly a decade before that, The Legend Of Boggy Creek  blurred the line between documentary and horror. But Blair Witch was such a phenomenon—and in its ratio of shoestring...

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The A.V. Club The A.V. Club Jun 10, 2019. 24 comments

Arcs of future past: 14 classic X-Men stories that would make good X-Men movies

Arcs of future past: 14 classic X-Men stories that would make good X-Men movies

The future is uncertain for the X-Men, at least on the big screen. If estimates are to be believed, Dark Phoenix opened softer this weekend than any previous entry in the two-decade-old movie series, which began with X-Men in the summer of 2000 and may very well end here, depending on if that New Mutants film that wrapped production ages ago ever actually sees the light of day ....

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The A.V. Club The A.V. Club May 29, 2019. 24 comments

Not ’Zilla: 12 giant monster movies that break the Toho mold

Not ’Zilla: 12 giant monster movies that break the Toho mold

A kaiju is a bit like obscenity: hard to define, but you know it when you see it. They must be gigantic, of course, and preferably either reptilian or insectile in nature, though there’s some room for flexibility on that point. (Is King Kong a kaiju? While Legendary’s new MonsterVerse thinks so, we’ll leave it to you, our readers, to debate that question in the comments.) Stomping on a major...

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The A.V. Club The A.V. Club May 15, 2019. 24 comments

Simply the beast: 18 of the greatest dog sidekicks in pop culture

Simply the beast: 18 of the greatest dog sidekicks in pop culture

The W.C. Fields adage warning against working with children or animals is solid advice, mostly—but pop culture (and history) has also proven that dogs have more than earned their place as man’s best friend, becoming as integral to our existence as work and play. They listen to us whine and offer slobbery consolation after a bad day, frequently while protecting us. Dogs are our companions,...

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The A.V. Club The A.V. Club Apr 03, 2019. 23 comments

They’re listening: 13 actually good therapists in TV and film

They’re listening: 13 actually good therapists in TV and film

Psychology gets a bad rap in television and film, with therapists often portrayed as one more hurdle characters must overcome, in addition to whatever problem brought them to therapy in the first place. Fictional therapists can be dismissive of their patients, betray their trust, or even traumatize them further with dangerous, experimental techniques—to say nothing of that one psychiatrist who...

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Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Mar 20, 2019. 18 comments

Set it up: 16 episodes of blind dates, stupid cupids, and at least one perfect match

Set it up: 16 episodes of blind dates, stupid cupids, and at least one perfect match

Competition is in the air, thanks to March Madness, but the return of the dating series has us thinking about perfect pairs instead of an elite eight. Two new comedies, Hulu’s Shrill  and Starz’s Now Apocalypse , capture the steep highs and lows of modern dating for folks of all sizes and orientations. Elsewhere, Netflix has Dating Around, a kind of successor to MTV’s Next, as well as the...

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The A.V. Club The A.V. Club Feb 06, 2019. 20 comments

Now That’s What I Call Meow-sic: 16 times cats made their way into song

Now That’s What I Call Meow-sic: 16 times cats made their way into song

As cats domesticated themselves, it was inevitable that they’d take over our music, too. At least as far back as the Baroque era, they’ve been purring their way into our songs: Domenico Scarlatti’s “Sonata G Minor (Cat’s Fugue)” was inspired by his cat, Pulcinella, stomping across his keyboard, the 17th-century equivalent of 21st-century cats who believe that laptops don’t work unless they’ve...

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The A.V. Club The A.V. Club Nov 21, 2018. 24 comments

False (re)start: 24 failed attempts to reboot a movie franchise

False (re)start: 24 failed attempts to reboot a movie franchise

A couple weeks ago, Hollywood took a second shot at making a hit franchise out of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, adapting the fourth novel of the Nordic crime opus into The Girl In The Spider’s Web . Reviews leaned negative, and audiences mostly ignored it. This week, a new version of the Robin Hood legend hits screens, and while it’s too early to say whether the movie will be a hit or a...

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The A.V. Club The A.V. Club Oct 08, 2018. 17 comments

Matt Damon is here to make friends: 11 movies where the actor finds a buddy (or 10)

Matt Damon is here to make friends: 11 movies where the actor finds a buddy (or 10)

This piece was originally published October 08, 2018 and is part of The A.V. Club’s favorite features of 2018

Matt Damon has a lot of friends. From his auspicious beginnings charming ’90s Hollywood to his A-list blockbuster present, the Oscar-winning actor has been racking up enough cinematic mates to field both sides of a World Cup rugby match. While the Bourne series frequently sees him...

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The A.V. Club The A.V. Club Sep 13, 2018. 24 comments

Walker, Slipnutz, and baseball: 11 essential Late Night With Conan O’Brien clips

Walker, Slipnutz, and baseball: 11 essential Late Night With Conan O’Brien clips

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the debut of Late Night With Conan O’Brien. NBC rolled the dice on the veteran Simpsons and Saturday Night Live writer, plucking him from relative obscurity to take over for no less a luminary than David Letterman. But after a famously rocky start, the series became a springboard for ’90s alt-comedy talent and turned its endlessly sardonic host into a...

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The A.V. Club The A.V. Club Jan 05, 2018. 18 comments

The 10 books we can't wait to read in 2018

The 10 books we can't wait to read in 2018

2018 promises to be a year of extraordinary works from authors established and emerging. The next 12 months will bring us a posthumously published short story collection from Denis Johnson, a novel from rising literary star Ottessa Moshfegh, and a memoir manifesto from Rose McGowan. We’ve sorted through the abundance of riches to select our top 10 most anticipated books coming out in 2018, but...

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Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Aug 21, 2017.

The cosmic ballet goes on: 15 of our favorite pop-culture eclipses

The cosmic ballet goes on: 15 of our favorite pop-culture eclipses
The Simpsons (1993)

The Simpsons has prominently featured a solar eclipse twice in its long run, but most memorably in the Season 20 episode “Gone Maggie Gone,” where Marge is stricken blind and Lisa goes undercover as a nun. Just kidding: Everyone actually remembers the eclipse from “Marge Vs. The Monorail,” in which the celestial event briefly saves the day by...

Alex McLevy Alex McLevy May 30, 2017. 24 comments

Breaking the habit: A dozen-plus unconventional movie nuns

Breaking the habit: A dozen-plus unconventional movie nuns

The women who dedicate themselves to the convent give up a lot for their lifetime of service; maybe that’s why their numbers are falling like a meteor plummeting to Earth. On the upside: Married to God. Downside: Vows of chastity, poverty, and worst of all, obedience. That trio of rules doesn’t leave much room for drama, so in the movies, the nuns that stand out most are the ones who veer...

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AV Club Staff AV Club Staff Apr 17, 2017.

“We can do it!”: 7 great ragtag team-ups from pop-culture history

“We can do it!”: 7 great ragtag team-ups from pop-culture history

Sometimes, all it takes to solve a problem is a little teamwork. But unlike sports teams or volunteer firefighters, not everyone always has the best incentive to band together and do what’s right. In fact, sometimes the people involved don’t even share the same interests or goals, but find themselves in an “enemy of my enemy is my friend” situation. And sometimes, they’re in it for the money....

Leonardo Adrian Garcia Leonardo Adrian Garcia Mar 29, 2017. 24 comments

The Second(-Billed) City: 19 great Chicago character actors

The Second(-Billed) City: 19 great Chicago character actors

Chicago is a “that guy” kind of town, its very history shaped by political machines and criminal syndicates whose leaders all resembled character actors of one type or another. It’s also home to venerable ensemble theater companies such as Steppenwolf and improv comedy institutions like Second City, which has made it a crucible of talent that’s produced scene stealers on screens big and...

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Esther Zuckerman Esther Zuckerman Mar 06, 2017. 24 comments

A slayer’s lineage: 9 pop cultural precursors to Buffy

A slayer’s lineage: 9 pop cultural precursors to Buffy

When Buffy The Vampire Slayer debuted on The WB in 1997, it signaled a new direction for the fledgling netlet, a pivot toward audiences who could see themselves reflected in Buffy Summers and her Sunnydale High classmates. Of course, it’s the distinctions between Buffy and all previous TV teens that made all the difference: “Into every generation, there is a chosen one,” the show’s...

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