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Sailor Moon’s impact on modern American animation remains undeniable

Sailor Moon’s impact on modern American animation remains undeniable

Twenty-five years after its U.S. television premiere, the impact of Sailor Moon on Japanese and Western animation remains undeniable. With its distinct visual vocabulary, story structure, and defined character archetypes, the series not only served as the blueprint for the many Japanese magical girl anime series that would follow it, but also established a visual aesthetic so iconic, we see...

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Sep 17, 2020 at 12:00. 20 comments

Which actors will win, and which should win, at the 2020 Emmys?

Which actors will win, and which should win, at the 2020 Emmys?

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, September 20, but instead of gathering at the Microsoft Theater or a similar venue, nominees will have to pick a Zoom background and film their reaction shots from the comfort of their own homes. Which, when you think about it, means they’ll be watching the ceremony in the same fashion we are (albeit with a much higher probability of...

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Sep 16, 2020 at 12:00. 22 comments

What shows will win, and which should win, at the 2020 Emmys

What shows will win, and which should win, at the 2020 Emmys

The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will still take place on Sunday, September 20, and we can once again count on Jimmy Kimmel to host. The rest feels more up in the air than usual, as the ceremony will be attended virtually by nominees and presenters. Here are A.V. Club TV editor Danette Chavez’s predictions of the winners of the major series awards, as well as some last-minute stumping for ...

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Sep 10, 2020. 23 comments

The impossibly perfect landing of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

The impossibly perfect landing of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

No piece of media, no matter how technically accomplished or creatively satisfying, can ever really be “perfect.” Even if something has no recognizable faults, it’s absurd to think that it can’t be improved in any way whatsoever. What happens if something else comes along that’s better? Is it more perfect? Does the first thing then become less perfect? That’s to say nothing of the inherent...

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Sep 09, 2020. 9 comments

Why virtual screenings should be a permanent fixture of the film festival experience

Why virtual screenings should be a permanent fixture of the film festival experience

Did you know that the Chinese word for “lockdown” is a combination of two characters that mean, individually, “disrupt” and “rethink”? Probably not, because I just made that up. If it sounded just vaguely plausible for a second, though, that’s because we’re currently experiencing a massive disruption to our daily lives that in turn has inspired a great deal of serious rethinking. All across...

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Sep 08, 2020. 20 comments

Raised By Wolves lets Ridley Scott expand one of his strangest sci-fi ideas

Raised By Wolves lets Ridley Scott expand one of his strangest sci-fi ideas

Infinite Scroll is a series about the increasingly blurry lines between the internet, pop culture, and the real world.

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The first time you notice it is about 20 minutes into the first episode. Two androids, unambiguously named Mother and Father, have alighted upon a blue-tinted tundra planet, raising a crop of humanoid children with faltering success. Only one is left. Mother and...

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Aug 28, 2020. 7 comments

Catch up with Amazon’s bloody hit The Boys, character by character

Catch up with Amazon’s bloody hit The Boys, character by character

Spider-Man taught us that with great power comes great responsibility, but the caped crimefighters of Amazon’s

The Boys are here to teach a different lesson: With great power comes the great likelihood that someone will turn into a superpowered asshole. The members of The Seven, America’s legion of elite superheroes sponsored and stage-managed by the rapacious multinational Vought...

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William Hughes William Hughes Jul 14, 2019.

We played Borderlands 3, and it’s more of everything—including “the same”

<a href="https://games.avclub.com/we-played-borderlands-3-and-it-s-more-of-everything-in-1834430149" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">We played <i>Borderlands 3</i>,<i> </i>and it’s more of everything—including “the same”</a>

How new does “new” have to be? It’s a question that’s bedeviled authors and filmmakers for far longer than it’s ever been an issue in the world of games. When making a sequel to a well-established franchise, how much does a creator owe to the spirit of innovation vs. simple refinement, or even just rote duplication? The issue of length complicates things, too, as it so often does when...

Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Jul 14, 2019.

These days, women run HBO—but for how long?

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/these-days-women-run-hbo-but-for-how-long-1798258868" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">These days, women run HBO—but for how long?</a>

Not long after Donald Trump declared war on the media, CNN’s picked up the gauntlet, firing back against the president once more in the new edition of The Hollywood Reporter. In the cover story, CNN president Jeff Zucker brags that he and his employees wear their status of enemy combatants against false information and corruption “as a badge of honor.” He detailed the network’s new arsenal in...

Joshua Alston Joshua Alston Jul 13, 2019.

A&E’s Married At First Sight showcases the power of romantic commitment

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/a-e-s-married-at-first-sight-showcases-the-power-of-rom-1798244076" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">A&amp;E’s<i> Married At First Sight</i> showcases the power of romantic commitment</a>

Few pop culture unions have been as tumultuous as the one between reality television and the institution of marriage. Reality shows have taken cues from every facet of the culture with varying degrees of success, but they’ve never managed to do marriage justice. In fact, reality shows have treated marriage with such cynicism and contempt, it’s baffling that such a vehement opposition sprang...

Sean O'Neal Sean O'Neal Jul 13, 2019.

Why has time forsaken Home Improvement?

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/why-has-time-forsaken-home-improvement-1798252289" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Why has time forsaken <i>Home Improvement</i>?</a>

The nostalgia beast is a ravenous one, and with each passing day, it chews our pop-culture memories into an increasingly formless web-slurry. With the 1990s digesting within its belly at an incredible rate—accelerated by the Snapchat-length attention spans of former ’90s kids, and intensified by the boundless need for “remember when?” content—it seems we’ve managed to memorialize and/or...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 10, 2019.

10 reasons why you should watch the Tour De France this year

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/10-reasons-why-you-should-watch-the-tour-de-france-this-1798281290" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">10 reasons why you should watch the Tour De France this year</a>

Every July, NBC Sports dedicates three weeks of programing to an exhilarating sporting event called the Tour De France. Yet notoriously sports-enthused Americans don’t seem to care about this wall-to-wall cycling coverage. Why? Well, the Tour is decidedly international with few Americans to root for, doping controversies have turned it into a punchline (we’ll get to those), and—most...

Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jul 08, 2019.

Blue Mountain State camps out on the line between irony and sexism

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/blue-mountain-state-camps-out-on-the-line-between-irony-1798243889" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>Blue Mountain State</i> camps out on the line between irony and sexism</a>

This week brought the release of Blue Mountain State: The Rise Of Thadland, a film based on the Spike TV series Blue Mountain State, which ended in 2011. The little-seen but much-beloved show now celebrates a triumphant Kickstarter campaign by giving its devotees the movie they’ve been waiting several years to see. Detailing the goings-on at a fictional university that boasts one of the top...

Zack Handlen Zack Handlen Jul 06, 2019.

Batman’s move to the big city upset the balance of Arkham Asylum

<a href="https://games.avclub.com/batman-s-move-to-the-big-city-upset-the-balance-of-arkh-1798281412" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Batman’s move to the big city upset the balance of <i>Arkham </i><i>Asylum</i></a>

The final installment in a trilogy is a good time for reflection. How did we get here? What choices did we make along the way? And could we have maybe punched just a few more thugs, like, right in the face? The release of Arkham Knight brings Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham [Noun] trilogy to an alleged conclusion and an opportunity to re-examine the two games that preceded it with an eye toward...

A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Jul 05, 2019.

How John Wick makes the most of Keanu Reeves’ emptiness

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/how-john-wick-makes-the-most-of-keanu-reeves-emptiness-1798257928" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">How <i>John Wick</i> makes the most of Keanu Reeves’ emptiness</a>

There’s a scene in the outrageously entertaining new shoot-’em-up John Wick: Chapter 2 that winks at the enduring appeal of Keanu Reeves. Early into the movie, Reeves’ character, the unstoppable yanked-from-retirement assassin John Wick, flies to Rome on reluctant assignment. But before he can get down to grisly business, he has to secure the appropriate gear. In what might best be described...

Kyle Daly Kyle Daly Jul 02, 2019.

Great horror rejects the pop psychology that drags down the genre

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/great-horror-rejects-the-pop-psychology-that-drags-down-1798285875" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Great horror rejects the pop psychology that drags down the genre</a>

(Note: This piece contains specific plot details about several horror films.)

Think of the worst thing you’ve ever done. Now: Why did you do it? Maybe you have some vast network of rationalizations for it, or maybe it was because you were bored, or curious, or angry, or drunk. Or to this day, maybe you have no idea, and that’s why it sticks in the back of your mind still, because human...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jun 29, 2019.

The Little Mermaid TV show let Ariel live up to her potential

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/the-little-mermaid-tv-show-let-ariel-live-up-to-her-pot-1798247975" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>The Little Mermaid </i>TV show let Ariel live up to her potential</a>

I’m guessing many women who grew up in the early ’90s have a complicated relationship with The Little Mermaid. Ariel is an impossibly appealing protagonist, the kind that makes you want to spend hours in the pool practicing your perfect emerging-to-the-surface hair flip. But even from a young age it’s easy to see that she’s stuck in a rather regressive story. Ariel transforms herself into a...

Gwen Ihnat Gwen Ihnat Jun 27, 2019.

We went on a mission to find the most dangerous weapon under $20 at C2E2

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/we-went-on-a-mission-to-find-the-most-dangerous-weapon-1798245403" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">We went on a mission to find the most dangerous weapon under $20 at C2E2</a>

Every year around this time, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (a.k.a. C2E2) is unleashed upon the city for the weekend, a deluge of comic books, cosplay, toys, and film and television spanning the pop cultural landscape. Fans can get their picture taken with Supergirl, chat up legendary X-Men scribe Chris Claremont over in Artist Alley, or just enjoy the attention that comes from...

Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jun 27, 2019.

Meyer in ’16? The pop-culture presidential ads you voted for—and against

<a href="https://tv.avclub.com/meyer-in-16-the-pop-culture-presidential-ads-you-vote-1798248629" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Meyer in ’16? The pop-culture presidential ads you voted for—and against</a>

Earlier this year, we had our readers cast their ballots in a fictional pop-culture-president race between some of the most noteworthy fake leaders of the free world. The people have spoken, and as it turns out, America is ready for a woman president. With more than double the votes of the next closest candidate, Veep’s Selina Meyer trounced the competition, proving once more that competency...

Marah Eakin Marah Eakin Jun 20, 2019.

Here’s the real reason no one went to see Mia’s show in La La Land

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/here-s-the-real-reason-no-one-went-to-see-mia-s-show-in-1798258375" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Here’s the real reason no one went to see Mia’s show in <i>La La Land</i></a>

Note: Minor plot points of La La Land are discussed below.

One of the saddest scenes in La La Land doesn’t involve the dissolution of the main characters’ relationship. Rather, it centers around the poor attendance of Mia’s one-woman show, So Long Boulder City. Here’s the setting: Emma Stone’s Mia finishes giving the performance of her life in a one-woman show that’s literally about her life,...

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