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Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 14, 2019 at 21:05.

Hype Williams’ love of hip-hop animates the hallucinatory, underrated Belly

<a href="https://film.avclub.com/hype-williams-love-of-hip-hop-animates-the-hallucinato-1828368334" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Hype Williams’ love of hip-hop animates the hallucinatory, underrated <i>Belly</i></a>

Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases or premieres, or occasionally our own inscrutable whims. Because it’s 1998 Week here at The A.V. Club, we’re looking back at some of the movies of that bygone year.

Belly (1998)

Belly was a box-office bomb, and it got ravaged by critics. The entire production was a disaster. Writer and director Hype Williams—a music-video...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 14, 2019 at 17:47.

Kit Harington confirms that Jon Snow's hair has followed its own plot arc

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/kit-harington-confirms-that-jon-snows-hair-has-followed-1829225025" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Kit Harington confirms that Jon Snow&#39;s hair has followed its own plot arc<em></em></a>

Kit Harington’s performance as Jon Snow has been one of the anchors of Game Of Thrones, slowly tracing the journey of a brooding, magnetic bastard-son from exile into death and finally into the arms of, um, his sister. (It’s a fucked-up show.) One consistent aspect of his performance, aside from being sort of grouchy about everything, is his fantastic hair, which has inspired no shortage of

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 14, 2019 at 15:55.

Mark Of The Ninja takes a knife to the neck of stealth-game convention

<a href="https://games.avclub.com/mark-of-the-ninja-takes-a-knife-to-the-neck-of-stealth-1830286865" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>Mark Of The Ninja</i> takes a knife to the neck of stealth-game convention</a>

Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Mark Of The Ninja was originally released in the dog days of the Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft’s download-only marketplace...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 14, 2019 at 15:31.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is looking mighty big in its latest trailer

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/red-dead-redemption-2-is-looking-mighty-big-in-its-late-1829434954" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>Red Dead Redemption 2</i> is looking mighty big in its latest trailer</a>

Happy Monday: Here’s the latest trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, revealing the best glimpse yet at the scope of the game. It seems enormous. Train robberies, side-quests, preposterous vistas, heists large and small, and RPG-style progression all promise a big, fun, modern video game, but it’s the small details (like, say, the horse testicles ) that really illustrate the scope of...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 14, 2019 at 07:35.

John Mulaney is "Spider-Ham" in this bonkers Into The Spider-Verse trailer

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/john-mulaney-is-spider-ham-in-this-bonkers-into-the-s-1829463666" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">John Mulaney is &quot;Spider-Ham&quot; in this bonkers <i>Into The Spider-Verse</i> trailer</a>

If the first trailer for Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse served to introduce the movie’s gorgeous art style and multiple-reality premise, its latest trailer shows just how that’ll all play out. In short, they are not skimping on the Spider-People. In addition to the movie’s main Spider-Man (voiced by Shameik Moore), there’ll also be Jake Johnson as an aging Spider-mentor, a badass...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 14, 2019 at 05:56.

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib go 2 for 2 with the head-spinning Bandana

<a href="https://music.avclub.com/freddie-gibbs-and-madlib-go-2-for-2-with-the-head-spinn-1835833792" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Freddie Gibbs and Madlib go 2 for 2 with the head-spinning <i>Bandana</i></a>

Toward the end of Bandana, Freddie Gibbs does something uncharacteristic. “I remember, I was on bail and shit,” he says, and then the beat starts to fade. “Damn, beat ran out. Fuck it, that’s enough right there.” It’s a rare moment of abstinence for Gibbs, a rapper who, now a decade into his career, has established himself as one of the most word-drunk rappers this side of Aesop Rock. Since...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 13, 2019 at 23:07.

Dead Cells wants your love—and your cells

<a href="https://games.avclub.com/dead-cells-is-the-roguelike-for-people-who-don-t-like-r-1828522497" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>Dead Cells</i> wants your love—and your cells</a>

Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend?

I have only ever beaten one roguelike—Spelunky, which I documented the creation of, along with a definition of the extremely...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 13, 2019 at 06:22.

Look in the mirror, internet: Here are 2016’s most-googled pop culture terms

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/look-in-the-mirror-internet-here-are-2016-s-most-goog-1798255384" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Look in the mirror, internet: Here are 2016’s most-googled pop culture terms</a>

Well, here’s something Suicide Squad did right! Today Google released its most searched-for terms in a gamut of fields, including movies, actors, memes, politics, and more. The results are intriguing, working as a reliable index of what we’re interested in online. Interestingly, the most searched movies show the DC cinematic universe in pole position, despite the fact that Suicide Squad is...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 13, 2019 at 03:59.

Vape community rejoices at Trump win

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/vape-community-rejoices-at-trump-win-1798254393" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Vape community rejoices at Trump win</a>

While many throughout the global community are still struggling to come to terms with their role in a Trump-run America, at least one group is totally fucking stoked: vapers. Vice reports that things are looking pretty fucking sick for American citizens who just want to sit back and blow clouds sans governmental regulations.

Earlier this year, the FDA announced regulations on the vaping...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 13, 2019 at 00:57.

Creepy website tells you everything you’re doing as you do it

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/creepy-website-tells-you-everything-you-re-doing-as-you-1798254558" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Creepy website tells you everything you’re doing as you do it</a>

We all know, at this point, that the internet is watching us—that as we click from site to site, we do so leaving an ever-growing trail of information about our habits and demographics. A cloud of data and images forms around us, creating a consistent “user” that can then be marketed to with shocking specificity.

These ideas are at play in a low-key, funny way on clickclickclick.click, a...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 12, 2019.

Here's the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/heres-the-first-trailer-for-avengers-endgame-1830934894" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Here&#39;s the first trailer for <i>Avengers: Endgame</i></a>

“Part of the journey is the end,” Tony Stark muses at the outset of the first trailer for the fourth Avengers movie, now bearing the foreboding subtitle Endgame. And while it’s hard to believe this’ll be the last Avengers movie ever, the first trailer sure has a climactic feel. There are, to say the least, a lot of narrative threads to tie up here—like, you know, the destruction of...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 12, 2019.

Someone is doing data analysis on every TV Club user and critic review ever

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/someone-is-doing-data-analysis-on-every-tv-club-user-an-1798255118" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Someone is doing data analysis on every TV Club user and critic review ever</a>

A curious tweet blipped across The A.V. Club radar this week:

What, ho? We were intrigued. Though lo-fi, Paris-Jourdan’s site contains a wealth of information. The y-axis of the graphs represents our letter-grade system, and the x-axis represents each episode over time—the farther to the right, the later in the show’s run. Red dots are user reviews, and blue ones are critics’. More than the...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 12, 2019.

Obama’s photographer celebrates Trump’s first 100 days by roasting the shit out of him

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/obama-s-photographer-celebrates-trump-s-first-100-days-1798261582" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Obama’s photographer celebrates Trump’s first 100 days by roasting the shit out of him</a>

The world is focused on Donald Trump’s vast celebration of a successful, event-filled first 100 days as president. Accomplishments include inciting a new wave of civic activism in response to his disastrous proposals; fucking up the spelling and execution of nearly everything he could; filling the proverbial swamp with more swamp people while daringly leaving countless important government...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 12, 2019.

Learn a little about “cuck,” the epithet on everyone’s lips in 2016

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/learn-a-little-about-cuck-the-epithet-on-everyone-s-1798254810" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Learn a little about “cuck,” the epithet on everyone’s lips in 2016</a>

The previous few months have introduced a lot of fun new ideas to popular American discourse, including, but not limited to, Pepe The Frog, Milo Yiannopoulos, and the word “cuck,” an insult both flung by the “alt-right” and ironically embraced by the Twitter left. Short for “cuckold,” or a man whose wife sleeps with other men, the term is used to disparage anyone who doesn’t exude traditional...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 12, 2019.

Netflix's Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina has zombies, black cats, other cool Halloween stuff

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/netflixs-chilling-adventures-of-sabrina-has-zombies-bl-1829492660" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Netflix&#39;s <i>Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina</i> has zombies, black cats, other cool Halloween stuff</a>

The first glimpses of of Netflix’s upcoming Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina revealed how much the show would lean into the witchy aspects of its protagonist, with some truly evil-as-shit goat monsters and pentagrams and other hard-horror imagery. And while this first full trailer definitely seems like a lot more fun—you can see a little more clearly how the show is spiritually...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 12, 2019.

Rick And Morty creator has been trolling film studios forever

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/rick-and-morty-creator-has-been-trolling-film-studios-f-1798261092" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');"><i>Rick And Morty </i>creator<i> </i>has been trolling film studios forever</a>

In the actual TV show, Rick And Morty treats Back To The Future as if “crazy old scientist and his teenager sidekick” were a time-honored trope to be pulled out and riffed on, but the show’s proverbial origin story is that it was intended as a more direct spoof called “Doc and Mharti.” Series creator Justin Roiland later wrote:

I actually made this as a way to poke fun at the idea of getting...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 12, 2019.

People are inexplicably flocking to watch Bee Movie at “20,000X speed”

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/people-are-inexplicably-flocking-to-watch-bee-movie-at-1798254595" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">People are inexplicably flocking to watch <i>Bee Movie</i> at “20,000X speed”</a>

The 2007 Dreamworks animation Bee Movie is not a good movie. It is also not a remarkable movie—“amusing but slight,” The A.V. Club raved upon its original release.

However, this general lack of luster has not stopped some 700,000 people from viewing a YouTube video called “Bee Movie But It’s 20000x Faster,” which has since been renamed “Bee Movie But It’s In 3 Minutes” to be more accurate....

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 11, 2019.

Actually, our timeline is good: Here's the Wu-Tang Clan on Good Morning America

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/actually-our-timeline-is-good-heres-the-wu-tang-clan-1830341401" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Actually, our timeline is good: Here&#39;s the Wu-Tang Clan on <i>Good Morning America</i></a>

The year 2018 is full of strange sights. There’s a computer-generated news anchor in China. Elon Musk is asking people for dank memes on Twitter. Perhaps you have heard about American politics. And yet there is still little that can prepare you for this video of the Wu-Tang Clan performing “Protect Ya Neck” on Good Morning America, the room-temperature nexus of milquetoast American...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 11, 2019.

Imagine Muppets having sex with this video of Kermit singing “Ignition (Remix)”

<a href="https://news.avclub.com/imagine-muppets-having-sex-with-this-video-of-kermit-si-1798261155" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">Imagine Muppets having sex with this video of Kermit singing “Ignition (Remix)”</a>

We know, through the story of Muppetfucker.net, in which an upstart DJ named DJ Muppetfucker had his website forcefully acquired by The Jim Henson Company so as to halt the spread of its pernicious muppet-fucking ideas, that The Jim Henson Company does not like to imagine the outcome of their much-suggested interspecies romances. Sure, the thinking seems to go, we will set up relationships...

Clayton Purdom Clayton Purdom Jul 11, 2019.

It is with a heavy heart that we report that Tidal is good now

<a href="https://www.avclub.com/it-is-with-a-heavy-heart-that-we-report-that-tidal-is-g-1829329262" data-id="" onClick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Permalink page click', 'Permalink page click - post header', 'standard');">It is with a heavy heart that we report that Tidal is good now</a>

You have already read the headline. I know that you do not want to hear this, and probably do not care, but I swear, it is appreciably and quantifiably better than any other streaming service. I say this as someone who was a fairly happy Spotify user for many years before finally switching to Apple Music earlier this year under some delusion that it might stream from my Apple TV better. I was...

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