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When picky eating becomes an affliction

“It’s like asking a colorblind person what color that is. It doesn’t look like food to me.”
posted by Kitteh on Jan 16, 2017 - 146 comments

Have a Very Inessential Christmas and a Superfluous New Year

The (Onion) A. V. Club presents "From Train to Star Wars electronica, this is 2016’s least essential music" [more inside]
posted by koavf on Dec 25, 2016 - 4 comments

Nobody Wins

After a year of tense anticipation, the day of reckoning is finally here. GWAR turns in a special Election Day contribution to the AV Club Undercover series, taking on AC/DC's "If You Want Blood, You Got It." This year's performance interpolates Boston's "Foreplay" as an intro, as well as two special election-themed guests. NSFW: extensive silly costume gore, some nudity, general bombastic ridiculousness. (previously)
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 8, 2016 - 24 comments

The 25 scariest opening scenes in horror-movie history

With Halloween right around the corner, and Horrors Weeks in full swing, The A.V. Club is counting down the scariest, creepiest, and most nerve-shredding opening scenes in horror-movie history. Bonus: Karin Slaughter recommends 7 thrilling, disturbing mysteries written by women.
posted by valkane on Oct 26, 2016 - 37 comments

Here’s how to tell the new Underworld and Resident Evil trailers apart

Dark, confusing times have come to America. Times of turmoil. Times when difficult choices must be made. Times when the latest entries in two surprisingly long-lived actress-centered undead-fighting action series—both due in theaters next January from the same fucking studio—can release new trailers on the same day, both featuring their respective heroines on motorcycles.
posted by valkane on Oct 8, 2016 - 32 comments

I prefer the ketchup-flavoured Doritos myself

What Canadians understand about ketchup chips that Americans don’t (slAVClub) [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Sep 15, 2016 - 187 comments

Does Marge have friends?

A poem, in tweets, about Marge Simpson by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, show runner and co-creator of Bojack Horseman.
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 21, 2016 - 15 comments

1996 in music

It's 1996 week over at the AV Club, and they're taking a look at the year alternative rock died. In non-AV Club news @bestalbum95 has rolled over a year and has started polling for Best Album of 1996 - the first face-off being Belle and Sebastian verus John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey.
posted by Artw on Aug 8, 2016 - 114 comments

Pupper popper

Why not watch a terrier pop 100 balloons in under 40 seconds.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 30, 2016 - 33 comments

What Is This Thing Called Love?

"There’s no way to know whether Kitty is feeling something or simply manipulating her audience into feeling something, and whether that distinction even matters becomes arguable at a certain point—precisely what Infamous is about. " - for Scene Routes, Mike D'Angelo talks about the opening scene to Infamous.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 11, 2016 - 14 comments

YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE DEAD

One of the most infamously bad NES licensed games ever released, Friday the 13th is known for its obtuseness and difficulty. Still, there's many who see an interesting design buried beneath Pack-In Software's incompetence, even inspiring an action figure based on its odd Jason Voorhees sprite, and it's for those people that YouTube filmmakers TripleZeroFilms created a 50-page, full-color, illustrated strategy guide (with its own trailer video!) for this unpolished gem in the extremely rough. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on May 13, 2016 - 11 comments

Things are never quite as scary when you've got a best friend

Hobbes and Me: an obviously unauthorized, yet surprisingly true-to-the-original, live-action Calvin and Hobbes by Rafael Casal and featuring Daveed Diggs.
posted by jacquilynne on Apr 26, 2016 - 21 comments

Jonathan Katz, Larry David, and Joel Hodgson walk into a room...

Comedy Central turned 25 years old on April 1st. The AV Club commemorates the anniversary with an oral history of the network that brought us South Park, Jon Stewart as a serious pundit, and an ongoing revolution for women in comedy.
posted by Etrigan on Apr 4, 2016 - 35 comments

Klingons, Yogurt and Uncle Tom's Cabin

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. AV Club is commemorating the occasion by having a "Cold War Week", which launches today with a Cold War Pop Culture Timeline.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Mar 28, 2016 - 41 comments

the pipes the pipes are calling

“if he were a man of strong mind, it only gave him fits; but a person of mere average intellect it usually sent mad.” That's what Jerome K. Jerome said about bagpipes in Three Men in a Boat. But here's 16 Songs Actually Improved By Bagpipes according to A.V. Club.
posted by valkane on Mar 16, 2016 - 53 comments

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a reminder that ...

The best love stories on TV are between two women, By Molly Eichel, A.V. Club
posted by pjsky on Feb 13, 2016 - 23 comments

I Want To Believe

The truth is out there.
posted by valkane on Jan 21, 2016 - 43 comments

Guess I have a new show to watch

You're the Worst does not suggest depression can be defeated. It suggests, instead, that it can be lived with. Todd VanDerWerff, Culture Editor for Vox as well as AV Club reviewer, explains why the show You're the Worst understands the relationship between him and his wife.
posted by Kitteh on Dec 22, 2015 - 27 comments

The Least Essential Albums of 2015

The (Onion) A. V. Club continues its annual tradition by announcing the least essential albums of the year. While many of them are bad, the purpose is not to highlight the most awful music but the music which has the flimsiest justification for being made. [more inside]
posted by koavf on Dec 7, 2015 - 26 comments

TV dinners: 25 shows to binge-watch this Thanksgiving weekend

"Thanksgiving weekend in the United States is a four-day festival of overindulgence: Giant meals, giant balloons representing pop-culture favorites, giant savings at the big box store on Friday morning. As we did in 2013, The A.V. Club aims to contribute to this tradition of extreme consumption with a guide to some TV shows worth tasting, snacking on, or straight-up devouring this weekend."
posted by valkane on Nov 25, 2015 - 58 comments

(206) 885-PLAY

What was it like to be a Nintendo game play counselor? The A.V. Club interviews three former Nintento Hotline gameplay experts.
posted by figurant on Nov 20, 2015 - 25 comments

Old habits ...die hard.

Somebody took out a full page ad in The Hollywood Reporter to pitch a Die Hard sequel
posted by The Whelk on Nov 12, 2015 - 66 comments

"I would maybe compare it to... it's like a light monkey's paw."

"There's a snideness about it that is in keeping with the experience and the inner life of being a certain kind of teenager. It's very anti-earnest. There was a moment after the period where that song came out where everything was humorless and grotesque. But after that, it seems like what happened was that everything got pretty earnest." Why Harvey Danger's '90s alt-rock hit "Flagpole Sitta" endures. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Nov 11, 2015 - 115 comments

Chip Punks

The slowed-down Chipmunks are brilliant and terrifying... The "original" Chipmunks cover of Call Me vs the slowed-down version
posted by GuyZero on Nov 2, 2015 - 85 comments

Did you ever hear the story about GWAR and Eighties Night?

It's GWAR's turn again for the AV Club's Undercover and this year they're hitting the only Cyndi Lauper tune on Tipper Gore and the PMRC's filthy fifteen; folks, I present GWAR covering "She Bop"
posted by MCMikeNamara on Oct 27, 2015 - 28 comments

Suspense, X Minus One, Lights Out! Mercury Theatre and more...

The AV Club provides 13 Old Time Radio dramas to scare the pants off you this Halloween
posted by The Whelk on Oct 26, 2015 - 15 comments

The 25 best horror movies since 2000 (according to AVClub)

"Ask horror-movie buffs to name their favorite decade for the genre, and you’ll likely receive a variety of answers. The ’30s had several of Universal’s classic roster of monsters. The ’40s had Val Lewton. The ’70s had zombies, and giant sharks, and Texas chain saw massacres. (The ’70s is a good choice.) But at the risk of speculating wildly, it seems safe to assume that not too many hypothetical fans would single out the current or previous decade as horror’s finest. Classics take time to solidify, reputations take a minute to build, and hindsight is 20/20. Plus, you know, Uwe Boll." [more inside]
posted by valkane on Oct 26, 2015 - 227 comments

"This is a really stupid movie, but I don't think that's a bad thing."

Three weeks ago, The AV Club quietly launched Film Club, a conversational weekly review show hosted by film editor A.A. Dowd and critic / former At the Movies host Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (previously, previously). New releases covered so far include The Visit, Transporter: Refueled, and Black Mass and Sicario. [more inside]
posted by alexoscar on Sep 22, 2015 - 2 comments

As Far Back As I Can Remember I Always Wanted To Be A Gangster

Goodfellas turned Wiseguy’s simple prose into cinematic gold [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Sep 22, 2015 - 24 comments

Ewoks and Feminist Criticism

If you like Return Of The Jedi but hate the Ewoks, you understand feminist criticism - (slavc) An article by Caroline Siede at the A.V. Club. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Sep 15, 2015 - 48 comments

It’s about Burning Man.

Drunk History’s Derek Waters discusses Train's “Hey Soul Sister” with the AV Club.
posted by Elementary Penguin on Sep 1, 2015 - 136 comments

like I'm the only person who ever mixed a margarita in a sailor's mouth!

How Many Men Did The Golden Girls Sleep With, Exactly?
Refinery 29 claims to have tallied up the numbers. (A quick summary courtesy of Jezebel.) [more inside]
posted by flex on Sep 1, 2015 - 54 comments

You coulda been getting down to this sick beat

A fan created video combining the far superior and punk-as-fuck Screaming Females cover of Taylor Swift's Shake It Off with the original video. The cover was part of the sometimes amusing, often surprising AV Undercover series.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln on Aug 22, 2015 - 80 comments

Six Years of "Scenic Routes"

If you're like me, you're still kinda recovering from the abrupt dissolution of The Dissolve earlier this week. This morning over at the AV Club, they posted a new entry in their series "Scenic Routes", which may be the best Movie-centric feature AV Club runs. And at this moment of recovery for dedicated movie geeks, it's a great opportunity to review some of their more memorable entries over the years. [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jul 10, 2015 - 8 comments

"...and I realized that it was a really beautiful day."

"Child actor-turned-maligned-Star-Trek-character-turned-geek-icon Wil Wheaton has been fairly open about his struggles with mental illness and depression. But for those who haven’t heard about that side of his life before, Project UROK spoke with the actor/writer about the way his anxiety affects him and why he eventually chose to seek help. We’re debuting that interview exclusively here on The A.V. Club." By Caroline Siede; direct YouTube link. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 25, 2015 - 42 comments

I'm afraid you're just too darn loud.

“Jesus Christ, it jumps out of the speakers,” he said. "Only in hindsight did 1985’s Back To The Future seem destined to be a hit. At the time, it wasn’t entirely obvious the movie would be any different than the rest of the sci-fi tilting teen comedies of the era, even if it was directed by Robert Zemeckis (who was fresh off Romancing The Stone), starred Michael J. Fox (Alex P. Keaton of TV’s Family Ties) and was produced by Steven Spielberg. However, Back To The Future had a trick up its sleeve that eventually gave it bulletproof leverage: Huey Lewis And The News’ “The Power Of Love.” "
posted by Servo5678 on May 26, 2015 - 63 comments

Life beyond Barney

AV Club has recently completed a series of articles on kids shows that parents won't hate: The Pre-K Years, K-1st Grade, 2nd-3rd Grade and, finally, 8 kids shows to avoid at all costs.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 13, 2015 - 126 comments

Vending machine tally: This rule can go to hell.

Nearly losing sanity in a 28-hour Marvel Marathon.
posted by mysticreferee on May 3, 2015 - 68 comments

"For $154, I'll take the Ceramic Dalmatian!"

As a contrast to this thread, here's an article on what it's like to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune.
posted by DRoll on Apr 30, 2015 - 14 comments

What is "one of the coolest gigs you could ever hope to land?"

What's it like to be one of the Jeopardy! clue writers? The A.V. Club interviews Billy Wisse, who has worked at Jeopardy! as researcher, proofreader, and writer since 1990, and as head writer since 2011.
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Apr 28, 2015 - 23 comments

"Badgers? We don't need no stinking badgers!"

We got it all on UHF: An oral history of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s cult classic. By Sean O'Neal (SLAVClub)
posted by valkane on Mar 23, 2015 - 41 comments

The Weird Al Yankovic Namesake Sandwich He Never Knew He Asked For

AVclub.com asked Weird Al Yankovic, "If a deli named a sandwich after you, what would be on it?" His answer:
I’d say a fire-roasted eggplant, some roasted red peppers, diced heirloom tomatoes, some thin-sliced red onions—maybe double up on the onions and have some caramelized onions on top of the sliced onions. A little basil, some arugula, some chopped and marinated mushrooms, maybe a slice of fresh avocado, some alfalfa sprouts, a dose of hummus, a drizzle of pomegranate molasses and put it on a warm toasted French roll lovingly sprinkled with some truffle oil.
Challenge accepted.
posted by Lexica on Mar 1, 2015 - 55 comments

In praise of artistic theft

Tom Petty knows what many don’t—that appropriation and originality can’t be separated.
posted by josher71 on Feb 18, 2015 - 93 comments

Jan Terri for the holidays

Chicago's own Jan Terri offers up her version of "Ave Maria" paired with an interpretive video for your Xmastime enjoyment [more inside]
posted by flex on Dec 24, 2014 - 5 comments

If? When? Why? What? How much have you got?

For their annual contribution to the AV Undercover series, GWAR has their way with Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls". New singers Blothar and Vulvatron (the ass-kicking, blood-spewing-from-her-bosom new female face of GWAR!) then transition the song into a weirdly moving, personalized take on Jim Carroll's "People Who Died" in tribute to fallen comrade, Oderus Ungerus, aka founding member Dave Brockie. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 28, 2014 - 34 comments

The internal threats of Stephen King's books

The closest a film has ever come to adapting King’s internal-horror aesthetic is a film King himself has publicly lambasted: Kubrick’s version of The Shining. It’s the most artful, scary, and beautifully directed of the King adaptations, and even excludes some of the novel’s more overt (and potentially silly) visual elements, such as the hedge animals that come to life and stalk the family in the yard. Yet, the film never tackles the serious human horrors that infect Jack Torrance throughout the novel, specifically his alcoholism, along with the themes of cyclical abuse and mounting financial pressure. King’s criticism of the film is that Torrance, as played by Jack Nicholson, is portrayed as unhinged right from the start, whereas the novel slowly unravels the man’s sanity, the haunted house he occupies pushing him deeper into madness and violence. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Oct 28, 2014 - 87 comments

Fake deaths, cheap resurrections, and dealing with real grief

William Hughes writes movingly about the death of his partner and how it has changed how he reacts to the portrayal of death and resurrection in media.
posted by Cannon Fodder on Oct 20, 2014 - 15 comments

"distinctly queer and contemporary, as if retrofitting a classic car"

"Longings and Desires", a Slate.com book review by Amanda Katz:
[Sarah] Waters, who was born in Wales in 1966, has carved out an unusual spot in fiction. Her six novels, beginning with Tipping the Velvet in 1998, could be called historical fiction, but that doesn’t begin to capture their appeal. It is closer to say that she is creating pitch-perfect popular fiction of an earlier time, but swapping out its original moral engine for a sensibility that is distinctly queer and contemporary, as if retrofitting a classic car.

Her books offer something like an alternate reality—a literary one, if not a historical one. There may have been lesbian male impersonators working the London music halls in the 1890s, as in Tipping the Velvet, but there were certainly not mainstream novels devoted to their inner lives and sexual exploits. Waters gives such characters their say in books that imitate earlier crowd-pleasers in their structure, slang, and atmosphere, but that are powered by queer longing, defiant identity politics, and lusty, occasionally downright kinky sex. (An exception is her last novel, The Little Stranger.) The most masterful of these books so far is Fingersmith, a Wilkie Collins-esque tale full of genuinely shocking twists (thieves, double-crossing, asylums, mistaken identity, just go read it). The saddest is The Night Watch, a tale told in reverse of a group of entwined characters during and after World War II. But among many readers she is still most beloved for Tipping the Velvet, a deliriously paced coming-of-age story that is impossible to read in public without blushing.
[more inside] posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 20, 2014 - 29 comments

Who are you now, Doctor?

A hypnotic video merging every actor who's played Doctor Who into one average face. [SLYT] (Laughing Squid via)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 17, 2014 - 29 comments

Have you seen those shows?

A.V. Club compiles a list of 30 foreign series that need immediate legal import to the U.S.
posted by travelwithcats on Aug 7, 2014 - 130 comments

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