Books, music, and a spooky movie for your kids’ holiday programming

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as the song says, the time when parents pull out all the old favorites to enjoy with their kids: The Polar Express (book only, avoid the movie), A Charlie Brown Christmas, various Grinch incarnations (animated>>>live action), and in a few years, Die Hard. For now, though, in…

Deep learning technology fulfills its destiny, swaps Cage and Travolta in Face/Off

Deep learning (or deep fakes) technology, which has frightened and amused people in more or less equal measure since it first started popping up on the internet, has now reached its full potential. Though capable of swapping the faces of anyone who’s ever been filmed before, people have largely embraced deep learning…

My Brilliant Friend’s first season ends in as beautiful and wrenching a fashion as it began

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Moments of beauty in life are worth recognizing. A tree, alive with color, is glimpsed at the other end of a dark tunnel. Pristine white dresses, made from rich fabrics, delicate lace, and buttons almost impossibly small, fill racks in a store, just waiting to be owned, worn, and endlessly admired. Light streams into…

The worst films of 2018

Though it’s always a group effort (misery loves company), The A.V. Club’s list of the year’s worst movies is almost never a true vote of consensus disapproval. Because while we all tend to see the same good movies, we usually watch different bad ones, catching the lousiest dreck on unlucky assignment and learning from…

On The Tonight Show, John Mulaney talks Spider-Ham, Pete Davidson's Steely Dan rebellion

On Monday’s Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon asked guest John Mulaney if the Emmy-winning comic, former Saturday Night Live writer, Broadway star, and now animated superhero pig-man would be interested in hosting the now-hostless Oscars. “I mean, yeah, but, like, you know, you’ve gotta think about the ratings,” was…

Everything goes to hell in the Arrow chapter of “Elseworlds,” but hey, it sure looks fun

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The CW’s annual Arrowverse crossover episodes are always a bit of a tough needle to thread. The show’s writers need to appeal to the existing fanbase of each show, continuing—at least a little—some ongoing stories while furthering the three-part narrative, all while welcoming viewers loyal to the other shows in such a…

Peter Jackson shares more info on his plan to restore his "naughty" early films 

Peter Jackson’s career path has been an odd one, to put it mildly. His most recent film is They Shall Not Grow Old, a documentary about World War I that uses the special effects magic of his Weta Digital studio to restore 100-year-old footage with flashy modern color. Before that he made the Hobbit movies, which were…

The Toxic Avenger is getting the big-budget, mainstream remake it never really needed

Troma’s Toxic Avenger movies are gleefully wild and gross and nihilistic, to the point where Toxie himself has become the mascot for the Troma brand, but modern Hollywood’s insatiable hunger for superheroes can’t even ignore cult classics for very long. According to The Hollywood Reporter, actual movie studio…

The massive dislike for YouTube's Rewind video is indicative of a larger personality problem

Last week, YouTube released its annual “Rewind” video, presenting a fun, family-friendly round-up of the hottest trends and biggest stars on the platform in the past year. As we noted, it was kind of impenetrable for anyone who doesn’t closely follow YouTube trends, which is a practice that seems exceedingly…

Like all good ideas, Birds Of Prey's ridiculous full title started as a joke 

When Warner Bros. first indicated that its DC superhero movie Birds Of Prey would be titled Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn), it was initially taken as a joke. DC superhero movies are supposed to be deadly serious, after all, and that ridiculous name was clearly proof of someone…

The schadenfreude is lit in the first teaser for Netflix's Fyre Festival documentary

The fallout of Fyre Festival, the island-set luxury event that, rather hilariously, turned into Lord Of The Flies for trust fund kids, continues to reverberate more than a year after it first broke the internet. Deadbeat organizer Billy MacFarland was just sentenced to six years behind bars for his role in its…

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