Kumail Nanjiani celebrates his Oscar nomination with some food he hates

Just because you’ve been nominated for an Academy Award doesn’t mean you can stop eating your vegetables. That’s the hard lesson Kumail Nanjiani learned this week when he was forced to make good on a bet with Baby Driver director Edgar Wright. Apparently, Wright predicted last year that Nanjiani and his wife Emily V.…

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Let’s start again: 12 resolutions for pop culture in 2018

It’s a New Year, and with it comes the opportunity for a fresh start—to take a hard and unflinching look at the areas in our lives that could stand to be improved, then to immediately give up on that and start thinking about how pop culture can better distract us from our problems. In what has become an annual…

The 20 best films of 2017

2017 didn’t improve much on 2016. If anything, the horror and dread of last year only seemed to take root and blossom this year, as some of our worst collective fears were realized and the future seemed to grow dimmer with every bad-news bulletin and misjudged tweet. If there was a constant, at least for cinephiles,…

The best film scenes of 2017

Ryan Gosling slugging it out with Harrison Ford in a ballroom of holograms. Saoirse Ronan defiantly rolling out of a moving vehicle. Soldiers sitting like ducks on a beach as a German fighter plane dives menacingly out of the sky. All of the above moments—and a couple dozen more besides—would have made fine additions…

Big Little Lies and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri lead 2018 SAG Awards nominees

The 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations are out, and the frontrunners will be familiar to anyone who’s watched premium cable, independent films, or just looked over the Golden Globes nominees this year. Big Little Lies and Three Billboards In Ebbing, Missouri lead their respective packs, with the HBO drama…

Baby Driver fans are depleting the country's supply of Austin Powers Halloween masks

Bad news for fans of the words “baby,” “horny,” or “Shagadelic” this Halloween: that old October stand-by, the Austin Powers mask, has apparently been cleared out of American Halloween stores by a horde of rabid Edgar Wright fans. This is per The Hollywood Reporter, which briefly talked to Wright about the effect his…

“Oh… I haven’t seen it”: 15 deep-cut Halloween costumes from 2017 pop culture

Halloween draws nigh, and with it the annual parade of ghosts and goblins, trolls and Trumps, pumpkins and David S. Pumpkins, and other, equally obvious guises drawn from the well of contemporary pop culture. But you read The A.V. Club (or, at least, you scroll past it on the way to the comments). Your refined tastes…

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Edgar Wright, James Gunn texted to make sure their soundtracks didn’t overlap

One takes place in Atlanta and one takes place in space, but they’re both very fun movies. That’s one thing Baby Driver and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 have in common. Another is bitchin’ soundtracks lovingly curated by the directors of both films, and Edgar Wright and James Gunn even consulted each other to make…

Baby Driver and Get Out play it straight, but they’re based in the lost art of parody

There are plenty of jokes in Baby Driver, Edgar Wright’s colorfully kinetic crime-musical extravaganza. The quips fly as fast as the bullets, and the tense stretch right before or after a high-stakes heist is sometimes punctured by some inspired comic relief—say, a lunkheaded criminal confusing fictional Hollywood…