Read This: Are these the best films of the 21st century?

If there’s one thing that pop culture obsessives love doing, it’s making lists. If there’s another thing they love doing, it’s dissecting and arguing about a list made by another pop culture obsessive. What was included? What was overlooked? What ranked way too high and what should’ve ranked higher? These are the…

Fat Pants is like an animated Boyhood on mushrooms, Ecstasy, and Xanax

It took Richard Linklater two hours and 46 minutes to tell the (slightly fictionalized) story of his own, tumultuous, peripatetic youth in 2014’s Boyhood. Filmmaker Malcolm Rizzuto accomplishes the same thing in just seven and a half minutes with Fat Pants, and Rizzuto’s version comes complete with trippy animation…

Richard Linklater’s “spiritual sequel” to Dazed And Confused will open SXSW

After years of promising a “spiritual sequel” to his breakout film Dazed And Confused (and Boyhood, while he’s at it), Richard Linklater is finally ready to deliver. The director’s latest movie, now retitled from That’s What I’m Talking About to the barely less verbose Everybody Wants Some, will be the opening film at…

The Simpsons will take on Boyhood in a very Simpsons version of timely parody

Just over a year after Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age story, Boyhood, charmingly ambled its way into theaters, a showrunner for The Simpsons announced that the show would be devoting its Christmas episode this year to spoofing the director’s Oscar-nominated film. Al Jean, who’s been running Fox’s long-running…

The 100 best films of the decade (so far), #1-20

Going in, we knew that this list—totaled up from ballots submitted by 11 A.V. Club staff members and contributors—would be eclectic, with plenty of dark horses sneaking up toward the front. Still, we were genuinely surprised at what ended up at the top of the list. Close to 300 films received votes, and not one of the…

Interviews with Oscar voters reveal they are kind of awful, vaguely racist

While we at The A.V. Club can only discuss the Oscar race, make predictions, and complain about snubs, The Hollywood Reporter is running a new series of “brutally honest” interviews with the people who actually pick the Oscar winners. So far two interviews have been released, and under the protection of anonymity…

Here’s a compilation of top moments from this year’s Best Director nominees

While there is ample ammo for people who decry the Academy Awards for snubbing certain films and filmmakers this year, it’s still hard to argue against those who were included in the Best Director category. While Ava DuVernay and others were unfairly shut out, the five nominees that actually got the nod have proven…

Here are the 2015 Oscar nominations, which don’t include an Animated Feature nod for The Lego Movie

Animation fans, prepare your best “everything is not awesome” tweet. An audible gasp could be heard at this morning’s crack-of-dawn Academy Awards press conference in Los Angeles, when new Star Wars maestro J.J. Abrams and Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón announced that the widely beloved The Lego Movie would not be…