Brainstorm turned virtual reality into the orgasm machine that keeps on giving 

Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases or premieres, or occasionally our own inscrutable whims. This week: With Ready Player One still flying the flag for beloved touchstones of the Reagan years, we’re looking back on some unsung gems from the 1980s—the movies from that decade that deserve…

37 years later, Robert Wagner now “person of interest” in Natalie Wood’s death

The 1981 death of screen legend Natalie Wood has always been mysterious: She drowned off Catalina Island on a wet cold night near the dingy of her family yacht, Splendour. Her husband Robert Wagner, her Brainstorm co-star Christopher Walken, and captain Dennis Davern were on board the yacht at the time. Wood had a…

Dave Grohl tricked Christopher Walken into talking funny, which really wasn't very hard

For many people, Christopher Walken isn’t the Oscar winner who cut a stark, gripping presence in movies like The Deer Hunter and The Dead Zone, but rather as the guy who puts an odd emphasis on his words in movies like Click and Joe Dirt (okay, this Joe Dirt scene is actually really funny). That’s not a bad thing,…

A moral inquiry into the pleasure of watching Stormtroopers die in Star Wars

There has been much debate lately over whether or not it is okay to take delight in an act of violence against a reprehensible person—namely, the soaring sucker punch delivered on Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day to “alt-right” shitheel Richard Spencer. The vast majority of the internet agrees: Yeah, it is okay. A new…

Christopher Walken and a cute fox: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…

My father the cat: 12 movie parents who learned their supernatural lesson

The concept behind Nine Lives, which comes out this week, is both totally bonkers and totally clichéd: Kevin Spacey plays a billionaire businessman obsessed with work who neglects his wife (Jennifer Garner) and daughter (Malina Weissman), who adore him. Then magical pet-shop owner Christopher Walken sells him a cat…

Kevin Spacey’s still a cat, still upset about it in the extended Nine Lives trailer

We could spend all day debating why, exactly, Kevin Spacey agreed to star in a movie where he plays a powerful business mogul magically transformed into a talking cat. We could discuss the easy paychecks available for voice work, or a desire to take a break from all those ribs he’s constantly downing on the set of …

Disney’s new take on The Jungle Book is gorgeous but under-conceived

Special effects take pride of place in Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories that is as technically accomplished as it is thinly conceived. A paean to the harmony of nature created almost entirely in digital space, without a single real animal, landscape, or tree, Favreau’s…

The Family Fang trailer turns family dysfunction into performance art

A trailer for the new Jason Bateman movie is out. No, not the one about an office Christmas party. It’s not the Watergate drama either. (How many movies is Bateman going to be in this year, anyway?) The trailer released today is for The Family Fang, directed by and starring Bateman. It’s a follow-up to his directorial…

Christopher Walken sings! (Too bad he’s not One More Time’s protagonist)

If nothing else, Robert Edwards’ indie drama One More Time gives Christopher Walken a chance to be a song-and-dance man again. As aging pop crooner Paul Lombard, Walken sings like Frank Sinatra, and even does the occasional soft shuffle, though his character mostly just performs for his family. Taking place over the…

Christopher Walken to play the mystical pet-shop owner to Kevin Spacey’s talking cat

Because all actors must play or play opposite an animal eventually—a show-business principle known as Dunston’s Law—Kevin Spacey recently signed on to play a cat who is also a workaholic businessman who needs to learn a lesson about what’s really important in a movie called Nine Lives. (The answer, of course, is…

Peter Pan Live! teaser shows Allison Williams singing, Christopher Walken talking

With NBC’s broadcast of Peter Pan Live! just around the corner, the network has released a quick teaser giving audiences a taste of what’s in store. Last year, NBC’s The Sound Of Music Live! garnered huge ratings despite middling reviews, so it seems that some people out there still appreciate a three-hour block of…