The best thing about Ocean's 8 is the women on the screen

Ocean’s 8, the all-female heist film with Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett leading a truly magnificent cast, opened this weekend to middling reviews—our own Ignatiy Vishnevetsky called it “more knock-off than spin-off,” giving it a C and calling Gary Ross’ direction “undexterous.” Many women on The A.V. Club staff…

The A.V. Club offers multiple perspectives on Legion as the show splinters into multiple timelines

There are so many A.V. Club staffers watching and discussing Legion that we’ve decided to add weekly roundtables to our coverage of season two. Consider them a complement to Alex McLevy’s recaps, expanding the conversation about a show that can always accommodate multiple interpretations and multiple perspectives.

There’s at least one absolutely great scene in Justice League

Alex McLevy: Justice League has been out for a couple of weeks now, and to say opinions are mixed would be gentle. Some people love it, some hate it, but most, like we here at The A.V. Club, just think, “Meh.” To be fair, the film had an uphill battle. Its primary architect had to withdraw well before it was done, due…

Did 1997 contain the worst two weeks in music history?

Sean O’Neal: In the topic of “Worst Music Year,” 1997 is a frequent contender. Some of this can be attributed to distaste for a single genre—boy bands and the Spice Girls, mostly, whose dominance was complete anathema to anyone who’d spend the earlier part of the decade convinced the alt-rock “revolution” was anything…

No Emma, no peace: Has Once Upon A Time run its course?

Marah Eakin: When news broke yesterday, Gwen, that Jennifer Morrison was leaving Once Upon A Time, we both had the same reaction: Her departure should mark the end of the show. As forlorn badass Emma Swan, Morrison has been one of the show’s central characters—if not its most central character—from its inception. And…

What was our blush response to the Blade Runner 2049 trailer?

Sean O’Neal: Clayton, today is a day I’ve been both anticipating and dreading possibly more than my own demise. Today we saw the first trailer for Blade Runner 2049—a sequel to the 1982 film that I’ve spent most of my life obsessing over from the moment I first caught the lesser theatrical version with grudging…

The A.V. Club’s resident wrestling geeks talk WrestleMania

WrestleMania week is upon us, and for pro wrestling nerds, this is Valhalla. The A.V. Club will cover NXT TakeOver: Orlando and provide live coverage of WrestleMania 33 this weekend. But before those shows, our staff’s two biggest wrestling enthusiasts—Matt Gerardi and Kevin Pang—chatted about the buildup to…

Three decades later, Prince’s Sign O’ The Times keeps showing different sides of itself

Erik Adams: The sound of “Purple Rain” blaring from a tour bus should’ve been the first indication. I was on vacation on April 21, 2016, nearing the end of a blissfully disconnected week of not reading email, not scrolling through Twitter, and not checking The A.V. Club. Any of those sources would’ve explained why a…

15 years ago, The Bachelor wrote the reality TV script, and little has changed

Caity PenzeyMoog: The Bachelor turns 15 this week. Alex McLevy and I—along with a glut of other A.V. Clubbers—recap the modern iteration of the show every season around the office’s proverbial watercooler (a LaCroix minifridge). So when we realized that the show has been on for 15 years this week, we wondered how much…

Is The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild one of the best games of all time?

Clayton Purdom: Like everyone else, I’ve spent the past two weeks in thrall to Nintendo’s new Zelda. Breath Of The Wild feels like a cultural moment, one of those rare occasions when a new artwork is immediately and almost unanimously agreed upon as an all-time great. I’m thinking of albums like My Beautiful Dark…

Has skewering Trump made Saturday Night Live great again?

Gwen Ihnat: This week, Variety reported that Saturday Night Live’s ratings are the highest they’ve been in over 20 years. The show recently placed second only to nerdy sitcom juggernaut The Big Bang Theory among viewers in the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic. There’s a pretty obvious reason for this ratings…

Dead dogs and border walls dominate 2017’s politically charged Super Bowl ads

Katie Rife: We’ve been talking a lot, both amongst ourselves and on Facebook Live, about how even normally innocuous pop-cultural events have become politicized in the charged atmosphere of 2017. Thankfully, though, Super Bowl LI had none of that. Instead, we got to enjoy an increasingly rare moment of peace as we all…

Should the Academy cancel the Oscars?

Caitlin PenzeyMoog: The Oscars are more than three weeks away but have been a topic of discussion recently thanks to Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban,” so called because it targets immigrants of predominantly Muslim countries. Under the new executive order, Iranian filmmaker and Oscar contender Asghar Farhadi wouldn’t be…

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