The films of David Fincher prove that obsessive CGI can be a good thing

One of the most common grouses about Hollywood films today is that they’re too artificial, completely overtaken by pointless, distancing visual effects. The general idea is that people will film a car ride in front of a green screen, creating a distracting sense of artificiality, when they could have just driven in a…

Universal snatches up con woman story from Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn

Now that Hollywood has put at least a token effort into adapting all three of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s so-far published novels, its hit-hungry executives are voraciously moving on to the author’s short fiction in their search of new and buzzworthy material to adapt. To that end, and after what Variety is…

Another mesmerizing collection of movies’ first and final shots

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Those words are as true today as they were when Semisonic sang them in 1998, and they apply manifestly to “First And Final Frames Part II,” a haunting new supercut by Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney, who has beautifully juxtaposed the first and final shots of…

What didn’t deserve to make our Best Films Of The Decade So Far list?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

What do you listen to when you’re working?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

What pop culture is best served cold?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

The Producer’s Guild of America has released its 2014 nominations

A worried nation releases one long breath, and fluttering hearts calm themselves as, at long last, the Producer’s Guild Of America—the guild that America really cares about, as opposed to, say, actors, directors, or writers—has released its nominations for 2014 awards. Barring a few surprises, all the usual candidates…

Worth the wait? We revisit our most anticipated pop culture of 2014

We begin each new year on a hopeful note by cataloging our most anticipated pop culture of the next 12 months. But before we look ahead to 2015, it’s time to see how our most anticipated entertainment of 2014 panned out. Wes Anderson’s latest film kicked off our Inventory of hopes and dreams in January, and The Grand…

From American dreamers to strangers in strange lands: The best film characters of 2014

Film performances can be difficult to untangle; where do style and writing end, and the actors begin? And why privilege fiction films over documentaries, which can be populated with characters who are every bit as memorable as any performance? In lieu of a traditional, actor-centric list, we’ve decided to go a…

The best of film 2014: The ballots

We voted, we tallied, we made a list: The A.V. Club’s tribute to the best films of 2014 was democratically assembled, with each of its six contributors submitting a ranked inventory of their favorites. The individual ballots are below, each affixed with six superlatives, including an outlier (a film that made one list…