HBO gives green light, Green Room director to True Detective season 3

Cursing the comedy writers of the world to come up with yet more variants on their old “time is a flat circle” jokes, HBO has officially given the green light to a third season of Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective. As previously reported, Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali will take on the lead role in the crime anthology’s…

Green Room’s scrappy realism doesn’t stand a chance at the Oscars—but it should

Amid all of the festival buzz surrounding Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, one chorus emerged again and again: The film is one of the most realistic depictions of the punk/hardcore subculture ever put on screen. That’s because it’s based on director Jeremy Saulnier’s own experiences in the Washington, D.C., punk scene in…

The 20 best films of 2016

When people talk about what a terrible year 2016 has been, they could be referring to any number of things, from virus scares to the death of beloved celebrities to whatever the fuck happened on November 8. What they can’t mean is the movies, though. Only those who spent all their money on the biggest Hollywood…

The best film scenes of 2016

Even at their most cohesive, movies are still collections of individual moments. And any movie, no matter how bad or forgettable, can achieve greatness for at least a few isolated minutes—with a particularly inspired conversation, an especially beautiful shot, or a set piece that transcends everything around it.…

What’s the best pop culture of the year so far?

This week’s question congratulates all of us for having made it halfway through the year, and asks, What’s the best pop culture, in any form of media, you’ve encountered so far this year?

Read This: Making the fake punk band in Green Room look as real as possible

Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, a well-reviewed survival/horror film that pits a punk-rock band against a group of violent racists, is entirely fictional. Patrick Stewart is not a white supremacist in reality, and the movie’s heroes, The Ain’t Rights, are not a real band. But Saulnier didn’t want them to look blatantly…

It’s punks versus Nazis in Green Room’s grisly, terrifying battle of the bands

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Green Room is a rare gift from the genre gods: a nasty, punk-as-fuck midnight movie made by a genuine artist, a filmmaker with a great eye and a true understanding of the people and places he’s splattering in viscera. His name is Jeremy Saulnier, and his last film, the similarly color-coded Blue Ruin, was an eccentric…

Jocks, Nazi punks, and Jesse Eisenberg invade theaters

It’s not all batmen, supermen, and plucky talking rabbits at the movies right now. For this latest episode of Film Club, A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky return to Farmhouse Tavern to talk about three excellent smaller films in theaters or coming soon to them: Richard Linklater’s ’80s campus comedy Everybody Wants…

The A.V. Club’s 2016 Spring Holiday Movie Guide

One year ago, The A.V. Club surveyed three months of upcoming films through the lens of Valentine’s Day, offering a dater’s guide to the spring movie season. This year, we’re thinking a little bigger, a little further outside the heart-shaped candy box. Why, after all, should we limit ourselves to one seasonal holiday…

From Archer to X-Men: 79 of our most anticipated entertainments of 2016, part 1

When last we left Archer’s intrepid spy crew, they were stranded in a desert with no prospects on the horizon after having ruined their “last” chance at making right with the CIA, leading a fed-up Mallory to ask what they plan on doing to make money. With Ray dying of sepsis in a wheelbarrow just behind him, Sterling…