The B+ career: 10 artists who always deliver very good—but never truly great—work

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…

All the famous people who helped rescue Brooklyn Nine-Nine are now friends

Stars—They’re just like us! They publicly complain when their favorite shows get cancelled, lead the vanguard for the campaign to renew said show, and then form lasting bonds of friendship with their fellow stars in an ultra-secret group chat. Just like we all do! As Mashable reports, that’s exactly what Lin-Manuel…

James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction is a solid, albeit navel-gazing, primer

When AMC announced its new pop culture docuseries, Visionaries, at the Television Critics Association 2017 summer press tour, the network made it clear that these explorations of genres and media would be informative, but informal—expansive, but specific to whatever prominent filmmaker or producer was at the helm of a…

Children, ready your nightmares: Del Toro's Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is coming 

It’s been going on five years now since we first reported the news that iconic children’s book series Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark might be coming to the big screen. And now, after years of “who knows if they’ll actually turn a bunch of campfire tales with the most fucked-up illustrations imaginable into a movie”…

Pacific Rim: Uprising proves that it is possible to screw up giant robots punching giant monsters

On today’s new episode of Film Club, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky break down Pacific Rim: Uprising, the follow-up to Guillermo Del Toro’s 2013 mecha-vs.-kaijū spectacular. Directed and co-written by Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight, Uprising contains little of the geeky…

This year’s Best Director category is the strongest in recent memory

The 90th Academy Awards will air this Sunday, March 4, and Film Club is counting down the days leading up to the ceremony with an examination of this year’s major categories. Each day, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky will break down a category and give us their picks for who …

Doug Jones and Guillermo Del Toro have a bone to pick with that Shape Of Water dildo

The Shape Of Water’s sex scenes have sparked a lot of discussion, most of which has centered on what a potentially divine amphibian’s dick would look like. All this scaly speculation has already inspired the creation of a dildo, called the “Jewel Of The Amazon,” which has already sold out online (though the maker,…

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The Critics' Choice Awards choose Ted Danson, Elisabeth Moss, and The Shape Of Water (plus a whole bunch more)

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association and the Broadcast Film Critics Association got together to let their hair down tonight, handing out their picks for the top artistic contributions of 2017 (i.e., the Critics’ Choice Awards). Guillermo Del Toro turned out to be the night’s big winner on the film side of…

Natalie Portman will be happy to hear that the Director's Guild nominees aren't all dudes

“And here are the all male nominees,” is how Natalie Portman pointedly chose to introduce the total sausage party of a Best Director lineup at this Sunday’s Golden Globes. It was one of the most memorable moments of an evening whose unofficial theme was Hollywood’s ongoing reckoning with its legacy of sexism, abuse,…

Please enjoy Natalie Portman making the all-male Best Director nominees very uncomfortable

Toward the end of Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony, Natalie Portman and Ron Howard were tasked with presenting one of the evening’s more prestigious awards: Best Director. But rather than engage in the same dry banter viewers have come to expect from awards shows, Portman decided to use her brief time onstage to…