What’s your favorite movie of 2014 that didn’t make our “best of” 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…

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…

2014 was the year of space, time, and Scarlett Johansson

At the end of last year’s Her, AI love interest Samantha (Scarlett Johansson) ascended to a higher level of consciousness. Johansson may have ascended along with her character—and the condition seems to have carried over into the following year. Johansson was everywhere in 2014, beyond even a trifecta of major movie…

Smarter, but at a price: 11 consequences of using 100 percent of your brain

Of all the fallacies regularly perpetuated by pop culture, none are quite as narratively useful as the erroneous scientific “fact” that humans use only 10 (or 8 or 20 or anything less than 100) percent of their brains. Often, this old chestnut is employed as a casual blow-off explanation for superpowers and special…

What if Lucy spawned other movies about stupid common misconceptions?

“You only use 10% of your brain” is one of those infuriating untrue things that people say when they want to sell a self-help book, or make a movie where Scarlett Johansson has the standard badass superpowers of a Luc Besson heroine. The myth that there’s some arbitrarily large part of our brains that we never use has…