What’s the silliest time your parents banned a piece of pop culture from you?

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 enduring appeal of Robocop for Game Boy’s sad, shimmering theme song

Rarely can a film’s video game adaptation say it improved upon the film from which it drew inspiration, but the 1989 Game Boy version of Robocop, Paul Verhoeven’s ultra-violent genre classic, has at least one thing on its source material: An unforgettable theme song. No shade to Basil Poledouris’ score, but the game’s…

Proven: Book trilogies get better as they go, movie trilogies get worse

Finally, it seems the scientific community has stopped wasting everybody’s time and used their collective brain power to answer important questions, like whether it’s worth it to watch the sequel to a movie you like or read the next installment of a book series you’re only half invested in. These questions have…

World’s first robot cop begins duty in Dubai, is way less cool than you’d think

The world’s first robotic cop has joined the Dubai police. According to Reuters, the automated officer was built by a Barcelona-based robotics company and is part of a government program to supplement all its lazy, sleepy, illness-prone human cops with machines that look like a training dummy mounted to the top of a…

Here’s what’s coming to (and going from) Hulu in April

We’re only halfway through Hulu’s unofficial Karate Month celebration, and the streaming service has already announced the new titles you’ll be able to stream in April. Sadly, there isn’t as much of a clear theme as there was for March, but Hulu is getting the premiere of the highly anticipated adaptation of Margaret…

Theory: Maybe Trump’s anti-crime executive order was actually about RoboCop

Yesterday, Donald Trump signed three new executive orders designed to take a hard stance on crime. While they contained very little in the way of substantive new policy, they were couched in what has become his standard postapocalyptic rhetoric about our country’s rising crime rates, which is, itself, a classic…

Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi classics remind us how the media normalizes fascism

The word “normalize” has gotten a lot of mileage in the past couple months, thanks to the rise of a racist, sexist, xenophobic reality star to the presidency of the country. The media’s “gotta hear both sides” mentality toward his alt-right supporters has been called an agent of normalization for once-radical…

Supercut assembles the “100 greatest one-liners” in action movie history

“With a dry, cool wit like that, I could be an action hero!” That Simpsons line would appear to be the mantra for many of the tough guys (and gals) in this montage of great quips said before dispatching an enemy. Burger Fiction has assembled lines said by a character before felling a foe, many of which have become…

This video suggests some popular films are subtle allegories in disguise

One of the most repeated quotes in Hollywood history, a witticism sometimes falsely attributed to movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn, goes like this: “If you want to send a message, call Western Union.” Whoever said it, be it Moss Hart or Humphrey Bogart, the idea behind the quote is that the cinema is no place for preachy…

Hell’s Club: Another Night continues its ultimate movie mashup insanity

Late last summer, French filmmaker Antonio Da Silva caused a viral sensation with his short film Hell’s Club, an incredibly ornate and brilliantly edited movie mashup that gleefully transcended time, space, and genre to bring seemingly every memorable badass in movie history together in one place. Da Silva’s film…

Supercut of standoffs involves lots of guns, terse words, false bravado

The term “Mexican standoff” seems loaded with ethnic issues, and its origins in the 19th century certainly don’t help make it any less problematic (although, curiously, one source claims that it is Australian in origin). However issue-laden the term may be, it has long been a staple in films that need to ratchet up…

Amazing stop motion music video honors John Carpenter, Robocop, and more

A loving tribute to VHS and ’80s aesthetics, the music video for Gunship’s “Tech Noir” is a stop-motion tale of a post-apocalyptic world where the video cassette reigns supreme. Opening with a narration by John Carpenter, the video was directed by Lee Hardcastle who gets to throw in his very best gruesome effects once…

Machinima announces web series from Clive Barker, Bruce Timm, RoboCop, and more

Flush with that sweet Warner Bros. cash, gaming website-turned-new media company Machinima presented its slate of upcoming web-series programming at the Digital Media NewFronts yesterday, and, in a word, it’s spooky. Stacked with cult-favorite creators like Bruce Timm and Clive Barker—and, uh, Roberto Orci—Machinima’s…