Party on celluloid: 6 movies that shine a light on Mexico’s Day Of The Dead

Despite being familiar with the name of the holiday and some of its more superficial signifiers, many people have never actually seen a Day Of The Dead celebration and couldn’t tell you what it looks like. For this, it’s helpful to look to cinema, still one of the best means of conveying imagery of other cultures,…

Bond producers still want Daniel Craig despite his general lack of fucks

Daniel Craig spent the Spectre press tour acting actively disinterested in the legendary character he was portraying, but according to a BBC report his ’tude hasn’t dissuaded the Bond producers from wanting him to return for another go as James Bond. Callum McDougall—who has executive produced all of Craig’s Bond…

Fun socks and all 7 Fast & Furious movies: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…

Mark the beginning of year-end supercuts with this look at film in 2015

While it’s still a while to go before the end of the year, the year-end compilations have begun. It’s uncertain how many of these will make The A.V. Club’s best of the year (better luck next time, Spectre!), but one editor has combined some incredible images from many 2015 films to produce an epic journey across time…

Spectre is chockablock with references to other James Bond movies

The box-office-dominating Spectre may be Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007—or it may not be. Either way, the film certainly seems like a victory lap or a valedictory speech, especially given how many references it contains to previous entries in the James Bond series. YouTuber Mr. Sunday Movies has taken the liberty…

Spectre sets record for biggest movie explosion, Vin Diesel is probably pissed

Completing Sam Mendes’ slow transformation from a helmer of quiet dramas like Revolutionary Road into the British Michael Bay, the Spectre director and his special effects coordinator, Chris Corbould, have earned the new Guinness World Records record for the largest explosion ever staged for a film. (Somewhere, Vin…

Bond reborn: 17 suggestions for how to really reboot 007

Spectre, the latest installment in the never-ending James Bond series, opens this Friday—and if cryptic and hostile interviews are to be believed, fourth time could be the final time that Daniel Craig slips into the black tux. The star’s potential departure from the franchise has led to a lot of speculation about who…

Spectre is the most traditional—and uneven—of the recent Bond films

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There’s an unexpected undercurrent of tragedy to the recent James Bond movies, the ones starring narrow-faced, blue-eyed brute Daniel Craig. Looked at one way, and in succession, they’re as bleak as Breaking Bad in their depiction of evaporating humanity: Across the sublime spy games of Casino Royale, the Bourne…

Weekend Box Office: More tricks than treats for movie execs this Halloween

For movie studios, Halloween weekend is a bit like that spooky abandoned mental hospital up on the hill: Most dare not enter, and those that do often wish they hadn’t. You’d think that the country’s spookiest holiday would be perfect occasion to release a plethora of scary movies, but it’s harder than expected to lure…