What’s your most awkward family pop culture experience?

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…

14 Bush-era political artworks that stood the test of time

The George W. Bush years were dark, no matter which side of the aisle you sat on. Less than a year into his first term came the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, and everything thereafter was haunted by the specter of war—first in Afghanistan and then, erroneously, in Iraq. The U.S. government engaged in torture…

Webseries Shark Jumping dares to explore the dark, sad world of failed TV pilots

The web series Shark Jumping, hosted by freelance journalist Beth Elderkin and Onion and StarWipe contributor Tim Sampson, is devoted to showcasing “the best, worst, and most hilarious TV shows and made-for-TV movies.” This summer, Shark Jumping is launching a series-within-a-series called Once A Pilot…, focusing on…

Surely you can’t be serious: 16 movie parodies that still hold up

Parody films are ephemeral by nature. Take Fifty Shades Of Black, the Marlon Wayans Fifty Shades Of Grey parody that comes out this weekend: Based on its trailer, it’s practically guaranteed to feature at least one gag involving someone farting during sex. It’s also practically guaranteed to be forgotten before the…

UPDATED: Alamo Drafthouse replaces The Interview with Team America: World Police—or not

One question that keeps coming up in discussions about The Interview is, “Why this movie? This isn’t the first movie making fun of North Korea.” Maybe it’s a matter of degree— The Interview features actor Randall Park as North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, while Team America: World Police, which made fun of Jong-un’s…

Annyong!: 14 characters who (mostly) say only one thing

Action cinema is filthy with men of few words, the strong and silent types who say more with less. Even within that grand tradition, however, the meteoric rise of Groot—one of the five misfit headliners of the year’s biggest hit, Guardians Of The Galaxy—has to be seen as a new victory for terseness. Pulled from the…