Read This: Are these the best films of the 21st century?

If there’s one thing that pop culture obsessives love doing, it’s making lists. If there’s another thing they love doing, it’s dissecting and arguing about a list made by another pop culture obsessive. What was included? What was overlooked? What ranked way too high and what should’ve ranked higher? These are the…

The Grand Budapest Hotel and a smart TV: 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…

The 50 best comedies since 2000

Sixteen years in, our new millennium looks like a banner age for big-screen comedy, as eclectic as any that came before it. This is when Will Ferrell transformed the multiplex into a deliriously Dadaist screaming match; when Edgar Wright and David Wain perfected the art of the spoof, even as the Epic Movie crowd…

Wyatt Cenac on what makes him laugh, from Muppets to the most insane TV pilot of the ’80s

Wyatt Cenac first came to widespread public attention as a correspondent on The Daily Show. However, the comedian worked as a writer on King Of The Hill for several years prior to that, and had been performing stand-up comedy for years. Cenac has a new show called Night Train on comedy platform Seeso, which he both…

This artist makes tiny paper dioramas of Wes Anderson scenes

In an apparent bid to make Wes Anderson throw his hat in the dust and exclaim, “Consarnit!” for not thinking of it first, Barcelona-based illustrator Mar Cerdà has used watercolor and papercraft to render the worlds of Anderson’s films in an even more meticulous, delicate medium. Cerdà previously made painted paper…

“Wes Anderson—Mirror Effects” shows a man in complete control of his mise en scène

Pablo Fernández Eyre has performed a simple editing trick, and by doing so has revealed a beautiful facet to the filmmaking of Wes Anderson. By mirroring the image on one side of the screen, either horizontally or vertically, Eyre has underscored just how organized Anderson is in his shots, creating beautiful images…

Book a room at The Grand Overlook Hotel, a mashup of Wes Anderson and The Shining

Most people loved Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. While it suggested darker overtones of war and violence, it remained a whimsical Anderson foray into manners and misadventures. But wouldn’t it have been better if it also involved psychic powers, death by axe, and a cogent metaphor for…

A book about a movie, a Minnesota band, and some Star Wars pinball

Film critic Matt Zoller Seitz created the ultimate fanzine—in the form of a gorgeous coffee table book—with The Wes Anderson Collection, a richly detailed study and appreciation of the filmmaker’s work. (Anderson participated, via lengthy interviews.) Since that book came out, Anderson had his biggest box-office…

The 100 best films of the decade (so far), #1-20

Going in, we knew that this list—totaled up from ballots submitted by 11 A.V. Club staff members and contributors—would be eclectic, with plenty of dark horses sneaking up toward the front. Still, we were genuinely surprised at what ended up at the top of the list. Close to 300 films received votes, and not one of the…

Here’s how to make those pastries that look so good in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Until a real Mendl’s bakery opens, the closest you can get to the towering pastries that steal the show in The Grand Budapest Hotel is making them for yourself. Shot with the same distinctly Wes Anderson aesthetic as the movie, this YouTube video from Fox Searchlight demonstrates how to bake the “legendary” courtesan…

New video from author of The Wes Anderson Collection digs into The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel abounds with madcap energy, whimsy, and dark comedy. But RogerEbert.com critic Matt Zoller Seitz also detects a deep sadness that he explores in a new video, embedded below. Seitz’s The Wes Anderson Collection is a great overview and examination of Anderon’s work, benefiting…