13 onscreen female presidents who would be better than Donald Trump

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the day that will live in infamy: the election of Donald J. Trump. On one hand, it feels like yesterday; on the other, it seems like 200 exhausting years have passed, full of Twitter rants and never-ending embarrassing moments by our ridiculous and dangerous commander in…

What’s your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?

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…

What fictional characters should face off in their own civil war?

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…

Here’s why Saving Private Ryan’s opening battle scene works so well

Eighteen years later and Saving Private Ryan remains a vital and emotionally relevant film that speaks to audiences while displaying the horrors of war. With that film, Steven Spielberg seemed to have set out to disprove François Truffaut’s famous statement that it’s impossible to make an anti-war film, because it’s…

Beyond Goosebumps: How we’d bring 14 classic YA book series into 2015

God forbid that the most beloved (and profitable) YA series ever die. Sure, the Boxcar Children have been around since the ’20s, but add a few cell phones and recruit some new ghostwriters, and those kids can be just as fresh and timely as they were almost a century ago. And while R.L. Stine’s original Goosebumps …

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What never-gonna-happen remake would you like to see?

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…

Katniss takes on the Capitol in the trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2

Because it does not have a death wish, Lionsgate is pressing ahead with the final installment of its adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series. Whereas Mockingjay—Part 1 was almost all setup involving disquisitions about the cost of war, the use of propaganda, and Jennifer Lawrence providing the vocals to an…