The key to securing a PG-13 rating is ensuring that no one looks like they're enjoying anything

Movie studios have long understood that PG-13 is the ideal rating for maximizing the number of butts in seats. But what if, as a filmmaker, your art requires you to maximize the number of butts on-screen? This video from Slate looks at how films do their best to include as much of the good shit (cursing, violence,…

We asked NASA astronauts: What movies get space exploration right?

Space is a very attractive setting for a movie—it’s the promise of mystery, the thrill of adventure, and the horror of the unknown, all wrapped up in a neat, often gorgeous package. The problem is that there aren’t many people who have been to space, so movies often have to guess and/or improvise the details. NASA…

Flee to outer space with this cinematic mashup of interstellar travel

When Georges Méliès released his pioneering short film A Trip To The Moon in 1902, he was setting a precedent that filmmakers would follow for decades to come. If there’s one thing the movies still like to do over a century later, it’s putting human beings into rocket ships and firing them like bullets into the inky,…

’Member when the Member Berries stole the show on South Park?

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I’ve talked a lot in these reviews about South Park’s increased emphasis on long-form storytelling—the pros and cons of drawing out one large arc throughout a single season. But the conversation has tended to lean towards how the serialization has affected the show’s themes; its morality; its politics. Now that things…

Candy Land and Mr. Robot: 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…

Silence is golden in this video on how film communicates without words

To paraphrase the hepcat jazz aficionado, sometimes it’s the words not spoken in films that have the greatest impact. At least, that’s the theory behind this video essay posted by Fandor Keyframe and made by Filmscalpel, which looks at key scenes from 15 films where the words of actors are drowned out for some reason…

The Golden Globes beg studios to stop passing dramas off as comedies

After a year that saw the Golden Globes award Best Motion Picture—Musical Or Comedy to Ridley Scott’s laugh-a-minute chucklefest The Martian, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced that it’s revising its rules for inclusion in its genre-based categories. Specifically, they’ve added a single line to…

A behind-the-scenes look at The Martian’s visual effects

Outside of a few space-set scenes, The Martian doesn’t necessarily seem like a special effects heavy movie. Unlike Gravity, which had to send Sandra Bullock to space without actually sending her to space, The Martian mostly features Matt Damon walking around on Mars—an easy enough location to replicate on Earth. And …

Maybe The Martian really was 2015’s funniest comedy after all

Ridley Scott’s The Martian recently walked away with the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture—Comedy Or Musical. And since the sci-fi film starring Matt Damon was noticeably short on singing and dancing, lacking even an 11 o’clock number, that must make it a comedy. But where were the laughs, some purists wanted to…

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