It's time to talk about where creepy, animatronic Hollywood babies come from

Everyone at Vox talked about it for a long time and they’ve decided that you’re old enough now—and, more importantly, mature enough—to finally find out where movie babies come from. No, it’s not some sort of cinematic stork like your friends at school may have told you. In fact, it’s a completely natural process that…

How the “this is fine” meme has only gotten more relevant with time

Next time you’re scrolling through your feed during one of the many inevitable political crises to come, pay special attention to how often you see the meme of a dog sitting in a burning house, saying, “This is fine.” Those two panels from KC Green’s 2013 webcomic “On Fire” perfectly encapsulate and poke fun at the…

Return once again to The Room with Disaster Artist’s Tom Bissell and Greg Sestero

We’re no strangers to Tommy Wiseau’s trash classic The Room here at The A.V. Club. We’ve inducted it into The New Cult Canon, interviewed Wiseau (twice), and reveled in its many, many, many weird offshoots. But now, with a little distance, it’s time to ask ourselves just why we keep returning to this thing.

The great Oscars fuck-up of 2017 is a lesson in the importance of typography

Hey, remember when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards, but then it turned out La La Land wasn’t Best Picture and Moonlight was? We quickly found someone to blame, but a new video from Vox credits the mistake not with a single person, but rather a failure of…

Here’s a sprightly animated explainer on why Trump’s healthcare bill is terrible

Since the GOP released the details of its replacement for the Affordable Care Act earlier this week, the internet has been scrambling for new and inventive ways to mock its flaming pile of bureaucratic bullshit. But beneath the various memes and discussions of iPhone prices, there’s a real sense of anger and…

Watch Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto explain the basics of video game design

Shigeru Miyamoto is one of the most famous names in video game design. And even casual gamers who don’t recognize him by name are probably familiar with his work. He’s the man behind everything from Donkey Kong to Super Mario Bros. to The Legend Of Zelda. And he also helped design the Nintendo controllers that defined…

An in-depth appreciation of onscreen video displays, from The Net to today

When a movie needs a video screen, Hollywood turns to people like Todd Aron Marks, a computer video playback supervisor. As part of its Almanac series, Vox talks to Marks about how those screens within screens are a crucial part of the world-building process. Basically, it’s Marks’ job to make sure what’s on those…

That “red state-blue state” division is a relatively modern TV creation

When director Kevin Smith called his 2011 horror film Red State, there was no ambiguity about what that title implied. After all, Americans had been conditioned by then to associate the color red with the Republican party and, more generally, with conservative political values. Walmart, NASCAR, Ray Stevens. These were…

There’s some impressive technology behind ridiculous Snapchat filters

Snapchat calls them “lenses.” Its users call them “filters.” But everyone knows what these applications do: They add flower crowns, bunny ears, horn-rimmed glasses, virtual makeup, and other accessories to images of people’s faces in real time. But how on earth does this technology work, where did it come from, and…