It’ll be fine: 15 revamps that turned out better than expected

There is nothing more galling to loyal fans, more creatively bankrupt, more wholly unnecessary than the “revamp”—taking a beloved property and giving it a splashy makeover that renders it nigh-unrecognizable, all in the patently desperate hope to appeal to a new audience and extend its lifespan. Except maybe,…

Which pop culture party do you want to attend?

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

Worldwide radio, a behind-the-scenes doc, and a comic that’s more than meets the eye

I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to this behind-the-scenes documentary that accompanied the release of Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp in 2015; years of lackluster DVD extras (and learning what a tedious bore it is to watch a movie being made) have made me wary of any video…

What movie best captures the spirit of summer?

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

The USSR’s first TV commercial was a socialist take on Wet Hot American Summer

Here in the United States Of America, we love our TV commercials the same way we love our eagles, blue jeans, and tiny flags made in China, but even though they seem like a uniquely capitalist treat, it turns out that the Soviet Union also had TV commercials. In fact, internet people recently uncovered a video of what…

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…

An artist is creating a pop-culture oil painting every day this month

How long would you say it would take to create a quality oil painting? For the less talented among us the answer is probably something like “a million billion years.” But even for genuinely skilled people out there, the answer would have to be something like “a few weeks” or “a few days.” L.A.-based Kevyn Schmidt has…