The Lonely Island share an incredibly strange, ambitious song they wrote for the Oscars

Last night’s Oscars were intermittently funny, mostly fine, and, reportedly, not super highly viewed. Maybe next year they should pony up for some larger productions instead of just covering the stage in crystals? The Lonely Island tweeted out today that they “wrote a song for this year’s Oscars that was overly…

Here’s what’s coming to (and leaving from) HBO in February

February might be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn’t mean HBO’s skimping on the new additions to its HBO Now service. Aside from extended versions or director’s cuts of the Alien films—including AVP: Alien Vs. Predator, for peak extraterrestrial efficiency—Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman strides onto the…

Let’s start again: 12 resolutions for pop culture in 2018

It’s a New Year, and with it comes the opportunity for a fresh start—to take a hard and unflinching look at the areas in our lives that could stand to be improved, then to immediately give up on that and start thinking about how pop culture can better distract us from our problems. In what has become an annual…

The best film scenes of 2017

Ryan Gosling slugging it out with Harrison Ford in a ballroom of holograms. Saoirse Ronan defiantly rolling out of a moving vehicle. Soldiers sitting like ducks on a beach as a German fighter plane dives menacingly out of the sky. All of the above moments—and a couple dozen more besides—would have made fine additions…

Director Patty Jenkins promises a “great love story” in Wonder Woman 2

Justice League pretty much crashed and burned (although there was one scene our critics liked a lot), so fans are looking ahead to the followup to the DCEU’s 2017 success story: director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. Diana (Gal Gadot)’s sweet and charming (and ultimately, ill-fated) romance with Steve Trevor (Chris…

The superheroes of Justice League deserve better than another misbegotten blockbuster

A blockbuster with more studio notes than script (underlined: “Be more Marvel”), Justice League attempts to inject some levity and rock ’n’ roll into Zack Snyder’s dinosaurian version of the DC Comics-verse; in many cases, it ends up with the worst of multiple worlds. Gone are the artistic pretensions and doofy…

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Professor Marston And The Wonder Women explores the unexpected origins of 2017’s favorite hero

Angela Robinson’s new film Professor Marston And The Wonder Women explores the real-life inspirations for the superhero, Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne; their polyamorous relationship with the superhero’s creator William Moulton Marston; and the comic’s depiction of kink. In the video above, Robinson tells…

Professor Marston And The Wonder Women director on rope work and getting kink right on-screen

Angela Robinson’s new film Professor Marston And The Wonder Women explores the real-life inspirations for the superhero, Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne; their polyamorous relationship with creator William Moulton Marston; and the comic’s depiction of kink. In the video above, Robinson talks about her…