On Wednesday the Oscars made some changes. Weird changes. Changes that confirm what many have known for years, perhaps decades: the Academy is out of touch in significant ways.The major, most newsworthy, change is a new category "designed around achievement in popular film."You can always count on the Oscars to disappoint you.2016 was the worst year. Let me tell you why.2016: Brexit, US presidential election, Russian hacking. In 2016 there were plenty of good movies, but only one truly great movie. Only one movie that captured the zeitgeist in a way that somehow felt timeless and of its time. That movie was Mad Max: Fury Road. Let me toss out some superlatives here.Mad Max: Fury Road is almost certainly the best action movie ever made. It's a brain-leaking visual masterpiece, a pitch-perfect exercise in universe building, a feminist call to arms, an allegory of misguided masculine power structures disguised as a two hour long series of explosions. But it's also a two hour long … [Read more...] about The ‘popular film’ Oscar proves the Academy has no idea what a good movie looks like
Best films of 2016
One year ago today, The A.V. Club birthed its food culture coverage to the world. Our goal for Supper Club—a hat-tip to our Wisconsin roots—isn’t to explore the latest restaurant trends or high-five celebrity chefs. We aim to celebrate high and low foods with equal reverence, indulge in our curiosities, maybe teach you how to make cocktails for your next gathering. It’s been fun exploring food culture with you all, and we’re even ecstatic to announce one of our stories will be appearing in the forthcoming Best Food Writing 2017 anthology (we can’t say which one yet!). Today we’re sharing our 10 favorite stories from the past year. Thanks for reading. We raise a brandy old-fashioned in your direction. Salt grinders are bullshit, and other lessons from growing up in the spice trade A.V. Club deputy managing editor Caity PenzeyMoog grew up in a family of spice traders, and shares a lifetime of pungent stories and lessons. [April 6, 2017] A … [Read more...] about Our 10 best stories from Supper Club’s first year
The A.V. Club’s list of 2018’s best albums was determined by eight critics, who each submitted a ranked ballot of their top 10 to 20 records of the year. Those ballots can be found below, some with annotations providing insight into their choices. Top 10 1. Beach House, 7Song For Alpha Hell-OnHunterKnock Knock6. Saba, Care For MeHoneySafe In The Hands Of Love9. Georgia Anne Muldrow, OverloadIn A Poem Unlimited The next 10 11. Earl Sweatshirt, Some Rap Songs12. Low, Double Negative13. Noname, Room 25Whack World15. Farao, Pure-ODirty Computer17. Julia Holter, AviaryFM!19. Helena Hauff, QualmNegro Swan Top 5 reissues 1. Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes, Paix (Mexican Summer)Our Garden Needs Its Flowers (Awesome Tapes)Devotion (Vinyl Me, Please)Treasure (4AD)Music And Poetry Of The Kesh (RVNG International) Top 5 EPs 1. Bbymutha, Bbyshoe2. Midori Tikada & Lafawndah, Le Renard Bleu3. Roísín Murphy, Plaything/Like4. Jenny Hval, The Long Sleep5. Kaitlyn … [Read more...] about The best albums of 2018: The ballots
AVQ&A 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. As we wind down 2018, our best-of coverage continues with the following question: What’s missing from our list of the year’s best TV? Kyle Fowle There’s hardly reason to argue with almost any year-end list these days because of the sheer number of good TV shows out there, but I’m genuinely surprised that HBO’s High Maintenance didn’t make our list. The second season of the HBO run keeps with the anthology-esque spirit of the show, but it goes deeper in ways surprising and touching. So, there’s still the random characters that populate New York and The Guy’s life, but what’s different this time around is a narrative through-line involving The Guy’s ex. That character arc, one of pain and … [Read more...] about What’s missing from our list of 2018’s best TV?
Movie trailers can be misleading. Their primary function is to sell us something, to get asses in seats any way they can. Sometimes, that entails making a film look like something it’s not, as when a moody arthouse crime pastiche is passed off as a de facto Transporter sequel. (Newsflash: Advertising isn’t always honest.) But in 2018, many of the best movie trailers—and make no mistake, there’s a real art to assembling these two-minute bids for your time and money—were the ones that seemed designed to mirror the very essence of the films they were selling. They were less commercials than inspired tributes, made with love and respect for the “product.” Most of the 10 trailers listed below fit that description, even as the subjects of their hocking and salesmanship span a spectrum of budgets, genres, and release strategies. Just remember: All had to drop sometime in 2018, which is why that first Black Panther ad, among other triumphs of marketing … [Read more...] about The best film trailers of 2018