Objects of their affection: 10 characters in love with the inanimate

The bubbling cauldron of obscure fetishes and exotic sexualities that is the internet has produced some pretty strange micro-communities over the years. One of the strangest and most difficult to understand is objectophilia, the inclination to form emotional and sexual bonds with inanimate objects. You know, like…

Coitus interruptus: 15 reasons to knock first

The movie trope of walking in on someone having sex is a common one, but it’s most often the result of someone making a surprise trip home, or getting off work early, only to bust in on their significant other, leading to sadness and pain all around. Sometimes, though, the reactions of those being interrupted are a…

TV dinners: 25 shows to binge-watch this Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving weekend in the United States is a four-day festival of overindulgence: Giant meals, giant balloons representing pop-culture favorites, giant savings at the big box store on Friday morning. As we did in 2013, The A.V. Club aims to contribute to this tradition of extreme consumption with a guide to some TV…

The bad dinosaurs: 14 regrettable works of dino-themed entertainment

The Good Dinosaur is the rare dinosaur movie that has managed to stir hopeful expectations among film critics (its troubled production history aside). The project’s reputation is buoyed by its prestigious studio, Pixar, and by its 20-year distance from Hollywood’s last dino craze. There was a stretch, peaking in the…

Whatever happened to Mara Jade?: 12 unfortunate excisions from the Star Wars canon

With a new Star Wars movie set to come out seemingly every year for the rest of time, it may seem difficult to remember a time when fans had to fill in the gaps themselves. Before the release of George Lucas’ prequel trilogy—and after, as a form of denial—the Star Wars Expanded Universe did what wearing out tapes of…

It’s not easy being a wampa: 18 Star Wars characters who deserve their own spin-off

Disney isn’t about to do something as simple as just make a new Star Wars trilogy. Spending billions to acquire one of the most beloved film franchises in the history of the medium (not to mention one of the most dedicated fan bases in the anything of ever) means the Mouse House is going to get its money’s worth.…

Nightmare fuel: 21 horrifying moments from children’s entertainment

You may remember moments like these from your own childhood, or you may have already inadvertently passed some on to the next generation. You settle in on a rainy Saturday for an afternoon of classic, conceivably benign children’s entertainment. Suddenly you are struck by an unexpected moment that startles you so…

From self-induced amnesia to DIY dystopia: 8 tips for keeping a strange family secret

Does your family have a dark, bizarre, or possibly ridiculous secret that needs keeping? Worry no more, because The A.V. Club has dug high and low, across daytime soap opera and Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas, to find you eight surefire, completely feasible solutions for any and all issues of consanguineal…

Sinister hands and full nests: 14 types of family dysfunction

When it came time to map out The A.V. Club’s Unconventional Family Week, a roadblock was reached: What makes a family unconventional, anyway? Do makeshift clans, like the gang at Cheers or the Toy Story toys, fit the bill? In an effort to dispel confusion on all sides, we decided to define our terms, beginning with…

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Beyond Goosebumps: How we’d bring 14 classic YA book series into 2015

God forbid that the most beloved (and profitable) YA series ever die. Sure, the Boxcar Children have been around since the ’20s, but add a few cell phones and recruit some new ghostwriters, and those kids can be just as fresh and timely as they were almost a century ago. And while R.L. Stine’s original Goosebumps

Micropics: 18 narrowly focused biopics that need to be made

The problem with biopics is that people’s lives don’t easily reduce to 120 minutes of film. While it’s not impossible for a “cradle to grave” biopic to work, it’s exceedingly difficult. That’s why some successful biopics have focused on a smaller part of their subjects’ lives. The biopic Steve Jobs—released this…

Dead ringers: 21 pairs of cinematic twins

In upcoming movie release Legend, Tom Hardy portrays both villainous Kray brothers. In doing so, he tackles that favorite high-wire feat of those in the acting profession: playing two separate characters in the same movie who happen to be identical twins. A variety of actors have gone before Hardy to take on this type…

Not-so-final girls: 17 girls (and 1 guy) who didn’t survive their horror movies

Ryan Murphy’s new series Scream Queens debuts this week, featuring renowned “final girl” Jamie Lee Curtis returning to the genre that made her a star. The archetype of the “final girl,” or “survivor girl,” has been much celebrated, subject to academic studies and revisionist takes and generally held up as the lone…

26 ways to spend retirement, from shooting heroin to shooting yourself into space

Though everyone knows getting old is about taking more pills, watching Fox News, and going to bed at 6:30 p.m., certain movies and TV showswould like us to convince us otherwise. Take The Golden Girls, which debuted 30 years ago today. In that show, four elderly women live together in Florida—which is where old people…