Retrace Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister’s steps with these Game Of Thrones supercuts

Now that the long night of Game Of Thrones’ offseason has begun, we can take stock of its main players’ journeys. YouTuber TheGaroStudios was up for the challenge of condensing six seasons’ worth of character developments into a couple of well-executed vignettes that eschew chronological retelling for each character’s…

Nick Offerman shares a silent Father’s Day with his dad in this charming ad

Scoring Nick Offerman to be a spokesperson for your scotch whisky portfolio has the feel of both marketing coup and head-smackingly obvious marriage of convenience. His character on Parks And Recreation, Ron Swanson, is a noted fan of Lagavulin (inspired by Offerman’s own tastes), so it’s only natural that beverage…

A Fox In Space is an irreverent Star Fox animated series with ’70s style

In concept, a fan-made animated series about Nintendo’s Star Fox games following the continuity of Star Fox 64 sounds like a recipe for charming failure, akin to the many passionate but ultimately cringe-inducing Star Trek fan films. So it’s an unexpected delight that animator Matthew Gafford’s A Fox In Space is so…

Here’s why the X-Men films should embrace colorful costuming

The success of Bryan Singer’s first X-Men film in 2000 arguably kicked off the modern era of superhero filmmaking, followed as it was by Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Singer’s own X2 and the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2008’s Iron Man. So the director can be forgiven for opting for more “serious”…

This paper-craft version of Game Of Thrones’ King’s Landing is pretty rad

There’s a reason why the intricate cogs-and-gears opening sequence of HBO’s Game Of Thrones is created in a computer instead of using practical materials, and that’s because the latter would be hellishly difficult. Still, given the show’s audience and popularity, those with the money, time, and the brand synergy…

The voice of Admiral Ackbar gives one last round of “It’s a trap!” readings

Erik Bauersfeld, the voice behind Star Wars’ striking crustacean commander, Admiral Ackbar, and speaker of one of the most famous lines in the franchise’s history, died last week at 93. But shortly before his death, BBC radio presenter Jamie Stangroom sat down with Bauersfeld, sharing with The A.V. Club what he…

Video explains Marvel’s Civil War comic books in advance of Captain America: Civil War

Understanding the intricacies–and, hell, even the broad strokes–of Marvel’s multiple title-spanning Civil War comic book event will almost certainly be unnecessary to understanding the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie. This is good, because the main Civil War comics are a mess of puzzling characterizations…

Here’s how to make the origami figures from Blade Runner

Blade Runner is a movie full of suggested mysteries, some of the biggest of which—like “Is Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard a replicant?”—have been revealed in the decades since the film’s release. Others, such as “What is Gaff’s (the origami-making character played by Edward James Olmos) deal?” are left blessedly open to…

That scene from last Sunday’s The Walking Dead gets the Benny Hill treatment it deserves

Last weekend’s episode of The Walking Dead took a break from the show’s usual grim nihilism, almost overcorrecting in one particularly silly sequence. A new character, Jesus, briefly steals Rick and Daryl’s ride, gets tied up, immediately unties himself off camera and hides on top of their truck—only to be chased down…

Fans spent 3 years on this beautiful restoration of an original 35mm print of Star Wars

Never challenge the determination of a dedicated fan base. In 2006, George Lucas claimed that all quality prints of the 1977 theatrical release of Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope had been “permanently altered for the creation of the Special Editions” and that remaining prints were in too poor of a condition to…