Kindred on the silver screen: 29 big-screen family reunions

1. Henry Fonda with Jane Fonda, On Golden Pond (1981)
Though father-son acting pairs seem to be the most prevalent version of real-life relatives appearing in films together, there are plenty of other familial connections to be found onscreen. Generally speaking, the last 10 years or so of Henry Fonda’s career were not…

The very best fictional concerts

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Ideal fictional law enforcement

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Killing the mood music

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Fuck! The A.V. Club staff’s favorite uses of the F-word in media

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“Heimdall can’t be black!” 14 casting decisions that sparked outrage

1. Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne, Batman (1989)
Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman went into production in the wake of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One as well as Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke, all signature events in the lives of ’80s comics fans who wanted superheroes to be taken…

Hitting “pause” on pop culture

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What book or series of books should be made into a TV show?

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The best TV of 2013 (so far)

The first half of 2013 hasn’t lacked for new television: With more and more outlets offering an unprecedented amount of programming across multiple platforms, TV fans don’t want for viewing options. What’s surprising, however, is the number of worthwhile options being offered by those outlets. Cable is expanding its…

What have been the best TV moments of the year?

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What have been the best books of the year?

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6-foot-8, weighs a fucking ton: 22 truly badass pop-culture presidents

1. Harrison Ford, Air Force One (1997)
With Air Force One, director Wolfgang Petersen and star Harrison Ford answered a question that had haunted moviegoers since the summer of 1988: What if John McClane was elected president of the United States? Granted, Ford’s commander-in-chief bears little physical resemblance to…

Pop pilgrimages 2.0

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“We would’ve come earlier, but your husband wasn’t dead then”: 18 incompetent law-enforcement officials who save the day

1. The Police Academy franchise (1984-1997)
Television and film often use incompetent authority figures as comic relief and dramatic irony, and no well has been tapped more than that of inept law enforcement. But every so often, these cops still manage to fumble their way into a win. The Police Academy franchise—which…

What song do you want played at your funeral?

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Who was your pop-culture mentor?

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Who was your first pop culture crush?

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David Sedaris describes his bath time, cicadas are explained, and Wompler returns

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What pop-culture family would you want to join?

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