Killing the mood music

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, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d

Kick kick kick snare, repeat: 15 songs that borrow the drum intro from “Be My Baby”

1. The Jesus And Mary Chain, “Just Like Honey”/ “Sowing Seeds”
As part of the session-musician collective known as the Wrecking Crew, drummer Hal Blaine left his imprint on pop music—sometimes physically, as is the case of the sheet music and concert venues marked by his customized rubber stamp: “Hal Blaine Strikes…

Hitting “pause” on pop culture

This week’s question comes from reader Chris Weiderman: “Sometimes I wish all of pop culture would hit “pause” for a year or so and let me catch up on everything I’ve missed. Why start in on season 1 of Homeland, when I need to be watching The Americans now?

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

This week’s question: What book or series of books should be made into a TV show?

“Those writers make a lot of money”: 12 works of unpublished or unproduced TV fiction

1. Paul Kinsey’s Star Trek script, Mad Men
Breaking Bad’s typically grim, full-throttle mid-fifth-season première allows itself at least one reprieve, during which Heisenberg associate Brandon “Badger” Mayhew details his plot for a spec Star Trek script. Matt Jones isn’t alone among AMC stars who’ve dreamed up…

What upcoming 2013 entertainment are you most anticipating?

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, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

What have been the best TV moments of the year?

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, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

What song do you want played at your funeral?

What song do you want played at your funeral?

Who was your pop-culture mentor?

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, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Who was your first pop culture crush?

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, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

“How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?”: 14 unnatural movie sequels

1. The Hangover Part II (2011)
“Never say never again” is a mantra by which Hollywood lives—and it’s the guiding principle behind most sequels. But it takes a special kind of cash-grab chutzpah to manufacture a new chapter to a story that’s reached its logical conclusion. When Todd Phillips’ boys-behaving-badly…

The films you’ve loved longest

This should wrap up our current nostalgia kick, with the obvious question to ask after the last two AVQ&As: What films did you discover earliest in life that are still on your favorites list?

The album you’ve loved longest

I’m turning 50 in April, but I’m putting aside how shocking that is. I’ve been pulling together a mix of one defining song for me for each year from 1963 to the present, in terms of the songs I most love now that was released then. I wasn’t aware of many good songs in the ’60s at that age, so including a Dylan or

Head up high, feet on the ground: 16 onscreen drug trips that don’t go over the top

1. Louie’s wasted afternoon: Louie, “Dogpound” (2010)
It isn’t easy to visually replicate the singular, internal experience of being high, which is why television and movies usually default to a handful of tropes: psychedelic imagery, weird camera angles and cuts, and often, overblown histrionics and hilariously…

“Don’t worry about the government”: 13 fictional political machines that are too stupid to be sinister

1-3. British parliament, The Thick Of It (2005-2012)
British parliament and U.S. State Department, In The Loop (2009)
Selina Meyer’s vice presidential administration, Veep (2012-present)
Beneath their roiling pace and steady stream of profanity, Armando Iannucci’s trilogy of political satires—the BBC Four series The

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