Simon Pegg and Vaughn Stein’s new film Terminal draws influence from Blade Runner and 1984

The A.V. Club recently sat down with writer-director of the new film Terminal, Vaughn Stein (The Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes), and star Simon Pegg, to discuss the advantages of indie filmmaking versus the typical big-budget, studio fare. Additionally, they discuss the cinematic influences that informed the look of…

Here's a look back at some of Stranger Things’ most striking visual homages

Stranger Things is a show drenched in nostalgia, from its John Carpenter-inspired theme song to its constant riffing on the pop culture of the day. Its creators, sibling duo the Duffer brothers, never shy away from the era they’re trying to invoke. In honor of the second season premiering this Friday, The A.V. Club

Tom Hanks the writer is no Tom Hanks the actor, but his new book Uncommon Type is pretty good

It’s possible, but highly improbable, for one person to be so gifted they excel at everything they attempt. That’s the thing about polymaths; they’re exceedingly rare. While Tom Hanks’ debut short story collection Uncommon Type does not earn him a place next to Steve Martin or the late Sam Shepard on the dais of those…

9 of our favorite Tom Petty songs

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Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, and more albums to expect in September

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out

What are you listening to this week?

For reasons that don’t really go beyond pure serendipity, I’ve been spending a lot of time back inside Two Steps From The Blues, the essential debut album of legendary bluesman Bobby Bland. Like a lot of records from that period, it’s basically a collection of singles, and every track is an absolute belter, showcasing…

Kesha, The War On Drugs, and more music to expect in August

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out

What’s your favorite non-guitar solo?

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What are you listening to this week?

It’s become slightly easier to predict what a new Liars album will sound like. I say “slightly” only in the sense that, after evolving from herky-jerky dance-punk to haunted drones to tense dark-wave across one of the most stylistically diverse bodies of work in modern art, the group’s sound is nevertheless united by…

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Which pop culture party do you want to attend?

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What’s your favorite one-hit wonder?

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13 musical acts we wish we could’ve seen live

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