The crucial difference between The Dark Knight and Tim Burton's Batman is the Joker

It’s been 10 years since Christopher Nolan unleashed The Dark Knight, which has more or less been praised as the best Batman movie, if not the best superhero movie of all time. Heath Ledger’s Joker is often cited as the film’s masterstroke, and has earned further praise for the way Ledger and Nolan successfully created…

People are using Lando Calrissian's return to dream of more Han Solo in Episode IX

If there’s one downside to the culture of nostalgia in which we now live—and there are many—it’s that our desire to see old faces and familiar locales is negatively impacting modern storytelling. One major critique of the Marvel franchise, for example, is that it lacks stakes—there’s no way the franchise is going to…

It's 3 p.m., let’s watch some incredibly shitty vintage wrestling promos

Talking is not a professional wrestler’s first priority, but doing it well can certainly help. After all, it most certainly wasn’t Hulk Hogan’s in-ring technique that made him a star, and it’s no stretch to say that more people remember the promos of Dusty Rhodes, The Rock, and Ric Flair more than they do their move…

Rian Johnson and Christopher McQuarrie have pretty different takes on film criticism

Artists have always had a complicated relationship with critics, but that’s gotten immeasurably worse in a culture where a) everybody now has a public platform and b) everybody has a direct line to the artist. Despite getting mostly positive notices for The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson, for example, has seen his movie (and…

Apparently the best way to dodge facial recognition technology is to become a Juggalo

We are being watched. Everyone from Ticketmaster to Spanish comedy club owners are mapping the contours of your mug using facial recognition technology. Meanwhile, law enforcement and the U.S. government are cataloging your angelic smile, as are tech juggernauts like Amazon and Facebook. For the average American, it’s…

More and more bands are recruiting members who don't perform or play instruments

Some bands suffice on music alone, but others realize that success is dependent on much more than a few guitars, a drum kit, and some singers. Remember I’m From Barcelona? They were a solid Swedish indie outfit that wouldn’t have made much of an impact if not for the fact that they always had somewhere between 16 and…