CABIN tackles tropes and character types that are universal to horror across the ages, which is a big part of why it manages to feel both familiar and fresh at the same time. Do other genres have similar tropes, or does the fact that scary stories have been around as long as there have been fires to gather around make… » 9/19/12 12:53pm 9/19/12 12:53pm

In Dark Knight Rises, we see cops wearing Gotham State Police uniforms (along with Gotham City PD). So Nolan has invented a whole new state for the DCU... » 8/15/12 10:28am 8/15/12 10:28am

Why Video Games Are the New Pulps

A couple of days ago, the esteemed Charlie Jane Anders looked at the dearth of new, sustaining pop culture heroes and villains. That, with the exception of Harry Potter, we haven't seen a new character with the perceived permanence of a James Bond or a Captain Kirk or Spider-Man — and she blamed it on a lack of a pulp… » 1/26/12 11:21am 1/26/12 11:21am

Why aren't we in a golden age of genre television?

We are, most people would agree, in the midst of a Golden Age of Television. Since the late-1990s, the programming that's been pumped into our homes has been as good as it's ever been — and, in many respects, better than the movies that have long sat atop the Pop Cultural Quality Pile. But why aren't we also in a… » 9/19/11 3:00pm 9/19/11 3:00pm

Fast Five is the superheroes-assemble movie you’ve been waiting for…

It's entirely possible that you haven't been paying attention to the internecine continuity of Universal's Fast and the Furious franchise — the most recent chapter of which, Fast Five, just grossed $83.6 million in its opening weekend. Given that it's a series about a pair of guys who steal cars and pose dramatically… » 5/02/11 4:45pm 5/02/11 4:45pm

The best of last night's Avengers Commentary Twack

It's hard to believe that a movie with Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, and Ralph Fiennes could be this bad — but 1998's The Avengers crushed hopes at every turn. If you missed our tweetathon, here are the highlights. » 8/10/10 2:00pm 8/10/10 2:00pm

The Monday Commentary Twack: Pick us a winner

We're at it again, taking it to the internets and tweeting our way through a Netflix-albe genre flick of your choosing. So, choose wisely, and we'll see you tonight at 9:30 pm EST. » 8/09/10 8:00am 8/09/10 8:00am

At last, a trailer for the new, blissfully insane season of Venture…

Here's the trailer that die-hard Venturites saw at Comic-Con, and it's full of, well, the effing crazy: boy zombies, ass webs, Brock Samson masturbation marathons, and genital formal wear. Sweet Fancy Moses, the Sept. 12th premiere can't come soon enough. » 8/04/10 4:08pm 8/04/10 4:08pm

August DVD releases, from Blipverts to comix documentaries

Have you been waiting forever for Max Headroom on DVD? Your dreams come true this month. We've got a rundown of noteworthy August DVD releases, from the very good to the, well, watch at your own risk (hello, Heroes!). » 8/03/10 3:00pm 8/03/10 3:00pm

The Best of last night's The Mask Commentary Twack event

Oh, we had us a fine time tweeting our way through the Jim Carrey comic-and-cartoon inspired misfire, The Mask. In case you missed it, and Cameron Diaz's stunning movie debut, here's the cream of the crop. » 8/03/10 12:14pm 8/03/10 12:14pm

The Return of the Monday Commentary Twack!

Post Comic-Con insanity, we're back — taking it to the tweets to have a little fun with some genre "classics." Once again, you guys choose the Netflix-able movie and we'll bring the beer*. (No beer will be provided.) » 8/02/10 11:38am 8/02/10 11:38am

DC Universe Online: The best superhero movie you'll never see

A new CG trailer for Sony's DC Universe Online game features what might be the best superhero battle ever committed to the screen. Seriously, it's so good, it'll make you weep for what doesn't exist...yet. » 7/27/10 11:30am 7/27/10 11:30am

You think the SDCC crowds are bad? Here are the 10 most bloodthirstily…

The mad-human crush of the San Diego Comic Con looms, with almost 150,000 people attending over the Con's five days, starting tomorrow. Never fear, though. Here are 10 other hungry swarms that'll curdle your blood in advance. » 7/20/10 12:34pm 7/20/10 12:34pm

See something truly unexpected at the Comic-Con Independent Film…

There's a lot of stuff to see at Comic Con, but one of the best parts is the SDCC Independent Film Festival. It delivers a heady, steady stream of unbridled cinematic creativity. » 7/15/10 3:00pm 7/15/10 3:00pm

The best of last night's Sky Captain Commentary Twack

Oh, we had us a fine time tweet-lambasting our way through the groundbreakingly rendered missed opportunity, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. In case you missed it, here's the cream of the crop. » 7/13/10 3:00pm 7/13/10 3:00pm

The Monday Commentary Twack: Choose your poison

We're back, taking it to the tweets and tearing an unsuspecting Netflix-able movie a new one. And, once again, you guys decide which film gets to feel our collective wrath. » 7/12/10 12:40pm 7/12/10 12:40pm

The improbable life of Stan Bush's "The Touch"

This cheeseball rock anthem first came to prominence as the "theme" of the 1986 Transformers animated movie. Since then, it's managed to crop up in the strangest of places — and seemingly refuses to die. » 7/04/10 12:58pm 7/04/10 12:58pm