A titanic, bittersweet symphony: 35 pop-culture windows into 1997

Two years after warring electronics companies competing to develop high-capacity CDs declared a truce, their compromise format, the DVD, first went on sale in the U.S. in March of 1997. (Twister, The Mask, GoodFellas, and The Road Warrior were among the first batch of titles.) DVDs didn’t hit major retail chains like…

The stale “women gone wild” genre could stand to shake things up

“It’s a shame that there are so few ensemble women’s films that people are only able to look at what the coincidences are,” says Alethea Jones, director of Fun Mom Dinner. “There’s such a proliferation of male content ensembles, but nobody says, ‘It’s all dudes.’ People have been talking about that we have Fun Mom in…

Stephen King’s fantasy saga is reincarnated as a dud in The Dark Tower


Oh, to think what a director like Guillermo Del Toro—or anyone from the current crop of hungry young genre directors—might have done with a film version of Stephen King’s fantasy cycle The Dark Tower. But instead of the sort of nerdy fantastist the material deserves, we’ve ended up with Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair),…

Stephen King’s Tower, Steven Soderbergh’s return, and 27 other movies coming in August

So many movies, so little time. Every week brings a new crop of them, opening in multiplexes and arthouse theaters across the nation, and arriving in increasingly high volumes on streaming platforms like Netflix. How’s a voracious moviegoer to keep up? That’s where The A.V. Club comes in. The first week of every