The Perfect Comic-Book Movie. The Avengers, Reviewed.

1. The Avengers is a superhero movie so fun, full of so much pure fanboy-wank joy wrapped up in an accessible, relentlessly entertaining package, that I'm not sure anybody needs to make any more comic-book movies; this one might wrap it up. (One suspects they'll still find a way.) Made by and for—but, crucially, not » 5/04/12 12:59pm 5/04/12 12:59pm

What Movies From the '90s Will Critics Include In Sight & Sound's Top 10…

These days, there are so many film polls and online Top 10 lists that the idea of ranking movies can seem rather old hat. But amid all that list-bait, there is one movie poll taken more seriously than all others: Sight & Sound's once-a-decade poll of the greatest films of all time. The British film magazine has been… » 5/03/12 5:20pm 5/03/12 5:20pm

Joss Whedon: Revenge Of The Nerd

Five years ago, Joss Whedon's career wasn't going so well. The man behind the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel had recently written and directed Serenity, a big-screen version of his short-lived series Firefly. It was his feature directing debut, and it was a commercial disappointment. Not long after, Warner … » 5/01/12 4:15pm 5/01/12 4:15pm

What The Avengers Means For The Future Of Comic-Book Movies

Tomorrow, Marvel's The Avengers will open in certain parts of the globe—not the U.S., which won't see the film until May 4—and Marvel's four-year odyssey of laying the groundwork for this action blockbuster will finally be over. It's been an impressive run commercially, if not always critically. (Captain America: The… » 4/24/12 3:55pm 4/24/12 3:55pm

Reading Material To Take Your Mind Off The Dale Earnhardt Jr. Thing

I recently become aware of something called the "NASCAR Library Collection." which sounded intriguing. So, what is it, a collection of books on the history of NASCAR, the sport's impact on society, and in-depth biographies of the sport's most interesting figures? » 5/12/07 3:00pm 5/12/07 3:00pm