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  1. chat room
    Nicolas Cage Takes Full Credit for That Prosthetic NoseThe actor walks us through the backstory of his Never on Tuesday cameo.
  2. vulture lists
    Every Netflix Original Movie, RankedVelvet Buzzsaw, High Flying Bird, The Highwaymen, and more.
  3. close reads
    Euphoria Is High on Scorsese’s SupplyThe influence of filmmaking’s premier poet of self-destruction courses through the HBO teens-behaving-badly series.
  4. character study
    Making a (Cheerful and Optimistic, If Not Particularly Talented) MurdererHow NoHo Hank, Barry’s scene-stealing, endlessly quotable would-be crime boss, was inspired by an Apple Store employee.
  5. overnights
    Black Mirror Recap: Head Like a HoleThe nefarious machinery of pop music is pitted against some tired rockist clichés, and Miley Cyrus sings Nine Inch Nails.
  6. overnights
    Black Mirror Recap: Eyes on the RoadA real-time hostage scenario flirts with intriguing ideas about surveillance, but falls back on the same old gripes about the perils of smartphones.
  7. vulture lists
    Every Black Mirror Episode, RankedThe definitive ranking of all 23 episodes of Charlie Brooker’s sci-fi anthology series.
  8. overnights
    Black Mirror Recap: Wish I Knew How to Quit YouWhat feels like a far-lesser sequel to “San Junipero” turns the love between two men into a dunderheaded thought experiment.
  9. stunts
    How Barry Transformed a Young Actress Into a Feral, Unstoppable TerminatorThe story behind the surreal, unexpected violence of “ronnie/lily.”
  10. sex
    What’s the Difference Between Riverdale and a Riverdale Porn Parody?It’s not easy making a porn parody out of a show that’s already a soft-core parody of itself.
  11. chat room
    Mary Harron Breaks Down Matt Smith’s Wild Orgy Scene in Charlie Says“The hardest part about that scene was finding enough extras willing to get naked!”
  12. ridley scott fan club
    Why Does Detective Pikachu Look So Good? It Was Shot on 35mm Film.“We wanted to make it look like Blade Runner.”
  13. chat room
    Dolly Wells and Emily Mortimer on Why We Can’t Stream Doll & EmThe actresses/childhood best friends had a very different dynamic on the set of their new film Good Posture.
  14. bffs
    Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson’s Unexpected Friendship: A TimelineHow the Unicorn Store costars fell in platonic love.
  15. tv history
    The ’60s Sketch-Comedy Show That Crashed and Burned Into TV InfamyIn 1969, Turn-On was supposed to be television’s next big thing. But then it got canceled after one very offensive episode.
  16. the greats
    Agnès Varda’s Greatest Achievement Was Knowing HerselfThe French New Wave icon opened up a space where her portraiture of women — and, eventually, one woman in particular — could flourish.
  17. chat room
    Director Mia Hansen-Løve on Cinematic Daddies, Marriage, and Needing TherapyThe Maya filmmaker says she’s never suffered from sexism as a director, but certainly noticed it as a film critic.
  18. somebody spiked the sangria
    Breaking Down Climax’s DJ Set From HellWe unpack the soundtrack of Gaspar Noé’s latest — a hysterical, deranged EDM opera.
  19. chat room
    Maika Monroe Pulled a Lady Bird and Named Herself“In the first grade, I went to my class and said, ‘I will no longer respond to Dillon. I am Maika now.’”
  20. chat room
    Javier Bardem on His Evolving Chemistry With Penélope Cruz“You must always know when you’re working on a level of re-creation, outside of real life. Penélope and I, we have to protect the ‘us.’”
  21. oscars 2019
    Every (Pre-Lady Gaga) Oscar-Nominated Acting Performance by a Musician, RankedWhat does it take for a performance by a musician to earn acclaim at the Oscars? We ranked the 25 (pre-Lady Gaga) turns deemed nomination-worthy.
  22. movies
    12 Movies to See This Presidents’ Day WeekendWatch Liam Neeson snowplow his way through criminals, Mads Mikkelsen square off against Mother Nature, or Rosa Salazar punch a hole in the future.
  23. interview
    Lena Headey Is Ready to Give Up Her Game of Thrones Wig“The Turnip, as I’ve taken to calling her. Fucking hate the Turnip. Can’t wait to be rid of her. End of that. Did not bring that one home with me.”
  24. behind the scenes
    How Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Changed the Animation GameThe story behind the hit film’s unorthodox, exhilarating pop art.
  25. the sopranos
    The Sopranos Cast Shares Their Favorite James Gandolfini StoriesThe 20th-anniversary celebration of HBO’s landmark gangster drama was a “lovefest” for its late star.
  26. movies
    Revisiting Ringo Lam’s 5 Most Essential FilmsThe late director could always be relied on to deliver flashes of originality, exuberance, and innovative firearm usage.
  27. movies
    Nixon, Betty Boop, and Tampons: Revisiting Joe Dante’s Infamous Movie OrgyBefore Gremlins, Dante made The Movie Orgy, a hard-to-find, extremely lengthy, extremely bizarre compilation of found footage. We watched it.
  28. overnights
    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Recap: Choose-Your-Own Fatalist NightmareAn interactive episode about a man driven mad by a faulty simulation of free will works better as meta-commentary than as drama.
  29. chat room
    Cold War’s Director On His Oscar-Buzzy Masterpiece“My only criterion, when making a film, is ‘What do I like? What gives me a hard-on, artistically and narratively?’”
  30. special effects
    How Mary Poppins Returns Turned a Bowl Into a FantasiaDirector Rob Marshall on combining live-action, 2-D animation, and 3-D computer rendering to create a passage of eye-popping originality.
  31. vulture recommends
    14 Movies to See Over the HolidaysIncluding If Beale Street Could Talk, Cold War, and Aquaman.
  32. chat room
    Patrick Wilson on Aquaman and His Friendship With Barbra Streisand“I adore her. She really is unbelievable.”
  33. interview
    Natalie Portman on Not Reading Her Press — and That Vox Lux Accent“I don’t read the things people write about me. You latch onto the negative and ignore the positive, so I don’t find it to be helpful.”
  34. overnights
    South Park Season-Finale Recap: Bezos Goes Up in SmokeThe season ends with a consideration of the challenges inherent in building and occupying a new world, and a cameo from a C-word-dropping Santa.
  35. backstories
    The Hardest Effect I Ever Pulled Off36 filmmakers, cinematographers, and effects artists on making the impossible happen.
  36. interview
    Vox Lux’s Brady Corbet on Making One of the Most Polarizing Movies of the Year“As much as I’d love to go to every cinema across the globe and set the volume and make sure everyone’s got proper context, that’s impossible.”
  37. overnights
    South Park Recap: Amazon Comes to TownA return-to-form episode pushes a passionately, unambiguously pro-worker message and turns Jeff Bezos into a supervillain.
  38. overnights
    South Park Recap: An Anxious ReactionA cynical take on the charged topic of mental health and a B-plot about “P.C. Babies” indulge some of the series’ worst instincts.
  39. interview
    Shoplifters’ Hirokazu Kore-eda on Avoiding the ‘Trap’ of Poverty PornThe Palme D’Or winner goes deep on one of this year’s most sublime movies.
  40. chat room
    Jamie Dornan Sang at Sarah McLachlan’s House in Fifty Shades Freed“She sang three or four beautiful songs, I think I caught a couple people tearing up, and then they were like, ‘All right, Jamie, you’re up!’”
  41. overnights
    South Park Recap: Son of ManBearPigAn excellent two-part reckoning culminates in a glorious staging of the climate-change debate as a clash of the titans.
  42. winter preview 2019
    Jordan Peele’s Us, Miss Bala, and 8 More Movies We Can’t Wait to See This WinterThe next few months will deliver a host of wondrous, strange, challenging pictures — and a live-action Dumbo remake, courtesy of Tim Burton.
  43. overnights
    South Park Recap: ‘Told You So’A frustrating but pivotal reckoning with some past sins suggests there are limits to South Park’s giggling nihilism after all.
  44. chat room
    Zoe Kazan on Her ‘Vulnerable’ Role in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs“I knew this girl. She was for me.”
  45. overnights
    It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Finale Recap: Livin’ in the RainThe Gang wraps its best season in years with an exploration of Mac’s homosexuality that’s far and away the series’ most open display of earnestness.
  46. vulture lists
    The 50 Greatest Movie Dance Scenes of All TimeCall Me By Your Name, Purple Rain, Black Swan, Paddington 2, and more.
  47. overnights
    South Park Recap: Night of the Living ScootersThe great e-scooter plague has reached South Park just in time for Halloween.
  48. overnights
    It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Recap: To Philly, With LoveThe Paddy’s crew goes to the Super Bowl to make sure Philly gets represented properly.
  49. halloween
    After Rudolph, Rankin/Bass Got Spooky With Weirdly Delightful ResultsThe stop-motion animation team recruited an all-star cast to write and voice a 1967 Halloween movie that’s as much for grown-ups as kids.
  50. overnights
    It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Recap: Agony of Victory, Thrill of DefeatCharlie reenacts a famous Christmas movie in the first of a pair of Super Bowl–themed episodes.
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