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Edward James Olmos on his Blade Runner ad lib and why Selena is the most difficult movie he’s made

Edward James Olmos began his decades-long career with one foot in rock ’n’ roll and one foot in live theater. He combined those loves for his breakout role as the wily, Spanglish-spouting El Pachuco in Luis Valdez’s 1979 play Zoot Suit. That performance led to roles in Wolfen and Blade Runner, as well as the film adaptation of Zoot Suit. As Olmos’ onscreen presence grew, so did his ability to shape his characters—so much so that everyone from Ridley Scott, to Michael Mann, to Gregory Nava…

70 years into his career, Godzilla remains king of the movie monsters

In just a few days, moviegoers and HBO Max subscribers alike will be treated to the title-fight rematch of the year, as Japan’s most famous radioactive reptile takes on the biggest ape of them all for the first time since 1962. And while The A.V. Club spent this past week of Watch This tracing Kong’s big-screen franchise evolution, it’s time to pay a little attention to his rival’s equally estimable body of work. That’s right: On this week’s kaiju-friendly episode of Film Club, critics A.A…

On the snubs, surprises, and Bad Terminators of the 2021 Oscar nominations

The nominations for the 2021 Academy Awards were announced a few days ago, at the ass crack of dawn, as per tradition. There were, as always, winners and losers, frontrunners confirmed and surprises to celebrate. There was not a fundamental change in the kind of movies—or, at the very least, the kind of distribution players—that tend to come out on top at Hollywood’s annual ode to itself. Halfway through 2020, we here at The A.V. Club dared to wonder if an unprecedented year for…

Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, and the bittersweet joys of puttin’ on a show

No one knew it at the time, but Summer Stock marked the end of an era for Judy Garland. The 1950 musical comedy was the last film Garland made for MGM, the studio that had defined her career since her breakout as a 15-year-old singing to a photo of Clark Gable in Broadway Melody Of 1938. In the studio-driven days of classic Hollywood, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer branded itself as the home for stars and musicals. And from the late 1930s through the late 1940s, Garland was one of the…

Ask our critics anything, and they'll answer your questions on Film Club next week

Every few days, A.V. Club film critics A.A. Dowd and Katie Rife plug a microphone into their laptops, retreat to a DIY sound booth in their respective apartments, and have a virtual conversation. The result is our weekly podcast Film Club, which drops every Friday (or most Fridays, anyway—we’re only human!), and covers a variety of topics. Last year, for example, the two talked about everything from the complete filmography of Christoper Nolan to the state of movie theaters during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to which film…