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Matthew Dessem


Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Matthew:

How the Y: The Last Man TV Series Changes the Comics

It’s not just the trans characters. Or that S&M scene. → Read More

Wait—Is the Monkey in Y: The Last Man Still Played by the Monkey From Friends?

The show’s simian sidekick was played by the same capuchin who played Marcel. Then came the reshoots. → Read More

What’s Fact and What’s Fiction in Worth

The Netflix movie stars Michael Keaton as the man in charge of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Is it accurate? → Read More

The Bananas Ending of The Night House, Explained

Wait, Rebecca Hall's dead husband was what?!? → Read More

How Free Guy Made Its Fight Scenes Look Like an Actual Video Game

The movie’s fight coordinator breaks down the games that inspired the choreography. → Read More

Here’s What Real Video Game NPCs Think About Free Guy

We asked NPCs from Zork to Red Dead Redemption 2 what they thought about Free Guy, and their answers will not surprise you. → Read More

After Jungle Cruise, Which Theme Park Attractions Should Disney Adapt Next?

Unfortunately, none of them star Figment. → Read More

Great News, Bob Odenkirk Is Going to Be OK

The comedian suffered a heart attack and collapsed on the set of Better Call Saul, but is now in stable condition, according to his reps. → Read More

Why Does Jeff Bezos’ Rocket Look So Much Like a Penis? We Asked a Rocket Scientist.

Basically, it comes down to girth. → Read More

A Child’s Guide to the Space Jam Cinematic Universe

You know, for kids! → Read More

What Will Be I Think You Should Leave’s New “Hot Dog Guy”?

We’re all trying to find the sketch that did this. → Read More

Slate’s Guide to the Hottest Fourth of July Parties of 1921

We’ll help you find a Fourth of July party you’ll want to attend forever and ever and ever. → Read More

Would F9’s Space Car Really Work? We Asked an Astronaut.

Could you really fly a souped-up Pontiac Fiero into orbit? → Read More

Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Novelization Reveals Whether Cliff Booth Killed His Wife

Or at least it reveals whether or not Cliff Booth killed his wife in the novelization. → Read More

The Class-Conscious Reboots Hollywood Should Make After Gossip Girl

Which other horrible rich characters should we remake to “wrestle with their privilege”? → Read More

Raiders Defensive End Carl Nassib Comes Out as Gay, Becoming the First Openly Gay Active NFL Player

Although several retired NFL players have come out in the past, Nassib is the first to do so while actively playing in the league. → Read More

Jon Stewart Embraced the Lab-Leak Theory on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Was He Joking?

Well, yes and no. → Read More

Meet This Year’s Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show Winner: Wasabi!

Wasabi is the grandson of Malachy, who won Best in Show in 2012. → Read More

An Interview With Sweet Tooth Filmmaker Jim Mickle About Reimagining the Apocalypse

“What if it was actually beautiful and vibrant and not the dusty, sepia-tone look of what we’re used to with apocalyptic stories?” → Read More

The Curious Case of “Herlock Sholmès”

When the creators of Lupin and Sherlock got into a copyright dispute, the solution was as inelegant as it was hilarious. → Read More