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The Survival of the Wealthy and Tardigrades: This Week’s Recommended Reading

Here at Flavorwire, we pride ourselves on not only publishing excellent writing, but also keeping an eye on other great work from around the web. This may be a predominantly arts/culture-centric website, but given the immediate gravity of U.S. politics, we’ve also been focusing this outward-looking post on indispensable political writing, as well as the […]

Video Displays a Gallery Selfie Causing an Accidental Domino Effect, Apparently Amounting to $200,000 in Damage

A recently released YouTube video of an expensive accident in an art gallery is a strange (but not uncommon) collision of the the expensive fragility of art objects and the (literally) clumsy narcissism of selfie culture — particularly that of the “art selfie.” The video in question was recorded a couple of weeks ago but […]

Netflix’s ‘To the Bone’ is a Powerful Story Told from the Inside Out

The thing about Ellen is that no one’s going to get through to her, because she think she’s got it figured out. “I’m maintaining,” she insists, and that’s the best she can offer. “I’ve got it under control. Nothing bad is gonna happen.” And she says that so convincingly, as her cheeks get more hollow […]

Hayao Miyazaki’s Feature Directorial Debut Is Coming to the Big Screen in September

You’d think that the debut film of a director as influential — and with as fervent a following — as Hayao Miyazaki would’ve already had a re-release in some U.S. cinemas after, say, Spirited Away rose to international fame. But alas, The Castle of Cagliostro, the director’s first feature-length film, had no such thing. It received an extremely […]

Emmy Nominations: Full of Exciting Inclusions, Infuriating Exclusions, and Barb

It might be hard to take the Primetime Emmy Awards seriously — harder than usual, that is — in a year where people are left Tweeting things like: Emmys without the leftovers… — Kaio (@kaio_ff) July 13, 2017 Indeed, when This Is Us and House of Cards end up in the Outstanding Drama Series category, and the best-executed, […]

Kesha Relishes Being a “Motherfucking Woman” in New Track and Video

Kesha has released “Woman,” the second single from her upcoming album, and while it’s less (seemingly) specifically topical than “Praying,” it bears a similar harnessing of pop’s potential for explosive feminist revelation. As in “Praying,” Kesha again vocally lets loose, bolstered by horns that slink through the song then rejoice in bursts. These come via the […]

David Bowie and Queen Seem to Have Recorded Much More Than Just “Under Pressure” Together

The works of David Bowie and Queen are examples of ’80s music that, today, don’t so much evoke era-based nostalgia, but rather time-transcending awe. “Under Pressure,” the 1981 track they recorded together, is an example of that — Vanilla Ice would likely agree. But it seems, based on a report in The Guardian, that Queen and […]

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Is a Potent Reminder of What Big Movies Can Be

Big movies don’t have to be terrible. Every time a studio shits out a Trans5ers or Cruise Like the Mummy or some such summer franchise nonsense and critics (and, increasingly, audiences) run gagging from the theater, the notion persists that we were schmucks to expect anything more; these movies aren’t made to tell a story […]

See Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and More in ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Images

Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly shared a round official images of characters from Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time, giving us glimpses at the trio of Mrs. (Which — Oprah Winfrey, Whatsit — Reese Witherspoon, and Who — Mindy Kaling), and a smattering of other key characters in the adaptation of the beloved Madeleine L’Engle book. Since their release, […]

Flavorwire Premiere: Rollercoasterwater’s ’90s Video Game Dreamscape, “Well Aware”

Rollercoasterwater, aka Chuckie Behring, is readying for the release of his self-titled LP this Fall, and Flavorwire has the pleasure of premiering its oneiric first single, “Well Aware.” The Animal Collective influenced L.A. musician...Show More Summary

The TV Movie Adaptation of Zadie Smith’s May Flatten the Author’s Literary Experimentation — Yet it Remains Wholly Compelling

The critical generalization typically goes that movies that are too loyal to their book source material can seem more like live action summaries — jumping from important moment to important moment without ever stopping to breathe — than their own artistic statements. (Thus the argument that series adaptations are the superior form to be extracted […]

Cool Art for Kids of All Ages From Gallery 1988’s ‘Mattel: The Joys of Toys’

We never really outgrow our toys – we just turn them into collector’s items, major motion pictures, and works of art. For the latter, we now turn to our friends at Gallery 1988, whose latest pop culture-obsessed exhibition focuses on the tiny toys of Mattel, with a knockout gallery of visual art inspired by He-Man, […]

Watch: Sufjan Stevens and Nico Muhly Cover “Space Oddity”

Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, the National’s Bryce Dessner, and James McAlister kicked off the tour for their collaborative solar system-themed album, Planetarium, last night in Paris. Beyond hopping between planets with their own tracks, they covered one of David Bowie’s most iconic songs, one of the first that signaled the transcendent musical career to come, and the […]

The Second Season of ‘Stranger Things’ Gets a Release Date, and an Ominous Teaser and Poster

Earlier this year, Netflix released a Stranger Things Season 2 teaser during the Super Bowl. It featured a sketch of an arachnid-like monster that appears in thunderclouds — and a couple of quick shots of the thing, which perhaps crawled, or lightninged, out of the Upside Down. Now, a new poster — shared to accompany the announcement […]

Watch Maggie Gyllenhaal and Double James Franco in the Trailer for David Simon’s ‘The Deuce’

HBO already teased The Deuce, but that first tease was truly that – a series of rapid-fire images of the show’s vision of ’70s Times Square, peppered with James Francos (because, yes, there are two here, and both have sleazy mustaches) and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Now, the premium cable network has released a longer trailer (double the length, […]

The 9 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Norman,’ ‘Their Finest,’ ‘The Lost City of Z’

It’s another one of those insanely overloaded weeks on home video, which is good news for those of us who like to crank up the air conditioner and basically avoid the outdoors once we get to this part of the year. So we’ve got last year’s Academy-ordained best foreign film on Prime, an excellent documentary […]

Barry Jenkins to Begin Production on James Baldwin Adaptation in October

Barry Jenkins is already turning to television with a series based on Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad — and it turns out his next film will likewise be a daunting literary adaptation: James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk. Show More Summary

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Will Return with More Painful/Hilarious Pettiness in October

Everything is returning, always! Your latest undead series is one whose zombie will most likely do little harm beyond getting in deeply banal, petty arguments — and those arguments will, more likely than not, be very very funny. Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s six-years-later 9th season now has a teaser trailer and a release date. Technically, this […]

Moses Sumney Announces New Album and Release Date, Performs “Doomed” Live

A couple of weeks ago, Moses Sumney released “Doomed,” one of the more heartbreaking songs in recent memory about not being in love — asking from the scary comforts of isolation, “Am I vital/If my heart is idle/Am I doomed?” Today, he tweeted the release date and, it turns out, very fitting title of his debut LP: […]

‘Twin Peaks’ Season 3 Part 9 Recap: An Old Symbol Meets an Old Symbol

Controversial opinion: I wonder if there’s actually anywhere real-Dale Cooper would fit into the new Twin Peaks. His chipper attitude, fixation on quaint detail, and generally hurried air would all be completely out of place in a series that’s reconfigured itself as an experience stripped specifically of those qualities. As we now reach Part 9 with Cooper […]

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