Alison Nastasi

Weekend Editor

Alison Nastasi is the weekend editor of Flavorwire, a freelance film writer, and artist. Her work has appeared on Cinematical, Fandango, Moviefone, MTV, and more. Alison is publishing a book about artists with Chronicle in spring 2015.

Features

faster

Sexploitation Films for Female Audiences

By

We’ve been talking about the female gaze again this week — a conversation sparked by the premiere of the beefcake-savvy Magic Mike XXL, which opened in theaters this weekend. Critics are applauding the movie, praising the new sexploitation classic for its sex positivity and focus on women of all shapes, sizes, and colors. If you find yourself feeling starved for cinema that offers more to women than the usual male-centric fare, try these sexploitation films — and a few that blur genres.
… Read More

bondi

Stunning Staircases to Nowhere Created By Artists and Architects

By

The award-winning Monument Valley is a puzzle game that uses architectural mazes and structures to lead its character through optical illusions in various levels. It’s an M. C. Escher drawing come to life, featuring interlocking bridges, rotating structures, and staircases that lead to nowhere. Inspired by the beautifully designed best seller, we looked at real-life staircases to nowhere created by artists and architects around the world.
… Read More

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne Drops Free Album on Tidal

By

Lil Wayne is keeping the weekend vibes going with his Free Weezy Album, which he recently premiered on Tidal. Artists Jeezy, Cory Gunz, Euro, and Wiz Khalifa join the rapper for the 15-track release that follows his mixtape Sorry 4 The Wait 2. The previously released single “Glory” kicks things off. The Free Weezy Album… Read More

v11

Nightmarish Creatures Created From Discarded VHS Tape

By

For the analog boys and girls living in a digital world, the work of French multimedia artist Philip Ob Rey should capture your interest. The Iceland-based creator was recently brought to our attention due to his use of discarded VHS tapes. Ob Rey creates nightmarish figures using the black magnetic tape and photographs them wandering the frozen Icelandic landscape. They’re fantastical, horrific, and darkly beautiful. Lovecraft would approve. The artist created an entire narrative about the creatures, which you can take in on his website. “In the form of an outstanding installation skeletonned with VHS film-rolls, he will present V, his new project. V senses, V awakenings, V Beings half-God half-Mortal staged through five medias, from the 80’s to our (analogue film, digital 8mm videos, smartphone…) sublimed within a post-modern archeologic research, V visions, V HumantropicSenses, V-HS,” Ob Rey writes of the ominous beings. See more of Ob Rey’s video giants in our gallery.
… Read More

kafka

Life Advice from the Formidable Franz Kafka

By

Today, on his birthday, the Tel Aviv court ruled that several rare Franz Kafka manuscripts, which the Metamorphosis writer left to his friend Max Brod to destroy following his death, would be sent to the National Library of Israel. The collection will be published online. For now, we look to a catalogue of quotes from the German-language writer who knows a thing or two about alienation, mystical transformation, and, apparently, self-help. Here are a few pieces of life advice, some cheerier than others, from the formidable author.
… Read More

lip1

Adorable ’90s Pop Culture-Inspired Lip Art

By

Laura Jenkinson’s adorable lip art, which we first spotted on Ego-AlterEgo, is giving us all of the nostalgic feels. The London-based makeup artist uses eye-popping palettes to recreate pop culture’s most beloved characters as fun lip designs. Jenkinson clearly has a lot of love for ‘90s-era characters from series like The Simpsons and Rugrats, as well as Disney’s animated heroes. “I’d seen loads of other fantastic make-up artists on Instagram and I wanted to do something similar and on a bigger scale so I started doing about one a week,” Jenkinson said in an interview. “I find a picture and then just hold it up to the mirror as a guide and draw straight onto my face — it’s easier than you think!”
… Read More

jayne

Vintage Photos of Patriotic July 4th Pinups

By

Nothing says the birth of the United States as an independent nation like vintage bathing beauties posing with oversized phalluses firecrackers. Happy July 4th, America! We’re celebrating with a slice of cheesecake from these historical hotties — including a few famous names like Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, and Ava Gardner. These beachy pinups, adored by G.I.s during wartime, are sure to put you in a patriotic mood.
… Read More