Portland’s First Homegrown "Men’s Rights Activist" Targets Female-Centric Comedy Fest

A man claiming to be Portland’s first homegrown Men’s Rights Activist decided to target an all-female (and... Read More
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James Blunt is on Our Side, Admits “You’re Beautiful” Is Annoying: Links You Need to See

With Halloween nearing and everyone guzzling listicles of scary things — essentially having their fears dictated to them — it’s easy to forget the commonplace horrors. For example, while you’ve likely been busy getting your coulrophobia rekindled by American Horror Story, your fear of say, Comic Sans, has probably been relegated to the backseat of your subconscious. Well, I’d like to change that. There’s lots out there to be afraid of, and most of it isn’t bedecked in foam noses and white makeup (though, arguably, Comic Sans would be the actual most horrific thing in the world if it were wearing a clown costume). … Read More

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So Bad It’s Good: Get Possessed by the Boredom of ‘Exorcist II: The Heretic’

Bad movies are not a simple matter. There are nearly as many categories of terrible movies as there are for great ones: there are films that are insultingly stupid (Batman & Robin), unintentionally funny (Birdemic), unintentionally, painfully unfunny (White Chicks), so bad they’re depressing (Transformers), and so on. But the most rewarding terrible movies are those we know as “so bad they’re good” — entertaining in their sheer incompetence, best braved in numbers, where the ham-fisted dramatics and tin-eared dialogue become fodder for years of random quotes and inside jokes. And in this spirit, Flavorwire brings you the latest installment in our monthly So Bad It’s Good feature, and a special Halloween edition, no less: John Boorman’s notorious 1977 sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic. … Read More

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A Crash Course in Sleater-Kinney, So You Can Get Excited About Their Reunion

How’s your Monday going? Could it benefit from some rad tunes that give you power in every fiber of your being? Are you scared yet? Well, you shouldn’t be, because today is a great day. Today, Sleater-Kinney announced their reunion, and of course they did it in a we-don’t-fuck-around manner that mirrors their artistic approach. (Lest you need reminding that “doing it right” is a frustratingly rare tactic for band reunions amidst these “Oh, Coachella will pay us how much to reunite?” reconciliations). There will be a big tour, there will be a new album (No Cities to Love, out January 20 via Sub Pop), and there will be joy. Oh yeah, and there’s a new single, “Bury Our Friends,” which Sleater-Kinney hid in their new vinyl box set, Start Together (out tomorrow). As if you didn’t already think they were clever already… or maybe you didn’t. Maybe you have no idea. Allow me to just say, I am excited for the very moment when you discover that. Sleater-Kinney is not generally a band that offers up diminishing returns if you invest in them. … Read More

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How Kurosawa’s ‘Yojimbo’ Became Leone’s ‘Fistful of Dollars’

His name might not mean much to Joe Moviegoer, but among a certain kind of cinephile, Stephen Prince is a legend. Others may know their Kurosawa, but Prince wrote a brilliant deep-dive on the great Japanese director’s films (The Warrior’s Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa), although his movie-geek street cred is mostly due to his Criterion Collection audio commentaries, which appear on the DVDs and Blu-rays for pretty much every Kurosawa film they’ve released–including Yojimbo, which was the one that brought us together. Last weekend, I had the honor of talking to Prince about Yojimbo at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Kansas (one of our favorite under-the-radar film fests). Specifically, we discussed the link between that film and its unofficial remake, A Fistful of Dollars (which also screened at the fest). … Read More

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Last Week Was a No-Good, Very Bad Week for Misogyny in the Music Industry

Six months ago, Future was on the top of the world: a son on the way with fiancée Ciara, sophomore album Honest garnering critical praise, and a new song with Kanye in which he brags about both. “I Won (Trophy)” positioned Ciara and Mrs. West herself, Kim Kardashian, as trophy wives to be shown off for their physical assets, rather than their numerous professional or personal accomplishments. It was gross, though the fuckboys I saw praising it on Twitter didn’t seem to think so. Flash forward to last week, when Future emerged with an even grosser ode to female anatomy, “Pussy Overrated.” … Read More

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“Your Show Is Full of Feminist Philosophy That You Take for Granted”: Matthew Weiner and Alexandra Clert Talk Women, Work, and Television

The first line of Mad Men Matthew Weiner ever wrote, the showrunner told his audience on Friday night, was “I’m not gonna let a woman talk to me like that.” Delivered by man’s man, advertising genius, and fraud Don Draper to a female potential client (and his future mistress), the line fit the event’s theme perfectly — “Women at Work” on television, both American (Mad Men) and French (Engrenages, known as Spiral in English).  … Read More

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Katha Pollit on Abortion and Her Controversial New Book ‘Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights’

In Katha Pollitt’s new book Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, the longtime poet, essayist, and columnist for The Nation turns her eye towards the state of abortion today in 2014. What she finds is stark. Forty years after Roe Vs. Wade, abortion is under attack — from the erosion of state laws to the closing of clinics to the wishy-washy language used even by so-called liberals (i.e. “Safe, legal, and rare.) In Pro, Pollitt argues for a new framework for abortion where it’s normalized, safe, and a humdrum part of women’s lives, in a world where women’s health — physically and economically — is prioritized. It’s a challenging, smart book, and it will change what you think about and talk about when the topic of abortion comes up. Over a coffee on the upper west side, I talked with Pollitt about her book and why we need to pay attention to the political attack on abortion. … Read More

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‘The Good Wife’ Season 6 Episode 5 Recap: “Shiny Things”

What distracts you? In the process of writing this review, tons of stuff distracted me. The Internet, obviously, but more specifically Twitter, Reddit subforums, Amazon, Facebook, Wikipedia, checking other people’s Good Wife reviews, biting my nails, Shazam-ing the song from the opening scene (“Oh, it was used in Finding Forrester.”), wondering about candy, eating candy, regretting candy… to name a few. “Shiny Things” is all about distractions, those titular shiny objects that pull attention from the matter at hand, a phenomenon most obviously represented in the return of everyone’s favorite legal savant, Elsbeth Tascioni (Carrie Preston). … Read More

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‘The Affair’ Season 1 Episode 2 Recap: “2”

Last week on The Affair: two sexy married people met cute at an outdoor shower. This week, we have stories about jam, and JOSHUA JACKSON, nee Pacey on Dawson’s Creek, riding a goddamm horse in tight jeans and a cowboy hat looking like the fantasy stud of your dreams. But in whose memory is he that stupid hot? The answer is below! … Read More

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‘Manhattan’ Creator Sam Shaw on the Show’s Stellar First Season

Over the course of a season, the new television show Manhattan has established itself as assured, confident storytelling, showing the utter surreality of moving to the moon — Los Alamos, New Mexico — establishing a brand-new community in place by the American government, all for the purpose of the Manhattan Project and the race to… Read More

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