‘Sleepy Hollow’ Season 2 Episode 10 Recap: “Magnus Opus”

Progress, folks. This is what Sleepy Hollow can be when it’s working at its best: easy humor, sword fighting, and actual plot developments. And Lt. Mills being a badass in a leather cap and jacket reminiscent of Rhythm Nation… Read More

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The “Force” Might Finally “Awaken” this Weekend : Links You Need to See

With our American palate becoming desensitized by all forms of devilishly good and taste-masking hot-sauces, it’s become hard to enjoy simple gastronomic pleasures without excessive amounts of added flavor. Any kind of sauce, really. It’s actually emotionally trying to not put a sauce on something. Therefore, I understand that it might be necessary to also accompany this post with a nice onion fig glaze. And who better to make your onion fig glaze, or at least to to teach you how to make your own onion fig glaze, than singer-turned-chef, Kelis? After all, her milkshake brought quite a few men to an outdoor space some years ago, so I’m hoping her onion fig glaze does something similar now. … Read More

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2015’s Craziest Calendar Transforms Nude Artists Into Adorable Pandas

“The government shutdown has claimed one of its most beloved casualties: the National Zoo’s panda cam,” wrote CNN last October. “But animal lovers can rest assured that the zoo’s endangered Giant Pandas — Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and an unnamed newborn cub — will still be fed and cared for, the zoo said.” It sounded ominous — and totally ridiculous. You might remember that these were the types of stories being published in 2013, when all inessential (or what they’re now calling “non-excepted”) government services were suspended amid Washington’s unresolved fiscal mess. And the National Zoo’s most popular residents generated some of the goofiest headlines. As one media brain on Twitter put it: “the panda cam is the bread and circuses of our age. never mind all the important stuff, OMG BABY PANDA!!! #shutdown” … Read More

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‘Los Angeles Plays Itself': Cinephiles’ Favorite Rarely Seen Movie About Movies Debuts on Netflix

Once it was a whispered secret among movie obsessives: the consensus that Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles Plays Itself was a perfect film, three hours of combing through Los Angeles in a stunning multitude of clips and cuts, exploring how the city shaped the movies that shaped the city. Greeted with hosannas upon its release in 2003, it kept a supposedly necessarily low profile in the years that followed, with screenings limited to the occasional repertory-house run. … Read More

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8 Great, Overlooked Shows From the 2013-2014 TV Season to Catch Up On Over Thanksgiving

So many great new TV series premiere every year that it’s impossible to watch them all, let alone attempt to cover them. A handful of wonderful little shows slipped below the collective radar during the 2013-2014 television season, overshadowed by the bigger shows that we couldn’t stop talking about. But that just means they’re perfect to watch later this week while hiding from your relatives and general Thanksgiving festivities. Here are eight overlooked TV shows to binge on during the long… Read More

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We Will All Howl: Antony Hegarty on the State of Transfeminism

“They announced two weeks ago that in the last 40 years, the number of wild animals has dropped by one-half, and we’re expecting a 50 to 70 percent extinction event of all species by the end of the century,” Antony Hegarty says. “I always think about those stories about the last bird, or the last of a species, when they’re calling out and they don’t have the other animal, the partner that can call back to them. The idea of the disappearing voice is very resonant for me. What hears a solitary voice. What responds to a solitary voice.” … Read More

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100 Years Later, What Have We Learned From James Joyce’s ‘Dubliners’?

Twelve years ago, I inadvertently began a literary ritual that I’ve kept alive to this day. It was late in the first term of my freshman year of college, and I’d been assigned to lead a discussion on James Joyce’s “The Dead,” the devastating final story in his collection Dubliners. Never having read it, I was unaware of the symbolic importance of snow in the story. It happened to be the first snowfall of the year, and by the time I reached the book’s end, my romantic, teenaged soul swooned along with Gabriel’s, as he heard “the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.” So, as embarrassing as it is to admit, I now re-read “The Dead” on the first snowfall of every year. … Read More

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‘The Imitation Game’ and the Intellectual Charisma of Benedict Cumberbatch

There’s a pivotal scene in the new film The Imitation Game that tells us much about star Benedict Cumberbatch’s appeal. The setup: in the thick of WWII, a brilliant mathematician named Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) heads up a team of codebreakers tasked with cracking the Nazi Enigma code. To do so, Turing has been granted £100,000 to build an elaborate machine for the job — in essence, the first computer. And like most computers, it doesn’t really work. With the Allies losing ground and a bitter commander breathing down their necks, Turing and his team finally have a breakthrough. The scene is masterfully energetic, but there’s more to it than that; it’s borderline erotic. … Read More

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The Intake Form: Meet “Psychedelic Witch-Wave” Artist Ruby Fray

The Intake Form is Flavorwire’s new questionnaire feature spotlighting emerging musicians worth your time, paired with a premiere from the artist. Here, we premiere the “Barbara” video from  K Records’ Ruby Fray and get a little weird with the self-dubbed “psychedelic witch-wave” singer-songwriter from Austin via Olympia.  … Read More

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Ida B. Wells, Anti-Lynching Crusader, Was the Godmother of the Social Justice Internet

“Let me give thanks for your faithful paper on the lynch abomination,” Frederick Douglass wrote to Ida B. Wells, introducing her pamphlet on lynching, ‘A Red Record.’  “Brave woman! you have done your people and mine a service which can neither be weighed nor measured,” he went on.

Once one apprehends the extent of the prophetic journalism and anti-lynching activism of Ida B. Wells, it becomes difficult to see her as anything but one of the greatest Americans ever, at the pinnacle of the category of “unsung heroines.” Wells, who was born a slave and died in a new century as a lauded activist, editor, speaker, and journalist, is deserving of far more public memorializing than so many of the mediocre leaders whose busts decorate our marble halls. … Read More

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