‘Bob’s Burgers’ Season 4 Episode 18 Recap: “Ambergris”

In this week’s Bob’s Burgers, Louise encounters the limitations of her age as the kids go all pulp noir and try to sell whale poop on the black market. Meanwhile, Bob and Linda allow Calvin Fischoeder’s eccentric brother Felix to remodel the Bob’s Burgers bathroom into a high-end club: all flash and intimidation, hellish when it comes to getting around. Both plotlines mixed the gross with the high-end, in the process reasserting the Belchers’ clear position within that dichotomy. We also saw a few top-notch performances from Zach Galifianakis and Bill Hader, both seemingly heavy on goofy and dramatic improvisation. Plus a plethora of great one-liners the characters tossed like bombs and immediately abandoned, including a Steve Zahn joke. All in all, “Ambergris” was equal parts comedy, character development, and stylistic experimentation — the best of Bob’s Burgers. … Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Episode 2 Recap: “A Day’s Work”

It may be an episode taking place mostly on or around Valentine’s Day, but forget about love, people of and related to Sterling Cooper & Partners: nobody’s in very good shape here. Don is waking up at noon, hungover and messy in a dark apartment, with only the TV for company. He’s besuited by eight… Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 3 Recap: “Breaker of Chains”

Game of Thrones returns to disjointed form this week, transitioning straight from the longest continuous scene in its history to the sprawling story that makes Game of Thrones so difficult to discuss as a cohesive plot. But there was one motif, at least, that seemed to run through the episode, and might come the closest to a season-wide theme that we’re going to get. The premiere indicated that our major players would be spending their time dealing with the aftermath of the Red Wedding and the war it technically concluded. Add to that the downfall of yet another monarch, and you’ve got a meditation on what happens once the fighting’s over and a king’s reign is done. How are rulers remembered, and more importantly, what do they leave behind? … Read More

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Fun and Fascinating Art for City Commuters

Commuting in a big city can be a dreary task — one usually occupied by general malaise. Artists around the world have channeled the experience of the daily hustle in fascinating ways — or at least ways that shed light on some of the beautiful moments found amongst strangers on a train. After spotting a unique video installation inspired by Seoul train travelers on Co.Design (featured after the jump), we decided to highlight other works that pay homage to he human experience (and sometimes general weird) of public transportation, also citing those artworks that only a city commuter could appreciate. … Read More

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Clever Movie Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Biting the heads off chocolate bunnies and determining the flavor of questionably colored jellybeans is fun and all that, but cinephiles know the best way to celebrate Easter is by geeking out over movie easter eggs. Yes, we’re talking about those inside jokes, hidden messages, and clever visual puns that filmmakers sneak into their movies so that obsessive fans and eagle-eyed viewers can win bragging rights. We revisited 10 clever movie easter eggs that you might have missed. Feel free to add your favorites, below. … Read More

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Wonderfully Absurd Family Vacation Photos That Snub Stereotypical Gender Roles

Art director, performance artist, and photographer Suzanne Heintz, who we first learned of on Lost at E Minor, had a clever comeback to the incessant questions about her romantic life. Instead of settling down and getting married, Heintz decided to create her own nearest and dearest by using mannequins as stand-ins for a husband and child. She took things a step further by dragging her newly invented loved ones to various spots for family vacation-style photos in beautiful locations. The artist also staged shots of everyday activities like sharing a bathroom with her dummy husband and putting her vacant-eyed daughter to sleep at night. See more of Heintz’s absurd family photos that poke fun at stereotypical gender roles in our gallery. … Read More

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‘Orphan Black’ Season 2 Premiere Recap: “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed”

Orphan Black‘s first and absolutely tremendous season ended with Sarah Manning running so it’s only fitting that the second season premiere opens with her still frantically racing down the street. In last season’s finale, after Sarah turned down Rachel’s offer, her daughter Kira went missing. That’s where “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed” picks up: minutes later, with Sarah trying to figure out a way to get her daughter back without sacrificing herself. … Read More

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The Memorable Last Words of Literary Characters

Today, we’re celebrating literature’s first detective story, which became a prototype for the greatest modern mystery tales and the analytical sleuths that investigated them. This weekend marks the 173rd publication anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue, which first appeared in Graham’s Magazine back in 1841. Protagonist C. Auguste Dupin, a Parisian man who becomes embroiled in a bloody case, solves the bizarre murder mystery surrounding two women without the help of the police force. The story’s final line comes from a puffed-up Dupin, who after ruffling the prefect of police’s feathers, snarkily states: “I like him especially for one master stroke of cant, by which he has attained his reputation for ingenuity. I mean the way he has ‘de nier ce qui est, et d’expliquer ce qui n’est pas.’ (‘To deny what is, and to explain what is not.’)” We felt inspired to look back on some of the most memorable last words of literary characters — those that mark a character’s journey, several closing quips, and a few dying utterances. Add your favorite quotes, below. … Read More

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12 Riveting 2014 Cannes Film Festival Titles to Watch

The most exciting time of the year for cinephiles has arrived. The 2014 Cannes Film Festival slate was announced earlier this week. This year’s lineup will surely be a feast for the eyes with auteurs new and old returning to the French Riviera red carpet. Opening the fest will be Olivier Dahan’s much-talked about Grace Kelly biopic, Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as the movie star turned princess — but there are a number of titles that have merely been hinted at leading up to the announcement. We took a look at 12 of the Cannes features to watch in the coming weeks as trailers and stills continue to roll out in anticipation of the May 14 festival — all absolute must-sees when they arrive in a theater near you. … Read More

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‘Hannibal’ Season 2, Episode 8 Recap: “Su-zakana”

With four episodes to go until the Jack-Hannibal blowout this season’s opening scene promised, Hannibal has briefly opted to return to its status quo. “Su-zakana” hews the closest to the show’s first-season procedural format than any episode since Will was imprisoned. Our protagonist isn’t just out of prison: he’s back in the field, assisting Jack Crawford, and back in the patient’s chair, consulting with Hannibal. The case of the Chesapeake Ripper is temporarily solved, and Will’s entrapment of the real killer has moved from a high-speed chase to a slower-speed seduction. Conveniently, though, as soon as Will and Hannibal stop duking it out for real, they find a couple of foils—perfect for a proxy war. … Read More

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