‘Blood Splatters Quickly': 5 Life Lessons From the Infamous Ed Wood

Most people know of Edward Wood, Jr. from Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, the 1994 “comedy-drama” starring Johnny Depp. Or if you haven’t seen the film, you may know of him simply as the cross-dressing auteur responsible for what is widely considered the worst film ever made, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and other cinematic effronteries, like Jail Bait and Bride of the Monster. The Burton film does a decent job of detailing a certain period of Wood’s life, even if it leaves out some of the sordid bits. We already know that Ed Wood (more or less) invented the genius-hack archetype in cinema, but that’s only half the story. As it turns out, he spent much of his later life writing articles and stories for proto-pornographic magazines in Hollywood. … Read More

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‘Camp X-Ray’ Proves Kristen Stewart Can Act — But We Already Knew That

Here’s how terrible the Twilight movies are: they convinced the world that a good actress was a terrible one. I would like to tell you that her very good performance in the new film Camp X-Ray is some sort of revelation, but if you have to be told that, you haven’t been paying attention; she’s been good several times before (Adventureland and The Runaways leap to mind), even in films that were, to put it charitably, problematic (like On the Road and Welcome to the Rileys). But those pictures were all bookended by entries in The Twilight Saga, so even if the few people who saw those other films were impressed by her work in them, there was another awful Twilight movie on the horizon to remind us of how bad she could be. Those films ended in 2012. Camp X-Ray is the first Stewart film to hit theaters after them. It marks the beginning, hopefully, of a reconsideration. … Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Season 6 Episode 4 Recap: “A Potpourri of Freaks”

There’s something kind of unnatural about the way television shows, particularly dramas with emotional plot twists, barrel onward right up ’til the end. I think of it as “unnatural” because were this real life, this careening forward would be the most natural thing in the world. It’s the point of it all. Here in Parenthood‘s final… Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 4 Recap: “Like Father, Like Daughter”

TV recaps tend to get a bad rap among high-minded critic types — something I’ve never thought was entirely fair. Certainly, I have practical reasons to be biased in favor of the format, but it’s also difficult for me to understand what’s so terrible about coming together to discuss individual episodes of television, which is after all one of the few shared experiences left in American culture now that we all bowl alone and have invented enough apps that we never need to leave home. … Read More

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Meet Cassandro, the Liberace of Lucha Libre: Links You Need To See

The world of professional wrestling is a strange, difficult one. The world of lucha libre? Even stranger, even more difficult, and dominated by the types of straight, male figures that you’ll find walking around in Ed Hardy and UFC shirts. Imagine, then, trying to navigate that world as a an out, flamboyant gay man. Well, that’s exactly what Cassandro has done. Fusion has the story of Cassandro, one of the first out exoticos — flamboyant luchadores — and it’s a deep, ultimately uplifting one, touching on his estrangement and reconciliation with his father, as well as his battle with addiction and sobriety. It makes sense that a gay luchador finally made it big in the sport, what with the bodies, the pomp, and the personalities: professional wrestling is almost like high-contact drag. So, good on you, Cassandro. … Read More

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The 50 Most Horrific Family Relationships in Film

Celine Dion once famously said, “I’d like to dedicate this next song to all of the parents and all the children of the world” — to which a not-quite-as-famous YouTuber famously responded, “All the parents + all of the children of the world = fucking everybody.” Yes, one of the most fundamental facts of life is that everyone is a child and most people are eventually parents. It is the universality of these familial absolutes, perhaps, that makes “the fam” such good fuel for horror in film, even in films that wouldn’t necessarily be categorized as “horror.” In fact, there’s such a bounty of films depicting inter-family horrors that organizing a filmic family trauma reunion (aka listicle) seems quite a Freudian headache. For this reason, I’ve decided to break down the most stomach-churning family relationships onscreen into slightly more digestible… Read More

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Dating Advice From Classic Non-Jane Austen Literature

This week, Melville House released The Jane Austen Rules: A Classic Guide to Modern Love by scholar Sinéad Murphy. It’s a dating advice book culled from the Austen oeuvre, with chapters entitled things like “Dress Up,” “Find a Man, Not a Guy,” and “Be Quite Independent.”

This witty, brief new guide is part of an “Austen advice” mini empire, coming on the heels of Elizabeth Kantor’s rather conservative The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After and William Deresiewicz’s A Jane Austen Education and many other books of similar intent. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Christina Hendricks Joins Comedy Central Sitcom, ‘Top of the Lake’ Gets Season 2

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: Christina Hendricks joins the comedy American Period, Manhattan and Top of the Lake get Season 2 renewals, and truTV gets stoned.  … Read More

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Dave Grohl Sets His Rock Savior Schtick Aside for Solid Storytelling in HBO’s ‘Sonic Highways’

Forty minutes into the first episode of Dave Grohl’s eight-part HBO docuseries, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, he starts singing out a heavy baritone guitar part to Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen in the most dramatic of manners, waving his hands like a marching band conductor. (Grohl, it should be noted, was just seen wearing a T-shirt with Nielsen’s face on it.) He breaks eye contact with the underrated guitar great just twice in the ten-second exchange, instead looking right at the camera as if to make sure there was footage of him directing yet another one of rock’s legends. … Read More

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Flavorwire Premiere: Soft Vision’s D.H. Lawrence-Inspired “Rocking Horse Winner”

Last month, Austin drone-pop duo Soft Vision released a striking 7″ called “Feel It Coming On”; its B-side was a song called “Willy Loman,” named for the protagonist of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Now the harmonious synth act, comprised of Kelly Winchester and Bradley Barr, offers up the opening track to their self-titled debut EP, out next week on Acoustic Division’s new pop counterpart, Hi-Definition. It, too, finds its inspiration in one of 20th-century literature’s famous working-class families: D.H. Lawrence’s 1926 short story “The Rocking-Horse Winner.” Flavorwire is pleased to premiere the song, below.

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