Filmmaker Lynn Shelton on How to Survive Your Quarterlife Crisis and Her New Film ‘Laggies’

In Lynn Shelton’s new film Laggies, Keira Knightley plays Megan, a 28-year-old who’s “in between” in all aspects of her life. She’s an underemployed daddy’s girl with a master’s degree, and is perfectly fine with floating around the same nucleus of friends from high school and the same sweet long-term boyfriend. But when this long-term boyfriend (Mark Webber) proposes to her, Megan freaks out and goes rogue, shacking up at her 16-year-old buddy’s house (Chloë Grace Moretz), and freaking out the girl’s sardonic, lonely, divorced dad (Sam Rockwell, forever charming). One of our favorites at this year’s Sundance, it opens today. … Read More

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‘Listen Up Philip’ vs. ‘Inside Llewyn Davis': On the Interior Life of the Asshole Artist

I couldn’t stop thinking of the Cohen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis while watching Alex Ross Perry’s new movie, Listen Up Philip. Not just because of the superficial similarities: not just because Philip and Llewyn are both grumpy, hirsute male artists who seem intent on disseminating their self-important masculine angst. Not just because both films are loosely based on real people whose names have been altered (Dave Van Ronk for Llewyn, Philip Roth for Philip), or because these altered names both appear in the titles of each film in a way that implicitly condescends to their childish male characters. And lastly, not just because both films are stylized to reflect — with self-reflexive criticism — the ways nostalgia deforms how we perceive art. … Read More

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“Women Can Be Horrible!”: ‘Girls’ Showrunner Jenni Konner on Likability and Lena Dunham’s Real-Life Q-Tip Scene

When Jenni Konner, executive producer and co-showrunner of Girls, first heard about Tiny Furniture, she thought she’d hate it. “I was at a dinner with [New Girl creator] Liz Meriwether and she was like, ‘There’s this awesome movie you have to see. It’s by this 23-year-old girl and she’s naked half the time’… and I was like, ‘I don’t have to see that!'” Konner said. But when she finally saw the movie, through HBO executive Sue Naegle, she fell for it so hard Judd Apatow started joking she was the film’s “informal distributor.” Soon, she met Lena Dunham through their agents, and the rest is cringe-comedy history. … Read More

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Why We Can’t Stop Reading — and Writing — Jane Austen Sequels

Death Comes to Pemberley comes to American TV screens this Sunday night (be not alarmed, dear sirs and madams, for Flavorwire will provide recaps of each installment). For those who don’t know, it’s a mini-series based on a book by P.D. James which is itself a mystery novel based on the characters and locations from Pride and Prejudice. This unauthorized sequel places the married Elizabeth and Darcy and their estate in the middle of a British murder mystery with clues hidden on the grounds, ancestral secrets and frowning magistrates galore. But books like this are nothing new: readers have had a burning desire to return to Pemberley and peek in on Darcy and Elizabeth since the beginning of Austen’s… Read More

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Longform You Have to Read: The Best of ‘Guernica,’ Now Available in Print

In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re featuring wonderful work from Guernica: A Magazine of Art of Politics, the formidable online publication that’s celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. … Read More

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Gregg Araki’s ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’ Is a Compelling Portrait of Sexual Ownership

“I miss fucking you,” Kat (Shailene Woodley) purrs sincerely. “Absence makes the heart get stronger,” her lunk-headed boyfriend Phil (Shiloh Fernandez) malapropos in response. Phil is, in her words, “not the brightest crayon in the box”; elsewhere in the movie, he tells her, “It’s like a vicious circus” and implores her, “Cut him some slacks.” She likes his simplicity, because he gives her what she needs — and when he starts weirdly rebuffing her, she gets it somewhere else. The fact that Kat is played by Woodley, whose roles thus far have skewed far more towards the “good girl” type, gives Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard an extra jolt of electricity, for both the audience and the actress. And Araki slyly uses that novelty as a distraction from the clever things he’s up to elsewhere in the picture. … Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Season 6 Episode 5 Recap: “The Scale of Affection Is Fluid”

It’s difficult for ensemble dramas to orchestrate action for all, or even most, of their storylines in a single episode. Last week I mentioned that Parenthood set plot points in initial motion for future episodes, and this week, the payoff was huge. “The Scale of Affection Is Fluid” is easily the best episode of the show’s final season thus far, with compelling drama consuming every characters’ arc, besides Sarah and Hank. Max, Amber, Joel, and Crosby — arguably the show’s underdogs — faced hard emotional truths, at times with little hope. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: “The Key”

Scandal thrives on interweaving political intrigue with personal relationships and struggles, though for the first few episodes of Season 4, its attempts to unite the two came across as awkward and forced. But, among other encouraging developments, last week’s final moments contained a political bombshell with the power to bring closure to the show’s most persistent interpersonal storyline: the Fitz-Olivia-Jake love triangle. … Read More

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“Adorkable” Is Officially a Word: Links You Need to See

In today’s links, I seem to have inadvertently compiled a collection of stories (or fragments, or something smaller, perhaps, even) about people who tend to polarize. The name Courtney Love, for example, seems to exist along a virtual tectonic plate that shudders every time it’s uttered (oh look, a rhyme!), creating a fissure that you can count on to divide the internet. … Read More

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‘Nashville’ Is Pushing Its Gay Cowboy Out of the Closet, and It’s About Time

Note: This article contains spoilers for last night’s episode of Nashville.

A few weeks back, ABC’s Nashville — now in its third season — nearly evaded a conversation that seems unavoidable when a young, single character gets pregnant unexpectedly in the year 2014. The country music soap delicately danced around the topic of abortion. Superstar Juliette Barnes (played by Hayden Panettiere) would have the baby and give it up for adoption, and she would hide the pregnancy while filming a Patsy Cline biopic and touring the country, practicality be damned. … Read More

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