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25 Essential Punk Rock Movies

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Penelope Spheeris’ legendary The Decline of Western Civilization trilogy finally saw home video release this week — and, in case you hadn’t noticed, everyone at Flavorwire is pretty excited about that. So, to celebrate their reemergence, we’ve rounded up 25 essential punk movies, from arthouse oddities to awesomely cheesy exploitation flicks to groundbreaking nonfiction… Read More

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Nightmarish Creatures Created From Discarded VHS Tape

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For the analog boys and girls living in a digital world, the work of French multimedia artist Philip Ob Rey should capture your interest. The Iceland-based creator was recently brought to our attention due to his use of discarded VHS tapes. Ob Rey creates nightmarish figures using the black magnetic tape and photographs them wandering the frozen Icelandic landscape. They’re fantastical, horrific, and darkly beautiful. Lovecraft would approve. The artist created an entire narrative about the creatures, which you can take in on his website. “In the form of an outstanding installation skeletonned with VHS film-rolls, he will present V, his new project. V senses, V awakenings, V Beings half-God half-Mortal staged through five medias, from the 80’s to our (analogue film, digital 8mm videos, smartphone…) sublimed within a post-modern archeologic research, V visions, V HumantropicSenses, V-HS,” Ob Rey writes of the ominous beings. See more of Ob Rey’s video giants in our gallery.
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Life Advice from the Formidable Franz Kafka

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Today, on his birthday, the Tel Aviv court ruled that several rare Franz Kafka manuscripts, which the Metamorphosis writer left to his friend Max Brod to destroy following his death, would be sent to the National Library of Israel. The collection will be published online. For now, we look to a catalogue of quotes from the German-language writer who knows a thing or two about alienation, mystical transformation, and, apparently, self-help. Here are a few pieces of life advice, some cheerier than others, from the formidable author.
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Celebrate Independence Day With ‘Game of Thrones’ Actors Speaking in American Accents

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Emilia Clarke, best known as Daenerys Targaryen of Game of Thrones fame, was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, and apart from the fact that she’s pretty much unrecognizable with her natural dark hair, her appearance was most notable for a hitherto undisplayed talent: she does a pretty killer Valley Girl accent. Watching the regal and oh-so-English Daenerys bust out her best Moon Unit Zappa impersonation is kinda disconcerting, but it got us thinking about similar examples, because, y’know, 4th of July and America and all that. ‘Murca!
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Adorable ’90s Pop Culture-Inspired Lip Art

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Laura Jenkinson’s adorable lip art, which we first spotted on Ego-AlterEgo, is giving us all of the nostalgic feels. The London-based makeup artist uses eye-popping palettes to recreate pop culture’s most beloved characters as fun lip designs. Jenkinson clearly has a lot of love for ‘90s-era characters from series like The Simpsons and Rugrats, as well as Disney’s animated heroes. “I’d seen loads of other fantastic make-up artists on Instagram and I wanted to do something similar and on a bigger scale so I started doing about one a week,” Jenkinson said in an interview. “I find a picture and then just hold it up to the mirror as a guide and draw straight onto my face — it’s easier than you think!”
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Paul Feig Tweets Photos of New ‘Ghostbusters’ Uniforms and Proton Pack

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It’s Manhattan, you want to look your best, but you also need to be practical and factor in the occupational hazard  of being covered in slime. So, the dark grey, no-frills jumpsuit it is. Paul Feig (who’s directing the upcoming female Ghostbusters remake) shared a picture of the new team of said busters’ (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones’) uniforms, as well as the  the latest “proton pack”, which looks possibly even more rustic than its first iteration, invented by Dr. Egon Spengler.
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Watch: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman Puzzle Over a Murder in ‘Secret in Their Eyes’ Trailer

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You may be puzzling over a remake of the 2009 Argentine film (which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film) Secrets in their Eyes. Now with the first trailer, you can feel united with the film’s characters, who are also going through a serious bout of befuddlement: of course, as in the original, their form of confusion is over the details of a specific murder, while yours may be more generally over the prolonged death of originality in American cinema.
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Robert Redford Tells UN General Assembly to “Save the World Before It’s Too Late”

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Robert Redford told the United Nations at a general assembly yesterday, “This may be our last chance” to curb the damage of greenhouse gases on the planet. Redford was responding to this December’s climate conference in Paris, where environmentalists hoped an agreement would be reached by developing and developed nations to rein in greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet.
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘While We’re Young,’ ‘Danny Collins’

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For my money, the biggest event of the week, new release-wise, is the long, long, long-awaited DVD/Blu-ray unveiling of the Decline of Western Civilization trilogy, but let’s not downplay the rest of the week’s crop. Over on Netflix, we’ve got a solid documentary on a musical legend; Criterion has a new edition of a deliciously odd Czech classic; and two of the spring’s most interesting indies arrive on Blu-ray, along with a surprisingly moving Al Pacino vehicle.
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Those Bastards Will Remake ‘Back to the Future’ Over Robert Zemeckis’s Dead Body

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A few days ago, Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff tweeted, “We should probably thank the gods there’s not a new Back to the Future coming this fall, with Marty’s kid traveling back to 1985.” It’s the kind of a perfect tweet/encapsulation of the industry at this moment, inasmuch as it’s a terrible idea that any studio executive would greenlight in a New York minute.
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Chris Farley Joked, Kanye Rapped, and Shia LaBeouf Attempted Something in Between: Links You Need to See

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Chris Farley was known for his hilarious portrayals of the likes of an energetic motivational speaker, a Chippendale’s dancer, a lunch lady, Jerry Garcia, Meat Loaf and Newt Gingrich on SNL; he’s also known for having died — like SNL cast member John Belushi — at the young age of 33 of a drug overdose. A trailer for the new documentary I am Chris Farley has surfaced today, and the film seems to look deeper into the potentially destructive weight of sudden fame coupled with an insatiable desire to entertain (via the accounts of other comedians like Mike Meyers, Adam Adnsler, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget and David Spade).
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