Dreamy Photos That Capture the Awe of First-Time New Yorkers

For decades, New York City has been a place for artists, dreamers, families full of hope, and those still stumbling to find their way. Photographer Peter Liepke, whose work we discovered on Faith is Torment, wanted to capture the feeling of arriving in the city for the first time and the awe the landscape inspires. His series Above & Beyond, currently on view at Gallery 270 until January 17, might be his most personal yet:

After growing up in suburban Minnesota as an artist, like many before me, and many more who will continually arrive in NYC each day, we embrace the challenge of wanting to broaden our lives by moving into a bigger arena. For this series I wanted to go back and attempt to remember my feelings or first impressions upon arriving in NYC as an outsider for the first time well over twenty years ago.

What makes Liepke’s work so striking is his platinum/palladium and gum bichromate processing. The techniques add an otherworldly feeling to a city that embraces so many different people every day. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Woody Harrelson

In a post-True Detective season one world, it’s great to see Woody Harrelson take the SNL stage tonight. His career path has taken some unexpected turns — from a role as a bartender on the beloved sitcom Cheers and a serial murderer in Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, to mega franchise star in The Hunger Games and his sad-sack cop in Nic Pizzolatto’s HBO drama. Will a glassy-eyed Woody be rusty after 25 years since his last hosting stint? Find out how it all went down, below. … Read More

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Psychedelic Architecture for Radical Residents

The resurgence of psychedelia comes and goes. If we can have it in our movies (see: Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England, for starters), then why can’t we have it in our architecture? After spotting a cozy home in upstate New York that one artist gave the royal psychedelic treatment, we went searching for other bold architectural statements — structures transformed into trippy environs through paint, light, and several from the ground up. Referencing the colorful hippie communes and crash pads of the 1960s, these radical structures are sure to light your eyes on fire without all those pesky side… Read More

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Films You Didn’t Know Were Ripped from the Headlines

In the annals of actors wearing radical facial prosthetics is Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell as millionaire and wrestling enthusiast John Eleuthère du Pont, boasting a fake schnoz that requires its own zip code. The film, co-starring Channing Tatum, hit theaters this week. Our own Jason Bailey called Carell’s performance haunted and harrowing, and explored the tragic real-life story behind the movie. Foxcatcher is based on the 1996 murder of Olympic champion Dave Schultz in 1996 by his wrestling coach, John Eleuthère du Pont, who had displayed bizarre behavior leading up to the crime. This is the first time the story has appeared on the big screen. We gathered other movies based on true-crime cases that you might not realize had real-life roots. … Read More

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Retro Glamour Photos and Headshots Styled in Ridiculous ’70s and ’80s Fashions

From one of the makers of the Original Video Pizza — featuring an hour-long montage of saucy, spinning pie with sizzling sound effects — comes the Glamour & Headshots series. Portland photographer Robbie Augspurger, who we first discovered on Ignant, takes a page from the Sears, yearbook, and Glamour Shots portraits of yore, styled in the best-worst of the 1970s and ‘80s. Random firewood? Check. Creepy double-exposure portraits with pets? Check. Lightsaber and brown knitwear? Check, check. “This photo series started when I purchased an old light kit. Its power settings put limits on what I could do in a studio portraiture context, having only ‘on’ and ‘off’ as my main controls,” writes Augspurger on the project website. Vintage Instagram filters are fun and all, but we can’t get enough of Augspurger’s hilarious and frequently convincing photos. See more in our gallery. … Read More

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What If T. Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ Were a Horror Movie? : Links You Need to See

The second trailer for 50 Shades of Grey dropped this morning, but that’s not the scary, relationship-themed trailer worth watching. No, that title belongs to this rework of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” video. Posted over at Slate, the trailer makes clear that T. Swift is actually a murderous lover. Surprise, surprise. No wonder she’s “Never, Ever Getting Back Together” with her ex: he’s dead! And was “I Knew You Were Trouble” actually a song about herself, wherein “trouble” meant “crazed serial killer?” Is Taylor Swift’s whole discography a thinly veiled allusion to her own murderous life? … Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Lorde, BenZel

We’re celebrating a couple excellent new releases out this week — BenZel’s Men and YACHT’s Where Does This Disco? — by highlighting their standout songs. Plus, Screaming Females return, Kanye makes Lorde tolerable, and Tinashé makes Nick Jonas even better.

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: ‘High Maintenance,’ Higher Budget

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round: High Maintenance returns just in time to chill us all out for winter. … Read More

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Why Do We Still Read ‘Moby-Dick’? Melville Fans on Why It Remains Relevant

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, by Herman Melville was published in 1851. In fact, today, November 14, marks the 163rd anniversary of the novel’s first U.S. printing. It was not a blockbuster at first glance; in fact, it was out of print by the time that Melville passed away in 1891, with only about 3200 copies sold during his lifetime. It was, by any account, a literary failure. … Read More

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50 Films for Romantic Anarchists

New German Cinema icon Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s affection for the outsider or lost soul is reflected throughout his filmography — perhaps most strikingly in his “romantic” oeuvre, where lovers obsess over and adore each other. The Film Society of Lincoln Center explores Fassbinder’s rejection of traditional roles in their Romantic Anarchist series, which runs until November 26. Inspired by the sweet suffering, alienation, and relationship identity crises of his characters (and the Film Society’s evocative series title), we’ve collected similar unconventional movies that highlight the strange and sometimes dark needs and passions of people in… Read More

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