TV’s Second Attempt to Adapt ‘The Approval Matrix’ Is Another Failure

New York Magazine’s “Approval Matrix” feature takes hot topics from the news cycle and them divides into categories: highbrow, lowbrow, brilliant, and despicable. It’s a cool feature, one that many of us skip to first when picking up the magazine, and provides a jumping-off point for fun debates with your friends. It’s also popular enough to have spawned two TV adaptations: Bravo’s bland 2011 pilot that never went anywhere and, starting tonight, Sundance’s version, hosted by Neal Brennan. Hopefully, when this six-episode series ends, television will have learned to leave this feature alone. … Read More

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A Brief History of Inappropriately Invoking George Orwell

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better.” This is a quote from George Orwell’s 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language,” and it could lead one to say, “Hey, you know, the way people inappropriately call things Orwellian all the time is, like, totally Orwellian!” But let’s not say that, because it would be silly. Instead, in view of Amazon’s hilarious misappropriation of an Orwell quote in its ongoing battle with Hachette, it might be more fun to take a look at a few of the many times in recent memory when Orwell’s memory has been used and abused. Take a look after the jump, but watch out for Big Brother. … Read More

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Exclusive Photo Gallery: Outside Lands 2014

The seventh annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival took over Golden Gate Park last weekend, blessing San Francisco with three days of heavenly sounds, sights, and tastes. Although your New York-based Flavorwire staff was stuck on the East Coast, photographer Scott Witt was on hand to capture the magic for us — and for you. Click through to see Haim shred, Arctic Monkeys vamp, and Death Cab for Cutie brood, then visit Witt’s website to see more of his wonderful work. … Read More

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5 Movies That Should Have Been Rated PG-13 — And 5 That Shouldn’t Have

Thirty years ago this month, John Milius’ Cold War wet dream Red Dawn rolled into theaters, helping launch the careers of Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson, and Jennifer Grey. But it also launched a significant chapter in movie history: it was the first film released to theaters carrying the new PG-13 rating, a Goldlocks-ish “just right” nestled between the PG and the R. But as with all things MPAA-related, the PG-13 became a giant clusterfuck in the three decades hence, as its desirability led studios and filmmakers to push the rating to its absolute breaking point — loading up their PG-13 blockbusters with dead bodies while the ratings agency’s bean counters tallied “F-words” and bare butts. So to celebrate this dubious anniversary, let’s take a look back at ten cases where the 30-year-old rating was woefully… Read More

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Divas Being Leaders and Blowing Things Up in the Desert: A Music Video Treasury

Are you a badass lady with either an impressive vocal range, enviable rap flow, or some flashy couture you’ve been dying to wear under the oppressive heat of a thousand suns? Does your song have a sick beat? Do you want to prove your absolute, unassailable diva-hood by leading troops of loyal followers through the desert, then standing alone in a wide shot, sand and chaos swirling about you, while you remain calm as ever in the eye of the storm? Alternately, do you like music festivals and fluorescent colors? … Read More

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‘Masters of Sex’ Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: “Giants”

In its second season, Masters of Sex has shoe-horned in issues of morality previously unconsidered. This week’s episode, “Giants,” tackles a few more in big ways, with a little help from guest star Sarah Silverman: Is it OK for a woman to hide her lesbian past from her husband? Are threats acceptable if fully warranted? Is using… Read More

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‘The Leftovers’ Season 1 Episode 7 Recap: “Solace for Tired Feet”

Is this the episode when The Leftovers finally gives us some answers? Sort of. There are scenes between Kevin Garvey and his father that definitely hints that there are some answers to be found somewhere, but who knows if that will ever happen? What we do know is that, after this, there are only three episodes left in this season and I still have no idea what the hell is ever happening. … Read More

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‘True Blood’ Season 7 Episode 8 Recap: Resolutions

No TV show says summer to us more than True Blood, its Southern Gothic atmosphere and pulpy pleasures providing the perfect complement to sweaty evenings spent drinking mint juleps at home after another exhausting day in the hot sun. The show alternately drives us crazy and enthralls us, and its final season is as silly as ever. This week: an end to many things. But not all of them. … Read More

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Memorable Movie Scenes in Museums

This week, two of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world celebrate anniversaries — the Smithsonian and the Louvre (168 and 221 years respectively). The cultural impact each museum has had on our society is astounding — making them rich locations for filmmakers throughout history. We explored ten scenes in cinema set inside (and around) museums that make use of the cultural and historical sites as beautiful backdrops, but also a metaphorical crossroads of human connection. … Read More

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10 Typographic Art Installations

Typography enthusiasts know that sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than an elegant and expressive typeface. There is a science behind composing and arranging type, but often it is used for pure artistic expression. After spotting a unique typographic sculpture on Colossal that doubles as a bus shelter (featured below), we searched for other font-friendly installations that appeal to our inner typography nerd and explore our interaction with text (and art) in various environments. … Read More

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