Beautifully Blurred Photos Taken from a Moving Train

London-based artist Rolf Sachs, who we discovered on Photojojo, traveled across Switzerland along the World Heritage Rhaetian Albula/Bernina Railway line taking photos from the moving train. Camera in Motion – From Chur to Tirano, supported by Leica Camera, explores the landscape through blurred impressions that at turns resemble watercolor paintings and glitch art.

“Having grown up and gone to school in the Engadin valley, I regularly travelled on the Albula/Bernina Railway line and developed a great appreciation for the natural beauty and diversity of the surrounding Alpine landscape,” Sachs writes on his website. “The scenery continuously surprises me as I discover new details with every journey. I wanted to experiment with combining the motion of the train with these remarkable views. The photographic results are intriguing and have gone beyond our expectations, as the camera manages to capture images that the human eye could not begin to perceive.” Take a closer look in our gallery, and watch a video of Sachs discussing the long-term project. … Read More

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Sundance 2015: Rowdy Laughs and Prosthetic Penises in ‘The Overnight’

PARK CITY, UT: There’s a lot about Patrick Brice’s The Overnight that’s unique—its peculiar tone, its anything-goes storytelling, its candor in matters of sexuality—but it’s also one of the few non-pornographic movies I can think of where the male nudity far exceeds the female. There’s an asterisk, though; the male genitalia on display are made of plastic. Jason Schwartzman’s Kurt whips off his pants to reveal a member whose width and girth rivals Dirk Diggler’s; Adam Scott’s Alex is, well, cursed with a very different organ. “Yeah, let’s make this clear right now: they were both prosthetics,” Scott announced in the Q&A following the film’s Sundance premiere Friday, and it’s probably worth noting that the frequency and prominence of their nudity isn’t even the most unpredictable thing about this very unusual comedy/drama. … Read More

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Sundance 2015: Jason Segel on Bringing David Foster Wallace to Life in ‘The End of the Tour’

PARK CITY, UT: We may not see a film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival that gets its key casting as right as James Ponsoldt’s The End of the Tour does. Based on Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, David Lipsky’s chronicle of five days spent with David Foster Wallace as he was becoming a literary superstar, the picture stars Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky and Jason Segel as Wallace. Both are working familiar grooves: Segel is the shambling, likable, aw-shucks guy plagued with uncertainty, Eisenberg the seemingly cocky yet clearly brittle smart guy with the chip on his shoulder. To say that they’re working within familiar types is not to diminish their work here; if anything, they push their screen personas into new territory, while Ponsoldt tries (and mostly succeeds) to capture something of the Wallace mythos. … Read More

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Tom Hanks Is a Manspreader: Links You Need to See

The great and justified public outrage against #manspreading continues. It was an outrage that began with the creation of man and his senseless need to have his legs at obtuse angles. Now, the MTA is publicly targeting men, asking them to stop manspreading. But not everyone seems to have gotten the message — especially not Tom Hanks, who was spotted on the 1 train taking up two seats. It’s not a limo, Tom Hanks, but nice to see you. … Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: St. Vincent’s Punk Banger, Toro y Moi’s Tame Impala Moment

New directions for indie standbys St. Vincent and Toro y Moi, plus songs from some of 2015’s most hopeful new artists, all in this week’s roundup. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Larry Wilmore vs. Bill Cosby

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, Larry Wilmore pulls zero punches with his late-night debut. … Read More

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50 Essential Literary Biographies

Literary biography is a hugely significant, if often overlooked, enterprise. Today, much of what we know about the authors we admire is filtered through an ocean of online mini-biographies, nearly all of which are copies of copies. The original source of an enormous amount of this information is the literary biography, and in the case of most authors, there are precious few examples of such books. Even exceedingly famous authors are gifted only a handful of quality biographies. With this in mind, I’ve come up with a list of 50 essential literary… Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Death Watch: Why Zeek Braverman Won’t Die in the Series Finale

On this week’s Parenthood, in a decision that shocked few, Zeek Braverman (Craig T. Nelson) decided not to go under the knife again. With his cardiac condition worsening, his doctor had made the choice clear: receive additional surgery (either on the spot or after weeks of rest), or prepare for the worst when — not if — the next heart attack comes. Throughout its 13-episode final season, the NBC ensemble drama has been working up to this moment, and now that we’re staring it down, I’m starting to wonder if it’ll actually happen. Instead, it seems Parenthood may just leave Zeek’s death implied, as something that will come in the near future. As tear-jerking as the Jason Katims-helmed series has been throughout its six seasons, the death of the Braverman patriarch seems too much to bear. Think of the Kleenex shortage. … Read More

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Is There Hope for Artists? Scott Timberg’s ‘Culture Crash’ Envisions a Bleak Future

In this day and age, it’s difficult to make a living in America as an artist of any kind — or even if you want to write about it. Scott Timberg’s new book Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class (Yale University Press) looks deeply into the state of the culture sphere, and how it’s squeezing out both the middlebrow and the middle class. … Read More

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Why Late Night Needs More Hosts Like Larry Wilmore

On Monday, which was somewhat appropriately Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Comedy Central debuted The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore. To describe the program would be redundant by now: Throughout the week, every culture site worth its salt — including this one, naturally — has made note of the new late-night show, hosted by former Daily Show correspondent and TV writer Larry Wilmore. With his first week in the can and only four episodes under his belt, Wilmore has not only demonstrated that he’s a skilled, funny host and an adept panel moderator but has also, indirectly, proved why late night needs more hosts like him — you know, ones who aren’t white dudes. … Read More

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