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Pete Davidson’s Blowjob Monologue: A Funny, Frustrating Introduction From ‘SNL’s’ Only New Cast Member

“American Gayness” “got better” for me a long time ago. I left a middle school in a conservative town to go to an arts magnet — not, initially, because I found the arts particularly… magnetic, but mostly in hopes that it’d “get better.” Having, from high school through college to NY, skipped over the more tender parts of gay American youth, I’ve surrounded myself with a somewhat ignorant and self-serving bubble of “better.” … Read More

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Horror Cinema’s Greatest Final Girls, Ranked

Carol J. Clover’s 1992 book Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film is essential reading for horror cinema lovers. It’s also where the author coined the term “final girl,” referencing the last woman alive in a horror movie who faces off against the killer. She’s usually the quiet, practical, or smart one — the non-threatening girl whose competence (and sexual reluctance) will ultimately save her life. Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema is celebrating the role of the final girl in horror film history with a special slate of screenings throughout October. We decided to join the party by ranking ten of horror cinema’s greatest final… Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Chris Pratt

Happy 40th, Saturday Night Live. Let’s cut right to the chase with the inaugural episode, hosted by Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and featuring musical guest Ariana Grande. There are a few new faces this season, including “Weekend Update” co-anchor Michael Che (no worries, Cecily Strong is still here) and newcomer Pete Davidson. Live TV watchers will be immediately reminded that Darrell Hammond has taken over announcer duties, as the late, great Don Pardo—who was the voice of SNL since it premiered in 1975—passed away in August. Lorne Michaels waved goodbye to John Milhiser, Noël Wells, and Brooks Wheelan, but former featured player Mike O’Brien resumes his spot in the writer’s room. Lastly, Nasim Pedrad left SNL to star in Fox’s Mulaney. But the show must go on. We have high hopes for some big surprises this season. Here we go. … Read More

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A Beautiful Six-Year Photo Series Documenting the Lives of Two Transgender Girls

For six years, documentary photographer Willeke Duijvekam photographed the everyday lives of two young transgender women, Mandy and Eva, who were born boys. Duijvekam captures their physical transformation into confident young women, but the photographer’s ability to reveal their inner worlds is quite beautiful. Duijvekam likes to embark on long-term projects to enhance the bond between photographer and subject. The intimacy is evident here as Duijvekam’s camera is allowed inside the most sacred of spaces: the teenage bedroom. Duijvekam’s book of Mandy and Eva’s photos echoes the girls’ connection. As Beautiful/Decay explains: … Read More

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“Why Are They Sabotaging Us?” Famous Authors Speak Out on Amazon vs. Hachette

The war between Amazon and Hachette has dominated this year’s book news. But what gets lost in this fight — a fight which is taking place, as noted by Sherman Alexie, between giant corporations — is that the authors are the ones who are suffering. And lord knows authors suffer enough already. They stayed quiet during the first months of this fight, hoping, probably, that some concession would be made in favor of humanity rather than corporations. But as Amazon vs. Hachette drags on, big-name authors from Neil Gaiman to Malcolm Gladwell to Sherman Alexie are speaking out against Amazon’s bullish practices. Here’s what they have to… Read More

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Everything We Know About ‘True Detective’ Season 2 So Far

Last winter, True Detective took over the television world — and the Internet — with only eight episodes. It was a tour-de-force of storytelling from Nic Pizzolatto (who wrote every episode) and of acting from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. As soon as the show ended, rumors started flying about plot and casting details for Season 2. Here is everything we know about True Detective Season 2 so far. (Don’t worry — we’ll update the post as more information is confirmed.) … Read More

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The 50 Weirdest Movies Ever Made

A Lynchian renaissance is happening at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where David Lynch studied painting before his surreal entry into filmmaking with 1977’s Eraserhead. The school is the site of Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the United States. It was there that he created several short films to animate his artworks, planting the early seeds for Eraserhead — starring Jack Nance as a young father crippled by the anxiety of fatherhood. A mutant baby, industrial cityscape, and shadowy apartment building leave an indelible mark on the viewer. Criterion is re-releasing the film on Blu-ray September 16. In honor of Lynch and his surreal universe, we’re celebrating 50 other weird works on… Read More

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The 50 Most Romantic Movies Ever Made

Ah, Valentine’s Day: flowers, candy, gifts, overpriced dinners, and wildly outsized expectations. And we can blame the movies for most of those expectations; few genres are as unfairly fantasy-based as the romance, and as prone to send jaded viewers like us into fits of gagging. But we’re also not made of wood; there are a good number of romantic movies that get us right in the old ticker. As a matter of fact, there are about 50 of… Read More

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10 Movie Sex Scenes That Will Scar You for Life

There are many factors involved in crafting a great cinematic sex scene. When the lovin’ becomes an expression of who the characters are and doesn’t rely on predictable titillation, the sex is great. However, a well-written scene doesn’t always portray tenderness and passion. Sometimes the best sex scenes are the ones that make us wince. Other times, filmmakers get it all wrong and, well, at least they give us something to talk about. Here are ten we wish we could… Read More

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The 50 Most Heart-Wrenching Movies of All Time

It’s fall, and there’s something in my eye. Or it’s allergy season. Or I’m newly sensitive to hyper-emotional filmmaking. Or maybe it isn’t just me; every year, when prestige movie season begins, we find ourselves sniffling and dabbing through moving, heartstring-tugging pictures, though this year seems to already have a surplus of big-time weepies. In the spirit of those pictures, here’s a rundown of the 50 most cry-worthy flicks in movie history — not just the saddest, mind you, but those most likely to move us to tears, be it through tragedy, triumph, or the sheer goodness of their… Read More

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