Ben Affleck

‘Gone Girl,’ ’50 Shades of Grey,’ and the Uncritical Cult of the Celebrity Penis

People, notably we of the painstakingly non-objectifying left-leaning media, seem to get candidly titillated at the prospect of the exposure of celebrity penis. Because of the peen’s dominance over so much cultural output, and the prominent spectacle of its desires therein, discussions of the peen seem protected from the forces that’d normally call out objectifying representation and objectifying media discourse; this is kind of, it turns out, a cloak of invisibility that hides us from ourselves. … Read More

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The 10 Worst Movies Based on Real Political Events

Last week, everybody got a big chuckle (some more than others) out of The Hollywood Reporter’s scoop that Michael Bay — best known for making movies about cars transforming into giant robots and blowing shit up — is in talks to helm 13 Hours, a political drama about the 2012 attack on the US embassy in Benghazi. And while most of those titters come from the participation of meathead entertainment maker and short-short connoisseur Bay (and from speculating on the various ways in which he could fumble the attack’s narrative, in light of its subsequent status as a political football), there’s also some rightful skepticism about the ability of anyone in Hollywood to make this particular “political drama,” since that’s a subgenre the movie industry seems so inclined to fuck up. So on this most political of days, let’s take a quick walk down that hall of shame, shall we? … Read More

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8 Cinematic Caricatures About the Absurdity of Pop Culture

Federico Fellini introduced us to the “sweet life” in his 1960 comedy La dolce vita, which received the Criterion Blu-ray treatment this week. The distributor writes: … Read More

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Jennifer Garner Gives Passionate Speech About Sexism

At last night’s ELLE Annual Women in Hollywood Awards, actor Jennifer Garner gave an impassioned speech about the double-standards faced… Read More

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Gone Girl, Bad Weather, and the D: Links You Need to See

Everyone’s content has been on point today, so I just want to thank y’all (y’all here being used in the feminist sense) for making today’s post really easy to write. Here’s what you need to read (or look at) from today’s internet goings-on. … Read More

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Reunite for Television Series ‘Espionage’

#DreamTeam, a.k.a. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, are finally reuniting for the espionage thriller Incorporated, about a future where corporations have… Read More

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The “Cool Girl” Speech May Be a Meme, But It’s Not the Point of ‘Gone Girl’

If you haven’t read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl or seen the David Fincher-directed, Ben Affleck-starring film adaptation since its release on Friday, you may still know all about Gone Girl‘s “Cool Girl” speech, solely because of the Internet, especially if your social media presence includes a Tumblr. [Spoilers ahead, obviously.] … Read More

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Why Bill Maher Is Wrong About Islam

As you’ve probably seen in the news of late, Ben Affleck and Bill Maher had something of a tête-à-tête on the latter’s TV show this week. The discussion came in the context of Waking Up, a book written by another of Maher’s guests, one Sam Harris, and specifically Harris’ view that liberalism has failed in its approach to Islam, and how “every criticism of the doctrine of Islam gets conflated into bigotry against Muslims as people.” We don’t often write about international geopolitics here on Flavorwire, but it’s worth looking at how the discussion unfolded, both because it took place between two prominent cultural figures on an HBO talk show and because the whole incident illustrates a fundamental problem with the way we discuss these issues. … Read More

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Why ‘Gone Girl’ Readers Will Be Surprised — and Satisfied — by David Fincher’s Adaptation

There is always apprehension attached to book-to-film adaptations, a wary uneasiness that only increases when the source material is such a well-written, genuinely thrilling, and viciously brilliant novel like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. It doesn’t matter that the directing duties are placed in the very capable hands of David Fincher or that the screenplay was written by Flynn herself. Adaptations still go wrong when everything seems to be in place. Gone Girl is the rare exception. The film pulls off an impressive, double-duty feat: Gone Girl is not only a strong, faithful adaptation of the novel, but it also makes the story feel wholly original again, even if you’ve already read it. (This post is very spoiler-heavy, so proceed with caution.) … Read More

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