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2015: The Year ’50s Romances Were Liberating and Contemporary Romances Were Horrifying

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Is there a way to craft a cinematic romance out of a narrative where two people meet through a series of synchronized swipes after having seen a single photo of one another, then share emoji-peppered small talk while simultaneously engaging in practically the same small talk with ten other people, then go on a date to a bar – all the while being exhaustedly aware that a week full of similar dates awaits them?
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The 25 Best Films of 2015

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From period dramas to indie comedies, from post-apocalyptic action to brainy sci-fi, from anything-goes narratives to insightful documentaries, these were the best films of a very, very good year. …Read More

The Dichotomy of Dance Music: A Weekend at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

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This year’s edition of the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival highlighted just how broad the church of what we call “electronic music” is in 2015. With a bill encompassing everything from banging EDM to deep house, the diverse and often dichotomous nature of contemporary electronic music was on full display. Indeed, it was the dichotomies that left the most lasting impression: everywhere you looked, there were divisions. Divisions of gender, divisions of class, divisions of age. It made for a disjointed but often interesting festival experience, with new sounds to discover and familiar ones to dance to.
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Patti LuPone “Hijacked” Audience Member’s Cell Phone, Jon Snow Hijacked Hearts: Links You Need to See

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Many were paralyzed by the stabbing of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones‘ Season 5 finale. The shock was followed by a stage of mourning — for some, a very extravagant stage. But now people are finally starting to accept that he’s really gone and added to the dehumanizing tally of characters Game of Thrones has killed off. Grouping him in with other such characters while still giving him a proper memorial, Youtube user Citizen Girl has put together a GoT death-themed parody cover of Weezer’s “Say it Ain’t So,” titled, you guessed it, “Say it Ain’t Snow.” 
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Musical Theater Eats Itself and America Gets a New Poet Laureate: Links You Need To See

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Hey, you, Yuccie. Yes, you. Apparently, there’s a new term in town to describe the “millenn-intelligensia” roaming parts of northern Brooklyn and other major U.S. cities. Characteristics include: believing that your talents aren’t being tapped at your current job and owning multiple copies of Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. Yuccies might not be so willing to admit to liking musical theater (but may secretly harbor a flame for it), and thus might allege that they find the musical-theater-is-eating-itself news of Smash‘s fake Broadway musical being performed on Broadway off-putting. They might, however, be more vocally interested to hear that Hillary Clinton has a new Instagram account, which is trying to make #Hillary2016 move from the Internetz into the White House. The first photo? Nine pantsuits.
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