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The 25 Best Time-Travel Movies Ever Made

Twenty-five years ago this week (yes, twenty-five, look it up) Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure made its theatrical debut, telling for all posterity the tale of two California slackers who use a phone booth/time machine to gather historical figures for a class project. It was but one variation on a favorite cinematic device: time travel. It’s been done in comedies and dramas, sci-fi and action movies, on budgets giant and miniscule, in spaceships and in DeLoreans. There are dozens of time travel flicks out there, but these are our… Read More

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‘Fargo,’ ‘Pulp Fiction,’ and Other Classic R-Rated Movies as Children’s Books

We’ve shared work by Josh Cooley before, but we just can’t resist his illustrations that depict some of the more notorious scenes from R-rated movies as Dick & Jane-style children’s books. When we spotted more of his work — this time featuring scenes from Pulp Fiction, Alien, and Psycho — we knew we had to spread the word. Purchase them via Gallery 1988, but keep in mind that they might not be the best artwork for the nursery. … Read More

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The 10 Worst Halloween Costumes in Film and TV History

Well kids, Halloween is right around the corner, and the pressure is on, year after year, to find the absolute greatest costume of all time. I think we can blame much of this pressure on teevee and movies, which dramatize million-dollar Halloween parties with elaborate, ornate costumes — designed, of course, by well-paid professionals with sky’s-the-limit budgets. But even pop culture characters occasionally wear a dud costume; here are a few of the least imaginative, with the hope that they’ll adjust your self-imposed expectations just a bit. … Read More

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Flavorpill Guide to the Week’s Top 10 LA Events

There’s so much going on in the City of Angels, it can be hard to keep track of it all. Thanks to the new Flavorpill, we’re inviting the entire community to make suggestions with its gorgeous city-based culture guide — an open platform where our very own editors and curators meet and mingle with artists, gadabouts, and other tipsters for a limitless variety of both ongoing and one-off recommendations. With this in mind, please enjoy our weekly list of hand-picked event suggestions here on Flavorwire, and in the meantime, be sure to check out the new Flavorpill. We’ll see you there. … Read More

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Video Essay: “How Time Travel Works”

About halfway through Looper, Rian Johnson’s electrifying new time travel actioner, Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who play the same man thirty years apart, sit at a diner and try to hash out their situation. The younger version of “Joe” starts asking questions about how his actions will affect his elder version, particularly now that they’re both in the same place, but before that conversation can get anywhere, Willis shuts it down: “If we start talking about it, we’re gonna be here all day, talking about it, makin’ diagrams with straws.”

It’s a fair point: it seems like every time travel movie — and there are plenty of them — is required to throw in a scene where some egghead tosses around a lot of jargon about the “space-time continuum” or something in order to explain how time travel works. Other movies keep it simpler: “This is what makes time travel possible: the flux capacitor!” Whatever your preference, we’ve pulled clips from over two dozen time travel movies to present this month’s video essay, “How Time Travel Works.” Check it out after the jump. … Read More

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The Greatest Imaginary Friends on Film and TV

Did you have an imaginary friend as a kid? If so, was it another child? An adult? An animal? A bizarre creature? A ghost? Before we get too far — if you haven’t seen The Sixth Sense, A Beautiful Mind, or Fight Club, stop reading now, go watch those films, and come back (or don’t get mad about having them spoiled). Cool? Cool. After the jump, we’ve gathered some noteworthy “imaginary” friends from live-action TV and film. Check ‘em out, and hit the comments to tell us about your own childhood and/or adulthood imaginary buddies. … Read More

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10 Great Film Soundtracks That Were Impossible to Find

You may have noticed that we’re kinda David Lynch fanatics here at Flavorpill (we have an in-house band who do a live re-soundtracking of Twin Peaks, for Chrissakes), so we greeted the arrival yesterday of the fancy limited-edition double-LP Eraserhead soundtrack with unconstrained joy. The sound design on Lynch’s mind-bending debut is almost as important as the visuals, creating an atmosphere that echoes the film’s ominous, industrial setting. Until now, however, it’s been nigh on impossible to get a copy of, so in celebration of the fact that you can finally get it on vinyl, here’s a selection of other soundtracks that we had to wait way too long for — and some that we’re still waiting for. … Read More

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10 Fake Books in Movies That We Wish We Could Read

Like everyone else, we’ve been swooning over Wes Anderson’s newest film, Moonrise Kingdom, since well before it hit theaters. But now that it has, we’ve swooned even more — and not least because the movie stars a girl with a suitcase full of awesome-sounding (and totally made up) books. We’ve already explored wonderful fake books by TV characters, and imaginary books written about in real books, so we thought we’d round up a few fictional books on film that we wish really existed so we could sit down and read them. Click through to see the made up tomes we picked, and let us know if we missed the one you’ve been most itching to read in the comments. … Read More

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A Survey of Hoodies in Popular Culture

The humble hoodie has been in the news over the last couple of months — largely because of its sad association with the tragic death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, but also this week because of a rather silly controversy about the fact that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wore one to a meeting with prospective investors in New York. That particular hullabaloo led to an article in Forbes proposing a “hooded blazer” as a sort of trans-generational compromise on business attire. We’re not sure if this was serious or not — although by God we hope not — but either way, the whole thing got us thinking about hoodies in popular culture, and we thought we’d take a brief look at how the hooded sweatshirt has evolved from a simple and practical garment into something that apparently both the scourge of society and the thing for young CEOs to be seen in. … Read More

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Intervention Art: Paintings Altered with Pop-Culture Influences

Robert Brandenburg’s “Pop Surrealist Intervention Art,” which we first spotted over at Metafilter, transforms found paintings into dark re-imaginings of pop-culture figures. As the artist explains, “These pictures began as a family tradition of giving each other ‘gag gifts’ for Christmas; I took cheap oils from a local flea market and embellished them with absurdities.” Absurd indeed — the paintings range from silly to scary, and might have you looking at your favorite characters in a whole new light. Click through to see some of Brandeburg’s work, and then head over to his website for even more. … Read More

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