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Roger Ebert in "Life Itself," Matthew McConaughey in "Interstellar"

The 6 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Interstellar,’ ‘Life Itself’

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This week’s 800-pound gorilla on the home viewing scene is Christopher Nolan’s monster hit Interstellar, which gets a gorgeous transfer and a ton of extras. But if that blockbuster space epic isn’t quite your speed, there’s an abundance of other options (even more than we usually spotlight): two rediscovered gems from the ‘40s and ‘50s, one of the classics of international cinema, possibly the best documentary, oh, ever, and the latest from one of the makers of that documentary.
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The 35 Best Books by Cinema’s Greatest Auteurs

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It’s an old standby that if a person is truly a master at one thing, he’s probably not great at much else. But when it comes to cinema, the auteur’s role is to be good at everything — sound, writing, camerawork, etc. — while also maintaining an overarching vision. So it isn’t surprising that there are so many great books written by cinema’s most famous (and infamous)… Read More

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Essential Art House Road Movies

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A commedia all’italiana classic arrives on Blu-ray via Criterion next week. Dino Risi’s Il sorpasso finds an unlikely duo — the young, shy Roberto (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and the older, freewheeling Bruno (Vittorio Gassman) — on a madcap road trip through Rome, Lazio, and Tuscany. The odd couple’s adventures veer from comedy to tragedy as themes of love, masculinity, repression, and self-discovery are explored. The influential film is a striking portrait of the struggles of modern life in Italy during the 1960s, using the road as a metaphor for discovery and expansion — not only in the case of Roberto and Bruno, but also the national identity. Here are other 10 other art house road films that journey down similar paths.
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Decoding Lady Gaga’s ‘G.U.Y.’ Video: Rebirth With a Side of Michael Jackson Clones

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As Lady Gaga promised during her SXSW keynote, she released a new, batshit crazy video this weekend. It’s billed as a video for ARTPOP track “G.U.Y.” but it’s actually a 12-minute film that includes “ARTPOP,” “Venus,” “G.U.Y.”, “MANiCURE” and four minutes of credits in which Gaga thanks every PA, lifeguard, and security dude who worked on the thing. As we’ve done in the past, Flavorwire picked apart Gaga’s mixed messages and seemingly endless sources of inspiration.
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A Brief Guide to Woody Allen’s Favorite Things

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Like every good neurotic, obsessive, or perfectionist (and sometimes all of the above), director Woody Allen is a lover of lists. Over the span of his career, the iconic filmmaker has shared his likes, dislikes, and absolute favorites of just about everything that highlights his eclectic tastes. In honor of his birthday, we’ve collected some of those lists — and they deserve a bookmark in your browser for eternal… Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

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Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments.
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Who’s Lady Gaga Ripping Off This Time? A Catalog of “Applause” Video Influences

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This morning saw the premiere of the official video for “Applause,” the first single off Lady Gaga’s upcoming album ARTPOP. The video follows the art/pop theme, alluding to high art and pop culture alike. Gaga’s never been shy about, ahem, borrowing from other artists, of course, and this video is packed with pieces of imagery that are either clever references or blatant rip-offs, depending on your point of view. Click through to check out whose work Gaga’s been “inspired” by this time around, and let us know if you can spot any more.
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10 Great Movies With Minimal Dialogue

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When Ryan Gosling appeared in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive as the brooding, laconic getaway driver and cold-blooded killer in a satin scorpion jacket, cineastes got the Danish director’s reference immediately: Walter Hill’s 1978 film, The Driver. Both movies share multiple narrative similarities and morally ambiguous protagonists known simply as “the driver.” The films also feature minimal dialogue and rely on style, thrills, and the uniqueness of their characters instead of a dense script. The Driver is expected to arrive on Blu-ray July 23. In anticipation of sulking, silent antiheroes, here are ten other movies that ditch their dialogue with impressive results.
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Photo Credit: Mikko Kuorinki. Text by Mitch Hedberg.

Mikko Kuorinki Elevates the “Quote of the Day” to High Art

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Did you ever think you’d see the Mitch Hedberg quote “My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them” displayed in a museum? The late comedian’s joke made its fine-art debut in Wall Piece with 200 Letters, a project that found artist Mikko Kuorinki posting short phrases by a variety of writers on the wall of Finland’s Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, switching out her quotes every week for ten months. Click through to see which pieces you recognize, and visit Kuorinki’s website for more of her work.
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