Fantastic Album Covers Illustrated by Kids

There’s something endlessly charming and fascinating about seeing the world through a child’s eyes, especially when it comes to all things pop culture. Ah, their uncorrupt hearts. Artist Jon F. Allen tipped us off to this fun Tumblr of album cover art by kids. While the submissions seem to have slowed to a crawl, we couldn’t resist the magic of these marker and crayon versions of music’s finest. Energetic scribbles, stick people, and bright colors make everything better. … Read More

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Arresting Photos of Children Trapped in Boxes by Tierney Gearon

Tierney Gearon is nothing if not intense. While you may know the photographer from her acclaimed “Mother Project,” Flavorwire recently spotted another series worthy of mention over at Faith is Torment, wherein Gearon shoots children (and animals) inside plexiglass boxes in gorgeous locales, exploring confinement and color and vulnerability all in one blush. Click through to see a few highlights from the Shapes Series, and then be sure to head on over to Gearon’s website to see much more of her great work. … Read More

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Jan von Holleben’s Delightfully Magical Photos of Kids as Classic Heroes

Berlin-based photographer Jan von Holleben doesn’t go in for all that cutesy child photography stuff. The typical babies-as-flowers style, he tells Wired, “cater[s] to a certain kind of people who romanticize childhood and who want to have it in a safe bubble.” Instead, Von Holleben’s work captures kids in magical, adventurous scenes, all created without Photoshop — instead, his subjects help him create the set, and then lie on the ground in their poses while Von Holleben shoots them from above. After the jump, check out Action Heroes, one of our favorite series from Von Holleben’s work in this style, and then head on over to the photographer’s website to see much more. … Read More

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Adorable Portraits of Children Channeling Famous Film Characters

What did Jack Sparrow look like as a child? Knowing him, we bet almost exactly the same — beard, dreads and all. Well, actually, probably not, of course, but that’s the fun of this adorable photo series, which dresses up children as famous film characters, from Captain Sparrow to Cruella de Vil to Forrest Gump. The images, which we spotted over at PetaPixel, were created by Brazilian ad agency Globalcomm to promote a new movie theater that opened up in Praia de Belas, a shopping mall in Porto Alegre. While they don’t particularly make us want to go to the mall, they do make us want to re-watch some of our favorite films (and imagine the characters with baby faces). Click through to check out the super cute photos, and let us know which one is your favorite in the comments. … Read More

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Adorable Vintage Photos of Kids Reading

We don’t know about you, but many of our most cherished memoires of childhood come from spending an afternoon with a book in hand — and perhaps relatedly, many of our most cherished reading experiences come from childhood. It just seems that everything is so much more captivating when you’re a kid — things are newer, images and characters are more likely to send one off down an endless rabbit hole of imagination, and hey, what else do you have to do with your time? In a fit of nostalgia, we scoured the interwebs for awesome vintage photographs of children reading everything from comic books to newspapers to novels, whether alone or with friends, in school or on the sidewalk. Leaf through our mini collection of vintage photos of kids engaged in our favorite activity after the jump, and if you are so moved, leave your own childhood memoires of reading in the comments. … Read More

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Photos of Brave Kids Before and After Dental Procedures

“Is this real life?” Maybe you laughed a little too hard at the “David After Dentist” video, watching the kid wallow through his first intoxication. Maybe you remember being terrified at the dentist’s office after getting a tooth pulled, drooling and bleeding, truly thankful that you survived. Well, we all experience childhood dentistry differently. UK-based photographer Andy Brown captured the fearless ones. Check out his dual portraits of kids smiling before their procedures and recovering from general anaesthetic after. The Being Brave series was shot during an Arts Council-funded documentation of the Children’s Hospital in Sheffield, where Brown shot moving photography essays about young chemotherapy patients. Check out the series spotted by It’s Nice That in our gallery. … Read More

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Adorable British Children Review Radiohead’s ‘Paranoid Android’

You might think Radiohead is one of those universal bands — even people who don’t really like them at least appreciate them. But kids are a whole different story. In this highly adorable video from Noisey, a gaggle of British children listen to Paranoid Android and then give their takes, including how much they would pay for a Radiohead album — three, four, or ten hundred pounds. The video is filled with hard-hitting criticism like “I don’t think he’s got any friends” and “loud or quiet, make your mind up” and “I don’t like it when he sings really high — really high, like a girl.” All of which is fine and actually rather astute — though we think the statement “I think N-Dubz are better than Radiohead” deserves a time-out. Click through to watch, and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More

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10 of the Best Indie Rock Film Soundtracks

We were interested (and not a little taken aback, to be honest) to see that Sigur Rós singer Jónsi was providing the soundtrack to new Cameron Crowe film We Bought a Zoo. Of course, he’s not exactly the first indie type to tackle soundtracking duties for a film — there have been a slew of such records over the last few years in particular, from Karen O’s exuberantly overblown score for Where the Wild Things Are to the all-star soundtracks that accompanied the Twilight films. And while those are both worthy albums in their own right (as, indeed, is Jónsi’s work on We Bought a Zoo), neither quite squeeze their way onto a list of our all-time favorite indie music-centric film soundtracks. What does make the cut? The answers await you after the jump, dear reader — and, as ever, let us know what your choices are. … Read More

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Kids’ Halloween Costumes That They’re Too Young to Understand

Do you know a kid? Does that kid need a Halloween costume? Are you cool with casually exploiting said kid for your own trick-or-treat amusement? Take a break from the princess and superhero aisles at your local holiday superstore and consider these silly costumes that are meant to make grownups chuckle. True, these outfits might go right over the wearers’ kiddie heads, but who wouldn’t love finding a tiny Mr. T or a baby Bob Ross at their doorstep? We wish we could give these youngsters’ parents high fives. Enjoy some adorably mini versions of grown-up pop culture figures after the jump. … Read More

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10 of Cinema’s Most Unpleasant Movies Still Worth Your Time

Talented songwriter, character actor, and horror/exploitation icon David Hess passed away over the weekend. “The Mad Hessian” was a brooding and familiar face in dozens of nasty genre titles that depicted rape and torture — his most memorable role being the violent and vile gang leader in Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left. The 1972 film is a gruesome meditation on the evil inherent in all of humanity, presenting an unflinchingly brutal portrait of depraved indifference in Craven’s rough-cut first feature. The virtues of Hess’ filmography are often obscured by their repute, but Last House and other films contained more thematically complex ideas than the gory savagery hinted at by their premises. This got us thinking about other films that are difficult to watch, but worthwhile — challenging, but not merely gratuitous. With that, here are ten cringe-worthy titles that are still absolutely worth your time. … Read More

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