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How Xavier Dolan’s ‘Mommy’ Uses Maudlin ’90s Music to Illuminate Male Adolescent Rage

[Note: There are some spoilers below. But also know that Mommy isn’t the kind of movie that can be “spoiled” with plot details.]

Xavier Dolan seems to love maudlin ’90s music; Heartbeats featured Sting’s “Every Breath You Take,” Laurence Anyways included Celine Dion’s “Pour que tu m’aimes encore” and Craig Armstrong’s “Let’s Go Out Tonight.” But the filmmaker, in interviews, has revealed himself to be entirely self-aware of his unbridled usage of equally unbridled tunes: “Music was the only voice of cinema for a very long time before we had sound; it’s organically linked to cinema itself. So I see no reason to restrain myself, thinking how much music to put in the film.” Yet his musical methodology — or lack thereof — never fully worked until now. None of Dolan’s previous films have relied on the rapture of ’90s sentimentalism more than, or as conceptually aptly as, his newest film, Mommy, which sees US release on January 23. … Read More

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Governors Ball 2015 Lineup Announced: Björk, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Black Keys

Festival season has kicked off early this year, with two major lineup announcements in as many days. First there… Read More

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Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’ Makes a Fascinating True Story Bland

Let’s be honest: the Tim Burton of the 2000s and beyond is a much different director than the goth weirdo we all fell in love with from the days of Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Ed Wood. Artists have to eat, but the Tim Burton of the last ten years has been mostly using his visual acuity to bring big-budget hackwork to the screen, with most of it starring Johnny Depp. … Read More

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The 25 Best Song Lyrics of 2014

More end-of-year lists! Never enough end-of-year lists! But seriously, end-of-year list-making season does provide an opportunity to revisit the best aspects of the year gone by, and one of our favorites to make here at Flavorwire is this one: the year’s best lyrics. It’s been a year in which, let’s be honest, a whole lot of terrible things have happened in the US and around the world — which, if nothing else, means there’s been plenty of subject matter to address directly, or to inspire more oblique takes on the world in which we live. Here are our 25 favorites. … Read More

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The Year in NSFW Music Videos

The decline of MTV and the advent of YouTube have meant that music videos these days are free to be more risqué and boundary-pushing than ever before. With this in mind, for the last few years we’ve made it something of a December tradition to round up the year’s most notable NSFW music videos — some good, some bad, some artistically interesting, some gratuitous and even exploitative. 2014 certainly hasn’t let us down. In fact, it gave us what must surely be the first music video hosted on PornHub. (For that, we can thank Xiu Xiu, because of course.) Click on through to check out what this year had to offer — but not at work. … Read More

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124 Songs You Need to Hear Before 2014 Ends

Music is personal. It’s something that I’m never more aware of than I am at the end of every year, when best-of lists dominate the coverage at cultural publications, but the idea of “best” is one that I’ve never quite been comfortable with. It seems too objective to take into account personal taste, not to mention the reality that there’s too much music out there for even the most ambitious listener to have heard everything, or even close to everything. So let’s not use the word “best.” Instead, here are 124 songs released in 2014 that I would recommend to any music lover. Its goal is to highlight not only the year’s biggest hits, both commercially and critically, but also songs that commented on what happened in our world this year, and songs you may not have heard but that you’ll hopefully love as much as we… Read More

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The 5 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Purity Ring, Hannah Diamond

Get to know a few of 2014’s most interesting young electronic labels, London’s PC Music and Sydney’s Future Classic, via new songs from their rosters. Plus Purity Ring get us excited for their sophomore LP, Lana nails another soundtrack, and Chance the Rapper goes full soul.

Purity Ring — “Push Pull”

The… Read More

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