Leonardo Dicaprio

‘So We Read On’ and Why We Should Keep Fighting About ‘The Great Gatsby’

In Sigrid Nunez’s book The Last of Her Kind, the central character, Georgette, meets her troubling, troubled, wonderful friend Ann when they are both students at Barnard College in New York. I can remember, quite clearly, that school for Georgette consists of her writing a long paper, “Why The Great Gatsby Is Not a Great Book.” … Read More

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The 25 Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood continues its seemingly inevitable move towards world domination, expanding to more theaters over the weekend and capturing the imaginations and hearts of even the most jaded moviegoers. Meanwhile, Naomi Foner’s evocative Very Good Girls also opened last weekend, with a welcome female take on that whole “becoming a grown-up” thing. In other words, it’s a very good time for the coming-of-age movie, where maturity is gained and lessons are learned and lifelong memories are made, so with that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few of our all-time… Read More

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13 Great Anti-Valentine’s Day Movies You Can Stream Right Now

If you’re dating or married, Valentine’s Day can be a high-stress holiday: figuring out what to get your partner, how much is trying too hard, how much isn’t trying enough, where to go, what to do, what not to do, and whether this really is the right night to bring up that previously unmentioned lovechild. But if you’re, shall we say, between partners, February 14 is a miserable day indeed, an interminable blizzard of flowers and candy and bullshit. Who needs it? So if you’d like to shy away from the syrupy romantic fare typical of Valentine’s Day movie-watching, fear not; here are a baker’s dozen anti-romantic movies for your weekend… Read More

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The 15 Golden Globes 2014 Moments Everyone Is Talking About

In case you were asleep or watching Girls, Downton Abbey, True Detective, or any of the television offerings last night that did not involve increasingly drunken celebrities thanking their “teams,” here are all the moments of the Golden Globes your friends and coworkers will be discussing this morning. Complete with GIFs, where… Read More

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‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Is a Film About Selling, and Most Salesmen Are Liars

A few years ago, during my ill-fated stint as a corporate litigator, I found myself in a conference room waiting for a meeting with some bankers to start. It was all men but me, a not-uncommon occurrence in those days. And one started joking to another about some people they knew in common. They’d been out to a basketball game for some client event and one guy, these men gossiped to each other, had brought a sex worker along. Mind you, they didn’t call her a “sex worker” per se. Instead, giggling like schoolchildren, they referred to her as a “lady of the evening.” Listening, I had my face set in an expression I developed for situations like that one, meaning situations in which businessmen were showing off for each other and I was meant to tolerate it without comment. I would just let my mouth set into a natural frown, and appear very interested in my notepad. I once came back from some such meeting and found I’d written “oh christ oh christ oh christ” perhaps a hundred times over. … Read More

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