During her years as a Hollywood-based screenwriter in the 1930s, Dorothy Parker remarked, “Los Angeles is 72 suburbs in search of a city.” While LA’s diverse flora and fauna can often bring about a wide range of location-based adventures, many plans are often derailed by distance and rush-hour traffic. Luckily, Flavorpill recently unveiled its beautiful new city-based culture guide, an open platform where anyone can create and share local happenings. Follow events from the entire community, including suggestions from Flavorpill’s very own editors and curators. Below are our own recommendations for this week, hand-picked by yours truly, aka Managing Editor of Flavorpill Los Angeles, Tanja M. Laden. Enjoy, and don’t forget to check out the new Flavorpill. We hope to see you there! … Read More
Missing person tropes were a familiar staple of the mystery genre long before cinema, but movies have without a doubt become the ultimate medium for the thrill of a character suddenly going MIA. We love vanishing acts in all their different forms: they appeal to the amateur sleuth in us, intrigue our most childlike sense of wonder, and sometimes just freak us out — especially when they seem to defy reason. Cinema, much like sleight of hand, is all about spectacle, and creating the spectacle of disappearance requires certain elements of suspense, surprise, and above all else, a feeling of uneasiness. We’ve made a list of ten of the most classic, unsettling vanishing acts on film that are sure to keep you guessing. … Read More
[Editor's note: While your Flavorwire editors take a much-needed holiday break, we're revisiting some of our most popular features of the year. This post was originally published August 10, 2011.] Earlier this summer, a shocking number of our readers flocked to read (and amend) our list of the harshest author-on-author insults in history. But you know who is even more childish, trifling, vindictive, and nasty than your favorite scribes? Your favorite filmmakers. These directors may not have quite the same precision with the written word as those rancorous authors, but when it comes to pettiness, they can’t be beat. After the jump, we’ll run down 30 of our favorite slights, slanders, and cheap shots from filmmakers both classic and contemporary; we’d love to hear yours in the comments. … Read More
Whether a bombastic symphonic score or a collection of pop hits, we generally know what’s in store when we settle in for a night of watching movies. Some of the most rewarding cinematic experiences, however, come from cases where our soundtrack expectations are upended. Often, this can come from an unlikely marriage of songs to image; at other times, the choice of composer might fall outside of the expected pool. What follows is a list of ten films whose soundtracks don’t behave expected — and are all the more memorable for it. … Read More
About a year ago, local comedy troupe Serious Lunch had a problem on their hands. Working on a TV pilot, they needed to approximate a room covered in movie posters, so they grabbed some magic markers and got to work recreating some of their favorites. They liked the result and kept on going. Eventually, they decided to turn it into a project, the result of which is the playful, nostalgia-inducing show Poster Party! which opened last night at Habitat in Greenpoint. “Markers make things look childish and goofy,” Tim Bierbaum, the lead artist in the show, told FreeWilliamsburg, “which is a cool lens to see these things through. Translating the movie posters from photo to magic marker is sort of like recognizing how well designed they are.” Each poster is also for sale, at $35 a pop. Just goes to show that you too can turn your nostalgia into an art show, and maybe even some cash. Click through to check out some of our favorite pieces from the show, and see even more at the Poster Party! Tumblr. … Read More
To the delight of New Yorkers, Times readers, and street fashion fans alike, tomorrow brings the release of Bill Cunningham New York, a documentary about the bicycle-riding octogenarian whose photo collages have long been the best thing about the Styles section. Although he’s been on the scene for over four decades, Cunningham is a notorious loner, and this film — featuring interviews with everyone from Anna Wintour to Tom Wolfe — will be most fans’ first beyond-the-byline look at the photographer.
In celebration of Bill Cunningham New York, and because as far as we’re concerned, few things go together as well as film and fashion, we’ve compiled a list of fashion-themed movies you need to watch. From classic to campy, our picks are after the jump. … Read More