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Flavorwire Staffers’ All-Around Best Cultural Experiences of 2015

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Plenty can be experienced while here at our computers, pounding away on news and essays and stories, but sometimes we’ve all gotta get out of our chairs and make our way to some real-life culture. But what’s special to one of us means nothing to another, and what this year’s best cultural experiences tell us is that no matter how much you love a song, or how much a movie speaks to you, nothing beats having your eyesight back.
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Is Cinema Doing Shakespeare Right?

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There is undeniable poetry within the work of Shakespeare that all should hear, and some of his themes are timeless. But one has to wonder if film’s apparent reverence towards Shakespeare is too restrictive, when cinema allows for so much …Read More

Spike Lee’s Timely Diversity Comments Deserve Better Than an Honorary Oscars Ceremony No One Got to See

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Last weekend, Spike Lee finally got an Oscar. Sure, it followed his losses for Best Original Screenplay for Do the Right Thing and Best Documentary for 4 Little Girls (to say nothing of the trophies he deserved and wasn’t even nominated for, for Malcolm X and 25th Hour and so many more); it was an Honorary Award, presented to the filmmaker in recognition of his full body of work. And while it doesn’t negate his previous slights, what the hell, it’s also the only Oscar they gave Hawks, Altman, or Lumet, so he’s in good company. The difference, however, is that we got to see those iconic filmmakers receive their only Academy Award — and that’s no longer the case, which is particularly galling considering the importance of what Lee chose to tell his movie-making peers.
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