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Sexploitation Films for Female Audiences

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We’ve been talking about the female gaze again this week — a conversation sparked by the premiere of the beefcake-savvy Magic Mike XXL, which opened in theaters this weekend. Critics are applauding the movie, praising the new sexploitation classic for its sex positivity and focus on women of all shapes, sizes, and colors. If you find yourself feeling starved for cinema that offers more to women than the usual male-centric fare, try these sexploitation films — and a few that blur genres.
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Adorable ’90s Pop Culture-Inspired Lip Art

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Laura Jenkinson’s adorable lip art, which we first spotted on Ego-AlterEgo, is giving us all of the nostalgic feels. The London-based makeup artist uses eye-popping palettes to recreate pop culture’s most beloved characters as fun lip designs. Jenkinson clearly has a lot of love for ‘90s-era characters from series like The Simpsons and Rugrats, as well as Disney’s animated heroes. “I’d seen loads of other fantastic make-up artists on Instagram and I wanted to do something similar and on a bigger scale so I started doing about one a week,” Jenkinson said in an interview. “I find a picture and then just hold it up to the mirror as a guide and draw straight onto my face — it’s easier than you think!”
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10 Movies That Take Place Inside a Character’s Head

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Pixar’s latest film Inside Out opens in theaters this weekend. The 3D-animated movie is set inside the mind of a young girl named Riley, whose emotions are personified by an all-star voice cast, including Amy Poehler. “The film reinforces a white-bread and hetero-normative version of family, while also creating a wild, female-centric road-trip adventure story, a groundbreaking Thelma and Louise for kids that celebrates difference,” writes our own Sarah Seltzer. Inside Out is hardly the first film to use the mindscape as a place of dramatic action. Here are ten other films, including a few that might make you question how sane a character truly is.
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10 of the Best Nightclub Scenes in Cinema

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Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden opens this weekend — her new film set during the EDM scene in ’90s France. It features portrayals of several real-life DJs, including Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. For anyone heavily into the club scene during this time, Eden will surely feel somewhat nostalgic.
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A Tom Hanks Tribute Show Highlighting the Actor’s ’80s and ’90s Best

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An everyman who made it to the A-list, star Tom Hanks captures a nerdy charm, earnest heart, and an occasional quiet sexiness in his characters. Los Angeles pop culture purveyors Gallery 1988 have dedicated an entire exhibition to the actor, No Sad Stuff — inspired by his films between 1984 and 1994, Hanks’ golden years. Big, Splash, Turner and Hooch, The Burbs, A League of Their Own, and Forrest Gump make the cut. The group show is on view through June 20, but you can see a preview of the Hanks homage in our gallery.
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50 of Film Noir’s Most Fashionable Moments

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This summer, our own film editor Jason Bailey is leading a course study discussion group for TCM’s film noir class Into the Darkness (free and online), taught by Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D. of Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir podcast fame. Watching all this noir has set our fashion-loving hearts aflame. Inspired by detective tales, featuring dangerous dames and tough guys galore, noir’s greatest characters were always dressed to impress. Fashion in film noir was dazzling, but often deceptive — carefully selected to convey a character’s ulterior motives. Noir continues to inspire designers today, but we’re keeping it old school with a look back at some of classic noir’s most fashionable …Read More

The Best Sketches from the 40th Season of ‘SNL’

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Superheroes and diversity seemed to be the trend during SNL’s 40th season. As always, the show traveled a bumpy road, but there were plenty of funnies to be had. We’ve highlighted the best sketches from SNL 40 that were topical, funny, and saw the show’s special guests at the height of hilarity. Mention your personal favorites, below.
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10 Horror Movies That Were Really Cursed

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The Hollywood remake machine shows no signs of stopping — if this weekend’s latest big-screen retelling is any indication. A 3D remake of the horror classic Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper and produced/co-written by Steven Spielberg, hit theaters. The film has garnered mixed reviews, but the movie’s presence recalls stories about the original Poltergeist, which has been dubbed cursed by fans and critics. Read on for the spooky real-life story behind the original film — and several other terror tales that were really haunted and …Read More