Rocky Horror Picture Show

Flavorpill Guide to the Week’s Top 10 SF Events

San Francisco is home to a breathtaking diversity of cultural events. Between our fair city’s world-class museums, restaurants, bars, art galleries, music scene, festivals, and clubs, between all that is weird and quirky and purely San Franciscan, there’s something going down, somewhere, every single day of the year. Check out our Flavorpill social discovery engine, where you can create and share events with friends, and follow our carefully curated editors’ picks. Below, you’ll find Flavorpill’s top picks for this week — just a little bit of help as you set out into this beautiful wide world of SF’s happenings.  … Read More

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10 Cult Classics The Critics Got Dead Wrong

Alex Cox’s odd, cool, darkly comic, and frankly brilliant Repo Man hits Blu-ray this week via the cinematic angels over at the Criterion Collection. It’s always a blast to see a movie as subversive and fun as this one getting its respect as a classic, but it’s worth noting that many of our favorite cult movies were less than beloved at the time of their release. Don’t believe us? Click through to see what some of the less enlightened critics had to say, back in the day, about Repo Man and nine more cult… Read More

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Fascinating Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Your Favorite Films

Here at Flavorpill, we’re always interested in seeing how movies are conceived and created. When we spotted a behind-the-scenes video from the filming of the 1975 camp musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Film Doctor, we were excited to check out interviews and other rare clips of the cult classic revealed. We feature the footage after the jump, along with other videos that put you right on set with your favorite films. It’s a chance to see these iconic classics in a different light and experience the energy and action from a unique perspective. See more in our gallery, below. … Read More

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Cartoon Posters for Classic Cult Movies

We never tire of seeing reimagined posters for our favorite movies, and our favorite movies tend to be cult classics. So we’re heartily enjoying Canadian illustrator Ïve Bastrash’s cartoon-style posters for such trash masterpieces as Beetlejuice, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (along with a few legitimately good films, like Blade Runner). Click through to see a selection of Bastrash’s greatest remakes, which we discovered via Design Taxi, then visit his deviantART page to see much more of his work — including a set of Cher playing cards! … Read More

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Amusing Posters of Famous Pop Culture Dances

Immortalizing Elaine Benes’ full-bodied dry heave set to music, the Time Warp, and other signature moves from pop culture, Niege Borges Alves’ posters are amusing graphical breakdowns of famous dances. We first spotted our favorite ways to cut a rug on film and television over at Design You Trust. Alves’ Dancing Plague of 1518 series is named after the strange, real-life case of dancing mania that broke out in 16th century France. Some people fervently shook it for several weeks, and a few even died. Don’t let that bring you down, though. Put a smile back on your face by heading after the jump and looking at pop culture’s signature moves. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we examined the last words of 25 geniuses. We argued over Nerve’s rankings of Terrence Malick’s limited filmography. We watched Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Moby, and Stephen Merritt sing “Science Fiction Double Feature” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We were amused by some… Read More

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A Guide to Signs and Symbols in Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Video

This morning brought the next stage in Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” roll out. Little Monsters and Gaga haters alike have been watching and weighing in on the music video. Us? We’re feeling a bit ambivalent. There’s a lot of cool imagery in there, but we’re still not loving the song, and we’re also getting a little sick of this self-congratulatory Gaga-as-creator-goddess/queer messiah business, too. (Plus, does anyone have an idea what “the mitosis of the future” is supposed to mean?)

In our confusion, though, one thing is clear: as is the case for most Gaga videos, “Born This Way” is packed with signs and symbols. Watch the video and follow along as we break down the video’s references, from unicorns and pink triangles to Day of the Dead, Hieronymous Bosch, and ’60s performance art, after the jump. … Read More

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10 Cult Films That Should Never Be Remade

We could hardly believe the news, yesterday, that Warner Bros. is planning to reboot Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the movie, without the participation of franchise mastermind Joss Whedon. Although we’ve endured endless offensive remakes in the past several years, this one was particularly surprising: The original film is, after all, only 18 years old and its creator is still very much a force in the industry. Plus, the TV series was always a far bigger hit than the movie.

If anything proves that the possibility of wrongheaded remakes is unlimited, it’s the new Buffy. With that in mind, we present our list of 10 cult films that should under no circumstances ever be remade. Please, Hollywood, trust us on these. … Read More

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Open Letter to Glee Producers Re: Rocky Horror

Dear Glee Producers,

When we heard you were going to devote an entire episode of your show — of which we are big fans — to the cult classic Rocky Horror — of which we are also big fans — we were beyond excited. We expected to find small things to nitpick, and we did: the way you cut short “Science Fiction/Double Feature” in the opening sequence, the way you replaced “heavy petting” and “seat wetting” with “heavy sweating” and the totally nonsensical “bad fretting” in “Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me” (you do realize it was an adult singing those lines, right?), etc. But we never expected an episode we so greatly looked forward to would end up pissing us off so damn much. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is reportedly workshopping a version of The Great Gatsby that would star Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, and Rebecca Hall in the role of Daisy. We’d watch that. [via Deadline]
2. Word is that Brenda Chapman is no longer attached to Pixar’s Brave, which… Read More

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