Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

We once again have your back here at Flavorwire if you’re in need of some nourishment to satiate your appetite for all things cultural. This week’s round of staff recommendations offers a diverse sampling of art, literature, and sport to keep your brows high and your mind engaged throughout the rest of the week. … Read More

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Liked Whedon’s ‘Much Ado’? Watch Almereyda’s ‘Hamlet’

Welcome to “Like That? Watch This,” a regular feature in which Flavorwire suggests an older film that might be enjoyed by fans of a popular new release. This weekend, everyone was sharing the love for Joss Whedon’s modernized adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing; if you liked that film’s clever updating of the Bard’s classic (or if it hasn’t made its way to your town just yet), you might like Michael Almereyda’s 2000 adaptation of Hamlet.

The late ‘90s and early 2000s saw a mini-boom of Shakespeare updates at the multiplex — some merely swiping story elements and loose narratives, others transposing the Bard’s language into a modern setting. The impetus for the boomlet was the unexpected box office success of Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 Romeo + Juliet, which made over Shakespeare’s tragedy into tale of warring businesses and trigger-happy beach bums. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in June

Well, moviegoers, the summer is in full swing, as you may have noticed from the multiplexes shaking with explosions and the marquees bursting with sequels and superheroes. But those whose tastes run a little further from the mainstream have plenty of options for air-conditioned entertainment as well; the art houses have got counter-programming galore, and here’s just a few of the fine indies making their way to you in the month of June. … Read More

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Mikko Kuorinki Elevates the “Quote of the Day” to High Art

Did you ever think you’d see the Mitch Hedberg quote “My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them” displayed in a museum? The late comedian’s joke made its fine-art debut in Wall Piece with 200 Letters, a project that found artist Mikko Kuorinki posting short phrases by a variety of writers on the wall of Finland’s Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, switching out her quotes every week for ten months. Click through to see which pieces you recognize, and visit Kuorinki’s website for more of her work. … Read More

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SXSW 2013: Joss Whedon on Spinning from Marvel to Shakespeare

AUSTIN, TX: Director Joss Whedon and most of the large ensemble cast for his new film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing turned up at the SXSW Film Festival for the picture’s first screening Saturday afternoon, participating in a panel discussion and Q&A that ran a full hour and touched on everything from the film’s sexiness to drinking on set to its director’s previous, sharply different gig directing a certain superhero blockbuster. … Read More

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10 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at SXSW 2013

A confession: nothing against Sundance or any of our other regulars, but SXSW is probably our favorite film festival to attend. The warm weather is a nice respite from late-winter NYC, there’s a relaxed and chatty vibe in the lines, and Tex-Mex and BBQ are always within reach. Oh, and the movies are great. If you’re headed down to Austin, we’ve got plenty of cool events for you to check out. And for those of you who plan to spend your days shotgunning as many movies as possible, here are a few of the flicks we’re eager to take… Read More

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Long-Weekend Viewing: Films About Manipulative Political Masterminds for ‘House of Cards’ Fans

If you’ve already binge-watched all of Netflix’s addictive new original series, House of Cards, it’s understandable that you’d be thirsting for more. After all, an antihero like House of Cards‘ Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) — who has every right to be furious about not being handed the position of Secretary of State after all his years backing the newly elected president — is insanely fun to watch as he dismantles the US political system, one sly move at a time. If you prefer a calculating politician to your average superhero, here is a selection of films (and one miniseries) you have to see. … Read More

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The Best Things Flavorwire Staffers Did in New York This Year

As another year comes to a close, like everyone else on the Internet, we’ve compiled lists of our favorite films and books and albums. But in an office full of New Yorkers who spend so much time enjoying — and participating in — the cultural life of our city, we would be remiss not to look back on what we actually went out and did this year. Below you’ll find Flavorwire staffers’ favorite NY cultural experiences of 2012, from theater to art to live music to cinema; tell us about yours in the comments. … Read More

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The Pop Cultural Landscape (According to Books)

Earlier this week, we spotted a great list of the most mentioned songs in literature over at PWxyz. They’d gotten their info from Small Demons, a fantastic website devoted to connecting books to each other and to the world in interesting ways. Inspired, we did some exploring of our own, and came up with a snapshot of the pop cultural landscape — at least if our books can be believed. Though all of these lists are of necessity always changing as new works get added to the database (and the world), we still think they give a pretty good picture — click through to see the artists, musicians, songs, films and even clothing brands that get most mentioned in literature printed in English, and let us know if you think the book world reflects our culture accurately in the comments. … Read More

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

Today at Flavorpill, we got a peek at the British Museum’s new Shakespeare exhibition. We discovered what our favorite books say about us. We read the best Full House article on the Internet this week. We saw librarian tattoos that weren’t terrible. We learned about Portland’s teacher… Read More

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