Today at Flavorpill, we ranked every James Bond opening scene. We looked at the world’s ugliest buildings. We discovered why Robert Pattinson Hates His Life. We remembered 35 things that we’ll never see again, ever. We looked at a few all-time favorite “employee picks” of a… Read More
This Friday marks the theatrical release of V/H/S, a chilling and genuinely effective found-footage anthology from directors Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and Radio Silence. (It’s available on demand now.) As scary and unnerving as it is, however, it does fall prey to the seemingly inevitable pitfall of a multi-director anthology film: there are a couple of sections that simply aren’t as good as the rest of the film. When you think about it, it’s bound to happen; even if the filmmakers assembled are all talented, there’s a pretty good chance at least one participant will have difficulty conforming to the short form, or will have trouble measuring up to the others, or just might be off their game. As a result, very few completely great anthology movies have been made — most at least have a couple of segments that don’t fit.
But that’s the joy of DVD: in your living room, you can do the editing job that their fellow filmmakers were too polite to perform. After the jump, we’ll take a look at a few of the best-known multi-director anthology movies, and offer up some viewing suggestions for them. … Read More
It’s October, which means that prestige movie season is in full swing, and there are plenty of big, potential Oscar contenders slated for release this month: Argo, Cloud Atlas, um, Here Comes the Boom, maybe? Point is, the art houses are all but overflowing with terrific offerings this month, from dramas and documentaries to comedy and horror; our picks for the month’s dozen best bets are after the jump. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we worried about cannibal sharks (200 yards from shore). We recited 25 of the best catchphrases in television history. We practiced 20 ways to open a beer bottle. We learned what 31 different brands’ acronyms and initials stand for. We listened to David Attenborough’s tortoise and… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we congratulated our Social Media Manager Sophie Weiner for her inclusion in Time Out’s list of activists. We wondered if airlines should offer children-only seating areas and flights. We found out what cities are setting music trends. We got excited about MAD’s upcoming VHS… Read More
Dane Lovett’s paintings work on two levels: The juxtaposition of plants living in jars of water with outdated cultural artifacts — Black Sabbath records, New Order CDs, VHS tapes — suggests the limited life span of objects plucked from the context in which they thrive. But for music lovers nostalgic for the days when albums were primarily physical, it’s also strangely comforting to see them paired so elegantly with leaves and flowers. In fact, if we had the budget for fine art, these pictures would be on our shopping list. Click through to see some of our favorite paintings by the Melbourne, Australia-based artist, and visit his website for a whole lot more. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we smiled after learning about John Lennon’s crazy cat lady side and members of his kitty family, including Elvis and Jesus. We were impressed with and giddy over this documentary about VHS culture and couldn’t wait to get home to watch a few tapes. We got hungry reading … Read More
Remember the good old days of VHS, complete with manual rewinding, fuzzy pictures, and brightly colored slipcovers? No? Well, Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher of the Found Footage Festival definitely do. Earlier this month, the pair published VHS: Absurd, Odd, and Ridiculous Relics from the Videotape Era, a visual ode to the many ludicrous covers that have graced those clunky square boxes. VHS — which features categories like “Leotards & Sweat,” “Unusually Specific,” “Bad Ideas,” and of course, “Cats” — contains over 300 weird, wacky and downright embarrassing video covers from the ’80s and ’90s, as well as snarky commentary from the authors. Pickett and Prueher have spent the last twenty-odd years picking their way through thrift stores and garage sales across the country, amassing over 3,000 tapes in what must be a very strange collection. Plus, the pair has written for The Onion and Entertainment Weekly, and Prueher was Head Researcher at both the Late Show with David Letterman and The Colbert Report, so you know you’re in for a comedic treat.
Click through to see a sampling of the wonderfully absurd VHS covers from decades past (lovingly chosen for you by Mr. Prueher himself), and if you live in New York, be sure to stop by the book release party on November 2 at The Bell House in Brooklyn. … Read More