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40 Pop Culture Masterpieces You Missed This Year While the World Burned

A few things in culture broke through the noise since the election. Wonder Woman. It. DJ Khaled’s baby. More often, though, the pop stuff you normally would’ve found yourself devouring was buried beneath an avalanche of breaking-news alerts. That movie came out the night Mooch was fired? No wonder you missed it. The dishy bookContinue Reading “40 Pop Culture Masterpieces You Missed This Year While the World Burned”

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How Kendrick Lamar Ended Up on Two New N.E.R.D Tracks

N.E.R.D, the funk/rock/experimental/electronic/hip-hop/and-everything-in-between collaboration between Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shae Haley, have had an oversized effect on popular music since their first album dropped over 16 years ago. In a world where genre-blending has become almost passé, N.E.R.D was blending punk with R&B (“Rockstar”), singing pop hooks over funk instrumentals (“Backseat Love”), and rappingContinue Reading “How Kendrick Lamar Ended Up on Two New N.E.R.D Tracks”

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is Even Better Than ‘The Force Awakens’

It’s always tricky to write about a movie you really, really don’t want to spoil for anybody. Here I am, trying to figure out how to talk to you about Star Wars: The Last Jedi without telling you anything about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But just a few days from the movie’s release, there’sContinue Reading “‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is Even Better Than ‘The Force Awakens’”

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Black Mirror’s Prophetic, Sometimes Optimistic New Season

Four years before David Cameron was accused of performing a sex act on a (dead) pig, Charlie Brooker wrote an episode of Black Mirror where the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom performed a sex act on a (live) pig. Four years before Donald J. Trump was sworn in President of the United States, BrookerContinue Reading “Black Mirror’s Prophetic, Sometimes Optimistic New Season”

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Rostam Batmanglij on Leaving Vampire Weekend, His Solo Album, and ‘Call Me by Your Name’

It’s been a memorable year for Rostam Batmanglij, the former Vampire Weekend member who’s since branched off from the group with his solo album Half-Light, a record he started working on in fits and spurts a decade ago. Rostam, you’ll remember—who goes by just his first name—stepped away from his indie rock group at theContinue Reading “Rostam Batmanglij on Leaving Vampire Weekend, His Solo Album, and ‘Call Me by Your Name’”

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The Walking Dead’s “Oh S#!t!” Moment Was a Great Cliffhanger

Well, it’s over. At least until February: The Walking Dead slumps into its midseason break at appropriately zombie-paced speed. Tonight’s midseason finale, “How It’s Gotta Be,” was a 90-minute slog, whose extended running time only served to emphasize just how comfortable this show is spinning its wheels. A normal runtime would only have improved theContinue Reading “The Walking Dead’s “Oh S#!t!” Moment Was a Great Cliffhanger”

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The Movie Every Miyazaki Fan Should Stream on Netflix

While Pixar has pioneered the art of CGI films, fans of traditional hand-drawn animation have to look outside Hollywood. Countries like Japan and France—which both have grand comic book traditions—still create gorgeously hand-drawn films, with the most popular imports being the breathtaking fantasies of Hayao Miyazaki like Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. If you lovedContinue Reading “The Movie Every Miyazaki Fan Should Stream on Netflix”