Tag: Culture

The Bad Virgin Jokes on ‘The Bachelor’ Might Make Me Finally Stop Watching

A contestant dressed up as a sloth to mock Colton Underwood’s desire to take things slow in relationships | Images via YouTube.  I am not one of those people who watches ABC’s The Bachelor “ironically.” I watch it because I enjoy making sarcastic commentary while indulging in the kind of dramaticized romance narrative I consumed […]

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The Most Popular ‘Bandersnatch’ Choices Show We’re Not All Complete Monsters

Netflix made waves in late December with its interactive, choose-your-own-adventure movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Set in 1984, it follows Stefan, a young programmer, who begins to question reality while adapting a fantasy novel into a video game. As Stefan navigates the “most important day of his life,” viewers are prompted to make choices for him, […]

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Only One Thing Can Save the Kevin Hart ‘Monopoly’ Movie

The last time we checked, no one was clamoring for a live-action Monopoly movie. Just like no one really begs to play Monopoly, the board game. Yet as Deadline reports, we are indeed getting such a film, starring none other than Kevin Hart. Hasbro, the toy company that owns Monopoly, has been angling to make […]

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Humanizing Portraits of Mentally Ill Inmates at Cook County Jail

Occupying 96 acres in Chicago, Illinois, the Cook County Jail is one of the largest pre-detention facilities in the nation. Most of the 8,000-or-so inmates housed there each day are awaiting trial. And according to the jail’s Office of Mental Health Policy and Advocacy, about a third of the prisoners are mentally ill. Between the […]

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My Boner-Killing Quest to Find the Worst Erotica on Amazon

Everyone likes bad things. In my opinion, they’re easier to like than good things. Sure, a well-written book or uplifting movie can you make feel inspired or whatever, but that’s ephemeral. It will fade. Deep down, we’re all inherently spiteful beings, and ridiculing the efforts of others is sometimes what the soul needs. In pursuit […]

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Keanu Reeves Goes Fully off the Rails in the First Trailer for ‘John Wick 3’

The first two John Wick movies are some of the greatest action films of the decade. They are pure and simple and give you exactly what you want—if what you want is Keanu Reeves royally kicking ass and nothing more. But on Thursday, the trailer for the upcoming third John Wick movie came along and, […]

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Get Hyped for the Upcoming ‘Dragon Prince’ Game

The first season of Netflix’s popular animated fantasy show, The Dragon Prince, was met with positive critical reception and created a ravenous new fanbase. “This is our fourth [comic or anime] con in one season,” Justin Santistevan co-founder and president of Wonderstorm—the entertainment startup behind The Dragon Prince—told me during a studio visit. “We’re just […]

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How YouTube’s Ban on Dangerous Stunts Will Affect Creators

Via Getty Images and Netflix. In response to viral internet dares like the Bird Box and Tide Pod challenges, YouTube has updated its content guidelines to ban videos of people doing dangerous shit for the views. Officially, “challenges that present an apparent risk of death are not allowed on YouTube,” according to the platform’s updated […]

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Steve Carrell and an ‘Office’ Creator Are Turning Trump’s Space Force into a Show

We may never get the Michael Scott/Office reunion that the world desperately needs right now, but worry not, everybody. It looks like Steve Carell and The Office showrunner Greg Daniels are teaming up again for a new workplace comedy—only this time, it’s going to be, uh, set in space or something. On Wednesday, Netflix announced […]

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Francis Fukuyama’s Shrinking Idea

There’s an intriguing phenomenon in publishing you could call the One Great Idea book. Usually written by a leading senior scholar in an interdisciplinary field such as international relations, political philosophy, or comparative literature, the One Great Idea book displays a command of numerous languages and wide-ranging familiarity with classics in philosophy or religion. Its […]

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The Real Villain of Fyre Festival

“Honestly I can’t believe this documentary—there’s two of ‘em.” Against the strains of “Build Me Up Buttercup,” this is how the Hulu documentary Fyre Fraud draws to a close. The disbelieving individual in question is Oren Aks of Jerry Media, the marketing firm that promoted Fyre Festival, the stupidest disaster in the annals of millennial […]

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The ‘Learning to Be Spider-Man’ Meme Is the Next Great Spidey Meme

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a brilliant movie. Even if superhero flicks aren’t your thing, you’ll just have to blindly trust me on this one. I cried during it, like, twice. Just go see this shit, OK? One small example of the many, many ways Spider-Verse was sick was how it acknowledged memes. Spider-Man memes […]

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The ‘Sopranos’ Prequel Cast Just Keeps Getting More Stacked

We may not know much about David Chase’s upcoming Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark—but the little we do know so far is worth getting excited about. The upcoming movie is set to take place during the 1967 Newark riots and will center on Christopher Moltisanti’s dad, Dickie, but feature plenty of “beloved […]

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Stunning Photos of Indonesia’s Brutal Buffalo Fights

This article originally appeared on VICE Asia. It’s hard to imagine anything more central to life in Toraja than the buffalo. This region of Indonesia, located in the island of Sulawesi, believes that buffalo play a vital part in the afterlife, basically escorting the spirits of the dead on to eternity. But before the buffalo […]

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Ariana Grande Is Literally the Pokémon Eevee, So Her Tattoo Is Perfect

Our favorite queen of pop, Ariana Grande, has never been shy about being a nerd or getting tattoos to celebrate the things she loves. In 2018, the star shared lots of fandom related ink, including a black and white Chihiro, the main character from Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning animated film Spirited Away. On Sunday, Grande […]

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I Fulfilled My Dream of Doing Stand-Up in My Underwear

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. If anyone asks me about the most memorable set I have ever performed, I tell them about the first time I performed in my underwear at a sex club. When I got onstage at Oasis Aqualounge in Toronto, I noticed that the audience was entirely dressed in towels […]

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Gritty Photos of New York Nightlife in the Early 90s

New York City in the 1990s was a heady time. Murder surged to a record high as the crack epidemic reached its peak. Abandoned buildings became crack dens and prostitution flourished on the streets, ushering in the controversial rule of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in 1992. Under Giuliani’s “Quality of Life” campaign, the New York Police […]

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‘Unbreakable’ Predicted the Rise of Toxic Fandom

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. My love for M.Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable—a superhero thriller from the pre-MCU era (2000)—starts with an origin story. Unnaturally brittle, suburban villain-to-be, Elijah Prince (Samuel L. Jackson), is having an exchange with his mother. She’s desperate to have her son go outside and experience a normal life (he can’t […]

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I Spent a Day at the ‘World’s Best Airport’ and It Was Pretty Good

At roughly half the size of Los Angeles, Singapore is one of the smaller countries on the planet. But what it lacks in land mass, it makes up for in opulent, massive edifices that convey the country’s wealth, draw in tourists from around the globe, and give the tiny nation more superlatives than a high […]

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