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7 Reasons Why Orson Welles Was Such a Boss at Cinematic Composition

Director Orson Welles isn't called the Boy Wonder for nothing.At just 25 years old, Orson Welles made one of the most impressive directorial debuts …

Cinematography

Man Branded Women With His Initials and Made Them Sex Slaves, Police Say

(NEW YORK) — The leader of a secretive group in upstate New York turned female followers into brainwashed “slaves” who were branded with his initials …

The best recent crime novels – review roundup

Our House by Louise Candlish, The Fire Court by Andrew Taylor, Tangerine by Christine Mangan, House of Beauty by Melba Escobar and Ragnar Jónasson’s The Darkness<p>Given the current preoccupation with housing, the property-porn thriller looks set to become a staple of crime fiction, and <b>Our House</b> by …

Books

The 100 best comedy movies of all time, according to critics

From Charlie Chaplin's silent-film antics to quote-worthy parodies like "Airplane!," to the animated movies of the new millennium, comedy classics have taken many forms over the decades.<p>To find out which movies in the genre have gained the most critical acclaim over time, we turned to the reviews …

The Death of DSLRs is Near

Two decades ago, DSLRs were introduced to replace film cameras. With only a few megapixels, very short battery life, and an overall low quality, it …

The 50 best documentaries of all time, according to critics

Some of the greatest moments in cinematic history are scenes of nonfiction.<p>From a profile of boxing legend Muhammad Ali to a portrait of a renowned sushi chef, the best documentaries capture real-life phenomena in a memorable and artful fashion.<p>To find out which documentary films have received the …

Kurt Cobain

LSD Brings Your Brain to the Edge of Chaos

This new LSD study is like an acid trip all on its own.<p>One Saturday in 1964, neurologist Oliver Sacks took a bit of amphetamines, LSD, a “touch” of cannabis, faced a white wall in his home, and said “I want to see indigo now—now!”<p>“And then,” he wrote in the New Yorker in 2012, “as if thrown by a …

The spookiest places in NYC

Whether it’s Halloween or just your average Tuesday, the spookiest places in NYC are always frightening. These aren’t your average haunted houses. …

East Village

The Best Sci-Fi On Netflix Streaming

Being able to press a button and get a movie instantly sent to your TV is sort of the stuff of science fiction anyways, so it’s not surprising that …

Guillermo del Toro Picks 11 Criterion Collection Movies You Need to See

Del Toro recommends classics from the Coen brothers, Jean Cocteau, and Alfred Hitchcock.<p>Guillermo del Toro may be one of the world’s most beloved …

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid for Shooting Street Photography Like a Pro (VIDEO)

Whether you’re an amateur photographer or an experienced pro, nearby city streets offer great opportunities for making captivating images, especially …

“The Couch to 80k” Writing Boot Camp: Take a Free 8-Week Podcast Course to Start Writing Fiction, or Even Finish a Novel

We've all read fiction, but how to go about writing it? Nobody has the definitive answer, and there, in the multiplicity of possible approaches, …

First Draft: 11 Anti-Heroes, and Ways to Develop Them In Your Screenplay

In partnership with <i>Creative Screenwriting</i> and <i>ScreenCraft</i>, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting.<p><b>How do writers craft</b> …

Devilman Crybaby is Netflix’s horniest, most shockingly violent show yet

And that’s exactly why you should watch it<p>Near the end of the first episode of Netflix’s new anime <i>Devilman</i> <i>Crybaby</i>, high schooler Akira Fudo and his best friend, Ryo Asuka, find themselves in a rave-lit orgy full of neon and nude characters whose body parts flap wildly. The party spirals into a …

Anime

Alec Baldwin criticizes stars denouncing Woody Allen: 'Unfair and sad'

The actor has launched a defense of the film-maker on Twitter, calling it one of the ‘privileges of his career’ to work with him<p>Alec Baldwin has defended Woody Allen on Twitter and called other actors “unfair and sad” for voicing their regrets over working with him.<p>Baldwin, who worked with Allen on …

Woody Allen

Buy a cat, stay up late, don't drink: top 10 writers’ tips on writing

Made a New Year resolution to start writing that novel? Take some writing tips from Leo Tolstoy, Muriel Spark, John Steinbeck and other famous authors<p>Over the past year, Helen Gordon and I have been putting together Being a Writer, a collection of musings, tips and essays from some of our favourite …

Literature

11 brutally honest answers from a female sex addict's Reddit AMA

"I have to actively stop myself from having affairs. I fail a lot."<p>Sex addiction is often (mistakenly) seen as a primarily male condition. This is just one of the many misconceptions about sex addicts. <i>Reddit</i> user Throwawaylemon7's 'Ask Me Anything' thread tackles some of those misconceptions and …

5 DC Comics That Are Perfect for Low-Budget Movie Adaptations

Following his cameo in the after-credits scene of <i>Justice League</i>, Deathstroke will be getting his own solo movie, with Gareth Evans in talks to …

The US has reached the last stage before collapse

In <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire</i>, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A.D., when the armies of the Goths prepared to descend upon the city.<p>The marks of imperial decadence appeared not only in grotesque displays of public opulence and waste, but also in the collapse …

I-DEAS

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Download Screenplays for 'Lady Bird', 'The Florida Project', and 'The Disaster Artist'

Make some room on your virtual reading stack for these critical favorites.With only two-and-a-half weeks left in the calendar year, there are still a …

Ladybird

The 10 Best True Crime Documentaries On Netflix Right Now

<b>Last Updated: April 24th</b><p>In case you were somehow unaware:<p>The world isn’t just made up of good guys and bad guys.<br>• People in jail didn’t necessarily commit the crimes for which they were convicted…<br>• but <i>some</i> of them did.<br>• Criminal activity isn’t innate and doesn’t happen in a vacuum.<br>• The economy intersects …

Crime

20 overlooked Netflix documentaries that you need to watch

From documentaries that blur the line between reality and fiction to crowd-pleasing character studies, there's so many options for documentaries on Netflix it can be hard to pick which title to stream.<p>Major docs like "The Look of Silence," "Man on Wire," and "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" are obvious …

The Sexual Coercion Epidemic in Porn

Porn star Lana Rhoades accused porn director Pierre Woodman of trying to trick her into doing sex acts beyond her limits, claiming her agent gave the …

Inside the Surreal World of Playboy’s Centrefolds

Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page featured in Playboy’s iconic centrefold, but as a new book demonstrates, modern attitudes towards it are more …

Meet the Porn Pioneer Who Sold Bukkake to America

Pornographer Jeff Mike's late 90s series "American Bukkake" helped introduce Americans to the notorious Japanese sub-genre. Mike tells us about the pivotal series and how it changed adult film and American culture.<p><i>The turn of the millennium was a fertile time for pornographic experimentation. This</i> …

Acquainted

The Best Mind-Altering Animated Movies

New York City’s Metrograph theater is currently screening Eiichi Yamamoto’s psychosexual masterpiece <i>Belladonna of Sadness</i>, from Japanese animation …

Animation