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Game of Thrones Recap Season 4, Episode 2, "The Lion and the Rose"

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Game of Thrones Recap: Season 4, Episode 2, “The Lion and the Rose”

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Game of Thrones Recap: Season 4, Episode 2, “The Lion and the Rose”

Game of Thrones eased into its fourth season with an episode that traded the unending forward motion of the show’s previous season for a moment of ragged calm, but “The Lion and the Rose” reveals that respite as nothing more than the eye of a storm. Not only that, George R. R. Martin’s writing credit makes it clear from the start that not only does something happen in this episode, but that the cataclysmic event typically placed in a given season’s penultimate installment will likely occur almost immediately, dramatically shaking up the show’s usual structure and setting up the fourth season as its most distinctive yet.

Berlinale 2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Berlinale 2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Berlinale 2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel

At their worst, Wes Anderson’s films are mere showpieces. They’re meticulously stage-managed, lavishly appointed cross-sectional dollhouses erected as staging grounds for their director’s rarely not enervating quirks and obvious opportunities for Hollywood A-listers to recharge their thespian cache. (The idea that Anderson is an “actor’s director”—as if there’s another kind?—has always smacked bogus, given that to perform in a Wes Anderson movie is generally to perform in a self-consciously stilted, nouveau-Victorian, drained, and affectless pantomime that would play as totally unchallenging were it not so observably different.) And in the best cases, Anderson squares his paisley trick-bag of Godardian compositions and book of vintage carpet samples with a congruent thematic meaning. In 2011’s excellent Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson’s incurable nostalgia was a nostalgia for the lost summers of childhood. Here, in The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is either his best film or his best film since his last film, it’s the waning of historical memory, of the past slipping irretrievably beyond some distant horizon.

Watch Sigur Rós Live in 360 Degrees

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Watch Sigur Rós Live in 360 Degrees
Watch Sigur Rós Live in 360 Degrees

Sigur Rós takes on a more aggressive—or to quote our own Kevin Liedel in his review of the album, “more acute”—posture on their seventh effort, Kveikur, their first since becoming a threesome following the departure of Kjartan Sveinsson last year. The band will perform five songs from the album tomorrow, June 19th, at 2:50 EST during “Kveikur Live 360,” a special “360-degree interactive webcast” from Dresden, Germany. Fans will reportedly be able to watch the one-off show from 360 different angles of their choosing at the band’s official website.

Listen & Watch: Slant‘s Best Singles and Music Videos of the Aughts

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Listen & Watch: <em>Slant</em>‘s Best Singles and Music Videos of the Aughts
Listen & Watch: <em>Slant</em>‘s Best Singles and Music Videos of the Aughts

Head on over to Slant Magazine’s official YouTube Channel to listen to all 100 of our Best Singles of the Aughts and watch all 50 of our Best Music Videos of the Aughts!

[Editor’s Note: The #24 music video on our list, Kenna’s “Hell Bent,” is no longer available on YouTube, but you can view it here.]