Ever since the US entered World War II, many average Americans have longed to beat up Nazis and that dream is stronger right now than it has been for years. If you love the idea of punching a Nazi in the face, but don't want to do it yourself, then you might want to live vicariously through the movies. Over on Collider, you can see a list of the best movies where Nazis get beat up, ranging from the obvious -like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade or Inglorious Basterds, to lesser know films -like Dead Snow and Green Room.
Fans are always obsessing about what it would be like if their favorite pop culture characters came together in a TV show crossover episode, but due to licensing restrictions and greed this almost never happens.
Back in the 80s and 90s it was a bit easier for pop culture franchises to come together, so we got to see Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Boy Meets World, Fresh Prince's cousin Hilary paid a visit to Blossom, and Urkel hung out with the Tanners on Full House.
Fans were naturally very excited about these crossover events, and it became a bit of a trend for TV shows to have a crossover event, even if it made no sense.
But do you know which TV crossover event made more sense than any other TV crossover ever?
You don't have to write an entire novel or short story to scare someone's pants off, and true masters of horror can make our skin crawl with a few words, much less an entire sentence.
But the freaky folks who contribute to the subreddit TwoSentenceHorror are proving that a two-sentence long story is the easiest way to get into somebody's head without using a power drill.
After all horror isn't about gimmicks, monsters or bodily dismemberment- it's about the psychological effects words and imagery have on the human mind, and nothing leaves a mental scar quite like a good tale of terror.
As an avid board gamer I'm constantly amazed by how many great games are out there, and whether they're simple enough for kids to play or so complex adults have a hard time playing the great games keep on coming.
But back in the board game dark ages stores were full of games that were neither fun to play nor good looking, and companies like Milton Bradley would just slap a licensed character on the box and call it a day.
Did anybody ever ask for a Do The Urkel, A Day With Ziggy or Where's The Beef? board game? Hell no, and yet Milton Bradley made them anyway, and judging by the Urkel game's board layout MB also made kids hate their parents for buying them such a garbage game.
And speaking of garbage- what kid wouldn't want to play a game called Town Dump? And what could be more fun than a safe family board game about safety? It's a safe bet many copies of Let's Be Safe! found their way into town dumps across America...
Some would say it's better to crash and burn than fade away, but I think these iconic actors would have disagreed, and they deserved better roles as their final on-screen performances.
Bela Lugosi is best known by his true fans as the first and finest Count Dracula, but Tim Burton's biopic Ed Wood introduced a new generation to Bela for all the wrong reasons- his appearances in Plan 9 From Outer Space and Glen Or Glenda.
Both movies were unbearably bad, but at least Bela got to deliver one of the greatest monologues in movie history!
Joan Crawford went from being one of Hollywood's greatest and most revered actresses to playing second fiddle to a guy in a gorilla suit in the ultra-cheesy sci-fi flick Trog.
If you're a Joan Crawford or Bette Davis fan you should check out the FX series Feud: Bette And Joan, the Trog scene was particularly poignant after watching Joan's career end...badly.
But the worst send off of them all has to be Raul Julia's final on-screen appearance as M. Bison in Street Fighter: The Movie- Raul agreed to do the film because his grandchildren loved the video game so much.
Raul delivers an amazing performance in this less than mediocre movie even though he was battling cancer during the filming. He passed away shortly after the movie was finished at the age of 54.
Little girls go gaga over seeing their favorite Disney princesses when they go to a Disney theme park, but few of us really think much about the actresses that play these iconic characters. As it turns out, there a log of interesting things that go into getting them to play the role just right. For example, did you know they have to go through voice training in order to do the role just right? Or that they have to reaudition every year?
You have to admit, that will work when everyone you're playing with is right there in the room anyway. How many cats are playing the same game right now anyway? When cats chat, does that make them French cats? And what are they going to say besides "meow"? This comic is by Samantha Whitten, who says,
Personally, I’m in favor of not having voice chat, but it’s fun to tease Nintendo about being so far behind the times.
There are many wonders to be seen in the ocean, but when you're famous cartoons like Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Goofy your expectations are much higher than that of the average human- with good reason.
Living in a cartoon means anything can happen, and any kind of creature imaginable can appear in the illustrated ocean, from a realistic render to something totally bizarro that could only exist as a 'toon.
So when the trio jump in Doctor Von Drake's submarine ride to see what lies under the sea they're sorely disappointed by the lack of aquatic characters...until they go deeper, deeper, DEEPER!
Andy Warhol is often portrayed as a cold, emotionless character who also constantly seems a bit addle minded, but this stereotypical portrayal doesn't really do the man justice. In real life Andy had many sides to his life and his personality, and he was quite the fun loving fellow when he felt like kicking up his Beatle boots.
He was a fan of pro wrestling, appeared in music videos for The Cars and even made an uncredited appearance in Tootsie, but his 1985 appearance on The Love Boat is really out there- even for Warhol.
Here's more about Season 9, Episode 3, entitled “Hidden Treasure / Picture from the Past / Ace’s Salary”:
An all-star cast, including Andy Warhol, Andy Griffith, and Milton Berle, helps the crew celebrate the ship’s two-hundredth voyage. In “Picture from the Past,” Warhol, as himself, offers to select a passenger as the subject of his next portrait. Marion Ross plays a former Warhol superstar who fears the artist will recognize her and reveal her secret past to her disapproving, conservative husband, played by Tom Bosley.
After The Love Boat episode was aired, he complained to a friend that people in Hollywood were “idiots.” They didn’t buy art, he said. They stank.
Meet King Joe is a prime example of the sort of propaganda being created to appeal to the American people so they wouldn't "turn red":
This 1949 Technicolor cartoon is a Cold War-era propaganda film aimed at American workers with the objective of convincing them of their good fortune. It shows us the life of a common working man in America, and how he is able to achieve financial success for himself thanks to investment, competition, research, and technology.
Joe, an average American working man who, wears overalls and talks with a pseudo-Brooklyn accent, is "king of the workers of the world" not because he is worthy, but because the machinery in his factory "multiplies strength and efficiency." We also learn that Joe is "king" not because he can exert power over anything, but because "he can buy more with his wages than any other worker on the globe."
We gets a nicely illustrated introduction to then-standard basic economic theories of production and investment that "make the United States the industrial master of the world”. As proof that the American capitalist system is the most wonderful on earth, the narrator informs us that Americans own 72% of the cars in the world, 92% of the bathtubs, and "practically all the refrigerators in existence." The narrator sums up the attitude industrial America was pushing: "Labor and management must continue to increase the production of better goods at lower prices so that more people will be able to buy the things that make life easier and happier for all of us."
The cartoon is a John Sutherland production. It is one of the "fun and facts about America" series, made "to create a deeper understanding of what has made America the finest place in the world to live."
Old school 2D platformers are fun to play but not all that fun to watch being played, because the flat graphics don't do the action-packed scenes justice.
But if you could see a 3D view of the action, which would make you feel like you're watching the game play out in person, then platform games would feel a lot like Gummy Gas Crisis directed by Rodrigo Diaz of Blirp Studio.
The characters are cartoony and colorful, the action is frenetic and platform-y, and the animation is top notch, so if you're ready strap in and enjoy the ride!
For generations fantasy nerds have dreamed of the moment when they are able to pull Excalibur out of the stone and become a mythic hero like King Arthur, but it ain't every day that you come across a magic sword in a stone.
However, Adam Savage was able to make a pretty sharp looking replica of Excalibur from the movie Excalibur out of aluminum as part of his One Day Builds series for Tested, and he found making a replica is nearly as hard as forging a real sword!
All Adam has to do now is stick that sword into a prop stone in his front yard so he can start each day by pulling the sword from the stone and holding it aloft, exclaiming "I have the power!" Oh wait, that was He-Man...
Ever wish you could have a drink while sitting on the lap of a Xenomorph? Or enjoy a white Russian with The Dude? Theme bars are the closest any of us could get to doing things like this in real life. Over on Supercall, you can read about 13 of the best theme bars on earth. Often when these things say "on earth," they tend to mean in the US with a few exceptions, but in this case, they really do mean around the globe as the bars are located in Japan, Iecland, Switzerland, Romania and more.
It's doubtful whether anyone has ever referred to Prince's movie Purple Rain as "cinematic magic", especially considering Prince was way more enjoyable to watch in concert than in that schlocky 80s flick.
But Nigerian director Christopher Kirkley and cinematographer Jeremy Fino clearly saw merit in the story of a guitar wielding rebel who rides a purple motorcycle and dresses like a bit of a fop- because they remade Purple Rain for a West African audience.
Their version is called "Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai", translation- "Rain the color of blue with a little red in it", which is why they released it as simply "Akounak".
And even though it's inspired by Purple Rain this first ever Tuareg language fictional film has a main character who makes Prince's "The Kid" look like a spoiled brat:
Like the lone, nameless gunslinger in a Sergio Leone western, the central character in Kirkley’s film, musician Mdou Moctar, travels through the desert with a guitar instead of a rifle or Colt 45. And instead of a horse, he rides a motorcycle… a purple one. The gunslinger analogy is apt because guitar players in Agadez and surrounding areas battle among themselves to gain status as the fastest gun in the west, with six strings replacing six bullets.
The combination of Moctar’s live performances, the otherworldly beauty of the Sahara, Jeremy Fino’s luminous cinematography and Kirkley’s intimate and supple style of direction make Anounak one of those rare fictional films about music that has the pulse of real life and the resonance of great art.
We don't think twice about the strange things we can do in the virtual worlds of video games that we absolutely can't do in real life without being shunned, arrested or straight up killed.
For instance- in most games you can walk around with a weapon in your hand and the in-game characters don't spare you a second glance, but in real life you have to leave your running knife at home or risk jail time.
And speaking of running- don't you think it's odd that video game characters run around at full speed the entire game?
Did you ever get the feeling that Luke Skywalker was dealt a truly raw deal, having to grow up on Tatooine, raised by a moisture farmer? Meanwhile, Leia, who wasn't his twin sister until Return of the Jedi, was adopted by planetary royalty, eventually becoming a senator! It turns out that Lucas had an even bigger vision for Leia than all that.
Hang on wait what... Leia had a PhD in Star Wars? Christ can you imagine having everyone call you Princess when you were actually Dr Organa pic.twitter.com/HYertPJqWU
Wow, talk about an overachiever! A PhD at 19 is almost unheard-of in our galaxy, outside of a few child prodigies who clepped through high school at a ridiculously young age. This tidbit gives Leia another title in addition to General, Senator, and Princess. We can call her Doctor.
We have clearly, clearly all been doing our PhDs in Alderaan places....
The Harajuku shopping district in Tokyo gained international notoriety after it became the hip place for fashion forward Japanese youths to hang out, the most famous group being the so-called "Harajuku Girls".
But what most people don't realize is these "Harajuku Girls" are from different subculture groups with totally different styles and attitudes, from the romantic and fancy Lolitas to the rough and tumble Bosozoku biker gangs.
And one of the most adorable Harajuku styles is called Decora, characterized by wearing as many cute accessories as possible to in order to decorate your hair and your wardrobe.
99.9% of cosplayers are missing one key component to their character portrayal- theme music. Jack Spade learned how important it is to have your own theme music in I'm Gonna GIt You Sucka, but most cosplayers have yet to learn how much a theme song would enhance their awesome costumes.
So to help them realize the power of theme music Lily Ki (aka LilyPichu) followed cosplayers around at Indy PopCon 2017 while playing their theme song on her melodica, singlehandedly starting the musical cosplay revolution.
It seems the easiest way to explain the issue to them is to weigh the differences between the "good old fashioned internet" and that annoying "Millennial internet", which should capture their attention.
"You know how LAZY those darn Millennials are, right? So lazy! They don't know how to work hard or efficiently - not like their parents did. This whole generation is so SLOW and DISORGANIZED - and if we don't have Net Neutrality, the same thing will happen to the internet.
That's right - FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and internet service providers from across the country are conspiring to turn your internet into...MILLENNIAL INTERNET."
Then you move in with a bunch of stuff about snowflakes ruining the internet and a crack about how the Millennial Internet hates Mickey Rooney and you'll soon see a fire light in their eyes.
That fire means they're beginning to understand how important it is to preserve net neutrality, either that or they've decided to write you out of their will...hopefully it's the former!
For the past 24 years SEGA has been partnered with Archie Comics to bring gamers the Sonic the Hedgehog comics they didn't know they wanted, comics which had their share of strange and awkward moments.
But after two decades together SEGA and Archie have decided to go their separate ways, leaving Sonic comic readers without an bizarre and surreal side story for their favorite game.
As zany and bizarre as the Sonic the Hedgehog series could be at times it also introduced some really cool characters that will probably never make it into the games, like Sir Connery the horse knight. Remind you of anyone?
Felix Colgrave is an Australian animator who creates some truly tripped out 'toons that reach right through your eyeballs and tickle your brain, and if you're a connoisseur of strange cartoons you'll love the feeling.
So if you had a taste of Felix's visual drug and you're already hooked check out the music video he made for Fever The Ghost's song SOURCE, and this goofy short about a demon salesman called Tainted Goods. (NSFW language)
Sesame Street is a show for kids starring characters that appeal to adults and children alike, and every characters has such a distinct look and personality they make great guest stars.
However, their limited acting range and somewhat static facial expressions seem like they'd make it hard for Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Cookie Monster to play iconic roles like Dorothy, the Evil Queen or Frankenstein's monster.
But as you can see in this video by Vanity Fair, those talented puppets are always ready to prove they're better actors than some Hollywood celebrities!
George Clooney is a famous actor who comes from a family of storytellers, and the characters in his family must have helped George develop his character acting skills- because they sound like characters straight out of a Wes Anderson movie.
Take his kooky uncle Chick and equally nutty uncle George for instance- those two characters loved to swap war stories and scare young George and his sister Adelia by deconstructing uncle Chick.
A curious cat chasing butterflies in the woods on a sunny afternoon, could there possibly be a more idyllic scene?
Unfortunately the sun also casts shadows, and the woods can be a pretty dangerous place for a little kitty, especially when they have their head in the clouds and forget to watch for trouble on the ground.
Have you ever noticed Tom Hardy often plays roles that involve covering his face with some sort of mask?
Hardy's face-covering habit isn't an accident, and director Christopher Nolan claims Tom wears masks in his movies because "he can do more with his eyes alone than most actors can do with their whole body".
Nolan went on to explain more about this theory in an interview with the Press Association:
Nolan said: "I was pretty thrilled with what he did in The Dark Knight Rises with two eyes and couple of eyebrows and a bit of forehead."
So naturally Nolan wanted to up the ante for his next film with Hardy, which perhaps explains his role of a spitfire pilot in Dunkirk: "I thought let's see what he can do with no forehead, no real eyebrows, maybe one eye."
Nolan said it is a testament to Hardy's acting ability.
"Of course Tom, being Tom, what he does with single eye acting is far beyond what anyone else can do with their whole body, that is just the unique talent of the man, he's extraordinary."
The vast majority of Twitch streamers are pretty boring to watch in my opinion, but like any good community-based site you've gotta have the boring people around to make the cool people look even cooler.
And if I'm being honest again I didn't find father, gamer and Twitch streamer JurassicJunkie all that fun to watch play games- until his daughter came into the room while he was playing the survival horror game Outlast 2.
That's when the show really started, as JurassicJunkie screamed and nearly jumped out of his skin, and now he'll never be able to top that one streaming session so he might as well throw in the towel!
Frank Miller is one of those comic creators who leaves an indelible mark on any character he writes about, and when well established characters receive a Miller-verse makeover they're left a bit more depressing.
So it will be interesting to see what Frank Miller does with the Man of Steel's origin story when the new "Superman: Year One" style comic he just announced is released, especially considering his less-than-flattering portrayal of Supes in The Dark Knight Returns.
Maybe he has discovered a love for Superman's simplistic-yet-inspiring message of hope and undying goodness, or maybe he's just looking to twist the superheroic goody-two-shoes into a darker shadow of his former self.
Either way it's gonna be a fun ride for Frank Miller fans and a bumpy ride for die-hard Superman fans. Here's the announcement to get your blood pumping one way or the other!
It's easy to dress up in a Disney character's wardrobe and create their accessories, but it's really hard to make someone's face look exactly like a Disney character because they look so cartoony.
But French makeup artist Audrey Logeais has mastered the art of cartoonifying people, making them look like living illustrations when photographed, and her ability to transform people into toons using makeup is truly inspirational.
Audrey's models are unrecognizable under the cartoon makeover that makes them look exactly like Yzma, Scar and Jafar, and in some cases the transformation is so complete the models can even act and pose without breaking the illusion.