Black Mirror is one of the most thought provoking, cutting edge and depressing TV shows ever made, and even though the show is overall very popular some episodes have been too much for viewers to handle.
The only difference between a Pokemon and a Fakemon is the Fakemon weren't created by Satoshi and Tajiri, but fans have created plenty of Fakemon who would make perfect additions to the roster.
There's the Super Soaker swordfish hybrid above, which could lead to a whole new story factor involving trainers armed with Poke-weapons, and this cool looking character that may actually be too cool to be a Pokemon.
These Fakemon are as good, if not better, than non-fake Pokemon, and the artists who create them are doing a great job of breathing new life into a roster of creatures who were starting to feel a bit formulaic.
Before Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch became a controversial place it was a place of wonder, with its own zoo, amusement park rides, and two trains, not to mention Michael's magical 13,000 sq. ft. mansion.
The 3,000 acre Ranch was worth an estimated $100 million dollars before Michael abandoned the property after it was searched by police officers during the People V. Jackson trial back in 2003, and in 2006 the property went into foreclosure.
Michael left most of his stuff behind when he abandoned the property, and all that stuff plus the strange and sordid history of the place made Neverland Ranch a very enticing place for urban explorers to visit.
Four such urban explorers (nicknamed after the TMNT by VICE) broke in to the place repeatedly between December 2007 and March 2008, and the stuff they found there really adds to the MJ mystique:
Donatello: The other thing was that he collected memorabilia that had him on it, he had Pepsi bottles and books and other promotional material in boxes. He also had stacks and stacks of fan mail, and one of the ones that really grabbed me was some fan had drawn the prosecuting attorney of his molestation case with devil's horns. That was just laying on a tabletop – maybe a Pac-Man table? Raphael: You were reading his fan mail? Donatello: We were flipping through some of it.
Raphael: One thing that really sticks out in my memory was drinking his grape soda from that walk-in kitchen storage area and then very carefully wiping the fingerprints off the bottle and hiding it in the bushes.
Was it actual grape soda? Raphael: Yeah! It was actual grape soda! In the kitchen there was this "Children of the World" menu. Everything in there was geared toward children. I'm not sure he had any, but...
He did. Raphael: Having that menu there, on a permanently printed chalkboard it had peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches and macaroni and cheese or something, that sticks out in my mind. The general strange hodgepodge of s#%t that he had bought that didn't have any relation to his house. His entire house was filled with these really expensive looking one-off random, semi-artistic things.
If a show has the words "Muppets" or "Jim Henson" in the title you know it's going to feature some really awesome puppets, and the late 90s successor to The Muppet Show called Muppets Tonight was no exception.
Muppets Tonight introduced us to cool characters like the Nine Inch Snails, an all-gastropod grunge band who sing a morbid little song that includes the line "give me some salt and turn me to gel" and put on one shell of a show.
The blanket term "collector" appeals to most people when it's left alone than when you add a noun before it, as in toy collector, antique collector or rock memorabilia collector. See how much cooler "the collector" sounds than any of those more specific designations?
The thing is most collectors don't care if people think their collection is cool, because that's not why they do it- they collect stuff because they're passionate about the stuff they collect.
So whether they're collecting vintage Smurf toys, beer cans or tiny erasers shaped like food there's something about the objects they gather that makes their heart sing.
Andy Warhol and Nico were cool, they were eccentric and underground and enjoyed wearing costumes on occasion, all of which made them the perfect characters to play Batman and Robin in a photo shoot for Esquire.
The shoot happened in 1966 when Batmania was in full swing thanks to the Adam West TV show, so Nico posed as Batman and Andy as Robin for photographer Frank Bez's seriously hip photo spread meant to draw in younger, hipper readers for Esquire.
Andy was a big fan of Batman, and comic books in general, so he was probably pretty jazzed about the shoot, and Warhol's 1964 film Batman Dracula is considered the first appearance of a campy version of Batman.
Every home needs a Sarlacc that won't digest you over the course of a thousand years! This pillow is labeled as a "newborn/toddler pillow lounger," and I'm sure it's perfect for the child you want to raise right, but people without babies could easily find a use for it -like a pillow for your head while you are lying down watching a Star Wars movie. It's big, maybe you could curl up in it with a good science fiction book. It has four rows of teeth, and handles, so you can easily carry it and anything you want to feed it put into it. Get your Pit of Carkoon pillow from Etsy store BedHogShop. -via Geeks Are Sexy
When Jurassic Park came out back in 1993 the thought of dinosaurs roaming the Earth again made us all shake in our Reeboks, but now that we've lived through 2017 we know there are much scarier creatures out there.
They're called humans, and while dinosaurs can devour your body and beat you with nunchuks humans can tear your world apart from the inside out with their bigotry and hatred, and even worse they can teach your kids to hate.
So let's make those ideological dinosaurs spreading messages of religious bigotry go extinct once and for all- by breeding dinosaurs with a taste for the blood of bigots! (Comic by Pie Comic)
Sea-Monkeys are one of the most harmless and useless toys ever made, and even though most kids I knew who got the kit never managed to get those little suckers to hatch, kids kept wanting them and parents kept buying them.
So how did a useless toy like the Sea-Monkeys become such a big hit? Creator Harold Von Braunhut used ads in comic books to sell them to the babies of the boom, and since there was nothing like it on the market, kids flipped out over this trippy new "toy".
This Great Big Story video shows us the shady history of Sea-Monkeys, Harold's connection to the Aryan Nation and how that little packet of disappointment would influence the way toy makers marketed to kids for generations to come.
Wizards study some pretty heavy stuff, and the mystical mumbo-jumbo they're always spouting sounds like gibberish to anyone who has no knowledge of the mystical arts.
And aside from the incantations, transmutations and summoning rituals wizards are just regular people-they deal with relationship issues, have trouble making friends, and can't find a decent pizza parlor that will deliver to their tower.
But, as this Slack Wyrm comic shows us, if you should get to talking to a wizard and they ask you to babysit just say OH HELL NO!
It's rare for a deer to want to sleep indoors, partly because their antlers keep getting stuck on stuff and partly because it makes them feel like a trapped lunch just waiting for a hungry predator or gun-toting hunter.
But if you should ever receive an invitation for cocoa from a deer who prefers to live indoors do them a favor and help them keep their house tidy, because they have the hardest time keeping everything in order!
Hey Deer is an adorable animated short by Örs Bárczy about a deer who gets to live a comfortable life indoors yet winds up struggling with the same ordeal every day as he and his house are all shook up.
Blade Runner 2049 may not have lived up to the hype at the box office, but it definitely delivered the goods in the visual department thanks in part to the amazing models made by the artists at the Weta Workshop.
These incredible buildings could have been created using 3D software or matte paintings, but director Denis Villenueve insisted on using practical effects as much as possible to pay homage to the original film, in which many amazing models were used.
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Weta Workshop created this stunning behind-the-scenes video showcasing the amazing models and miniatures they created for Blade Runner 2049, breaking down how many of the amazing shots in the movie were made using practical effects.
I've been obsessed with toys since I was a little kid, but as I grew older I found myself less interested in the action figures and kids' toys I once thought were the greatest things on Earth.
And many artists out there agree with me, so they started creating art toys and modifying existing figures for adult collectors who see toys as an artistic medium that captures the imagination and looks really cool sitting on the shelf.
And Y. Nakajima is one of the greatest toy artists working today, because his characters tell a whole story while just sitting there waiting for action.
His post-apocalyptic versions of Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Winnie The Pooh are seriously badass, with tons of tiny details that add to their backstory, but if the s#%t hits the fan I'm hanging out with Thomas the War Engine.
80s and 90s kids were obsessed with discovering where in the world Carmen Sandiego was hiding, and because the games taught kids about geography you could even play them on the computers at school.
And even though we were able to discover where Carmen Sandiego was hiding time and time again there was one question that never received an answer- who was Carmen Sandiego?
We're not talking about the in-game character here but rather the actor who portrayed the shadowy Carmen in the 90s TV show Where In Time Is Carmen Sandiego?, the person who came to represent Carmen in real life.
LaManna, whose name was listed in the credits as part of the ensemble cast, was essentially hiding in plain sight. She played a rotating series of good guy/helper characters, like Betsy Ross and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, which threw off suspicion about her other, more important role on the show. Or perhaps it was an illustration of how heroes and villains aren’t as easy to tell apart as we think?
Life did end up imitating art—sort of. After taking a break from performing, LaManna went off the grid. She doesn’t have a Facebook or Twitter account, and she married an army officer whose work, like Carmen’s, takes them all over the world. They’re probably not stealing the Great Wall of China while traveling, though.
Nintendo was kind enough to provide both Mario and Luigi with their own princesses to rescue and subsequently marry, so they wouldn't have to date around like a pair of regular old plumbers.
But, as is often the case when someone is forced into a marriage, Princess Peach soon lost interest in Mario and fell for her bad boy captor Bowser, leaving Mario to head back on to the dating scene.
Since Mario has been in a serious relationship he knows how to set up a proper profile on apps like Tinder, so there's hope for him yet, but I'm pretty sure Wario has never had a date in his life so he sees Tinder as a numbers game.
In other words, Wario is hoping that if enough desperate people see his profile one of them will agree to go on a date with him, which will probably be the end of the line for his nonexistent love life...
Video game companies typically try to release games that make them stand out from the rest, developing a signature style over the years that gamers come to identify with.
And whether they're trying to be violent outlaws like RockStar Games, full of deep, dark adventures like Bethesda or family friendly like Nintendo they all come to be known by the titles they release.
Which is why Nintendo refuses to acknowledge the game Time Twist: On The Outskirts Of History, because it includes a Holocaust-themed level, the KKK lynching a slave, and possessed Baby Jesus is the final boss:
After a relatively normal trip to Ancient Greece, you head to the American Civil War and hop into the body of a slave boy named George ... who gets lynched by the KKK. Then you discover that George's master is plotting to kill Abraham Lincoln. But you're able to save the day by solving a variation on the old river-crossing puzzle that involves Lincoln, two slaves, and three coyotes. You're learning history!
The final chapter sees you hopping into a donkey owned by the original power couple, Joseph and Mary. You witness the birth of Jesus ... whom you then have to defeat, because the Devil has possessed him and is going to alter history to cause a nuclear apocalypse. Why yes, Baby Jesus does appear to summon the tortured souls of the damned during your encounter. How did you guess?
On the other hand Activision acknowledges their 1989 big fat flop of a game Tongue Of The Fatman even though they probably shouldn't, because it's not only stupid looking throughout- it's one of the worst fighting games ever made.
In this game, you must do combat for the enjoyment of Mondu, master of an intergalactic fighting pit and an obese tongue owner.
The gameplay is simple, because nothing works. The hit detection is broken, the health system is inscrutable, the physics obey no known laws of nature or God, only Mondu, and every character plays more or less the same, which is to say they control like a dying animal.
The Distracted Boyfriend Meme had a big year in 2017, and his wandering eye was used to represent everything from The Youth to Homer Simpson to the ubiquitous Me, but it turns out the pic chosen for the meme is only part of the story.
Because, as is often the case in the world of stock photography, there are many more photos in the series that walk us through their phony yet doomed relationship, photos that were forgotten when the initlal image went viral.
Twitter user Andrew J. Abernathy discovered the saga of the Distracted Boyfriend when he spotted the jerk's stock photo girlfriend in another photo, so he started sharing the pics via tweets.
The couple had a kid together, bought a house together the old fashioned way, and did some other totally not fake and totally not staged things together like a totally not fake couple.
But in the end his wandering eye would cause the fake couple that shouldn't have been together in the first place to break up, but in a shocking twist the Distracted Boyfriend was the one who did the dumping!
2017 was a hit or miss year for movies, but it has been a great year for movie trailers, all of which did a great job of getting us hyped for movies that were great like The Last Jedi and not-so-great movies like Justice League.
But that's the beauty of a great movie trailer- it's totally rewatchable on its own and doesn't suck even if the movie it's promoting does. But something tells me Black Panther will live up to the hype in 2018.
But my personal pick for best trailer of 2017 is the amazing teaser for Deadpool 2, which doesn't really show us anything about the movie but it does have DP channeling Bob Ross, so movie bits be damned!
And this year's Best of Dorkly represents the full spectrum of geekdom, from video games to movies to comic books, and as expected hilarious comics about anime series' like Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z are peppered throughout.
But my personal favorites are the strips they call Questions I Still Have About (insert name here), because they either visualize what I've already thought or make me think "oh yeah, huh, no s#$t".
Actors often have a hard time maintaining their composure while filming death scenes, and DVD extras are full of BTS footage of actors cracking up after trying to keep it together until they've finished filming the scene.
Which is why many of the clips on a blooper reel feature actors cracking up while trying to be super serious during a death scene, as they counteract the sadness by acting super silly.
This blooper compilation from Looper features some super funny clips from Inglourious Basterds, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, The Avengers, Jaws, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Merlin and The Interview.
A few years ago, a group of 12 Star Wars fans held a serious discussion on Twitter about the socioeconomic conditions on Tattooine. It is the home planet of both Anakin and Luke Skywalker, full of sand and sentient species of all manner. Obi-Wan Kenobi was an outsider who was presented to the audience as a wise sage who knew all about the planet, but maybe his opinions were colored by his experiences.
TIM CARMODY Obi-Wan only goes to Mos Eisley once every three months to get drunk and he basically becomes like Byron.
JACOB HARRIS so he clings to things like lightsabers and ancient Jedi religion…
“I’m just saying you can’t trust a man what plays in a cantina band. Not you, Figrin D’ith. You’re one of the good ones!”
I also imagine Tosche Station as some sort of affluent suburban mall where Luke just goes to loiter when bored.
TIM CARMODY That’s totally true about dudes in cantina bands though
JACOB HARRIS you don’t get to be Max Rebo overnight. Playing in the cantina is like their version of the Beatles in Hamburg, Tim.
A wretched hive of scum and vaillainy, indeed. Much of the discussion is about prejudicial treatment of the sand people, excuse me, Tusken people, by the dominant human species.
JACOB HARRIS all I’m saying is that I don’t blame the Tusken People for steering clear of the racist, violent and armed old man
DAN SINKER “he’s making those noises again, honey bring the kids inside.”
Paint can radically transform the look of a building, brightening and cleaning it up by covering all the cracks and imperfections to make it look almost new again.
And, as the French street art duo Blesea and Baby K have shown us, paint can even transform the building into something else entirely if properly applied.
Blesea and Baby K applied their artistic talents to a blockhouse on the beach of Réville and turned it into a totally terrific rendition of the dragon Shenron from the Dragon Ball series, using spray paint to give the building a geeky restoration.
The building had been abandoned for a while so the spray paint makeover wasn't seen as a much needed restoration rather than vandalism, and now Shenron can hang out by the sea until Goku arrives...
People love to argue about whether the motion picture adaptation of a book is better or worse than the original literary source material, but in the end this subjective argument is a matter of perspective.
If you can't manage to read an entire book or "don't have the time" then the movie adaptation will always be better to you, and most people who read the book before they see the movie prefer the book version out of principle.
But even more subjective is the argument over which movie adaptations are the best of all time, and while you may not agree with all the selections on CineFix's list of the Top 5 Adaptations Of All Time this video will give you lots of material for discussion!
Here's the list:
Novel- Apocalypse Now, adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness
Non-Fiction- Adaptation, adaptation of Susan Orleans' The Orchid Thief
Play- Throne Of Blood, adaptation of Shakespeare's MacBeth
Graphic Novel- Oldboy, adaptation of Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's mangaOld Boy
Misc.- O Brother Where Art Thou, adaptation of Homer's The Odyssey
There have been many arguments about what that trippy green code in The Matrix actually means, and any debater who has the least bit of experience with coding acts as if they're working on cracking the code.
But these strings of code are jumbles of Japanese hiragana, katakana and kanji, so they never seemed like proper computer code to me, and it turns out any wanna-be hacker who said they were code was fishing in the wrong data stream.
"I like to tell everybody that The Matrix's code is made out of Japanese sushi recipes," Whiteley, who's also lent his design talents to Babe (1995) and The Lego Movie (2014), told the publication. "Without that code, there is no Matrix."
And in the beginning Disney artists and animators came up with all kinds of clever yet time-consuming ways to make their animation look better than any of the stuff the other studios were putting out, setting the bar high for this relatively new artform.
But hard times hit Disney's feature animation division in the late-60s, and budget cuts forced the animators to find new ways to keep a cohesive look yet cut down on the cost of the animation process.
So they decided to recycle old sequences with similar characters in similar situations to make something old new again in half the time and for far less money, the same reason they introduced 3D backgrounds in films like Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.
Now Disney animator Wolfgang Reitherman claims they didn't start recycling clips to save time or money but because they "wanted to stick to what they knew would do well", but I'm sure it didn't hurt that they were saving money as well.
Archie and the Riverdale gang are so sappy sweet, and their adventures are so tame, that their comics are suitable for all ages, which is a strong selling point for Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang too.
But these days even G-rated franchises like Archie and Peanuts have received gritty R-rated reboots, so it was only a matter of time before these two super vanilla franchises became mashed up in a parody video.
Thankfully, Jimmy Fallon did a pretty great job of showing what Peanuts would look like as a Riverdale-style crime drama, and he even found a way to work in the Peanuts dance!
So many album cover photos have been shot in New York City that you could spend days touring around the city trying to match all the photos up with the original location, or you could check out these photos by Bob Egan and save some time.
Bob is a real estate agent who takes his hobby very seriously, so in addition to all that info he shares on PopShots he takes the time to perfectly match up the superimposed album cover up with a photo of the original location.
That way you can really see what photographers like David Gahr, Raeanne Rubinstein and Bill Silano saw in the location they chose for those iconic covers.
It's tough for screenwriters to write dozens of episodes a year without dropping the ball on a few of them, and these unexpectedly bad episodes become the few fumbles the fans ignore and snarky bloggers never let them forget.
Star Trek: The Next Generation is one of my all time favorite TV shows, but the way they phoned it in with the clip show that took place inside Riker's mind makes me angrier than a Klingon who just ran out of bloodwine.
And speaking of heavy-browed brutes- what the hell were the Buffy the Vampire Slayer writers thinking when they wrote that episode about Buffy turning into a cavewoman because of something in her drink?
As bad as those two episodes were there's an episode of King Of The Hill that's far worse- because it's so annoying and cringe-worthy it's virtually unwatchable.
In the episode Hank is bullied by a little boy, which makes no gaht dang sense, and his singsongy taunt really gets under your skin, even more than his pathetic parents who I'd want to slap if they were real people.
Chalkboard art has an interesting textural quality that makes it look quite different than other mediums, and while other mediums are prized for being colorfast and long lasting a chalk drawing can be erased in an instant.
This ephemeral beauty is part of what makes chalk drawings so special, and no matter how much time an artist puts in to creating their chalk drawing they know the board will be wiped clean in the end, their masterpiece strictly temporary.
A group of high school students from the Heep Yunn School in Hong Kong who call their art group Illusdreamer spend hours creating these massive and amazing chalk art tableaus knowing they'll be wiped away whenever their teacher needs to use the board again.