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Original Special Effects Man Sass Bedig
Sass Bedig (1913-2000), among countless other professional distinctions, is the man who made the blood flow in most of the gory Sam Peckinpah 1970s tough guy movies. When Sam was ready to let it gush, the original special effects man, Sass Bedig, was called in.
Video Games of the 80s
The eighties were totally awesome. Everything about them was great. The clothes, the hairstyles, the music-it was all good and uncomplicated. Truth is, any time period before everyone had their heads in their phones was a good time. There was no texting-there was talking. People had to look you in the eye; What a concept! If there was a boy you liked, you would call him and then hang up when he would answer the phone and no one would know it was you. The television shows taught you life lessons and the movies had incredible soundtracks. You would listen to your tapes on a walkman and if you were really cool, the walkman had a buckle attachment-the first hands-free technology; And then there were the video games...kids today would look at those games and scoff at them, but they were so radical, dude. What was cooler than being able to type your initials into the game when you got the high score? It was so awesome! Let's take a look down memory lane at some of the great video games of the 80s...
History of Emoji
Emoji, those adorable little smiley faces or other symbols that are used for messaging, are swiftly dominating global communication. The seemingly innocuous pictures are often scoffed at for serving as the bulk of Millennial conversation, but abbreviations like “IDK” and “NSFW” have even become common articles for older cell phone-toting adults.
Foreign Film History
It's getting harder and harder these days to remember that once upon a time there was such a thing as honest-to-goodness foreign films. Back before Black American Express cards and Amazon Prime, before a flight to Europe was less than six hours and when England was still a long boat ride away, there was a sense of illicit adventure in going to those out-of-the-way theaters that specialized in showing films made abroad. The unfamiliar backgrounds and the struggle with the subtitles were all part of the feeling that you were peeking through a keyhole into another world.
History of the 'Evil Dead' Franchise
A plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and the only one that can save us is a loner who is avoiding all responsibilities. The Evil Dead is an American horror film franchise created by Sam Raimi and consists of four feature films. The films revolve around the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, an ancient Sumerian text which wreaks havoc upon a group of cabin inhabitants in a wooded area in Tennessee. The protagonist, Ashley J. "Ash" Williams is the only character to appear in every installment of the original trilogy, consisting of The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987), and Army of Darkness (1992), all written and directed by Raimi.
Was Nintendo's Metroid Character 'Samus Aran' Transgender?
Where both Mario and Link were tasked to save their respective princesses, Samus Aran can be seen as the princess herself. Arguably, a self-contained logic for her own volition, Samus is an intergalactic bounty hunter tasked with saving the world in Metroid (1986), easily the third most famous Nintendo game of that era.
Was 'The Warriors' the First Gang Movie?
An eighteen-year-old honors student was getting some refreshments during an intermission to Paramount's The Warriors at an Oxnard, California, movie theater when another youth demanded a quarter from him. He refused, and was stabbed to death. The Warriors, the first gang movie, had dropped into the the theater that night. It dropped out the very next day. It was winter 1979, and there were still intermissions during movies.
Adam Sandler's Most Luxurious Vacation Movies
Adam Sandler was once a respectable actor; I know it’s hard to remember that, but way back in the 90s, he was actually considered funny. Then he started to coast a little. Then a lot. His career has been in a state of free-fall in regards to critical reception for years, but somehow he still manages to get work, and he doesn’t seem to care about his reviews. In fact, if you really look at it, a lot of his more recent movies look like an excuse to draw a paycheck while going on a really expensive vacation with his friends which, coincidentally he doesn’t have to pay for. He even admitted as much when he was on Jimmy Kimmel. So we decided to pay tribute to Hollywood's favorite con man by listing the best examples of movies where we paid to see Sandler slack off with his best friends.
The Birth of Jessica Biel
Good looks and talent may be two characteristic traits that Jessica Biel possesses, but it was her rise as an action heroine that made Hollywood give the sought-out actress her merited position in the industry. Born in Ely, Minnesota to parents Kimberly and Jonathan Edward Biel, this action movie icon started showing signs of being a child star at the early age of nine.
Greatest Superman Comics
Superman may be one of the best known superheroes, but his comic book market is grossly oversaturated. If you want to delve into the world of Man of Steel comics, it can be quite a challenge to figure out where to start. Some are certainly better than others, and a far more entertaining use of your time. To help you out we have compiled a lost of our picks for the greatest Superman comics.
Mafia in American Cinema
In 1973, a showdown occurred between what is considered two of the best films in cinematic history at the Oscars. Ultimately though, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather walked away with the Best Picture prize, beating out Cabaret and Liza Minnelli’s signature acting role. If you know anything about how the Oscars works, the Hollywood elite, and the stories they like, the win for The Godfather is not that surprising. That is to say, the story that appeals the most to the American consciousness will always walk home with the most awards or in the very least, Best Picture (here’s looking at you Argo).
History of Monopoly
Did you know that the game Monopoly was supposed to show players the negative aspects of private monopolies? With topics such as the stock exchange, bankruptcy, mortgaging, and jail, we probably should have seen how realistic this game is. A while back, comedian Louis C.K. explained what generally happened every time he and his daughters played the game together: “My six-year-old totally understands Monopoly but she isn’t quite ready for the emotional trauma of her inevitable loss. I look her dead in the face and say, ‘You see all your properties and houses and all your money? That’s mine now. Oh no, no, no, you can’t play any more because even with all your stuff, it doesn’t come close to what you owe me.’” Obviously children cannot grasp the full meaning of Monopoly, but that’s because they were not the target audience at first.