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I Think We Should Talk Midi-Chlorians
Spoiler Alerts: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars Episodes I – VII . It assumes the reader has knowledge of all those films…so if you have not seen them all, then proceed at your own risk!
The Best-Known Ladies of Steampunk Cosplay
Who's ready to get your cosplay on? There is literally no branch of cosplay more creative than steampunk - the possibilities for leather, gadgets, and guns over a puffy, lacy, frilly trunkful of ladylike goodness are almost unlimited. Here we'll take a look at some of the best-known ladies of steampunk and the artists who cosplay them. And when retrofuturism meets the Victorian Era in October, you're all set for a very steampunk Halloween. Get ready to take some skirts, goggles, wigs, gloves, boots, and a whole bunch of corsets to their maximum potential and rock the spookiest night of the year (or cosplay year round).
The Best Little-Known Dieselpunk Movies
Just because they aren’t a household name doesn’t mean that these lesser-known dieselpunk flicks aren’t well worth the watch. If you love watching Nazi spies, katanas, Nazi zombies, tanks, Nazi robots, Mafia lords, dogfights, Nazis on the moon, jetpack rockets, and Nazi zeppelins thrown together in messy, grimy, wildly entertaining yet somehow philosophically engaging stories that your friends haven’t seen before, then this is definitely the list of dieselpunk movies for you.
The Most Popular Dieselpunk Movies
Dieselpunk, cyberpunk’s darker, grittier older brother, is often forgotten and cast aside in favor the goggles, gadgets, and Victorian charms of steampunk. But you’re missing out if you ignore amazing films like these, featuring science labs, evil doctors, and - let’s not forget - NAZIS. Take a look at some of the best dieselpunk movies that have scored big at the box office and prepare to be swept into a retro futuristic world of the 20s, 30s, and 40s where heroes still stand for justice in the midst of the grime and grind.
Top RPG Video Games
If you’re looking for a good RPG to play here’s a list of some of the top RPG video games ever made. These games span decades, but they all owe something to the earliest pen and paper RPGs. The influence of RPGs on video games has been tremendous. This list of the best RPG video games explores some different ways that RPGs have been implemented in video games.
Best Antiheroes in Comics
When we’re talking about the best antiheroes in comics, we’re generally referring to the controversial bunch of “grey” folks standing strong halfway between the shiny-white heroes and abyssal-black villains. They’re the fabulous shady bastards that somehow manage to promote justice and put a smile on our faces while leaving behind them colossal wreckage with dozens of victims caught in it incidentally.
Greatest 90s Collectibles
Kids of the 90s collected the greatest, albeit weirdest, things. Every generation has its trends. Our parents had the pet rock. Millennials are not unique in the fact that their toys were weird, they are unique in the sheer number of great yet odd trends that appeared and took hold during their childhood. From Beanie Babies to Troll Dolls, we have compiled a list of the greatest 90s collectibles. Nostalgic as these great collectibles may be, decades later it's hard to not see the humor in how devoted we were to these brands.
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...
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 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.
Best Old School Android Games
Miss the old times when consoles rocked this world? Sega, Nintendo, and Atari struggled in the market as designers invented more and more of those cute 8-bit games. Mario, Tanks, Contra Force, and Battletoads will be in our hearts forever. Of course, modern games have hundreds of awesome advantages. Hyper-realistic graphics, jaw-dropping plots, and insanely huge virtual worlds make it difficult to escape alternative reality and grab a snack. Take a look at all those modern fancy and attractive characters. All their moves are incredibly true to life.