background preloader

2011

Facebook Twitter

10 Bad Physics In Movies. The 10 bad physics in movies is perfect for the moviegoer who likes to watch the impossible come to life on the silver screen.

10 Bad Physics In Movies

Flashing bullets, flying objects, laser beams, sound, breaking glass and explosions do not have to adhere to physical laws when in the hands of Hollywood creators. Keep reading to learn what great feats were actually bad movie physics: "The Karate Kid". Starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, this movie remake had bad physics when it comes to the fight scenes. RIAA and Homeland Security Caught Downloading Torrents. If there's one organization known for its crusade against online piracy, it's the RIAA.

RIAA and Homeland Security Caught Downloading Torrents

Nevertheless, even in the RIAA's headquarters several people use BitTorrent to download pirated music, movies, TV-shows and software. And they are in good company. The Department of Homeland Security - known for seizing pirate domain names - also harbors hundreds of BitTorrent pirates. Last week we wrote about a new website that exposes what people behind an IP-address have downloaded using BitTorrent. The Russian-based founders of the site gathered this data from public BitTorrent trackers, much like anti-piracy outfits do when they track down copyright infringers. In response to the article many readers commented that they indeed saw a few familiar downloads, and they are not alone. YouHaveDownloaded currently lists information on more than 50 million users. Earlier this week we already showed that there are BitTorrent pirates at Sony, Universal and Fox. RIAA staff have a taste for crime dramas. The RIAA Pirated $9 Million Worth of TV Shows. The 25 Best Put Downs Ever.

The Radio Times has published the results of the 25 best put downs ever from TV land, some of these are real gems: Basil Fawlty – Fawlty Towers.

The 25 Best Put Downs Ever

To Sybil: “Oh dear, what happened? Did you get entangled in the eiderdown again? Not enough cream in your eclair? Hmm? 22 Movie Sequel Do's and Don'ts. 6 Awesomely Bad CGI Sequences in Bigger Budget Movies. In theory, CGI should never break your suspension of disbelief (unless you’re watching a Syfy Original or Birdemic, in which case it was never there in the first place).

6 Awesomely Bad CGI Sequences in Bigger Budget Movies

In practice, budgets get tight, time gets short, and even mega-blockbusters like Lords of the Rings or Harry Potter will have a couple of crappy looking scenes. But sometimes movies that don’t even really need much CGI will toss it in for a short sequence, whether it’s just to show off, save money, or even to mask Bill the microphone guy’s fuck up. Inevitably, though, at least one of those scenes ends up looking like the production company outsourced the job to someone’s Nintendo 64. When big budget movies have bargain basement special effects, everyone wins. And by “everyone,” I mean “no one,” and by “wins,” I mean “is paying attention to the movie anymore because they’re too busy laughing.” The Mummy Returns In the film’s climax, Brendan Fraser’s dashing explorer guy faces off with the evil mummy Imhotep. Blade II Spawn. 20 Obnoxiously Clunky Examples of DVD Packaging. ​No one who frequents this site will argue against the awesomeness of exhaustive, expansive DVD/Blu-ray releases of our favorite films and series, like the recent over-the-top Tron: Legacy identity disc set.

20 Obnoxiously Clunky Examples of DVD Packaging

We can't get enough of that shit, and many of us are such completist fanatics, we'll happily slap down hard-earned gas money for the same movie three, four, even five times just to get all of the latest bells, whistles and "uncovered" bonus features that were conveniently still "lost" the last time a movie was re-released. But in addition to being fanatics, many of us are also organizational freaks. We want all of our DVD cases to line up perfectly so that we may display them proudly and impress people with our ability to spend a load of money and arrange small boxes neatly on shelves.

Spoiler Alert: Stories Are Not Spoiled by ‘Spoilers’ Spoiler Alert: Stories Are Not Spoiled by 'Spoilers' August 10, 2011 Inga Kiderra Many of us go to extraordinary lengths to avoid learning the endings of stories we have yet to read or see – plugging our ears, for example, and loudly repeating “la-la-la-la,” when discussion threatens to reveal the outcome.

Spoiler Alert: Stories Are Not Spoiled by ‘Spoilers’

Of book and movie critics, we demand they not give away any plot twists or, at least, oblige with a clearly labeled “spoiler alert.” We get angry with friends who slip up and spill a fictional secret. But we’re wrong and wasting our time, suggests a new experimental study from the University of California, San Diego. Even ironic-twist and mystery stories – which you’d be forgiven for assuming absolutely depend on suspense or surprise for success – aren’t spoiled by spoilers, according to a study by Nicholas Christenfeld and Jonathan Leavitt of UC San Diego’s psychology department, to be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science. Why? We are in a golden age of awful television. This article a good, simple deconstruction of a lot of these types of shows.

We are in a golden age of awful television

The basic similarities between all of them have been well identified: gritty, slow, serialised, dark and full of mysteries. I disagree, however, with your basic thesis: that these shows are awful and don't deserve to be on TV.