The Nerdwriter has a really interesting breakdown on intertextuality in movies, or the idea of how something seen in a movie is shaped by something previously seen in something else. A call back, of sorts. A cultural or genre nod, even. But what’s really interesting is how intertextuality is now used in a world of…
Instead of rebuilding cities like New York, Boston, Detroit, and Washington, D.C. like a CG dinosaur, Alexey Zakharov used a technique where he sliced up antique photos and then carefully animated the various elements, like people, cars, and buildings, to give the appearance of actual moving footage.
Last month, it was announced that 25 years’ worth of Nicktoon characters—possibly everyone from Eliza Thornberry to Invader Zim to Ginger to Doug—will join forces in one all-star, ensemble, Avengers-style movie. A lot of these guys were on the airwaves back in the ‘90s. Seeing the fan-made promo images made me…
Archive.org is quickly becoming the place to visit whenever 90s internet nostalgia strikes. Last week, we reported on an amazing collection of MS-DOS malware in the Malware Museum. Now, the site has launched a collection old games from Windows 3.1.
The X-Files is the type of show that breeds odd theories, but we have one that’s not so much odd as it’s obvious: Mulder and Scully were having sex the whole time.
I saw Star Wars in the movie theater in 1977, the summer before I turned six. Then I saw it again, and again, and again. Pace Joseph Campbell, the mythology of my childhood was structured around the movie, rather than vice versa. So my parents’ attic ended up with a lot of Star Wars toys in it.
Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands, which came out 25 years ago this week, is more than just an updating of Frankenstein. It’s the story of a gentle robot who tries to live among regular people—and when I saw it as a little kid, this movie meant everything to me.
The oldest toy I own is a board game called Careers. It’s set 14 years before Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, yet it includes a moon expedition mission. It’s a curious artifact — a look into a previous generation’s dreams and ambitions, when space exploration was still an unknown intangible. Our dreams, however,…
Nostalgia is a powerful feeling: it can bring back happy memories, but it can also make us overlook some pretty egregious flaws in the things we have loved. Case in point: Here are eight games that were fairly lousy — but people insist on loving them anyway.
The coin-operated kiddie ride. Once the delight of children, now they are increasingly relegated to nostalgic memory. As they should be. Everyone remembers the sheer pleasure you got as a wee child, when your parents handed you a quarter, and you were able to climb aboard and set off in a grand adventure.…
Not so long ago, movies like The Goonies, Stand By Me, E.T., and many more sent pint-sized explorers out into the wilds of their own neighborhoods to have adventures. But, despite being imitated, they just haven't caught fire the way the once did. Why not? The real reason may actually be off-screen.
The 1980s were a troubled time. There were terrible fashions. People talked seriously about Mutually Assured Destruction. Cocaine was everywhere. And yet, the movies of that era have an innocence and fun that's difficult to beat. What movie from the 1980s is just the most straight-up fun to watch?
I ruffled a few feathers earlier this week with a post on how Doctor Who needs to stop mining its past so much - and there were a lot of great counter arguments. One repeated point of defense was that we all love the warmth of nostalgia, and it interested me. Can our Nostalgia be too much of a good thing sometimes?
Sometimes we miss things because they were better, and sometimes we miss things simply because they're gone. Today we want to know what things gone by you're most nostalgic for.
1984 was a great year for movies in general, but this weekend thirty years ago was especially noteworthy.
Come April 26, 2014, one of gaming's greatest mysteries will finally be solved. Or maybe it will just be get even more convoluted and confusing. In either case, that is the official date Microsoft just announced for when someone is finally going to break ground on the infamous New Mexico landfill that's allegedly…
Rudy Rucker's latest novel, The Big Aha, is pure transreal Ruckeriana featuring extreme biological and quantum technologies, steamy techno-sex, nasty aliens from higher dimensions — and all soaked in the unique atmosphere of the magical 1960s.
Alamogordo's city council has granted an excavation permit for the infamous landfill said to hold thousands of copies of E.T. and Pac-Man for the Atari 2600—two titles blamed for the mid-1980s crash of console gaming—and yes, the permit-holder is digging out the site specifically to find those games' remains.
In 1908, while photos themselves were still in their relative infancy, a moderately successful photographer began making 'Tall Tale Postcards.' He rapidly became one of America's first, and most successful, fantasy artists.
Sure, there are cell phones and iPads and Wiis, but were these the things you dreamed of when you were a child? No. This is. It's a genuine crayon recycler.