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.
Daily Grail has a documentary on UFOs made in the 1970s: There's much footage from old movies, featuring ominous orchestral music. However, the documentary also covers the origin of the term 'flying saucer.' And there's a clip of Steven Spielberg discussing whether he'd take a ride on a spaceship, since 1977, the year…
LIFE.com has published an amazing gallery of children in the '40s and '50s devouring comic books. And these nostalgic images underline the fact that kids pretty much don't do that anymore.
The Nintendo zapper was my first and only gun. Like many people, I used it to hunt ducks on my monitor – later I missed it horribly when I played that deer hunting arcade game (you know, the one where they say "you shot the female deer!" when you accidentally don't shoot a stag). But now I can wear it forever close to…
Science fiction was supposed to be about the future, so why is it obsessed with its own past? The L.A. Times picks up this familiar lament, in an article appearing Sunday as part of a special science fiction section. And you might be slightly surprised at what William Shatner has to say.