Monday 27th May 2024
  • 7 Years Later, I'm Still Mad About the Lamest MCU Knockoff

    Seven years after the birth (and swift demise) of Universal’s Dark Universe, here’s how it all went wrong.

    “It takes a monster to defeat a monster,” explains Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), one of the bigger surprises of The Mummy. Jekyll and his alter ego, Mr. Hyde, are only briefly teased in the 2017 film, but Crowe’s dual performance is among the most thrilling parts of it. That’s a credit to Crowe, but also an admonishment of The Mummy’s failure. Crowe was always going to be great, but was he really meant to run away with a movie about a different monster?

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  • 50 Genius, Bougie Things on Amazon That Are Actually Bargains

    It’s a wild world out there, and when you can, it’s nice to take the time to treat yourself. Below, you’ll find a curated list of genius, bougie items on Amazon that won’t break the bank — and will give you that luxurious feeling. Whether you're looking to impress or simply wanting to enjoy the finer things in life, these chic bargains elevate your style and home without the hefty price tag.

    Illuminate your space with a modern twist using these flameless candles. Effortlessly controlled by a remote, these candles allow you to adjust the brightness, set timers, and switch them on or off from up to 20 feet away. Battery-operated for a clean, flickering light without the mess of wax or risk of open flames, they're ideal for homes with pets or little ones.

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  • 5 Years Ago, the Original Quest Reinvented Video Games With a New Dimension

    Gaming in VR is still small compared to consoles, but the experiences have never been more immersive.

    Whether Meta is right that the next frontier for computers (and connection) lies somewhere in augmented and mixed reality experiences you wear on your face — the Vision Pro is proof enough that Apple shares its line of thinking.

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  • 60 Things Under $25 on Amazon That Are Legitimately Life-Changing

    It’s hard to believe how many totally life-changing things are available on Amazon with just one click. Whether you want to streamline your daily routines, make cleaning a breeze, or pick up a new, better-for-you habit, there’s something on the e-tailer that will make your life just a little bit better. Best of all? These clever products will make a positive impact for under $25.

    Not only does this steamer look so pretty it could be in an art museum, but it’s also designed to work vertically or horizontally. It only takes 30 seconds to heat up and works on silk, wool, cotton, linen, nylon, and more. Plus it folds and comes with a storage bag so you can be wrinkle-free on-the-go.

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  • 10 Years Ago, Ubisoft's Most Innovative Game Was Almost Killed By Bad Marketing

    Releasing a video game is no easy feat. On the practical side, there’s mountains of production to be done. You need programmers and designers and producers to get the game to look and feel as good as it possibly can. Beyond that, you need compelling characters and story to hook players in and make them actually want to spend time in the digital world you’ve created. And even if everything goes to plan, which it rarely does, it might all be undone by bad marketing. Such was the case 10 years ago when Ubisoft launched its hacktivist action-adventure franchise Watch Dogs on May 26, 2014.

    When it debuted at E3 2012, Watch Dogs looked like the kind of sleek, stylish action-adventure game that players were craving. The near-future dystopian Chicago came to life in gorgeous gameplay showcasing Aiden Pearce, a hacker hellbent on avenging his dead niece, dispensing vigilante justice. A central operating system called ctOS controls the city’s infrastructure, and Aiden has the tools and skills to tap into it, controlling the world around him with the push of a button.

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  • DC Just Quietly Released the Most Underrated Superhero Show

    Some superheroes have been around for so long that it's hard to find new ways to tell stories about them. How do you reinvent a character like Superman, who’s so well-known and has been explored so extensively on page and screen? Some creators have met that challenge in recent years, but it’s a daunting one.

    No one would argue that My Adventures with Superman completely reinvents the Last Son of Krypton, but the animated series still manages to feel vibrant and refreshing. It debuted on Adult Swim and Max in 2023 with 10 bright, colorful, and endlessly rewatchable episodes, but despite strong reviews, it flew under the radar. With Season 2 having just premiered, now’s the perfect opportunity to finally catch this supremely underrated superhero series.

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  • Is Going Commando Healthier Than Wearing Underwear? Shockingly, Yes (Sometimes)

    As the weather heats up, many of us will cut back on the amount of clothing we wear. In fact, the hot weather makes going commando an enticing choice. But is forgoing underwear actually healthier than wearing underwear altogether?

    The answer is, of course, complicated, experts say. But there’s one trick that just might appeal to everyone.

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  • This Fruit Fly Brain Simulation Will Convince You These Pests Are Actually Geniuses

    The human brain contains approximately 87 billion neurons. On average, each of these cells make thousands of different connections to facilitate communication across the brain. Neural communication is thought to underlie all brain functions – from experiencing and interpreting the world around you to remembering those experiences and controlling how your body responds.

    But in this vast network of neural communication, precisely who is talking to whom, and what is the consequence of those individual conversations?

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  • Netflix Just Quietly Added The Most Stylish Crime Thriller of the Last Decade

    It’s become increasingly difficult to sell a movie that isn’t already tied to an existing franchise and character, it’s even harder to try being ambitious and groundbreaking in a way that won’t scare away potential viewers, and it’s almost impossible for a comedic director to shift into drama, the Craig Mazins of the world aside.

    But in 2018, a high-profile comedy director completely changed gears and made a mystery thriller that holds up beautifully. It’s recently rocketed up Netflix’s charts just as the sequel finishes filming, so now’s the perfect time to catch up and enjoy a few twisty surprises.

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  • 5 Years Later, This Early Neon-Soaked Success Is Still Among the Only Reasons to Try VR

    It’s rare that any game comes to define an entire platform. Beat Saber has done just that for virtual reality. Released in 2018 in early access with a full launch the next year, the rhythm game has remained both one of the most beloved VR games and one of the best demonstrations of the power of VR for beginners ever since. Now five years since the game’s official release, it feels even more like the essential VR experience.

    Beat Saber is such a universally known part of the VR landscape that describing its mechanics feels almost as unnecessary as describing Super Mario as if everyone hasn’t already heard of it. If you’ve somehow missed the boat, though, it’s simple to grasp: you can think of it as a Guitar Hero-style rhythm game translated into VR. Notes float toward the player in 3D space, and you need to slash them in time to music using your VR controllers. Simple.

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