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Impregnable – 14 Brilliant Defensive Features of Medieval Castles

From the 9th to 16th centuries, castles were central to European military thinking. The brightest minds of the age devised an array of sophisticated …

Archaeology

“2001: A Space Odyssey”: What It Means, and How It Was Made

Fifty years ago, Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke set out to make a new kind of sci-fi. How does their future look now that it’s the past?<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Fifty years ago this spring, Stanley Kubrick’s confounding …

Science Fiction

20+ Rarely Seen Photos Of America In The 1950’s Show How Different Life Was Before

The 1950’s are often viewed as a golden era in U.S. history, a time of happiness and prosperity, despite the threat of nuclear annihilation, racial …

Abandoned Buildings

King Of Kong's Billy Mitchell has been stripped of all his high scores, banned from competitive gaming

We can now add <i>The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters</i> to the list of documentaries that have affected real-world change. Sure, it didn’t get anyone …

Retrogaming

The 50 Best Moments in Sci-Fi History

These are all the moments that made our favorite films truly memorable.<p>We've written about our favorite films of all time, but they'd be nothing without these memorable moments that make them worth watching again...and again... and again.<p><b>Warning:</b> <i>Some of the clips feature intense violence, mild</i> …

Science Fiction

The Era of Fake Video Begins

The digital manipulation of video may make the current era of “fake news” seem quaint.<p>In a dank corner of the internet, it is possible to find actresses from <i>Game of Thrones</i> or <i>Harry Potter</i> engaged in all manner of sex acts. Or at least to the world the carnal figures look like those actresses, and …

Virtual Reality

Unraveling the Legend of Polybius, the Most Dangerous Video Game of the 1980s

For several decades, a creepy urban legend has circulated in the darker corners of online forums devoted to vintage video games. The tale goes that …

Lake Superior

Film editor Michael Kahn on his long, award-winning work with Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg was the hottest young director in Hollywood thanks to the enormous critical and commercial success of his 1975 shark-on-feeding frenzy thriller "Jaws" and was looking for an editor for his next film, the sci-fi adventure "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."<p>Enter Michael Kahn, a …

Steven Spielberg

14 Things You Never Knew About 'The Sandlot'

It's been 25 years since "The Sandlot" first hit theaters in April 1993, and the nostalgia for this lighthearted baseball movie is as strong as ever.<p>Maybe that's because the movie itself is fueled by nostalgia, flashing back to a simpler, more innocent time when the only things that mattered were …

Filmmaking

Ranking: Every Steven Spielberg Movie from Worst to Best

<i>Welcome to Dissected, where we disassemble a band’s catalog, a director’s filmography, or some other critical pop-culture collection in the abstract.</i> …

Movies

The greatest Japanese RPG franchises, part 1

Celebrating the fine art of hitting things to make numbers bigger<p>Is any genre of video games as closely associated with a single country as role-playing games and Japan? There’s even a term for those games: “JRPG,” a designation that has developed into a catch-all describing games from any region …

Retrogaming

Watch: Recognize the Genius of Spike Jonze's Apple Ad in this BTS Video

One of 2018's best music videos/ads is revealed to be even more complex than we initially thought.Commissioned by Apple as a way to bring attention …

Music Videos

The 100 best comedy movies of all time, according to critics

From Charlie Chaplin's silent-film antics to quote-worthy parodies like "Airplane!," to the animated movies of the new millennium, comedy classics have taken many forms over the decades.<p>To find out which movies in the genre have gained the most critical acclaim over time, we turned to the reviews …

Comedy Movies

Audeze Wants to Change How You Think About Gaming Headphones and 3D Audio

3D audio in headphones that envelops you like a surround sound home theater is an elusive thing. The market is dominated by products for gamers, who …

Darren Aronofsky Delivers His Ten Commandments of Indie Filmmaking

The visionary director's SXSW keynote was a wide-ranging masterclass on the art of making movies, pushing filmmakers to bring their unique visions to …

Filmmaking

Discord: Everything You Need to Know

If you play a lot of online PC games, you should take the time to familiarize yourself with Discord. Essentially Skype for gamers, this service is …

RANKED: The 23 most awe-inspiring uses of CGI in movies

23. 'The Black Hole' (1979)<p><i>Disney</i><p>This dark sci-fi fantasy scared the pants off kids in the late '70s, who thought they were going to a typical …

Movies

12 Toys Everyone Had in the ’90s That Are Worth a Small Fortune Today

We’re <i>living</i> for the ’90s revival happening in fashion right now. We’re so excited about it, we’re already planning a <i>Mean Girls</i> mall date with our girl squad to shop for retro-inspired shimmery lip gloss, skinny sunglasses, and mini backpacks. Now that we’re officially feeling throwback vibes again, …

Hot Wheels

How smart people handle difficult people

Difficult people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive …

The 50 best superhero movies of all time, ranked

With movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe already scheduled for the next few years, and the DC Extended Universe still pushing forward despite a rocky start ("Aquaman" hits theaters later this year), the genre is here to stay. That's not even mentioning the non-DC or Marvel films still to come …

Construction

10 Marvel Graphic Novels You Must Read Before You Die

You can’t swing a dead Robin without hitting an excellent DC graphic novel, but when it comes to the House Of Ideas it’s a different story. Marvel …

Discover Cinematographer Roger Deakins' Most Trusted and True Visual Techniques

One of the most celebrated cinematographers in filmmaking, Roger Deakins has, until last night, been always the bridesmaid and never the bride. But …

A Primer on Using the Fibonacci Sequence to Compose Your Shots

Filmmaking is math. Look it up!Nature, for the most part, is a numbers game, revealing how so many of the structures we see in our world and beyond …

Mathematics

Watch: 5 Clever Tricks for Better Smartphone Cinematography

Smartphone cinematography is a whole lot more effective and fun with these simple tricks.Shooting a video on a smartphone can be a little tricky. …

Cinematography

This installment of SFX Secrets explores how editors play with sound and image to create the feeling of seamlessness.

You’ve probably never heard of a J-Cut or L-Cut, but they are two of the most subtle and essential tools in a filmmaker’s arsenal. You’ll find these …

5 Ways to Utilize a Monopod in Your Cinematography

Tripods are an easy go-to camera stabilizer, but what about the monopod?Stabilizing your footage is an easy way to increase your film's production …

Cinematography

The two mental shifts highly successful people make

<b>“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”</b> — Max Planck, German quantum theorist and Nobel Prize winner<p>There are two primary mental shifts that occur in the lives of all highly successful people. Many make the first, but very few make the second.<p>Both of these …

Self-improvement

50 best movies since 2000

Movies

What Are Lens Hoods and Why Should You Use One?

No, they're not just ornamental.When I first started out, I thought cameras with lens hoods looked so much cooler and professional than the ones …

Photography

23 Science Books That Are So Exciting They Read Like Genre Fiction

Some of the greatest nonfiction books about science read like novels. They borrow tropes and narrative tricks from science fiction, fantasy, horror, …

Books