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The 50 greatest special effects movies of all time

For about as long as there have been movies, there have been special effects. That’s no exaggeration: The medium was only a few years old when people …

Horror

The subtle ways The Dark Knight transformed Chicago into Gotham City

After building Batman Begins’ Gotham City, Christopher Nolan deconstructed the caped crusader’s home<p><i>On the occasion of</i> The Dark Knight<i>’s 10th anniversary, Polygon is spending the week</i> <i>investigating the comic-book blockbuster’s legacy</i><i>. Why so serious? Because Christopher Nolan’s Bat-sequel gave us</i> …

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What If America Didn't Have Public Schools?

Imagining an entirely different educational system reveals some strengths—and flaws—of the current one.<p>On a crisp fall morning, parents lined the school’s circular driveway in Audis, BMWs and Land Rovers, among other luxury SUVs, to drop their high-schoolers off at Detroit Country Day School. …

When Cars Required a Special Wardrobe

Automobiles gave us everything from driving gloves to car coats.<p>Whether stepping into a Lyft or the driver’s seat of our own ride, most of us don’t give a second thought to the convenience that is a car.<p>But when the automobile first rolled out, it changed life as Americans knew it, opening up a new …

What Luxury Modest Clothing Brands Forget

The sumptuary laws of many cultures are as much about extravagance as exposure.<p>Once a niche subculture battling the increasingly exposed mainstream, modest fashion has officially gone viral. <i>New York Times</i> fashion critic Vanessa Friedman declared last spring that long sleeves and even-longer skirts …

The Light Phone 2 adds messaging and more to the ultra-minimalist cellphone

‘A phone to be used as little as possible’<p>The Light Phone is a cellphone that was released last year with an interesting premise: strip away all the extraneous, distracting pieces of modern smartphones — like internet, texting, email, and photography — to leave the distilled essence of a phone. It …

Gear & Gadgets

The Legal Information Institute Turns 25

Dear Alumni and Friends:<p>With polarizing forces at work in society at large and distrust in institutions at all-time highs, it is more important than …

Is this the most Instagrammable small apartment ever?

This Lim + Lu-designed Hong Kong bachelor pad is totally on trend<p>When a Parisian fashion designer approached Hong Kong-based studio Lim + Lu to create a bachelor pad reflecting his personality, the duo did not disappoint. Blush pink walls. Brass mirrored surfaces. Pastel-colored furniture. It’s all …

Interior Design

Acorn Street townhouse dating from 1825 back on the market

Big price-chop<p>The 2,700-square-foot, eight-room townhouse at 4 Acorn Street in Beacon Hill was on the sales market for much of 2017.<p>It was originally asking $3,695,000, though that price came down by $200,000 by the summer. Shortly before Thanksgiving, the listing was gone.<p>Now it’s back—again …

Why the world is obsessed with midcentury modern design

The story behind the ubiquity<p>Today, more than ever, the midcentury modern look is everywhere. DVRs are set to capture <i>Mad Men</i>'s final season playing out on AMC. Flip through the April issue of <i>Elle Décor</i>, and you'll find that more than half of the featured homes prominently include midcentury …

Why we love to hate McMansions, but still buy them

<b>There’s an ongoing gag</b> in the TV show “Arrested Development” about the home of the Bluths, the family around which the screwball comedy revolves. The Bluth patriarch, George, is a real estate developer, and his dysfunctional adult children move into a house he built. It is the model — and only — …

Real Estate

Why You Hate Contemporary Architecture

The British author Douglas Adams had this to say about airports: “Airports are ugly. Some are very ugly. Some attain a degree of ugliness that can …

Architecture

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an RPG that trades fantasy for historical accuracy

Swords, but no sorcery<p>When research historian Joanna Nowak comes running down the halls of game developer Warhorse Studios in Prague, her co-workers have reason to be worried. Something in their game probably needs to change. As Warhorse’s in-house historical consultant, it’s Nowak’s job to ensure …

RPGs

Artificial Intelligence May Have Cracked Freaky 600-Year-Old Manuscript

Since its discovery over a hundred years ago, the 240-page Voynich manuscript, filled with seemingly coded language and inscrutable illustrations, …

This video shows what Super Mario looks like at 380,000 frames per second

My eyes<p>If you have plenty of time on your hands, and are perhaps looking for something long to watch, this might be for you. A new YouTube video by The Slow Mo Guys explains how a TV works in slow motion. It features a sequence that shows what <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> looks like at 380,000 frames per …

Super Mario

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

“<i>Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.”</i> – David Foster Wallace, an excerpt from <i>Infinite Jest.</i>I bake cookies often. Not for any …

Evolution Of The Ancient Roman Soldier Over A Millennium

Starting out as a backwater inhabited by cattle rustlers who made their camps and rudimentary dwellings among the hills and the swamp lands, Rome …

Star Wars Battlefront and the art of retro sound design

"Initially we were given about 10 hours' worth of sound effects," Minto says. "A lot of these were the original recordings. They have what’s called the ‘slate’ at the beginning, where somebody talks into a microphone and says, ‘Doing Jawa recordings by shouting in a canyon,’ or something along …

Space That Never Was is one artist’s vision of a never-ending space race

Where else might we have gone?<p>There’s something appealing about space artwork, whether it’s the cover of a zany science fiction novel, or promotional art cooked up by NASA. Recently an art blog from Polish concept artist and illustrator Maciej Rebisz caught my eye. Titled Space that Never Was, it’s …

Scary Movie Recommendations For Horror Game Fans

What’s a fan of horror games to do when the final boss is vanquished and the credits roll but you’re not ready to say goodbye? What if you want the …

A new book aims to explore the glorious history of sci-fi cover art

From two major critics in the field<p>The world of science fiction literature includes some truly out-of-this-world stories, which are often accompanied by astonishing, beautiful, and flat-out bizarre covers. Now, a pair of leading science fiction critics are working to crowdfund a new book that …

I Can't Get Enough Of Star Wars Battlefront II's Leaves

There are Storm Troopers, Jedi, and tons of blasters. But the latest <i>Star Wars</i> game also has whirlwinds of leaves blowing through the city streets on …

Harvey Weinstein Fired by Weinstein Company Board, Brother

After allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein made headlines this week, the Weinstein Company’s …

'Blade Runner 2049' Is A Box Office Bomb: 10 Reasons It Was Doomed

I know it may be in poor taste to declare a big and ambitious film to be effectively DOA after three days of domestic release, but as last night’s <i>Saturday Night Live</i> musical guest once sang, the writing’s on the wall. <i>Blade Runner 2049</i> opened with just $31.525 million this weekend, including $5m in …

15 Modern Floor Lamps That Prove Great Style Doesn't Come at a Price

Interior designers call lighting the jewelry of home décor for good reason: No room is complete without it. A statement lamp has the power to add …

3,200-Year-Old Stone Inscription Tells of Trojan Prince, Sea People

<b>Editor's Note:</b> <i>New research into the archaeologist's work has found that this inscription is likely a forgery. Read more about the possible …

Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition Announced

Including the base game, Frozen Wilds expansion, and more.<p>Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition will be released for PlayStation 4 on December 5 for …

Watch How This Simple Change Transforms These Cabinets

They may be some of the smallest details in a kitchen, but a change (or addition) of cabinet hardware can totally update a room's entire look. …