Scary stories have a long history — from myths designed to scare people into certain cultural behaviors to good old fashioned ghost stories around a campfire. Today we often gravitate toward the medium of film when we want a horror fix. They’re easily accessible and they offer visual and auditory stimuli only surpassed by our real world experiences. In other words, they do a great job of making us uncomfortable and catching us off-guard.
Many of the horror films we’ve come to love didn’t start out that way though. Instead they were inspired by, or adapted from, novels or short stories. And unfortunately literary horror sometimes takes a backseat to its on-screen offspring.
To shine some light on horror novels [...]
What makes a movie controversial? By definition, controversial means to cause contention, strife, debate, or argument. Movies that are controversial typically touch on topics that the general public finds socially unacceptable. Typical topics usually include sex, religion, violence, and politics.
Before we share our list of some of the most controversial movies of all time, let’s explore the history of controversy in film, seeing how controversial topics have and haven’t changed over the years.
The History of Controversy in Film
Like most forms of media that allow people to send a message to the public, controversy has been present in film since film has been around.
One of the first controversial films known is from 1896 and was titled The Kiss. [...]
A hotel to many is just somewhere to lay their heads, shower and change their clothes, whether it is after a very prolonged and intense business meeting or a long hard day sunbathing on the beach.
If you are on a business trip, the important points of your hotel are normally functionality – the closer to the airport or train station the better – as well as the cost, as you always want to get the best deal for your dollar. The same principle usually applies when you go on vacation, too, but you are normally a little more relaxed and flexible with regard to your temporary dwelling.
There are, on the other hand, a certain group of [...]
Pong was terrific. It was the start of a concept that has since developed into one of the largest and most profitable segments of the entertainment industry. Arcade style video games quickly transitioned to computer games, and then of course went on to console games. While each style of game (arcade, computer, and console) has its respective fans, only one style of game can be accessed from anywhere, anytime and be updated almost instantly – the internet game.
Evolution of the Internet Game
Original computer games required discs to play. Important missions were interrupted as you switched out floppy disks and waited for it to reload. As computers got faster and data storage improved, games improved as well. Floppy discs [...]
I love music. I own hundreds of CDs, have an iPod full of tracks and a vinyl collection to rival my dad’s. I love rock, indie and metal. I’m a fan of pop, RnB and hip hop. I enjoy a bit of country, listen to a fair amount of classical and love early rock and roll. Basically, I love to hear just what’s being produced in various genres from right around the world.
But being a Brit, I have a particular fondness for the talent we produce musically as a country. I’ll be the first to hold my hands up and say we’ve delivered some atrocities over the years, but I also believe we’ve produced some absolute gems.
In recent [...]
Have you ever watched a movie and heard a line you absolutely loved? Do you find yourself quoting your favorite characters or feeling inspired by a movie quote from one of your favorite films? There are some great movie quotes out there — some contemplating important life issues and others just for fun. Let’s look at some of the best movie quotes around.
TOP MOVIE QUOTES
Obviously we’ll all have our favorite movies and quotes from them. But here are 100 of the best movie quotes in my opinion. Hopefully you’ll find one that you enjoy. Please leave a comment to share your own examples of great movie quotes with us and other readers.
1. “Me? I’m scared of [...]
Knee injuries are the most common sports related injuries. Football is one of the most likely ways to injure your knees, but any sport including skiing, rodeo, baseball, basketball and even golf can cause injured participants.
As common as these injuries are, we thought our readers would like details on the surgeries rookie Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and many others undergo to repair torn knee ligaments – or worse.
This infographic includes the anatomy of the knee joint, common knee surgeries, and typical times required for healing from each type plus statistics showing an incredible 20% of Americans complain of knee pain.
Infographic courtesy InsuranceQuotes.com
CES is always a series of wonderous toys – a look at the promise of the technology of the future. And so far, CES 2013 is no disappointment. One of the hot topics this year is the car of tomorrow – the self-driving car.
If you would like to see these cars in action and find out more about how they work, there are many self-driving car demo videos on YouTube. Just search for self-driving car to get 17,500+ results.
This infographic, courtesy of insurancequotes.com, shows a good recap of the self-driving car phenomenon. Could you see yourself driving one of these?
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Owning an island is the ultimate status symbol; apart from that, these private island kingdoms also afford privacy, peace and tranquility to celebrities who are always in the public eye.
Private islands have become the new craze and every celebrity worth their salt wants to own one!
Gwyneth Paltrow wanted to experience a secluded life on an island and spent three days on an uninhabited Caribbean island. Taking with her only three oranges, a sack of rice, mosquito net, aspirin, camera, notebook and some utensils, she later revealed that she now understands why people who get stuck on a Caribbean island never want to return.
BREAKING NEWS: Celine Dion has put her private [...]
When I first started drafting this piece, I was planning on focusing on celebrities in general. However, when I began putting the names of celebrities together, I realised there was – unfortunately – a considerable number of musicians who have passed away in 2012 so far.
Focusing on some of the most notable members of the music industry, these 10 musicians have all passed away in 2012, further to providing music that so many have fallen in love with over the years.
1. Robin Gibb
Image: RobinReigns (Wikipedia)
Following the same route as his twin brother Maurice did in 2003, Robin Gibb of the ever famous Bee Gees passed away on May 20th, aged just 62, after succumbing to [...]