10 movies that used the same exact set as other movies

Hollywood recycles plots and story lines all the time. The same actors and actresses and directors are put in movies over and over. And the same sets are used to film completely different movies. It’s an incestuous industry. Sometimes when you’re watching a movie and you can’t quite put your finger down on why a scene… »Tuesday 1:55pm11/24/15 1:55pm


10 movies that are surprisingly based on a true story

Some movies—like biopics and such, let’s say—are obviously based on a true story. These 10 movies are a little different in that it’s not immediately obvious that they’re based in real life because the plot was either so silly (Jack Black being a priest turned wrestler Nacho Libre) or because the movie was just too… »11/17/15 9:00pm11/17/15 9:00pm

Here are 6 movies that blatantly re-used footage from other movies

This is a fun one. Screen Rant came up with a list of movies that shows how films have recycled and reused scenes from other movies. This isn’t an act of homage or done in inspiration, this is footage taken from one movie (sometimes shot for shot!) and used again in another movie and hoping that no one would notice.… »11/03/15 2:38pm11/03/15 2:38pm

10 mistakes in the Star Wars movies that you might have missed

I know, the only mistake of the Star Wars movies is the prequels. Ha ha. Oh and we can’t forget all the crap that George Lucas went back in to ruin in the original trilogy too. Yes. But there are actual legitimate mistakes that leaked into the good movies too. Here’s a list of 10 mistakes—exposed cables, making Luke’s… »10/20/15 12:50am10/20/15 12:50am

How the US Air Force reloads the largest combat jet gun on the planet

When you got one of the biggest guns in the world, you can’t just pop in a new magazine and start firing again. Well, you can but the new ‘magazine’ for the GAU-8 Avenger is so ginormous it needs to be trucked in and requires multiple Air Force guys to get the gun reloaded. It takes time to get giant bullets on board!… »10/13/15 3:20pm10/13/15 3:20pm

10 more really fun movie mistakes that made it into the final version of the movie

People screw up. And in movies, you’d expect that when someone screws up that those scenes would just be played for laughs as outtakes or on a blooper reel. But sometimes everything else about the scene is so good and the screw up is so unexpectedly perfect for the movie that the directors include the screw up in the… »10/12/15 5:20pm10/12/15 5:20pm

How the USAF pilots and chase cars land the U-2 Dragon Lady

The Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady is a beautiful spy plane that flies at high altitudes (70,000 feet in the air) to provide reconnaissance for the military. It’s also a pain in the ass to land too, requiring an actual chase car on the ground to tell the pilot how far the U-2 is from the ground. Here’s a Sploid video… »10/09/15 2:22pm10/09/15 2:22pm

Infographic: The evolution of the Batmobile

What’s your favorite Batmobile? They all have their own charm, don’t they? The Tumbler was brute force bicep flexing whilst kissing bad ass. The 60’s Batmobile was fanciful and fun and totally goofy but cool in all the right ways. But my favorite is probably the Batmobile from the Tim Burton movies. It’s slick and… »10/07/15 7:50pm10/07/15 7:50pm

The 7 dark original stories that inspired 7 popular Disney movies

Disney movies almost always have happy endings but in order to get to the living happily ever after part, some pretty dark things usually have to happen. But they’re not as dark as the original stories the movies are based on. Those are basically horrific tales of torture that have been cleverly repurposed to… »10/05/15 8:00pm10/05/15 8:00pm

How visually similar Indiana Jones 4 was to the original movies

Very few people enjoyed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Actually, I’m not sure if there was a single person who ever watched an Indiana Jones movie before who liked the movie. But as Pablo Fernandez Eyre points out in this video comparison, there were a lot of similarities between the last Indiana… »9/13/15 10:00am9/13/15 10:00am

Video: The process of hand making a book the old fashioned way is a lost magical art

Anthony Bourdain’s Raw Craft takes a look at Arion Press in San Francisco in its latest episode and examines how this tiny printing shop carries on the legacy of printers of the past. It’s almost astonishing to see how much work gets put into each book. From the typesetting to the proofreading (which is done aloud) to… »9/12/15 1:30pm9/12/15 1:30pm

Inside the last factory that still makes audio cassette tapes

Bloomberg Businessweek recently toured National Audio Company, a shop in Springfield, Missouri and one of the last and definitely the largest remaining manufacturers of the classic audio cassette tape. It’s almost adorable to see all the old machines whirring to pump out tapes that you thought no longer existed. »9/06/15 3:30pm9/06/15 3:30pm

Who causes more destruction in superhero movies, heroes or villains?

Lost in all those superhero comic book flicks that hijack too many screens in movie theaters is how in preventing a villain from let’s say, world destruction or universe domination, the superhero becomes responsible for a lot of damage to a city. Like seriously, cities get messed up. Imagine being a citizen of a world… »8/27/15 8:00pm8/27/15 8:00pm

Watch the ocean's five islands of garbage form over the last 35 years

The ocean is filled with alien-looking creatures, a lot of natural beauty and a crap ton of garbage. There is so much garbage in the ocean that fully formed patches of our filth have spawned. In this fascinating visualization, NASA reveals how the ocean’s 5 islands of garbage came to be. You can see the swirling… »8/21/15 11:30am8/21/15 11:30am

Stunning map visualization shows every nuclear detonation since 1945

The nuclear bomb, that devastatingly powerful world killer of a weapon, has been around for 70 years. The first nuclear bomb—Trinity—was detonated in a test in New Mexico in 1945, a month later the US Army dropped nukes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the world was never the same. Here’s an interesting visualization… »8/11/15 10:00am8/11/15 10:00am

A murder mystery unravels as the camera zooms out and changes angles

Since we’re limited by our own perspective, every story can always be told differently. People see things differently. People remember different things. People tell stories differently. Because, well, people are different. We only remember what we can, we need the full picture to see it all. »7/31/15 2:05am7/31/15 2:05am

Infographic: What's the fastest ship in sci-fi history?

It took a little bit for us to reach Pluto but what if we had the power of our imaginations in our real life spaceships? Fat Wallet came up with this neat infographic showing which ships from popular sci-fi movies, TV shows and video games (plus real life NASA ships) to show which ship moves fastest. It’s pretty cool! »7/16/15 1:27pm7/16/15 1:27pm

Cooking food in a pan cut in half shows the magic of induction cooking

Induction cooking is sorcery masked as science through the power of magnets. That’s what I believe in my heart, at least. The heat is created from magnetic induction (as opposed to a gas stove flame or electric heating) which means without the right type of pan, you won’t be able to cook anything, even if the stove is… »7/16/15 5:30am7/16/15 5:30am

Video breaks down why special effects in movies peaked in the 90's

Here’s an interesting video explainer that details why special effects and fancy CGI has ruined movies (or at least, made them less enjoyable). It all feels too fake! Story Brain breaks down how as technology for CGI improved and allowed movie makers to do more with visual effects, our brains interpret it negatively. »7/03/15 6:00am7/03/15 6:00am