Last Link of the Day: Liquid Nitrogen Pool

Do not try this at home.

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Everything is a Remix: The Force Awakens

Everybody agrees that The Force Awakens was a remix of A New Hope…but is that a bad thing? Let Kirby Ferguson, who’s a lot smarter than I am, explain why we may have hit peak remix culture.

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You really wanna go back up there, huh?

Bones has a point. Do we really want to go for another ride with this branch of the Star Trek franchise after Star Trek Into Darkness left audiences completely underwhelmed? Well, the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond made it look pretty bad, but this second trailer is trying it darnedest to make us forget the Beastie Boys soundtrack and overall goofiness. This one’s trying to be serious, but no matter how they cut it, this installment of the series still looks a bit cheap to me. A little too much Insurrection, if you get my meaning. But I can’t really tell at this point. I’m not invested enough in Star Trek. Will this be the final film before another reboot?

Star Trek Beyond comes out July 22, 2016.

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Before They Were Stars: Brittany Murphy in a Beverly Hills 90210 Dolls Commercial

For those of you who don’t remember the early nineties, you might not know just how insanely popular Beverly Hills 90210 was for a time period. This commercial will probably drive that point home, as it advertises an entire line of dolls from Mattel for the Beverly Hills 90210 characters. The late Brittany Murphy, who is about 14-15 years old here, plays a rather creepy 90210 fanatic who keeps the entire collection of dolls on display in her school locker.

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Last Link of the Day: Facebook Messenger

Truly an amazing app.

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Spooky Morgan

A corporate troubleshooter is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger.

This movie, produced by Ridley Scott but directed by his son Luke, could really, really easily go off the rails. Ever since Transcendence, I’ve been highly skeptical of this kind of corporation-themed science fiction story about the perils of experimentation, set in the real world. I was even skeptical of Ex Machina, but I came out enjoying that one. Anyway, Morgan could be extremely stupid, but it could also be surprisingly fun. Either way, I’m interested to see Anya Taylor-Joy again after her awesome performance in The Witch.

Morgan comes out September 2, 2016.

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Castor’s Underrated Gems: A New Leaf (1971)

Years before she would direct the notorious box office fiasco Ishtar, writer-director Elaine May was a frequent collaborator with Mike Nichols. You may have heard of him considering he was the journeyman behind classics like Carnal Knowledge, The Birdcage and of course, The Graduate. Anyway, the fairer half of the comedy duo pursued her own projects as well and one of them was 1971’s A New Leaf which has been left in the dust of time. This is a crushing blow when viewed today because it is a lacerating, uproariously funny satire about how ill-equipped the rich are when facing a reality of self-sufficiency.

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Before They Were Stars: Zac Efron on “Room Raiders”

Room Raiders was an MTV dating reality series in which three contestants would sit inside a van while their potential date inspected each of their bedrooms and decided which contestant they wanted to go out with based on the contents of their rooms. In 2005, an aspiring actor named Zac Efron got to inspect the rooms of three female contestants and decide which one to go out on a date with. I know Zac Efron’s a hunk and all, but it’s amazing just how comfortable each of these women are with the concept of some strangers whisking them out of their houses and escorting them into a white van while a guy snoops through their bedroom.

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Before They Were Stars: Dabney Coleman in a Rambler Commercial

If you want the surreal sight of a young Dabney Coleman without his trademark moustache, here he is in a 1962 commercial alongside actress Jean Hale, who was his real-life wife at the time. They are both advertising Rambler, an automobile brand which has been extinct for over three decades now.

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Last Link of the Day: Wizard of Meh

Follow follow follow! Reach the wizard!

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