Movies That Warned Us of Environmental Disasters- 50 Years AgoThe very first Earth Day was observed in April of 1970. People were becoming aware of endangered species, air pollution, overpopulation, fuel shortage, pandemics, urban sprawl, and other environmental problems. The danger of nuclear power wasn't new, but it was another concern. The 1970s saw a huge number of science fiction films and images of dystopian futures that asked the question, "What's the worst that could happen?" And while we watched these movies, the underlying message didn't sink in as well as it should have. That could be because they were mostly placed in some far future date, or an undisclosed date we could imagine as far off. Some of those dates have been passed now. Or maybe you haven't seen them all. Den of Geek compiled a list of nine science fiction films of the 1970s that warned us of how our environmental trends and policies could go very wrong. Back then, they seemed far-fetched, maybe even too far-fetched, or else we would have done more about it. But if you watch them today (and they are available) the dangers they warn of appear much closer to home.
An Honest Trailer for AkiraScreen Junkies' series of Honest Trailers manages to find the worst things about any movie, whether it's a blockbuster hit or an ignominious flop, and make us laugh about it. Every once in a while, we get an Honest Trailer in which we can tell they really liked a movie, despite the fun they poke at it. But this Honest Trailer for the 1988 Japanese anime Akira is a straight up tribute and a love letter for a movie everyone needs to see sooner or later. Wikipedia tells us "Akira is widely regarded as one of the greatest animated movies of all time and prompted an increase in popularity of anime movies in the US and, generally, outside Japan. It is still admired for its exceptional visuals." The Honest Trailer agrees, and even refers to its visuals as Every Frame a Painting. But that doesn't mean they can't find humor in their appreciation. The movie may be a work of art, but the memes it spawned are still funny.
Mariam Marks's Wondrous Face Paint VideosMariam Marks is a master makeup artist and internet personality who brings funny characters to life on her face with paint and music. As you can see from her YouTube channel, she often pulls down her cap to hide everything except the bottom half of her face, which is decorated to resemble your favorite cartoon characters.In this video, Marks has one side made to look like Aladdin and the other like Jasmine from the 1992 Disney film Aladdin. They sing “A Whole New World”, switching off with each other, against the backdrop of a purple night sky.-via Massimo
25 Years Later, The Blair Witch Project Actors Tell Their Story​The Blair Witch Project was a small independent film project that used the innovative technique of "found footage" and allowed audiences to believe it was a documentary for some time. It was made for less than a million dollars and went on to gross $248.6 million at the box office. The movie starred Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, and Joshua Leonard, who spent eight days in 1997 not only acting, but shooting the footage themselves with camcorders and improving dialogue after being given prompts. Writer-directors Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez told them the footage would end up being only about ten minutes of the resulting feature film, so the three actors thought little of signing away the rights to use their real names, a decision they have regretted ever since. When The Blair Witch Project was released, the conceit of it being a documentary meant that none of them could admit to being in the film, or even being alive. The Blair Witch Project was a hit at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, and Artisan Entertainment bought it from Haxan Films. At that point, the actors' original contract, which gave them a 1% cut in the event the film made more than a million dollars, seemed to be forgotten. In 2000, they sued, and it took three more years to receive any money at all. Meanwhile, the use of their real names made any further film roles difficult, if not impossible. Twenty-five years after The Blair Witch Project, Donahue, Williams, and Leonard talked to Variety about the saga of the production and their struggle with being paid in notoriety instead of cash. -via Metafilter​(Cropped image credit: treybunn2) 
Simultaneous Hulk Hogan/Randy Savage CosplayThis amazing cosplay recorded at the Niagara Comic Con last week, which featured celebrity professional wrestlers, depicts Hulk Hogan on one side and Randy “Macho Man” Savage on the other.Like the Batman villain Two Face, this cosplay can suddenly switch personalities in a disturbing—or, in this case, entertaining—manner. Watch him trash talk himself while switching between the two iconic heroes of the modern stage. The cosplayer hits all of the iconic catchphrases, including mention of Hogan’s “24 inch pythons” and Randy Savage’s “cream of the crop” references. It’s a complete Wrestlemania in just one man!
The Song That Was Number One When You Graduated from High SchoolStudies show that the music from your teenage years will stay with you for life. While that mostly points to puberty, the music you listened to while graduating from high school can be pretty memorable. In fact, if you ask your friends what your "graduation song" is, most of them will likely name the same song. These days, students designate a graduation song that means something to them even before the ceremony. The song that was number one on the charts may not be the one that was most meaningful to you during that time, but it will bring back memories of the day you stepped into adulthood with the rest of your class. Mental Floss found the biggest hit song during May and June for each year from 1960 to 2023, plus some other songs that were pretty big at the time, and posted the videos, too. You can read them all, or skip to your year to bring back some precious -or possibly traumatic- memories.