It was the mid-’80s, and Freddy Krueger was having an identity crisis. The recent A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge had performed well in theaters, but the sequel to the smart, wickedly funny original had irked fans by slashing away narrative logic in favor of a few gruesome kills. The future of the franchise was unclear: Was Freddy just another rando big-screen stalker? Or was there still a hint of life left in the character? After Freddy’s Revenge, it was impossible to know. The film had been “a great disappointment,” Nightmare producer Rachel Talalay noted in a 2010 documentary. “There was a huge amount riding on what to do with Nightmare 3.” When that follow-up finally arrived, it took the form of 1987’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors. The movie wasn’t merely an improvement on its predecessor–it remains, to this day, the most imaginative Elm Street sequel ever made. For those who don’t … [Read more...] about The Singular Joy of the Dumb, Fun Slasher-Movie Threequel
Resurrection of the dead
By Malcolm Owen Wednesday, August 08, 2018, 07:40 am PT (10:40 am ET) The Palm brand may be revived before the end of this year, with recently discovered filings revealing a smartphone produced by TCL has been provided to regulators for testing, one that uses the Palm name and has the model number "PVG100." Filings with the Federal Communications Commission and the Wi-Fi Alliance confirm the existence of a Palm-branded mobile device, but provides relatively few details about it, according to a report from Android Police. The listing for the FCC advises of the name PVG100, and aside from some operating frequencies, offers barely any extra information. The Wi-Fi Alliance filing offers a few more details for the PVG100, namely that it is a phone that runs Android 8.1, and that while the device will have Wi-Fi, it will only operate at the 2.4GHz frequency band. The lack of 5GHz Wi-Fi support suggests the device will be a budget smartphone, but it is plausible for the filing to be … [Read more...] about After being killed by Apple, Palm branded devices coming back from the dead
If you haven't seen Avengers: Infinity War yet and you're allergic to spoilers, stop reading. This article has more spoilers than Thanos's chin has wrinkles.Is Gamora a goner? Has Black Panther bitten the dust? Will Groot re-grow? Infinity War laid waste to a shocking number of Marvel's mightiest heroes. But have they really shuffled off this mortal coil, or will they back in time for Avengers 4? Here are all the deaths -- in order of appearance -- we saw in the latest Marvel film. I've also added the characters' resurrection chances, by percentage, the way I see them. Because you know a lot of them are actually coming back, right?Heimdall (Idris Elba)The guardian of Asgard is the first we see killed by Thanos, just seconds after he sends an alert to Earth in the shape of a distressed Hulk. Resurrection chances: Limited. I'd say 5 percent with luck, and I really like Elba. It would break my heart not to see him again in the franchise.Loki (Tom Hiddleston)Thor's brother is … [Read more...] about We counted the dead in Avengers: Infinity War
Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Humans have always looked for tangible ways to remember departed loved ones. We save letters and emails they wrote us. We look fondly at photos of them. We watch and rewatch old videos just to see their faces and hear them talk. But the rise of digital technologies may soon give us even more compelling ways to remember lost friends and family. These include apps that let us text with digital representations of the dead — we’d type a message and then get some sort of comforting reply — and maybe even systems that let us speak with and possibly touch realistic avatars of the ones we miss most. Maybe that sounds creepy, but some experts believe we’ll find comfort in continuing our interactions with people whose biological existences have come to an end. “Many people visit the headstone of a loved one to help come to terms with their passing, and have a one-sided conversation where they think about the memory of … [Read more...] about Will ‘digital resurrections’ let us bring back the dead?
Camelot was a mythical castled city, said to be located in Great Britain, where King Arthur held court. It was the center of the Kingdom of Logres and in Arthurian legend would become the location of the round table that held 150 knights. French origins Stories about King Arthur are known from at least as early as the ninth century. One of the most famous early Arthurian writers was Geoffrey of Monmouth, who lived during the first half of the 12th century. In his book, "History of the Kings of Britain," Monmouth wrote a number of stories about King Arthur and Merlin, mentioning Arthur's birth at Tintagel. However, Monmouth — and other early Arthurian writers — made no mention of Camelot. The earliest known mention of Camelot comes briefly in a late 12th-century poem written by Chrétien de Troyes, and the earliest detailed description of Camelot would emerge during the 13th century in a series of French romances we call the Vulgate and Post-Vulgate cycles. "In … [Read more...] about Camelot, King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table