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"Stan VHS" with his VHS boxes

Awesome ’80s-Style VHS Covers for Current Movies and TV

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Look, nobody really misses VHS. Sure, there’s a small and weird movement of VHS artisans whose nostalgia for their childhood and an apparent love for tracking lines has convinced them that the ugly, low-res analog mainstay is a superior format, and some note that a lot of movies never made the DVD crossover so it’s not a bad idea to keep a VHS deck around (and this is true) — but generally speaking, VHS died because DVD is superior in every way, end of story. But that doesn’t mean those of us who came of age in the VHS era don’t have some leftover affection for the ugly packaging and pre-Photoshop artwork that lined our video store shelves (see, it was this place you went, and you picked out tapes, and took them home and watched them, and came back and paid an exorbitant late fee), which is why so many movie geeks have flipped for “Stan VHS.” According to “Stan”’s Tumblr page, he got the idea of making old-school VHS covers for new movies and TV shows, and posted them on April Fool’s Day, claiming them to be the work of “a Parisian hipster named ‘Stan’ [who] only watched modern films and TV series on VHS.” You can read his full article here, if you speak French; otherwise, here are the clever covers he put together for the project.
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DiCaprio Collects Art and an Albuquerque Home Collects Roof-Pizza: Links You Need to See

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I’m repeating what thousands have already said…the ruling awarding Marvin Gaye’s family 7.4 dollars is awful. No, wait. It’s okay. No…wait. I have no idea, and my attention span is wavering…to food. Besides having these oh-so-viral photos of U.S. States shaped like food to ponder, there’s also another food story that’s been circulating: Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, has had to ask literalist fans who’ve been enacting a famous scene to stop throwing pizzas onto the roof of the Albuquerque home where Walter White “lived” — which is occupied by actual people who, crazily enough, don’t want pizzas on their roof. 
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‘Better Call Saul’ Season 1 Episode 5 Recap: “Jello”

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Although Better Call Saul has kept the promise that it would be “lighter” than Breaking Bad, laugh-out-loud funny scenes have been few and far between. Or, at least, they were until the moment last week when we saw Howard Hamlin gazing up at a Jimmy McGill billboard that looked exactly like him. “Jello” upped the humor quotient with some of the show’s funniest dialogue to date — though, thanks to a parallel storyline, it was also Better Call Saul‘s most emotional episode.
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Exploring ‘The Sound[s] of Music’ and Stomach: Links You Need to See

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Today, the Internet is alive with The Sound of Music — for it is the beloved film’s 50th anniversary. “Beloved” seems an obvious adjective to apply to the 174 minutes of pastoral perfection. But actually, as The Daily Beast points out, when it was first released, critics saw it more as 174 minutes of a plasticly bucolic, saccharinely tender nightmare. The website notes that Pauline Kael was so revolted as to write: “We have been turned into emotional and aesthetic imbeciles when we hear ourselves humming the sickly, goody-goody songs.”
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The Seat-Fillers Await: Links You Need to See

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Given the fact that you clicked on this, it’s fair to guess you’re sitting idly with nothing to do — and nothing to even read, but for this links post telling you what to read. It’s therefore fair to guess that this interview with someone else who, at one point, sat somewhere, might be appealing, as it’s predominantly about that very act of sitting, in that particular place. To be less opaque, said place is the Oscars, and the interviewee is an elusive creature called a “seat-filler.”
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‘Better Call Saul’ Is the Prequel ‘Breaking Bad’ Deserves

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In his first season or two on Breaking Bad, Saul Goodman was a sleazy lawyer caricature who periodically popped in to Walter White’s life for comic relief. But over the course of 43 episodes, Vince Gilligan and Bob Odenkirk shaped Saul into a fascinating mess of contradictions — bottom-feeding yet weirdly brilliant, mercenary yet surprisingly loyal, nonjudgmental to a fault. As Walter grew into his meth-lord devil horns, his morality meter shifting from “it’s complicated” to “pure evil,” the comparatively sympathetic lawyer held the show’s increasingly divided characters — Walt, Jesse, and Mike especially — together. It’s impressive how fully Breaking Bad was able to develop Saul without ever going into detail about his past.
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