The Most Comical, Incredible, Worrying Car Crashes In Movie History

While there’s nothing amusing about car crashes in the real world, if choreographed in an intense, insane manner on the big screen, they do have a certain explosive charm. Of course, in an intense drama, a car crash is a much different affair than a car crash in a movie featuring Jason Statham or Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Movie car crashes can be entertaining because they often punctuate a car chase, and thus all the cathartic, intense energy is released through that intense twisting of metal, and often a fiery explosion. We enjoy seeing things on the silver screen, because we know in real life events like that would have a very different subtext.

However, this is all blindingly obvious. Instead of further exploring obvious statements, let us get to the meat of the article. If you’re looking for some high-octane and thrilling viewing pleasure this weekend.

The Matrix Reloaded

Any car crash that happens in the Matrix is relatively worry-free, because we know it as a synthetic world of no real consequence. However, the stakes our much different for Trinity, as she bounds from car roof to car roof whilst flipping off her motorcycle. This scene is of course punctuated by a fight on the top of a semi truck. Another is commandeered by an Agent, the villains of the piece, and is driven headlong in the opposite direction, effectively bring the most bombastic game of ‘chicken’ we’ve ever seen in theatres. As the two trucks collide, a sonic boom explodes, and debris flies everywhere. Certainly one for the movie history books.

Mad Max – Fury Road

Perhaps the most engaging part of Max Max’s bombastic road-terror is that it’s hard to imagine ourselves in that situation. That means the movie can be as insane as it likes without asking an audience to swallow the hardship of seeing themselves in that environment. In this movie, Tom Hardy drives through tornado winds in order to lose the procession of chasing vehicles behind him. The large, monster-truck like vehicles grind and knock into each other with abandon, but as some enter the hurricane level winds, they fly into the air, in a crazy kaleidoscope of churning metal. It’s this image that was perhaps one of the most memorable of 2015.

Die Hard 4

Die Hard isn’t known for its heavy realism either, but it’s perhaps the most believable world in this list (and that’s saying something.) As Bruce Willis attempts to cross the city in search of his goal, and with the entire corrupt police force on him, he decides to drive a police vehicle in the middle of an underground tunnel tolling booth, effectively using the raised barrier metal tracks to launch the vehicle in the air (but not before bailing out,) into the unwelcome reception of a search helicopter. Even the best road accident lawyers such as Gray And White Law might have trouble defending him for that one, but they’d certainly give it a try. It was a bold move, and it seemed to pay off. Thank goodness for our Bruce.

We hope this list has inspired you to watch a range of entertaining movies guilt-free this weekend.

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Investing In The Ultimate Family Night In

When did everything get so darned expensive? If it seems like the cost of living is rising at a rate that’s more than commensurate with our rise in pay… that’s because it is. Unfortunately, we live in the age of wage repression. This is where corporations deliberately undermine the wages of their workers in order to protect their profit margins. We toil away and think ourselves lucky that in a capricious economy at least we have a job and a stable income. This approach is great for our employers’ bottom line, but bad for the economy as a whole. As a result of the rising cost of, say, going to the movies, dining at a restaurant, enjoying a quiet drink in a nearby bar or attending the theater has become prohibitive to many working families. With less marginal propensity to consume (i.e. less disposable income to spend on the non-essentials that make life fun and magical), families have to get inventive about how to spend their free time. Thus, the night in has become a common staple for many hard working families.

But that’s not to say that a night in should be accepted as second best or conceded as a defeat. After all, you spend so much time, money and effort making sure that your home is beautiful, why wouldn’t you want to make the most of the time you spend in it? Here we’ll look at some must have investments as well as money saving hacks that will ensure that you and your family have nights in that are so legendary, your friends and neighbors will also want to get in on the act…

Building a sense of occasion

Just because you won’t be going out, doesn’t mean that your family night in isn’t worthy of a sense of occasion. It’s a good idea to start making plans in advance. Set up a facebook group for your family night in. This will help to develop a sense of anticipation but also of exclusivity. If the evening goes well, perhaps you could consider bringing other members of the extended family, friends or neighbors into the group. This is also a good opportunity to democratize the event so that everyone can look forward to it with enthusiasm. Debate and decide what movies you would like to watch together, what foods and drinks you would like to enjoy and decide any ground rules. For example, do you want to have a zero tolerance policy on phones and devices? There’s a fine balance here between creating a sense of occasion and over formalizing the event but if you manage to walk this line, your whole family will look forward to your nights in with eagerness and anticipation.  

To 4K or not to 4K?

The average family in the US spends so much time watching TV that it’s almost a full time job. For decades, families have worried that the presence of television has ruined the art of conversation between families. But in an era of smartphones and tablet this issue is compounded. Thus, it stands to reason that we should increase the quality of TV time while decreasing the frequency. As part of a balanced diet of activities, TV time can be a fun way for families to relax and unwind and share an experience.

If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a new TV for a while now, you will likely be wondering whether it’s worth the jump to the nascent 4K format. Well, the definitive answer is… It depends.

4K offers a visually discernible difference in quality from standard high definition or 1080p. The trouble is that this difference is not always visible from where you may be sitting. Depending on the size of your screen and how close you are to it the difference in quality may be as clear as night and day or it may be barely discernible. This guide is helpful in determining whether your setup is well suited to upgrading to 4K. It also depends on the format of the movie in question and how it has been mastered. If you stream your content through a device like Apple TV the good news is that when you buy a movie, it automatically upgrades to the highest available quality which will be 4K if your setup allows. Just be aware that 4K requires some pretty serious bandwidth to stream. Your existing setup may not be conducive to the 4K experience so it’s worth checking out https://www.optimum.com/ as they offer a range of integrated solutions for broadband internet packages combined with 4K digital streaming subscriptions. Most hardcore cinephiles prefer to buy 4K blu ray discs as these offer superior picture and sounds to their streamed counterparts (although they come with a heftier price tag). It’s also worth noting that some 4K discs may be shot at a resolution that is less than 4K or be scanned from a 2K intermediate. This website is useful in determining if a disk is actually in fact 4K.  

For those who take their movies seriously, however, 4K is the only choice. It offers a greater level of detail and texture that can be visually astonishing and the High Dynamic Range allows for a wider gamut of colors than anything else we’ve ever seen in home video.   

Light up the mood

Never underestimate the importance of lighting in getting the mood just right for recreating the theatrical experience. The right lighting can instill a sense of drama to the proceedings making it feel more like an event than just gathering around the TV as a family. Thus, you should consider retrofitting your TV with ambient backlighting or at least using a bluetooth connected ambient lamp.

Last but not least… Fake out your takeout

No family night in is complete without your favorite food to enjoy with your movie. But instead of spending a fortune on your favorite burger, pizza, or fried chicken joint, replicate the recipes from home using a range of simple ingredients for a taste that is virtually identical to those of your favorite franchises but a little healthier and at a fraction of the cost. Check out some recipes right here.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Television & Your Child: How To Keep A Balance

We live in a digital world full of evolving smartphones and tablets that are continuously being upgraded and worshipped. Screen time and television are everywhere, no matter where you go and what you do as a parent, there is always a screen to be watched. Billboards are no longer just giant posters, they’re now interactive screens with digital displays fifty feet high. Restaurants offer tablets for children to play on while they wait for food. Children are some of the happiest customers around when it comes to television, especially when the children’s channels are on! Television has its merits; it can be educational and entertaining when the right show is on. The problem is where you need to decide how much television time is too much, and that right there is a very hard decision to make.

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In life, you need to have a piece of everything in moderation. It’s why dessert comes after a savoury meal and not before; you need to eat the good stuff before you eat the bad stuff. When it comes to television in your home, you as the parent have the power to decide when enough is enough. Televisions come with off buttons, so there’s nothing stopping you from switching it off if you believe that your children are spending too much time watching. If you’d rather not have silence and a blank screen in the room at all times, then think about how easy it would be to have an aquarium screensaver to look at instead? There are so many issues that are linked between children and television consumption, from brain development stalling to childhood obesity. As a parent, you’ll frantically research everything and anything and come up with your own informed decisions about what your children are exposed to, but many parents don’t put too much thought into how the television can affect their children, and this can pose rather a problem.

In the first twelve months of a child’s life, their brain develops and triples in mass. Before the age of two, children pick up languages and other gross and fine motor skills, and the consistent usage of television can effectively ‘dumb’ your children down. Children who spend less time on the screens and more time out in the world and using their senses are often the happiest and most well-adjusted children out there. If you still want to use the television, by all means you should. You just need to learn how you can use it correctly so that you don’t end up with small zombies in the lounge! Nature shows and interesting programmes in engineering that show you the way that things work are perfect for children. Educational show can help them to develop skills without them noticing. Similarly, cartoons are a wonderful thing to enjoy in moderation. TV can never replace the time that you spend together as a family, but it can act as a radio to sing to you while you play Jenga!

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Unlocking Your Awesome Inner Child

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Feeling like a kid again is something that we all deserve to experience. But why? Surely we are grown adults now, and the idea of spending time respecting our childhood might seem, well, childish. Could it really serve any purpose? Might you look silly in front of your family?

Well, we’d argue it does serve a purpose. Getting in touch with your childhood self is good clean fun, but it can also help you reminisce and reflect on your life. It can help you understand the journey you have been on and celebrate the things you used to love. It can help you connect with your children more and understand their viewpoint on life that little more intimately. Lastly, there is an indulgent quality here of course.

After all, why not? It’s not as if every moment of your life should be spent in deep productivity. You’re allowed a little childish fun. After all, age is just a number, and the most youthful and joyous people are those who can connect to the magic of childhood.

There are many ways of doing this, but this advice might help you get started:

YouTube Is Your Friend

Now, we’re not suggesting you enjoy subscribing to vloggers or political discussion channels on YouTube. We’re not suggesting you watch clips from the latest kids shows to feel young. However, YouTube is much more than a simple video platform. It seems that almost anything that could be provided as content has been uploaded by now. This means that old children’s shows, old video game footage and even movies from a bygone era are viewable for free.

You might have a distinct and tangible feeling of nostalgic wonder seeing a SNES game you haven’t played since you were eight years old digitized for your entertainment. This feeling is a tangible, physical one, and can flood you with feelings and memories of being that age. This is a powerful thing, as sound and visuals are often strong ties to memories we used to hold. This is a fun exercise and it only takes a matter of moments, so why not try? You might be surprised as to what you remember.

Go Retro

Now, sometimes watching things on YouTube isn’t enough. If you hope to experience the media you used to consume as a child, sometimes finding it and watching/playing that yourself is more than worthwhile. There has never been a better time to do so. For example, recent efforts to restore old consoles such as the original PlayStation and NES have been met with widespread acclaim. It can be worthwhile to purchase these inexpensive machines and spend a day showing your children the games you grew up with. It might blow their minds to see a game with such diminutive graphics, but it can be worth doing so for the novelty alone.

It can also be worthwhile to burn an old-school mixtape of the songs you used to love and make that a soundtrack of your next week. It could be that Huey Lewis & The News, Phil Collins and Paul Simon fill your ears and mind for the near future, restoring you with memories of summer days lazily moving around the house and enjoying bike rides with your friends. If music is the soundtrack to our lives, then transporting ourselves back only takes this small effort to truly experience this time once more. Dancing on the sofa listening to ‘hip to be square’ could certainly help you feel young and silly again, and your kids are sure to love it. Just make sure you don’t actually put your hip out. Us middle aged folk do require a degree of sensibility, of course.

Visit Establishments You Used To Love

Of course, it might not be that the places you attended as a child are still around, or you may not be in any way proximal to them. However, finding a similar venue nearby could be just as promising. You’d be surprised how a day of bowling or laser rifling with your children can help you feel young and carefree – maybe even go-karting would help this too! Of course, one of the pinnacle places of our childhood was the arcade. Ah, the arcade, where the bleeps and bloops resounded through the halls and children cursed the prize claw in no uncertain terms.

Where tickets meant prizes and your friend would convince you he knew the cheat codes to games such as ‘Streets of Rage’ and ‘Street Fighter.’ These establishments still exist, and growing competition means they have doubled down on their quality to stay relevant. Places such as Rocket City Arcade not only serve as a wonderful blend of both modern and retro arcade gaming, but also functionally serve as a historical preservation museum for the most part, something that the tiring tide of on-demand services and cloud-based purchases will never replace.

Head to the local diner after a day here with a burger, some fries and a chocolate milkshake, and your transformation into your thirteen-year-old self is likely complete.

Bicycle Ride

We alluded to bicycle rides earlier. They deserve their own mention. A bicycle ride out with your friends was not just time spent riding a bicycle. It was time spent exploring, engaging in silly dialogue and trying to pull off cool tricks to impress your friends. While this last part might not be an option, it can certainly be worthwhile to see the importance in heading out to mother nature herself and exploring your local environment atop two wheels.

While a car encases you and a motorcycle brings with it it’s own dangers and terrain requirements, riding a bicycle off road brings back that accelerating feeling of freedom that you might just adore to feel once again. Heading out on the trail is also an awesome way to enjoy an intimate bonding with your family. After all, the best memories are crafted when out and doing something, as opposed to sitting in at home alone thinking of the past. This ‘active remembrance’ helps you feel like a child in more ways than just emotional. Give it a try. You might just adore it.

With these tips, your childhood might be just around the corner. Spending a couple of days reminding yourself of this wonderful period of time in your life could be just the emotional antidote you needed for ‘grown-up responsibility disease.’

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