A titanic, bittersweet symphony: 35 pop-culture windows into 1997

Two years after warring electronics companies competing to develop high-capacity CDs declared a truce, their compromise format, the DVD, first went on sale in the U.S. in March of 1997. (Twister, The Mask, GoodFellas, and The Road Warrior were among the first batch of titles.) DVDs didn’t hit major retail chains like…

Cartoonist reimagines Apple’s terms and conditions in the style of famous artists

The “terms and conditions” document that you have to agree to before using iTunes is a dense and endlessly dull piece of work, to the extent that only a very small percentage of the millions of people who have agreed to it have probably actually read it—which, it’s worth pointing out, is probably somewhat on purpose.…

An in-depth appreciation of onscreen video displays, from The Net to today

When a movie needs a video screen, Hollywood turns to people like Todd Aron Marks, a computer video playback supervisor. As part of its Almanac series, Vox talks to Marks about how those screens within screens are a crucial part of the world-building process. Basically, it’s Marks’ job to make sure what’s on those…

New York’s Tekserve, a shrine to technology, goes the way of all flesh

People generally don’t repair pieces of technology these days. They replace them. By the time some gadget has broken down or malfunctioned, there’s almost always something better that has come along in the meantime. And technology isn’t as buggy and temperamental as it used to be either. While that’s perhaps good news…

Win an Oscar-nominated movie bundle from Universal, including Steve Jobs

The final balloting process for this year’s Oscars has already begun, so your dreams of becoming an appointed member of the Academy in time to vote Mad Max: Fury Road for Best Picture have already been crushed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch up with the rest of this year’s crop of nominees. Thanks to the folks…

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The best of film 2015: The ballots

Eight writers contributed to The A.V. Club’s list of the best movies of 2015, each ranking their 15 favorites; we used the results of that poll to create an aggregate, mostly mathematical rundown of the year’s finest films. So if you’re wondering who to blame for the exclusion of that masterpiece you adored or the…