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Watch This Side-by-Side Comparison of 25 Films and Their Remakes

Movie remakes and reboots have become the norm in Hollywood, with every existing property, it seems, becoming fair game for a do-over—regardless of its previous success or failure. (See: Josh Trank's Fantastic Four.) The video above by Barcelona-based filmmaker Jaume R. Lloret creates a visual dialogue about the remake trend by placing scenes from the original films side-by-side with their remakes, revealing the similarities and differences between the two, without making judgments as to which is better.

The supercut features 50 films from the past 56 years, with several genres represented. There are shot-for-shot remakes like Gus Van Sant’s Psycho (1998) and Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (2007), remakes that share a title but deviate from the original story like David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986), and a couple of head-scratchers that fans of the originals are still angry about. It's impossible to fully appreciate which elements the remakes borrowed from the original films, because this video only includes a few seconds of each film. But it does work as an interesting jumping off point to go back and watch the pairings to compare and contrast.

Obvious differences can be seen in some of the short snippets, like the switch from a male to a female protagonist in Evil Dead (2013). But the more subtle differences are in the way scenes are framed and how dialogue is altered, which requires seeing the films in their entirety. Lloret includes a few obscure selections, and a couple of films that some viewers may not recognize as remakes, like Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning The Departed (2006), which was a remake of the Chinese crime-thriller Infernal Affairs (2002), or Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys (1995), which was based on Chris Marker's short film, La Jetée (1962).

Watch the supercut above to see some of the choices the remake directors made, as well as the choices that Lloret made as an editor in putting this piece together.

[h/t Hypebeast]

Banner image via Jaume R. Lloret on Vimeo

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26 Facts About LEGO Bricks

Since it first added plastic, interlocking bricks to its lineup, the Danish toy company LEGO (from the words Leg Godt for “play well”) has inspired builders of all ages to bring their most imaginative designs to life. Sets have ranged in size from scenes that can be assembled in a few minutes to 5000-piece behemoths depicting famous landmarks. And tinkerers aren’t limited to the sets they find in stores. One of the largest LEGO creations was a life-sized home in the UK that required 3.2 million tiny bricks to construct.

In this episode of the List Show, John Green lays out 26 playful facts about one of the world’s most beloved toy brands. To hear about the LEGO black market, the vault containing every LEGO set ever released, and more, check out the video above then subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up-to-date with the latest flossy content.

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Of Buckeyes and Butternuts: 29 States With Weird Nicknames for Their Residents
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Tracing a word’s origin and evolution can yield fascinating historical insights—and the weird nicknames used in some states to describe their residents are no exception. In the Mental Floss video above, host John Green explains the probable etymologies of 29 monikers that describe inhabitants of certain states across the country.

Some of these nicknames, like “Hoosiers” and “Arkies” (which denote residents of Indiana and Arkansas, respectively) may have slightly offensive connotations, while others—including "Buckeyes," "Jayhawks," "Butternuts," and "Tar Heels"—evoke the military histories of Ohio, Kansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. And a few, like “Muskrats” and “Sourdoughs,” are even inspired by early foods eaten in Delaware and Alaska. ("Goober-grabber" sounds goofier, but it at least refers to peanuts, which are a common crop in Georgia, as well as North Carolina and Arkansas.)

Learn more fascinating facts about states' nicknames for their residents by watching the video above.

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