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Why You Should Rewatch Your Favorite Movies in Black and White

May 3, 2021

Screenshot: Mad Max: Fury Road Blood Chrome trailer And you’ve got to appreciate the honesty of Bong Joon-Ho, who admits a driving force behind the release of a black and white version of last year’s Best Picture-winning satire Parasite was...vanity. “When I think of the classics, they’re all in black and white,” he said during the 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam, as quoted in The Hollywood Reporter . “So I had this idea that if I turned my films into black and white then ...read more

Should You Really Only Buy Blue Dog Toys?

May 4, 2021

Photo: alexei_tm (Shutterstock) Dog owners often take canine comforts to dizzying extremes, like feeding their dogs home-cooked meals or enrolling them in fancy sleep away camps. When it comes to shopping for dog toys, it’s become popular to factor in the color of said toy when striving to make the best possible purchase. Since dogs are red-green colorblind and do not visually (or physically) navigate the world like their bipedal, human companions, some layman experts insist that dog toys be ...read more

The Bare Minimum That Everyone Should Know About Ramadan

May 4, 2021

Photo: JOAT (Shutterstock) In the western world, we typically associate springtime with renewal and festivals of gratitude, and the Islamic calendar is no different: The month-long celebration of Ramadan, which is observed by the religion’s 1.8 billion global adherents as the holiest time of the year, is currently underway, bringing with it ancient traditions of fasting and spiritual pilgrimages to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia (though pandemic travel restrictions apply to this year ...read more

How to Spend Your Parenting Time More Wisely

May 4, 2021

Photo: pixelheadphoto digitalskillet (Shutterstock) When our kids are babies, we cater to their every need and want. We’re their whole world, so it doesn’t matter how exhausted or busy we might be—when they call for us, we jump to attention. We go everywhere they go, and experience what they experience right along with them. As they get older, though, the way we spend time with our kids naturally changes—or, at least, it should. The way we connect and the experiences we hold tight to s ...read more

The Bare Minimum That Everyone Should Know About Ramadan

May 4, 2021

Photo: JOAT (Shutterstock) In the western world, we typically associate springtime with renewal and festivals of gratitude, and the Islamic calendar is no different: The month-long celebration of Ramadan, which is observed by the religion’s 1.8 billion global adherents as the holiest time of the year, is currently underway, bringing with it ancient traditions of fasting and spiritual pilgrimages to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia (though pandemic travel restrictions apply to this year ...read more

The Best Free-to-Play Games for the Xbox Series X/S

May 4, 2021

The latest Xbox Insider program update nixes the Xbox Live Gold requirement for free-to-play (F2P) Xbox games for users in the Xbox Insider Alpha Alpha Skip Ahead rings. The change will roll out to other Xbox Insider levels in the coming weeks, and, hopefully, everyone else soon after. This will be a huge benefit for players—after all, a game isn’t really free if you have to pay a subscription fee to play it online. It will also bring Microsoft up to date with Nintendo and Sony, which allo ...read more

Should You Really Only Buy Blue Dog Toys?

May 4, 2021

Photo: alexei_tm (Shutterstock) Dog owners often take canine comforts to dizzying extremes, like feeding their dogs home-cooked meals or enrolling them in fancy sleep away camps. When it comes to shopping for dog toys, it’s become popular to factor in the color of said toy when striving to make the best possible purchase. Since dogs are red-green colorblind and do not visually (or physically) navigate the world like their bipedal, human companions, some layman experts insist that dog toys be b ...read more

The Bare Minimum That Everyone Should Know About Ramadan

May 4, 2021

Photo: JOAT (Shutterstock) In the western world, we typically associate springtime with renewal and festivals of gratitude, and the Islamic calendar is no different: The month-long celebration of Ramadan, which is observed by the religion’s 1.8 billion global adherents as the holiest time of the year, is currently underway, bringing with it ancient traditions of fasting and spiritual pilgrimages to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia (though pandemic travel restrictions apply to this year ...read more

How and Why You Should Take the 'Long View' of Parenting

May 4, 2021

Photo: Creaturart Images (Shutterstock) It seems to take my 10-year-old much longer than it should to get out the door to go anywhere. It is the single most frustrating part of any day. My son is chatty, which I love, but he often decides to have these great, in-depth conversations about his favorite video game at the same time I’m trying to remind him that he needs to find his glasses, his water bottle, a mask, his shoes. He gets frustrated at the constant interruptions and reminders, where ...read more

How to Spend Your Parenting Time More Wisely

May 4, 2021

Photo: pixelheadphoto digitalskillet (Shutterstock) When our kids are babies, we cater to their every need and want. We’re their whole world, so it doesn’t matter how exhausted or busy we might be—when they call for us, we jump to attention. We go everywhere they go, and experience what they experience right along with them. As they get older, though, the way we spend time with our kids naturally changes—or, at least, it should. The way we connect and the experiences we hold tight to sho ...read more

Why Sports Make You Miserable, According to Science

May 4, 2021

Photo: Clive Brunskill (Getty Images) On Monday, a seismic shakeup hit the world of European football, threatening to alter the DNA of the biggest sport on Earth. The formation of an invitation-only European Super League , in which 12 of the continent’s economic powerhouse clubs will compete, sharing lavish sums of cash between them, has the sport’s 4 billion global diehards fuming. Though it’s a watershed moment in the nearly 150 year history of the sport’s continental dominance, the he ...read more

The Real History of May Day

May 4, 2021

Photo: AFP via Getty Images (Getty Images) For most Americans, closing their laptop or clocking out at the end of an eight-hour shift at a restaurant or construction site is the norm, give or take a half-hour or so for lunch. And as tiring as a day of work can be, it’s easy to forget that over a century ago, people died to afford us the right to an eight-hour workday. Much of this country’s radical labor tradition has been erased by our political leaders’ allegiance to big business and a r ...read more

What's New on Netflix in May 2021

May 4, 2021

Screenshot: Army of the Dead/Netflix After a rather limp April slate , Netflix is springing into summer blockbuster season in May, packing its release schedule full of original films, high-profile pandemic acquisitions, and long-awaited new seasons of a few of its most popular series (or at least a few with vocal online fanbases—we see you, Castlevania stans). Will it be enough to help the streamer recover some of its eroding market share ? Only time will tell. (But probably not.) Most of the ...read more

What's New on Hulu in May 2021

May 5, 2021

Screenshot: Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K./Hulu ( Fair Use ) Streaming services as still dealing with the fallout from the lack of big theatrical releases in 2020, which means that this month’s Hulu lineup is once again short on newer movies I’ve actually heard of. But a little googling has revealed a bunch of more obscure indie releases and documentaries I’m definitely adding to my queue. One of them, MLK/FBI (May 14) feels especially relevant; this documentary, released last year to strong review ...read more

What's New on Hulu in May 2021

May 5, 2021

Screenshot: Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K./Hulu ( Fair Use ) Streaming services as still dealing with the fallout from the lack of big theatrical releases in 2020, which means that this month’s Hulu lineup is once again short on newer movies I’ve actually heard of. But a little googling has revealed a bunch of more obscure indie releases and documentaries I’m definitely adding to my queue. One of them, MLK/FBI (May 14) feels especially relevant; this documentary, released last year to strong review ...read more