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Probably Worse Than Your Thanksgiving Dinner


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

As long as there are no grown men wetting their pants at the dinner table, this dinner was worse than yours.


Talladega Nights

At least your family actually tries to cook. When you feed children nothing but fast food and sugary soft drinks this is how they behave.


Step Brothers

At least your dumb step brother didn’t ruin your awesome story about fishing for bonita with the Cubes.

Hopefully you didn’t make your parents get divorced.


The Untouchables

As long as nobody got beat to death with a louisville slugger you didn’t have it as bad as these guys.


Christmas Vacation

At least your aunt didn’t overcook the turkey this badly.


Wedding Crashers

At least your girl didn’t yank you off under the table right in front of her whole family, unless you think you would be into something like that.


A Christmas Story

And as long as your Thanksgiving Turkey doesn’t get eaten by a pack of hungry dogs you really don’t have anything to complain about.

9 Movies That Accurately Predicted The Future


Every real sci-fi fan knows that October 21, 2015 is the future date that Marty McFly visits in Back To the Future II. The film depicts a goofy retro-futuristic world that doesn’t look anything like the world today, except shockingly that the Cubs are a decent baseball team, and a few other details that were spot on. Hoverboards are an important feature in the movie, and the science community has recently rejoiced to find out that, yes, hoverboards do exist in 2015. If you haven’t seen this video of the Lexus designed hoverboard then I suggest you check it out. It’s not exactly like the ones from Back to the Future II (it’s more like a mag-lev train) but I’m still going to say they called it.

In celebration of Back To The Future Day, Vunify wants to highlight some other movies that accurately predicted future trends or technologies.

Dick Tracy


The two-way-wrist-tv has been part of Dick Tracy’s outfit since the comic strip days. It was a basic concept for the apple watch almost 60 years ahead of time. Even at the time that this 1990’s version of Dick Tracy was released the Apple Watch would still not be available to the public for another 25 years.



There were numerous futuristic technologies in I,Robot, some of which are getting closer to reality every day. One of the most amazing has to be the advanced prosthetics on the cutting edge of science. In this movie Detective Del Spooner (Will Smith) has a robotic left arm. He lost his original arm in a bad car accident, but luckily Dr. Alfred Lanning was able to replace it with the arm of an NS-5 robot. This artificial limb was hooked directly into Spooner’s nervous system, and was like his own arm in that he had full control and feeling in the limb. It was unlike his original arm in that it had the strength to punch through concrete walls. While today’s prosthetics can’t give you super human strength, there are current prosthetic arm prototypes that are operated by signals from your brain and can even send back signals that mimic the sensation of touch.

2001: A Space Odyssey


This is another revolutionary movie with many conceptual technologies that did not exist at the time of it’s release, back in 1968. The one that sticks out the most to me has to be the idea of artificial intelligence as depicted in the Hal 9000 sentient computer. This is by no means the first example of artificial intelligence in film, but it’s certainly one of the most iconic. Now it’s 2015 and we still aren’t sending manned missions around the solar system, but we are definitely talking to robots, and the most famous one has to be Siri. She’s not in your space ship. She’s in your iPhone, and I’m afraid that she also can’t open the pod bay doors, but she can find you mediocre Chinese food at two o’clock in the morning. Thank you technology.

Enemy of the State


Oh. Is this another Will Smith movie? You bet your ass it is. Back in 1998 nobody was freaking out about mass surveillance, data collection, or drones. Nobody had ever even heard of Edward Snowden and September 11, 2001 was still a few years away. The National Security Agency was not the 1984 Big Brother organization they are today, but Enemy of the State was quite a prophecy of what was to come. In this film a lawyer (Will Smith) goes on the run from a senator and his goons who use the full power of the NSA, including high tech satellite imaging, to tack Will Smith wherever he goes. Pretty spooky. Fast-forward to today where anybody with an internet connection can get on Google maps and take a look into your backyard. When we add data collection and surveillance drones to the capabilities of the NSA, you have to think Enemy of the State may have actually been an underestimation of the broad scope of the surveillance state.

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope


I’m calling these holograms. After reading more about holograms, I’m not sure if that’s the right word, but what I’m referring to is 3D image that is projected into thin air. If that’s not what a hologram is, sue me nerds. Now, this Tupac Shakur performance from Cochella is not a hologram because that was merely a 2D reflection off of a transparent screen. This is known as the “Pepper’s Ghost” illusion and while it looks really cool, it’s not the real deal. What is the real deal is a device called the Aerial Burton 3D display. Check it out.

Yeah so, these guys actually did it. They figured out how to project a 3D image into thin air. If you ask me, they’re not even as excited as they should be.

Back to the Future II


Wearable tech seems to be an inevitable development. Levi’s is coming out with “smart pants” soon. Why in the world does anybody need smart pants? Anyway, here is another example where Back to the Future II totally nailed it. These wearable computer glasses that Marty’s kids refuse to take off at the dinner table really couldn’t have been more prophetic of the Google Glass “optical head-mounted display.” Or, since they do seem pretty unaware of their surroundings, maybe Oculus Rift would be slightly more comparable. Either way, we’re wearing our computers on our faces now.

The Truman Show


When The Truman Show was released back in 1998, we were just on the verge of the reality tv boom.  Shows like Survivor and Big Brother had already become hits and other similar shows would be very popular throughout the early 2000’s. Mostly competition shows of some kind. However, there was nothing like an entire program dedicated to documenting the every day life of a single person. Fast-forward 17 years and not only is reality tv as popular as ever, but many of the most popular series are just that: A simple documentation of a single person’s everyday life. Unfortunately, these people aren’t trapped by a simple fear of dogs or bridges or large bodies of water. These people are trapped by the crippling fear of being irrelevant and no sailboat ride is going to save them from that trap.

Minority Report


There are a couple of things in Minority Report that are just good old fashioned idiocy. The whole part with the women laying around in those weird little pools looking into the future was ridiculous. That stuff is all just complete nonsense. What isn’t complete nonsense is the idea that here in the future we aren’t happy with remote controls, key boards, or mouses. We would prefer to touch and point rather than to click, and gesture control has come a long way. The example of the Xbox Kinect shows that we’re basically already there. Not only can you play games using only your body as a controller, you can also sit on your couch and navigate through menus with a wave of your hand.

Total Recall


Driverless cars have been a popular concept with science fiction writers for almost a hundred years now. At the World’s Fair in 1939 there was a General Motors exhibit that depicted a world of the future, specifically the year 1960, and it featured highways full of completely autonomous vehicles. As it turns out, their deadline was a little early, and it’s actually really hard to improve on human drivers. We are great at reading the road, making decisions, and reacting. For every accident we cause we avoid thousands more. It takes a well designed combination of advanced sensors and perfectly programed computers to achieve anything like the driving ability of your average human, and while it may have taken an extra 55 years to pull it off, Google has finally done just that. The Google car uses radar, lazer scanners, and cameras to get a detailed picture of the vehicle’s surroundings. The computer system has a set of preprogramed instructions but primarily relies on machine learning to processes the inputs from these sensors and react accordingly. By fine-tuning this technology Google has already created vehicles capable of driving you around town without any assistance whatever. In some ways these Google cars are even better than human drivers because their sensors can detect obstacles far in front of the vehicle. Much further away than the naked eye is capable of seeing. There is no doubt that self-driving cars are a thing of the present, and if they could only make them look like this, we could officially say that we are living in the future.



The 8 Most Bad Ass Weaponized Cars In Film

Xander Cage’s ’67 Pontiac GTO (xXx)


Start with a classic American muscle car. Then add a huge pile of the most high tech equipment and weaponry available to the United States government. What do you end up with? This truly incredible weaponized vehicle. The biggest problem with this strapped ride is that X doesn’t really know how to use it yet.


The whole dash is covered in a confusing array of unlabeled buttons and the users manual is the size of a phone book. In classic xXx style he makes it work anyway, and just in the nick of time.

Black Beauty (The Green Hornet)

San Diego, California - July 22, 2010: THE GREEN HORNET press event at Britt Reid's Garage, COMICON 2010.

Developed into a battle machine by master tinkerer/butler/sidekick Kato, this car started life as ’65 Chrysler Imperial Crown limousine. Riding in this car has to be one of the most stylish ways to fight crime, and with bumper missiles, a grill-mounted flamethrower, suicide doors with guns in them, hood mounted miniguns, and an anti-aircraft gun somehow stuffed into the trunk this has to be one of the most effective ways to fight crime as well.

The Tumbler (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises)


This is the Tumbler. There have been many versions of the batmobile but, in my humble opinion, this is by far the coolest and most effective. It was designed by wayne enterprises as a prototype armored tank for the military. It is heavily armored, can drive through walls, has a jet booster on the back for “rampless jumps”, two forward facing machine guns, a rocket launcher, explosive mines that can be deployed from the back of the vehicle while in motion, and if all of that isn’t enough there’s always the Batpod.


If the Tumbler is disabled in any way you can escape on the Batpod, a motorcycle that will automatically detach from the vehicle. Formed from the tumbler’s front wheels and machine guns, it too is a battle worthy weaponized vehicle.

KITT (Knight Rider)


KITT (an acronym meaning Knight Industries Two Thousand) is an artificially intelligent computer module inside of a 1982 Pontiac Tans Am. KITT has so many features it’s hard to even list them all here, but most importantly his grill scanner allows him to see and drive himself, and his molecularly bonded shell is a special armor that makes him almost invincible. Other classic defensive features include a smokescreen and oil slick. KITT also has a laser that is capable of burning through steel, a flamethrower, and a teargas launcher. This car couldn’t be more bad ass if it had the voice of Mr. Feeny. Oh wait he does. He has the voice of Mr. Feeny.

Frankenstein’s Monster (Death Race)


This mobile fighting station uses a 2006 Mustang GT as it’s base. It is very fast and very dangerous. It has a fully armored body, smokescreen, napalm, oil slick, a huge detatchable 6 inch thick steel plate on the very back called the tombestone, and two hood mounted M-134 miniguns. This is the baddest ride in a movie full of heavily armed autos.

EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle (Stripes)


This one is a bit of a sleeper, but when you take a look at the features you’ll see that it definitely belongs on this list. Based on a 1976 GMC 26′ Palm Beach motorhome, the EM-50 was heavily armored and armed with machine-guns, a cannon, flamethrowers, a multi-rocket launcher and an assortment of infantry weapons. The vehicle was designed to prowl urban areas without attracting attention and it could quickly deploy its weapons before an enemy knew it was there or realized what it was. Without this ‘roided out winnebago Bill Murray and Harold Ramis never could  have single handedly won the cold war for America.

Mach 5 (Speed Racer)


The Mach 5 is primarily a race car, not a war machine, but it does have some on board gadgets that make it a force to be reckoned with. Jump jacks on the bottom of the vehicle allow Speed Racer to jump over obstacles in his way. A bullet proof polymer deflector shield can be activated to protect the cockpit from bullets or impact damage. Other features include deployable tire shields, hexodyne regenerating tires, crampon tire spikes that can be activated to give the Mach 5 traction on any surface, and a bird-like homing robot to give Speed a view of what’s ahead. But the feature that makes the Mach 5 a true combat vehicle are it’s two front mounted rotary saws. They have Zircon-tipped cutter blades that are capable of cutting through almost anything including the competition. Also… there’s usually a toddler and chimpanzee in the trunk of the Mach 5 who somehow end up helping Speed, as silly as that sounds.


The Mach 6 is pretty cool too.

Herbie (Herbie: Fully LoadedThe Love Bug)


Herbie looks like a harmless little bug, but he has a mind of his own and isn’t afraid to protect himself from his enemies. He’s truly a lover and a fighter. I don’t know if we can say that Herbie is truly weaponized, but he is, without a doubt, a bad ass. He has enough power to race in Nascar, won a demolition derby, and one time he even beat the crap out of Matt Dillon.

James Bond’s DB5 (Goldfinger)


Last we have the ride that is arguably the inspiration for the rest of this list. There have been many cool cars in the James Bond series, but none is quite as well recognized as the Aston Martin DB5. It’s sleek and elegant, but it’s fast and dangerous as well. Q rigged this baby up with a deployable smokescreen and oil slick to protect from the enemies coming from behind, and two forward facing machine guns for offense. There’s also a red button under the gear shifter that triggers the roof to detach and and passenger seat to be ejected. This beautiful silver coupe is truly one of the most iconic vehicles in all of American cinema.

There is life after Football Season, We Promise.

 …because we’ve got you covered.

It’s been a week since the Super Bowl, and if you’re anything like me you’ve been losing your mind. No more tailgates. No more Fantasy team to keep up with. No more trash talking with Chet who works down the hall and cheers for the 49ers. Really bro? The Niners? What a dork.

We thrive on the competition and communion of our weekly football games, and now that the season is over many of us need to fill the void left behind. Don’t turn to hard drugs, or excessive drinking. Turn instead to this custom made collection of shows and movies that is sure to take your post-football blues away. It will be time for two-a-days again before you even know it.

Watch ‘The Interview ‘ Now, For America

In case you’ve been living under a rock, there has been a good bit of controversy surrounding the release of a new movie called The Interview.  Fist off, Sony Pictures had their network hacked by North Korean agents who threatened to leak sensitive information if the movie was released.  After some of the major theaters expressed safety concerns about showing the movie, Sony Pictures made the decision not to release it.  Then came a huge outcry from fans who saw this as “letting the terrorists win” leading Sony to release the film straight to streaming rental and digital download, much to the delight of fans everywhere.  So now, instead of having to go to the stupid theater, you can watch the movie in your living room, in your pajamas.  Here’s where this hilarious movie is available for rental and purchase.  So tonight after Christmas dinner get your family gathered around the big screen and enjoy some good old fashioned uncensored American comedy.  Merry Christmas.

It’s also important to realize this is not only a triumph for worldwide freedom of expression.  It is also an important event in the rapidly changing world of film.  People have been speculating for some time now about the possibility of simultaneously releasing movies to both streaming services and theaters.  The big theater companies are understandably terrified by this concept, and the movie studios themselves are very wary as well.  In this case, Sony was almost forced to be the guinea pig in this sort of a release.  While they’re unlikely to make the same return on this movie as they had projected, they have made a lot of fans very happy and empowered viewers in an unprecedented manner.

It will be interesting to see the reaction this movie gets, how many more people get to watch and laugh, and how Hollywood reacts to this example.  I personally love the experience of going to the movie theater and hope that it never goes away, but it would definitely be nice to have a choice.  The only thing we know for certain is that the movie industry is evolving, and here at Vunify we’re doing our best to help you keep up.

New Episode of South Park Tonight!

I don’t know if the spread of the Ebola Virus to United States is a serious problem or not. But I do know that whether it is or not, the creators of South Park are going to make fun of all the people freaking out about it. And it’s going to be funny. I can’t wait for the brand new episode, “Gluten Free Ebola”, tonight at 10:00PM on Comedy Central. Continue reading New Episode of South Park Tonight!