It’s Trendy! How to Make a Zoom Hover Button for the Web Without JavaScript

A “zoom hover button” is a trendy web ui element which features an image that “zooms in” when the mouse hovers over it. While it’s completely useless on a mobile page, the zoom hover button is still a really cool effect for mouse-and-computer users visiting your page.

Here’s an example (mouse over to view effect):

 

Want to make one of your own? Here’s a look at how to do it!

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Batman v Superman Tops $800 Million: Why It’s Still A Disappointment

Ugh, why are we still beating this dead horse?

Scott Mendelsohn over at Forbes wrote an article puzzling over why people consider BvS a disappointment. He writes:

[B]ecause Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came about in a post-Avengers era … it finds itself on the defensive with “just” $800m worldwide.

Now Scott, I appreciate you and your reviews. I really do. And I know that you are aware of BvS‘s flaws and that you loved Batman as a kid, so I won’t get into the well-trodden weeds about this film’s flaws. But let me help you understand why this film is a disappointment, because it is, and it isn’t Marvel’s fault.

First, your argument that The Avengers raised the bar for all superhero movies is spot on. In fact, there probably wouldn’t even be a Batman v Superman if it weren’t for the $1.5 billion haul of Marvel’s alpha team. And, yes, Iron Man and Incredible Hulk were both fortunate to come out in a pre-Avengers time when their (relatively) low grosses looked like successes. But to say that Avengers’ huge pile of cash puts BvS on the defensive is clearly missing the mark.

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‘Worldbuilding’ Is the New Bad Word in Movies

The easy thing to do after watching the dumpster fire that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was to go online and write a blog post calling it a dumpster fire. I’ve done my best to avoid that (though not so much with my social media accounts …) and now have let the idea of that film percolate in my mind for a few days.

But wait, Jasper, Batman v Superman was good!

No, sorry, it wasn’t. It just wasn’t. You may *like* BvS, but you may also have really bad taste.

So? It entertained me!

Yeah, I know, and that’s kind of the problem. Let me explain.

The head of Warner Bros. says that the amount of money earned by BvS shows a huge disconnect between movie critics and fans. That’s like saying the huge lines for a restaurant opening defy the fact that the food they will soon eat tastes like cardboard. A film’s opening box office has NOTHING to do with a film’s quality. Absolutely nothing. What it *does* say is (a) fans are excited about Batman, Superman and, yes, Wonder Woman, (b) movie critics’ opinions aren’t really that important most of the time, and (c) Warner Bros. has a hell of a marketing department.

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My Favorite Marvel Characters From My Childhood I Now Want to See on Netflix

After the blisteringly awesome Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix, there were of course the calls for characters such as Punisher and Elektra to get their own series. I would not hazard my own life (and act against my own interests) by arguing against either show. But I did get to thinking about my introduction to Marvel heroes, and it all happened in the 1990s thanks to some incredible sets of collectible trading cards. I won’t bore you here with more details (you have Google for that), but I did want to reach into the way back machine and ponder: which of my obscure childhood favorites would make a good Netflix show today?

Spider-Man 2099

As a kid, I loved all things Spider-Man. That included his spinoff, future-set version in Marvel’s 2099 line. Miguel O’Hara, the 2099 Spidey, would work on TV in so many ways. First, the show would have a distinctly sci-fi feel to it thanks to it being in the future. Also, none of the studio people would have to worry at all about possibility of something in 2099 affecting the hulking giant that is the MCU. A 2099 series could also feature several other characters who showed up, like Doom and Punisher, and all of it would remain nicely in its own Marvel television niche.

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The Film Minor: Five Films to Watch After 10 Cloverfield Lane

Much has been written about the new Bad Robot flick, 10 Cloverfield Lane. Set in the same sort of downplayed, alienified universe as the original Cloverfield, the new film features a small cast of characters hiding out the apocalypse in a tiny bunker. But what do you do if you suspect one of the people you are hiding with is a monster?

10 Cloverfield Lane is an excellent film to watch if you enjoy suspenseful thrillers. Further, the director, Matt Reeves, makes good use of the enclosed environment and keeps you stuck in the head of the film’s main character in ways other filmmakers don’t bother with. For virtually all of the film, we follow Michelle (played to great effect by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) shot-for-shot with the camera echoing her own sense of attention to detail. This helps ratchet up the feelings of nervous anxiousness, particularly in an early shot (shown in the trailers) of the three bunker inhabitants eating at a dinner table. What plays out afterward is a delightful blending of paranoia and weirdness until the film’s explosive climax.

Like the original Cloverfield, once you’ve seen the movie, you’re left wanting more. So here’s a list of five movies to hold you over until the next non-sequel installment in this sci-fi series comes out (fingers crossed it’ll be soon):

Alien (1979)

By the end of 10 Cloverfield Lane, sci-fi fans have been introduced to another badass heroine. Like the original Alien, from director Ridley Scott, Michelle doesn’t become a kick ass hero because she was always prepared to be one. Instead, her situation forced her to be both creative and tough. It’s a trait played to much effect in Alien and only one thing that the two movies have in common. A second is that both films take place within tight confines, further putting pressure on the characters involved. 10 Cloverfield Lane is as much a spiritual prequel to Alien as it is a sequel to Cloverfield.

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