Thursday, February 25, 2010

And Out Came The Wolves.

I don't know anything about this painting or the guy who painted it, except his name is Nate Frizzel, and the painting is called "And Out Came The Wolves".
But I know I like it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Unbelievable Trailer For A Movie It Looks Like I Would Make

So as long as you're prepared for some groans and chuckles, there's not much point watching this.
So it's a Malaysian film, shot with an eye to the international marketplace, and it's brilliant, like "Something Else" is.

Original story ran over at Twitch.

Maybe read this bit after watching the trailer, I don't want to spoil any of it's riches.
Things I Love About ThisTrailer
1. "Nah Susan, I'm tired of school. I need a year off. You could come with me?" Such a great line delivery!
2. The voiceover that sounds like it's a speech program from Windows.
3. The fact that it's a clown serial killer. Not at all cliche. That's what I'd do too.
4. The sound of the knife being pulled out from what I can only assume is a steel scabbard.
5. The fact that he gets his gun in a shoebox. I'd use a Converse Box.
6. The fist bump.
7. "I don't want to understand him, I just want to kill him."
8. That weird flapping things the clown does when he's standing against the wall.
9. A killer clown with a machine gun.
10. The title.

Nightmare On Elm Street Poster

So a new poster has arrived, and though I'm expecting this to be a terribly unnecessary remake, I still hope for the best.

I can't even be bothered crediting the source.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Garfield Without Garfield

Thought I'd give a reminder to you that this exists, and is funny, and worth checking regularly, maybe once a fortnight.

Garfield Minus Garfield

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Alex Pardee's Inglorious Basterds Poster.

I'd come across this guys stuff before, not much, but a little. I think he kind of does stuff with a horror tinge to it from my limited exposure. But I saw this, and I think it's awesome. It's different to the other piece I saw of his, this seems more Gearald Scarfe like. It's pretty cool.
See, this is the reason I want to move back to the States. This and a bunch of other prints are being sold to raise money for Red Cross' Haiti efforts, but there are only 6 of each poster, and you can only buy them at the gallery where the show is. But I guess we can at least see them online. This (below) is my favourite, but if you're interested you can see the others at Upper Playground's website.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Youtube Clip Of The Day: Aliens Rap

This is turning into just a youtube site, not my intention, but I keep seeing these cool things and want to share them with you. Oh well. It is what it is, as Rocky or Rambo might say. This is not that, it's the story of the movie Aliens told in rap. I like it.

View on youtube.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Jeremy Geddes

I’ve been meaning to tell you about this guy for a while, but got lazy again and was crippled by trying to decide which pieces to show you without just putting all his stuff up. His name is Jeremy Geddes, and he’s a Melbourne artist who I think is doing some really excellent work.

The first piece of his I came across was this one above, which was in one of my Spectrum Books. It was one of my favourite pieces in the book, and while I took note of the name, I took it no further. I really liked his execution, the level of skill he displayed, and the subject matter spoke to my HK Triad film part of my brain.

Then the poster blog ( site I regularly visit had up some new posters like this one. Again I really liked it, but the name didn’t really ring a bell. But this time I investigated a bit more and found all these wonderful paintings, with Cosmonauts floating through abandoned urban landscapes (see below) and his earlier work, all with this foreboding sense of danger and threat, some specific, some more just in the mood.

Anyway, he’s definitely worth checking out, if you’re into good stuff.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Youtube Clip Of The Day: I'm Yours (ukulele)

So there's a couple things going on here, I'm amazed at the kids skill level already, amused by his lack of knowledge with the lyrics, totally jealous that he's so much better than me, and I like the song, even this version. Maybe you prefer this version.

Friday, February 5, 2010

24 Hour Comic

There's this thing you do if you're crazy, you may have heard of it, called "24 Hour Comics", where you do a 24 page comic within 24 hours. It's psychotic. I've tried it once, it's crazy.
There's this other thing called Angoulême, or Festival International de la Bande Dessinee, basically a comic convention in France. It's huge, it's what my dreams are made off, and they run a 24 Hour Comic competition, or Les 24 heurs de la bande dessinee 2010.
Anyway, my point is, these people do these comics in 24 hours, and I'm blown away by the standard. I'll probably show more, but check this one out first, by some person named Boulet.
That's a cool little story, and I'm amazed at the quality for a 24 hour comic. I can't stay awake that long, let alone do 24 pages in that time.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

The List: My Top 10 Films Of 2009

Disrtrict 9
Star Trek
Whip It
Dead Snow
Black Dynamite
The Boat That Rocked
The Hangover
Coraline (3D)
Away We Go
A Serious Man

These are my top ten films for 2009. These are the films that I either just flat out enjoyed the most or connected with on a deeper level. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that 4 of my top 5 are what we lovingly refer to as “genre” pictures. “Coraline” made into the top 10 I think based solely on the 3D aspect of it, a fine film which was elevated to a great film experience because of the 3D, the only 3D film I’ve enjoyed the experience in. And yes that includes “Up” and “Avatar”. “Dead Snow” and “Black Dynamite” are films I saw at BIFF, and both were really fun experiences that it is a pity a wider audience isn’t able to share. “Dead Snow” was meant to have a November DVD release, but for some unknown reason it’s been delayed. Rest assured, once it is released, I’ll be letting everybody know.
Did anybody else see “A Serious Man”? It was good, really good Coen Bros. movie. Had one of those non-endings which can mostly grate, but this time the film was so well done, I didn’t care that it just seemed to stop for no reason. Or maybe there is a reason and I’m too lazy or dense to think it through and realise what it is.
“Away We Go” seems to be another film that nobody else saw, and it makes it here because of the emotional resonances. Well worth the watch.

Paranormal Activity
500 Days Of Summer
Fast & Furious
Where The Wild Things Are
Inglorious Basterds
HP & The Half Blood Prince
These were the closest contenders that didn’t make it to the top 10. “Inglorious Basterds” lost out because I needed a 2nd viewing to truly appreciate it. Maybe if I look back in another 10 years and do another list, it might make it then. Same with “Where The Wild Things Are” somewhat. I really enjoyed the film, but there were aspects of it that I just didn’t like, most notably but not exclusively, the soundtrack; which just kept it out from the top 10. I really liked “Paranormal Activity”, I thought it was really effective in what it was trying to do, namely scare the audience, but it just narrowly missed out, as I enjoyed 10 other films more. Same with “500 Days…” and “Moon”. If you like smart sci-fi, I really recommend you check out “Moon”. And how can you not like “500 Days…”, it’s got Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel (swoon) in it. Good film.

Well, that’ll do from me I guess. Didn’t really spark the blog conversation I was hoping for, but