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Saturday, Feb 6, 2010
HR Giger, Li I, 1974

HR Giger, Li I, 1974


Wired has put up a mini gallery of lithographs from Swiss artist H.R. Giger. His work is clearly influenced by early 20th century German expressionism, both the visual artists and filmmakers of the period.


One example is above and you can see the other 11 over at Wired.


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Friday, Dec 4, 2009

I was doing an image search for the concept of ‘caring for a sick friend’ (for a feature on caregivers), and this ‘Hillbillery’ image from Classical Values.com popped up on Google images. “End the Culture War by Restoring Classical Values” is the tagline of this site.  Scroll down and you’ll see an image of Hillary Clinton as button-busting SS officer. I’m amused, but thoroughly confused by the intent of this little site.


Dare you Google image search the concept of ‘hand in hand’ (you know, a sweet, sentimental gesture), after combing through pages of silhouette images of hetero couples on beaches at sunset, and babies hands in grown-ups hands, and old peoples’ hands holding hands with old people’s hands—you’ll soon encounter this nifty bit of photoshop work: ““Hand” by pavementfreud. The hand that bites the hand that feeds it? Hey buddy, can you give me a hand? Quit screwing around and hand over that work, already—we’re up against the deadline…


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Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009

Nine
Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cottilard, Penelope Cruz, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Judi Dench, Fergie
Opening: 25 November 2009
Distributor: The Weinstein Company


Leave it to Daniel Day-Lewis to flummox fans. After winning the Oscar for his bravura performance as a wily turn of the century oil baron in There Will Be Blood, the unconventional actor has now jumped headlong into Rob Marshall’s big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical take on Fellini’s 8 1/2. That’s right, it’s a singing and dancing Day-Lewis who’ll be helping the Chicago helmer bring this baffling tuner into obvious Academy attention. And as the ladies in the fictional filmmaker Guido Contini’s life? Well, we have none other than Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Stacy Ferguson, and Sophia Loren. There’s over seven little gold statues among the cast alone. While some fear that Marshall is a one hit wonder (the Chicago follow-up, Memoirs of a Geisha, was less than successful at the box office), the talent involved should pull him through. Should.



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Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

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Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season
(Warner Home Video)
Releasing: 25 August


There’s a new reporter at the Daily Planet: Clark Kent, who shares a workspace with Lois Lane. There’s a new hero in Metropolis, too. No one knows who he is. But Jimmy Olsen was on the scene of one of the do-gooder’s exploits, and he snapped a blurred photo of the hero in superspeed action—a hero everyone now calls the Red-Blue Blur. Red-jacketed, blue-shirted Clark Kent draws closer to his Superman destiny in the exciting 22-episode, six-disc Season 8 of Smallville. Another Kryptonian destiny also takes shape. Davis Bloome begins to realize he is Doomsday. His mission on Earth: kill Clark Kent. So many new events (will Jimmy and Chloe’s marriage last?), so many new faces (Tess Mercer, Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy among them!), so many state-of-the-art effects—so don’t miss a single thrill-packed moment!



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Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009

Me and Orson Welles
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Zac Efron, Claire Danes
Opening: 25 November


Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat—Zac Efron is not, I repeat not playing Orson Welles in the upcoming film by Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, School of Rock). Let’s pause for a moment so that we may collectively let out an enormous sigh of relief before continuing on to the task at hand.


Ready? The good news is apart from that, Me and Orson Welles looks to be an engaging and entertaining view of Welles’ Mercury Theater and its 1937 staging of Julius Caesar. Despite having recieved excellent reviews since its first screening at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, the film has had trouble finding a distributor here in the United States. The fault for this, however, would seem to lie more in the limited appeal of its subject matter (with nary a crime-fighting guinea pig or wisecracking robot to be found!) rather than in its level of quality. We’ll find out for ourselves on November 25th when it is scheduled for release.



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