Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I have to geek out for a minute. I can hardly breathe. So. Excited. So. Jealous.
The Everything Is Festival, in Los Angeles, is putting together the Pete and Pete reunion to end all Pete and Pete reunions.
The blurb says that practically all of Wellsville will be there. I am dripping with jealousy.
Tickets go on sale for Cinefamily members tomorrow, on July 19th (The cheapest membership is $90, ugh. Tickets are $25 and/or $75.) HERE
Tickets for everyone else go on sale HERE on July 21st.
Every generation thinks the kids stuff they grew up with is best ever made–and those of us who grew up with Pete and Pete may actually be right.
While it only lasted three seasons (1993-1996), The Adventures of Pete and Pete imprinted a generation with its magical and moving mixture of mystery, sweetness, strangeness, and humor — how we remember childhood at its best. As Cinefamily’s Everything is Festival comes to a close, and FYF Fest begins, we are excited to unite our powers for good and bring to you the Ultimate Pete and Pete Reunion to end all Pete and Pete reunion shows. We’ll assemble on one stage virtually the entire population of Wellsville (from its creators to its residents), to wax nostalgic about the quintessential show about nostalgia, to explicate inside jokes, to deconstruct the immaculate mechanism behind the show’s making, and to have a great time. We’ll be flashing Petunia tattoos, eating Mr. Tastee ice cream, getting “loaded” on Orange Lazarus, and, for the first and (maybe) last time in history, listening to our favorite songs live from the band POLARIS — who are reuniting for this special show. This is Woodstock for Kreb Scouts, kiddies, and you’ll wanna say you were there (or you’ll be lying about it later, anyways.) Clear your calendar. Get on a plane. Evade the International Adult Conspiracy. Just don’t be a jerkweed, and do what it takes, cause you don’t wanna miss this show!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Who would be the fictional arch-enemies to Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?
David Petersen just posted his fantastic take on the matter.
From his blog:
To face off against the brute of Mr. Hyde, we would have Frankenstein's Monster. For the sea battles, Capt. Nemo would square off against Captain Hook (and perhaps a bit of stolen Neverland Magic). And for the consummate hunter Alan Quartermain, who better than the villainous big game of Shere Khan.For counterparts for Mina Murray & The Invisible Man, Jeremy & I struggled for a bit.
Monday, July 16, 2012
The Dude Designs posted his kick assical artwork for The House of the Devil's soundtrack. Ti West's The House of the Devil is an awesome retro-70's horror film. The soundtrack is also really cool.
As always, The Dude Designs captures the 80's VHS release vibes perfectly.
Extremely R-Rated fan film with Thomas Jane. The ending is stand-on-your-feet-and-scream worthy.
Jane played The Punisher in 2004. He has always treated the character and material with great respect even at the risk of his own career. Jane dropped out of the second Punisher film citing a poor script and a lack of respect by the studio, in cutting the film's budget.
From the youtube page:
"I wanted to make a fan film for a character I've always loved and believed in - a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It's been a blast to be a part of from start to finish -- we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it." -- Thomas Jane
Friday, July 13, 2012
Please cruise over to FantastiFrames on Tumblr and check out my new little project. I'm grabbing frames from my favorite films. If you find yourself watching the films of Bela Tarr, Cameron Jamie, Fassbinder, Spaghetti Westerns, slasher films, Eurocrime badassery, Ted V. Mikels, Bresson, Ray Dennis Steckler, Ingmar Bergman, and other cinema treasures of this ilk, then head over to my fresh site.
Today being Friday the 13th, FantastiFilms is a bit heavy on the slasher of the same name.
Thanks and happy Friday the 13th.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Happy birthday to one of the most brutal Spaghetti Westerns, Cut-Throats Nine. IMDB has the film premiering in Barcelona on July 10, 1972. Good times.
A group of outlaws is being transferred to a new prison. An ambush and subsequent escape leaves only an Army sergeant, his daughter, and a group of convicts alive. The convicts are all chained together. The Sergeant is unusually desperate to get to civilization. The land is harsh. The convicts are ruthless and cunning. The Sergeant's daughter is weak. One of the convicts may be kind, or he may be devious. Will they starve to death? Freeze to death? Or kill each other? A cool story.
Cut-Throats Nine is the heaviest of Spaghetti Westerns. Only The Great Silence comes close. The music is somber, rhythmic, and depressing. There are no good guys. Everyone is hate-able except the Sergeant's daughter, who you can tell is only there to be violated and traumatized. The film is also the goriest of Spaghetti Westerns. Coming near the end of the Spaghetti Western cycle, in 1972, the film stretched the genre into the village of the exploitation film in order to sell some tickets. The gory violence is a tool to this end.
A couple of years ago, rumors began circling that Harvey Keitel was going to film a remake. The second act of the original is so very heavy and so slow; while the core story is excellent, Cut-Throats Nine is a perfect candidate for a remake.
The trailer has quick cuts of gore and boobs.
Monday, July 9, 2012
My friend, Eric, sent this horrifying picture over today. It's from a friend of a friend on Facebook.
DESDE LA AMAZONIA DEL BENI -BOLIVIA HASTA EL RESTO DEL MUNDO!!!!! ESA E UNA SICURI.
From the Amazon of Beni, Bolivia to the world. It's an anaconda.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Matte painting is a dead art, another casualty of the ham-fisted CGI industry. Shadowclocked.com has sifted through film history to curate The 50 Greatest Matte Paintings of All Time.
I love that the author comments on each selection and gives a bit of information on the artist and the matte's history. Great stuff on a subject that I am little familiar with.
Friday, July 6, 2012
UPDATE: It looks like Mr. Schmoeller found this upload and requested it be taken down.
An oldie, but a goodie. This is the cleanest version of this short I've seen.
David Schmoeller's short, Please, Kill Mr. Kinski used to only last a few months on YouTube. Inevitably, we would see a take down order from Mr. Schmoeller, himself. Perhaps he has realized that while this short is an amazing piece of work, it's not a money maker.
The film, Crawlspace has got to be seen to be believed. If you you are a Klaus Kinski fan, you've got to get your grubby mitts on this film.
While I watched the film for the first time, I was texting a friend. Here are those notes (BEWARE: SPOILERS and terrible writing.)
- I've never seen Crawlspace with Klaus and I'm watching it on Netflix right now. The opening scene is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO RAAAAAAAAAD!!!!!!!!!
- It's only about 30 seconds but he is such a rad douche. "She can't talk, I cut her tongue out.......... It's too bad. I liked you." And then some complicated contraption kills the lady. It's fucking crazy. HA!
- The next shot was him with a single bullet with his name etched into the bullet casing. He rubs some blood on it and plays Russian roulette. Then roll opening credits.
- Crawlspace is great stupid fun so far. I'm loving it. Klaus especially pissed me off because this cute nerdy chick was just about to take a bath and he distracted her. Hahahahahahahah, now he's putting on makeup in front of Martha, his slave friend in a cage.
It makes perfect sense. Klaus put on the makeup to watch films of Hitler. Duh.
- Now she's crawling through the crawlspace and he's chasing her on a fucking crawlspace SLED!
- Klaus is so fucking slimy and horrible. I love him.
It's a very good movie. It is so cheesy and terrible, I love it.
Martha looks like some chick in Martyrs but with 80's low budget lighting where there is NO MOOD.
Just to show I wasn't exaggerating, here's the trailer. "Between the wall... and Hell. Crawlspace."
Artist, Tom Scioli just posted this triptacular Godland blacklight poster.
In addition to his graphic duties on Godland, Tom has been working on a super cool and endlessly strange web comic called Final Frontier lately. The story revolves around a space age band and their adventures. It is super fun. Check it out HERE.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Disney animator, Robb Pratt created this "fan film." It is a short, but amazing piece of animation.
Last year, Pratt released, Superman Classic. I guess I was living under a rock. This year's film, Bizarro Classic, is even better. Amazing work.
Here is Superman Classic as well.