Stellar* [throwback] [♬]

•November 7, 2017 • Leave a Comment

While walking along Ponsonby Road during my break today, I came across a jewellery store called Boh Runga. I went inside, said hi to the women sitting behind the counter and her friend, then told her how much I loved her band, Stellar*. Boh Runga, older sister of acclaimed recording artist Bic Runga, had a pop/rock band in the 90’s that turned out some neat hits. I had no idea Boh has been making jewellery now for 10 years. You can view her range here — https://bohrunga.com

And here are those sweet, throwback Kiwi tunes (you’re welcome 😉):

We sure turnout some great singer-songwriters here in New Zealand. I only wish these were higher quality uploads.

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Springtime Carnivore — “Sun Went Black” [♬]

•October 31, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Footage compiled from a bunch of brilliant vintage monster flicks:

Video edited by David Dean Burkhart.

“Embroidered Zoetrope” by Elliot Schultz

•July 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Australian animator and digital artist, Elliot Schultz, embroidered discs with animated sequences that can be played on standard turntables. “Embroidered Zoetrope” was Schultz’s final art school project when he graduated from ANU School of Art back in 2013. His project encourages viewers to watch and engage with animation physically:

“Inspired by the work of Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker, I aimed to guide my production process indirectly through the limitations afforded by alternative media. Their invention, the pin screen, was used as the sole medium in the production of six short films, and shaped the outcome of their work. In response, I have designed and embroidered animated sequences onto discs, similar to the Phenakistokope, Zoopraxiscope and Stamfer Disc layouts. This repurposing of media introduced strict parameters, namely spatial, tonal and temporal, and has greatly informed all stages of my process.” ~ Elliot Schultz

‘Sunburn’ Photographs by Thomas Maileander

•July 30, 2015 • Leave a Comment

French artist, Thomas Mailaender, applied 23 old photographic negatives from the Archive of Modern Conflict collection, onto the skin of his volunteer models using a UV lamp to create a sunburn effect. Having substituted human skin for photosensitive paper, he then photographed the fleeting imprints before they disappeared. The results have been compiled into a book called “Illustrated People” which can be seen here:

 

I like that these are produced through a person’s natural skin tones, and the fact that they are photographic as opposed to just graphic, and fade, meaning they don’t last, adds a special charm to them too I suppose. Would be a nightmare of a thing if sunburns never healed away, am I right.

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Grades “King” [music video]

•June 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Love it! A little girl living out her superhero fantasies goes on a wild journey through the haunted halls of her school and beyond:

Dancer Laika Takasu as little girl. Directed by Taichi Kimura, with animations by Rapparu. Producer Takuma Hiramatsu / DOP Kohou Kotake / 1st AD Ryosuke Asano / 2nd AD Anam Sekiguchi / Choreographer Sayuki Kobayashi / Make up Rie Furuya / Runner Takumi Kidokou.

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Flight Facilities “Down To Earth” feat. Sam Rockwell [music video]

•May 8, 2015 • Leave a Comment

How I feel almost all day everyday. Dance like nobody is watching:

LA FEMME — “Hypsoline” [music video]

•October 31, 2013 • Leave a Comment

LaFemme..

French psyche-punk rock band La Femme made a wicked cool music video/short film to accompany Hypsoline’s hypnotic sound. I’m loving it, and the Parisian six piece’s sense of visual aesthetic really makes the video’s spooky ambiance pop with colour and style:

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I want more, La Femme!

Movie Poster Templates

•December 17, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Prepare to have your mind blown! Movie posters have to convey a lot in a small space, so designers rely on certain themes, layouts and designs. Here are a few tried and tested ones, collected by Christophe Courtois:

Crazy huh? If it makes money though.

Witches – What is it about a girl with magical powers huh?

•October 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Here are some glamorous starlets who graced the Silver-screen during the 1930’s-50’s I’ve collected over time for no specific reason other than I find them to be enchantingly glamorous and hauntingly alluring:

I love this image – The radiantly beautiful Anne Nagel (1912–66)

Nancy Carroll (1903-65), This Halloween press photo was issued by Paramount, probably towards the end of her time at the studio. It shows Carroll scantily clad in a glittering two-piece outfit. (1934)

Margaret Rose Valliquietto (aka June Knight) is described as ‘A vivacious blonde’ (1938)

Martha Vickers

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Brilliant use of background shadow and you see how her hair is lit from behind to give her an angelic dreamlike quality – this look is what ‘charmed’ audiences to the Silverscreen all those many years ago – the age of Romantic Cinema.

Yvonne De Carlo – This picture was given to me by my friend Kitty because quote: “cuz Fin likes them classy classic chicks.” I surely do I do

Betty Grable – WWII Pin-up Card

‘I Married a Witch’  Veronica Lake, Sexy Witch, with many a leering JOL. Who can blame them. (1942)

“Hallowe’en Glamour – Dusty Anderson, beautiful Columbia Pictures‘ actress, will need more than that witch’s hat to frighten anyone on Hallowe’en, for she’s just too good looking to be mistaken for a witch.” (1944)

Universal Studio publicity photo of Jane Adams (left) and Patricia Alphin (right). (1949)

This Press Photo of Joyce Holden is titled ‘Hallowe’en Witches are Taller—and Blonder—this Season.’ (1950)

Great photos don’t you think? But how could I forget the most iconic Witch of them all – Margaret Hamilton as The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz

“Take special care of those ruby slippers – I want those most of all!
Now fly – fly! Fly! Fly! Fly!”

Visit ‘SexyWitch for more from a blog that is entirely dedicated to the fascination of Witches (whoa, their last post was in 2011, err) Hmm, for a modern thematic take on witches (no not Harry Potter) try watching The Craft. It’s more of a flick for chicks but I got into it.

Happy Hallowe’en Muggles!

Pumpkin Heads

•October 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Halloween, though well known, isn’t much of a celebrated event here in New Zealand. But I occasionally get the odd neighborhood gang of kids with plastic bags wrapped around their heads banging at the wrong door expecting to be given free sweets. …Huh.

“I eat sweets too kids! Go knock on my friend’s house down the road.”

There is one aspect of Halloween that manages to interest me and stops me turning into the Grinch of All Hallows Eve — Wickedly carved Jack-O’-Lanterns:

[In Sweden, the All Saints’ official holiday takes place on the first Saturday of November. Halloween]

Kill the Lights by Darren Pearson

•November 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Visit dariustwin.com to purchase paintings and see more light-art projects.

Halloween Movie Night Pick: 976-EVIL (1988)

•October 31, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I am not big on scary movies, there are of course exceptions and I do make an effort to watch some during this hallowed season of the year. So when I learnt about 976-EVIL I had to dial it in:

It stars that quirky kid who was in the classic FRIGHT NIGHT (1985), Stephen Geoffreys, and it is the title to one of my all time favourite Deftones songs of the same name:

A Perfect Circle — “The Doomed” [♬]

•October 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

New Single “The Doomed” Available Now: http://smarturl.it/TheDoomed / Website: https://www.aperfectcircle.com/ / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aperfectcircle/ / Twitter: https://twitter.com/aperfectcircle / Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aperfectcircle/

THOR: RAGNAROK NIGHT!!! [F]

•October 26, 2017 • Leave a Comment

My local comic book store holds private screenings for all the superhero movies that come out, and THOR: RAGNAROK is going to go off of course because it was directed by a Kiwi guy. These screenings have become somewhat of a ritual with me and my brother. I keep asking him if he wants to invite his mates but he prefers it just us, with a large bucket of popcorn, jelly snakes and maybe an ice-cream.

“The clock’s run out, time’s up, over—blaow!” A New Zealand Political Party Has to Pay Eminem £300,000

•October 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Back in 2014 a New Zealand political party had a TV spot that featured music that heavily resembled Eminem’s “Lose yourself”. I suppose they wanted to entice the youth voters or establish themselves as some kind of underdogs, but the campaign backfired. Here is that advert:

A court found that a “Lose Yourself”-inspired song they used – literally called “Eminem Esque” breached his copyright.

It’s been a tough week for the New Zealand National party. First they lost the national election to the Labour Party and earlier today a New Zealand court found them guilty of ripping off Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”.

New Zealand’s high court ruled that the National party’s use of a track titled “Eminem Esque” during the 2014 election campaign was “sufficiently similar” to the Detroit rapper’s original song that it impinged on copyright. The court awarded Eminem’s publisher NZ $600,000 (~£314,000) in compensation.

Though the ruling caps off a dark week for the National Party, we have to thank them for being responsible for the bizarre beauty of a New Zealand court listening to “Lose Yourself”:

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2017/05/video-lawyers-judge-listen-to-eminem-s-lose-yourself-in-national-party-copyright-case.html

Jessie Ware “Alone” [music video]

•October 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Pre-order Glasshouse now: https://JessieWare.lnk.to/GlasshouseID

BLADE RUNNERING TIME 2:0493 [F]

•October 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Watched BLADE RUNNER 2049 last night with a friend and it was so fucking long!! 2h 43m long to be exact. I cannot say whether I thought it was long because the beats came late or whether it was because it had me scoffing at certain character dynamics and some of the ideas featured on-screen. As far as sequels are concerned — especially in this entertainment climate of reboots and remakes — BLADE RUNNER 2049 is near perfect.

Harrison Ford punched Ryan Gosling for real while shooting a scene in Blade Runner 2049.

Forget the action packed trailer however because this narrative is a slow burn (a noir mystery about a missing child and the existential crisis the case triggers in its investigating agent).

[What follows is just me ranting, cause I do that, plus spoilers] The ambiance was 100% faithful to the original film’s vision, save for the absence of ethnicity and lame holograms, I must say however. They were either blatantly promoting a real-world brand name or showing someone in performance like a dancing ballerina or a singing Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley. Political correctness on show with no space for creativity or (any) cultural diversity as there was in the first film. This to me just painted BLADE RUNNER 2049’s world (the future) as being really uninspired and boring. What ever happened to the visual artists or innovative advertisers of the future, and surely people would still do things like extreme sports or have festivals and local gigs. But nooooo, what we are supposedly treated to are cool, advance holograms that are unambiguous and mainstream which is ultimately ineffective and nonsensical world-building, suffice it to say that yeah the future will probably be OK with nudity and have proximity sensitive holograms. Titillating ideas for those not familiar with sci-fi, I suppose. But who, what type of people were those lame holograms for? BLADE RUNNER 2049 is an intelligent tale to be sure but for this tiny subliminal gripe (not showing enough humanity) it loses recommendation points from me. Continue reading ‘BLADE RUNNERING TIME 2:0493 [F]’

Sonoma Wildfire Burns in Hollowed Out Tree

•October 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Sonoma resident Matthew McDermott captures video of a tree being hollowed out by wildfire in Schellville, California, October 9. McDermott was driving in Schellville where he and his friend Trevor Bach spotted the fire and pulled over to have a closer look. Sonoma County was affected by “The Tubbs Fire” as it spread from Napa County on Sunday night, October 8. By Wednesday morning, the fire, one of more than a dozen in northern California, had spread to 28,000 acres. With thousands of structure threatened, dozens of neighborhoods have been evacuated. Tubbs has already destroyed 550 homes and 21 businesses. [Credit: Matthew McDermott via Storyful]

McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce Promotion Failed

•October 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Get all your shit together, Merica, this was not schwifty at all, lol. It was just dipping sauce after all. Re-released based off of a throwaway gag from a cartoon McDonald’s underestimated anyone (#fandom) genuinely loved while they cashed-in for negative but invaluable publicity fuck!! For realsies though, this shit is amusing, like Pokémon Go all over again only more retarded [adjective: informal / offensive. Very foolish or stupid]. Because you know, it’s only the second-largest fast food restaurant chain in the world, you’d think they could handle supplying a little more than a few packets in an hour. But also, surely once you hear a place is out of a thing, wouldn’t any sort of loitering or rallying be completely redundant. Are people really that naive to how things work? Maybe cartoons and eating and laughing it off afterwards is all there is to life for some. Hmmm

Thanks to Rick and Morty [S03E01] McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce Will Make an Official Limited Return

•October 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

McDonald’s first issued Szechuan sauce as part of a tie-in with Disney’s 1998 movie, Mulan. In a press release, a company representative confirmed the sauce would be available in “limited quantities for a limited run available in restaurant for one day only.”

The move may seem odd for those who haven’t been paying attention to Rick and Morty or Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland’s Twitter account. A joke about Szechuan sauce was included in Rick and Morty’s season three premiere. The internet became aflame with demands for McDonald’s to bring back the limited-time sauce.

Fans of the show may get their opportunity to taste Rick’s hype after all — see below:

OCTOBER 7, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

Each McDonald’s in the location finder will give away limited-edition posters and stickers, while supplies last; only the McDonald’s locations labeled “Szechuan Available” will be giving away Szechuan Sauce, while supplies last.

To find out which restaurants are participating and carrying Szechuan sauce, visit McDonald’s informational page about the event.

There was no official word on whether the sauce was brought back specifically because of Rick and Morty, but it’s better to believe this was the case, no? This isn’t ad hoc basis is it?

My First Audition — Let’s get down to business! [F]

•October 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I had recently been scouted to audition for a supporting role in an upcoming feature film, due in part to my looks. You can imagine how surprised I was to learn this, and of course I accepted the opportunity to try. The catch (I suppose); I had FIVE pages of dialogue to memorise and deliver in a standard American accent. I am not at liberty to divulge details beyond that I do not think, but I will say that it will be a live-action adaptation of a beloved classic that is going to be internationally popular.

I found myself gesturing a lot when I was practicing so it was less stressful on the day of my appointment when it was encouraged of me to do my audition/reading as I rehearsed it. I had fun. We must have gone over it at least five times because I chocked on my first two read-throughs LOL. Yeah… Probably not a thing any casting agent wants to see or hear about but hey, they knew what they were getting when they sent the call out I suppose (*cough my handsome face cough*), and hopefully they see the character in me too, because how cool would that be. I’ll just leave this here:

Written by Wang Jingping / Li Yong / Composer Matthew Wilder.