Thursday, November 3, 2011

What's on their wall...

In the movie Julie & Julia, we get in a rather grim moment of humorous juxtaposition to spot the poster for Corman's Attack of the Crab Monsters on the wall of Julie's living room, right after she cooked Lobster for the first time in her life. Too bad for these creatures that this will likely be the closest they will ever get to see revenge for what is being done to them...

Less portentous is a framed ad for the movie The Angry Red Planet we spot later, when they relax watching a comedy spoof on Julia Child.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Art comparison

Paper Moon vs. Dreiviertelmond (Three quarter moon), 'nuff said.

If horror movies are anything to go by, then medical treatment is the generations number one fear. Zombies may fare better at the box office, but it's doctors that really put the scare in us.

Saturday, September 24, 2011


I'm at a loss of words, who approved that design?

Monday, September 19, 2011

A (Belated) Happy Birthday

This month the German SF-series Perry Rhodan celebrates it's 50th birthday, half a century old and still going strong - First issue 09/08/1961 .
That probably makes it the longest running continual series in history.
Although they managed in that time only one movie adaptation, which then failed miserable at the box-office, we don't let that keep us from congratulating!

Live long and prosp... err, wrong series. Best of luck for the next fifty!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Vamps not Vamps

So Vamps (movie) has bugger all to do with Vamps (comic)?
You could've fooled me there...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Art comparison

The truth is out there...

Whish you were here - if it wasn't for the weather.

There's not much variety in dance movies is there?
But then again, what more are we looking for than a soft body to hold?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What's on their wall...

Back with an old favoured: Q

Larry Franco B-Movie cheesyness in its finest, IMO, starring among others Michael Moriarty as small time crook Jimmy Quinn and Candy Clark as his love interest Joan, whose rooms we see in these pictures.
The lady shows a varied taste in movies, or at least in movie art:

From the 1928 movie Sadie Thompson, starring Gloria Swanson

to the very artsy, highly erotic French version of Taste the Blood of Dracula, starring Chris Lee in the role of the famous non sparkling vampire count.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Day

"He knew what the wind was doing to them, where it was taking them, to all the secret places that were never so secret again in life."

Ray Bradbury - Something Wicked This Way Comes

Do you remember how they made you read stuff back in school, and then, as an added cruelty, they may have asked you to point out a key moment of the story they forced you to read. God, I hated that. I could never come up with an intelligent answer to this task*, my mind just doesn't work that way.

Now let us take a moments side trip, I’ll come to the point after that, I promise:
Remember how I started out the annual SF&F writers appreciation day with Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001?
Elsewhere on the net, and I would link you to it if could remember where it was, I explained my love for reading old, dated SF stories. It’s partly because I tend to ignore what they got wrong and rather focus on what they got right, or almost right. The other part is that these stories give us a look in two directions at once, we see the future as imagined by people back then, while actually living that future, and so gain a better understanding of our own perceptions of the future, an idea of how much we will have gotten wrong and how some things will turn out to have been pretty close…

I’ve promised to come to the point, so here is it:
See that quote on top? It’s taken from Something wicked, and it is the pivotal point in the story. This is where everything comes together. Here Bradbury casts a longing look back at childhood, expresses the yearning to go back to being part of a world full of magic.
And while as young readers we run with the boys out of the Library, run with the wind to visit all those secret places with them, as older readers we have to hesitate at the door because we can’t but think of all those secrets that already got lost to us, and finally I guess in our old age all we will have left is a faint memory of a world once filled with secrets patiently waiting to be uncovered by us.

There’s a lovely quote by Cornelia Funke, that explains how I feel about Something wicked this way comes, more eloquent than I ever could:

"Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times?
As if something were left between the pages every time you read it.
Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells...and then, when you look at the book again
many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self,
slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed
flower...both strange and familiar."
- Cornelia Funke (Inkspell)

I’m aware that I’m closer to that sad old man, that sees no magic left to him in the world, but I know always where I can turn to, to find at least a fleeting image of the boy I once was and that world this boy used to live in…

* Side-Track: Our teacher made us read Andorra, a play by Max Frisch.
Never really got what he, Frisch, meant to say with that, besides the obvious, that racism is a pointless but most common trait in humans. However, all I remembered after reading the play was that the female protagonist in it, I forgot her name, goes insane. Here Frisch was following a stage drama tradition in my opinion; In Hamlet Ophelia goes insane and drowns herself¹, and in Goethe’s Faust Gretchen is so shaken by the title giving character’s heresy it drives her close to madness, I still think one had to see a pattern there … my teacher however told me that this was not what stands at the core of Andorra, which, I take it, was the friendliest way he could muster up to say: Failed!

¹ Actually, most of Shakespeares female characters face this fate one way or other.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Picts!

Discovered this last month through a post on Plakatwelten (for a link see below) :

Two of my faves. :)

Pictgram posters for famous movies created by Victor Hertz.
Another poster I'm much taken with is his interpretation of the legendary The Exorcist, I wonder if there's a message to it how the holy water seems to come from an alchemy bottle there.

You can check out the rest of his work on Flickr.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Art comparison

A recurring theme in horror posters...

Did I mention my 80's mindset...

Comedy posters, they make me want to ask:
Is blue more funny than other colours?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Shark Night 3D

There's a few things you just can't go wrong with if you want to raise my interest, girls and sharks for example, throw them together and you've got a winner, in this case the first of these new fangled 3D movies that I actually feel a desire to watch.
Most likely with my eyes hidden behind my hand.

Did I ever mention that I have a mortal fear of Sharks?
No really, you can't even get me to jump in a lake...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Alter (L)ego

Following the everything's better in Lego motto, the people from present us a bunch of posters for current and coming blockbuster movies done "pop-art cubism" style (tee-hee).
And really the new X-Men movie looks almost tempting now:

For more see here:
Summer movies in Lego
Best picture nominees in Lego

And if now you wonder how how for example Inception really would have looked had director Nolan decided to shoot it in it's cheaper plastic version, have peek at some famous movies scenes done Lego-style here:
Hoyvin Mayvin

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Art comparison

Not to say anything, just a peek at how my mind works.

I am bound up in an 80's frame of mind, just saying, not that I really hoped Dylan Dog to be. (Yeah, right!)

I could give you the whole bull about water symbolism here (not really, never understood that part) but for me the formula is simply called "Sex sells", and boy does it sure work.
(Speaking of which, have some Kylie)