The 2012 Oscar nominations have been announced going on two weeks now, and the general reaction from the public continues to be sorta...meh.
To address the hype, or lack thereof, TheShiznit has adapted this season's nominated films' posters to, as they say, 'tell the truth.' "In the interests of transparency, we've shopped the posters for this awards season's biggest movies so they're a little more honest about their content."
There are few, if any, movies that I have seen more than The Big Lebowski. Seriously, it was basically played on a loop all four years I was in college. For me, it's really the defining film of my generation. Or at least my coming of age years.
Etsy seller Visual Etiquette has created an expansive series of prints based on quotes and scenes from the movie that will "really tie your room together".
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
Brussels-based artist Fabian Strain finds vintage photos, and reimagines them with....oh, you get the point. Pretty bizarre, pretty genius.
On Tuesday morning, Patton Oswalt awoke to learn that, despite the potential buzz, he had not been nominated for his solid performance in Young Adult.
So, he did the next best thing: he hit up Twitter, and imagined a scenario in which he and other performers snubbed for the awards, such as Tilda Swinton, Albert Brooks, Ryan Gosling, Kirstin Dunst, and Leonardo DiCaprio rent out Legoland for an alternative soiree.
The days of giggling, LATFHing, and even hipster bingo are now, decidely, over. "But, really?" you say? "There's just so many of them, and they're so easy to point out, and the look is sooo ridiculous."
You're right. And that's the point. With the total cultural saturation of hipsterdom, the joke? It's over. This is a group that have been defined by the ability to be mocked, and the masses - those culturally aware enough to know it's a thing, but then not purposely avoid defining themselves thereof - are the only ones perpetuating the stereotypes.
Artists Jean-Marie Delbes Hatim El Hihi have created their latest project: Live! I See Dead People, a collection of album cover photographs with the no-longer-living band members digitially removed.
The technique is outstanding, and the effect quite poignant.
Chicago-based artist Kurt Perschke has been working for years on "The Red Ball Project," a global photography adventure featuring some of the world's greatest cities and a 15-foot inflatable red sphere.
The ball becomes a temporary installation, but also engages the population in a unique way. Perschke says,
Through the RedBall Project, I utilize my opportunity as an artist to be a catalyst for new encounters within the everyday. Through the magnetic, playful, and charismatic nature of the RedBall the work is able to access the imagination embedded in all of us.
Ok. Where do I begin? Pizza Boomerang, a video created by Barcelona-based Sofa Experience Communications, is without doubt the strangest video I've ever seen. After I watched it for the first time, I was confused...I couldn't decide if I was elated by how amazing it was or deeply disturbed by how, well, disturbing it was. There's really not much else I can say about this. Words can't quite describe what it's like to watch PIzza Boomerang, so I'll leave it at that.
One thing I should mention, however, is that it's NSFW...or at least one particular scene is. So if you're feeling adventurous, and the kiddies aren't watching (seriously, I wouldn't want to have to explain the plot to a child), then sit back and enjoy the show.
British designer and artist Stephen Wildish has created these great and challenging movie alphabets, organized by decade. You'll certainly recognize some, but the task is surprisingly hard.
How many can you guess?
Stefon Zolesky is easily Saturday Night Live's best recurring character since Mary Katherine Gallagher. (Save for perhaps Tina Tina Chaneuse, who is no more.) As Weekend Update's "city coorespondant," Stefon is regularly invited to share tourism tips for families and holiday visitors, but his references quickly devolve into absurd parties and under-under-underground nightclubs, with characters as DJ Baby Bok Choy, a "giant 300 pound Chinese baby, who wears tinted aviator glasses and he spins records with his little ravioli hands”.
So, good news people - Stefon is now doing Yelp reviews
"Swissted" is NY-based designer's Mike Joyce ode to two of his most beloved passions: punk rock and Swiss modernism, two movements, he notes, "that have absolutely nothing to do with one another."
Mike redesigned vintage flyers from actual punk rock, hardco
re, and indie rock concerts
This oil painting by Audrey Pongracz, inspired by the TV show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, is awesome. What made me even more excited, was finding out that this piece is part of an entire Adult Swim themed art show.
Although it's safe to say that letters from Andy Warhol and Nikola Tesla won't be arriving in your mailbox anytime soon, here's your chance to get a glimpse of their personal letterhead. They run the gamut from experimental to minimalist to downright weird and even creepy (Charles Manson…). My personal favorite is that of Bob Kane (pictured above), the artist who created Batman.
Over the last five years, the podcast has grown from that sorta strange, internet-interview-radio thing that no one really knew what to do with to some of the most engaging and informative, and often hilarious, media available. Most often for free.
I'm not a big zombie movie person. I like Night of the Living Dead, and that's about it. So I was surprised when I found myself really liking walking dead, a lot. One thing that hooked me was how well they pulled off shots of a post zombie-pocalypse Atlanta.
This is the demo reel from Stargate Studios, the company behind The Walking Dead effects, highlighting how they composite in graphics and animation to make The Walking Dead look so good. It's awesome, and it gives a good sense of how much time goes into making those shots.
The video is a little long, but try and stick with it at least to 1:28, when they show how they did the now
With the possible exception of Superman's Crayola-colored S-on-the-chest and simple cape/brief strongman combo, the Bat-suit is the most iconic superhero outfit of all time. The mask, the gloves, and most importantly, the utility belt, it walks the line of generically comic book-y and perfectly customized to the Caped Crusader.
Of course, since Batman's first appearance in 1939, there have been more than thirty-five incarnations of the Bat-suit, from the classic blue-and-grey to the black-and-molded-muscle-vinyl...er, -y.
Artist Kyle Bean recently created six "weapons" for Cut magazine from unusual materials. And by unusual, I mean a time bomb from popsicles, brass knuckles from whole grain bread, and a knife blade from a feather.
The world has Peanuts, the Muppets, and any number of 3D computer-animated movie characters, but those of us who were kids in the late 80s and 90s, we have Calvin & Hobbes.
Fans and filmmakers Jim Frommeyer and Teague Chrystie created this stop-motion tribute to Bill Watterson's amazing contribution to pop culture and art, recreating 3D models of some of the strip's most notable recurring themes - Calvin's joyfully demented snow creations.
Click play to watch this awesome video:
Last March, while visiting friends in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, my friend casually remarked, under his breath, with a bit of scorn, "Oh, and there's the A Christmas Story house."
"Excuse me? Did you say the Christmas Story house?"
"Yeah," he replied, "people actually line up to go there."
"You mean, you can actually line up to go there? And see it?"
People have different priorities, I guess. But I knew my gift to myself (well, to my relationship) come December was determined, and last weekend I went. And it was incredible.
Couple that with some very freshly fallen snow, and a very, very good meal at a Michael Symon restaurant, and a Christmas day in Cleveland is about as festive as it gets.
Wanna see what it looks like? Good deal. Take a peak: