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".
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.
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?
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.
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:
French pop culture blogger Christophe Courtois has seen a lot of movie posters. So many, in fact, that he began to notice a few trends.
No, not just the over use of Trajan, but the fact that a lot of them are, well, exactly the same...
Most interesting, Courtois notes the similiarities in types of movies, like the abundance of yellow in art house cinema:
(Classic Rap pencil set - $6.00)
These playful pencil sets created by One Up Designs made me laugh. The sayings on the side of each pencil, which are inspired by popular culture, are actually quite subtle. But those who spot "The Dude abides"on the side of your pencil will definitely get a kick out of it.
Pop Chart Labs, the great design firm/culture scholars that brought us The Many Varieties of Beer and The Splendiferous Array of Culinary Tools, have released their latest intensely researched poster - The Diabolical Diagram of Movie Monsters.
Every summer, Michael Bay makes a new incredibly expensive movie, full of fire and always terribly reviewed. And yet, the studios still let the guy keep making them, 'cause apparently folks still go see 'em, and their, despite their $200,000,000 budgets (yes, that's two hundred million dollars), they still make money. Lots of money.
And, interestingly enough, it seems that their profit continues to be related to, well, how many explosions there are.
Though Tim Burton's creations usually find their annual heydays during the Halloween season, this year, the filmmaker's dark, macabre aesthetic will be sticking around for another few weeks. This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature B.Boy, a Burton-designed balloon, mixing it up with Snoopy, Kermit the Frog, and the Keith Haring guy that started showing up a few years ago.
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
New Condoms is a variation on the dirtierizing of fortune cookie advice, recontextualizing brand slogans into...well, you get it. And these are some of the tamer ones...
In the early days of pop music, you used to only have to do one thing: make a hit. Then, the full-length album came along, and musicians had to write at least ten tunes, with hopefully one or two single-worthy tracks. Then, the music video was introduced, and the game changed again. And now, the video has moved away from the television and onto the internet, so teenagers no longer have to stay up until 2:00a with their finger on the VCR record button, waiting for that one video to show. (Come on, Matt Pinfield! Play it!)
In the days of internet video, bands not only have to make a song that accompanies the tune, or perhaps be entered into the festival circuits (your Mark Romanek, Michel Gondry, etc), but be consumable by the masses. Heck, most teenagers I know just use YouTube as their personal radio stations.
At first glance, this latest entry from PopChartLabs seems like more of the same...methodically organized, reductionist interpretations of popular media. I mean, how many haircuts can there be, really, beside Travis Bickle, Hedwig, and any iteration of Pam Grier in the 70s?
Turns out, a lot. And, yeah maybe, it is quite similar to other work, but who cares? It's pretty awesome.
I went to the dentist last week (no cavities! hooray!) and whilst waiting being getting cleaned by my threateningly good-looking hygentist (it's sorta weird...not gonna lie) and having the dentist come through for the final check, I pawed through the slightly outdated magazines in the rack on the cubby. I smiled when I saw the above image from the late April issue of the New York Times Magazine...sunglasses from classic movies!
It's a match for the ages. Accessibility to powerful digital creative tools, exposure to amazing design inspiration, and a generation raised on pop culture have produced the inevitable - thoughtful, and better designed posters for beloved contemporary films thataren't intended to sell tickets, but honor the film and be beautiful as original works of art.
Filmmaking, as an artform, is a powerful medium. It combines visual compostion, photograpy and exposure, dialog, acting, music, symbolism...kinda everything art is about. It can portray mindbending subject matter, like snakes on planes, hot tubs that are actually time machines, and what happens when cowboys meet aliens.
Graphic designer Tymn Armstrong has created FauxGo, a collection of "fake logos," a "symbol or other small design created to represent a fictional company or organization that exists only on film."