Yes, yes, of course I am going to post this. Artist Jude Buffum of The Autumn Society created a fine total of 3 game-i-fied, pixelated renditions of Ghostbusters, The Goonies, and Gremlins. "You Say Yes" is by far my favorite.
Notice all those G's? A clue! It's 'cause the work was all made for Gallery 1988's 3G show, in which all of the art is inspired by Ghostbusters, The Gooneis, and Gremlins. Get it! Now that's a show.
Everyone knows that Brandon Boyerknows his stuff, which is why when he proposed that we go to the Red Vic Theater in Upper Haight to see the stop-animated French Film A Town Called Panic, we dutifully complied. It's whacky and great, as expressed in this IMBD synopsis:
Animated plastic toys like Cowboy, Indian and Horse have problems, too. Cowboy and Indian's plan to surprise Horse with a homemade birthday gift backfires when they destroy his house instead. Surreal adventures take over as the trio travel to the center of the earth, trek across frozen tundra and discover a parallel underwater universe where pointy-headed (and dishonest!) creatures live. With panic a permanent feature of life in this papier mâché town, will Horse and his girlfriend ever be alone?
No excuses. Especially considering it's available on Netflix instant watch. Just DO IT. Here's your trailer:
A new favorite blog that I've been following recently is the pop, art, and style site Diskursdisko. They've linked back to me a few times on a couple of gaming related posts, and while it's a bit tricky for me to follow along since it's in German, the blog is highly visual so it's easy for me to gravitate towards things that catch my eye.
The Spaghetti Western Inventory by Max Dalton, posted on Diskursdisko a few days ago, happens to summarize my visual lexicon as of late with all the Red Dead Redemption-ing, Deadwood-ing, and having watched Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man the other night (which is bizarre and terrific). Dalton's colorful illustration reminds us of everything you'd typically expect from a Western including ye olde saloon piano, that rickety rocking chair on the porch, and the long-john gunman. If you look close enough you might even spot a Clint Eastwood!
You can order a poster of the illustration here. What's your favorite Spaghetti Western cliché?
The first run in I had with Hausu, the cult Japanese horror flick from 1977 that messes with your mind grapes, was via this screenshot on Modcult. Naturally everything in that shot peaked my interest in the film, and fortunately for me the newly released 35mm print made it's way to the Castro Theater this weekend. I had to see it, so I did.
It's hard to describe exactly what happens in Hausu, which is more or less my way of telling you to go see it. Just go see it. It's amazing. If you can picture a cross-pollination of your typical Horror B-Movie mixed with some all-girl Japanese Anime, the sunny sounds of 70's Japanese rock band Godiego, and an acid trip, you'd only be imagining the tip of the iceberg that is Hausu. You can read a review of it on the New York Times or watch the Trailer below, but trust me, you just have to see it to believe it.
P.S. For those of you who have seen it, who was your favorite girl? Kung-Fu was at the top of my list but Fantasy was a close second. Also, how cool is this t-shirt?