You have to check out this Tumblr: http://trapers.net/ I absolutely love it.
You have to check out this Tumblr: http://trapers.net/ I absolutely love it.
Zuki, a Gargoyle at home. Zuki lives in Milton Keynes and works in IT. Zuki owns a few suits, the gargoyle is just one of them.
First rule of Fur Club: don’t reveal your identity. Second rule of Fur Club: don’t talk to journalists.
British photographer Tom Broadbent has been getting to know various “Furries” throughout the UK for the last few years. Furries are everyday people, from bank managers to project managers to actors, who dress up in elaborate furry animal costumes and meet up to chat and hang out. Furry groups have been spotted walking around London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral and Millennium Bridge.
At Home With the Furries is Broadbent’s ongoing project, born from a desire to capture the personal, everyday side of their lives without breaking that first Furry rule. Broadbent plans to exhibit and publish this unique series, so keep an eye out for that.
“We’re all trying to fulfill ourselves, understand ourselves, get in touch with ourselves, face the reality of ourselves, explore ourselves, expand ourselves. Ever since we dispensed with God we’ve got nothing but ourselves to explain this meaningless horror of life.”
It’s a testament to the sheer willfulness of John Corigliano’s challenging score that during a viewing of Altered States (1980) the soundtrack miraculously holds its own against Ken Russell’s visual orgies of Parajanovian iconographic tableaux, each escalating in insanity as we delve head-long (and nightmare-deep) into a highly subjective hero’s journey from hopelessness towards redemption.
Though Paddy Chayefsky’s script covers several years in the courtship, marriage, and separation of two driven Ivy league academic professionals, protagonist Jessup (William Hurt) painfully and glaringly can not bring himself to say “I love you” to his partner until the last line of the movie. If the L-word’s conspicuous absence hangs over the resultant dazzlingly brazen hallucinatory proceedings, Jessup is haunted in his state of arrested development by another word that fills the wounded negative space left in a soul lacking love: “terrible,” both a defining word and worldview that Jessup declares at the film’s outset of having contracted during his father’s drawn out death of cancer.
“One day I thought I heard him say something. I got up and leaned over him, my ear an inch away from his lips. ‘Did you say something, Pop?’ Then I heard the word he was desperately trying to say, a soft hiss of a word. He was saying… ‘terrible.’…Terrible. So the end was terrible, even for the good people like my father, so the purpose of all our suffering was just more suffering.”
Listening to Corigliano’s tracks on their own, divorced from Russell’s vertiginous complimentary imagery, it is easy to imagine that you are lost within a confounding, confusing, cold, and harsh universe that may never truly make sense.
Steven Soderbergh is in the midst of his final jaunt behind the camera, in production on the Liberace biopic “Behind The Candelabra”, with Michael Douglas as the famed performer and Matt Damon as his young lover. Liberace was famed for being the world’s highest-paid entertainer at one point, and enjoyed his fortune with an extravagant lifestyle. Soderbergh revealed that while plans are still coming together for the movie, which is set up at HBO, he hopes to take it to Cannes on May 2013.
The movie is based on the book “Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace” written by Liberace’s lover Scott Thorson who met him when when he was seventeen in 1976. Liberace had promised Thorson, who was raised in foster homes, that he would adopt and care for him and eventually the performer incorporated his lover into his lavish Las Vegas stage performances.
Liberace’s story is tragic and his relationship with Scott Thorson was not less extravagant than some of his outfits. Liberace always publicly denied that he was homosexual and insisted that Thorson was never his lover. He went to great lengths until his dead from AIDS to cover his sexuality. To get an idea of how eccentric their life was, read the following excerpt from an interview with Scott Thorsonon on Larry King Live that aired on August 12, 2002:
Thorson: Well, he brought the surgeons in. I picked him up in my Rolls-Royce. I drove. They were in Las Vegas. I picked him up and brought him to a Las Vegas mansion on Shirley Street. And Lee was introduced to the doctor and he says, “I want you to come with me.” And Lee walked him through — went into the — you know, into the bedroom and said — there was a picture of Liberace. Oh, I guess he was probably in his 30s, Larry. He says, “I want you to create Scott to look like me when he was younger; so he looks like my son.” He wanted me as his son. But at the same time, he wanted me as his lover.
The romance ended due to the pianist’s sexual promiscuity and Thorson’s drug addiction, which led him to contract Hepatitis C. In 1982, Thorson filed a $113 million lawsuit against Liberace, with the palimony suit being the more famous part. But in 1986, the pair reportedly settled out of court for $95,000, two cars, and two pet dogs.
Scott reconciled with Liberace on his death bed, and a year later published the book Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace on which the film is based.
Watch below a short clip of Liberace’s Entrance to a las vegas show, featuring all the glamour and glitter only Lee Himself could pull off.… Freaturing Scott Thorson as the limousine Driver.
When our society went from “buying to replace” to “buy to be happy”, the effect snowballed over the decades with the force needed to keep from experiencing a real existential crisis.
Once Upon a Honeymoon is a 1956 musical sponsored film about a couple wishing for a new home. It starts off with a group of angels who decide to help a couple have a honeymoon. The husband (Jeff) tries to write a song, while the wife (Mary) daydreams about a new home, and imagines what it would be like to have the latest household products with the help of the angel. The angel then helps the man come up with a new song called “A Castle in the Sky”.
The film was directed by Gower Champion, and starred Virginia Gibson, Ward Ellis, Alan Mowbray, Chick Chandler, Veronica Pataky and Russell Hicks. In recent years the film has gained a small following, after it was mocked on the show Mystery Science Theater 3000. It is in the public domain.
If you were in Germany and had a giant former Soviet military airbase in your backyard, what would you do? Build an indoor tropical resort complete with white sandy beaches, palm trees and heaps of white tourists in Speedos, right? RIGHT!!!?? Well that’s exactly what happened.
The approximately 1181 feet long, 689 feet wide and 351 feet tall hangar designed to house airships that probs would’ve been used to kill heaps of people, is now the home of the Tropical Islands Resort. The luxury ‘beach’ getaway can accommodate up to 6000 guests not including the 500 people who work their everyday. Through purely unnatural means, the joint is kept at a lovely 26 degrees celsius with around about 64% humidity.
Oh and btw, there’s snow outside. Heaps of it. Covering the military hangar which has a beach resort in it. In Germany, where else?.
The president of Civic TV Channel 83, Max Renn, is always looking for new cheap and erotic movies for his station.
When his employee, Harlan, decodes a pirate video broadcast showing torture, murder, and mutilation called “Videodrome,” Max becomes obsessed to get this series for his channel.
He contacts his supplier, Masha, and asks her to find the party responsible for the transmission.
A couple of days later, Masha tells that “Videodrome” is real snuff movies. Max’s sado-masochistic girlfriend Nicki Brand decides to travel to Pittsburgh, where the show is based, to audition.
Max investigates further, and through a video by the media prophet Brian O’Blivion, he learns that that TV screens are the retina of the mind’s eye, being part of the brain, and “Videodrome” transmissions create a brain tumor in the viewer, changing the reality through video hallucination.
For those who are not fans of The Shining, Room 237 may not appear to be your kind of film, but look past the subject of its analysis and you still have an interesting and subversive documentary. Rodney Ascher’s adoration and enchantment of Kubrick’s classic horror film led him to find out more about the film and through that journey he stumbled upon a realm of exhaustive, subjective theories relating to it. In this new documentary several of these ideas are analysed in great depth and with tremendous vivacity thanks to Ascher’s direction.
Some of the theories seem relatively crack-pot when first spoken about but as the film etches through each hypothesis and every point of reference, they begin to take illustrious shape. Whether or not you agree with beliefs that The Shining pointed to notions such as Kubrick filming the 1969 Moon landing, the genocide of the Native Americans or the machinations of Hitler’s exterminations of the Jews, the theorists always give an interesting lecture on why they believe it to be so.
For film students, critics and fanatics, this is a ground-breaking documentary about the debates and discussions of film. Especially for the film studies faction, Room 237 proves the worth of analysis in a director, star or genre. Not many know of the degrees of detail in which people read into films and Room 237 is an expert example of showing some cinema-goers’ unique perceptions. As dense at it may be at points, the film runs through the bunch of theories, always with more than one astounding examination. Furthermore, Ascher uses snippets from various horror films to envision some of the interviewee’s stories (many clips of people in cinemas corresponding with theorist X talking about their first experience of The Shining, for example), thus alleviating some of the blandness that comes from only hearing the voices of the Shining enthusiasts.
It will not be to everyone’s taste and its commercial-fate may not be up to par with the regular Hollywood releases, but even with the slightest bit of success (no doubt it will surpass what might be expected of it) it could easily become the start of a new trend in film-orientated documentary filmmaking. Ascher and producer Tim Kirk have already noted in interviews the wealth of study with the films of David Lynch and Alejandro Jodorowsky (to which any film fan could add on an array of other directorial names) and so the opportunity to do what Ascher and Kirk have done is excitingly open. Room 237 is an eye-opening film, not only for The Shining, but for what it means to perceive film; easily one of the finest celebrations of cinema – and with having just explored one example in the plethora of movie history.
Degaussing is the process of decreasing or eliminating a persistent magnetic field generated by a permanent magnet. It is named after Carl Friedrich Gauss, an early researcher in the field of magnetism. Due to magnetic hysteresis it is generally not possible to reduce a magnetic field completely to zero, so degaussing typically induces a very small “known” field referred to as bias. Degaussing was originally applied to reduce ships’ magnetic signatures during WWII. Degaussing is also used to reduce magnetic fields in CRT monitors and to erase magnetic media.
When a degausser is placed over the VCR as a VHS tape plays, the image and audio are erased and distorted in real time. As information is wiped and rearranged on the tapes, interesting wobbly distortions, discolorations and frame overlaps occur. The distortions are permanent.
Hunter Longe is an emerging San Francisco artist inspired by the visual by-products of magnetic data erasure or degaussing. He investigates the idea of destruction as a medium for creation. Obscuration, negation, distortion and dematerialization become the formal and conceptual residue of his meta-magnetic, process-reveling creations. Hunter is also a founding member of Drone Dungeon Collective.
Originally formed by the spontaneous convergence of _______ and _______, the group has evolved to include other like-minded individuals such as _______, and _______. Primarily harnessing video, installation, and new media, their output is a constant dialogue between obscurity and clarity. The collective work hints at a new form of Brechtian distancing through the application of a degraded aesthetic, the destruction of traditional narrative, and removal of original context. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Drone Dungeon patiently awaits the day of the unionization of their minds and your soul (Now).
Commissioned by The Popular Workshop the following short documentary examines the work of Hunter Longe.
The Taipei-based airline Eva Air is taking adorable to the skies. Eva Air has had Hello Kitty-themed jets since 2005, but they debuted three new jets this winter (the first flight launched on December 26, 2011, flying from Taipei to Tokyo) in celebration of the airline’s 20th anniversary.
The three jets in the latest fleet, all A330s, each have a them: apple, magic and global. Not exactly self explanatory.
Along with the paint jobs, there are over 100 in-flight service items passengers get when taking a Hello Kitty jet. At check-in, passengers get Hello Kitty boarding passes and bag stickers. There are also headrest covers, utensils, snack, hand soap and lotion all in accordance with the theme. Did we mention the flight attendants? They all wear Hello Kitty aprons and insignia. The airline also boasts an entire Chinese-language Hello Kitty website for extreme fans.
Even the food is in the shape of the fucking Kitty. You’ll be puking pink after trying the Happy Meal.