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Friday’s links – movie edition

This time I’m going to swerve a bit from my usual linking habit and talk about the latest indie/bmovies that caught my eyes.
A little background: I spend a lot of my evening time editing photos, but once the main look of a set is decided, the rest is grunt work… cleaning up skin, fixing hair, adjusting the styling and so on. I have a very low attention span and prefer to multitask, so in order to get any work done without going crazy I watch stuff on the side. This has the unfortunate byproduct of constantly having to find crappy tv series and low-brow movies that won’t distract me from the main task, but will still keep me reasonably entertained. Here are the latest of the bunch, enjoy!

The ghastly love of Jhonny X

There’s been a recent trend, one I’m digging thoroughly, of making movies that have the look and feel of old classics. The H.P. Lovecraft Society has produced a couple of excellent ones and now this little gem popped up: rather than taking its cues from Hammer like the Lovecraft ones, Jhonny X is a cross between camp sci-fi and the greaser rock n’ roll exploitation movies of the fifties and sixties. Extremely good photography that uses the black & white medium to the most, nice styling, catchy songs… I hate Grease with a vengeance and am generally wary of musicals, but ended up liking this one a lot, so if you’re caught up in the vintage/retro craze or are a Cramps fan, take a look at this: it’s well worth the time.

John dies at the end

Another John -but a totally different movie. This one deals with a semi-sentient drug, the ongoing bromance between two loser friends and the end of the world as we know it. It could probably have used a bit more budget for its creature effect, but the fact that it’s filled with meta references, mental mindfucks and a healthy dose of sarcasm makes it stand out from the mass of trite “we are the chosen ones, gotta save the world” movies that are always popping out.

Hansel & Gretel get baked

As you might have surmised by the previous movies, my ideal form of comedy is stoner humour. Give me a Cheech & Chong or a Kevin Smith flick and I’ll laugh from scene one to the closing credits, without even have to resort to additional help of the herbal variety. Unfortunately, these movies are a hit or miss thing: Bong of the dead is a perfect example of how a great idea (probably born between tokes) can be badly executed and turn into a mediocre movie. That said, I just had to check this one up to see if it stood a chance despite being produced by the spawn of hell that gave us Twilight. Don’t confuse it with the other Hansel & Gretel movie knocking around, the one with Jeremy Renner: I think the totality of cast and crew was stoned out of their mind the whole time when producing that turd.

A little bit zombie

The zombie comedy is an established subgenre nowadays, but there’s always something new popping up. Milan is plagued by mosquitoes for the better part of the year…people get bitten even in winter (they keep coming back like Terminators on wings!) but in the summertime shit gets real fast and people close to water start sporting a red polka dot skin. This little comedy about what would happen if a mosquito drank zombie blood and went to bother regular people afterwards is the perfect thing to watch while you’re spraying yourself with Vape for the nth time.

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Friday’s links

This image sums up pretty much what I’m going through these days, apart from the fact that despite the heat I’m not reduced to going topless. Photography posts are rare these days, due to a series of unplanned events… I’m relocating to another house, one that needs a load of work to be done in order to get it ready in time. Add to that the fact that early summer is hellishly busy at work and you get why my evenings are spent drawing maps on Illustrator and fighting with the Ikea catalogue (how can you arrange 700+ cds without making it look like a record store display?) rather than retouching skin and illuminating eyes. Hopefully I’ll be able to publish the second chapter of my Font portraits before the tsunami of boxes engulfs the computer… till then, here’s my picks of the week!

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Being a bookworm, I love words…I am constantly in awe with how powerfully certain words can convey a concept, but also I’m fascinated by the unusual and the quirky: those words that have very specific meaning and are seldom read, let alone spoken. That’s why I got immediately hooked on Lexican, where you can find such gems as mesonoxian (of or related to midnight), slubberdegullion (a slovenly or worthless person) and my personal favourite, which will be used for whatever lair I inhabit till the day I croak: Growlery (a retreat for times of ill humour).

100 abandoned houses
Detroit has become sort of a poster case for the results of economical crisis: dwindling from 2 million people to less than 800.000 means that more than half of the city is abandoned, despite a core center that still flourishes. There have been several photography projects dedicated to this decaying city, though what I saw tended to be more on the atmospheric, gritty side. This website, on the other hand, does exactly what it says in the url, showcasing in an almost clinical way house after house.

Recovering the classics
A very nice crowdsourced project focused on public domain book, often plagued by poorly designed covers. Artists can submit their covers and users can download ebooks (or even print actual paperbacks) with the cover of choice. Apart from being quite a lovely collection of inspiring designs, I’m looking forward to add my take on a couple of these once I’m settled in my new home.

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Friday’s links, plus a couple of pics

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These two aren’t enough to prompt a whole post dedicated to them as I already shoot the outfit to death, butI couldn’t resist sneaking them in!

Model: Cleo Viper
Make up: Claudia Malavasi
Outfit: Christina Riminucci

Today’s link list is rather boring, if you don’t like reading articles online. I, on the other hand, have recently discovered the guilty pleasure of reading stuff on my cellphone while on the bus, so here’s my three picks of the week!

History of Emoticons and Emoji from Rhizome.
This very well written article is a must for every designer dealing with icons and pictograms.

Get into an isolation tank and out of your head from Ultraculture.
Having recently experienced a sensory deprivation pod (and having quite liked it!) I’m readying myself for take two -possibly in some big, comfy american version.

A short lesson in perspective by Lindsey Redding.
You get used to reading rants about the advertising word, how it’s a shallow and utterly soulless place ecc ecc. You nod your head, maybe sigh a bit if you’re reading it at 11pm during a computer break, then move on completely unchanged by the words. This article isn’t one of those and it’s even more sobering once you realise that the author died shortly after writing it.

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Friday’s links


The word of the day is Underpantones

South African creative agency Mark did a couple of packaging prototypes and what can I say… if they sold these I would already be sporting a Pantone 186C.


Post-Punk And New Wave Rock Stars Reimagined As Superheroes

Butcher Billy caught my eye some time ago with his brilliant Sid & Nancy revamped as Mario & Peach. His Behance gallery is filled with pop culture mashups that are just begging to be hanged somewhere, but this project in particular caught my eye. Siouxie as Wonder Woman and Billy Idol as Aquaman, what’s not to love.


Typefight

Two designers each week create a single letter illustration, then the results are pinned against eachother. Admittedly, it’s like mixing a wrestling match with watching grass grow as far as entertainment goes, but the letters are lovely.


Evolution of Type

Speaking of type, Andreas Scheiger and his projects, combining typography with antique methods of scientific illustrations and presentation, are making me want to rob a bank in order to buy a whole alphabet.


TV’s best fake sites

Eerily creepy compilation of all the fake websites that keep on popping up on tv series and movies… it’s strange how you can spot those that were created by an intern that was told “we need a new refill of coffee and a website mockup in five minutes, go!”

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Links of the week – video edition

I’m not spoiling anything, but shit gets serious around the 30″ mark.

I never grow old of hearing people poking fun at Comic Sans. It’s like a hobby that spans the whole world, uniting people through hatred of that squiggly, overused worm of a font.

Epic prop video… I’d love to own half of these babies, despite the fact that their only use might be paperweights or doorstoppers.

Piracy might have played a significant role in establishing a strong fanbase for several big-time series (such as Game of Thrones, which is the one this video deals with). More than that, some argue that the hard-core downloaders are also movie and tv series buffs that might be viewing the content through improper channels, but more than make it up by buying the dvds and merchandise (where a lot of the money is to be found)… I can only vouch for myself, but that sounds exactly like the modus operandi of most people I know. 😉

One of the newish tracks from Swede Mason, aptly named “The human condition” and made by splicing up legal notices from pharmaceutical advertising. It doesn’t have the ring of some of his past stuff (I still catch myself humming Jeremy Clarkson’s beatbox from time to time) but it wins at making you realise how hideously stereotipated most of the commercials in the field are.

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Ye olde language shift

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Esattamente due anni fa ho completato il trasloco da Livejournal a WordPress, per cui mi pare appropriato festeggiare dando un bel calcio nel fondoschiena alla lingua italiana e passare da ora in avanti all’inglese.

E’ una decisione su cui già stavo meditando da tempo, per una serie di motivi pratici e di gusto personale.
Prima di tutto, perchè in inglese riesco ad esprimermi in modo nettamente più veloce/conciso. Questo è stato un esperimento durato fin troppo: scrivere in italiano è un’agonia per la sottoscritta, divento logorroica e ci impiego il triplo del tempo, mentre in inglese suona tutto molto meglio.
In più, guardando gli stats, vedo che costantemente 3/4 delle visite è anglofona. E “purtroppo”, a causa della lingua si possono solo concentrare sulle foto perdendosi tutto il mio humour di classe. Nope, non la scamperete così facilmente.

Long story short: from the next post this blog will be in english.

(*)si, mi rendo contro che dovrebbe essere “back to english” ma non volevo perdere il “to the” e impaginare “back to the english version of my blog” era una menata improponibile…. 😛

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Friday Links

Everything is a remix

L’ultima parte del documentario di Kirby Ferguson sulla circolarità delle idee nella società: spaziando dalla musica ai film ai vari rami della pop culture odierna.

The Book cover archive

Un must per chiunque voglia vedere delle copertine fatte bene in modo veloce e in quantità considerevole, ci ho perso ore e continuo a darci sbirciatine ogni tanto.

Still Alive

Still Alive was firstly conceived as explanation of what abandoned factories make me feel when being inside: not dead places as the common sense wants to suggest, but silent witnesses just asking to be listened Archivio fotografico di Marcello Modica, con molti spunti interessanti per gli appassionati di archeologia industriale.

Manly men doing manly things

La mia webcomic preferita del momento: reinserirsi nel mondo del lavoro è dura per chi ha passato tutta la vita a prendere a craniate alieni, per fortuna c’è un’agenzia apposta.

Alien brain hemorrhage

Non ho la minima idea del sapore di un cocktail del genere: considerando gli ingredienti assolutamente sconclusionati che richiede deve fare veramente schifo, ma il nome è perfetto.

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Friday links

Chiamare il nuovo mac “Juggernaut” mi sa che ha portato rogna: prima del ponte l’ho dovuto portare al centro assistenza Apple per flash luminosi che nemmeno una sala di Pachinko sotto luce ultravioletta riuscirebbe a replicare -nel mentre, tre settimane di lavori si sono bellamente adagiate sul mio hard disk di backup, che ho dovuto nascondere dietro a una pila di libri perchè mi faceva venire ansia solo al pensiero. Per fortuna non ho programmato nulla per queste feste perchè ho già capito cosa finirò a fare. In attesa di poter ricominciare a editare, un po’ di link finiti nei miei preferiti questa settimana! 🙂

GRANDMOTHER TIPS = Tipografia + parenti + perle di saggezza internettiana. La tipografia un po’ vecchiotta, se devo proprio essere onesta, ma l’idea è carina… sembra che dopo il tormentone SuperMamika coinvolgere i parenti nei propri progetti sia il nuovo trend.

MOVIE TITLES = Tipografia + film noir + ore passate a leggere che titoli assurdi sono stati prodotti in passato. Se avessi una parete libera e un paio di settimane di tempo per scegliere gli accostamenti giusti, probabilmente appenderei mezzo sito al muro…

…a meno che non soccomba e dedichi lo spazio alla serie Old School Heroes di FABIAN CIRAOLO: retro-kitsch all’ennesima potenza, con una palette sui toni pastello che risulta più lisergica di tutti i pantone neon messi insieme. Molto ironici anche i suoi take su personaggi storici come Frida Kahlo, ma Skeletor è Skeletor. 😉

L’oggetto del desiderio slash frustrazione… è un anno intero che rompo le scatole a mio fratello perchè mi dia una mano a costruire un hidden switch per la luce. Finalmente lo trovo già fatto e pure ad un prezzo abbordabile… ed è sold out!

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The great pin-up swindle

Fresca fresca da un weekend in cui ho scattato di brutto (le mie povere pancakes domenicali) e di bello (miss Annette Kellow, prossimanente su queste pagine), volevo iniziare la settimana con una piccola riflessione sulla mentalità, molto comune in questo periodo di revival, che negli anni d’oro delle pinup la donna fosse molto più “naturale”, meno legata a canoni di bellezza improponibili come quelli odierni ecc.

C’è del vero in questa affermazione: gli ideali dell’epoca erano fisicamente attuabili, cosa per me non più possibile al giorno d’oggi, per cui c’era meno differenza tra donna reale e donna iconica; non bisogna però dimenticare che la mentalità di “abbellire & migliorare” la materia prima fino ad arrivare all’irrealtà è praticamente congenita al genere umano… solo che, in mancanza di Photoshop e del fido Liquify, lo si faceva attraverso l’illustrazione.

Fatevi un giro in questa gallery, dove ci sono gli scatti di riferimento da cui gente del calibro di Elvgren ricavava le illustrazioni comparate con il risultato finale… è interessante notare cosa veniva modificato fino all’estremo rispetto a quello che invece è il focus di ritocco oggi: in tutta la gallery, piedi (rimpiccioliti drammaticamente) e capelli (resi molto più folti e vaporosi) sono la maggiore differenza. E come, sorpresa sorpresa, la classica bocca a cuore tipica di molte illustrazioni sia in realtà quella che è oggi l’odiatissima “duck face” di Facebook!

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Gold background of doom

A fine scatti, sia io che Marta eravamo soddisfatte di aver cavato ancora una volta il proverbiale ragno dal buco… il budget praticamente inesistente di questi scatti era basato principalmente sulla gentilezza della Boutique Tarina Tarantino Milano che ci aveva fornito i gioielli e su Teecee che mi aveva fornito secoli fa un foglio dorato piegato ad origami in modo da occupare pochissimo spazio che è diventato un fondo perfetto.

Days later, quel dannatissimo fondale è ancora appeso, giusto sopra al letto, perchè ripiegarlo di nuovo senza rovinarlo sarebbe un’impresa epica, perchè ho ancora in mente di utilizzarlo e (diciamo la verità) perchè sono semplicemente troppo pigra per prendere una sedia e smontarlo… fa un rumore strano (a metà strada tra il frusciante ed il metallico) per ogni minima corrente d’aria ed è stato colpevole di svariati mini-attacchi di cagotto nel cuore della notte, quando non ero ancora abituata alla sua presenza. Prima o poi mi cadrà in testa soffocandomi mentre dormo…

Un’altro scatto della serie, questo mette in bella vista l’osso per cani amorevolmente dipinto d’oro da Marta e il nostro mix di sostanze più o meno tossiche per ottenere la bava gialla glitterosa…

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