Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Painted Skin 2 trailer

Looks like there's some amazing design and costumes in this one...

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

War & Peace 2012

I teamed up with a couple of good friends this weekend just gone to visit the annual tank-fest that is the War & Peace show. The event is always a reliably good day out, featuring bucket-loads of arena events, living history displays, activities and massive amounts of trade stands.

The event is so jam-packed with stuff to see and do the overriding feeling is that you could happily spend the whole weekend there. Truth be told, it's the shopping we really go for. There is a veritable Alladin's cave of stuff to buy, ranging from detritus through gold dust to absolute rip-offs. Variability aside, the range of surplus gear is astounding.

On the way back we stopped at the wonderful gastro-pub The Farm House in West Malling and compared our loot over supper. My pal Godzilla 1985 got the most surreal haul. I tallied it up in my notebook so I could share it with you all:

A Hawaiian shirt
An exploded hand grenade
Two flags
A hat for a ventriloquist's dummy
Two belts of shell casings
A bag
A Tie
A digital camouflage jacket
Aviator sunglasses
Five doughnuts
An icecream - a Mr Softie in a special 'waffle' cone

A day well spent, you'll agree!




Friday, 20 July 2012

Maschinen Krieger Graphix Vol 3 review

The amazing Parka Blogs has just posted another one of their reliably in-depth reviews, this time on the new Maschinen Krieger Graphix Vol 3. I am lucky enough to own volumes 1 and 2 and have my sights firmly set on this tome. Kow Yokoyama's dieselpunk-WWII mecha have never looked so good!



Tuesday, 17 July 2012

All the games

Esteemed blog The Toy Box has just posted a wonderful compilation of the box art from ALL the Sega Master System catalogue of games. Don't you just dig those fonts, the grid background and the variable illustrations? Oh yeah!



Sunday, 15 July 2012

Dinosaurs!

Here are some amazing images I have recently found on the excellent fuckyeahdinoart.






Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The Great Gatsby trailer


Check out the amazing sets and costumes!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The many faces of David Bowie

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Bowie's seminal album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Here's a collage of early looks from The Man Who Fell to Earth.

I highly recommend the splendid Bowiestyle and Moonage Daydream books if you want more insight into one of the greatest chameleons of the modern age.


Monday, 9 July 2012

Giger documentaries

Below are two documentaries, back to back, on Giger's Necronomicon and his work on Alien.

There seems to have been a slew of vintage and modern Giger material uploaded in the past few years. I had no idea these pieces existed and I don't think I've ever seen excerpts in any of the other documentaries I've seen.

What's lovely about them is that they're very 'of their time'. The first is a leisurely overview of Giger's work up to his Necronomicon project. There are interviews with the man himself, patrons, agents and even his parents. You also get to see him in his rather cluttered studio (it was a revelation to me that he controls his airbrush with his thumb, and not his index finger). All of this is presented in wonderfully grainy 16mm film, complete with hipster fashions of the day and experimental 'Krautrock' from the band Brainticket.

The second documentary was made during his work on Alien by Giger's wife Mia. It's a slow affair with plodding narration (I suspect the English was added much later, and translates the Japanese subtitles). Nonetheless it's a fascinating treasure trove for fanboys. You get to see the beasts themselves, the derelict, the landscape of LV426 and the Jockey being built. There are snippets with Ridley Scott and behind-the-scenes footage of certain key scenes featuring the alien itself.

Take some time out, pour yourself a large cup of coffee (or absinthe) and tuck in...

Sunday, 8 July 2012

PLUG teaser 2

The awesome David Levy (AKA Vyle) has released a second teaser for the film PLUG. I love the Kow Yokoyama influence on the characters' helmets.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Military vehicle fonts

I have lately been inspired by the fonts used on military armour, particularly the text on German WWII vehicles. A quick bit of Google-fu turned up this wonderful collection of .ttf files. It's a pity my favorite, the Blockschrift für Flugzeuge, seems to be very broken (as, indeed, are all other instances of the file across the interwebs). :-(

I also came across a great collection of gothic script fonts used on German tanks, but alas the link has disappeared into the black hole that is my History. Sorry.



Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Vuvuvultures: "I'll Cut You"

Seriously weird and cool Pan's Labyrinth style stuff!

Via Vice.com

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Cary Elwes and Helena Bonham Carter in Lady Jane (1986)





Via Suicide Blonde

The joys of Mac

Long time readers may recall my rant at MESH computers, who sold me my last PC. The thing died a while back, but Lazarus like, rose from the dead for a while. It failed again earlier this month and I've decided to resist any resuscitation and give it (and me) some peace. Instead I bought a lovely second hand MacBook from the excellent Steve Buddle to use as my backup and media machine (I have an iMac as my main rig). The thing works like a dream, despite being several years old.

The iMac has done pretty well but recently suffered an annoying problem. Some discolourations, which I assumed was dust, appeared between the outer glass screen and the surface of the LCD. I had taken out the AppleCare plan so a cheery courier came to my office to pick the thing up for cleaning. It transpired that the LCD itself had developed a fault, so they replaced the component entirely and couriered it back to my office. All this was free. It was followed by a full restore using Time Machine, which worked like a treat.

I am not evangelical about Macs as I think they have their faults. I paid a good whack for the AppleCare but feel I got my money's worth for entire replacement of the screen and the swift service. However, Apple's finite range means customers know where they and their machine stand. The combination of closed-ecosystem and oversight of both hardware and software allows Apple to avoid the abstruse. They're not catering for infinite possible hardware combinations and so apps like Time Machine are a breeze to use.

As they say, "Once you go Mac, you won't go back".