Aug. 2nd, 2007 12:58 pm
zustifer: (Wizard of Speed and Time)
After messing around some on Brad Neely's site, I decided on a whim to download the version of the Wizard People soundtrack that he was hosting, not expecting that it would be a different take from the one on illegal-art. But it is! I personally think that the creasedcomics-hosted version is a flatter read, but it is good to have both, I think.
zustifer: (Beetlejuice: flamefingers)
I am so completely and thoroughly psyched for Madame Tutli-Putli. Film Board of Canada is animation's saviour nowadays, as it has honestly been for a pretty long time.
This is seriously the best animated thing I've seen in years. The animators apparently worked with a human actor to develop the personality of the protagonist, which, from the small clips available, looks freaking insanely excellent. The granularity of the movements is amazing on its own, and the movements themselves are so well-observed and wonderful. Here's another little clip; little bits of footage here and there.


May. 7th, 2007 12:15 pm
zustifer: (drooly)
Goddamn, tea is probably the best thing in the world.
zustifer: (Beetlejuice: Barbara flicks out her eyeb)
Only the best necklace ever made by human hands. Except it's plastic. If it were sheet metal or something, man, hang the cost and the fact that I almost never wear jewelery.
zustifer: (Default)
Look at these totally lovely pictograms made for a czech zoo.
(Here's how they're used: what it eats, what eats it, habitat, gestation period (?), etc.)
zustifer: (Beetlejuice: He likes it)
Hey, I've just finished putting up a set of photos I took at the Ravensburger publishing-house museum. They're of some really awesome-looking old print materials, here. There is a lot of good stuff in there, and I'm not just saying that because I'm really tired and am sick of repeatedly fixing levels of photos.
zustifer: (Bud)
Harry Dean Stanton was plate-of-shrimping me yesterday, which is very appropriate given his proximity to the term's genesis. We were talking about him last night (look at the truckload of stuff he's been in), and Matt said he thought of him in a Lynch-based context, and I of course think of him in Repo Man, but I realised later that neither of us had latched onto Alien, for chrissake. Or Cool Hand Luke. Which is a little sad, but it IS true that his role in Repo Man was a little more front and center than either of those. This viewpoint makes me think of Harry Dean Stanton as a little more of an insane bastard than, say, Matt does. I think of that story about him wanting a real baseball bat in I think the scene where he attacks the Rodriguez Bros with one, instead of a fake plastic or rubber one. But he wanted that real bat.
So that'd slipped out of my short-term memory when I opened up this sucker at random so as to read a little before bed. Whose entry should I hit but that of Mr. Harry Dean Stanton, who shared a couple of movies (here's one) with Mr. Dylan, and also had a knife whipped at him by Sam Peckinpah, apparently.
I would like to point out that this is sweet.

Oh my god, Alex Cox was 29 when he made Repo Man. I've wasted my life.

* One of Bud's lines in Repo Man
zustifer: (Beetlejuice: Grace grimacing)
Schwa linked to a freely-available extra-long clip of Scanner Darkly (the first 24 minutes, including don't-copy message fore and aft). So of course I had to sit through it. I don't really see a lot of promise, esp given nick's capsule review. At the very end of the 24 minutes it was sort of getting snappy, but before that the pacing was sort of a mess, and the visual effect was, as I predicted, transparent (except for the suit, which was not working well for me). Also, did Keanu disappear at the end? I don't want to watch it again to check.

Here, to make you hate me, is my degenerative process, time-stamped for your convenience.

I guess I will cut. )

Why not go look at the Big Snit instead. It's like, the golden epitome of the Canada Film Board.
zustifer: (Puutan)
Yay, yay, Muji is coming to the US! Admittedly, only in NYC, but that is better than nothing. Here is some article about Muji that will theoretically fill you in. Here's the UK site.
Muji was one of the awesomer stores we went to in Japan, in Kyoto maybe? I can foresee some clashing with IKEA's current stomping grounds (e.g. the US), but maybe there is room for both (Muji is about plainness, whereas Ikea is very WE ARE HAVING FUN NOW).

(PS: I ganked a lot of fabulous one-liners which may or may not make sense from that russian fishing-cat thread back there a ways. They will show up as post titles often, I imagine.)

* From that russian thread about owning a fishing cat. Partially machine-translated.
zustifer: (Beetlejuice: He likes it)
Mefi lunk this messageboard thread in which a russian guy talks about and posts photos of the fishing cat (maybe twice the volume of a domestic cat; lynxish-sized) that he and his wife own (I think they bought it from a zoo? It's a little hard to tell, what with the babelfishing). It's awesome, really (they fostered it on a housecat, and seem to feed it deer carcasses and non-scaly fish, which it catches in the bathtub), but one of the best bits is sifting through the babelfishy translation and trying to work out what's going on. At one point someone asks how 'hard' the cat's 'language' is, and from context you can tell that it's meant to be about its tongue instead, which is awesome.

Also, the guy often starts a post with 'How do you do everything!' which I eventually realized meant 'How do you do, everyone!' not 'How are you able to get everything done!' 'Everyone' must be gender-neutral, or else the word being used is more like 'all'. The cat's always referred to as a 'tomcat,' so boy-cat must be a term on its own. I'd almost say that cats-plural is masculine, too?
There is a good bit of conspicuous subject-object-verbing, which I just enjoy on its own.

Often a '4' will show up in sentences, and I don't know what that means. Just being a 4-number isn't right; maybe russian has a construction like 'a few' that literally translates to '4'? That doesn't even necessarily work, though. Oh - I think it's 'the', or some particle of that sort.
There's something that I assume IS 'a couple' or 'a few' that keeps getting rendered as 'pair-troika.'

Oh, and I think russian must have a word for animals-eating which is also used for eating-like-an-animal (as in german) because it's always rendered as 'gorging'.

It's possible there's a construction like in latin where you begin and end your 'thing and other thing' or 'thing or other thing' with a signifying word, too, given the structure of the title of this post. Sort of like 'both thing and other thing,' where 'both' and 'and' are the same word?

Anyway, it's strangely enjoyable. I love this sort of thing.
zustifer: (pseudorca crassidens)
This is very true, about those gaucho pants and such being kind of awful, but honestly I feel that way every season, forever. You fashion people! Bah!

Science! I am one of nine percent of people who have grown out of a childhood nut allergy. I am sad that my awesome allergist is no longer so accessible now that I don't work in Waltham. I will have to start all over with allergy shots someday, and that's fairly unfortunate. I WOULD like to be able to have a dog or something eventually.

Due to a google-whim, I have located the SPLU URTAF SHOW site. This is SO GREAT. Look, there are clips, which you ALL SHOULD WATCH. This is the show we fell in deep confusing love with when we were in Madison, and I'd given up all hope of ever finding it again. But the internet, bless its black heart, has saved the day, and I've ordered the entire run of DVDs, because I love it all that much.
zustifer: (pseudorca crassidens)
This video is just beautiful. Cecil sent it to me, as an example of modern puppetry, but it's not just that; it's a portion of that wonderful/terrifying line-walking that I love so much.

Part of that reaction may be due to a dream I had sometime in college, which the scene in the operating room really yanked out of deep storage and into conscious memory. I'd written it down back then.

You can read it, should you wish )

zusty: That floaty hips-up and hips-down motion at the end in the operating room is really making me think of that puppet operating room dream I had
zusty: I just love it.
zusty: The gurney shot is the pinnacle though
zusty: his horrible teeth
zusty: and the multi-axis mouth motion

The way the puppeteers keep encouraging your suspension of disbelief, but then crushing it when the puppet's mouth opens too wide and abnormally deforms the face, and the way the body in the close-ups never wavers but then a cut directly to a nerd-dancing long shot-- this kind of stuff is suddenly awesome in the usually predictable world of music videos. I think there are three - possibly more, but probably not - separate puppets.
Closeup one, as seen at the beginning. Has eye, eyelid, tongue, and several mouth controls.
Full-body, as seen at the beginning and at the end. Has no finer controls.
Closeup two, as seen toward the end. Watch the way the mouth and jaw deform, and look closely at the brow, and tell me if you think it's the same as closeup one. I think it's different; maybe there was damage to the original puppet. [Addendum: two is definitely a new puppet; it has the eyebrow controls.]

Also, I can't help but think of Daleks while watching this video for Cish Cash, which I didn't even know _had_ a video. The delicate way the tanks move their little gun barrels is extremely Dalekly to me.
zustifer: (Default)
Bzzt, hey hey, LOOK! BROTHERS QUAY + GILLIAM movie!
Ah! Give it me!
zustifer: (Dr. Phibes)
This is a terrific little list of Harry Potter hilarity, which is welcome because after the last book I don't care about the series any longer. Wait, was that the last book? I can't remember.
(See also this post.)

More seriously, here's a good page on locations from The Conversation. The Conversation is so goddamn good you will fall over, if you haven't seen it yet. Actually maybe if you have. Unlike the Godfather, The Conversation actually does a good job of showing you a detached person (often in direct contrast with people who aren't), and focussing closely upon him. Just think if instead of the decentralised third-person-autistic viewpoint of Godfather if we had stayed always with Pacino and been able to gauge his reactions to things as reasonable and/or understandable. Ah, the very idea. Anyway, the one big fat (sonic) flaw that occurs at the end of Conversation is not enough to mar the whole piece, although it comes close. We watched it several times in our sound class in college, and indeed its soundtrack is impeccable (and also its score is highly excellent; if anyone wants a few tracks, squeak loudly). Worth it in that regard alone. An arbitrary little written bit on the movie here, although, spoilers.
Spoilers of movies for me are not as important as they are for some people, but usually it is a good thing to develop your own ideas about what's on screen. Knowing events beforehand does irrevocably change things, not necessarily in a negative way, but the thing you're watching is not the thing you would have been watching spoilerless (You know to look for events or characters; your understanding is deeper than the director counted on, on first viewing. Instead of assessing what you're shown independently, you are bound by the structure you already abstractly know). The Conversation is a good movie to watch non-presciently; some of the ideas I've read in writeups had almost no bearing on what I myself remember seeing, and although it's possible to start with what another sees and through multiple rewatchings arrive at another viewpoint, seldom do people want to put in the time and effort on this.
zustifer: (Clockwork Wizards)
Speaking of old movies, is this (from here) really what the Monster from the Id was supposed to look like? Check out the little playset-looking thing (from here). I mean, where'd they get the coloration? All we ever see of it is shots like these. Maybe there is a maquette somewhere that people are going from. I do enjoy the apishness (probably will never say that again) of the model, there; it's an interesting distortion of its human source.
zustifer: (SUX dino)
Boingboing pointed out this page with old hokey horror movie trailers, but they failed to mention that a whole mess of them are Vincent Price movies (they have the trailers for _both_ Dr. Phibes films, which I love to small lumpy bits). Also there's the Raven, The House of Usher, (they do mention) the Pit and the Pendulum, and the Tomb of Ligeia. Maybe there's more, but those are the ones I've seen and recognise as Vincent Price pictures.
Hm, watching said trailers, the sound on Dr. Phibes Rises Again craps out about a fifth into the file.
Anyhow, I am disappointed at the absence of Theatre of Blood and Twice Told Tales, but I guess this is supposed to be a Serious Horror Only list, and oh well.


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