Archive for January, 2014

20 best vampire films

Posted in Film with tags , , on January 28, 2014 by phanteana

20 best vampire films

from the horror-movies.ca website, here are the 20 best vampire films as voted by readers. while some of the choices seemed to obvious picks, two notable omissions were The Hunger and Nosferatu The Vampyre. Klaus Kinski would not be pleased.

bungle in the Grammys

Posted in Music with tags on January 27, 2014 by phanteana

bungle in the Grammys

i didn’t watch the Grammys last night. i didn’t know who half of the nominees are, and the few that i was happy to see nominated didn’t win…no offense to Black Sabbath, but Dream Theater totally deserved that Best Metal award. however, i am not on the voting committee and i know some very fanatical Ozzy fans who would taunt me endlessly for my Dream Theater collection.

speaking of the Best Metal Performance, it’s widely known that the moment which forever lives on is the 1989 snafu when Metallica lost out to Jethro Tull. there are few instances in award show history that are just so off-the-wall ridiculous as this one…on a personal note, Jethro Tull was one of the first live acts i ever got to see. i was 11 years old at the time, and even though my tastes geared towards Nirvana, Depeche Mode, and Tears For Fears (quite a mix there), there was something unique about Ian Anderson as he flailed around like a madman in what appeared to be an orange prison jumpsuit, with a stage show that was some bizarre blend of Spinal Tap and The Hobbit. he is as loony as they come, yet the Grammys took notice and decided to give him an award that makes less sense than Jethro Tull’s so-called “electro-rock” phase of the early 80’s. still, he is legendary in his own right.

in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Lars Ulrich looks back “fondly” at the head-scratching announcement that, in the end, thrust Metallica further into the spotlight. as for Ian Anderson, well…he’s got a Grammy, a multi-million dollar salmon farming business, and he’s still puffing away on that flute. but unlike his contemporary who’s still baffled about a 25-year-old blooper, he’s not “living in the past.”

Roland, Roland, Roland…keep them rumors rollin’…

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , on January 23, 2014 by phanteana

adapting a book to screen is a massive undertaking, regardless of how simple the story itself is. for decades, the public assumed that Lord Of The Rings was completely unfilmable but Peter Jackson has clearly solved that dilemma. H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains Of Madness is another example of a book that has run into complications from studios hoping to bring it to life. but there is one book series that has been plagued by rumors for years as to whether it will ever receive the celluloid makeover, and that series is Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower. anyone who has read any portion of this epic tale would most likely agree that it’s a movie waiting to happen. Ron Howard (Splash, Apollo 13) has been attached to direct it, however casting has so far been a nightmare and the project was initially shelved in 2011 but has been reignited thanks to unconditional interest from fans. the latest reports that have surfaced mention Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul is up for the role of Eddie Dean. although Eddie doesn’t appear until the second book, he is considered a highly important protagonist. the biggest headache has been navigating casting choices for the lead role of Roland the Gunslinger. originally, Javier Bardem was approached but that seems to have fallen to the wayside. Liam Neeson has also claimed a desire to portray Roland, and despite pushing 60 he is still able to perform many of his own stunts. Randall Flagg (The Man In Black) and The Crimson King, the main antagonists, will no doubt be a struggle to find the right actors to fit those roles. hopefully, this production will get underway soon since Stephen King isn’t getting any younger and probably wants to see how 30 years of laboring over this series translates onscreen.

lists and booktalks and readers’ advisory, oh my!

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff with tags , on January 21, 2014 by phanteana

from the Reel Librarians blog:

Review of ‘Queue Tips: Discovering Your Next Great Movie’

there really should be more films centering around information professionals.

a long expected journey through the mail

Posted in Uncategorized on January 15, 2014 by phanteana

from the office of the library school registrar:

I would like to be the first to congratulate you on your achievement, you are now officially a graduate! We will order your diploma from our printer, the process takes around 8 weeks.”

the degree took 2 years to complete (while simultaneously working full-time), i suppose i can wait another 8 weeks for the diploma. this printer must be in New Zealand. 

 

cheers to the aliens!

Posted in Art & Photography, Popular Culture with tags , , on January 12, 2014 by phanteana

cheers to the aliens!

on any weekend in any city, bars are usually filled with young professionals, football fanatics, and Barney Gumble sound-a-likes. but according to a recent article on Cnet, a new bunch of noisemakers may be inhabiting these social halls: aliens.

Andy Davies is the founder of Sci-Fi Hotel, a state-of-the-art facility fashioned after some of the world’s most famous science fiction books, films, and designs. plans are in the works for it to open in the States, but the chosen city has yet to be determined. in addition, Davies has teamed up with iconic Swiss artist H.R. Giger to commence plans on adding a hotel bar to the new location. there is already a Giger bar in Gruyeres, Switzerland but for US fans it isn’t so simple to get there. but when the US version of the Giger bar opens, they won’t have to board a plane or a spaceship to feel like they’ve stepped out of this world.

a documentary so frightening, it even scared its director

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff with tags , , on January 10, 2014 by phanteana

a documentary so frightening, it even scared its director

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) is regarded as one of the masters of 20th Century suspense/horror. Psycho (1960) made people afraid to use hotel showers and The Birds (1963) instilled a wave of Ornithophobia in the movie-going public. for all of his spooky stories, Hitchcock also had a brilliantly demented sense of humor as depicted in the opening segments of his teleplay series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1962). but did anyone ever stop to think that even Hitchcock might have some fears of his own? actually, yes he did.

during the 1940’s, Hitchcock directed a documentary on the Holocaust. however, he was so traumatized by what he saw up close that he supposedly avoided Pinewood Studios for an entire week and the film was never screened for the public…until now.

the footage, which was subsequently shelved, was discovered in a cannister at the Imperial War Museum in the early 1980’s. five of the six film reels aired on PBS in 1985 under the title Memory of the Camps.” now that the final reel has been discovered, the entire documentary will be ready for release this year. it will no doubt be disturbing and upsetting, but it will also be poignant and memorable like the man who created it so many years ago.