Archive for May, 2014

when the lion roars

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

the third peek at Peter Murphy‘s upcoming album “Lion.” like its predecessors “Hang Up” and “I Am My Own Name“, Murphy does not appear in the video but his voice is very much a notable presence and more than compensates for his lack of screen time.


life (on blu-ray) at last!

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on May 22, 2014 by phanteana

in honor of its 40th anniversary, Phantom Of The Paradise (one of my favorite movies ever, as evidenced by the background and namesake of this WordPress) is finally getting a blu-ray makeover! set for a U.S. release date of August 5th, the 2-disc set will feature new commentaries/interviews with director Brian DePalma and stars Paul Williams and Jessica Harper. there will also be a host of bonus materials including the theatrical trailer, outtakes, and a making-of documentary. the Paul Williams interview will be moderated by Guillermo Del Toro, who has described Phantom as one of his major film influences. of particular interest to devoted fans will also be the inclusion of interviews with the late William Finley, who passed away in 2012. aside from the music and the highly recognizable costuming, Finley’s role as the title character is what truly made this cult classic memorable. i’ve owned the DVD for years, so perhaps it’s time to upgrade to blu-ray.


Phantom of the Paradise


*author’s note: i am the owner of a very rare silver ring shaped like The Phantom. it was custom designed as a gift for me a few years ago. although i never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Finley, i was told he saw an image of the ring on the internet and was very pleased that the film had such a lasting impact. i did, however, have the honor to meet his widow last year and show her the incredible (and somewhat heavy) piece of sterling silver inspired by her husband’s famous role. she was in awe, and it meant so much to me to be able to show it to her. in addition, Jess Harper saw the ring in person in 2012 and she absolutely loved it. it’s a highly unique piece, just like the film that inspired it.


un voyage à l’île de la mort

Posted in Art & Photography, Popular Culture with tags , , on May 13, 2014 by phanteana

sad news broke today about the passing of iconic artist H.R. Giger. according to Time Magazine, the 74-year-old Giger died as a result of injuries he sustained from a fall.

Giger was widely known for his nightmarish scenery and horrifying science fiction creatures. the artist won an Oscar in 1979 for his work on the film Alien, and also contributed to album covers for Emerson Lake and Palmer and Deborah Harry.

i have never met Giger, though i live vicariously through friends that assisted him on various projects. one such individual is Paul Komoda, whose work is heavily influenced by the Swiss surrealist.


of all Giger’s pieces, the one that stands out to me the most is Isle Of The Dead (l’île de la mort). there is really no explanation as to why, merely that it is a dream picture.


living in the ice age

Posted in Film with tags , on May 9, 2014 by phanteana


the trailer for the sci-fi/thriller Snowpiercer. it stars Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, and John Hurt as survivors of a bleak, futuristic ice age aboard a massive train called the (what else?) Snowpiercer divided by class system. originally released internationally last year, the film will receive a limited U.S. run in June and early reviews are extremely positive.


normally, i’m not big on current releases although there are some exceptions (Noah, Captain America, the upcoming Maleficent, and a certain film with an agonizing 7-month wait). however, this one caught my attention and i am looking forward to it.


also, this would have provided an excellent soundtrack for added effect.

filed under “special collections” (emphasis on “special”)

Posted in Art & Photography, Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , on May 7, 2014 by phanteana

the words “library” and “taxidermy” don’t often go hand in hand…unless, of course they’re filed under “special collection.”

the recently renovated Morbid Anatomy Museum and Library manages to combine both the macabre and the educational through a series of lectures, exhibits, and even field trips. similar medical oddity museums include the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia and the Royal College of Surgeons in London…and while it’s not a museum, Necromance in Los Angeles offers customers a selection of unique gifts (because there is bound to be at least one person on a shopping list who wants a stuffed bird or human skeleton in their living room). visitors to the Brooklyn, NY-based Morbid Anatomy can view taxidermied squirrels (and learn how to make their own through a workshop offering), read about medicine, and peek at fine art containing brains. the library serves as a gateway to a world we are not completely accustomed to, and folks who visit leave with a wider knowledge (and possibly a more sensitive stomach).


Image of Set of Four Morbid Anatomy Museum Cork Coasters